The first days after the election have over-delivered on what I feared most: an open platform for bigotry, hate and violence.White students in schools chanting "Build the wall,'" "White power," and "Heil Hitler."White students formed a 'wall' to block Latino students from entering school.Rainbow flags burned.Confederate flags raised.Muslim girls and women attacked on the subway, on the street, in stores and in school.
Facing History is proud to partner with YALLWEST Book Festival, the only book festival on the west coast dedicated to young adult literature. YALLWEST has generously provided funding for buses to bring students from a handful of Facing History schools to participate in the festival this coming weekend in Santa Monica. They've also donated hundreds of novels and graphic novels for Facing History students.
Imagine a Los Angeles where we consistently treat each other with civility, compassion, and understanding, across all backgrounds, where there is genuine curiosity for others' stories and a willingness to question long-held assumptions. Imagine a Los Angeles where civic participation is part of our ethos, where individuals engage in dialogue and discussion with a common vocabulary, where we are able to confront the difficult moments of our past and its legacies in order to foster a shared sense of responsibility for our future. Where young people come first, where we invest in education and in our teachers, where it really is the best place to learn and to live.
We could do this. You can help.
Liz Vogel became Los Angeles Director of Facing History and Ourselves in June 2014. Previously, she held the position of Director of Development, West Coast, working with individuals and institutions in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to increase awareness and support for our programs. Liz joined Facing History in 2001; her expertise includes fundraising, governance and external affairs.