TED Talk: Teressa Raiford of Don’t Shoot PDX

On May 25 While Rome Burns will be celebrating Don’t Shoot Portland at our monthly event.

Founder Teressa Raiford will be on hand to talk about the important issues her organization addresses. Check out this TED Talks video to get to know a little more about Ms. Raiford, then join us at the event.

A Open Letter to FLOTUS from an #ABW Black Lives Matter | Teressa Raiford | TEDxSalem

Published on Apr 11, 2017

The heart of protest and importance of getting involved and making a difference.

Interpretation for TEDxSalem 2017 was provided by student interns through a collaboration between Western Oregon University, TEDxSalem, and the Deaf and interpreting communities of Oregon. The volunteer student interpreters were supported by volunteer, certified interpreters in order to minimize potential errors. Your support of these pre-professional interpreters’ growing skills is appreciated.

Teressa Raiford is the community organizer and leader of Don’t Shoot Portland. From online harassment and threats against her life, to an arrest and trial for disorderly conduct, Raiford accepts and puts aside the costs of doing her job. A generational Oregonian who traces her family’s roots in the state back to the 1880s, she spent her youth in and out of foster care from the age of 7 through 18. Seeing inaction forced Raiford to recognize that more needed to be done to make minority voices heard, and more would be asked of her than just fundraising and marching.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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