EVENT: Mary's Woods 6th Annual MLK Celebration to Feature Portland Black Panther's Founder K

Mary's Woods has been providing great Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration programming for years now and 2020 will be no different. For their 6th Annual MLK Celebration, Mary's Woods will be featuring Portland Black Panthers founder Kent Ford and music from the Northwest Freedom Singers. For more info, check out the flier below. #maryswoods #kentford #blackpanthers #history #mlk #mlkday #portland #lakeoswego #northwestfreedomsingers #peacemovement

ACTION: Show Up to Oppose Bigotry at the Dec. 16 LO School Board Meeting

Vindictive organizations and individuals attacking the safety and wellbeing of our children is an unfortunate reality. However, we do not have to allow them to promote bigotry unopposed or let them hide behind platitudes about First Amendment rights without exercising ours. With that in mind, Basic Rights Oregon is calling upon all concerned community members to stand up to anti-LGTBQ group Parents Rights in Education, who plan to disrupt the Dec. 16 Lake Oswego School Board meeting to pressure them into rejecting the new sex ed curriculum. This is particularly notable because the new curriculum is fully LGBTQ inclusive for the first time. Basic Rights Oregon and other organizations are call

This Week’s 5: B.I.R.S.

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt I’ve never been great with acronyms. Right now, I’m workshopping a variation of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Version 1.0 is BIRS, or Blackface Is Racist Stupid. Every year around Christmas, we have to have the same discussion of “racism or tradition” when it comes to the Dutch mascot Zwarte Piet. According to the “tradition,” Piet is Santa’s helper who gets really

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