Press release: Race & Belonging and Climate Action are the Focus at Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian:


November 8, 2023

For more information, please contact:

Angela Van Rooy, Interim Communications Director, Office of the Mayor

[email protected] or 812-349-3505

Race & Belonging and Climate Action are the
Focus at Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Bloomington, Ind.–Following the very successful, first-ever joint town hall with residents of Bloomington and Palo Alto discussing Regional Divides, Sibling Cities USA is pleased to announce two upcoming conversations that bring together the communities of Bloomington and Palo Alto, CA to address issues that have deep relevance. Included in both events will be short keynote statements, themed discussions, and open dialog between the two groups. The conversations are hosted as in-person meetings for both communities, with simultaneous video connections between them.


  • Race and Belonging – November 12, 4-6 p.m. ET
    Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B/C, 303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington

  • Climate Action – NEW DATE: December 3, 4-6 p.m. ET
    Monroe County Public Library, Room 2B/C, 303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington

To register, visit


The Cities of Bloomington, IN and Palo Alto, CA are the first Sibling Cities in a national project that opens meaningful dialog between communities in different parts of the country.  As part of the Sibling Cities USA initiative, a three town hall series was organized, with two town halls yet to come — “Race & Belonging” and “Climate Action”.

Calls for national unity are increasing in response to today’s national divides, and Americans yearn to move past the polarization afflicting our country. Knitting this country back together is essential and Bloomington is part of the solution! Want to join the discussion? Ready to listen with curiosity and empathy? Want to understand what people in Palo Alto think about race and belonging, and climate action? Want to share your views and build friendship, trust, and respect across the miles? You’re invited to participate!

For more information about this initiative, contact Director of Sibling Cities USA, Vicki Veenker ([email protected]) or Bloomington project coordinator, Alain Barker ([email protected]


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