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Tonight: Virtual discussion on neighborhood racism in Menlo Park

A virtual discussion has been scheduled for tonight, July 9, at 7 p.m. in response to a Menlo Park mother's Nextdoor post.

The forum, organized by Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller, is called "Let's Talk About Racism: When Neighbors Racially Profile Neighbors," and will feature panelists Cecilia Taylor, Menlo Park mayor; Larry Moody, East Palo Alto City Council member; James Wade, assistant district attorney in San Mateo County; Michelle Smedley, a resident of Menlo Park; and author Terri Givens.

Smedley posted last week on Nextdoor that since February, people have twice called the police on her son, a biracial teen, and a diverse group of his friends. Others have told him told he doesn't "belong there" while in in his neighborhood, including in a local park, she said.

Access the Zoom link here.

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Tonight: Virtual discussion on neighborhood racism in Menlo Park

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Uploaded: Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 12:01 pm

A virtual discussion has been scheduled for tonight, July 9, at 7 p.m. in response to a Menlo Park mother's Nextdoor post.

The forum, organized by Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller, is called "Let's Talk About Racism: When Neighbors Racially Profile Neighbors," and will feature panelists Cecilia Taylor, Menlo Park mayor; Larry Moody, East Palo Alto City Council member; James Wade, assistant district attorney in San Mateo County; Michelle Smedley, a resident of Menlo Park; and author Terri Givens.

Smedley posted last week on Nextdoor that since February, people have twice called the police on her son, a biracial teen, and a diverse group of his friends. Others have told him told he doesn't "belong there" while in in his neighborhood, including in a local park, she said.

Access the Zoom link here.

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Gilbert
Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 11, 2020 at 7:43 am
Gilbert , Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 11, 2020 at 7:43 am
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I missed this meeting but I sure hope they discussed about talking more to the neighbors before calling the police. You gotta figure, police get wrapped up for racial profiling when all they’re doing is responding to a call that a racial person called to snitch on their neighbor. I feel bad for these cops but I sure do respect what they do. Menlo PD, me and my family support you.


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