SLO mayor plans community potlucks, wants people to ‘Build a bigger table, not a higher wall’

Posted at 10:37 AM, Apr 17, 2018

A community potluck is being planned for the end of the month in San Luis Obispo designed to allow residents to "Build a bigger table, not a higher wall."

Mayor Heidi Harmon says the potluck is for people to share a meal and ideas for a better SLO and a better world.

It’s happening April 26, the same day controversial conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to return to Cal Poly. It also comes in the wake of protests at Cal Poly following a photo that surfaced online showing a fraternity member with his face painted black during PolyCultural Weekend.

Harmon said in the press release, "As we have seen in recent days, it is essential that communities learn to listen and talk about the issues that really matter, the issues that face people on our campus and our community at large. Racism can not be tolerated.  We all must join together to take a stand for equality, inclusion and kindness while supporting all people, especially those in marginalized groups. Let’s take this opportunity to come together and remind ourselves that San Luis Obispo is about building bigger tables, not higher walls."

There are no strict guidelines to host a potluck. Harmon is encouraging friends, neighbors and strangers to join together in a home or somewhere with their neighbors to share a meal on that day.

For more information, call (805) 630-0267.