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					                                           State of Oregon

         Diversity Events Calendar
                                   FEBRUARY 2010
                                       A publication of the
             Department of Human Services, Office of Multicultural Health and Services

  African American History Month. In 1926 Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long
  celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. Dr. Woodson chose the week of
  Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12). In recent years the observance has expanded, and now
  the entire month of February is celebrated as African American History Month. Because of the
  variation in terms used, this month is also known as Afro-American History or Black History and
  Black Experience Month. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and
  History, founded by Dr. Woodson in 1915, sets the theme for the month. For information about the
  theme for this February, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment” contact the association
  at 202-865-0053 or visit its web site at www.asalh.org.

Date                                                                         Contact Information
Feb 1   Langston Hughes (1902-1967) : African American. Writer. Hughes emerged as a leader of the
        Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and became the most influential African American writer of his
        time. His poetry, which drew on the traditional Black art forms of spirituals, blues, and jazz, won
        an especially wide audience, but Hughes also distinguished himself as a writer of fiction, drama,
        essays, and history.
Feb 1   NAACP SALEM-KEIZER CHAPTER – EXECUTIVE MEETING.                                Greggery Peterson,
        Executive Board Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month from 6:30-            President
        8:00pm at Chemeketa Community College, Multi-cultural Section, 4000            gvpete55@netzero.
        Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon. Salem/Keizer NAACP Youth Group                com
        Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm at Mano A Mano              503/884-8876
        Family Center, Rm 160, Salem, Oregon. Leaders – Christian Epps &
        Rashad Furqan; 503/363-3909.
Feb 2   Groundhog Day – USA. Groundhog Day is celebrated in the U.S. each year on February 2nd.
        On this day in mid-winter, the groundhog awakens from a long winter's nap, and goes outside
        of his den to see if he sees his shadow. According to legend, if the groundhog sees his
        shadow (a sunny morning), there will be six more weeks of winter. He then returns to his den
        and goes back to sleep. If however, he does not see his shadow (cloudy days), he plays around
        outside of his hole for a while. If he does not see his shadow, spring is just around the corner.
        The Groundhog's Day tradition traveled long ways. It comes from German roots. German
        immigrants brought the tradition with them from Germany. As they settled in hills of
        Pennsylvania, they began the tradition of using the Groundhog to predict the arrival of Spring.
Feb 6    OREGON ASSEMBLY FOR BLACK AFFAIRS BOARD                                                   oaba@peak.org
         MEETING. The Board meets the first Saturday of each month from
         10:00-noon at the Salem WMCA, 685 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon. Its
         mission is to improve the political, educational, social-health, employment,
         legal, and economic status of Blacks in Oregon. OABA Quarterly                            Aneesah Furqan,
         membership meetings are held in March, June, September, and December.                     Secretary 503/463-
         OABA hosts the Call to Action Leadership Conference in odd calendar                       0327
         years to implement OBPC Platform Resolutions. OABA hosts the Oregon                       aneesahfurqan@m
         Black Political Convention in even number calendar years. Planning for the                sn.com
         2010 OBPC is underway, and we have many Internship positions available.
         Interested persons are encouraged to visit the OABA website
Feb 9    SALEM HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELATIONS ADVISORY                                                Marilyn Johnston
         COMMISSION MEETING. The Commission is appointed by the                                   503/588-6261
         Mayor of Salem to advise the City Council on Human Rights issues and to                  www.cityofsalem.net
         hear complaints of discrimination in housing, employment and public                      /departments/HRR
         accommodation. The public is welcome. The Commission meets the                           AC
         second Tuesday of the month at Salem City Hall, 555 Liberty Street SE,
         Room 305, Salem, Oregon.
Feb 12   Lincoln’s Birthday : United States. This day commemorates the birth of Abraham Lincoln
         (1809–1865), one of the greatest presidents of the United States, who changed the course of
         history by preserving the American Union during the Civil War, thereby preserving American
         democracy. In the process of saving the Union, Lincoln issued the historic Emancipation
         Proclamation, which paved the way for the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
         ending slavery in the United States. Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ending slavery in the United States.
