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I'M

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CALLING THE MEETING OF THE APRIL MEETING

[Community Multicultural Commission on April 20, 2023. ]

OF THE COMMUNITY MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION TO ORDER AT 6 0 6 40 PM THE MISSION OF THE COMMUNITY MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION IS TO MAXIMIZE THE POTENTIAL INCLUSION AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL CITIZENS IN THE CITY OF GARLAND BY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CITIZENS WE REACH, TEACH, EDUCATE, AND INVOLVE IN WHAT THE CITY OF GARLAND HAS TO OFFER TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CITIZEN, REGARDLESS OF ETHNIC, RACIAL, RELIGIOUS, OR CULTURAL BACKGROUND, FEELS WELCOMED IN THE COMMUNITY, NEIGHBORHOOD, BUSINESSES, OR PLACES OF WORSHIP.

WELCOME EVERYONE.

IT'S GREAT TO SEE YOU.

WELCOME TO OUR GUESTS.

I'M EXCITED TO HAVE TWO GUESTS.

RENEE, AFTER WE APPROVE THE MINUTES, COULD WE MOVE OUR GUESTS UP SO THAT OKAY? GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

HAS EVERYONE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE MINUTES FROM LAST MONTH'S MEETING? YES, MA'AM.

AND I, JENNIFER, WE WOULD LIKE TO MOVE, MAKE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE FEBRUARY 6TH, 16 MEETING ESSAYS.

I, I WOULDN'T, I WOULD NOT.

I HAVE SOME CORRECTIONS TO BE MADE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SORRY, I DIDN'T MEAN TO, UM, I WOULD LIKE A CORRECTION OF MY NAME TO BE MADE TO JUSTINA, NOT JUSTIN.

ON MO ON ITEM TWO C.

PART C C.

ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO HOLD ON A SECOND.

OKAY.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO QUESTION THE MULTICULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL.

WILL YOU BELONG HERE? I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS CUZ WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY, THAT TEAM OF ELVIA RA, ME AND BASHIR.

RIGHT.

THE FILM YOU BELONG HERE IS THE CMC VIDEO.

OH, OKAY.

OKAY.

CATCH.

SO MULTICULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL STRIKE YOU BELONG HERE BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT THE ACTUAL FILM FESTIVAL.

WHAT THE, THE THING WRITTEN HERE, RIGHT? I THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY.

NO.

OH, WE SWITCHED 20.

YOU'RE RIGHT.

ALL THE WAY.

SO, 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

YEAH, JUST MOVE THAT DOWN.

UHHUH AND JUST, MY NAME IS WITH AN A.

YEAH.

AND THAT IS IT.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

OKAY.

AND NOTHING.

OKAY, SO UNDER D BECOMES C AND THE CONTENT UNDER C GOES UNDER D.

YEAH.

GOT IT.

ANYTHING ELSE? OKAY.

SO I NEED TO MAKE MY MOTION AGAIN.

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS REVISED.

I MADE A MOTION.

I REVISE MY MOTION TO APPROVE THE CORRECTION REVISION FOR THE FEBRUARY 16 MEETING MINUTES.

JENNIFER, I SECOND THAT MOTION SECOND FROM JUSTINA.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

ANYONE OPPOSED? OKAY.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE OUR GUESTS UP SO THAT YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE MEETING, SHOULD YOU WISH TO.

BUT IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU DO.

SO WHO ARE OUR GUESTS THIS EVENING? ALL RIGHT.

HI, MY NAME IS DE DWIGHT.

I AM THE NOW PRESIDENT OF THE VIETNAMESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF GREATER DALLAS, AND WE HAVE OUR, UM, OFFICE LOCATED ON 32 21 BE ROAD IN GARLAND IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE.

WELCOME.

DE WELCOME.

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU HAVE JOINED US TODAY.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

HOW CAN WE BE MOST HELPFUL? UM, I JUST THOUGHT THAT AS A VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY THAT LIVE IN OUR GARLAND, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF YOUR CMC TO UNDERSTAND AND HOW WE CAN HELP.

RIGHT.

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU DO THAT.

AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE CMC IS ABOUT.

SO, WELCOME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

AND THE HONORABLE IN DIXON AND MADAM CHAIR.

MAY I SAY THAT, UM, I INVITED MISS ANNIE.

YOU CAN COME UP FRONT AND PRESS THE MIC FOR US.

MISS ANNIE.

UM, JUST SO THE COMMISSION KNOWS, I INVITED MISS ANNIE TO COME AND SPEAK WITH US.

A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU'RE DOING THINGS, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU'RE DOING IT, ESPECIALLY FOR US YOUNGER ONES, WE DON'T REALLY KNOW ALL THAT WAS ENTAILED THEN WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THIS COMMISSION AND WHY IT WAS EVEN THOUGHT TO BE PUT TOGETHER.

SO OF COURSE IT WAS PUT OUT THERE THAT I SHOULD GO TO THE SOURCE.

SO I'VE INVITED MISS ANNIE TO SPEAK TO US ABOUT WHAT HER VISION WAS, HOW SHE FEELS.

THIS COMMISSION

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IS ACTUALLY, UM, A NECESSITY FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND.

DOES EVERY DOES EVERYONE KNOW THE HONORABLE ANNIE DIXON? I DO NOT.

YES, MA'AM.

YES, MA'AM.

NO, I DON'T.

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW, SHE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN EMAIL CITY COUNCIL MEMBER IN THE CITY OF GARLAND.

WOW.

THE C M C WAS FOUNDED WHILE ANNIE WAS ON THE COUNCIL.

AND THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER THINGS AND ACCOLADES THAT I COULD SHARE, AND SHE WOULD BE REALLY EMBARRASSED.

MM-HMM.

.

MM-HMM.

.

I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT, BUT I WILL SHARE A BIO LINK TO INCLUDE IN OUR MINUTES, AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PRESENCE HERE WITH US.

THIS SAME, ALL RIGHT.

SO I'M SAYING, WHAT IS IT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? WELL, UM, , IT, IT STARTED AS A CAMPAIGN SUBJECT.

UM, IT CAME UP WITH, UM, ONE OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, UM, IN DISTRICT THREE, I BELIEVE.

UH, WHAT WAS HIS NAME? BUT THEN HE'S AFRICAN AMERICAN.

UH, HE NO LONGER LIVED IN GARLAND, BUT HE THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE WHEN WE GO TO, UM, NATIONAL AND STATE, UH, HIS NAME WAS HARRY HICKEY.

YES.

UH, I WANT EVERYBODY TO REMEMBER THAT HE WAS A PART OF THE CITY COUNCIL, HARRY HICKEY.

UM, HE VERY BRILLIANT.

AND, UM, WHEN WE GO OFF TO DIFFERENT, UH, NATIONALS AND, AND STATE CONVENTIONS, I ALWAYS LIKE TO MEET AND TALK WITH OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE I LEARN FROM WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

UM, IF THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE IT, I DON'T WANNA REINVENT THE WHEEL.

I WILL, I WANNA KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

AND I MET SOMEONE WHO SAID THAT I WAS IN A, UH, UH, SEMINAR WHERE SOMEONE, UM, SAID THAT THEY HAVE A MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION.

NEVER HEARD OF THAT.

AND HARRY HICKEY WAS THERE TOO.

I, UM, TRIED TO GET IT STARTED, BUT HARRY HICKEY WAS THE ONE THAT PUSHED IT AFTER I LEFT THE COUNCIL.

AND WHEN I LEFT THE COUNCIL, UM, THE MAYOR RACE CAME UP, AND I THINK BOB DAVE WAS THE MAYOR RUNNING AT THE TIME, AND HE USED IT AS A CAMPAIGN, UH, UH, STRATEGY.

AND WHEN THE CAMPAIGN WAS OVER, UH, IT KIND OF LIKE WAS PUT ASIDE, BUT SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY SAID, YOU KNOW, WHAT ABOUT WHAT ABOUT THIS? WHAT ABOUT THIS? AND SO THEY HAD A, A MEETING, I THINK JENNIFER WAS PART OF THAT MEETING WHERE WE MET AT FIRE WHEEL IN THAT LITTLE OPEN PAVILION.

AND IT WAS SO GREAT, THE DIALOGUE AND THE INFORMATION THAT WE SHARED WITH ONE ANOTHER.

AND THAT WAS WHEN THE COUNCIL DECIDED, THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO.

UM, AND THEY STARTED APPOINTING, UH, PEOPLE, AND THEY APPOINTED ME.

AND, UH, THE MAYOR, WHEN THEY CALLED, WHEN WE MET TOGETHER, IT WAS DECIDED THAT I WAS GONNA BE THE CHAIR.

AND THEY UNANIMOUSLY SAID SO.

BUT THEN I MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO, UH, MAYOR DAY, AND I SAID, WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THIS? WE'RE WE'RE DOING SOMETHING THAT WE'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE.

UM, I'VE HEARD TALK FROM, UH, ONE OTHER STATE, A CITY THAT DOES IT.

I HAD NOT HEARD FROM ANYONE ELSE THAT WAS DOING WHAT, WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO.

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND SMILE.

HE SAID, YOU FIGURED IT OUT, , .

SO, UM, GATHERED TOGETHER WITH, YOU KNOW, WITH THE REST OF THEM.

THEN WE ALL SAT DOWN AND SAID, ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT WAS SOME TYPE OF BYLAWS.

