Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Movement For Black Lives In Salem

A group is forming for the purpose of studying The Platform of The Movement for Black Lives. The first meeting will take place at 6 pm on January 31 at 3850 Portland Rd NE #100. The Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality (SKCE) has generously offered their space. This will be a chance to get to know one another a bit better and chat about why we're each interested in the platform and racial justice in general.

The Movement for Black Lives is producing a webinar series with the first installment taking place on February 8 at 4 pm. This is a recent development (there will be one installment per month for 6 months) and seems like the perfect opportunity for our newly formed group. I know 4 pm is early for those of us who work your standard 9-5, but hopefully quite a few of us can make that work. The plan is to meet at the same location (3850 Portland Rd NE #100) at 3:45 pm on February 8 (please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled for the start of the webinar). SKCE is offering us space and a projector. A laptop will be provided, and we'll all be able to view the webinar as a group. The more the merrier.

Nobody should feel like missing one meeting rules you out of attending other meetings. I encourage people to attend what they can and not feel bad about missing a meeting here or there. As of now, I think the expectation is that we'll meet once a month, though we may opt to meet twice a month for the next 6 months (once for the webinar and once to chat about what we're learning). That is yet to be determined.

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