PV Democrats June Meeting
June 25 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join us for our in-person June club meeting. PLEASE NOTE, this meeting is a week later due to Father’s Day. Our meeting starts at 2:30 pm, but join us at 2 pm to chat with other Democrats.
The theme for this month’s meeting: Is forced psychiatric treatment the solution to the intertwined crises of untreated mental illness, homelessness, and addiction?
Our featured speaker is Alex V. Barnard, an assistant professor of sociology at New York University. Alex received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. His research examines public policies and decision-making in public mental health care in the France and the U.S. His book, Conservatorship: Inside California’s System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness, will be released by Columbia University Press in September.
Joining us to speak is Ronson Chu, Senior Project Manager for Homeless and Senior Services at the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), who is responsible for coordinating the South Bay regions homeless response. Ronson prioritizes the funding for innovative programs in the South Bay, like the Homeless Court Program, a pilot program that launched in Redondo Beach in 2020, and Client Aid, which supplies motel vouchers, transportation and back rent to prevent evictions. He’ll be sharing his experience working to house the mentally ill and creating the support programs to keep them housed.
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