June Community Meeting: Understanding the History of Policing and Gun Violence in America


Jun 5    
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Please join our community meeting on Monday, June 5th from 6:30-8:00pm. We will hear from two former law enforcement officers, Bob Henderson (City of Santa Clara) and Don Plunkett (NYC/South Bronx), in a moderated discussion with Denmark Whitaker. We will learn more about the history of law enforcement, modern-day policing, gun violence, and the impact on our community. Please join us in person at the Lake Oswego UCC or on Zoom!

Bob Henderson is a native of San Jose, California, and holds a degree in Psychology. He retired from law enforcement after 26 years of service, and is a member of the National Association of African American Police Officers. Bob gives regular presentations about the history of law enforcement, and has dedicated his life to studying African American history, which is an American story. He assists diverse groups in understanding from a historical perspective why we continue to have two different criminal justice systems: one for Blacks and one for Whites, and law enforcement’s role in breaking this cycle by building trust within the respective communities they serve.

Don Plunkett is a business owner in the New York City building construction industry, and an adjunct professor of business at the City University of New York.  In the 1980s, he was a police officer in the Bronx, New York, and retired early after being injured.  He volunteers on a confidential task force that responds to NYPD shootings and other trauma.  After witnessing senseless gun violence in this capacity, Don decided to no longer carry firearms, and is an advocate for gun safety.  Don lives with his wife in New York, with two grown children and a grandchild nearby.

Denmark Whitaker DJ Avelanche (he/him) knew from a young age that music was what he wanted to do in life because of the way it made him feel.  He has spent 3 decades in the entertainment industry working for some of Portland’s top radio stations, hosting national mix shows, and as a performer alongside many major artists.  As a DJ and musician, Avelanche truly loves all styles of music.  When it comes to teaching, he wants people to feel something special and enjoy music as he does whenever he performs.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on Sunday June 4th. Those gathering at the LOUCC can arrive beginning at 6:00pm. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

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