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Oregon Students of Color Conference 2017

8-10 students will be selected to represent Western's delegation. All expenses are paid!! 

17th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference
November 17th-19th, 2017 @ University of Oregon
Eugene, OR


Conference Theme: Roots: Radical Organizing in Oregon & Transforming Solidarity

" 'ROOTS' is accompanied by the notions of history & celebration, growth & transformation and of systemic engrainment & structure. We get back to our roots by claiming our history and celebrating, uplifting, and praising cultures of color. We put down our roots when we build our organizations and our communities. We tear up by the roots when we decolonize the spaces that we’re in and when we demolish the structures built to oppress us.

In this system that criminalises, commodifies & silences black and brown bodies, to take space & to take breath, to survive is a revolutionary act; to be of color is RADICAL. We come together November 17th-19th around the premise of ORGANIZING our distinct communities, connected by the racialization of our bodies, to create mutual power through the exchange of ideas and techniques for our survival, for healing our trauma and for building our resistance. These methods are especially vital for us in OREGON, a state whose history & reality is grounded in the pursuit of a white utopia and whose body is built on indigenous land. Here in Eugene, we are on the land of the Kalapuya Nations from the area, Chifin, Winefelly, Pee-u (Mohawk), and Chelamela Nations.

We change the spaces we occupy by defying and redefining the trajectory of that history: PoC are TRANSFORMING Oregon. Revisiting the intent of OSCC17: ROOTS: We share this space, our time and our stories with one another so that we can build connections between peoples who are united by a shared understanding of race-based oppression and marginalization. By incorporating our struggles, shared and unique, into a movement predicated on the liberation of peoples of color, we can redefine what it means to be in SOLIDARITY."

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