ANITRA PARISH = FOUNDER | CEO 
CIVIC & SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
CREATIVE PLACE-MAKING
Financial analyst

LIKES:
THE OXFORD COMMA
THE PERFECT OVER-EASY EGG
SITTING ON CURBS
POCKETS

DISLIKES:
FAUX POCKETS
GENERAL Chauvinism
MEAN PEOPLE
RAISINS

“TURN THE TABLES WITH OUR UNITY, THEY NEITHER MORAL NOR MAJORITY. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE
OR JUST SAY NO TO INDIVIDUALITY” - L7

WHAT IS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT?

Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy.

LET’S make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and take action when NECESSARY.

HOW WOULD you LIKE TO MAKE AN IMPACT?

ME BY THE DECADE - A BUTCHERED CLIFFSNOTES VERSION

70’S

1978 - BORN - SAN DIEGO, CA TO WOLVES - NO, NOT REALLY BUT I LIKE METAPHORS

80’S
1981 - MOVED FROM SAN DIEGO, CA TO EL CENTRO, CA (113 MILES EAST OF SAN DIEGO AND 16 MILES NORTH OF THE MEXICALI, MEXICO BORDER)
1983 - MOVED TO IMPERIAL, CA - TO THE COUNTRY - MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (MCCONNELL & WORTHINGTON ROADS) - BECAME A NATURE KID - WANDERED FIELDS - WATCHED MY SISTER DISSECT TADPOLES AND KISS FROGS (MY BEGINNING OBSERVATIONS AND INTEREST OF AGRICULTURE AND BIOLOGY) - LEARNED WE COULD EXPLORE ALL DAY AND PRETEND WE WERE “RUNNING AWAY” FROM OUR SOMETIMES TROUBLED LIFE AT HOME - WE WERE FREE!
1987+ - MOVED INTO TOWN (IMPERIAL) THUS BEGAN MY JOURNEY OF SCHOOL PROBLEMS (TRUANCY AND “SICK DAYS”) and LIVING PERIODICALLY WITH OTHER FAMILIES... the life of a bohemian child… weird, but explains a lot
BIGGEST FEARS:  KILLER BEES - HOT LAVA - QUICKSAND

90’S  
MOVED TO EL CENTRO THEN BACK TO IMPERIAL - OH JR HIGH - OH HIGH SCHOOL - OH MOTHERHOOD
1991 - TOOK MY FIRST REAL ART CLASS AT WILSON JR HIGH (I FINALLY FOUND AN OUTLET BESIDES MUSIC, MOVIES, AND DENIAL THAT REALLY BROUGHT ME HAPPINESS). I DOVE INTO ART HISTORY AND WAS EXTREMELY INTRIGUED BY THE PSYCHOLOGY OF “ARTISTS”.
1993+ - I WAS INTRODUCED TO GRAFFITI - RAN WITH A CREW - COP HARASSMENT - HANDCUFFS - EXPERIMENTATION - PARTIES - MEXICALI - SAN DIEGO GIGS (BACK WHEN WE SAID “GIGS”) - PUNK ROCK - PUNKS - GANGSTER RAP - GANGSTERS - NO SUPERVISION
1996 - GRADUATED IMPERIAL HIGH SCHOOL - SOMEHOW  
1997 - AT 18 BECAME A SINGLE MOTHER - HELLO NATE - TIME TO GROW UP - FAST
BIGGEST FEARS:  FOMO - COPS - MEXICALI JAILS

00’S
OHHHH THE ZEROS… TAKE THE METAPHOR
I LIVED A FEW LIVES… I LOST MYSELF - TOOK SOME FINANCE CLASSES - STARTED ABSORBING DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS/THEORIES/ETC - AUTODIDACT - WORKED FOR SOME INTERESTING PEOPLE AND INDUSTRIES (from farm labor & irrigation disputes to texas mineral rights to slangin’ hay bales to china… wide range i tell ya) - LEARNED A LOT - I SEARCHED FOR MYSELF - IN THE END, I STARTED TO SEE MYSELF AGAIN
2001 - HAD MY GIRL - HELLO MADS
2004 -  HAD THE BABY - HELLO ADAM
2005+ - UPROOT - CHANGE - POOR HEALTH - SURGERIES - FEAR - NEED FOR CALM - CHAOS - REFLECTION - GROWTH BY TRIAL AND ERROR - MORE TRIAL - MORE ERROR - MYSELF
BIGGEST FEARS:  MY KIDS - RUNNING OUT OF TOILET PAPER

10’S
THINGS ARE much BRIGHTER - bright i should say - FOUND MY TRIBE
2015 MET MY LIFE PARTNER - MY LOVE - HE INSPIRED ME TO BE MYSELF - TO SPEAK AND DO WHEN NORMALLY TOO AFRAID - TO IGNORE THE DOUBT IN MY HEAD - TO KEEP ON GOING
2016 AFTER 35 YEARS IN THE IMPERIAL VALLEY - MOVED BACK TO SAN DIEGO - WORK IN SAN DIEGO - TRAVEL TO LA & IMPERIAL VALLEY - HAPPY - AT PEACE - MY FAMILY
BIGGEST FEARS: STILL MY KIDS - STILL RUNNING OUT OF TOILET PAPER… OH now, thanks to anxiety: PUBLIC SPEAKING YAY

OKAY... HUMOR AND SNARK ASIDE
I WAS RAISED BY COMMUNITY
I EXPERIENCED AND OBSERVED VARIOUS TYPES OF STRUGGLES
I SAW THE STRENGTH IN THOSE PEOPLE WHO DEALT WITH AND OVERCAME THOSE STRUGGLES
THAT IS WHY I AM SO PASSIONATE ABOUT HIGHLIGHTING STRENGTHS OF OUR COMMUNITIES
PERSONALLY, I WAS A CHILD OF AN INCARCERATED PARENT
MY OTHER PARENT HAD STRUGGLES OF HER OWN
I DEALT WITH THINGS I WISH NO CHILD WOULD GO THROUGH
I FELT SHAME AND FEAR WHEN I SHOULD HAVE FELT SAFETY
I DIDN’T PLACE BLAME
I PUSHED THROUGH SOMEHOW - BOTH MYSELF AND MY SIBLINGS
IN REFLECTION I KNOW IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS AND SOMETIMES STRANGERS THAT IMPACTED OUR LIves
I HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE AND ON MY SURVIVAL
I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT
I USE THAT IN MY METHODOLOGY
I USE THAT IN MY DESIRE TO FIGHT AGAINST ECONOMIC DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION & BEYOND
I USE WHAT I LEARN
I USE WHAT I LEARNED FROM OTHERS
BY LISTENING
BY OBSERVING
BY TRYING TO BECOME A HEALTHY HUMAN
BY CONTINUING TO TRY