Community Conversations on Race

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February 7th, 2022

Join us for our first Community Conversation of the year as we welcome Judy Grant, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director of Equity and Inclusion at Penny Lane Centers in Los Angeles, for a discussion on “How To Raise Anti-Racist Children.” Judy will address questions and topics, such as-

  • What is the difference between non-racist and antiracist?
  • Why is it important to teach our children to be antiracist?
  • At what age do you think children are able to divide people by race?
  • When do we begin to have these conversations with our children?

Moderated by Katie Watts-Whitaker, Marketing and Communications Manager for CAP Sonoma.

November 8th, 2021

Tune in as we discuss the resurgence of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) with local leaders. Join us for a discussion on “good people in oppressive systems”, the power of the status quo and how to disrupt those systems.
With Angie Dillon Shore, Alegría De La Cruz, Socorro Shiels and moderated by Ariana Díaz De León.

October 13th, 2021

This week we hear from four members of the Sonoma County Redistricting Commission about their personal truths, why they are involved in the County redistricting process and the importance of what means for our community. Don’t miss this is important conversation! With Kirstyne Lange, Ana Horta, Lyndsey Burcina and moderated by Ed Sheffield.

September 20th, 2021

This week we are grateful to hear from Dr. Kismet Baldwin (Deputy Health Director, Sonoma County), Ezequiel Guzmán (Community Organizer), Dr. Brian Prystowsky and Dr. Jose Morales for a discussion on Covid-19, vaccinations and building trust through accessibility, messaging and consistency. Moderated by Rocio Rodriguez (Director of Sonoma County COAD)

July 26th, 2021

Tonight we welcome five members of our LGBTQ+ Community and hear their stories, truths and experiences in Sonoma County. We talk intersectionality, marginalization and the critical disruption of power. With Angie Dillon-Shore, Grace Villafuerte, Kayatta Patton, Anferny Jimauri Moore and moderated by Spencer Blank.

July 11th, 2021

“If we want our stories to be told, we have to tell them ourselves.”- Rose Hammock.

This week we join four incredible women in a discussion on the harmful effects of whitewashing history, teaching false narratives and how as a nation, we cannot move forward without acknowledging the past. With Tanya Forsberg, Rose Hammock, Tasha Fridia and moderated by Kathy Kane, Director of Programs for CAP Sonoma.

June 14th, 2021

Join us for a discussion on the history of PRIDE Month, Queer Liberation, Decentering Whiteness and the FAIR Education Act! With Sarah Casmith, Johnny Nolen (CAP Board President), Kerry Rego (Kerry Rego Consulting), Em Robles-Tuttle and Moderated by Jessie Hankins from LGBTQ Connection Sonoma.

May 24th, 2021

In honor of both Mental Health and AAPI Month, we will discuss Mental Health and Intersectionality with local members of our AANHPI (Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) community. With Sarah Casmith, Kim Ledesma, Dr. Brian Prystowsky, Em Robles-Tuttle and Moderated by Elizabeth Escalante. Don’t miss this important conversation!

May 17th, 2021

Don’t miss this powerful and important conversation. We feel incredibly lucky to have the voices of Jerry Threet, Dmitra Smith, Ener Chui and Sheba Person-Whitley for this week’s, “Community Conversations on Race”.

Join us in a discussion on what it means to “Defund The Police”, restorative justice, and coming up with effective solutions through data and looking at public safety as a public health issue.

May 10th, 2021

Join us for a very special, “Community Conversations on Race” featuring Denise Harlow (Chief Executive Officer, National Community Action Partnership), Tiffney Marley (Vice President, Practice Transformation, National Community Action Partnership), Oscar Chavez (Assistant Director, Human Services Department, County of Sonoma and former Executive Director at CAP Sonoma) and Moderated by Dr. Susan Cooper (Executive Director, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County).

April 19th, 2021

This week we talk with Magali Telles, Danielle Garduño, and Gustavo Mendoza about their experiences working in local government as people of color. Moderated by David Escobar.

*To watch the conversation in Spanish, please go to the CAP Sonoma YouTube channel

April 12th, 2021

This we talk Women and the Media! Join us as we discuss how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. With Malia Anderson (Style By Malia), Caitlin Childs (Community Foundation Sonoma County), Kerry Rego (Kerry Rego Consulting) and moderated by Amber Lucas (Amused Blog).

March 29th, 2021

#StopAsianHate! Join us for a discussion on the recent “uptick” in violent attacks against Asian-Americans, the media’s role in perpetuating stereotypes and how our local communities can be part of positive change. With Dr. Brian Prystowsky (Local Pediatrician), Chantavy Tornado (Love & Light), Elizabeth Escalante (President of the Wine Country Young Democrats), Ener Chiu (Community Developer) and Moderated by Khou Yang-Vigil (Sonoma State University). Don’t miss this important conversation.