Feb 11   OREGON ASSOCIATION OF MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS:                                            Oregon
         BUSINESS AFTER HOURS NETWORKING. OAME's quaterly                                         Association of
         Business After Hours is a great opportunity to network in the community.                 Minority
         It hosts between 4 to 8 vendors that promote their services and products.                Entrepreneurs
         There is music, great food and a no host bar. It is open to the public and               (OAME)
         the cost for members is $5 and for non members is $10. OAME Cascade                      503/249-7744
         Plaza, Large Conference Room, 4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland,                        www.oame.org
Feb 12 Coalition for Health and Affirmation of Sexual Minorities Meeting.                         Sue Orchard 503-
       12:00-1:00 Marquam Hill, DCH9301. The goal of CHASM is the full and                        494-0082
       harmonious integration of all persons into the academic, social, and                       orchards@ohsu.ed
       professional life of OHSU, regardless of sexual orientation of gender                      u
       CHASM welcomes faculty, staff, and students, together with friends,
       spouses, partners, and family members. Usually meets 2nd Friday of the
Feb 12   OAME ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, PROFESSIONAL &                                    OAME
         TECHNICAL (AEPT) MEETING. 7:30-8:00am.                                        503/249-7744
         OAME CONTRACTORS’ COMMITTEE. 7:30-9:00am. All minority
         construction businesses are welcome to participate. You will have a chance
         to find out current bid opportunities as well as networking with other
Feb 13 Susan B[rownell] Anthony (1820–1906) : Suffragist, United States. Quaker, teacher,
       abolitionist, and women's rights activist. Born in Adams, Massachusetts, Anthony was a leader of
       the movement to gain women the right to vote. As a leader of the Women's Temperance
       Movement along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she secured the first laws in New York State
       giving women control over their children, property, and wages.wages.
Feb 14 Valentine's Day : United States. The origins of this day are confused. There appear to have
       been two or three early Christian martyrs named Valentine. One was probably executed on
       February 14. One man named Valentine secretly married young sweethearts in opposition to the
       Roman Emperor Claudius' ban on marriage (a policy designed to prevent young men of military
       age from forming family ties). Another legend mentions flowers grown by Valentine and given to
       children. When Valentine was imprisoned the children remembered him by throwing nosegays
       and notes into his prison window. These were the original Valentine greetings.
Feb 15 HISPANIC SERVICES ROUNDTABLE. The Hispanic Services                             Lily Cáceres
       Roundtable is a community-based organization dedicated to heightening           503/981-2556
       the awareness of services available to the Hispanic communities of              lily.caceres@state.or.
       Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas Counties in Oregon. Identifying            us
       gaps in service provision and developing creative solutions to fill those
       gaps. Fostering cross-cultural education and sensitivity; involving political
       public and private leadership in addressing the lack of services available to
       Hispanic community members. Providing education and support toward
       creating a healthful life for the Hispanic community of Oregon and
       Washington. Meetings are held at the American Red Cross Building, 3131
       N. Vancouver Ave. Portland, Oregon. They are usually scheduled for the
       third Friday of the month, with a few exceptions. 1-3pm.
Feb 15 NAACP SALEM-KEIZER CHAPTER – GENERAL MEETING.                                   Greggery Peterson,
       3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm at Chemeketa Community College,               President
       Multi-cultural Section, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon.                   gvpete55@netzero.
       Salem/Keizer NAACP Youth Group Meetings. Meets every Wednesday                  com
       from 6:30-8:00pm at Mano A Mano Family Center, Rm 160, Salem,                   503/884-8876
       Oregon. Leaders – Christian Epps & Rashad Furqan; 503/363-3909.
Feb 17 PHILIPPINE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF                             www.pacco.org
       OREGON MONTHLY MEETINGS. The monthly networking                        felicia@pacco.org
       meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Holladay   503-285-1994
       Park Plaza Penthouse, 1300 NE 16th Avenue, Portland, Oregon from 6:00-
       8:00pm. Complimentary food and refreshments are provided. Everyone is
Feb 18 OREGON STATE HISPANIC EMPLOYEES NETWORK                                       Lily Cáceres
       (OSHEN) MONTHLY MEETING. Meets on the third Thursday of                       503/373-7241
       each month from 1:00-3:00pm at the DAS Executive Building, Conference         lily.caceres@state.o
       Room B, 155 Cottage Street, NE, Salem, Oregon.                                r.us
Feb 18 SALEM-KEIZER INDIAN EDUCATION PARENT BOARD                            Salem-Keizer School
       MEETING. Usually meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-    District Indian
