Registration Now Open for Day-Long Conference on Community Activism

This Conference is Co-Sponsored by Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation!

For everyone who said “OK what’s next — how can I make a difference?” following the Women’s March or the March for Science, this conference is for you.  The Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County is presenting PLACE (Preparing Local Activists for Community Engagement) at Oregon Coast Community College on May 20th from 9am to 4:30pm.

Registration is $25, or $10 for students, with full stipends available (

According to Franki Truijlio-Dalbey, longtime educator and the current manager of KYAQ radio station, as well as one of the organizers of this event, “a lot of people are concerned about their communities in the wake of the current political situation and are asking what can we do about these issues and how can we help and make a difference.  That was the impetus for putting together the PLACE training, to bring people up to speed on what is happening in their local community and provide ways to help.”


Franki Trujillo-Dalbey


The PLACE Conference will include presentations and workshops led by local activists working for social, political, and environmental justice. Workshops and presentations will include:

Know Your Community: Panel Presentation, facilitated by Franki Trujillo-Dalbey

This panel kicks off the conference with 7 panelists representing vulnerable communities in Lincoln County: Native Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, Transgender, Houselessness, Immigration, and Senior Citizens. Each panelist will talk about the emerging issues for their particular community, and offer suggestions for ways you can be a supportive ally.

Community Engagement 101: by CM Hall

CM Hall has nearly two decades of experience in community organizing and training.  She is a former development director of Basic Rights Oregon, has worked on numerous political campaigns, served as the project coordinator for the Western Region Interpreter Education Center, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Oregon University.

Movable Peace: Led by Barbara Turrill

Moveable Peace is a workshop that combines meditation, gigong, tai chi, brain gym and other movement practices to give participants a break from everyday wear and tear.  We pay a high price for living in a time of unparalleled greed and political tragedy – the least we can do is learn how to strengthen beliefs as well as actions in the service of reason, perception, peace, and creativity.

Houselessness: Traci Goff Flowers

Houslessness in Lincoln County continues to be a crisis that needs our attention.  Every human being has a right to a safe and secure place to live.  Come to this workshop to learn more about how you can help.

Intersectionality and Community Involvement Workshop

2 hour workshop with Franki Trujillo-Dalbey. Intersectionality is a term commonly used, yet many of us are unsure what it means or how it can be applied to our work as community activists. In this interactive workshop, Franki will lead participants through activities and reflections that will enhance our understanding of this and other concepts so that we can be more effective and culturally sensitive in our daily lives and in our organizations.

LGBTQIIA: Led by Ineka Estabrook of PFLAG.

A panel of LGBTQ teens and young adults will explain to you the difference between gender identity, sex assigned at birth, gender roles, sexual attraction and romantic attraction. They will then help you become allies to the LGBTQ community. Transgender people are some of the most discriminated against people on the planet. Because of this, we will pay special attention to being an ally to trans people.

Our Earth Connection: Led by Sheila Swinford

We all care about our air, land, water and the life it supports. Join our panel discussion aiming at empowering individual activism as we each work to protect our unique and amazing local environment.

Women’s issues: Led by Trina Kosydar

A lot of women, and allies, dusted off their marching shoes for the Stronger Together march this past January. Many marched for the first time. United, 1600 community members marched together to bring attention to women’s issues, and to resist the normalizing of misogynistic ideals. What do we do now that the march is over? In this workshop we will learn about the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of feminist activism in Lincoln County.

Myth Busting and Immigration: Led by Cristy Camacho and Virginia Gibbs

Cristy Camacho and Virginia Gibbs will address misconceptions about immigrants to enable us to counter false information and stereotypes. The presentation will also deal with practical ways to help the immigrant community in Lincoln County while respecting and protecting their rights.

PLACE is sponsored by the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, Oregon Central Coast PFLAG, Our Sisters Place, Centro de Ayuda, Yachats Presbyterian Church, KYAQ, Peace Village, Mo’s Chowder, Oregon’s Choice and Thompson Sanitary.

Register online now at


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