We miss important ideas and input when we fail to notice who is unable to attend decision making spaces. For those of us who are single parents, living at or below the poverty line, civic engagement is a struggle. Yet we have a district and valuable voice that is too often missing from spaces such as school council meetings and ward meetings. Why? We have no one to care for our children while we are engaged in advocating for them. Please consider offering childminding and snacks so that everyone has voice and a seat at the table.
Thanks for sharing your concerns and suggestions. I agree and will definitely be providing snacks at my Ward Council meetings as well as Childminding upon request of enough parents. As a minority, I understand the struggles first-hand and am working hard to raise issues of equity and accessibility.