Social Justice Committee

Promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity within our club and throughout our community



We talk


We touch sometimes difficult subjects


We learn about ourselves, each other, and especially how and why injustice impacts everyone


And, we grow as individuals and a community that is dedicated to living in a more equitable world.

The Activities that Keep Us Engaged

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Diversity, inclusion and equity begins with our club. We are developing a plan to Increase the diversity of our membership and promote inclusion and equity in Club operations.
Workshops, Dialogues & Conversations
We offer Club members and their guests special programs that engage, inform, educate and that challenge self-reflection and the capacity to listen to understand.
Online Resource Library
Our resource library provides suggestions on readings, viewings, and music that promote the understanding of social justice issues. Visit our resource library and join the conversation.
Book Club
We stretch ourselves to read books that support and counter our beliefs, and provide an opportunity to participate in discussions that broaden our knowledge of social justice issues.


For many years, the Portland Pearl Rotary Club has supported Lincoln High School in many ways, including our Student of the Month Program. We have begun a NEW relationship with Madison High School and will present an award to one student from each school monthly during the school year.

Highlights from Past Speakers and Events

Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Our Summer Social Justice Committee Book Club Read: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Trying to figure out what you should read this summer? Check out the Social Justice Book Club's choice for September, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. What does education, global warming, and rare monarch butterflies have in common? All convene in this Women's Prize for fiction tale.

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Joel Shapiro: What We're Doing to Stop the Sex Trafficking Business

Most of us have heard about sex trafficking across national borders, mainly involving poverty-stricken women from such countries as Russia, China, and Mexico. But did you know that sex trafficking is also a big problem within our country? Portland area attorney Joel Shapiro told Pearl Rotarians June 4th about some of his experiences trying legally […]

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Monday, 20 May 2019
Pearl Rotarians at the Women of Excellence Awards

Last week several Portland Pearl Rotarians attended the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards.

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There There by Tommy Orange

National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize
Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Winner of an American Book Award

Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
“Powerful. . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” —The New York Times

Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

Upcoming Social Justice Events

Tuesday Morning at 7:00am
Breakfast Included
Ecotrust Building
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209