Our next general membership meeting will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at 7pm, via Zoom (scroll down to find the link, which will be included in a reminder email as well).
First, we have one speaker that we could not fit in last month for our refinery discussion. Liam Kane is an undergraduate student at Drexel University, majoring in Global Sustainability Analytics and a member of the Fair Tech Collective research group. Working under the direction of Dr. Gwen Ottinger, Associate Professor in Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Kane has been developing methods of analyzing continuous air monitoring data that speak directly to community concerns.
This month our meeting topic is “Racism in Schools.”
The rest of our program will focus on racism in our schools. Our guests will be Sheri Leigh, a concerned Benician who has raised the alarm about the “La Migra” game, and Sheri Zada, President of the Benicia Unified School District School Board.
Sheri Leigh (left) and Sheri Zada (right)
Sheri Leigh has a post graduate certification in Hazardous Materials Management and a Masters of Science in Educational Psychology. She has been actively involved in the public school system since her son attended kindergarten in 1991. Sheri worked as a high school and middle school counselor; prior to that, Sheri owned an environmental consulting business, specializing in waste management and pollution control. She also teaches piano, which is her primary occupation at this time.
Sheri Leigh has been involved in matters of equity and restorative justice practice throughout most of her adult life. She has volunteered on Equity committees at nearly all of her workplaces; at three different high schools, she introduced and facilitated “Link Crew,” a program designed to welcome and include all high school newcomers. She has been a supporting member of Benicia Black Lives Matter since 2020. Sheri is the facilitator and author of the “Our Voices” articles on matters of current and historical racial injustices, and is currently working on exposing the complex, somewhat dangerous, and often damaging tradition of Benicia’s “La Migra” games.
Sheri Zada is President of the Benicia Unified School District School Board. She has been on the board since 2018. Sheri is a retired school librarian and union rep. She also has worked with special needs children. She is the mother of two sons. Sheri has also been on the City of Benicia Tourism Committee. She is a strong advocate to stand up against gun violence and was an organizer for the first Benicia March for Our Lives.
Our Zoom meeting details are below. Our Zoom link and sign-in details will be the same through October if you would like to save them to your calendar.
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Meeting ID: 823 6210 9045
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Don’t miss this important meeting!
See you on Zoom, Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 PM! Please invite your friends and anyone who is interested in Benicia’s schools.