The voice of our Old Town Chinatown neighbor Rosella Samuelson is not being heard. For Rosey to enjoy this basic right, we are going have to take a significant step beyond just listening, organizing better meetings, and providing arenas for expression and exchange.
Rosey is a bright, committed activist who is up to date on the issues and eager to participate. Rosey wants her voice – her audible voice that cerebral palsy is robbing from her. Not her thoughts in writing, becuase she doesn’t write. She wants to get through to people, rather than have us nod, smile and pretend we understand. She needs to talk to people in our neighborhood and beyond. Directly. Her voice through our ears and into our minds and hearts.
Rosey is featured this year in the Oregonian’s Season of Sharing. Please read her story. Here’s what what we can do neighbor-to-neighbor. Got $25? Put it into the voice amplifier that will help Rosey be heard (wish 16a). Got $5? Put it toward. the bus pass she needs to get to those meetings (wish 16b). Let’s share. Now. Rosey has a lot to say and this is our opportunity to learn from her.