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The 2015 event features music from Portland Taiko and Tomodachi Chorus, speakers include 1945 survivor Michiko Kornhauser, Pastor Joe Enlet on Micronesia/testing, Carol Urner on Portland's history of protest, a traditional Japanese dance, and more.
Music from Portland Taiko and Satori Men's Chorus, information from a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, and more.
Organizing for Change
Kevin Kumashiro, founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education was the keynote speaker at the 9th annual NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference, in October, 2016 in Portland. He spoke about broadening the focus of social change from smaller problems to larger issues. His talk was in three parts: moving from simple stories to complex pictures, moving from fixing individuals to fixing systems, and moving from debating policies to demystifying ideologies.
Ashley Lucas, Associate Professor of Theater and Drama and Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan, shows slides of prisoners' paintings and drawings, explains how the PCAP works and describes how prison art programs change and save lives. She also performs a monologue from her one-woman play based on interviews with family members of prisoners.
On June 16, 2017 the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Police Reform conducted a panel as part of the 2017 Mental Health and Law Enforcement Conference in Portland. Attorneys Ashlee Albies and Kristen Chambers joined AMA Coalition co-chair Dr. T Allen Bethel to revisit the Agreement requiring Portland Police to use less force. On this two-part episode they explain history of the Agreement and talk about what it means for people of color, people with mental health issues, all Portlanders and the country.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform held a March for Justice and Equality that led from the Martin Luther King Jr statue at the Convention Center to Maranatha Church in NE Portland. The date coincided with the 7th anniversary of the death of Aaron Campbell, an unarmed African American man shot by Portland Police in 2010, as well as the transition to a new federal government that poses a threat to the civil liberties of many communities.
This show includes a panel discussion featuring Meg Kaveny, LCSW of Project Respond, Brenton Gicker, EMT, RN of CAHOOTS, Juliana Wallace, LCSW of Unity Center, and moderator Karen James of KBOO Radio. The panelists discuss ways to humanely assist those in mental health crisis through the lens of mental health professionals who sometimes partner with police agencies.
In February, 2017, Portland City Council held a hearing to determine if a police officer was in policy for using a Taser as many as six times on a man with mental health issues. Excerpts from the Council hearing feature the Complainant, Police Chief, and the Chair of the Citizen Review Committee (CRC), which forwarded the case to Council. Trying to explain the convoluted complaint system and the Council's deliberations, FFVC producer and Portland Copwatch member Dan Handelman narrates the two-part show.
Drs. Karen Gibson and Leanne Serbulo presented findings from their award-winning article "Black and Blue: Police-Community Relations in Portland's Albina District, 1964-1985." in November, 2014, touching on ghettoization, racial profiling, police oversight, and more.
Pastor Robert White, president of Clergy United in St. Louis, MO spoke in Portland as part of a Race and Police Accountability Forum, relating his work after the death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson. The Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Police Reform organized the forum, the second half of which was a community update on the US Department of Justice lawsuit against the Portland Police for their excessive use of force.
War and Peace
October 2017 panel discussion connecting America's ongoing wars (in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia), the new threats of war (with Korea, Iran and Russia) and the rise of right wing extremism an violence in the streets at home.
A panel including an Afghan American, and Israeli American, a veteran and an economist discusses Iraq, Afghanisan, Syria, Israel/Palestine, the environment and the economy in Sept. 2014.
Information, music and poetry include Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, Veterans for Peace, a Hiroshima survivor, and a song from the Slants.
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