Looking Back at 2020
We are stronger
and more resilient
than we know
by Sally Douglas Arce
The last year has given us so many challenges. First, there are the fatalities and economic destruction caused by the pandemic. Secondly, there are the ways the pandemic has exposed the failures of our social, political, and health care system. Then, there are the ways it has divorced us from routines we rely on and the people we love. And, lastly, we realize that it is a delusion that the future is in our control.
The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others put a magnifying glass on racial injustice and inequities. Thousands took to the streets calling for police accountability and an end to systemic racism. In Marin County, social justice groups took a position in support of Black Lives Matter. The youth participating in Multicultural Center of Marin’s TAY radio program have voiced their concerns about how the Latinx community is also affected by racial profiling.
At the U.S. southern border, children were separated from their parents and detained in chain-link cages. This put a national spotlight on the inhumane treatment of immigrants. In Marin County, Latinos are impacted. Multicultural Center of Marin’s staff is participating in conversations with other nonprofit and grassroots groups to educate policymakers about the challenges the county’s Latinx residents face when it comes to immigration and racial inequities.
And, as if 2020 had not already delivered enough difficulties, we had numerous California wildfires in which many lost their homes and jobs.
Multicultural Center of Marin
To learn more about what Multicultural Center of Marin has been doing in 2020, I interviewed Douglas Mundo, MCM’s Executive Director.
What is the biggest challenge faced this year by the community members who Multicultural Center of Marin serves?
What is the Multicultural Center of Marin doing to meet the needs of those community members who are most vulnerable?
Alongside the hardships, what are the good things you can point to?
What are some additional ways that COVID-19 has made us better as human beings?
Has COVID-19 fragmented the community?
What will be (might be) the ongoing impact?
Making a better marin
CONVERSATIONS WITH MARIN COUNTY LEADERS AND OFFICIALS
Q:How has the pandemic changed the way you will celebrate the holidays?
Q:Why is it important to remember those who go without this holiday season and beyond?
Q:How can the Multicultural Center of Marin help you in your efforts to meet the needs of our underserved community members?