March 15th, 2021

Join us for a very special, “Community Conversations on Race”, featuring Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks in a discussion on, “How To Talk About Race” and having productive, uncomfortable and courageous conversations.

We have been very fortunate to have Dr. Flyswithhawks on three prior conversations and have watched in awe at her mastery. She has a way of communicating concepts and truths around race, equity and history that allows the listener to learn as opposed to becoming defensive. This is an important skill that is crucial to making change and learning from one another. Join us tonight, for what is certain to be a powerful and educational conversation. Moderated by CAP Assistant Director, Kathy Kane.

March 1st, 2021

Join us for a very special, “Community Conversations on Race” on the unsolved murder of twelve year old, Georgia Lee (Leah) Moses, who was killed in 1997 in our own town. We will hear from her sister, Angel Turner and Maria Martin (family advocate) about Georgia, her case, the many systems that failed her and how we as a community can help bring justice for Georgia and her family. The conversation will be moderated by Mary Watts Sparks (CAP Deputy Director). To learn more about Georgia’s case, visit their website:

February 22nd, 2021

Join our CAP Board President, Johnny Nolen as he moderates a discussion on White Fragility and Privilege. This conversation is hosted on the premise that we all acknowledge that White privilege exists, and nothing discussed is intended to justify, deny, or contest its existence. With Steven David Martin (Raven Theater, Artistic Director), Serene Cooper (Director of Career Services, SAY), Leslie Graves (Community Activist) and Jamie Padilla (CAP Board Member).

February 15th, 2021

This week we discuss the generational gap within our local Latinx community. With Jazmin Gudino, Sylvia Lemus, Donna Zapata, and Adriana Arrizon. Moderated by Jenny Chamberlin.

February 8th, 2021

Join us in a discussion from the perspective of Multi Racial individuals as the reflect on identity, navigating between cultures, and being accepted as an “other”. With Courtney Bonam, Marcus Clarke, Micah Perrin and Kerry Rego. Moderated by Katie Watts-Whitaker.

January 25th, 2021

Join in a discussion of the powerful, must read book, “CASTE” by Isabel Wilkerson. With Rupinder K. Malhi, Tanya Forsberg, Vince Harper, Michelle Spindel, and moderated by Shireen McSpadden.

“Wilkerson’s book is about how brutal misperceptions about race have disfigured the American experiment. This is a topic that major historians and novelists have examined from many angles, with care, anger, deep feeling and sometimes simmering wit.”- New York Times

January 18th, 2021

Join us as we celebrate the great, Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss his concept of the, “Beloved Community”. With Rev. Lee Turner (Community Baptist Church of Santa Rosa), Rev. Kathryn Gulbranson (Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma), and Adam Peacocke (FeatherVine). Moderated by Kathy Kane (CAP Assistant Director).

“Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the “Beloved Community.” King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings.”

January 11th, 2021

Join us for the first conversation of 2021 as local leaders discuss last week’s events, internal equity and their plans to implement change in 2021. With Dr. Susan Cooper (Executive Director, CAP Sonoma), Angie Dillon-Shore (Executive Director, First 5 Sonoma), Elizabeth Brown (President and CEO, Community Foundation Sonoma County), Oscar Chavez (Assistant Director, Human Services Department, Sonoma County), and moderated by Kirstyne Lange (CEO, KAL Consulting, LLC).

December 28th, 2020

Tonight we welcome back previous panelists for a discussion on Ethnic Studies, Covid-19 and BIPOC business, change they have or have not seen during the last eight months, and their hopes for 2021. With Malia Anderson, Joy Ayodele, Jerry Thao, Letitia Hanke and moderated by Ariana Diaz de Leon.

December 14th, 2020

Tonight we welcome back previous panelists for a reflection on the change they have or have not seen during the last eight months, and their hopes for 2021. With Adrian Maldonado, Brenda Flyswithhawks, Amber Lucas, Marta Cruz and moderated by CAP’s own, Marcus Clarke.

December 7th, 2020

Tonight we welcome Lorez Bailey, Katherine Clark, Dawn Baker-Grace and Kirstyne Lange for a discussion on the power of Kamala and the Divine Nine, navigating White spaces as a Black woman and the truth about being Black in Sonoma County.

November 30th, 2020

Tonight we join Brenda Flyswithhawks, Rose Hammock, Tasha Fridia, Esther Labrado, and Kathy Kane for a discussion on Cultural Appropriation, Unthanksgiving Day, Missing and Murdered Women, Christianity vs Indigenous Spirituality and more.

November 23rd, 2020

Join Martin Zuniga, Maria de Los Angeles, Jeff Kan Lee and Rima Makaryan for a conversation on art as a change maker, Equity and the impact that public art has on community, identity and representation. Moderated by CAP’s own, Katie Watts-Whitaker.

