The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.
Join Sharon Gary Smith, Executive Director, of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG) and Gahlena Avidan, Retired Community Activist and former member of the African American Advisory Committee to Portland Police Bureau as we discuss the marathon mind-set required in seeking justice for African Americans and others over the last 50 years and into the future. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage. 1963 was noted for racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations.
The 77th Oregon Legislature has adjourned and there are many winners and losers. Education appears to be an early winner and police accountability measures died quietly in committee without much action. How did your issue or cause fare this session? How effective is grassroots advocacy? What can you do now to prepare for the next legislative session? Join Senator Jackie Dingfielder and I for an informative discussion on Thursday July 11, 2013 from 8:00AM-9:00AM. Call-in at 503-231-8187 and join the conversation. http://www.leg.state.or.us/dingfelder/
Join Dante James, Bureau Director and I for an informative conversation regarding the Office of Equity & Human Rights this Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 8:00AM-9:00AM. What is Equity? What is the role of the Office of Equity and Human Rights?