I am forwarding an announcement regarding the first in a series of Community Dialogues responding to the recent wave of shootings in NE Portland. This is sponsored by the NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, which from what I've heard so far, sounds like a pretty "law-n-order" type of group. But there will definitely be voices represented in this dialogue who are all too well aware that street violence springs from the economic violence of capitalism, and that more government and police violence is not the answer.
I am concerned that many white radicals, even those of us who live in NE Portland (and I include myself in this group), are ready to protest government and police violence, but when it is a question of responding to street violence, we act as if this is something that doesn't have anything to do with us. Or we want to respond, but aren't sure where to begin. I think (and I am addressing this post primarily to this group) that our voice needs to be represented in dialogues like this, even if the format may be frustrating. Our comrades in communities of color are seeing their friends and neighbors, literally, shot down, and they need our solidarity.
There will be future Community Dialogues in this series, if you are unable to make it this Saturday.
Community Dialogues in NE Portland to prevent gang and gun violence
Saturday, February 14, 2004
O.A.M.E 4134 N Vancouver Avenue
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Inc. (NECN)
To send a message to the community regarding the latest gun violence
incidents in NE Portland.
CALL TO ACTION:
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Inc. will sponsor the first in a
series of Community Dialogues to discuss the NE Rescue Plan created in 1990
and other ways citizens, businesses, churches, schools, youth and parents
can get involved in their local communities to prevent gang and gun
violence. This plan will be developed by citizens, about citizens and for
all citizens who are interested in making a real difference in the
community. This is our chance to speak and be heard. All citizens are
John G. Canda, Executive Director, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Willie Brown, President NECN