Conversation Project talk focuses on life after prison release
The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center will present an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project event.
This conversation is titled "Sentenced for a Season, Punished for Life," led by Pamela Slaughter taking place at the center from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.
When a judge declares a prisoner's debt to society has been paid, and they are free to leave incarceration, you would think it would mean the former prisoner has a fresh start on life.
You would think every possibility exists for them to find a decent job, a decent apartment, a decent car and from there built a decent life.
But the truth is that a felony conviction can restrict travel options, licensing options for employment, housing and financial aid, just to name a few ways it can continue to impact a person.
What does that mean to the 8% of the U.S. total population — and the 33% of African American men in the nation — after they have served their time in prison?
If a person has been "forgiven" by the legal system, why are there so many barriers to start a new life?
This is the focus of Slaughter's conversation.
She is a native Oregonian who works as an adult protective service investigator for Multnomah County and is a licensed real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty Portland Central, working as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). She also serves as Bella Online magazine's Senior Issues editor and hosts a weekly writing group, Shut Up & Write!
Slaughter loves showing off the beauty of Oregon and gets to do so regularly as a coleader for People of Color Hike. In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends, and bakes delicious cakes.
The program is free, but registration is required. Call the center to reserve a seat.
The lunch menu this week features vegetable quiche Friday, Nov. 22; pad Thai Monday, Nov. 25 and a Thanksgiving feast of turkey and all the trimmings Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.
The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details.
Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.
Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor for the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
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