Power, police and privilege with DeRay Mckesson

Thursday, March 15th

Meet-and-greet 6 pm, Speaking event 7 pm

First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

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DeRay Mckesson will join us in Portland March 15th for a meet-and-greet and speaking event called Power, Police and Privilege. Mckesson is noted for his civil rights activism, capitalizing on contemporary ways of reaching people and organizing them online through social media but also known for being in the streets for protests such as those in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, after the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.

Meet DeRay

DeRay was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School.

DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of JoinCampaignZero.orgMappingPoliceViolence.org and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity.

Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and beyond, DeRay has become a key player in the work to confront the systems and structures that have led to mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. He is also the host of critically acclaimed Pod Save The People, a weekly podcast creating space for conversation about the most important issues of the week. The podcast is also about making sure people have the information they need to be thoughtful activists and organizers. DeRay was named one of the World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Important People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.

Tickets and registration

Tickets for this event are available exclusively via the links below. Proceeds from this event will benefit all of our programs including free legal services for justice-involved women and immigrants and for the wrongfully convicted.

Tickets to the meet-and-greet with DeRay at 6 pm include drinks and light hors d'oeuvres as well as priority seating for the talk at 7 pm. Meet-and-greet tickets are $125 and are limited in number.

We're offering sliding scale tickets for general admission to the speaking event at 7 pm. You choose to pay $25, $45 or $65.

Entry to the speaking event is free for formerly incarcerated people. Please note that free entry is not available to the meet-and-greet.

We don't want anyone to be prevented from attending this event for financial reasons, so scholarships for the speaking event are available. Please contact Amie Wexler at awexler@ojrc.info for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities

We welcome inquiries from individuals and businesses interested in supporting this event. Click here to download a sponsorship menu. Contact Amie Wexler for more information.