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RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism is non-partisan and committed to keeping the community informed and up-to-date. Join us this Fall, for our special retrospective series: RACE TALKS in Review, where we revisit outstanding, archived forums that resonate as powerfully today as they did when we first hosted them. You are invited to attend our LIVE virtual forums and engage in dynamic, facilitated discussion. LIVE Special Guests will be present to discuss how the topic is still relevant today. Save the dates:

  • September 16th: KIN KILLIN’ KIN: Resolving Gun Violence in America (recorded March 14, 2017)
  • October 21st: ENGAGING DEMOCRACY: Activating Government for YOU & Your Community (recorded February 12, 2019)
  • November 18th: HOUSELESS IN PORTLANDIA (recorded April 9, 2019)
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Have you wondered…How does our political process work? What do our officials and their staff do? How can I contact their offices? What are the best ways to impact their voting on an issue? How can I maximize my involvement and start my own referendum?

RACE TALKS in Review – October Live, Forum: Engaging Democracy

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Newcomer Welcome 6:46 pm, Program 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation $25
All Ages

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Representation for all people—the privileged and oppressed—is crucial for our democracy to survive. We are calling on YOU to get involved and active. Join us for our fifth annual ENGAGING DEMOCRACY: Activating Government for YOU & your Community. Learn how to access:

  • Oregon’s government including the United States Congressional House and Senate offices; Oregon State Legislature; Multnomah County; Metro; and City of Portland.
  • Community Advocacy Groups and Coalitions who champion for policy changes and keep our elected officials accountable.
  • Meet BIPOC staffers from all offices, as well as APANO; Causa; Momentum Alliance; OPAL; NE Coalition of Neighborhoods; SE Uplift; Color PAC Action and more.
  • Engage with Featured Guests during breakout sessions.
  • Learn how you, too, can get involved and activated!
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We invite our community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to join us on the third Wednesday of each month, the day before our RACE TALKS forum, to engage in affinity conversations. For our white community members, we invite you to donate through our website to support this program.

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Become a RACE TALKS Facilitator
We will be hosting monthly informational sessions on the 2nd and last Mondays of each month at 6pm. No Pre-Registration Required. Email for Zoom Link


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Karaoke + Conversations will be on hiatus until further notice. We started Karaoke + Conversations last summer to create a fun and uplifting community experience, and we are blown away by your support and positive energy. We will continue to work on other projects and we’ll share some exciting news with you soon! We hope you will continue to support our ongoing virtual monthly programming.