Published: Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:12
José Luis Gandara is a 2020-2021 Benest Fellow at Joint Venture. Originally from Seattle, Washington, José is a freshman at Stanford University. He is passionate about state and local policy and has studied gentrification processes in San José, wildfire policy in California, and rent assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban and Regional Policy and he is also considering a double-major in Economics.
On July 4th, I lost my cousin, Summer Taylor (they/them), after they were struck by a high-speed car that drove into a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle. They worked full-time in a vet clinic but for the past several weeks had used any time off to protest against police brutality and in solidarity with Black lives. They dedicated their life and what privilege they had to make the world a better place. Summer is my hero and role model for what antiracist white allyship really looks like.
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Published: Wednesday, 08 July 2020 10:26
Back in September, I took a Stanford class on regional politics in Silicon Valley with President Hancock (Russ, as I know him). Within weeks, I was transfixed by the intricate, beautiful, hot mess that is the Valley. It was the only class of mine that allowed me to engage directly with agents in the real world—city council members, Google workers, and local activists—and learn about their issues in ways much more compelling than the internet and textbooks can offer.
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