Thursday, October 21, 2021

This is a virtual event

Virtual Race Talks:

Engaging Democracy

Kennedy School

Newcomer Welcome 6:45pm; Program 7pm

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This is event is not physically being held at Kennedy School. As a Race Talks partner and host of live events, McMenamins is proud to support Race Talks and all their events, whether being held virtually or in person.

About Virtual Race Talks: Engaging Democracy

Virtual Race Talks: Engaging Democracy

RACE TALKS in Review 2021 Series Synopsis:
Join us in September, October, and November, for a special series, RACE TALKS in Review, where we revisit archived forums that resonate as powerfully today as they did when we first hosted them. We will revisit conversations in community gun violence and trauma; houselessness and homelessness in Portland; and how to engage in civic duty. Over the next three months, we invite you to attend our live virtual forums and engage in dynamic, facilitated discussion. Special guest attendees will be present to discuss how the topic is still relevant today. Please save these dates:

  • October 21, 2021 Forum: Engaging Democracy (recorded February 12, 2019)
  • November 18, 2021 Forum: Houseless in Portlandia (recorded April 9, 2019)

ENGAGING DEMOCRACY: Activating Government for YOU & Your Community.

Have you wondered...How does our political process work? What do our officials and their staff do? How can I contact their offices? What are the best ways to impact their voting on an issue? How can I maximize my involvement and start my own referendum?

Representation for all people-the privileged and oppressed-is crucial for our democracy to survive. We are calling on YOU to get involved and active. Join us for our fifth annual ENGAGING DEMOCRACY: Activating Government for YOU & Your Community. Learn how to access:

  • Oregon's government including: The United States Congressional House and Senate offices; Oregon State Legislature; Multnomah County; Metro; and City of Portland
  • Community Advocacy Groups and Coalitions who champion for policy changes and keep our elected officials accountable
  • Meet BIPOC staffers from all offices, as well as APANO, Causa, Momentum Alliance, OPAL, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, SE Uplift, Color PAC Action and more
  • Engage with Featured Guests during breakout sessions
  • Learn how you, too, can get involved and activated!

About Race Talks

For over a decade, RACE TALKS has been a resounding success in Portland, Oregon, offering monthly community forums on various topics through the lens of race. RACE TALKS has presented over 150 forums to 20,000+ participants. This was possible through our partnership with Portland-based McMenamins, which afforded us a monthly venue every 2nd Tuesday of the month at its Kennedy School location.

Due to COVID, RACE TALKS rolled out a virtual forum in June 2020, which meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. While we have taken an almost year-long hiatus from in-person programming, we are happy to announce that McMenamins is now a sponsor of our virtual forums. We encourage our virtual attendees to grab some cajun tots and a pint to-go. Stay tuned for our return to in-person programming at McMenamins Kennedy School!