On July 23 the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations (“Permanent Commission”) will host a community listening session at Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston.Lunch will be served and childcare will be provided on site.The session will run from noon – 3:00 p.m.

Rachel Talbot Ross and Angela Okafor

The community listening session is an opportunity for the Permanent Commission to hear directly from racial, Indigenous, and tribal populations about their lived experiences related to disparities caused by structural racism in Maine. The event is part of a series that will contribute to the Permanent Commission’s goal to build the capacity of overburdened communities to identify issues that affect their communities and participate in, influence, and take on leadership roles in related decision-making processes.

“Community listening sessions are a way to hold space for the people most impacted by a rigged system to give voice to their own lived experiences,” said Angela Okafor, Community Engagement Director for the Permanent Commission. “Hearing directly from communities is vital to the effort to dismantle structural racism so nothing stands in the way of a good life – the way it should be – for all those who call Maine home.”

WHAT: Community Listening Session

Details: Sunday, July 23, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Agora Grand Event Center, 220 Bates St, Lewiston, ME 04240. Parking is available at Community Concepts.