Hi my name is Avah Mcadams, and I’m one of your 2023 Oregon Kid Governor cabinet members. My platform is ending racism, and my three point plan is fun clubs, fundraisers, and flyers. This issue is important to me not just for the community but also because of my family’s multicultural background. This issue is very personal for me as a bi racial American. My mom is black American and my dad identifies as Mexican American. My dad is bi racial as well, mixed with Mexican and white but has always been seen by others as just Mexican, and that has come with discrimination and mistreatment.
My parents have taught me from a young age to be proud of all parts of my ethnicity, they have helped me to celebrate all of me, black, Mexican, and white. I want my platform to bring awareness to the amazing diversity we have in Oregon, and to help all Oregon 5th graders to be proud of their ethnicity and to celebrate each other’s differences.
The part of my plan I am currently working on is the fundraiser bingo night. I am coordinating with my school and family fun bingo night to raise awareness and money to this issue. This event will be raising money for the Portland Urban League Organization, this non profit organization helps black Americans and others with equality within health care, education, employment and more.
I can not wait to continue working on my 3 point plan. I am excited to next start working on the diversity celebration flyers. I want to share these flyers with Oregon 5th graders and let them tell about their cultural background and we all celebrate each other’s differences.