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Oregon League of Minority Voters to Host Civil Rights Forum Oct. 14Salem-News.com
(EUGENE, Ore.) - The Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) will host the first annual State of Civil Rights Oregon Forum at the University of Oregon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14. The luncheon will take place in the Club Room at Autzen Stadium, 2700 MLK Jr. Blvd. in Eugene.
Free tickets are available by calling (503) 525-8161 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The objective of the event is to provide a forum for honest assessment and for community dialogue about the state of civil rights in Oregon, said OLMV Director Promise King. More than 200 people are expected to attend, including public officials, business leaders and community leaders.
The forum will include speeches from civil rights leaders. Other speakers include UO President Richard Lariviere, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Oregon Speaker of the House Dave Hunt. In addition, the organizers invited the gubernatorial candidates to address the luncheon. It is unknown at this time if any of them will attend.
OLMV, the UO Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and Hunt are sponsoring the event.
"We are taking this moment in our history as a people to affirm and recognize that the civil rights of every Oregonian is sacred and must be kept so, that our collective liberty in pursuit of our individual rights is never exploited in ways that divide us, and that those we elect to serve and represent us lead us toward unity and justice, and away from our inequities and division," said King. "That day I hope is now."
"We are thrilled to host this important event on our campus," said Charles Martinez, vice president for the UO Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. "This forum will give us an opportunity to take a proactive approach to a community discussion of the state of civil rights in Oregon."
"This event will be a great recognition of Oregon's commitment to continuing the struggle for civil rights and that everyone in our political process, regardless of who they are, where they live or what party they belong to, and must together, so that everyone's contribution will be valued, respected and appreciated," said former Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts, who serves as local OLMV co-chair with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy.
"In the past three years, we've made significant strides forward in civil rights," said Hunt. "From granting religious freedom in the workplace to improving the abilities of minority- and women-owned contractors to secure state contracts, every small step forward takes us closer to a day of true equality; true civil rights for all Oregonians."
Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a proclamation making Oct. 14 a "Civil Rights Day" and encouraged all Oregonians to join in the observance.
About OLMV A broad community founded the OLMV in 2007 to advocate for public policies that uniquely impact all people of color throughout Oregon. The OLMV works to support the rights of all groups. It serves as a liaison between communities of color, policy leaders and institutions.
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