Panel to Discuss Overcoming Addiction and Imprisonment as part of "Everybody Reads"

By Bridge Staff|January 31, 2015Archive|

As part of the Multnomah County library ‘s “Everybody Reads” program, the Cascade campus of Portland Community College will be hosting a panel on topics raised in Mitchell Jackson’s book The Residue Years.

February 9 Monday 6-7:30 pm FREE and open to the public: A panel presentation on the challenges posed by the Residue Years ending with audience questions. Does the book The Residue Years seem bleak to you? How does anyone overcome the seemingly insurmountable individual, family, and community life challenges facing the characters in The Residue Years and in real life in Portland? The tragic effects of intergenerational poverty, addiction and incarceration have a far-reaching, demoralizing, hope extinguishing impact. The panel members will highlight real life challenges and triumphs similar to those faced by Champ and Grace in The Residue Years. The author, Mitchell Jackson grew up in Portland and attended Jefferson High, PCC and PSU.

Even if you have not read the book, the stories of real-life people on how they overcame the obstacles posed by addiction and imprisonment is sure to be interesting and inspiring.

Orentheo Rivers CADCI and Brandon (Pecos) Jett CADC I are primary counselors, and Fred McGee, CRM, CADCI, and Lead Professional Mentor serve 18-24 year old males transitioning out of prison. They work for Volunteers of America Community Partners Reinvestment Program and GIFT Gang Impacted Families team and offer concrete culturally tailored alternatives to young men whose lives are affected by intergenerational poverty, drug addiction, and incarceration.   Dennis Morrow, M.A.Ed., MBA is the Executive Director of Janus Youth Programs, Inc which operates over 40 different programs for high-risk adolescents, teen parents, and young adults in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Dennis teaches the “Men and Addiction” class at the Cascade campus and advocates for meaningful, gender based, culturally competent services.

Feb 9. The Residue Years is available for checkout from all PCC libraries and Multnomah County libraries.

FREE. Doors open at 5:45pm at the Moriarty Arts and Humanities building auditorium at N. Albina and Killingsworth in Portland. There will be resource tables on recovery from addiction and prisoner reentry in the hallway outside the auditorium beginning at 5:30p.


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