UH, WE NEED TO COME UP WITH, UH, A MISSION STATEMENT.

WE NEED TO COME UP WITH WHAT IS IT THAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE GARLAND BETTER? AND WE ALL GOT TOGETHER.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE DECIDED.

AND IT WAS ALSO BASED ON WHAT WE ALL MET TOGETHER AT FIRE WHEEL, AT THE PROVISION.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME OUT WAS THAT WE WANTED, UH, GARLAND TO BE INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE.

GARLAND IS VERY RICH IN DIVERSITY.

AND, UH, AT THE TIME, BEING THE ONLY AFRICAN AMERICAN ON THE COUNCIL AT THAT TIME, IT WAS EVIDENT THAT WE NEEDED MORE.

SO WHILE I WAS ON THE COUNCIL, ONE OF THE THINGS I DID, I STARTED LOOKING AT BOARDS AND COMMISSION, AND I SAW THERE WERE NO PEOPLE OF COLOR ON BOARDS AND COMMISSION.

AND I SAID, OKAY, I NEED TO HIRE, I NEED TO APPOINT SOME PEOPLE.

AND ACTUALLY,

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WHEN I DID MY CAMPAIGN, THE, THE SECOND CAMPAIGN, I ACTUALLY, THE PEOPLE, TWO PEOPLE THAT CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME, I APPOINTED THEM ON BOARDS AND COMMISSION BECAUSE I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE.

MM-HMM.

.

AND, UM, AND, AND SO KNOWING THAT, THAT'S WHY THE MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION IS VERY IMPORTANT.

NOW, GRANTED, THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE I'VE BEEN THERE.

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE BEEN THERE.

AND I GUESS WHAT I NEED TO KNOW, ARE WE STILL HAVING ISSUES OR, AT THE TIME, MY VISION WAS, LIKE I SAID, TO COME TOGETHER SO EVERYBODY CAN BE REPRESENTING, UH, LET THE CITY OF GARLAND AND ITS RESIDENT KNOW THAT, UM, WHAT, UH, RICH DIVERSITY WE HAVE, UH, HAVE, UM, OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS THAT PEOPLE WILL BE DRAWN TO WANT TO KNOW, UH, WHO WE WERE AND WHY WE ARE HERE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID, I DON'T KNOW IF Y'ALL HAVE, UM, SOMEONE TO COME IN EVERY, LIKE A RETREAT.

DO Y'ALL HAVE STILL HAVE RETREATS? WE DO.

WE'RE STILL WORKING ON THIS YEAR.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

SO THE RETREATS ARE REAL GOOD AND VERY, UM, RICH BECAUSE IT ENCOURAGED YOU TO, TO TALK AND ENCOURAGED YOU TO COME UP WITH NEW IDEAS.

AND BASICALLY, MY VISION WAS TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER.

WE DID A LOT OF ACTIVITIES.

IT WAS VERY, UM, UM, RICH WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE STAR SPRING, A FOURTH DOWNTOWN, UM, I CAN REMEMBER WE, WE HAD, HOW MANY DID WE HAVE FOR THE, UH, CITIZENSHIP? UH, WE HAD LIKE THREE CITIZENSHIP, UH, EVENTS.

AND RIGHT THERE AT THE PLAZA, UM, WE WERE A PART OF EVERY EVENT THAT GARLAND HAD, WHERE WE HAD BOOTHS, AND WE HAD INFORMATION THAT WE PUT OUT WHERE PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHO WE WERE.

UM, AND, UM, THE MEETINGS THAT WE HAD.

WHEN I LOOK AT THE MISSION STATEMENT, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DID, I, I CAME UP WITH A, A WORKSHEET THAT, UM, HAD THE NAME OF THE PERSON, UH, WHO WAS, WHO WANTED TO, UM, BE THE CHAIR OF THAT EVENT.

THAT PERSON, UM, THE MISSION STATEMENT WAS ALWAYS AT THE TOP.

AND THE MISSION STATEMENT REALLY IS A GUIDELINE TO HELP YOU TO REMEMBER WHY YOU ARE HERE.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I, I, I PUSHED.

WE HAD, UM, UH, I THINK IT WAS A CIVIL SERVICE, UH, CHAIR WHERE WE WANTED THAT PERSON TO BE A PART OF THE, THE, THE MAYOR.

AND, UH, I THINK THE MAYOR, SOMEONE FROM THE ASIAN COMMUNITY, SOMEONE FROM THE N A C P, SOMEONE FROM THE, UH, HISPANIC COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK IT GREW ANOTHER ONE, WHICH WAS FROM THE, OH, I CAN'T REMEMBER.

BUT, UM, I WANTED THAT PERSON FROM OUR, OUR COMMITTEE TO BE INVITED, BECAUSE I THINK THEY MET LIKE EVERY, UH, THREE MONTHS OR SO.

AND THE REASON FOR THAT WAS TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES BEFORE IT HAPPENED, UH, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ARE THE EYES AND EARS.

AND SO WE WERE, WE WERE TURNED DOWN.

THAT REALLY KIND OF BOTHERED ME BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT SOMEONE FROM OUR COMMITTEE, JUST ONE PERSON THAT WAS OVER THERE TO BE A PART OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND I'M HOPING THAT THAT WOULD CHANGE.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND IF IT WAS POLITICS OR WHAT, BUT, UM, THE VISION IS JUST TO BE INCLUSIVE AND TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, TO HAVE EVENTS, TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME OUT.

UM, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO, UM, ADVERTISE.

UM, AND, AND THAT REALLY HELPED BECAUSE IT BROADENS OUR UNDERSTANDING.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, AND I, I HAD A VISION THAT I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S GONNA HAPPEN WHILE I'M LIVING, BUT I HAD A VISION THAT WHEN WE START HEARING ABOUT BULLYING AND

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PEOPLE LIKE OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I VISION, AND I, I WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND I'M GONNA TELL YOU THAT GOD GAVE ME THIS VISION.

AND IT WAS VERY, IT WAS VERY, UM, PRECISE AND VERY CLEAR.

THE PROPERTY THAT WE HAVE OVER HERE WHERE, UH, THE RICHLAND COLLEGE IS RIGHT NOW, WE OWNED ALL OF THAT PROPERTY, AND IT WAS DECIDED THAT WE WERE GONNA GET ALL THAT PROPERTY.

AND, UM, I MET WITH THE CHAMBER, AND, UM, I WASN'T ON THE COUNCIL, BUT I MET WITH THE CHAMBER, TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS AND SOMEONE WHO WAS OVER ALL OF, UH, THE CHANCELLOR OVER, UH, THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES.

AND THIS IS, THIS IS WHAT MY VISION WAS.

CAN WE AT LEAST, UM, HAVE A BOND OR RAISE THE FUND TO BILL A BILL OVER THERE? A CIRCLE OF BI BUILDING THAT REPRESENTS THE WORLD.

UM, MAKE IT A BIG CIRCLE WITH THE INNER CIRCLE, BUT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE, HAVE EVERY ETHNICITY THAT, UM, THAT HELPED TO BUILD THIS COUNTRY.

HAVE A DISPLAY, START WITH THE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS.

THEN THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OVER FROM ENGLAND, THE EUROPEANS, I GUESS THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL 'EM, AND AFRICAN AMERICANS THAT CAME OVER AS SLAVE.

THEN THE, UM, THE ASIAN COMMUNITY THAT DID A LOT WITH OUR RAILROAD SYSTEM THAT CONNECT THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND CITIES AND STATES AND THE HISPANIC AND THE ITALIANS AND EVERYBODY ELSE WHO BUILD UP THIS MELTING POT.

THAT WE ARE WHO WE ARE.

AND WHEN YOU HAVE A DISPLAY, HAVE A DISPLAY THAT IT'S OPEN, WHERE NO WALLS ARE DIVIDED, THAT WHEN YOU GO HERE, YOU'RE GONNA, OH, THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTED.

AND THEN IT STARTED HERE.

BUT THIS IS THEM NOW.

IT STARTED HERE, BUT THIS IS THEM NOW FROM SLAVERY TO PRESIDENT.

AND, YOU KNOW, LEAVE SOMETHING, UH, POSITIVE.

AND THEN AFTER THAT, A SIMILAR, UH, INNER CIRCLE WITH A, UM, A MEETING PLACE, UH, LIKE A, UH, AUDITORIUM WITH SEATS AND A STAGE WHERE DIFFERENT PEOPLE CAN TELL THEIR STORY OR HOW THEY GOT STARTED.

AND THEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE THE CHAMBER, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THE CITY OF GARLAND AND OTHER, OTHER BUSINESSES TO CONNECT TO THAT.

AND THE CHILDREN AND GARLAND, THE I S G I S D, THE TRI CITY, CAN USE THIS AS A PLACE TO COME AND, UM, UH, AS A FIELD TRIP, BECAUSE I AM OF THE BELIEF THAT CHILDREN BULLY EACH OTHER BECAUSE THEY DON'T VALUE THE DIFFERENCES IN EACH OTHER.

AND IF A CHILD CAN SIT NEXT TO AN ASIAN CHILD AND KNOW THAT THAT ASIAN CHILD, EVERY TIME THEY GO ACROSS A RAILROAD TRACK, OR EVERY TIME THEY GO AND EAT WONDERFUL CHINESE FOOD AND OTHER, UH, THINGS THAT THEY'VE DONE, THEY CAN VALUE THAT PERSON.

