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National Lawyers Guild

Why Race Matters Series: Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

October 29, 2016

Please join the National Lawyers Guild next week for the Why Race Matters Series! This is an annual set of events intended to spur honest conversation and reflection about the enduring relevance of race and racism in the law and society, and in our daily lives.


Monday 10/31 (all day): Tabling in the LRC, complete with infographics, a mixtape, stickers, and Halloween candy! Stop by and say hello!


Tuesday 11/1 (12:10pm, Room 7): Racial Microaggressions Workshop.Kasia Rutledge of Metropolitan Public Defender/Portland NLG will lead a workshop to help us unpack issues of implicit racial bias and microaggressions, and learn to have dynamic, honest conversations about race. Lunch provided, vegan diets welcome.


Wednesday 11/2 (12:10pm, Room 7): National Prison Strike Solidarity Panel. The largest prison work strike in U.S. history is happening right now! Come hear from currently (via phone) and formerly incarcerated organizers of the strike in Alabama and Oregon. They’ll be talking about the 13th Amendment, prison slave labor, organizing in the face of severe repercussion, and more! Lunch provided, vegan diets welcome.  


Thursday 11/3 (12:10pm, Room 7): Portland Police Union Contract Panel.Leaders of local activist group Don’t Shoot Portland, and Portland NLG member/civil rights attorney Ashlee Albies, will discuss recent events surrounding the controversial Portland Police Association contract, which was pushed through City Council with little community oversight and significant opposition. We’ll also explore its impacts on communities of color, and other aspects of police accountability. Lunch provided, vegan diets welcome.


Thursday 11/3 (4pm, Room 1): Screening and Discussion: 13th. The newly-released documentary, 13th, focuses on the critical language of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, except as punishment for a crime. It establishes a nexus between slavery and mass incarceration, and the criminalization of black bodies. The screening will be followed by a discussion, and pizza and beer will be served! See the film’s trailer below.
Special thanks to the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) for co-sponsorship funds!