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Listening Session gives community chance to speak about racial justice

Post Date:07/08/2020 1:27 PM

FRRI Listening Session EventPORT ST. LUCIE – In response to recent events and protests for racial justice in cities across the U.S., the City of Port St. Lucie’s Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion is hosting a listening session with residents on July 16, 2020, at 6 p.m. 

This session continues the Forum’s mission to bring the people of Port St. Lucie together to listen, share concerns, learn, plan, act and report on progress in maintaining and enhancing our promise of being a City for ALL people. The July 16 session is expected to be the first for a new series of FRRI listening sessions and workshops. The feedback and input gathered will help shape future, more in-depth workshops.  

The listening panelists will include:

  • Mayor Gregory J. Oravec
  • City Manager Russ Blackburn
  • Police Chief John A. Bolduc
  • Moderator Teresa Bishop, executive director of Roundtable of St. Lucie County

“Our citizens’ comments, concerns and ideas about the City of Port St. Lucie’s race relations and inclusion priorities are important,” said Kristina Ciuperger, the City’s Chief Communications Officer. “The City wants to be a catalyst for change, and it’s our turn to listen.”

Please join us “live” for this community listening session July 16, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will have three minutes to speak but also will be able to submit more extensive, written comments. If all registered attendees have not had an opportunity to speak before 8 p.m., another session will be scheduled in the near future. In order to speak, whether attending in person or online, participants must register online at The registration will close two hours prior to the session beginning at 6 p.m. 

There are two ways to watch and participate:

  1. On Zoom, first, participants are asked to register to speak at Once successfully registered, a link for the event will be e-mailed to you.
  2. In person, please come to Port St. Lucie’s City Hall Chambers, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. CDC Social Distancing guidelines will be followed. Those who attend in person and would like to speak also must register in advance at

There are also two ways to watch (for those who do not wish to speak):

  1. Government Channel PSL TV, which is available on AT&T U-Verse (Channel 99), Comcast (Channel 20) and Blue Stream Fiber (Channel 20).
  2. On the web at

Written comments can be submitted at or emailed to

Established in 2016, the City of Port St. Lucie’s Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion has organized and hosted open conversations and workshops on issues including race, LGBTQ+, acceptance not discrimination among teens and youth, disabilities, immigration, religious tolerance, bridging the gap between the community and the police and fair and impartial policing. To learn more please visit

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