Mayor Ted Wheeler is inviting Portlanders to attend an on online Thursday evening event intended to promote community healing and unity.
The event, held by RACE TALKS and the city's Office of Equity and Human Rights, is called "A Step Towards Justice: Where do we go from Here?" It will be held virtually April 29 from 6 -8:30 p.m.
"Derek Chauvin was recently found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. The verdict won't repair the trauma experienced by many Black Americans, and it won't bring back Mr. Floyd. However, it is an encouraging waypoint on the long road to justice and equity," said an announcement from Wheeler's office.
"The event will include a panel discussion and Q&A. In addition, up to 150 participants can sign up to join one of several small, moderated discussions held in breakout rooms. Those interested in attending can sign up here.
According to its website, RACE TALKS was founded in Portland with a mission to support interracial and cross-cultural communication and relationships through the development of sensitivity and understanding, and social justice activism supported by educational panels, or films, good food, and great discussions.
Here is a description of the event provided by Wheeler's office:
Community leaders with widely varying perspectives will discuss topics of lawful gatherings, protest and policing, and quarantine. After the panel discussion, participants will be invited to either join the Community Feedback Breakout Rooms or a moderated Q&A. Anyone who attended the panel may stay for the moderated Q&A. The Community Feedback Breakout Rooms will be available to 150 participants only (registration will be first-come, first-served) and will allow the opportunity to provide invaluable feedback to city leaders. Join us in open dialogue to discuss how the year affected us all, and what we can do to move forward together in healing and conciliation.
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