2000-09-15 Grand Haven Tribune Town meeting on racism planned Sept. 28

Town meeting on racism planned Sept. 28
Grand Haven Tribune

Holland-Seven area residents will talk about their experiences with racism at a town meeting on Thursday, September 28, and invite audience members to share their own concerns. The event, to be held from 7-9 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, 13th and Maple, is the first in a series of meetings leading to the Ottawa Area Summit on Racism in February 2001.

Gail Harrison, executive director of the sponsoring organization, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, said,
We’re asking people to describe what our communities would like if they were free from racial prejudice and what could be changed to make everyone feel more valued and respected.” The view share at the town meeting in Holland and a Nov. 2 town meeting in Grand Haven will be carried forward to the 2001 Summit, Ms. Harrison said.

Panelists for the Holland meeting are Rev. Charles Johnson, Full Gospel All Nation Pentecostal Church: Ruth Coleman, director of L.E.A.P., the Learning Enhancement Achievement Program at COBB Community Center’ Trino Perez, president of LAUP Latin Americans United for Progress; Teresa Lamb, founder of Latino Pride; Michael Hoa Viola-Vu, director of multicultural affairs, Davenport University; Socheth Na, pastor of the Cambodian Fellowship CRC; and Tom Bos, A.D. Bos Vending Co. The moderator is Rev. Andy Fierro, Crossroad Chapel Reformed Church, and Holland.

Collaborating organizations for the Summit, which will be hosted by Hope College, are the African American Support Group, Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony, and Latin Americans United for Progress.

For more information, call 846-9074 or 396-2201.