THAT THAT PERSON CONTRIBUTED TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

AND I THINK WE ARE MISSING THAT NOW.

THAT WAS MY PERSONAL VISION, UM, WHEN I PRESENTED IT TO THESE PEOPLE, OR THE CHAMBER AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WAS, OH, THAT'S GREAT.

THAT'S GREAT.

BUT THEN THEY MUFFLED IT AND THEY DECIDED, AND THE LADY, THE COUNSELOR AT THAT TIME, WHO WAS HAD JUST STARTED WORKING THERE, I THINK SHE WAS FROM UP NORTH, SHE LEFT.

AND WE DON'T KNOW WHY.

SO THAT'S MY VISION.

IT'S JUST ALL ABOUT INCLUSION AND WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH TODAY IN THIS COUNTRY.

UH, THERE'S SO MUCH HATE AND EVIL AND EVERYTHING.

PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN TO RESPECT ONE ANOTHER.

MM-HMM.

, I DON'T KNOW IF SOMETHING LIKE THIS WILL WILL CHANGE, BUT IT HAS TO START HERE AT THE MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION.

IT HAS TO START HERE.

UH, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU'RE HERE.

LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED.

UM, AND I'M JUST OPEN FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

I DON'T KNOW IF I ANSWERED ANYTHING.

UH, IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME.

UH, AND I EVEN LOOK FOR NOTES ON MY COMPUTER AND EVERYTHING AND ALL OF THAT, BECAUSE I HAD A WHOLE BUNCH OF, SO I HAD

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SO MUCH STUFF.

EVEN THE PAMPHLETS THAT JENNIFER, UH, AND HER GROUP WHEN SHE CHAIRED, UH, HAD, UH, SHE DID.

JENNIFER HAS A HEART FOR THIS, AND I'M SO GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU'RE STILL HERE, STILL BREATHING.

YES.

YES, YES.

SO, AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THANK YOU SO MUCH OF EVERYTHING FROM DAY ONE.

MM-HMM.

AND PICTURE WITH MISSION AND STATEMENT.

EVERY MEETING WE TAKE PICTURES.

MM-HMM.

, I SAY THEM ALL.

YES.

YES.

FROM DAY ONE.

YES.

WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THOSE.

MM-HMM.

20 YEARS.

YES.

WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM.

AND THEY HAD, THEY HAD, I EVEN HAVE A VIDEO WHERE WE WOULD EVEN HAVE, UM, UH, EACH, WHAT WAS IT CALLED? UH, IT WAS WHERE WE HAD DIFFERENT DANCERS.

WE HAD, UH, DANCERS FROM AFRICA.

WE HAD DANCES FROM, UH, UM, MULTICULTURAL SHOWCASE.

YEAH.

IT WAS A MULTICULTURAL SHOWCASE.

AND IT WAS WONDERFUL.

AND WE DID IT AROUND, UH, STAR SPAN, A FOURTH AT THE PLAZA.

YES.

AND IT, YOU HAVE, I'LL DANCE, ILL DANCE ON THE COME CREEK ON JULY 4TH, HUNDRED 10 DEGREES.

MM-HMM.

, I REMEMBER SHOES.

MM-HMM.

, I ATTENDED.

DOES ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS? THANK FIRST.

MM-HMM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

I THINK WE CLEARLY FELL OFF MISSION.

MM-HMM.

.

AND MAYBE THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THE, THE THING ABOUT CONTINUITY AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE HAVE LONGTIME MEMBERS MM-HMM.

, WHO CAN HELP BRING THAT BACK.

THE MISSION RETURNED TO THE OPENING OF EVERY MEETING.

MM-HMM.

LAST YEAR.

YEAH.

BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHY I WAS SITTING HERE IF I WASN'T READING A MISSION STATEMENT.

YEAH.

AND THAT'S THE WAY THAT THINGS ARE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD.

BUT I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE HAS EMBRACED THAT.

AND WE HAVE MANY NEW MEMBERS.

MM-HMM.

, WHEN I JOINED THE COMMISSION IN 2020, IT WAS TO TRY TO HELP OUT.

WE LOST, I THINK WE HAD FIVE PEOPLE.

WE LOST THREE OF THEM.

SO ONE OF MY GREATEST JOYS IS THE MILLENNIALS AND GEN Z SITTING AT THIS TABLE.

AND THE FACT THAT THE FUTURE LOOKS VERY GOOD FOR THIS COMMISSION, BECAUSE I AM NOT THE RIGHT GENERATION TO BE LEADING.

I AM THE RIGHT GENERATION TO BE SUPPORTING THEIR WORK.

MM-HMM.

, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ORIGIN STORY AND IDEAS ABOUT HOW MAYBE WE COULD BRING SOME OF THAT BACK TO THE WORK THAT WE DO? BECAUSE I THINK IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO REINVIGORATE LOOKING AT REPRESENTATION, HAVING A SIDEBAR OVER HERE.

YOU SHOULDN'T BE.

LET'S JOIN.

COME ON IN.

BRING HER IN AS LIKE A KEYNOTE SPEAKER.

OH.

OH.

WE WERE HAVING A SIDEBAR OF LIKE, DECIDING ON KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, POSSIBLE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR THE FUTURE 20TH CELEBRATION.

CELEBRATION.

I THINK THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

MM-HMM.

, INTRODUCE YOURSELF FIRST, PLEASE.

OH, HELLO.

I'M MINDY.

SO TELL HER A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, CUZ YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL STORY OF YOUR OWN.

OH, I DO .

UM, HI, MINDY.

UM, I'M, I GUESS, REPRESENT DISTRICT SIX.

I'VE LIVED IN GARLAND FOR BASICALLY MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I WENT TO GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL, NOW I'M HERE.

.

YOU SERVED ON THE YOUTH COUNCIL? OH, I SERVED ON THE YOUTH COUNCIL TOO.

GREAT.

MY, MY GRANDDAUGHTER DID TOO.

? YES.

OKAY.

CHRISTINA, DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING? NO, I MEAN, YOU WERE PART OF THAT SIDEBAR.

SO, UH, YES.

MY NAME IS CHRISTINA JAMES.

I AM, UM, A MEMBER HERE.

UH, ANYWAYS, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, UM, UH, IF WE COULD FIND, UH, HARRY HICKEY AS WELL, THAT WOULD BE VERY COOL.

BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION.

OH, NO, I WAS JUST SAYING, WE WERE ALSO TALKING ABOUT HARRY HICKEY, THOUGH.

YEAH.

OKAY.

BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE VERY COOL IF BOTH OF YOU WERE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THE START OF THE CMC.

THAT'S ALL, THAT'S ALL THE SIDEBAR WAS.

OH, AND THEN A SLIDESHOW OF PICTURES.

OH, YES.

THAT TOO.

SEEMS TO HAVE.

WE WOULD LOVE THAT.

YES.

JENNIFER, IF YOU WOULD SHARE YOUR ARCHIVES, IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC.

AND WHOEVER ELSE HAS ARCHIVES HMM.

BE FROM THE FIRST NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT THE PLAZA THREE TIMES.

MM-HMM.

AND AT THE CURTIS COWELL CENTER.

YES.

CONFERENCE CENTER.

YES.

WE HAD TWO, HAD TWO OF THEM.

WHEN WE CELEBRATE THE 15 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF THE CMC.

YEAH.

YEAH.

LET ME GO THROUGH MY BOXES.

THAT WOULD BE SO WONDERFUL.

OH, YEAH.

YOU KNOW, AND I THINK WE CAN'T LEAVE OUT, WE CANNOT LEAVE OUT ACTUALLY HAVING YOU STEP UP AND SHARE BECAUSE YOU DO THIS ANECDOTALLY.

AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S NEARLY ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WHO UNDERSTAND THE DEPTH OF YOUR LOVE FOR THIS WORK AND ALL OF THE WAYS THAT YOU HAVE.

YOU'RE HERE A DAY AFTER CHEMO.

MM-HMM.

,

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THE, THE, YOU, YOU, YOUR LOVE FOR THIS WORK IS SO MUCH PART OF THE REASON THAT THIS STILL EXISTS.

EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE SLIPPED A LITTLE BIT, WE CAN GET ON TRACK BECAUSE WE HAVE YOU MM-HMM.

.

HOW SWEET.

SO I, I WOULD, I WOULD LOVE FOR THAT TO BE A FEATURE OF WHAT COMES UP, COMES NEXT.

I DO.

IF ANNIE IS ON BOARD, , I'LL SCAN THOSE PHOTOS FOR YOU.

SHE, SHE GOT VOLUNTOLD.

.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? MADAM CHAIR? I HAVE ONE QUICK QUESTION FOR MISS ANNIE.

UM, I HEARD YOU MENTION A RETREAT, UM, SINCE I'VE BEEN ON THIS COMMISSION, I'VE ATTENDED ONE RETREAT.

WE HAD A GREAT TIME THERE.

AND OF COURSE, LIKE YOU SAY, IT KIND OF REVITALIZES YOU REMIND YOU WHY, AND YOU GET SOME FRESH, NEW IDEAS.

MM-HMM.

