8:30 AM08:30

Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities: Confronting Hate

Panelist on forum sponsored by the US Attorney’s Office.

As members of civic society and law enforcement, we come together to build bridges of understanding and trust, and to prevent, respond to and seek justice for incidents and crimes motivated by hate and racism against our community.

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10:00 AM10:00

On the Front Lines: Youth and Increasing Hate Crimes

Official data reflects an increase in hate crimes and hate group activity. This workshop discusses what's behind the current trend and how post-millennial youth are being targeted by organized and online hate groups. Part of this trend has been an uptick in the harassment of racial, ethnic, and sexual minority students adding to their experiences of trauma. This training will include strategies to prepare teachers and students to respond to hate activity and recruitment in schools.

Two trainings for Lake Oswego High School’s “This Is Us! Who We Are And What We Stand For” development day.

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3:30 PM15:30

Access to Justice CLE at Kells Irish Pub

Dr. Blazak holds a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) class that has been approved for a 1-hour Access to Justice credit by the Oregon State Bar. The class, The Roots of Bias, addresses root causes of bigotry and bias in the legal field and workplace. Topics include implicit bias, sociological roots of bias, and strategies to confront bias.

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7:00 PM19:00

Transforming Hate: Mulugeta Seraw’s Legacy

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Transforming Hate: Mulugeta Seraw’s Legacy
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
Thur, May 30, 7-9pm
$5 donation
Limited Seating, RSVP recommended

Thirty years after Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was beaten to death by three white supremacists, we honor his legacy with a short doc about his life and death, and the community response to hate. Come and share your memories of how this tragedy impacted you and the city, and let's gather to learn together how to stand up to hatred, bigotry, and racism today.

Short documentary co-produced by Mischa Webley and Laura Lo Forti. Video by Patty Torchia. Special thanks to Ewnetu Tsegaw.
With community dialogue. Special guests: Randy Blazak/ Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes; Jairaj Singh/ Portland United Against Hate

This event is part of THE VANPORT MOSAIC FESTIVAL 2019, May 21-June 5: two weeks of memory activism opportunities to explore the many silenced histories that surround us through screenings, tours, performances, exhibits and dialogues. Full program at www.vanportmosaic.org. Contact info@vanportmosaic.org

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5:00 PM17:00

"The 2017 Portland Max Murders: Understanding the Trauma of Hate"

The Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Law and Society department

invites you to join us for an exploration of Dr. Randy Blazak’s work on the

relationship between trauma and hate crimes. Dr. Blazak is an internationally

recognized expert on hate crimes. After two decades on the faculty at Portland

State University, he now works around the world consulting on criminal cases

and on strategies to counter violent extremism.

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9:20 AM09:20

Mulugeta Seraw Commemoration Conference

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The Mulugeta Seraw Commemoration Conference, marking the 30th anniversary of the murder of Mulugeta Seraw by racist skinhead. Dr. Blazak will be presenting “A History of Anti-Black Hate in Oregon” (9:20-10:20) and “Responding to Hate: Local anti-hate violence tools and resources” (10:50-12:20).

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8:30 AM08:30

Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE): At the Crossroads of Theory and Practice

The ‘MPOWER Project, Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and Permanent Missions of Jordan and Norway are convening a forum of global experts, academics, practitioners and policymakers to engage in a multidisciplinary conversation on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and its future at the nexus of law enforcement tactics, community engagement and development, CVE and, generally, fighting the proliferation of extremist ideology today.


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4:30 PM16:30

Panel Discussion of Rape and the Rohingya Crisis

Please join us for a free screening of Mother, Daughter, Sister (30 minutes) followed by a short discussion with director Jeanne Marie HallacyRandy Blazak scholar and expert on hate and hate crimes, bias, and civil discourse; and Yusuf Iqbal president of Americans for Rohingya.

This film exposes the Burmese military's practice of using rape as a weapon of war and gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women activists calling for justice for these crimes. The film revolves around the stories of four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Burmese military.

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