Central City Concern

Portland, OR, United States
Portland United States
Central City Concern
Portland, OR, United States
Portland United States

Jun 26, 7:30 PM

What a joy it was to be among so many others at this past weekend''s Good in the Hood Festival! It was a life-giving privilege to join the #community in showing up, rejecting intimidation, and celebrating our #diversity! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the #CentralCityConcern table to say hi and to learn more about our Imani Center, Employment Access Center, and Flip the Script program. #GITHpdx2017 #weoutherepdx #portland #pdx #goodinthehood #GITHpdx #GITH2017 #celebratediversity #rejecthate

Jun 23, 1:49 PM

Yesterday''s story about the #ImaniCenter graduation alluded to a poem shared by graduate Malcolm. The poemwhich served to remind his fellow graduates of their worth, their path, and their promisewas so moving that we asked Malcolm if we could share it publicly. He graciously obliged. The full poem, titled A poem for Khabral Muhammad, Aaron Sadiq and many other Black men I love. is below. You my brother, are strong beyond your own knowing. Even when you lay here, heaving, broken, hurting. You are strong. Listen to me. Your strength lies not in your right or left hand. Not in your thighs or back or feet. But in a place beyond you, not to be touched, or doubted, only held here when you need. You will be unbreakable stone. You will be the heat that burns the dross and waste. You will be the solid earth on which they stand. You will be the vine that pulls down the walls. But for now, be like water. Be easy, flow over and around these obstacles. Seek your own level. You, my brother cannot be conquered or defeated. You will push on and over and past, like water. You will overcome. The truth is, you are a King among men. But you have hidden yourself in the mundane, in the badlands. You walk the badlands among shadows and bad men. You do not belong chasing these shadows but you love it here. And here you gleam. The shadows are attracted to your shine. You, are no mundane. The water in you calls for release It rushes back and forth in your veins. The clash of tides is in you. In your ears and toes and fingers it surges and thunders. This dance you do-this up and down This back and forth. Arent you tired? Isnt this burden heavy? Dont you want to rise? And join your people? Dont you want to rise? It is all there for you. Yours to claim. All of it. You only have to release this weight. Let go, Let it go. Let it go, ascend. Malcolm Shabazz Hoover | Portland, 2017

Jun 23, 1:02 PM

With a vote on the Senate''s version of the #AmericanHealthCareAct being planned for next week, NOW is the time to act. @nationalcouncil provides easy instructions and a script for reaching out to your senators and urging them to vote NO on this bill. Link in our profile. So whats at stake? Upon his review of the Senate version of the #AHCA, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote that ""Ultimately, the AHCA would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with #addiction. This means more lives lost, more communities torn apart..."" #centralcityconcern #saveaca #savemedicaid #healthcareforall #communityhealth #healthinsurance #medicaid #addiction #treatment #recovery #opioidepidemic#Repost @nationalcouncil Call your Senators TODAY and tell them to vote ""NO"" on the AHCA! Link for script in bio. #Unite4BH

Jun 22, 1:36 PM

Thank you @SenJeffMerkley for your tireless advocacy for #healthcareforhomeless clinics and the needs of vulnerable #Medicaid populations. Grateful to have you fighting the good fight to protect the human right to health care. #hch2017 #centralcityconcern #healthcareforall #protectaca #aca #communityhealth

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