Community Forum on Racism to be held Jan. 17th

“What Happened to the Dream?” or “The Siege of the Dream” or “What Can We Do to Restore the Sabotaged Dream?” are all working titles for an honest discussion on race, Tuesday, January 17 th at 7 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.

Five Beaverton congregations: Murray Hills Christian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Spirit of Grace, and Southminster Presbyterian are hosting a
panel discussion as a companion event to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration which will be held Sunday, January 15 th at 4 pm also at Southminster.

Organizers of the event wanted to create an opportunity for suburban residents to interact with leading activists in Portland to talk about critical issues facing the Portland metro in regards to diversity, race, privilege, housing, policing, gentrification and economic justice. Three panelists have been selected because of their commitment to and track record on social change.

The three panelists slated to speak are JoAnn Hardesty, Teressa Raiford, and Ibrahim Mubarak.

The Honorable JoAnn Hardesty is president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP. She is a community organizer and activist who advocates for those on the downside of power. She
campaigns for police accountability and racial and economic justice. She hosts a weekly radio program, Voices from the Edge.

Teressa Raiford is the lead organizer of “Don’t Shoot Portland” A social justice movement in support of #BlackLivesMatter as a response to police brutality and the criminalization of Black
American Youth. She works as a community advocate and is currently educating neighborhoods to provide safety strategies for marginalized communities. The focus is strengthening relationships to fight discrimination and organized hate.

Ibrahim Mubarak is an advocate for the rights of unhoused people, and has been involved in the houseless community, in Portland, Oregon for over 15 years. Ibrahim is a co-founder of Dignity
Village (2000), Right to Survive (2009), and Right 2 Dream Too (2011).

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for honoraria for the presenters.

The five sponsoring congregations provide opportunities for education and reflection for their members and the larger community.