, UM, I KNOW SOMETIMES AS I'M A LITTLE BIT OLDER THAN I LOOK, BUT I KNOW AS A OLDER PERSON SOMETIMES WE SIT BACK AND WE WAIT TO HEAR WHAT THE NEXT GENERATION HAS TO SAY.

MM-HMM.

HOW CAN WE ALLOW THEM TO GIVE THEIR OWN IDEAS AND NOT IMPOSE OUR, THIS IS HOW WE USED TO DO IT ON THEM.

MM-HMM.

.

YES.

AND I, I, HOW, AS, AS A LEADER, HOW DO WE GO ABOUT DOING THAT NOW? BEFORE I USED TO BE THE ONE SITTING OVER THERE WITH THEM WITH THE SIDEBAR CONVERSATIONS.

AND MS. KIMBERLY WOULD DEFINITELY LET US KNOW THAT THAT WAS INAPPROPRIATE.

BUT SHE, SHE STAYS FIRM WITH WHAT IT IS WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.

BUT AS A LEADER NOW SITTING IN A LEADERSHIP CHAIR, HOW DO I GET THEM TO, TO SPEAK OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR THOUGHTS AND DON'T FEEL LIKE THEIR THOUGHTS DON'T MATTER? LISTEN TO THEM.

LISTEN TO THEM.

I, YOU KNOW, I'M A GRANDMOTHER AND A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER.

I HAVE MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS, THREE GRANDDAUGHTERS, AND FOUR GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTERS, .

SO I LIKE TO LISTEN TO THEM ISSUES THAT COME UP ON TV.

AND MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TALKING BACK AND FORTH AND THEIR MOM IS TALKING.

AND, AND THEN ONE OF THEM WOULD STOP AND GIVE ME THEIR OPINION.

WELL, GRANNY, IT'S NOT LIKE THAT ANYMORE.

SO LISTEN TO THEM.

THEY HAVE, THEY HAVE A LOT TO SAY AND THEY ARE MORE ACTIVE THAN WHAT YOU REALIZE.

BUT YOU'RE GONNA FIND SOME THAT GONNA WANT TO RESPECT THE ELDERS.

BUT THE ELDERS NEED TO GIVE THEM PERMISSION TO SHARE.

UM, I, I FEEL VERY BLESSED THAT I GET, I GET TO SHARE WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTERS AND MY GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTERS.

AND IT'S, IT'S A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL THING BECAUSE IT KEEPS ME IN TOUCH WITH REALITY.

UM, I'M GONNA SHARE THIS , AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED YEARS AGO.

I, WHEN I TOOK MY FIRST GRANDDAUGHTER TO SCHOOL AT HILLSIDE, AND SIERRA WOULD GET IN THE CAR AND SHE WOULD GO, GRANNY, THEY, THIS BOY SAID THAT I'M DIRTY.

THIS BOY SAID, I'M, I'M NOT PRETTY.

AND JUST GOING ON AND ON.

AND SO GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES, THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT MY GRANDDAUGHTERS BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.

AND SO I JUST LISTENED TO HER.

AND FINALLY I TOLD HER MOTHER AND I SAID, AND THIS IS THE NEXT GENERATION.

OKAY.

I TOLD HER MOTHER AND HER MOTHER LOOKED AT SIERRA AND SAID, SIERRA, HAVE YOU BEEN PICKING YOUR NOSE IN SCHOOL AGAIN? SO SHE HAD A WHOLE DIFFERENT, UH, CONCEPT OF WHAT WAS GOING ON.

AND THE ONE DAY I PICKED HER UP, THE LITTLE BOY, SHE SAID, THAT'S THE ONE.

HE WAS AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

SO SOMETIME WE CAN'T JUST BE SO QUICK TO JUST, CUZ I'M THE TYPE THAT I GO TO THE SCHOOL, I SAY, OKAY, WE NEED TO FIX THIS.

BUT I LISTENED, I REALLY LISTENED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.

AND HUSBAND HAD SAID, DON'T SAY ANYTHING.

TELL HER MOTHER.

AND WHEN I TOLD HER MOTHER, HER MOTHER DIDN'T THINK THE WAY I THOUGHT BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T GROW UP IN THAT ERA.

RIGHT.

SO THE GENERATIONS CHANGE.

DIFFERENT THINGS ARE CHANGING AND WE HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGE.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN SICK FOR SEVEN YEARS AND THAT'S WHY MY HAIR'S DIFFERENT.

IT FELL OUT BECAUSE OF TRAUMA.

AND I DECIDE, OKAY, I'M JUST GONNA GO NATURAL.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO BE REMINDED OF, AS LONG AS WE ARE ABLE TO TEACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHEN WE'RE DEAD AND GONE, THE LEGACY WILL STILL CONTINUE.

DON'T LET IT DIE WITH YOU.

SHARE INFORMATION BECAUSE IT'S FOR THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU COMING.

I REALLY DO.

YOU WELCOME.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

WE SUPPORT YOU IN LEADERSHIP.

YOU KNOW, THIS

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, WE KEEP TRYING TO PUSH YOU FORWARD.

AND I DON'T WANT TO PUSH YOU TOO HARD, BUT YOU ARE SO VALUABLE TO US AND TO THIS COMMUNITY.

I'M TALKING TO JUSTINA AND MINDY, BUT I'M ALSO TALKING TO EVERYONE ELSE AT THE TABLE.

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH, I'M THE BABY BOOMER AT THE TABLE.

I THINK WE'VE GOT THE REST OF GEN X, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, I AM NOT THE PERSON TO BE LEADING THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, ANNIE.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

I REMEMBER COMING TO ALL OF THOSE EVENTS AND TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS BACK THEN.

I USED TO DO IT ALL THE TIME.

YEAH.

I WAS THE LONE RANGER UP THERE.

AND YOU HAD A CIRCLE OF LOVE AROUND YOU.

AND STILL DOES.

WOULD EVERYONE LIKE TO THANK, THANK YOU MISS ANNIE.

THANK YOU.

I SIT OVER HERE.

DON'T HAVE A PERIPHERAL VISION.

NO.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.

YES, PLEASE STAY.

WE DO NOT HAVE A LOT OF BUSINESS, SO IT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME.

OKAY.

AND THESE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

YES.

SO ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION.

THE FILM PROJECT UPDATE.

OKAY.

IT'S ANOTHER MOMENT FOR SOME APPLAUSE.

.

I, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK MINDY FOR AN INCREDIBLE JOB.

WE GOT TO SEE THE VIDEO LAST MEETING AND I THINK, BUT SURE.

YOU WERE NOT HERE.

I WASN'T HERE.

WAS NOT HERE.

IT'S YOU'LL, YOU'LL SEE IT SOON.

IT IS FANTASTIC.

AND I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR REALLY POURING YOUR HEART AND ENERGY INTO, NOT JUST COMING UP WITH THE CONCEPT, BUT SHEPHERDING IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH PRODUCTION.

AND CONGRATULATIONS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SO THE ONE THING, UM, I GUESS WE NEED TO SHARE THE LINK AGAIN.

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD THE LINK? UH, I, YES.

YOU DON'T.

IF YOU COULD SHARE THE LINK SO THAT EVERYONE CAN SEE IT.

THE ONE THING THAT IT IS MISSING IS A CALL TO ACTION.

THE THEME IS YOU BELONG HERE.

IT IS VERY FABULOUSLY ILLUSTRATED ACROSS CULTURES, ACROSS GENERATIONS, ACROSS DIFFERENT TYPES OF GROUP, WHETHER THEY'RE ARTISTS OR STUDENTS OR WHATEVER.

IT'S A FABULOUS VIDEO, BUT IT NEEDS TO SAY SOMETHING I THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP OTHER PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG.

AND WE SAY, I BELONG HERE, YOU BELONG HERE.

BUT I KIND OF FEEL LIKE HERE I AM BACK TO A QR CODE THAT LETS SOMEONE TELL US WHAT WOULD MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG.

MICHAEL, SORRY, LIKE A SURVEY AND THAT Q ARTICLE, WE CAN CHANGE WHAT'S THERE, BUT I REALLY FEEL LIKE IT NEEDS A CALL TO ACTION BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE, YEAH, WE ALL BELONG.

YAY FOR US, WE WANT YOU TO BELONG.

THOUGHTS, UH, THE VIDEO IS DESIGNED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND ADJUSTABLE.

MM-HMM.

.

EXACTLY.

YEAH.

YEAH.

I WASN'T TRYING TO OH NO, I'M, I'M JUST SAYING LIKE, YES.

WE CAN SHORTEN IT IF YOU WANT.

WE COULD EVEN LENGTHEN IT CUZ WE HAVE SO MUCH FOOTAGE THAT DID NOT MAKE IT ON THERE.

IT'S PERFECT.

YEAH.

SO THERE'S VERY, VERY GOOD EDITORIAL DECISIONS AND I'M JUST, I WAS SO IMPRESSED.

SO I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO LENGTHEN OR SHORTEN IT.

I JUST THINK WE NEED TO ADD A CALL TO ACTION.

WHAT DOES EVERYONE ELSE THINK? I DIDN'T SEE THE VIDEO, SO.

OKAY.

SO LET'S, I CAN OFFER AN OPINION.

WE WILL SHARE THE LINK.

EVERYONE PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT IT, MAKE SURE THERE'S NO TYPOS.

I FEEL LIKE WE'VE LOOKED AT IT.

WE YEAH.

