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Apr 02
2009

Willie Garrett

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , volunteer , teens , students , Sonoma , rights , poverty , nonprofit orgs , news , literacy , justice , history , education , community , children , activism

Bruce Robinson

After living in Sonoma County for nearly 60 years, civil rights advocate Willie Garrett has seen--and instigated--some substantial changes here. But he'd still like to see more.

One of Willie Garrett's first moves toward expanding integration in Santa Rosa, focused on the city's swim center, sometime around 1956.

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In the late 1960s, Mr. Garrett (seen more recently here)  was one of the co-founders of the Ethnic Studies Department at Sonoma State University, where he told the mostly white students not to expect an easy A, because community service would be an important part of his classes.

Typically, Mr. Garrett has not joined in recent public handwringing over the continuing absence of ethnic diversity among the Sonoma State student body. But he is planning to do something about it.

Willie Garrett has been named the 2009 recipient of the Jack Green Civil Rights Award from the Sonoma County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, an honor that will be bestowed at the group's annual Awards Dinner tonight (April 3). Last minute reservations can be made by calling (707) 765-5005.

 

 

Mar 30
2009

The Landfill's Future

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , waste , toxic , technology , speaker , Sonoma , Sebastopol , Santa Rosa , resources , public safety , policy , planning , Petaluma , nonprofit orgs , news , Health , government , events , environment , economy , design , conservation , community , climate change , chemicals , carbon , business , alternative energy , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

 Sonoma County's main dump, seen from the air at left,  has been closed since 2005, but its future continues to be hotly debated.

 

           

Operating a landfill anywhere in northern California is a difficult prospect in today's regulatory climate, observes Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, and even a well-funded private company must surmount those obstacles.

A proposed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for Sonoma County could eventually be able to sort out and reuse as much as 90% of the region's waste stream. Alan Strachan, one of the backers of that project, suggests that through composting or other processes, even most of the remaining 10% could someday be reused.

Longtime recycling advocate Mike Anderson is one of many voices taking up the call for setting a goal of zero waste.

 

 The March 30th forum on the future of the Sonoma County landfill was co-hosted by the Climate Protection Campaign and the  Leadership Institute on Ecology nd the Economy.

The entire public forum was recorded and will be broadcast at the following times on Community Media Channel 26 in Santa Rosa:

Monday, March 30 (LIVE) 8am
Wednesday, April 1st  5pm
Thursday, April 2nd 12pm
Friday, April 3rd  5pm
Saturday, April 4th  6am
Sunday, April 5th 5pm
Monday, April 6th  8am
Wednesday, April 8th 5pm
Thursday, April 9th  12pm
Friday, April 10th 5pm
Saturday, April 11th 6am
Sunday, April 12th 5pm

 More information and background about Ecoleader .

To learn more about the Landfill.

Mar 25
2009

SSU Holocaust Memorial

Posted by Bruce Robinson in war , students , Sonoma , rights , peace , parks , media , justice , international , history , families , events , education , art , activism

Bruce Robinson

 With railroad tracks as one of  its main features, the new Holocaust and World Genocide Memorial on the Sonoma State University campus looks both forward, and back.

 
Elaine Leeder, Dean of the SSU School of Social Sciences, says the names engraved on the bricks that form the railroad "ties" are not limited to victims or survivors of international genocides.

 Sculptor and art professor Jann Nunn , seen at left with some of the 5000 glass pieces she assembled into the memorial's tower, says her work typically includes both personal and political elements, and this is no exception.

Mar 23
2009

Financing Affordable Housing

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , Sebastopol , nonprofit orgs , housing , government , finances , families , economy , construction , community , business , budget

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Tight credit is creating an additional challenge in the creation of affordable housing in Sonoma County.

John Lowry (right), Executive Director of Burbank Housing Development,  says the federal stimulus package may hold some help for his agency, but it will apply almost exclusively to rental projects.

 

 

The timeline for completing Burbank Housing's current projects, including Sequoia Village (seen nearing the end of construction  at left), is being directly affected by the present credit limits, which Lowry says will affect future developments even more.

You can find more information about co-housing in Northern California here.

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