DFCS Prevention Bureau Community Forums

Unifying Community — A platform for engaging community voice and inspiring change

Generations United to Empower our Community  

Tennie Reynolds, Margaret Jackson, Renee Sagon, Margarita Arroyo & Juliana Garber

March 26, 2021

A diverse panel representing a span of five generations have a vision to build and maintain brave spaces for our marginalized community. Panelists shared life stories that empower our community by listening and learning from each other.


 

Unity: Celebrating our Diversity and Similarities

Reverend Jethroe Moore II, Juliana Van Meter and Anthony Pineda

December 18, 2020

Reverend Moore, President of the San Jose Chapter of the NAACP, Ms. Van Meter and Mr. Pineda spoke on the importance of valuing our diversity, celebrating what we have in common, and allowing love to be the guiding force in how we treat each other.


 

The Impact of the Current Climate on Immigrants …Voices from the Community

Ana Morante, Quyen Vuong, and Jacqueline Mora

December 4, 2020

Panelists included Ana Morante, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Founder of Resilient Families Program in Gilroy; Quyen Vuong, Executive Director, International Children Assistance Network (ICAN); and  Jacqueline Mora, Sacred Heart Community Service Early Childhood Education Coordinator, San Jose. The panelists spoke about the unique needs of immigrant communities and what we can do to support them. Participants received resources about ethnic specific services.


 

The Role of Faith in Our Current Culture

Rabbi Melanie Aron, Pastor Teresa Tate, and Father Michael Hendrickson

November 6, 2020

Rabbi Aron, Congregation Shir Hadesh, Los Gatos, Pastor Tate, Kingdom Worship Center International, San Jose, CA and Father Hendrickson, St. Mary’s Parish, Gilroy shared the importance of faith as a resource to manage challenges in our community, i.e. racial unrest, COVID, etc.


 

Gentrification and Poverty in Communities of Color — Session II

Forrest Williams & Tamika Ellsworth

September 2, 2020

Mr. Williams and Ms. Ellsworth raised awareness about redlining laws that promote segregation and inequities in wealth acquisition within communities. Following discussions of financial empowerment, resources were shared for housing and home buying as well is information on gentrification.


 

Gentrification and Poverty — Session I

Forrest Williams & Tamika Ellsworth

July 29,2020

Mr. Williams, former City Council member, along with Ms. Ellsworth, Realtor and Financial Educator, addressed the generational impact of poverty and gentrification within the African Ancestry Community.


 

Reinforcing the Identity of Foster Youth of Color During this Time of Racial Unrest

Aleta Smith, Dontae Lartigue, Beatrice Trotter, and Tracey Bowers

July 21, 2020

Panelist included Aleta Smith, 2018 Graduate of UC San Diego, Pursuing Masters at Pepperdine University, Former Foster Youth; Dontae Lartigue, Director of Raizing the Bar, A Non-profit supporting Foster Youth and Former Foster Youth; Beatrice Trotter, Resource Parent, Probation Staff; and Tracy Bowers, Program Manager II, CANC Center. The panelist spoke regarding youths’ trauma experienced while in foster care and the importance of reinforcing their identity as African Ancestry Foster Youth. Resources were provided for families and service providers caring for youth of color.


 

A Virtual Opportunity with Reverend Jethroe Moore II on Taking Action to End Racism and Disproportionality — Session II

Reverend Jethroe Moore II, President of the San Jose Chapter of the NAACP

July 1, 2020

A follow up to the first forum, this virtual session created an opportunity for dialogue regarding the needs of the African Ancestry Community and families of color, with the expectation that action towards eliminating racism and disproportionality led by community.


 

A Virtual Opportunity with Reverend Jethroe Moore II on Racism and Disproportionality — Session I

Reverend Jethroe Moore, President of the San Jose Chapter of the NAACP

June 19, 2020

With the hope to take action that will eliminate racism and disproportionality in our community, Reverend Moore created a safe space for the African Ancestry community’s voice. The session helped gain understanding about the community’s needs. Resources that provide support and information regarding racism were shared.


 

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