November 9th, 2020

Join Ed Sheffield (Santa Rosa City School Board), Herman G. Hernandez (Sonoma County Office of Education, Board Trustee), and Connie pez Marx (Assistant Principal, Healdsburg High School) for a conversation on Education, Equity and Empowerment. Moderated by CAP’s own America Rosales.

October 26th, 2020

Join Khou Yang-Vigil (Sonoma State University), Jerry Thao (Santa Rosa Junior College), and Elizabeth Escalante (President of the Wine Country Young Democrats) for a conversation on Assimilation, Internalized Oppression and Growing Up Asian in the United States. Moderated by Haejin Han (CAP Board Member).

October 19th, 2020

Join Ariana Diaz De Leon (Community Foundation), Jesús Guzmán (Generation Housing), and Adrian Maldonado (Side By Side), for a conversation on Identity, Emotion, Colorism and Systemic Racism from the perspective of Latino Men.

October 12th, 2020

Join us for a very special, “Community Conversations on Race”, where Indigenous matriarchs discuss finding the balance between invisibility and accurate representation. With Brenda Flyswithhawks, Rose Hammock, Esther Labrado, Tasha Fridia and moderated by Kathy Kane. Don’t miss this powerful conversation.

October 6th, 2020
District 7 City Council Candidates

We talk to Natalie Rogers and Daniela Pavone, two of the City Council Candidates running in District 7! Don’t miss this conversation with two powerful women. We talk Race, COVID-19, Equity and more.

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October 5th, 2020
Night one of a very special “Community Conversations on Race”! Hear from the City Council Candidates from District 1.

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September 21st, 2020
This week we talk to three powerful change makers on how to create long-lasting, institutional change. With Tanya Forsberg, Amber Lucas and Julian Quibell. Moderated by Marcus Clarke and Nydia Mora.

September 14th, 2020
Tonight we welcome an incredible trio for a conversation on experiences and perspectives from Elected Officials from the Latinx Community. Don’t miss this important conversation with Esther Lemus, Marta Cruz and Ozzy Jimenez!

September 10th, 2020
This week we discuss, “Living Between Cultures: Being Latina in Sonoma County” with Kathy Kane (CAP Assitant Director), Nydia Mora (Dental Programs Assitant), and America Rosales (Disaster Relief Program Coordinator). Moderated by Sonoma County COAD Director, Rocio Rodriguez. Don’t miss this important conversation, featuring four incredible women with a lot to say!

August 31st, 2020
This week we talk “Kenosha, WI and what’s next for the Black Community” with Claire Mack (former Mayor of San Mateo), Dr. Ollie Johnson (Chair and Professor of the Department of African Studies at Wayne State University), Sheba Person-Whitley (Executive Director at Sonoma County Economic Development Board) and Marcus Clarke (Fund Development and Communications Manager at CAP Sonoma)

August 10th, 2020
This week we welcome back Santa Rosa Police Chief, Ray Navarro, and local activists, Joy Ayodele and Amber Lucas for a discussion on, “Police, Protests. and Policy”. Moderated by Mary Watts-Sparks.

August 3rd, 2020
This week we will focus on, “What Can White People Do? Exploring Privilege and Allyship”, featuring J Mullineaux, Vince Harper, Laurie Lynn Hogan, and moderated by Courtney Bonam.

Links from this week’s discussion:

Leading From the Heart

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

The Case for Reparations

July 27, 2020
This week we hear, “Sistas, Speak! A Conversation with Local Black Influencers”, featuring Letitia Hanke, Amber Lucas, Malia Anderson and moderated by Joy Dehnert.

July 20, 2020
This week we focus on, “Raising Anti-Racist Children in a Racist Society” and hear the perspectives of three Sonoma County mothers; Johnetta Dedrick, Joy Dehnert and Katie Whitaker.  Moderated by Cory Spencer.

July 13, 2020
Watch Marcus Clarke, Rodney Witcher II, and Rameke Whitley discuss “Being Black in Sonoma County: Perspectives from African American Men”. Moderated by CAP’s own Cory Spencer.

July 6, 2020
Sonoma County activist and founder of local nonprofit, ‘What We Are Fighting For’, Joy Ayodele and Santa Rosa City Council Member, Chris Rogers. Moderated by Vince Harper.

June 29, 2020
Marycruz Rios and Ana Sanchez of our Youth Civic Engagement Project (YCEP), along with Vince Harper interview Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro

June 22, 2020
Our Director of Community Engagement, Vince Harper interviews Rubin Scott, President of the Santa Rosa/Sonoma County NAACP.

June 15, 2020
Karin Demarest, Vice President for Community Impact, Community Foundation Sonoma County interviews our very own, Vince Harper.