Scroll down or click the links below to view our curated resources:
- Our Local History of Housing Segregation: The Color of Law: Menlo Park Edition
- Civics 101: Turning Ranting into Advocacy
- General Meeting Videos
- Partner Engagement Opportunities
- Menlo Together Newsletter Archives
Our Local History of Housing Segregation: The Color of Law, Menlo Park Edition
View the recording from our January 15, 2021 workshop or updated slide presentation from 2022.
- Go deeper:
- Check out Kate Bradshaw’s Uneven Ground series in The Almanac for more local history.
- Read The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, watch a 17-minute animated video summary of the book, or listen to Rothstein’s October 3, 2019 presentation hosted by One San Mateo.
- Read Alex Shafran’s The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics for a Bay Area-wide analysis.
- Learn more about the history of race:
- Listen to Scene On Radio’s Seeing White podcast series.
- Listen to the New York Times‘ 1619 podcast series or read the 1619 interactive magazine.
- Read Debby Irving’s Waking up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.
- Take Action:
- Host a Color of Law: Menlo Park Edition workshop for your group (email us for more info).
- Sign the “More Homes Downtown” petition to show support for additional, and more affordable, homes near transportation and shopping.
- Watch for Menlo Together events to learn more about the Housing Element process and get engaged.
Civics 101: Turning Ranting into Advocacy
In September 2020, community members gathered to teach and learn together. Community leaders and journalist Kate Bradshaw told the story of how residents of Menlo Park have educated themselves, protested, organized communication to City Council, and informed the public through local journalism. In response, the city alleviated potential drastic budget cuts to services at the Onetta Harris Community Center and childcare.
Here is the video of the event as well as presentations on the timeline of events, city budget basics, and how to participate in city government decisions. You can also read our blog post about the initiative.
General Meeting Videos
Partner Engagement Opportunities
- Learn more about Climate Resilient Communities
- Join Menlo Spark
- Learn about the Menlo Park Climate Team
- Housing Element:
- Learn about the Campaign for Fair Housing Elements
- Receive email updates from Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County
- Attend Menlo Park Housing Commission meetings in person or by Zoom (sign up for email notifications)
- Belle Haven Empowered Kitchen Table Chats (for Belle Haven residents)
- Reimagining Public Safety
- Catch up on the Alternatives to Policing education series
- Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition summit video on de-policing traffic safety