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.
Mayor Wheeler's office is inviting Portlanders to attend an event intended to promote community healing and unity. This 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 on Thursday, April 29 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Below is the program description:
Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict provided our nation and community some relief as we approach the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Like the rest of the country, Portland was shaken by Floyd’s killing, and it prompted our city to reexamine policing and systemic racism. In the spirit of collective healing, RACE TALKS invites you to join us for a special edition forum on Thursday, April 29, 6-8:30 p.m., where we continue to explore the P’s & Q’s of 2021.
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.
Portlanders can sign up by clicking the button below, or watch the livestream on RACE TALKS' Facebook page, located here. They can also visit RACE TALKS' website at racetalkspdx.com, and register for the event at this link.