TOO MANY PEOPLE.

I'VE LOOKED AT IT TOO MANY TIMES TO CATCH THEM ANYMORE.

YEAH.

SO IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE MORE EYES ON THEM.

UM, TAKE A LOOK, PLEASE.

DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING.

SEND SOME IDEAS SO THAT WE CAN GET THIS THING OUT THERE BECAUSE, UM, AMY AND ARTS IS READY TO HELP US LAUNCH IT WHEREVER WE WOULD LIKE TO LAUNCH IT AND TO CONTINUE TO PLAY IT AT EVENTS AS THE YEAR GOES ON.

AND THEY'VE GOT A LOT COMING UP.

MM-HMM.

.

BUT THAT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THE CMC, TELL PEOPLE WE'RE HERE SO THEY FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG.

TELL THEM THAT WE BELONG AND WE ARE AS MULTICULTURAL AS A COMMISSION CAN BE.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM THIS YEAR, NIGERIA, NIGERIA, ISAAC'S, CAMEROON.

NO, DONNA, DONNA, JENNIFER, VIETNAMESE, AFRICAN AMERICAN, AFRICAN AMERICAN, MERRILL, NEW ORLEANS, FRENCH .

CLOSE ENOUGH.

BALEN, SEARS IS ENOUGH.

LIZ, ARKANSAS, JUSTINA, TEXAS, BUT INDIA, BUT SOUTH ASIAN, MINDY, UH, TEXAS TOO,

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I GUESS RIGHT NOW.

YEAH, SURE.

YOUR HERITAGE.

YOU KNOW, I JUST, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO SHOW ALL OF THE FACES OF THIS COMMISSION AS WELL AS THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO AREN'T REPRESENTED.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF CULTURES IN G I S D AS, AS ANNIE WAS SHARING, YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE THAT WE PASS ON THE STREET AND GARLAND, WHAT UNITES US IS SO MUCH GREATER THAN WHAT DIVIDES US.

BUT IF WE DON'T CONNECT, WE DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD THE KIND OF RELATIONSHIPS THAT MAKE PEOPLE STOP BULLYING EACH OTHER.

CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

MM-HMM.

SO THAT'S MY THOUGHT ON THE, UM, VIDEO, IF WE CAN ALL TAKE A LOOK, PROVIDE SOME FEEDBACK ON WHAT YOU THINK A CALL TO ACTION COULD BE.

UM, BUT WHAT WAS I GONNA SAY? YES.

SO IT CAN BE SHORTENED IF WE END UP USING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

MM-HMM.

.

CAUSE I KNOW LIKE SOUND BITES FOR LIKE THE TIKTOK ERA IS A THING NOW.

UM, AND THEN THE, A LOT OF THE PARTICIPANTS SLASH ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE IN THE VIDEO ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE VIDEO AND THEY KIND OF LIKE ARE WAITING FOR A REVEAL DATE.

AND I DON'T HAVE A DATE TO GIVE THEM YET.

SO YOU GET AS SOON AS WE'RE DONE.

AND THIS IS, IT'S NOT, THIS IS NOT A BIG LIFT TO GET THIS DONE MM-HMM.

, BUT I WANT IT TO GO OUTRIGHT THE FIRST TIME BECAUSE PEOPLE AREN'T GONNA LOOK AT IT A SECOND TIME.

UN UNLESS THEY JUST HAPPEN TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE IT IS.

THAT'S TRUE.

SO IF WE, IF WE STEP UP GREAT THE FIRST TIME, YES, WE CAN SHORTEN IT, WE CAN DO CLIPS, WE CAN DO ALL KINDS OF OTHER THINGS.

BUT THE FIRST AUDIENCE, I, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE FULL IMPACT, NOT JUST OF YOUR WONDERFUL WORK, BUT OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE SOME INPUT MM-HMM.

, YOU KNOW, AND LET US KNOW BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN WONDERING, YOU KNOW, MY FIRST QUESTION WAS WHY WERE WE HERE? AND THAT'S, YOU KNOW MM-HMM.

NOW I KNOW SO MUCH MORE ABOUT IT, BUT HOW AM I, HOW ARE WE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE TO FEEL THE SAME KIND OF INCLUSION? YOU KNOW, HOW ARE WE CREATING A BIGGER TABLE, A BROADER WAY FOR PEOPLE TO CONNECT? I WOULD LOVE FOR THEM TO TELL US.

YEAH.

I LIKE THAT IDEA.

I ALSO, ONE SIDE NOTE, TIKTOK IDEA, UM, OR REAL IDEA IS TAKE THE, YOU BELONG HERE AND GO OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

JUST THOSE SOUND BITES OR THAT VIDEO OF EVERYBODY SAYING YOU BELONG HERE.

I BELONG HERE.

THAT'D BE COOL.

AND THEN ALSO MAYBE IT WOULDN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE AVID, LIKE A LIKE, RECORDING OF SOMEBODY AT THE END OF A CALL TO ACTION.

IT COULD BE LIKE A SCREEN OF LIKE, IF WE HAD IT IN LIKE ALL THE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES MM-HMM.

THAT WE'VE HAD, LIKE, OR YOU BELONG HERE OR YOU LIKE, ARE WELCOME HERE AND THEN LIKE SCAN A QR CODE TO FIGURE OUT HOW LOVE IT.

BUT YEAH.

, FIGURE OUT HOW I LOVE THAT.

TELL US HOW.

I LOVE THAT.

OKAY.

YEAH.

TELL US HOW.

OKAY.

THANK YOU JUSTINA.

ANYONE ELSE? COOL.

I'M EXCITED.

OKAY.

20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

NICE.

SO DID YOU SKIP ONE? OOPS.

I DID.

SORRY.

THE RETREAT? YES.

BECAUSE IT'S BEEN A THORN IN MY EAR.

WE HAD THE CITY MANAGER AND THE MAYOR SCHEDULED, AND THEN WE MOVED THE DATE TO A DATE THAT WORKED FOR US BECAUSE I COULDN'T ATTEND.

I WISH I, AND I'D SAID, GO AHEAD.

I WISH I, WE HAD, WE HAD, WELL THE DATE THAT WE MOVED TO INITIALLY THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD ATTEND AND IT FELL DURING SPRING BREAK MM-HMM.

SO THEY COULD NOT ATTEND.

SO THE CITY MANAGER WAS GOING TO GIVE BACK TO ME WITH A DATE.

AND WE DID NOT, HE DID NOT GET BACK TO ME WITH A DATE.

DID HE SHARE ANYTHING WITH YOU, RENEE? NO.

I DON'T LONGER WORK WITH THE OFFICE ON THINGS LIKE THAT.

YOU'LL HAVE TO CONTACT MICHAELA BOOKMAN.

SHE'S HIS ASSISTANT AND SHE HANDLES HIS CALENDAR.

OKAY.

M A K A Y M OR M I C H A L M.

SMALL A UHHUH CAPITAL K.

UHHUH A Y L A.

OKAY.

BOOKMAN.

B O O K M A N.

OKAY.

SHE'S HIS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND SHE HANDLES HIS CALENDAR.

GOT IT.

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE HIM OR GET INTO HIM.

YOU WILL ONLY DO IT THROUGH HER.

OKAY.

HMM.

OKAY.

AND CAN GET HER INFORMATION ON LIKE THE, LIKE THE, SHE'S ON THE WEBSITE.

9 72 0 2 0 5 2 4 0 6.

OKAY.

M BOOKMAN AT GARLAND GX.

WOW.

GO O O K M N.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

OKAY.

WE WILL, WE WILL GET THAT SET.

BUT AS WE CONSIDER THIS NOW WE ARE IN ALMOST IN MAY.

SO I'M THINKING WE'RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT A SUMMER SCHEDULE DATE AND WOULD LOVE THOUGHTS JUNE, JULY.

I'D SAY MAYBE JUNE.

OKAY.

THE EARLIER WE CAN SCHEDULE IT, THE MORE WE HAVE TIME IN

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THE YEAR TO LIKE PROCEED.

AGREED.

I JUST DON'T WANNA LET IT GO.

I THINK IT REALLY IS IMPORTANT AND ESPECIALLY WITH THE NEW CITY MANAGER, YOU KNOW, JUNE DOES THAT, IT WILL BE ON SATURDAY.

IT WILL BE ON SATURDAY MORNING.

WE DID HALF DAY NINE, I THINK IT WAS NINE TO NOON.

NINE TO NOON.

YES.

I BELIEVE THE JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION IS JUNE 17TH THIS YEAR.

OKAY.

SO NOT JUNE.

SO WE CANNOT DO JUNE 17TH.

NO, WE CANNOT.

OKAY.

SO JUNE NOT THE 17TH.

YES MA'AM.

CAN WE CHECK WITH HIS CALENDAR? BUT I WANNA GIVE THEM, WE CAN, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE HIM SOME OPTIONS FROM US.

OKAY.

MAY, MAYBE NOT THE 24TH OR THE 17TH.

OKAY.

WHAT ABOUT THE 10TH? IS THAT MOTHER'S DAY? OH, NO, NO.

FATHER'S DAY IS THE, NO.

FATHERS DAY FATHER.

19TH IS THE 18TH.

I'M SORRY.

JUNE 10TH.

OKAY.

THAT'S ONE.

ALL RIGHT.

AND DO YOU GUYS WANNA TRY A JULY DATE? YES.