       7pm. Student Services Building, Rooms 1&2, 2575 Commercial SE, Salem. Education Program
Feb 18 THE SCANDINAVIAN CLUB. Meets the third Thursday of the month Cathy Bjork
       at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th, Portland. General meeting is 7:00-9:00pm. 503/358-5883
Feb 19 HISPANIC HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL MEETING. Open to                              Araceli Avilla
       any agency or community group that works with or provides service to the      503/856-7077
       Hispanic community in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. Networking
       session and quarterly guest presentations precede Council meetings.
       Meeting are held the third Friday of every month at Catholic Community
       Services, 3737 Portland Rd. NE, Salem. Location may change due to
       special events.
       fourth Wednesday of each month from noon-2pm except in November               503/233-4356
       when we meet on the third Wednesday. We do not meet in March, July, or
       December. Call if you are interested in attending a meeting. The Coalition is
       an all volunteer member-driven organization dedicated to supporting the
       adults who empower girls and to giving a voice to girls and to their issues
       and needs to ensure that all girls and young women have the opportunity to
       develop to their full potential. Rosemont Treatment Center & School, 9911
       SE Mount Scott Boulevard, Portland
Feb 25 José de San Martín (1778–1850) : Argentine. Soldier and statesman. With Simón Bolívar, San
       Martín led the movement of Spain’s South American colonies to win their freedom from Spain.
       In 1811 he resigned from the Spanish army to organize the armed resistance to Spanish rule in
       the land of his birth, modern-day Argentina. He raised an army there and led it over the Andes to
       Chile, taking Santiago in 1817, and then organized a Chilean navy to transport the rebel army to
       Lima. There he proclaimed the establishment of a new country on July 28, 1821. Although he
       was made leader of the new nation, he came into political conflict with Bolívar and retired to
       France. The anniversary of his death is observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in
       Cascade, Terrell Hall, Room 112, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland,          www.pdxnaacp.org
       Oregon from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.
Feb 26 OREGON ASSOCIATION OF MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS:                                   Oregon
       Coffee and Issues Forum held the last Friday of each month at OAME,             Association of
       brings minority and small business owners and managers together with            Minority
       experts and leaders in business, government and other areas vital to            Entrepreneurs
       business growth to share common issues and learn about business trends,         (OAME)
       opportunities and resources. Each month we have guest speakers that             503/249-7744
       come and present projects, give updates on issues related to the community      www.oame.org
       or tips to entrepreneurs. You can have access to past agendas on line. This
       event is free and open to the public.
Feb 26 Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Membership Luncheon                               phone:
       Keynote Speaker: John Kroger, Oregon Attorney General                           503.222.0280
       Member Recognition: Roman Hernandez, Attorney                                   fax: 503.243.5597
       Benson Hotel, Mayfair Ballroom, Portland, OR; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM                info@hmccoregon.
       Cost: $25 Members/$30 Non-members                                               com
       The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber is dedicated to working with all
       members of the community to increase the economic advancement of
       Hispanic-owned businesses in Oregon and SW Washington.
Feb 28 Lantern Festival (Yuan-hsiao) : China. This celebrates the end of the New Year season. In the
       Republic of China people make elaborate lanterns to hang in the temples and hold contests to
       choose the most beautiful one. They also write riddles on the lanterns and compete to solve
       them. In the People's Republic of China the lanterns are hung in public parks.


   Multicultural Health Electronic Newsletter:
   DHS Office of Multicultural Health & Services sends out a free electronic newsletter that contains
   information regarding current multicultural health issues. Information about upcoming health
   conferences & events, current events, funding opportunities, interesting health websites, career
   opportunities, etc are featured in each electronic newsletter. This listserv is opened to everyone
   interested in joining, and is a service provided through the Oregon State Library. Here are two
   different ways to subscribe to the listserv: 1.) Go to
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   submit; or 2.) Send a message to cultural-health-request@webhost.osl.state.or.us, include the word
   ‘subscribe’ in the subject or message field. INFO: Joseph Hesting at 503/945-6610 or

   This information is prepared by Joseph Hesting at the Oregon Dept. of Human Services, Office of
   Multicultural Health & Services. Please contact Joe at 503/945-6610 or joseph.hesting @state.or.us
   if you have any additions, corrections, or suggestions.

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