April 19, 6:30-8:00 pm, Room 413
Free and Open to the Public.
As OPAL’s Development and Communications Coordinator, Shawn Fleek is highly engaged in campaigns for economic, racial and social justice in housing, transportation, land use and climate action.Shawn is a descendant of the Northern Arapaho tribe, a transit-dependent renter, and a resident of Cully, a neighborhood that is highly vulnerable to gentrification. Shawn came to Portland in 2007, drawn by renowned public transportation, the region’s large Native community, and the city’s progressive ethic. Connecting with Indigenous values inspired Shawn to see himself as part of the movement for Environmental Justice. “Native people have always taken a balanced approach to living in harmony with the environment. But in colonized Portland, we see imbalance everywhere...This imbalance is a direct result of our communities not being involved in decision-making that affects us. Unless we organize, these problems will only get worse, and we will end up with a city that doesn’t work for us.” This interactive workshop will help community members engage with Environmental Justice issues in Portland and beyond.