♦ The Salem-Keiser Chapter of the NAACP and their coalition partners hosted an excellent discussion on racism in Oregon on June 25th. Walidah Imarisha delivered the news about why there aren't more black people in Oregon. If you were not able to attend, here's a link to the timeline that formed the basis for the conversation. Part two of the discussion, Racism 101, is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th at 6 pm at North Salem High School's auditorium.
♦ This Week's News from the Marion & Polk County Democrats.
♦ The Marion County Democats meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. Our meetings are held in out office at 250 Liberty Street SE, Salem.
♦ A Post-racial America? This is a 2-part series.
Part I: Why aren’t there more Black people in Oregon? A hidden history. June 25, 6:00-8:30pm, North Salem High School
Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.
Part II: Racism 101: What it is, where it came from, why it’s still here, and how we can get rid of it! July 9th, 6:00-8:30pm, North Salem High School
This will be a workshop detailing the history of institutional racism as a system. We will deal with how this system came to become such a dominant factor in our everyday lives, whether we see it doing so or not. Then, we will address the things we can do—primarily those wanting to be white allies—to confront systems which create white privilege. The goal is to create a cultural shift into a more positive reality for everyone.
♦ The Marion County Democrats are looking for Marion & Polk County Democrats to host people overnight who are coming in from other counties to man the DPO booth at the State Fair. It's hoped this will encourage other counties to man more booth shifts this year. Please contact Marion County Democrats Chair, Rick Hartwig at hartmus [at] comcast.net (subject: Hosting%20State%20Fair%20Booth%20Workers) , if you can host people.