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WLWV School Board adds a goal to “disrupt systems of racism” — School Board member Chelsea King Martin posted the following to the West Linn Community facebook page: Tonight the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board added the phrase “disrupt systems of racism” to our District Goal #1. This statement is overdue, and at the same time reflects the work we’ve been engaged in for years. The goal now reads: “Grow student achievement through the use of high leverage instructional and engagement strategies to raise rigor, disrupt systems of racism, and generate equitable outcomes for all students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.” Immediately following the adoption of this District Goal, the Board committed to engage in Equity Training as a Professional Learning Community, nesting ourselves as participants of the learning that we expect from the rest of our organization. This is one of my proudest moments as a WLWV school board member. Gratitude to our Superintendent, Dr. Kathy Ludwig, for leading this work and to my fellow Board members for engaging. (Original Post)

Uncovering Oregon’s racist history – Walidah Imarisha spoke to an audience of over 200 people on July 23rd at an event co-sponsored by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community. Her talk titled ‘Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon: A Hidden History,’ was well received by the audience. Read more in the West Linn Tidings article by Ava Eucker.

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