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The Diversity subcommittee of the Civic Action Commission works to ensure that Pleasant Hill is a welcoming, safe, tolerant and inclusive community for all. Email us at diversity@pleasanthillca.org

Join us for the next Community Conversation

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Community Conversations is a program sponsored by the City of Pleasant Hill's Civic Action Commission designed to provide the community an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns across a wide range of issues.  

The next program is set for 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. July 19, 2022, and will focus on the topic of Youth and Mental Health.  A panel of City officials, Pleasant Hill Police, mental health officials, and community members will discuss mental health challenges and what can be done for those who are in crisis. 

Community Conversations is held via Zoom. Those interested in watching the program can do so by clicking on https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86597100462?pwd=VXRCb24xU0NCVDIwb2piMjZsWlJlZz09

Celebrating Juneteenth

The City of Pleasant Hill honors and celebrates our African-American community on the Juneteenth Holiday, June 19, 2022. The Juneteenth symbol is a blue and red background with a white star in the center.

Juneteenth is the name of the federal holiday Juneteenth National Independence Day, also called Freedom Day. It commemorates the day in 1865 that the State of Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery and freeing all slaves. 

It became a federal holiday on June 16, 2021, by order of the United States Congress. 

The Recreation and Park District Senior Center partnered with the City's Diversity Commission to create a Juneteenth exhibit at the Senior Center. The community is invited to view the display beginning June 17, 2022 - July 1, 2022.  The Senior Center is open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The City welcomes ideas on how to honor Juneteenth next year.  To share suggestions, email 

At a May meeting, the Pleasant Hill City Council passed a proclamation honoring Juneteenth, and all City Offices will be closed Monday, June 20, 2022, for the holiday.

The proclamation can be found below on this page and in the City's archive.


Videos of Past Events

Social Justice and the LGBTQI+ Community  January 12, 2022, Community Conversation held on Zoom featuring Kiku Johnson, Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson, Cristy Smyth, Sergeant Jason Kleven, City Manager June Catalano, City Council Member Ken Carlson, and Mayor Michael Harris. 

Social Justice and the Jewish Community August 3, 2021, Community Conversation held on Zoom featuring Max Benabou, Sandra Benabou, Karen Cohen, Vice Mayor Michael Harris, Rabbi Dan Stein and Rabbi Emeritus Robert Graetz from the Pleasant Hill Jewish Community as well as Mayor Sue Noack, City Manager June Catalano, and PHPD Captain Scott Vermillion.

Social Justice and the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community  A June 3, 2021, Community Conversation held on Zoom featuring several members of the AAPI community, Civic Action Commission, City of Pleasant Hill, and Pleasant Hill Police Department.  

Social Justice and Youth An August 26 Community Conversation with high school and college students, Police Chief Bryan Hill, School Resources Officer Brett Botelho, Vice Mayor Sue Noack, and Councilman Michael Harris. 

Social Justice and the Role of the Faith Community An August 12 Community Conversation with panelists Father Paulson of Christ the King Church; the Rev. Fred Weidmann, Hillcrest Congregational Church; Rabbi Dan Stein, B'Nai Shalom; Dr. Amer Araim, author and DVC adjunct professor; Graham Seel, Executive Director of Generations Church, Police Chief Bryan Hill, and Councilmen Ken Carlson and Tim Flaherty.

Social Justice & Our Community  A July 23 Community Conversation with a special focus on the needs of the homeless, mentally ill, and others. Panelists include Gigi Crowder, Executive Director for the Contra Costa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI);  Jaime Jenett, Community Engagement Specialist for  Contra Costa Health, Housing and Homeless Services; Amanda Cruz, CORE team member; Mayor Matt Rinn; City Manager June Catalano; Police Chief Bryan Hill.

Town Hall meeting with the Mayor and Police Chief (June 20, 2020)

Voices of the Community

"What Juneteenth means to me" 

Proclamations & Resolutions of the City Council

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