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RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism presented by Donna Maxey

Yearning to Breathe Free

Immigration, Hate crimes, and the REAL American Dream

Led by the Black Lives Matter Movement, the world rose up in protest of amid a deadly global pandemic after we witnessed the merciless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police in May 2020. Today, incited by our 45th President’s comments blaming the Chinese for the Coronavirus pandemic, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community needs our support as they face heightened racially motivated attacks worldwide. Join us as we discuss immigration through the intersectionality of anti-Asian rhetoric and the Asian Diaspora; the Black Lives Matter Movement and Stop Asian Hate Movement; Anti-Immigrant sentiment faced by our communities and much more.

April 15, 2021 |  6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

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RACE TALKS: UNITING TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF RACISM PRESENTED BY DONNA MAXEY

Leading the Nation in Protest, Defunding, and Activism

RACE TALKS 110th forum and 6th month of virtual programming

This forum is a continuation of RACE TALKS’ November 2020 discussion about the next steps in politics and quarantine in 2021. Local activist leaders in Portland, Oregon will discuss: the recent transition of the federal administration • the future of policing • safety and supporting families and businesses • BIPOC upliftment • white supremacy • protesting police brutality, martial law, and coordinated COVID-19 shutdowns. Learn how you can get involved and connect with resources in your community.

Guest Speakers Include:
Teressa Raiford – Don’t Shoot PDX
Candace Avalos – Black Millennial Movement
Lakayana Drury – Word is Bond
Taji Chesimet – Raising Justice

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

Candace Avalos:

Taji Chesimet

Lakayana Drury:

January 21, 2021 |  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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RACE TALKS is hosting its 108th forum and 4th month of virtual programming.
October’s program is:

Engaging Democracy

This is our third time hosting this particular forum, which highlights BIPOC staffers in government and BIPOC community advocacy organizations. No elected officials on the panel. Staffers will be highlighted on the panel because over 50% of an elected official’s work is carried out by their staff.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the various arms of federal, state, county and city government, especially during voting season

And be sure to take the RACE TALKS IQ Quiz (above) to find out YOUR racial IQ.

Date: October 15th
Time: 7p-9:15p

If you participated in the live event or just watched the Facebook Live video, we invite you to fill out the event evaluation form.


Special Event: Know Your Rights Workshop

Thursday, October 15th, Representative Lawrence Spence is partnering with Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, Portland Jobs with Justice, and RACE TALKS  for a conversation about worker rights and protections.

Date: Thursday October 15th
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM

We have heard from Oregonians that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about new concerns in the workplace. This is in addition to existing challenges, such as workplace discrimination, that marginalized communities already face in their place of employment.

This workshop will cover worker protections regarding wages and civil rights. The Bureau of Labor and Industries will share resources available to you online and demonstrate how you can file a claim through their website.

We will have ASL interpretation. For language and ADA accommodations, please contact the office of Representative Lawrence Spence.

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Four faces of men facing each other

Join us for a panel discussion January 2020:

the color of fear

part 4 of a four part series

race through eight men’s eyes

Summary: The Color of Fear (Part 2 of the film) is an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. Eight North American men, two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian were gathered by director Lee Mun Wah, for a dialogue about the state of race relations in America as seen through their lived experience.


 January 14, 2020

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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4 faces of men of color on event poster

Join us for a panel discussion October 2019:

the color of fear

part 2 of a four part series

race through eight men’s eyes

Summary: The Color of Fear (Part 2) is an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. Eight North American men, two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian were gathered by director Lee Mun Wah, for a dialogue about the state of race relations in America as seen through their lived experience.

  • the color of fear – part III: walking each other home >> tuesday, nov 12
  • the color of fear – part IIII: what it’s like to be gay >> tuesday, jan 14


 October 8, 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:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
“THE COLOR OF FEAR” Part 3: Walking Each Other Home

Summary: The Color of Fear (Part 3) continues the insightful discussion, as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of African, Asian, European and Latinx descent. Gathered by director Lee Mun Wah for a dialogue about the state of race relations in America as seen through their eyes, feel the energy of the reality of racism and the eventual understanding.

No program in December.

Next Year’s RACE TALKS Program:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
“THE COLOR OF FEAR” Part 4: What It’s Like To Be Gay

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Join us for a panel discussion September 2019:

the color of fear – part I
race through eight men’s eyes

Join us for a screening of Part 1 of The Color of Fear, an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latinx, and African descent. In a series of intelligent, emotional and dramatic discussions, the men reveal the pain and scars that racism has caused them. What emerges is a deeper sense of understanding and trust. RACE TALKS will explore this 3-part series September – November.

  • the color of fear – part II: walking each other home >> tuesday, nov 12
  • the color of fear – part III: what it’s like to be gay >> tuesday, jan 14


beginning Tuesday, September 10, 2019
(concluding October 8, 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:

To be announced

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poster for equity event

Join us for a panel discussion August 2019:

Teaching Children to Courageously Navigate Equity

All children should have access to positive early learning experiences that will set them up for long-term success and wellness. Join us to learn how local educators prepare their students to courageously explore the intersectionality of race, “the system”, schooling and each other. This is done in an effort to help close opportunity gaps and ensure that all children—regardless of race, ethnicity language of origin, income or ability—are set up to reach their full potential.

SPEAKERS:

  • Tiffany Penson, Moderator, Portland Community College Board
  • Paula Dennis, Elementary Activist Teacher
  • Renee Mitchell, High School Activist Teacher

Below are links to two articles about Paula’s classroom/community activities:

Below are links to Renee’s work:


Tuesday, August 13, 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:

September 10th, 2019
Do Black Lives Really Matter?

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Join us for a panel discussion July 2019:

DACA, Licenses & the Wall

With Indigenous Americans now accounting for only two percent of the total population, the U.S. is truly a nation of immigrants. Since 1886, the iconic Statue of Liberty has stood as a symbol of mass immigration to our shores. A plaque at Lady Liberty’s base bears the following: “With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

Under the current U.S. administration, immigrants of Latin, Asian and African descent are being met with unprecedented legal action against their tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Join local Latin, Asian and African activists for a panel focusing on how DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), licenses and the wall are obstacles to their assimilation as Americans.

Panel moderated by:
Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura; Chair, OR Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Panel:

  • Linda Castillo; Chair, OR Commission on Hispanic Affairs
  • Djimet Dogo; Assistant Director, IRCO Africa House
  • Luis Garcia; Portland nurse, former ICE detainee
  • Representative from CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Org.


Tuesday, July 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:

August 13th: Implications of Race and Water

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August 13th
Implications of RACE & WATER

September 10th
Do Black Lives Really Matter?

October 8th
Falling Through the Cracks: POC & Healthcare

November 12th
Respecting Indigenous treaties, Lands and Waters

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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.


NEXT MONTH’S RACE TALKS:

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!

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