West Linn aims to tackle discrimination – In 2011, former West Linn resident Melissa Lowery began working on her documentary, “Black Girl in Suburbia,” hoping to spur the seldom-heard conversations about racism that exists in communities like West Linn. Eight years later, West Linn, Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Tualatin will have these conversations together for the first time (Read More in the West Linn Tidings)

Lake Oswego establishes a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) task force. Read More…

Art and Inclusion in Lake Oswego – A slide show by Bruce Poinsette and Sarah Al Quirem (see more)

Senator Rob Wagner, Working for Our Schools – Senator Rob Wagner spoke to over 50 of his Lake Oswego and West Linn constituents on Wednesday, April 17th about two bills he is moving through the State Legislature. Senate Bill 664 will require school districts to provide instruction about the Holocaust and genocide, and Senate Bill 52 will legally require school districts in Oregon to adopt policies on suicide prevention. The meeting was hosted by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, Respond to Racism, and Mary’s Woods Diversity Taskforce, and it was held at Cascadia Hall in Mary’s Woods. (Read More)

Willie Poinsette, co-founder of Respond to Racism in Lake Oswego, named Community Leader of the Year. Read more in the Lake Oswego Review

A Stanford University study of 100 million police traffic stops throughout the US shows black motorists are 20% more likely to get pulled over than white drivers.  It also found that police officers ticket, search, and arrest black and Hispanic drivers more often than whites. For example, when pulled over for speeding, black drivers are 20% more likely to get a ticket (rather than a warning) than white drivers, and Hispanic drivers are 30% more likely to be ticketed than white drivers. CNN NEWS ARTICLESTANFORD REPORT