Isla Vista Common Table: The Beloved Community
On Saturday May 18th, in recognition of the five year anniversary of the May 23rd tragedy, Isla Vista, UCSB, SBCC, Santa Barbara, and Goleta community members gathered at People’s park in IV to share a meal together.
As the event organizers explained, “Sitting down for a meal together is one of the most fundamental ways to bridge divisions and build community.” The tagline for the event was, “No speeches, no politics, no awards, just food, conversation, and the opportunity to contemplate together what a beloved community looks and feels like in Isla Vista.”
Community Resource Officer Ariel Bournes represented the UCSB Police Department at the event, and had great, locally made food and heartfelt conversations with several community members.
Check out some photos from the event below!