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Join us at our next meeting!


Respond to Racism meets monthly, bringing concerned citizens together (along with members of local government, news media, and the LO School District, among others) to tackle overt and systemic racism in Lake Oswego. Please join us for our next meeting:

Monday March 2, 2020
6:30-8:30 pm
Lake Oswego United Church of Christ
1111 Country Club Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Our March meeting: Based upon the recent West Linn police scandal and its ties to Lake Oswego we are going to focus our March meeting on hearing from community members and discussing action items we can take as a community.

(You are welcome to bring a small refreshment and come at 6:00 pm to mingle and chat with other members.)            


  (No Childcare provided)

Future Meeting Dates:
April 6, 2020
May 4, 2020
June 1, 2020



July 10, 2018

At last night's meeting Respond to Racism in Lake Oswego celebrated our 1st Anniversary. (Cupcakes provided by Jane Lovelady and members of the United Church of Christ.)

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Upcoming Events:


March 1, 2020

Independents for Progressive Action Progressive Film Series Double Feature with Outside the Frame

Sunday March 1, 2020

12:00-3:30 PM

Lake Theater & Cafe

106 N State St.

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

March 3, 2020

Community Meeting with Michael Fesser, Victim of West Linn Police
Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of West Linn and West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community
Date:  Tuesday March 3rd
Time:  1:00 PM
Location:  West Linn Lutheran Church, 20930 Willamette Drive, West Linn
West Linn residents have an opportunity to hear directly from Michael Fesser, the black man who was subjected to racism, illegal surveillance and false arrest by the West Linn Police Department. Mr. Fesser will share his personal perspective on the incident  as well as work he is currently doing to help men transition following release from prison.
Parking and seating is limited so please arrive on time.

March 3, 2020

Lake Oswego City Council Meeting (Opportunity to testify about LO ties to the West Linn police scandal)

Tuesday March 3, 2020

6:30 pm

Lake Oswego City Hall - Council Chamber

380 A Ave

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

March 4, 2020

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Meeting

Wednesday March 4, 2020 

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Lake Oswego City Hall - Council Chamber

380 A Ave

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Friday, March 6

Kimberle Crenshaw - Reed College- March 6th @5:30pm

March 6 - next film with LO Library “A Bitter Legacy”

Mary’s Woods Diversity Task Force, Lake Oswego Respond to Racism and West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community have partnered together to bring you:


Spring 2020 BIPOC Diversity Series


Tuesday, March 31:Walidah Imarisha

Walidah Imarisha is an American writer, activist, educator and spoken word artist.

Wednesday, April 29:Dr.Markisha Smith

Dr. Markisha Smith is director of the City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Wednesday, May 13:Jacqueline Keeler

Jacqueline Keeler is a journalist and co-founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry.

All three programs begin at 7:00PM at Mary’s Woods Dunn Community Center in Cascadia Hall, located at 17520 Mesnard Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Stay tuned for more details soon to be found at:

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