On Oct. 30, The Portland City Club will welcome Marcus Mundy, president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, Charles Hopson, deputy superintendent of district-wide programs in Portland Public Schools and Karen Gibson, associate professor at PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition to discussing how systemic disadvantages reinforce social and economic inequalities between Black and White Oregonians, they will also offer policy proposals designed to address these disparities.
A recently released State of Black Oregon report starkly exposes a persistent gap in living standards between Black and White Oregonians -- one which is growing wider as a result of the economic downturn. Published by the Urban League of Portland, the report reveals that African Americans in Oregon have significantly higher infant mortality rates, are more likely to live in poverty and have higher levels of unemployment and are far more likely to die of diseases such as diabetes than their white counterparts.
The luncheon will take place Friday, Oct. 30. Doors open 11:30 AM; speakers from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave. in Portland.
Reserve lunch online at www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231. Luncheon tickets are $20 at the door. Limited coffee/tea table tickets are $5 and are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. General seating is free for members and $5 for nonmembers, and is available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about this program or about City Club of Portland, visit www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231.