RACE TALKS in Review – September Live, Virtual Forum: Kin Killin’ Kin: Resolving Gun Violence in America
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Newcomers Welcome 6:45 PM, Program 7:00 PM
Live Virtual, All Ages
$25 Suggested Donation
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On March 14, 2017 we hosted the forum, Kin Killin’ Kin: Resolving Gun Violence in America, which was inspired by James Pate’s featured art exhibit, “Kin Killin’ Kin;” and Passin Art’s theater production, “The Gospel of Loving Kindness.” The forum explored gun violence in America through artistic expression, personal testimony, trauma recovery, policing, community advocacy, and race and racism.
Our panelists included: Kimberly Dixon (Enough is Enough) Dr. Cyn Cannais (Avel Gordly Center for Healing); Captain Andy Shearer (Portland Police Bureau Gang Task Force); and Luis Aguilar (STRYVE–Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere).
This month, we revisit this panel discussion of gun violence with a sense of urgency and new obstacles to address:
- City of Portland’s gun violence has reached a national high and echos rising gun related violence seen throughout the country;
- The rise of white nationalism challenges the narrative that gang violence is limited to Black and Brown communities;
- Portland City Council eliminated the Police Gang Task Force in 2020; and
- Portland’s Police Bureau is facing increased scrutiny from the community and the Department of Justice.