Justice for All
In the US--and Thousand Oaks is no exception--there are disparities that exist that make certain communities more vulnerable to discrimination than others. Specifically, inaction in regards to the environment, economic opportunities, and public health continue to exacerbate these inequalities. In our own community, people of color could not buy homes for decades due to the practice of redlining which forbade these sales. We need to expand our view of the concept of “justice.” It is not merely funding the police department, nor is it merely providing social services to vulnerable communities. True justice looks like evaluating the sins of our past and learning from them. It involves listening to the voices of people of color and making policy changes based on those voices. It looks like evaluating economic disparities and addressing the root causes of these disparities rather than just putting a bandage on them. Finally, it looks like proactively searching for ways that our community can be inclusive and welcoming for years to come. Recently, the Black Lives Matter movement has shown us what it looks like to fight for change in our communities. We must listen to them to create a community that works for us all.