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December 16, 2016

Safe haven can’t wait

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

While some commenters are scoffing about Jim Oddie’s Council Referral we have some very real examples of bias related incidents in this town after the presidential election.  What better time than the present to assure the citizens in this town that we value all people in this City?

Not only that, another commenter pointed out a real life example of the City of Alameda, post 9/11, stepping up and refusing to comply with Federal requests to track citizens’ book reading habits.

Also, our School District is already taking a strong leadership example to declare AUSD a safe haven district, which have been already adopted in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Sacramento Unified is also considering the adoption of the same resolution, from a Sacramento Bee article:

The Sacramento proposal follows initiatives at other urban districts around the state. San Francisco public schools, along with Mayor Edwin Lee, last week advised parents that immigration enforcement could grow under Trump but that San Francisco Unified was developing a “rapid response protocol to support children and families” if enforcement is attempted in or around schools.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, citing “a climate of heightened fear and anxiety for many district students and their families,” voted in February to identify its school sites “safe zones and resource centers for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement.”

We have a large immigrant population in Alameda, particularly on the West End.  It is important for these families to continue to feel as though the school is a safe place for their children without fear of…whatever may come.  Our schools have representative populations from all of the subgroups that have been attacked, targeted, and vilified during the election, it is the least our City and School leaders can do to reassure these families that this community will protect them.

Why is this important right now?  Well, on the heels of the graffiti incident at Edison there appears to be yet another bias related incident at an elementary school this week.  According to reports there was vandalism inside a school workbook that contained racist comments.   We need to speak out in a collective voice to say that those kinds of bias related incidents are not okay.  Not just for the benefit of the victims in these incidents, but for the health of the City collective as a whole.


  1. Save the Snowflakes

    “Your feelings matter. But their feelings matter MORE.”

    Comment by vigi — December 16, 2016 @ 10:01 am

  2. I believe our fair city in order to maintain our fair and considerate council and golden City reputation should pass a resolution that supports mandatory trigger warnings be disseminated throughout the city when utterances that could contain potentially upsetting material are to be brought up for discussion by the Council or by any speaker. Under this resolution City leaders would be required to review all comments prior to any utterance in order to alert all citizens whether in the audience or watching and listening to the discussion on TV when such material is going to be discussed. This would allow all citizens to exit the Chamber or switch their TV Channel before matters that could make these Citizens feel uncomfortable are to be discussed.

    I also believe the our fair blog hostess should, using latest census guides, translate each day’s blog material and comments into every language for those left-out citizens who deserve to be edified equal to those who speak white.

    Comment by jack — December 16, 2016 @ 10:54 am

  3. its nice to see that your two finally agree with the rest of Alameda. bless you both on this wonderful holiday season.

    Comment by John P. — December 16, 2016 @ 11:06 am

  4. Go ahead and draft the resolution, but I find it ironic that there should be a “resolution” designed to protect minority populations in a school district where most of the instructors are white women with a few Caucasian men, where most of new hires fit into those categories, where the vast majority of the discipline is given to students of color, and where abysmal test scores reflect that the minority population is being poorly served. Add to that the vast socio-economic disparities between the West End and the rest of town and the school funding issues which continue to plague the district, and it threatens to make the head explode of any reasonable adult. It may be symbolic to the adults on the school board, but everyday students and the few employees of color are being given a different message about inequality. We seem to be a “safe haven” for failure and systemic racism.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — December 16, 2016 @ 11:49 am

  5. Hey Captn, no “seem” about it and once our wonderful city becomes a “safe haven” for undocumented imports who escaped third world prisons the next step should encourage our incarcerated domestic prisoners to escape the racist system that has attacked, targeted and vilified then shackled them.

    Comment by jack — December 16, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

  6. There is no middle school in the west end. Over 200 students who live west of Webster have to walk over a mile across major intersections to reach Wood Middle School .There is no dedicated transportation.

    Comment by barbara Kahn — December 16, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

    • West End parents have more choices for children entering the sixth grade. They can send their children to Alameda Community Learning Center, NEA, Academy of Alameda and Encinal High School.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — December 16, 2016 @ 7:27 pm

      • 3 charters and a magnet school of limited capacity ,all requiring proactive parents, who may or may not speak English

        Comment by barbara Kahn — December 16, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

        • Junior Jets says 300 students in 6th 7th and 8th. That sounds like more than a “limited” capacity for the public school option.

          Comment by Kevis Brownson — December 18, 2016 @ 10:10 pm

  7. What it means to consider being a sanctuary city.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — December 17, 2016 @ 8:27 am

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