Clackamas County hosts town hall on race issues
In the wake of George Floyd's death and amid the subsequent civil rights movement, Clackamas County Commissioners are showing they want to listen.
The commissioners will host a digital town hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, on race issues in Clackamas County, facilitated by Clackamas County Equity and Inclusion Officer Martine Coblentz.
The town hall will be a listening-style session for residents to share experiences with race and racism in Clackamas County directly with county commissioners, according to a news release from county spokesperson Dylan Blaylock.
And, per the release, the commissioners are taking the listening seriously.
"Recognizing that racism is both a historic and present reality in Oregon and Clackamas County specifically," the release said, "commissioners find it critical to listen to resident experiences."
This is not the commissioners' first attempt at responding to racism after Floyd's death. On June 18, they passed "A Resolution Condemning Violence and Racism Directed at Black, African Americans and All People of Color."
The language of the resolution expresses shock at the actions leading to Floyd's death. It acknowledges that the Unites States, the state of Oregon and Clackamas County have been guilty of committing acts of oppression against Blacks and African Americans, and it calls recent incidents of violence toward Blacks and African Americans an "outrage."
It resolves that the Clackamas County commissioners will not tolerate or accept treatment of Black, African Americans or People of Color that degrades their dignity or disregards their human life.
The full resolution can be found here.
The town hall on race issues follows the passing of the resolution and will provide space for residents to share impacts and recommendations toward addressing inequities that exist, per the release.
Residents are welcome to speak to commissioners on the following:
• Why is this topic important for you?
• What are your experiences and/or concerns regarding race issues in the county?
• What recommendations do you have to address those concerns?
Speakers are asked to try to keep statements to four minutes to allow time for everyone to share.
To join the town hall, use the Zoom link at bit.ly/2CqHsGp or call any of the following numbers using webinar ID 954 0688 1041 and passcode 820951: 669-900-6833, 253-215-8782 or 346-248-7799.
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