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The State of Black Oregon

Join City Club for a talk about the recently released "State of Black Oregon" report. This 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.

On October 30, City Club welcomes 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.

Purchase tickets at www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231 x110.

Where: The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97205

When: Doors open at 11:30 AM, Program begins at 12:15 PM and concludes at 1:15 PM

Transportation and parking: The Governor Hotel is accessible by bus, Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail. A SmartPark garage is located one block away from the Governor Hotel at 730 S.W. 10th Ave.

Cost: Luncheon tickets are $16 for City Club members and up to two guests, $20 for nonmembers. 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. A limited number of $5 coffee/tea tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations: Reservations required for lunches only; reservations close at 2 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event. Reservations for lunch are strongly encouraged. To reserve a lunch via telephone, individuals (members and non-members) should call our voice mail reservation line, 503-228-7231, ext. 110. A limited number of lunch tickets are generally available at the door. Luncheon tickets reserved after the 2:00 PM Wednesday deadline or purchased at the door will be subject to an additional $4 charge. General seating and coffee/tea tickets will be available at the door.

Sponsors: Friday Forums this quarter are sponsored by: Barran Liebman LLP and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects