Welcome to the U.S.: Check a Box!

Welcome to the U.S.: Check a Box!

Impacts of Racism on Refugee and Immigrant Communities

September 9, 2019

3:00pm – 5:30pm

Please join us for a frank, candid, and personal workshop and discussion about race, racism, and their impact on refugee and immigrant communities.

Race and racism in the United States are definitely not new topics. However, in the current political climate there has been renewed focus on institutional and systemic racism in the U.S. and the historical roots of privilege and oppression. During this workshop we aim to explore definitions, assumptions, race, and racism through personal stories from three unique individuals. This workshop will center around the intersectionality of culture, race, and privilege in mainstream white America and refugee and immigrant communities.

Cascadia Garlington Center

Parking is limited. Please try to find street parking.

3036 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Portland, OR 97212


Abdul Fofanah

  • Abdul is a community organizer and social change agent. He is passionate about uplifting human capacity across socioeconomic and cultural divides. He has worked in various non-profits and governmental agencies providing culturally responsive supports so underserved communities can build agency to thrive. Abdul currently works as a mental health clinician.

Israa Hasani

  • Israa immigrated to the U.S. from the middle east and has been living in Portland for 23 years. She has worked with refugees and immigrants for over 15 years, 10 of them professionally. Israa currently works as a mental health provider at a Cascadia residential site.

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie

  • Toc has over 20 years of experience working with and advocating for refugees and immigrants. She currently serves as the Social Services Manager in Population Health at CareOregon and was recently appointed by Governor Brown to serve as commissioner on the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. She is deeply committed to raising awareness about meaningful language access through a workshop that is offered in a multitude of settings. Her hope is that when it’s introduced with humility, it can reshape the narratives of historically underserved communities who speak a language other than English, and ultimately transform systems.

Monday event – Who We Are: Refugee and Immigrant LGBTQ Experiences

From Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare (the Garlington Health Center on MLK) and Lutheran Community Services Northwest:

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gender diverse immigrant & refugee individuals in most parts of the world are facing harassment, violence, discrimination, marginalization, and even death. Many LBGTQ+ refugee & immigrant individuals’ lives in the United States are also impacted by structural racism, discrimination, poverty and other community violence.

We need a call to action for protection, assistance, appropriate services, and ongoing support for LBGTQ+ refugee & immigrant individuals and families as they arrive in the United States for resettlement.

Please join us as we explore the intersections between LGBTQ+, refugee, and immigrant communities. We will screen two short videos that highlight the diverse experiences of refugee and immigrant LGBTQ+ individuals. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion that includes 4 community members and professionals who will talk about their own personal stories and professional experiences.

Christopher Hamann, MSW, LCSW
Alex Perez, QMHP, CSWA
Jovana Bustamante
Patrice Koblavi

Event details:
Date: Monday July 15, 2019
Time: 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Garlington Health Center, 3036 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland, OR 97212
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please RSVP at who-we-are.wixsite.com/2019

neo-Nazi on MLK Boulevard.

This suppuration was riding the 6 down on MLK very recently. He was wearing shorts, with a swastika tattooed on his left calf, and an iron cross on his right. Take note of the webbing on his elbow.


He hopped off the 6 at Fremont and walked to the apartment building that borders Mason, Garfield, and Cleveland.


To report sightings of fascists trespassing in our city, contact Rose City Antifa at fight_them_back@ riseup.net.