Monday, August 3, 2015

Don't Shoot PDX presents Mike brown Community Art Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 3, 2015
Contact: Lead"Organizer, DontShootPDX
DontShootPortland@gmail.com, Portland #BlackLivesMatter Activists to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Killing of Michael Brown Don’t Shoot PDX to Host Discussions, Training Sessions, and Art Project to Honor the Life of Michael Brown

What/When/Where:
#UnitedWeFight Community Discussions
August 7, 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; August 8, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1034 SW 13th Ave, Portland
and
Mike Brown Day of Remembrance
Community Art Project and Activist Trainings
August 9, 12:30 p.m. -5 p.m.
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), 8114 SE Division, Portland
Who: #Don’tShootPDX, #Whitelandia, #BlackLivesMatter, and Portland Rising Tide

PORTLAND, Ore. – Social justice organizers in Portland will hold a series of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown including discussions, activist training sessions, and a community art project. The events begin with series of discussions based on the Oregon Black Political Convention platform and featuring activists, advocates, and community members. The discussions will be moderated by local activists Mic Crenshaw, Teressa Raiford, and Devin Williams. The weekend will culminate with a family-friendly Day of Remembrance event featuring live performances by local musicians, a community art project, and activist training sessions.

The discussion topics offer a chance to reflect the work of local activists over the last year as well as to look at what is ahead in the movement. Organizers are also hoping to motivate a new set of change agents, young Black Portlanders. “For young Black Americans to realize their potential and for change to come, they must learn, understand and know politics and process as well as their history,” said Teressa Raiford, a leader in the Don’t Shoot PDX group. “To truly make the changes necessary to move towards a more just and fair nation, we must engage in these important discussions in our homes and in our communities.”

Participants at the Day of Remembrance event on Sunday are invited to contribute to a community art project, to make signs in honor of Mike Brown, and to attend activist trainings. Local rapper Glenn Waco and dancer Marcus Cooper are among the performers. Don’t Shoot PDX, Portland Rising Tide, and other social justice groups are gearing up for a fall campaign to interrupt all forms of structural injustice through training, direct action, and civil disobedience under the banner of the continent-wide #FloodtheSystem campaign. A training on non-violent, direct action by Portland Rising Tide also marks the launch of that campaign in Oregon.

#Whitelandia and #BlackLivesMatter
Conference Schedule
August 7 – 9
Day One
#UnitedWeFight Community Discussions
August 7
3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Portland

Panel 1 - Political Action
4 p.m.
Dr. Cal O’Henry, Oregon Assembly of Black Affairs, Ricky Muhammad, Nation of Islam, Sharon Gary Smith, Mckenzie River Gathering, Ahjamu Umi, All Africans Peoples Republic

Panel 2 - Black Youth
5 p.m.
Glenn Waco, Rapper, Activist
Marcus Cooper, Dancer, Activist
Raissa Lyles, Student, Youth Activist
Mykia Hernandez, Student Youth Activist
Panel 3 - Access To Justice
6 p.m.
Andrea Thompson, Law Student Black Student Union, Lewis and Clark
Noni Causey, Beam Consulting
Ashlee Albies, Esq Civil Rights Attorney, Creighton and Assoc

Panel 4 - Community Health 7 p.m. Alyssa Pagan, #BlackTransLivesMatter PSU Student Activist Robin Davis, Bradley Angle, Healing Roots, Youth and Family Jasmin Thana #

Day Two
#UnitedWeFight Community Discussions
August 8
1 – 5 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Portland

Panel 1 - Business and Community Economic Development
1:30 p.m.
Carl Talton, United Fund Advisors
Royal Harris, Youth Builders
Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen
Panel 2 - Police Accountability and Reform
2:30 p.m.
Kayse Jama, Center For Intercultural Organizing
Brandon Lee, Training 4 Transformation
Kimberly McCullough, ACLU of Oregon
Sharon Maxwell, Business Owner and COAB
Panel 3 - School to Prison
3:30 p.m.
Chris Riser, Educator PPS, Activist
Bryan Chu, Educator PPS, Activist
Carolyn Leonard Ret. PPS Administrator, Civil Rights Leader
Tamberlee Tarver, Education Advocate
Lamarra Haynes, PSU Student Organizer and Activist

Q and A with #BlackLivesMatter activists
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us to share opinions about the movement.
Day Three
Mike Brown Day of Remembrance

August 9
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), 8114 SE Division
Live performances from local artists including spoken word, rap, graffiti, freestyle, dance and activist training sessions:
Portland Rising Tide - Non-Violent, Direct Action training to mark the launch of the #FloodtheSystem campaign
ACLU of Oregon - Know Your Rights training
Oscar Grant Foundation - Street Medic training
For more information contact dontshootportland@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/DontShootPDX.

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