The Effects of Racism on Mental Health

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Join us for a panel discussion June 2019:

The Effects of Racism on Mental Health

What effects do racist incidences have on the short-term and long-term mental and physical well-being of targeted groups? Join us as we screen the segment “Place Matters” from the 2008 PBS series Unnatural Causes followed by a discussion with Shea A. Lott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine.


Tuesday, June 11, 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.

Spread the word. Please forward this information to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.


NEXT MONTH’S RACE TALKS:

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New RACE TALKS Videos

RACE TALKS videos now online

Videos are now available to watch and share from all RACE TALKS events in 2019 from January – May. Watch now.

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Overt Racism During Black History Month

Join us for a panel discussion May 2019:

COINCIDENTAL or INTENTIONAL in 2019? 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. View examples of racism on the attached list, and decide for yourself whether these are COINCIDENTAL OR INTENTIONAL.

SPEAKERS:

Dr. James Mason, former Chief Diversity Officer, Providence Hospital

Jeff Selby, President, AIW Creative: Marketing, Communications & Consulting

Britton Taylor, Executive, Weiden & Kennedy Advertising Agency


Tuesday, May 14, 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.

Spread the word. Please forward this information to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.


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Higher rates of gun deaths, incarceration, educational disadvantages, poor health, healthcare disparaties,  unemployment, shorter term of employment are but a few of the many issues that effect People of Color, POC, in America. These issues coupled with the systemic racism in the United States cause POC to have higher rates of mental and physical health issues, but few studies are normed on POC that delineate these disparaties or provide support systems geared to support POC. Hear African American, Asian, Latinx and Native American mental health experts discuss the issues effecting their respective communities; what they all have in common; and solutions to this rising crisis in America.

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.

Houseless in Portlandia

Event poster for RACE TALKS event Houseless in Portlandia

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.

SPEAKERS:

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.

Spread the word. Please forward this information to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.


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.

SPEAKERS:

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.

Training the Next Generation of Leaders

RACE TALKS is working hard to train the next generation of leaders and facilitators. We’re making it a priority to empower youth with the skills and tools they’ll need to tackle discussions around race, social justice, and more whether they are in class, in their church, or in the broader community. That’s why for this training, the last in a series of four, preference will be given to youth applicants, 17-24 years old. 

The training is completely free (valued at $500) and the application process is open to all with focus on high school and college students. Prior experience is preferred, but not mandatory, so please encourage your friends to apply.

The application deadline is April 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm.

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About the Training 

The training dates are April 12-14, 2019.

The facilitator training is a weekend intensive training beginning on Friday evening, April 12th, 6pm-9pm; continuing on Saturday, April 13th, 8:30am-5:30pm; and finishing on Sunday, April 14th, 8:30am-5:30pm. There is space for 15 participants. Ten spaces in this April cohort are reserved for Youth participants, ages 17-24.

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OVERTURNING MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS: Equitizing Marijuana

Join us for a panel discussion November 2018:

OVERTURNING MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS:
Equitizing Marijuana Convictions for the Poor and People of Color

In the past, many people were arrested for minor possession and smoking marijuana. A major portion of those arrested were the poor and People of Color, particularly African Americans. Mike Schmidt, Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission will share the story of the marijuana arrest history in Oregon.

Now marijuana is legalized. Senator James Manning is introducing legislation to clear the previously criminal charges from the records of all Oregonians. Also, learn what opportunities are open today in the marijuana industry and how Green Hop Cannabis, co-owner, Karanja Crews, is using his love of hip hop music and teaching to educate others for future involvement in the cannabis business.


November 13, 2018
McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland | Phone: 503-249-3983

Doors open at 6 pm
Newcomers Welcome: 6:45 pm

Program: 6:45pm – 9:15 pm

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. Spread the word. Please forward this information to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.


 

NEXT MONTH’S RACE TALKS:

DECEMBER: NO PROGRAM

JANUARY 2019: Travels Along the Civil Rights Trail

Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.

Tragedy on the MAX

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Event poster for RACE TALKS event Crossing Over - people marching for justice

Join us for a panel discussion October 2018:

TRAGEDY ON THE MAX: ONE YEAR LATER

At tonight’s RACE TALKS, we’ll feature an in-depth discussion on the state of Portland one year after the tragedy that shook our city.

After a screening of the A&E series Divided States: Portland, which profiled the attack, the audience will hear from TriMet and Portland Police representatives will speak about what they are doing to guaranteed the public’s safety, particularly People of Color.

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October 9, 2018
McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland | Phone: 503-249-3983

Doors open at 6 pm
Newcomers Welcome: 6:45 pm

Program: 6:45pm – 9:15 pm

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. Spread the word. Please forward this information to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.


 

NEXT MONTH’S RACE TALKS:

TUESDAY, November 13, 2018

OVERTURNING MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS: Equitizing Opportunities for the Poor & People of Color Hear about new legislation in Oregon’s Legislature to de-criminalize prior convictions for marijuana smoking and minor possession.

Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.