Join us for a panel discussion April 2019:
HOUSELESS IN PORTLANDIA
Late in 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development presented its annual report on homelessness to Congress. Oregon ranks near the top of states in terms of the percentage of its homeless/houseless population that are living “unsheltered,” i.e. on the streets, in vehicles, parks or other places not designated for humans to sleep. According to the report, Black Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by houselessness. African Americans only account for 13% of the U.S. population, yet they represent 40% of all people experiencing houselessness, and 51% of the houseless who have children. Join us as some of Oregon’ top advocates for the houseless share the story behind the statistics and their efforts to stop houselessness while giving its victims dignity.
Ibrahim Mubarak, Executive Director, RIGHT 2 SURVIVE
LaQuida Landford, Community Housing Advocate
Adam Carpinelli, Board Member, RIGHT 2 SURVIVE
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
McMenamins Kennedy School Gym
5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland | Phone: 503-249-3983
Doors open at 6pm
Newcomers Welcome: 6:45pm
Program: 6:45pm – 9:15pm
Free | Minor with parent or guardian
RACE TALKS is a free series co-sponsored by Donna Maxey (Founder/Director of RACE TALKS), World Arts Foundation, Resolutions Northwest, and McMenamins.
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NEXT MONTH’S RACE TALKS:
COINCIDENTAL or INTENTIONAL? Overt Racism During Black History Month
February 2019 was Black History Month. With it came a barrage of racially inflammatory incidences including:
- Major fashion houses highlighting “Black face” caricatures on their fashions at runway shows; mail order “Black face” shoes from a pop recording idol; “Black face” dolls in window displays on 5th Avenue in New York City
- A well known actor proclaiming wanting to exact justice against any random Black person in retaliation for a Black on White crime perpetrated against his friend
- Uniformed Marine corps members in “Black face”video on social media
- A high school wrestler forced to cut off dreadlocks or be responsible for his school being eliminated from the match
- Shopping #WhileBlack; Selling lemonade/water #WhileBlack; Lawyering #WhileBlack
- The list goes on and on…
Are these coincidental or intentionally triggering acts? What trends are surfacing in the public today as Black African Americans are being reported to the police for carrying out everyday activities “#WhileBlack”. Hear experts talk about the trend of overt action taking place in our society today toward People of Color and what are its implications and ramifications for the future.
Dr. James Mason, former Chief Diversity Officer, Providence Hospital
Jeff Selby, Communications Manager, City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights
We look forward to you joining us. Bring a friend!
Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.