As an organization with a global mission to connect Oregon with the world — and not one involved in delivering direct services—it’s not always easy to know what to do in the face of injustice in our backyard, like the recent murder of George Floyd (and countless others) by police. The undeniable fact is that we’ve seen just the latest African-American die needlessly at the hands of those trusted to serve and protect, and that systemic racism continues to harm people of color, especially Black people, across the country and the world.
We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter and stand with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres' recent statement that “racism is an abhorrence that we must all reject.” While WorldOregon strives to expose xenophobia, explicit and structural racism, tyranny, and threats to healthy democracy—and seeks to empower all our communities to tell their stories to the world—at the end of the day, we still have to ask ourselves, have we failed to create an antiracist environment in our midst? Have we made antiracism a priority as an organization? How do we become a more responsive conduit for the stories of injustice? How can we do better and what are the possible next steps?
Join us for an honest and challenging panel discussion on what role internationally-oriented nonprofit organizations in general and WorldOregon specifically can play in calling out and addressing anti-Black injustices and how this moment can be a fulcrum for change. The program will be moderated by Linda Castillo, Castillo Consulting (on WorldOregon's Board of Advisors), and include: Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Executive Director, OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing; Saba Saleem, Strategic Associate, Mandate Media (on WorldOregon's Young Professionals Steering Committee); and Djimet Dogo, Director, IRCO Africa House. After the program there will be optional Zoom breakout rooms for follow-up discussions among attendees.
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