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Racism Today in Portland, Oregon – MEALS ON WHEELS….

27 September 2016
TO:
Renata Wilson
Chief Operations Officer
Meals on Wheels People
Phone: 503.953.8135
Cell: 503.970.6949 renata.wilson@mealsonwheelspeople.org web | facebook | twitter

My dear Ms. Renata Wilson:

It is important to point out that the vast majority of people who are subjected to racist and/or racial mistreatment, illegal discrimination, and actionable-wrongs, etc. never file complaints for a myriad of reasons. Ms.Wilson, I do not know if you have authority with regards to MS. COLETTE LIVERMORE because MS. COLETTE LIVERMORE, Cherry Blossom MEALS ON WHEELS Center Manager here in Portland, Oregon adamantly and in-my-face ‘initially’ declared to me that no one is over her and that she does not answer to anyone — not a board or otherwise.

Ms. Wilson, I received your phone message and called Executive Officer Ms. Washington and left a message on her phone expressing that if additional information was sought, to let me know. I have not received a return call and, therefore, believe my initial public EMail adequately stated my racist and ugly experience with ‘White’ MS. COLETTE LIVERMORE, Cherry Blossom MEALS ON WHEELS Center Manager located at 740 SE 106th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97216.

Ms. Wilson, I pray appropriate and effective action is taken with regards to ‘White’ MS. COLETTE LIVERMORE, Cherry Blossom MEALS ON WHEELS Center Manager located at 740 SE 106th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97216 following your “investigation” and your return to your office next week. Further, I strongly suggest that Nondiscriminatory procedures and guidelines be enacted with respect to MEALS ON WHEELS and that ‘complaint’ forms be drawn up and available.

My common sense tells me that illegal discrimination should not be tolerated, allowed, or encouraged with respect to MEALS ON WHEELS or its employees or representatives. Statements like ‘you people are so sensitive’ and ‘I have had enough of you people today’, etc. should not come forth from the lips of your employees or representatives while ‘serving on the job’. Courtesy and respect should be expected hallmarks for ALL. I — a Black senior citizen — should be greeted by Cherry Blossom MEALS ON WHEELS with a welcome vibe. Tellingly, my ‘Black’ experience has been otherwise.

Ms. Wilson, I thank you for at least reading this.

Lulu R. Johnson; ‘A Black Parent Speaks’; 4016 SE 174th Avenue, Apt. 3; Portland, OR 97236. Phone: 971-222-9750. Go to: https://blackangrywomen.com/ E-Mail: BlackParentSpeaks@juno.com
———- Original Message ———-

From: “Wilson, Renata”
To: “blackparentspeaks@juno.com”
Subject: Your Email from September 21, 2016
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:43:56 +0000

Hello Ms. Johnson,

thank you for your email regarding your experience at our Cherry Blossom Center yesterday. Please be assured that we are investigating the situation and will get back to you soon. We appreciate your patience as we look into the matter.

I am truly sorry about your negative experience.

Sincerely,
Renata Wilson
Chief Operations Officer
Meals on Wheels People
Phone: 503.953.8135
Cell: 503.970.6949 renata.wilson@mealsonwheelspeople.org web | facebook | twitter

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Sent: Thu, Sep 22, 2016 09:55 AM
Be Informed! Be Aware! Be Involved!
‘A Black Parent Speaks’; 4016 SE 174th Avenue, Apt. 3; Portland, OR 97236. Phone: 971-222-9750. Go to: https://blackangrywomen.com/ E-Mail: BlackParentSpeaks@juno.com
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Racist ugliness experienced at CHERRY BLOSSOM CENTER located at 740 SE 106th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97216 yesterday by Cherry Blossom Center Manager, Meals on Wheels COLETTE LIVERMORE.

I am Lulu Johnson, a ‘Black’ low income senior citizen as information. Yesterday, 21 September 2016, I arrived at CHERRY BLOSSOM CENTER c.11 AM hoping and expecting to pick up the FREE produce offered there WITHOUT PROBLEM. I had another Black lady — disabled — with me. We were immediately accosted by a COLETTE LIVERMORE and soon I was told that I needed to prove and demonstrate English proficiency to Ms. COLETTE LIVERMORE’s satisfaction in order to get the FREE produce. COLETTE LIVERMORE, Cherry Blossom Center Manager – Meals on Wheels, was racist, rude, and arrogant, and UGLY in her approach. She refused the Black lady with me the produce and that lady returned to my car rather than become embroiled in an ugly encounter. I, however, REFUSED to comply with ‘White’ COLETTE LIVERMORE’s demands and I insisted on receiving at least some of the FREE produce.

While involved in having words with ‘White’ COLETTE LIVERMORE, a ‘White’ man approached and asked for the FREE produce. He was given the FREE produce WITHOUT any problems or requests of him…. I asked ‘White’ COLETTE LIVERMORE for a complaint form and was told by her that none exists because she is the final word on all. I asked to speak to her supervisor, etc. and she explained that she has NO one over her — no board, etc. ‘White’ COLETTE LIVERMORE said the FREE produce program is hers and that she decides how to run it and she changes the rules as she chooses and whenever she so chooses. She told me that if I wanted to complain about her, I could write my complaint down and hand it to her and she would evaluate it…. As information, I did NOT comply with ‘White’ COLETTE LIVERMORE’s demand that I demonstrate English proficiency to her satisfaction!

I hope that any and all who read this review express their outrage — or appreciation — by calling ‘White’ COLETTE LIVERMORE, Cherry Blossom Center Manager – Meals on Wheels, at 503-953-8104. Cell number is 503-256-2381. Address is: 740 SE 106th Avenue; Portland, Oregon 97216. EMail: colette.livermore@mealsonwheelspeople.org
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Lulu R. Johnson; ‘A Black Parent Speaks’; 4016 SE 174th Avenue, Apt. 3; Portland, OR 97236. Phone: 971-222-9750. Go to: https://blackangrywomen.com/ E-Mail: BlackParentSpeaks@juno.com