Screen Shot 2020 11 20 at 5.37.26 PMIn 2020, for the first time, residents of Southwest Santa Rosa voted for a city council member to represent their community. The election gave more power to historically disenfranchised neighborhoods in Santa Rosa.
 
How will decades of inequity be addressed after the election?
 
This special, produced in collaboration with KBBF radio, examines the history of voter power in Southwest Santa Rosa and how influential community members and organizers have been in shaping the district. 
 
 
 
 
This story was supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems. More information at solutionsjournalism.org
 
(Image: A mural in Roseland designed by Santa Rosa artist Martín Zuñiga.)
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