WHAT: BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse - a celebration of & conversation about the life of James Chasse Jr. on the 10th anniversary of his death |
WHERE: CERIMON HOUSE - 5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland - MAP IT
WHEN: Saturday, 9/17/16 - Film screening @ 5:00 PM, Community Conversation @ 7:00 PM
HOW: Reservations: bearingwitness.brownpapertickets.com
On Saturday, September 17th, Cerimon House, a nonprofit humanities organization located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, is teaming-up with the Mental Health Association of Portland and members of the community to offer a memorial, a documentary screening, and a community conversation marking the occasion of the passing of Chasse, who died in police custody ten years ago.
BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse begins with a 5:00 PM screening of Brian Lindstrom's powerful documentary Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse.
After a brief break, a Where Are We Now? conversation will commence at 7:00 PM, featuring remarks from citizens and professionals involved in the case, the creation of the documentary film, and James' personal life. Attendees will be encouraged to engage in a facilitated discussion with questions and observations, joining participants in bearing witness to the past, and looking toward a future where we can make significant and positive changes together.
A memorial installation will be set-up for friends, family, and citizens to add a meaningful item or written comment to honor James' life. (Please: no balloons, open flame, or anti-police items on this peaceful and loving display.) Finally, a special announcement will be made at the event, promising a dynamic piece of public art coming to Portland in 2017.