June 12 Day of Action: Teach the Truth

Please join the PAT Instruction and Professional Development Committee on June 12 in a Day of Action to Pledge to Teach the Truth about US history. 

Among the charges of your Instruction and Professional Development Committee (IPD) are to center racial equity and social justice in all aspects of teaching and learning and to report to you on local, state, and national issues when appropriate. We want to make sure you know about attempts in 15 US states to pass legislation denying teachers the right to be honest about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history

While there are currently no such laws being proposed in Oregon, there are colleagues in our state who have been threatened, both professionally and personally, when they have taken a stand to promote anti-racist curriculum.

To raise public awareness about the danger of these bills, the Zinn Education Project and Black Lives Matter in Schools, in conjunction with Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, invite educators nationwide to a Day of Action on June 12th, to join in locally-organized public gatherings.  Also, please sign the pledge to teach the truth

Local events happening on Saturday, June 12 include: 

(please read carefully as some times/locations have changed since last week’s email)

All Events Require Mask Wearing and Distancing

  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Albina Soul Walk, starting at North Tillamook St. and North Vancouver Ave. This event has limited capacity! Please check their website before planning to attend.
  • 10:00 - 11:30 AM - Japanese American Historical Plaza (located on the west side of the Portland Waterfront, north of the Burnside Bridge) -  There will be speakers, a tour, and sign making. Check out and share this flyer! Link to Facebook event page
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Meet at Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th Ave. between SE Taylor and SE Belmont) to learn about the history, present, and future of Lone Fir Cemetery, Block 14 (SE 20th Ave. & SE Morrison St.). After gathering and listening to speakers, participants are invited to walk from the park to Block 14 at the cemetery (distance is 0.2 miles, uphill, one section may not have a sidewalk). Link to Facebook event page
  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM - Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Washington Park (google map link). After brief speakers, all are welcome to stay for a tour and to learn what resources the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) has available for educators to teach about the Holocaust.

Please remember to use the hashtags #PATTeachTruth and #TeachTruth on any social media posts!