Yadira Baltier-MorenoState of Civil Rights Forum 2019 Criminal Justice System:Our Brown Brothers, Black sistersLocked upTalked downBlack and brownBack braidsBad gradesDates displacedHate crimesDrug offenses Black brothers, brown sistersSuicide rates highMy cousinsMy unclesDead in silenceViolence taken placeTheir face is a blurThe case dismissedPlea bargainTaken placeNo fleeCharge for lifeOne wordGUILTYWill be sentence to life Brown Brothers, Black sistersfamily…

Poverty/Racism After the Civil War, many whites including former slave owners left the South and settled in Oregon.  As Mayor Wheeler noted in his State of the City speech, Oregon has a long history of racism.  Oregon was the only state in the U.S. to ban black people.  Let me say that again. Oregon was…

The LMV recently explored the meaning of “minority”.  Those historically denied equal rights in the United States – racial minorities (specifically African Americans) and women are automatically designated minorities for the purpose of voting under the 14th and 19th Amendments.  On the other hand, we must also explore what it means to be a minority…

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