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April 2013 eNewsletter

In this issue: we learn about the courage it takes to advocate for immigration reform in rural Oregon. Yee Won shares tips to become a better trans ally - including a concrete tool on gender-neutral bathrooms.

As a runner and a former Boston resident, I was moved by the marathoners who kept running after crossing the finishing line to donate blood to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions. I’m a believer that we don’t need a crisis to come together and I wake up each morning so grateful to be part of a team that brings communities together for social justice.

Here we share two ways communities come together. The March for One Oregon Bus Tour brought people together to stand for immigration reform. We share a tool on creating inclusive bathrooms to be more welcoming of everyone in our community. And for more tips on being good allies to Trans people check out my presentation at TEDx Rainier.

Enjoy your community!
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Yee Won Chong
Development and Communication Director

Courage of Many Kinds: The March for ONE Oregon 

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In March, four community groups led the March for ONE Oregon Bus Tour to advocate for immigration reform. Three riders share their experience: 

Antonia, an immigrant and cancer survivor, participated despite her fears, "this is something my community needs." “The whole thing was incredibly powerful, moving and emotional. When you listen to people’s stories with your heart and an open mind, that’s how people change," said Dancer, another rider. Read more...

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Beyond the Gender Binary: Tips and Tools You Can Use 

We share two concrete tools on how to become a better ally to Trans people. First, a video of Yee Won Chong's presentation at TEDx Rainer on gender identity, immigration and family. Second, Creating Inclusive Spaces, a tool on transforming existing gender-specific bathrooms to gender-neutral. Read more...

Hard work pays off in 2012

slot5.jpgIn 2012, with the Center's programs underway at full speed, we worked hand in hand with over 24 organizations to accomplish both policy and culture change. From the direct engagement to win marriage equality in Washington State to the inspirational motivation catalyzed at our summer training conference, AMP, we are proud to share our results with you. Read more...

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