Where to invest now for racial justice in Oregon
Ecotrust published this list of Black-led organizations in Oregon and Washington that are doing innovative work related to food and agriculture, environmental justice, economic development, placemaking, policy advocacy and more. The orgs are building community power, promoting economic, environmental and social justice, and advancing systemic change.
Other Local Resources for Fighting Racism
A list of Portland organizations that center support for Black communities and offer resources toward a more anti-racist world. Compiled by PSU students Lisa Jarrett, Roz Crews and Amanda Evans.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
“Oregon has one of the fastest growing refugee and immigrant populations in the country. Forced to leave their home countries for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, refugees and immigrants come to Portland to begin new lives. IRCO focuses on removing barriers to self-sufficiency and helping individuals and families thrive, by providing more than 200 culturally and linguistically specific social services, from employment, vocational training and English language learning, to community development, early childhood and parenting education, youth academic support and gang prevention.”
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
“The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.”
Albina Vision Trust
The nonprofit is working to reinvigorate Portland’s largest historically Black neighborhood. Between the 1950s and 1970s, many homes in the Albina district were torn down and longtime residents forced out to make way for I-5, Memorial Coliseum and an expanded Emanuel Hospital. Gentrification in the 2000s has created its own tensions. (More about how Portland’s “Black belt” came to be can be seen here.) Albina Vision Trust wants to honor the neighborhood’s past by transforming what exists today into a socially and economically inclusive community of residents, businesses, artists, makers and visitors.
Taking Ownership PDX
A community collective of contractors, realtors, neighbors and businesses brought together by Portland musician and activist Randal Wyatt. Responding to the impacts of historical redlining, modern gentrification and systemic racism, volunteers renovate and revive Black-owned homes, with an emphasis on enabling homeowners to age in place, generate wealth, and deter predatory investors and realtors to deflect the gentrification process.
Oregon Justice Resource Center
The organization works to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities that have often been underserved in the past, including people living in poverty and people of color.
“Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing.” The group’s projects include the Black Resilience Fund, Blackstreet Bakery, Equity & Beyond education, and Power Hour community gatherings.
Don’t Shoot Portland
A Black-led human rights nonprofit that advocates for community and accountability. It engages in activism, advocacy, education and programming to create social change. Among other activities, the group coordinates a legal referral service linking volunteer lawyers with people who need legal advice.
Showing Up for Racial Justice – Portland Chapter (SURJ PDX)
An all-volunteer group focused on educating, organizing and mobilizing white people in the Portland area to work for racial justice. SURJ PDX builds relationships and promotes activism within a larger movement that centers people of color.