IT'S SINCE WE JUST KILLED ALL OF JUNE .

HOW ABOUT, I MEAN, WE DIDN'T KILL, I MEAN, WHAT ABOUT JUNE 3RD? WE JUST, THAT'S PROBABLY GONNA BE OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION.

GRADUATION, YEAH.

GRADUATION.

OKAY.

UM, I MEAN, EIGHTH, 15TH, 22, 29.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

EIGHTH IS THE WEEK OF THE 4TH OF JULY.

SO SOME PEOPLE MAY BE TRAVELING.

YEAH.

15TH.

15TH.

GOOD.

15TH.

GOOD.

I'M GOOD WITH 15TH.

YOU MEAN JULY? MM-HMM.

? YES.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, UH, JULY 15TH WILL BE FIRST RESPONDERS SOCCER TOURNAMENT.

OKAY.

22ND.

15TH.

SO LET'S MOVE TO THE 22ND.

WE DON'T WANNA BE THE SOCCER TOURNAMENT.

YES MA'AM.

ANYBODY ELSE KNOW ANYTHING? JULY 22ND.

THANK YOU, JENNIFER.

YEAH, YOU'RE THE BEST.

22ND IS GOOD FOR ME.

OKAY.

LET'S TRY THOSE TWO AND SEE IF WE WIN.

OKAY.

IT COULD HAPPEN.

I WILL REACH OUT TO MICHAELA POST TASTE.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, NOW TO THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

JUSTINA, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN HERE.

SO WE, WE KIND OF MOVED FORWARD WITH JUST SAYING WE WOULD DISCUSS DOING SOMETHING WITH CULTURAL ARTS AND, UM, THE CULTURAL ARTS DIRECTOR IS THRILLED TO HAVE US PARTNER IN ANY WAY.

BUT IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE BACK THE LEADERSHIP ROLE, IT WOULD BE AND WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO DO IT.

OKAY.

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE, I MEAN, I WOULDN'T WANNA TAKE ALL OF IT BACK.

NO, I'M HAPPY TO JOIN YOU.

SO I WILL SERVE ON YOUR COMMITTEE, BUT YOU WILL CHAIR THAT COMMITTEE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I CAN DO THAT.

OKAY.

I WILL ALSO MAKE PERFECT A COMMITMENT THAT I WILL BE WORK ALONG YOUR SIDE.

EXCELLENT.

YOU HAVE, LOOK AT ALL THIS.

THANK YOU.

YOU, YOU'VE GOT THE SUPPORT, SO YOU JUST GET IT GOING AND WE ARE HERE TO HELP.

ALL RIGHT.

DO WE HAVE, UH, UPCOMING EVENTS? THE ART OF PARTY BENEFITING GIRL AND ARTS COMMISSION? THAT'S TOMORROW.

WHAT IS THAT? WHY DON'T, IT'S A BASICALLY KIND OF A GALA, BUT NOT REALLY, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY'RE DOING LIKE A SILENT AUCTION.

MM-HMM.

, AS FAR AS I KNOW, THE EMERALD, UM, WHAT'S IT CALLED? EMERALD CITY.

EMERALD CITY BAN.

IT'S PLAYING UHHUH AND THERE'S GONNA BE A CASH BAR AND SOME APPETIZERS.

WOW.

IT'S FOR YOU.

AND FOR, IT'S $35 ONLY $35 FOR THE EMERALD CITY BAN.

THAT'S, THAT'S, YEAH.

I DON'T KNOW.

I I LIKE THAT MATT BANKS BAN, BUT OH, .

YOU KNOW, BUT NO, I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL.

I DON'T KNOW WHY I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT.

IT'S A FUNDRAISER FOR THE GIRLS ARTS FUNDRAISER FOR CULTURE ARTS.

THAT'S GREAT.

OKAY.

YEAH.

CAN YOU PAY AT THE DOOR OR YOU HAVE TO PURCHASE THE TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME? I THINK, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE TAKING TICKETS AT THE DOOR.

I ALREADY BOUGHT MINE.

OKAY.

IT'S NOT, THEY HAVE IT ONLINE TICKETS, ONLINE SHARE THAT KINDA STUFF WHEN YOU KNOW ABOUT IT.

WOULD YOU CUZ SOMEHOW I MISSED THAT ONE.

NO, NO.

WHEN I ASKED WHAT DID I ASK YOU TO DO, MINDY? DO YOU WANT IT IN AN EMAIL? NO.

YOU KNOW HOW I AM WITH EMAIL, BUT, YOU KNOW, BUT, BUT EVEN JUST IN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, IN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP.

STILL THERE? YEAH.

YES.

OH, OKAY.

OH, YOU MAY NOT DO FACEBOOK.

THAT WOULD BE A GENERATIONAL THING.

I, I WANT FACEBOOK.

ARE YOU? I MEAN, I DON'T THINK I'M A PART OF THAT.

WELL, WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN, BUT IF YOU WOULD SHARE THAT KIND OF THING, JUST ONE PLACE WHERE EVERYONE COULD SEE IT, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN GETTING, I LIKE, I'VE, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN TO SO MANY THINGS, BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN SOMETHING SLIPS THROUGH.

UM, AND I CAN'T GO.

I'VE GOT A COMMITMENT.

HOW ABOUT THE CMC WEBSITE? ARE WE STILL UP TO DATE? NO.

NO, NO.

THAT'S NOT, WE JUST CREATE A FACEBOOK PAGE.

SO NO, WE DID THAT LAST YEAR.

SO, UM, THE FORMER, UM, WHAT IS THAT? DEPARTMENT MARKETING AND, UH, WOULD NOT

[00:45:01]

ALLOW US TO DO ANYTHING.

SO NOW WE HAVE A WHOLE NEW REGIME AND IT'S, IT'S CERTAINLY TIME TO APPROACH THAT AGAIN.

BUT SINCE WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN BEHIND THE SCENES, WE HAVE NOT HAD THAT BEFORE.

OKAY.

THE GENERAL ELECTION, MAY 6TH, EARLY VOTING BEGINS MONDAY THROUGH THE 20TH.

PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE AND ENCOURAGE YOUR NEIGHBORS TO DO SO.

RENE JUST SHARED SOME ALMOST TRAGIC VOTER TURNOUT INFORMATION.

AND WE DON'T, IF, IF YOU BRING ONE PERSON THAT'S ONE MORE PERSON MM-HMM.

, THERE'S A G S D BOND ON THAT BALLOT.

YES.

YES.

I WAS PART OF THE CITIZEN.

YES.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THAT'S A LITTLE RECOGNITION.

JUSTINA, JENNIFER, AND, UM, ALVIA ALL SERVED ON THE BOND COMMITTEE.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I LOVE SEEING YOUR NAMES.

WHEN I WENT TO THE PRESENTATION, I'M LIKE, I KNOW THOSE SUPERSTARS.

YAY.

GOOD JOB.

IT'S A, IT'S A, IT'S, IT'S GOOD.

AND YEAH, IT'S A BIG GSD BOND.

IT'S 1.6 BILLION.

YEAH.

IT'S A LOT OF DOLLARS.

UM, A LOT OF, AND A LOT OF GOOD STUFF IN IT.

IT'S FOR THE COMMUNITY.

YEAH.

IT REALLY IS.

IF IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN, IT'S FOR EVERYBODY.

YEAH.

CINCO DE MAYO COMING UP AT LAKEWOOD BREWERY ON MAY 7TH, JUNETEENTH JUNE 17TH.

WHERE IT'S GONNA BE AT AUDUBON.

IS IT AT AUDUBON? AGAIN, STANDING FOR A REASON.

OKAY.

THEY ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP AGAIN.

I WAS GETTING READY TO SAY THAT.

BE IN THE TABLE YOU GUYS HELPED WITH LAST YEAR.

SO THAT'S ONE YOU WOULD HAVE TO TAKE A VOTE ON.

WHAT THEY ASKED US TO DO IS, IS WORK THEIR TABLE.

WHOA.

SO WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE OUR OWN.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO, BUT, BUT WE COULD.

WE SHOULD.

SO WE COULD EITHER, WE COULD EITHER PARTNER WITH VISIT GARLAND OR DO OUR OWN.

WE DID OUR OWN LAST YEAR.

IT WAS A TON OF FUN AND WE HAD GREAT REPRESENTATION.

BUT IT'S COMING UP RELATIVELY SOON AND UH, YOU KNOW, THIS IS UP TO YOU ON YOUR AVAILABILITY.

YOU GUYS WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO TAKE A VOTE ON THAT ONE.

YES.

UM, BUT THEY'RE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP.

IF WE, IF WE DO HAVE, CUZ VISIT GARLAND WAS AROUND US, RIGHT? LAST THEY NO, THEY WERE OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE.

WE WERE UNDER THE TENT.

THEY WERE, AND THEY WERE OUT IN THE SUN.

OH.

SO WOULD THAT BE SIMILAR TO, I DON'T KNOW.

WE COULD ASK THAT QUESTION.

I CAN SEE LIKE IF THERE'S, I KNOW I WILL LIVE, BUT I WAS JUST ASKING.

IT'S A GOOD QUESTION, BUT I WILL ASK IF WE CAN KNOW THE LOCATION.

I THINK THINK THAT, UM, IT WOULD BE, IT COULD BE LIKE BRING MORE PEOPLE TO ONE TABLE.

