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Our Next Meeting – Tuesday, June 13

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2023, 7:00 PM



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.

Join PDB Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 823 6210 9045
Passcode: 039610

One tap mobile
+16699006833,,82362109045#,,,,*039610# US (San Jose)
+16694449171,,82362109045#,,,,*039610# US

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdtJHvmFU6

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.  

Free Educational Virtual Event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Free Educational Virtual Event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Join Benicia Black Lives Matter for a free virtual event on Monday, January 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, to celebrate the national Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service. Established in 1994 to honor Dr. King’s life and contributions to advancing civil rights for Black Americans, this Federal holiday was intended to be a day of not just reflection, but also a day of action and self-education.

The free educational Zoom event, which is appropriate for all ages and levels of antiracist work, will feature guest speaker Mark Lampkin and focus on Dr. King’s “Three Evils of Society” speech. In 1967, Dr. King identified these three evils as racism, consumerism/poverty, and militarism/war, and he called for a “radical revolution of values” in pursuit of a more just and equitable future for all. And yet, more than 50 years later in 2022, these three evils Dr. King described are as rooted in our daily lives as—if not more entrenched than—ever.

So what have we learned in the last 50 years, and where do we go from here? Which of these three evils affects Benicia, and how can we join together to address it? BBLM is a grassroots community organization that was organized to address anti-Black racism by actively committing to building a better Benicia, one commitment and one change at a time. Join this timely discussion and learn more about the historic urgency that calls everyone to radical change, hope in action, and loving pursuit of improving our shared communities.

Topic: Benicia Black Lives Matter ML King Jr. Day Event
Time: Jan 17, 2022 01:30 PM Pacific Time

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 868 8175 2473
Passcode: 171213
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,86881752473#,,,,*171213# US (San Jose)

Image:  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial sculpture in Riverside, CA by Lisa Reinertson

Martin Luther King, Jr. event Mon. Jan. 18 in Benicia – Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Benicia Black Lives Matter hosting live reading of King’s historic letter, followed by discussion on Monday, January 18, 1PM

Benicia Black Lives Matter – Flyer for MLK reading and discussion, January 18, 2021


ZOOM Event by Benicia Black Lives Matter
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1 PM PST
Price: Free
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
BBLM will be doing a live reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. A community discussion will follow.
This event with be held through Zoom.
ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89110536594
Meeting ID: 891 1053 6594
Passcode: 428570


Event on Facebook: facebook.com/events/408607286905979/
BBLM on Facebook: facebook.com/BeniciaBLM
BBLM Website: beniciablacklivesmatter.com