Recode is pleased to welcome panelist speakers Monica-Lewis Patrick, CEO of We the People of Detroit, and Cat Goughnour of the Right 2 Root Campaign to the Humboldt Gardens Community Room on Friday, May 4. Ms. Lewis-Patrick will discuss how decades of planning decisions led predictably to the Detroit and Flint water crises and its relationship to gentrification, displacement, and a regional housing crisis. Ms. Goughnour will share how we can, "co-create a people + place-based, health + wealth community stabilization process for Portland’s African-American/Black residents to reduce disparities, increase opportunities and generate prosperity."
This session aims to frankly examine the disproportionate effect that historic and current city planning has on disinvested communities, and relies on case studies of community-led solutions that address wealth and infrastructure disparities.
The event is free to the public.
When: Friday, May 4, 2018, 6 – 8 pm
Where: Humboldt Gardens Community Room, 5033 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97217
About the panelists:
Monica Lewis Patrick, M.A.L.S.(aka The Water Warrior) is a mother, educator, entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate. She is co-founder of We the People of Detroit and has served as Director of Community Outreach & Engagement since 2009 and was unanimously elected by the Board to become the President & CEO in 2014. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), HOW (Healing Our Waters)/ Equity Advisory Council, Flint Strong Stones (Co-founder), Freshwater Futures/ All About Water (Advisory Committee), Detroit Equity Action Lab (Fellow 2016) and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October of 2015. She is actively engaged in almost every struggle on behalf of Detroit residents. As a former Lead Legislative Policy Analyst for Detroit City Council under the mentorship of former City Councilwoman the Honorable JoAnn Watson, Monica has authored legislation, conducted research, and delivered constituency services to tens-of-thousands of city residents.
Cat Goughnour, award-winning, Oregon-born human rights advocate specializing in applied equity policy, holds an MSc: Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies from London School of Economics and a BA in Socio-political Philosophy from Portland State University. Through Radix Consulting Group, her certified B Corp (established 2014), Cat employs a solution-focused approach to re/address the root causes of disparity while catalyzing social change. Since 2015, Radix’s Right 2 Root has been capacitating African Americans impacted by displacement and gentrification using a holistic, upstream Public Health intervention to leverage planning tools, public interest design, and community assets to create healthy, innovative places.