Oregon, 21st Century, It isn't fair!
Today, Gordon Bergman of the Salem Alliance Church and Jesus Gutierrez of Marion-Polk Foodshare gave fine presentations to the ladies of the DeMuniz Resource Center about their excellent organizations. These presentations focused on the ways these women could participate in a "positive social network" and join a community that enables the to "stay clean", grow as people, and follow their passions. Gordon made a fascinating point that demonstrates how life has treated many of these people so far and:
1. They could have been anyone's daughters.
2. Can our 21st century society allow such hardship to continue?
What Gordon said is, and I believe it's becoming an acknowledged fact, that many of the people who spend time in jail at some point in their lives have gone through some sort of trauma earlier in their lives! How unfair is that! You have a difficult childhood and then when you grow up you spend time in jail.
. It really seems that our society in Oregon needs to respond to our disadvantaged citizens in a way that enables them to have decent lives. Being sentenced to suffering from childhood to adulthood doesn't seem right in the modern world.
1. We formed a "Partnership" with Musician's Local 99's MEAP project (Music Education Assistance Project) and it's listed on our website.
2. Deb has started her Blog, Deb's Data, about how how sometimes life brings hardship, and importantly, what we can do about it!
Right now, its about half way down on the "News" page on the right hand side. It's currently a little hard to find.
3. We're working to plan the March 4 and 5 ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players) International Play-In in "greater Salem .
4. Many thanks to Reverend Richard Davis, Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Salem, for his excellent help and many contacts.
5. We are in discussions with the music director, Sean Paul Mills, of the Salem Philharmonia for a "Partnership" with discounts for the Oregon Trail card for their concerts
6. Board Meeting, Tuesday night, January 10 at the Salem Public Library in Room 218 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The public is invited!
"Opportunity of the Week!"
Oregon Symphony Association in Salem
Nadia Solerno- Sonnenberg, conductor and violin
Vivaldi- The Four Seasons (complete)
Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen Suite
Friday, January 6, 8:00 pm
Smith Auditorium Willamette University
20 tickets are available with the $5.00 Oregon Trail discount