PRESS RELEASE: PDX QUEER TOWN HALL
PDX QUEER TOWN HALL
7pm Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
The Q Center (4115 N Mississippi)
Over PDX Pride weekend 2009, multiple members of our community experienced harassment, violence & queer-bashing, as well as inadequate police response. A group of us who were pretty directly involved in the incidents, came together to create space to talk about what happened, and move toward some positive & empowering solutions; thus the Town Hall concept was born. We see this Queer Town Hall as a space to share our experiences & resources, and to catalyze action that can help keep ourselves and our communities safer in the future. The meeting itself will begin with a short introduction, followed by breakout groups which will be spread around the room. This is an opportunity to hear about ideas that are currently in the works, to get involved, and share!
7:00-7:15: Arrive + Connect
7:15- 7:30: Introduction
7:35-8:05: Breakout Groups, Round 1
8:10-8:40: Breakout Groups, Round 2
BREAKOUT GROUP TOPICS
-Queer & Trans Self-defense Classes
-Community Legal Education
-Our Rights & the Police
-Queer Patrol (Case Studies)
-Local Resource Station
Additionally, there will be a Story Telling Room with paper & computers, and a Safe-Space Room with facilitators & counselors on-hand!
For more info & updates, join our facebook group: PDX Queer Town Hall.
-Your Town Hall Organizers