MM-HMM.

IF THERE'S TWO THINGS BEING INVOLVED IN IT.

MM-HMM.

.

AND I THINK IT'S KIND OF COOL BECAUSE I MEAN, LIKE WE ARE REPRESENTATIVES OF GARLAND ITSELF AND PEOPLE WANNA VISIT US.

LIKE, IT JUST MAKES SENSE, BUT SO I'M, SO YOU SEE SOME BENEFITS CAN, YEAH.

I CAN SEE BENEFITS IN BOTH.

I WILL ASK ABOUT THE TABLE LOCATION, AND I UNDERSTAND YOUR IDEA AND SHARING WITH .

ANYONE ELSE IF MADAM CHAIR, IF WE SHARE A TABLE WITH THEM AS LONG AS WE STILL CAN HAVE OUR CMC, UM, TABLE TABLECLOTH, UH, THAT'S ON THE TABLE.

MM-HMM.

, I'M, I'M IN AGREEMENT THAT WE CAN SHARE THE TABLE.

YOU KNOW, I, I'M SORRY, GO AHEAD.

I WAS GONNA SAY CUZ WE HAD LIKE THREE TABLES OR LIKE, WE MADE A LITTLE BOOTH, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

.

IT WAS WONDERFUL.

SO WHAT IF WE LIKE HAD TWO TABLES? YEAH.

LIKE BASICALLY THAT'S WHAT I WAS THINKING.

OR A U-SHAPE SITUATION TOO, SO.

RIGHT.

I LIKED THAT WE HAD THAT STUFF.

IT WAS AWESOME.

YEAH, JUST BRING IT UP WITH DANA.

IF YOU SEND ME AN EMAIL AND TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT IT IS, YOU, I'LL MAKE SURE DANA DRAW A PICTURE, TWO TABLES, OUR TABLECLOTH TABLE FREQUENT NOW.

AND I'LL GIVE HER THAT FEEDBACK.

TELL WHAT YOU GUYS ARE SAYING.

YES.

BUT THEN, BUT WE NEED TO BE REPRESENTING OURSELVES AND SHARING.

MM-HMM.

.

ANYONE, ANY OTHER THOUGHTS? ARE WE HAVING WHAT? THE FANS WERE NOT FROM US, WERE THEY? NO.

FANS.

WE GAVE OUT FANS, RIGHT? OH NO, THOSE, YEAH, THOSE WERE, UM, ARE THOSE LITTLE CIRCLE THINGS THAT WAS EITHER NAACP OR THEY'RE GONNA HAVE THOSE AGAIN? CULTURAL ARTS, BUT WE DID PASS THOSE OUT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

IT'S CVS ORDERING THOSE FOR THE OKAY.

THEY'RE GONNA HAVE THOSE AGAIN WITH SOME OTHER THINGS LIKE OKAY.

GOOD.

SO WE CAN PASS OUT THEIR SWAG.

YEAH.

MS. RENEE, WHAT ABOUT, UM, UMBRELLAS? I KNOW FOR THE SAFETY FIST THERE WERE SOME UMBRELLAS THAT WE HELD OUT.

HANDED OUT AND, UM, WE STILL HAVE PLENTY.

OKAY.

LET YOU GUYS HAVE TIME.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THOUGHTS IS, IT'S SOUNDING LIKE A YES.

SOMEONE NEEDS TO MAKE A MOTION.

UM, I, I MAKE A MOTION TO PARTNER WITH THE VISIT GARLAND AT THE JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION.

THERE WE GO.

ONE SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

OPPOSED? THE MOTION CARRIES.

GET WE'LL.

WE'LL SHARE A SPREADSHEET TO FILL IN THE TIME THAT YOU WANNA VOLUNTEER.

UM, IT WAS GREAT LAST

[00:50:01]

YEAR.

YEAH, I LOVED IT.

FIVE TO EIGHT.

UM, FIVE TO 8:00 PM OH, THAT'S EVEN BETTER.

SO IT'S NOT IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN.

MAKE IT LORD.

PERFECT.

OKAY.

WELL JUSTINA WILL BE FINE.

I'LL BE, I'LL BE FINE REGARDLESS.

, YOU ARE FINE.

EVERY DAY AND EVERY WAY.

JUSTINA.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

UNIDOS IS COMING UP ON MAY 9TH.

MAY 9TH AT THE GARLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ALWAYS FUN.

I LOVE BEING THERE.

I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH AND I LOVE BEING THERE AND THEY LOVE SEEING US.

SO IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO JOIN, I THINK THAT'S A GREAT THING FOR US TO BE DOING.

NAACP NEXT MEETING IS THE LAST TUESDAY AND THE NAACP IS STILL MEETING VIRTUALLY.

YES, WE ARE.

SO IT IS EASY TO JOIN.

IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE LINK TO THE MEETINGS, I AM SURE THAT OUR NAACP REPRESENTATIVE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION.

AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN SAFETY FEST.

RENEE JUST GOT THIS ON OUR RADAR FOR OCTOBER 14TH.

WE HAD A GREAT TIME THERE LAST YEAR AND THIS IS A PLACE THAT I THINK WE SHOULD BE AGAIN.

JENNIFER? YES MA'AM.

I THOUGHT YOU HAD SOMETHING TO SAY.

YES.

I, UM, FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, I WOULD LIKE TO ADD, REQUEST THE CMC COMMISSION BOARD MEMBER TO CONSIDER TO JOIN ON SATURDAY MAY THE 20TH.

THIS IS THE FIRST ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL.

COOL.

I WILL, UH, WE ARE WORKING THIS AFTERNOON WITH VISIT GARLAND BEFORE I COME HERE.

SO WE HAVE REVISED THE POSTERS TO ADD MORE NAMES AND SINGERS FROM CALIFORNIA.

THESE ARE TOP A CALIFORNIA TALENTS COMING TO PERFORM.

AND IT'S IN GARLAND? YES.

IN GARLAND.

I WILL SEND YOU THE REVISION MAYBE TOMORROW MORNING.

MAY 20.

AND WHAT TIME OF DAY? IT'S FROM 3:00 PM TO 10:00 PM AND CALL I OR OH NO, WINTERS PARK.

WINTERS PARK.

WINTERS PARK.

WINTERS PARK.

OKAY.

YES.

AND THEN ANOTHER, UM, ANOTHER EVENT.

BIG, BIG EVENT WILL BE REGULAR CITY OF GAR HOSTED THE D F W SOCCER TOURNAMENT JULY EIGHT AND NINE.

AND YOU WERE THERE LAST YEAR? YES.

MM-HMM.

, D F W SOCCER TOURNAMENT.

SO WE HAVE TWO SOCCER TOURNAMENT BACK TO BACK OOF.

IN JULY.

ONE WEEKEND AT EIGHT, JULY EIGHT, NINE.

AND THE FOLLOWING 15TH OF JULY IS FIRST RESPONDERS SOCCER TOURNAMENT.

AND SO FAR WE HAVE 12 TEAMS. OH WOW.

FROM ALL OVER.

WHAT MAKES THEM WANNA DO THIS IN JULY FOR CHARITY? IT'S FOR THE PEOPLE.

THERE'S NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE WHEN IT'S 105 DEGREES.

NO.

RUNNING AROUND IN 105 DEGREES.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE THESE FOR? 10 DEGREES? THEY'RE PROBABLY JUST TRYING TO LET US KNOW THAT THEY CAN FUNCTION IN THAT TYPE OF TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE.

FINE.

SO WITH THEM BEING FIRST, WITH THEM BEING FIRST RESPONDERS, THEY'RE TRYING TO LET US KNOW WE'RE SAFE, SUPER LAME.

BANKS WILL NOT BE OUT THERE AT A TABLE.

WE'RE SAFE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO JENNIFER HAS HAS ADDED MAY 20TH ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL.

WHAT DAY IS THAT? SATURDAY? MAY 20TH IS A SATURDAY.

OKAY, GREAT.

THE THIRD SATURDAY IN MAY AT WINTERS PARK.

AND I THINK DO, IS THERE A POSSIBILITY TO HAVE A TABLE? WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING THE COMMISSION WOULD LIKE TO HAVE.

LET US KNOW HOW TO BEST REPRESENT, HAVE A HOOKUP.

WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU ALL TO BE, I'M SORRY, THAT'S TIME FOR ME TO TAKE MY PILLS.

DO YOU NEED WATER? I HAVE WATER.

THANK YOU.

UM, YES.

JUST LET ME KNOW.

WE, WE WANT TO YOU, YOU TELL US WHAT IS APPROPRIATE AND WE'RE THERE, JENNIFER, YOU SAID THREE TO 10.

THREE TO 10.

I I WILL SEND YOU THE REVISED.

OKAY.

AND WE'LL GET IT OUT AND EVERYONE, LET'S LOOK AT HOW WE CAN BE THERE AND, AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

THAT'S FANTASTIC.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER NEW BUSINESS? OH, I HAVE MORE EVENTS.

OH, GO AHEAD.

OH, OKAY.

GARLAND ANIMAL SERVICES IS HAVING THEIR GRAND BONANZA ON A SATURDAY.

THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND FROM 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM WHAT IS THEIR GRAND BONANZA? IT'S THEIR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW ANIMAL SHELTER.

IS IT REALLY A YEAR? WOW.

I STILL HAVEN'T BEEN.

