Lincoln County Community Rights will present an afternoon of poetry and passion this Sunday, Sept. 15, as it hosts the inaugural Social Justice Poetry Slam at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

The afternoon will be full of poetry, spoken word and rap on social justice issues such as climate change, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ issues, food sovereignty, racism, colonization, animal rights and more.

The poetry slam is a fundraiser for Lincoln County Community Rights (LCCR), the organization that authored Measure 177-221 which banned the aerial spray of pesticides from helicopters in Lincoln County in 2017.

“The slam creates a space for the unique voices throughout Lincoln County who have something passionate to say about their own lives and what they see.” said spokesperson Jan Kenyon. “It provides a small but important platform of inclusion for those voices. Poetry has the power to cross social boundaries, to remind us of our shared humanity, to build community. And we believe Lincoln County’s voices are strong and need to be heard.”

The afternoon includes a silent auction, organic hemp grocery bags, food and beverages from Yachats Brewing & Farm Store, and great music. The event is family-friendly and scent-free. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated.

The slam will run from 3 to 5 pm at 777 W Olive Street.

For more information, go to www.lincolncountycommunityrights.org, email lccrights@gmail.com or call Kenyon at 847-651-7445.

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