Bearing Witness: James Chasse Jr.
CERIMON HOUSE PRESENTS "BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse Jr." - a celebration of and conversation about the life of James Chasse Jr. on the tenth anniversary of his passing.
On Saturday, September 17th Cerimon House - a nonprofit humanities organization located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District - is teaming up with Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association of Portland and members of the community to offer a memorial, a documentary screening, and a community conversation marking the occasion of the passing of Chasse Jr., who died in police custody ten years ago.
Free Event - Donations Welcome - Reservations Strongly Recommended.
Recommended for people aged 16 and up.
BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse Jr. begins with an optional 5:00pm screening of Brian Lindstroms powerful documentary "Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse Jr." and after a brief break, a community conversation will commence at 7:00pm, featuring remarks from citizens and professionals involved in the case, the creation of the documentary film, and James personal life. Attendees will be encouraged to engage in a facilitated discussion with questions and observations, joining participants in bearing witness to the past, and looking toward a future where we can make significant change together.
A memorial installation will be set-up for friends, family, and citizens to add a meaningful item or written comment to honor James life. (Please: no balloons, open flame, or anti-police items on this peaceful and loving display.) Finally, a special announcement will be made at the event, promising a dynamic piece of public art coming to Portland in 2017.
This memorial for James Chasse Jr. is the first in a planned series of evenings at Cerimon House where Portlanders can come together and bear compassionate witness to individuals and incidents that must not be forgotten. In many ways, the organization exists as a result of that day when James Chasse was pursued and died; Cerimon House founder Randall Stuart was a witness to the tragedy in the Pearl District and appears as one of the interviewees in the film Alien Boy. In the wake of the incident, Mr. Stuart decided to stay in Portland and establish a sanctuary for the humanities and cultural arts, producing events and programming that would allow citizens to convene to experience the evolving human story. Taking its inspiration from the turn-of-the-20th-centurys educational model: the Circuit Chautauqua, Cerimon House offers an active roster of programs that allow the community to meet in a safe space, and to have the deep conversations that can help to transform our relationships and our world.
THIS EVENT AIMS TO CREATE A SOBER, SAFE, INCLUSIVE SPACE. THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING THESE GUIDELINES.
Cerimon House (View)
5131 NE 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97211
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