WOW.

OH, IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

YEAH, IT LOOKS, IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

LOOKS HUGE COMPARED TO THE OTHER ONE.

IT'S LIKE, IT'S IT IS FANTASTIC.

WHAT TIME? UH, FROM 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM YOU CAN GET A NEW PET.

THERE'S FOOD TRUCKS, THERE'S WRAPPER PRIZE AND FREE VACCINE AND MICROCHIP.

MICROCHIP CLINIC.

AWESOME.

I ASSUME FOR THE PET'S, NOT FOR YOU.

OH, .

THAT IS VERY COOL.

OF COURSE, THIS IS ALL LIKE THIS WEEKEND, YOU KNOW.

AND THEN, UH, THERE'S A YOGA IN THE PARK SERIES AT WINTERS PARK.

IT IS, UM, DONATIONS WHEN IT'S

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LIKE THE ENTIRE UNTIL UH, MAY 14TH.

IT'S A SIX WEEK SERIES.

WHO'S DOING IT? UH, 7 2 1 YOGA.

UM, BUT THEY HAVE CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY AT NINE, SATURDAY AT NINE 30 AND SUNDAY AT 11:00 AM IT'S DONATION BASED WINTER.

AND CAN YOU, UM, AT THREE DIFFERENT TIMES, THREE DIFFERENT TIMES, BRING YOUR MAT, BRING YOUR, YOU SEND IT TO 7 21 IS THE NUMBER NO, 7 21 YOGA IS THE NAME OF THE YOGA PERSON THAT'S RUNNING IT.

YOU SAID IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CITY, THE, THE FACEBOOK PAGE.

BECAUSE I BET YOU THERE'LL POST ON THE FACEBOOK I'LL, I'M GOING ON TO RENEE.

WELL, WHAT, WHAT, WHAT I'M GOING TO BET THOUGH IS THAT THEY HAVE A FACEBOOK EVENT.

I DON'T KNOW CUZ IT'S A CITY OF GARLAND SPONSORED EVENT TOO, WHICH MEANS IT'S ON THE, WHICH MEANS THAT IT'S SOMEWHERE.

SO WE NEED TO JUST GO GET IT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

BECAUSE I SEE THE FLYER AND IT HAS THE GARLAND LOGO.

YEAH.

THEN, THEN WE CAN FIND IT.

I MEAN, IF THERE'S A LINK, THAT'S WHAT'S GOOD.

I CAN SEND IT TO YOU.

OKAY, THANKS.

AND THEN I'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU ALL TO ATTEND OUR, UH, PARADE, WHICH WILL HAPPEN ON APRIL 30TH.

IT'S A SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH.

IT START FROM 11 UNTIL FIVE 30.

BUT THE PARADE ACTUALLY START AT 12.

SO WE HAVE OUR OPENINGS CEREMONY AT 11 ON SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH.

AND WHAT TIME, PARDON? TIME? 11 2 2 5 30 PARADE.

THE PARADE IS AT NOON, BUT OUR OPENING CEREMONY IS 11 AND IT IS A DAY THAT WE COMMEMORATE THE FALL.

TRIGON.

APRIL 30TH.

YES.

BLACK.

APRIL DAY.

APRIL.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER EVENT, WHICH WILL HAPPEN ON MAY SATURDAY, MAY 20TH IS, UM, IS THAT, UM, POLICE APPRECIATION DATE THAT WE ARE HOSTING FOR ALL THE KIDS TO COME.

SO IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER ETHNICITY GROUP YOU ARE, WELCOME TO PASS IT ON IS FREE PIZZA, UM, MEGA CARDS.

AND THEN IT'S BASICALLY JUST FOR KIDS.

AND WE ARE SHOWING THEM TO, YOU KNOW, SHOW APPRECIATION TO OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I LOVE THIS.

WHERE ARE THESE? AND THESE ARE, THIS IS AT THE VIETNAMESE AMERICAN CENTER? YES.

OKAY.

DO YOU, ON THE LINE, YOU SEND THOSE TO ME.

DID YOU HAVE MY EMAIL? AND THEN I'LL PUSH IT OUT TO THE OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YES, THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THE CALENDAR'S FILLING UP.

COUPLE OF DATES FROM G I S D.

YAY.

UM, THE LAST OF THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON THE BOND, UM, MONDAY MAY 1ST AT MPA AND, UM, MAY 5TH IS THE LAST DAY FOR PRE-KINDERGARTEN.

KINDERGARTEN TO DO SCHOOL CHOICE.

AW, THEY'RE SO CUTE.

YOU SAID MAY 5TH IS THE TOWN MEETING.

MAY 5TH IS THE LAST DAY FOR, TO PUT THE THREE CHOICES IN FOR SCHOOL CHOICE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WE ARE INFORMED AND AWARE FIRST MERRILL.

YES MA'AM.

I DO HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE.

IS THAT JUST INTERNAL FOR US? THAT'S INTERNAL FOR US.

AND WE WILL TALK TO COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT WHETHER WE CAN DO SOMETHING EXTERNAL NOW, BECAUSE THERE'S REALLY NO REASON FOR ANYONE IN AMERICA IN 2023 TO NOT BE ABLE TO SHARE INFORMATION AND, AND WE NO LONGER HAVE THAT PROBLEM.

AND THEN THE REASON I, I ASKED BECAUSE OF ALL THESE EVENTS, IF THEY'RE ALL ON THE MULTICULTURAL PAGE FOR PEOPLE JUST IN THE, SEE IF WE CAN TAKE IT AND PUT IT ON OUR OWN.

YEAH, BUT I'M SAYING, BUT FOR OTHER PEOPLE, I MEAN, PEOPLE WHO DON'T FOLLOW US SHARE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE.

YEAH.

BECAUSE IT'S THERE.

BUT I'M SAYING FOR WE DON'T HAVE IT FOR EVERYBODY.

THAT'S NOT PART OF ONE OF OUR AUDIENCE TO BE ABLE TO GO AND SAY, HEY, GARLAND HAS A MULTICULTURAL PAGE AND THEY CAN LOOK UP ALL THE EVENTS.

YEAH.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S A REALLY ORIGINAL IDEA, MERYL.

WELL, BUT I MEAN, BUT IF, IF THIS IS PRIVATE, I FOUGHT THAT FIGHT ONCE, NOW I'M READY TO GO FOR, AND ALSO YOU CAN JOIN ME.

I SEE THERE'S ANOTHER, IT SAYS CMC MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION PAGE, WHICH IS RUN BY BETH DE TOMO AND DENISE WILSON.

SO THERE'S THE, I'M BEING TRAINED OUR TO FIX THAT PAGE.

OUR PAGE, YEAH.

IS FROM VACATION.

I'M GONNA HAVE OUR PAGE IS THE REAL C M C PAGE.

YES.

BUT, BUT, SO THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT AS WELL.

WE'RE AWARE THAT ONE NEEDS, AND I WILL INVITE YOU TO THE MEETING WITH COMMUNICATIONS.

I'M SORRY, MADAM CHAIR.

OH, I ACTUALLY HAD THAT CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE YESTERDAY.

OKAY.

YEAH.

IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE ASKED THEM NICELY TO RELEASE.

THEY WOULD NOT.

SO WE CREATED OUR OWN SO THAT WE CAN SHARE INFORMATION AMONGST OURSELVES.

NOW YOU CAN TAKE SOMETHING FROM THAT PAGE AND SHARE IT PERSONALLY.

WE DO NOT YET HAVE, AND WE SHOULD NOT HAVE, AND EVERY OTHER CITY DOES NOT STOP THEIR COMMISSIONS FROM COMMUNICATING.

BUT YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE A LIMITATION.

BUT WE DO.

SO WE'RE FOLLOWING THE RULES AND WE WILL SPEAK TO PEOPLE WHO CAN MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE SOME NEW RULES THAT MAKE SENSE.

AND IF THEY SAY NO, THEN WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE

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RULES.

MAY MADAM CHAIR WHEN YES MA'AM.

I COME BACK TO FIX IT.

I'D LIKE TO SET TIME WITH YOU.

COME SIT DOWN WITH ME AND WE'LL DO IT.

I CAN ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU KNOW, I DID THE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S FACEBOOK PAGE.

I DIDN'T, I'M REALLY EXCITED FOR YOU, MERYL.

I'M JUST, I DIDN'T EVEN ASK ANYBODY.

I JUST DID IT.

.

ILL PUT IT OUT THERE.

OKAY.

AND SUGAR, ARE YOU THROUGH? I I AM NOW.

I MEAN I LOVE ALL OF THIS, BUT UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WERE CONVERSATIONS HAD AND WE GOT SHOT DOWN EVERY TIME AND ALL WE WANTED TO DO WAS COMMUNICATE, WHICH IS THE CRITICAL PART OF OUR ROLE AS A COMMISSION.

SO NOW WE DON'T HAVE THAT BARRIER ANYMORE.

AND WE CAN GO BACK TO THE WELL, BUT TALKING ABOUT ALL THAT WE WENT THROUGH IS NOT GONNA MAKE IT BETTER.

BUT THANK YOU FOR ADDING A FEW MINUTES TO THE MEETING.

YES.

WELL, WE'RE RIGHT ON TIME.

OKAY.

OH, I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

IT STARTED LATE.

MADAM CHAIR.

I HAVE A QUICK,