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Oregon DOJ To Hold Online Listening Sessions In July

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The Oregon Department Of Justice is holding a month-long series of online listening sessions in July to hear from people in marginalized communities.

The agency says it wants to hear from people who’ve experienced institutional racism and implicit bias. They’ve scheduled 11 sessions, running about two hours long, using an online video conferencing platform.

Each session has a different focus, which include various racial and ethnic groups. There will also be sessions that focus on people with disabilities, immigrants and religious minorities.

The Department of Justice says the sessions will include information about how to apply for grant opportunities focused on marginalized communities. Each session is free and open to the public, but the agency asks that speaking time be reserved for members of the groups who are the focus of any given session.

"We hope these virtual conversations are an opportunity to hear from different communities about what they are experiencing in Oregon,” said Attorney General Rosenblum in a press release.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”