Inside Peter and Donna Thomas' book "Goodbye Bonita Lagoon"
Inside Peter and Donna Thomas’ book “Goodbye Bonita Lagoon.”
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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‘Goodbye Bonita Lagoon’: Peter and Donna Thomas bid farewell to a beloved natural landmark with a beautiful new art piece

Peter and Donna Thomas' painstakingly crafted book "Goodbye Bonita Lagoon"
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

With the tiny body of water that sits between their Black’s Beach home and the Pacific Ocean disappearing, Donna and Peter Thomas have lovingly crafted what they call a papermaker’s elegy, made with paper literally created from the various plants surrounding Bonita Lagoon. Go inside the book in Wallace Baine’s Sunday column.

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I’m a Mexican-American UCSC student and I’m sick of the performative activism in Santa Cruz County

A Mexican flag is draped over the sign at the entrance to the UC Santa Cruz campus
(Via Sebastián Valdez)

Sebastián Valdez crossed the U.S-Mexico border every day starting at age 13 to go to school in the U.S. It cost him time and took a toll on his mental health. It also made him wonder what made a successful future hard to find at home. Now a sophomore at UCSC, he is frustrated with the “performative activism” he sees in Santa Cruz and with how misunderstood people like him are. “I want to be a catalyst,” he writes. “I want to encourage others to use their own voices and tell their own stories. An accurate historical record, told by those who lived it, is the only way to reinstate dignity in our communities and break racist misconceptions about who we are.” Read his Community Voices opinion piece.

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