CoBiz Richmond open mic event invites dialogue on local racism

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CoBiz Richmond is a state-of-the-art coworking space and business incubator located at 1503 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

CoBiz Richmond is calling out to historically disenfranchised people to share their voices and speak their truth at a free, in-person and online open mic event Tues., May 25 from 6-8 p.m. entitled “Listening Session: The Challenge of being Black and Brown in Contra Costa County.”

The in-person event option will happen at CoBiz Richmond, 1503 Macdonald Ave., Suite A, in Richmond. Those who opt to participate online will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

Stepping up as event host will be Lea Murray MPH, MA, the president and founder of Collaborising Inc., a nonprofit that aims to improve race equity by facilitating community conversations on the topic. Per organizers, the event looks to document the stories of survivors of racism in Contra Costa County and to highlight the subtle and systemic racism present here.

“We want share the struggles and challenges that the historically disenfranchised people have experienced in Contra Costa County,” CoBiz Richmond stated about the event. “We are providing an open mic event so we can share our experiences through spoken word, poetry, song or just a simple story.”

“We value all community voices and we will document our stories with the purpose of creating change within our community,” organizers added.

According to CoBiz Richmond, the free event is open to all community members and open mic participants will be compensated. For more info or to register, click here.