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good people share: 0620
dear good people,
it’s about f’ing time. systemic racism permeates every corner of our society and the black community has been subject to injustice after injustice for centuries. there’s a real sense of unknown right now – when will we “go back” to work (if we’re employed), who will win the election, how many more black people will die from covid or at the hands of police and will a sustained social movement emerge in the united states on the shoulders of civil rights leaders and in the footsteps of arab spring/hong kong? there’s an urgent opportunity to ignite change in this country, especially if those of us with privilege, like me, help to galvanize this fight. local officials appear to be listening, but we must remain committed. let’s come together, online and offline, in support of the black community. i’m sharing a bunch of resources below, but the opportunity to do something is now and for the long road ahead.
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“music has the power to get underneath our skin and transport us.” – herbie hancock
playlists from previous months can found in the archives.
policylink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity.
“in a span of just 24 hours, i walked across a harvard virtual graduation stage into the back of police van alongside other peaceful protestors—both of which I am equally proud of.”
for more than three decades, bryan stevenson has sought to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
let’s get to work.
“if you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.”
“cbc uses full constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that african americans and other marginalized communities in the united states have the opportunity to achieve the american dream.”
images documenting pivotal moments in race relations
when public health officials give the green light, visit the smithsonian’s national museum of african american history and culture.
are you a weaver, experimenters, frontline responder, visionary, builder, caregiver, disruptor, healer, storyteller or guide?
maya moore took an extended leave from basketball to campaign for social justice.
a black person is killed by a police officer in america at the rate of more than one every other day.
“race is america’s most traumatic issue, one that we have not faced nor nearly worked through.”
calls to action from two people of color whose families immigrated to the united states.
1619 project has been taught in cps since the fall.
wide range of contributors.
“the screams of disrespected voices are ringing out in our nation right now.”
don’t talk about it. be about it.” – kevin carroll
this list is not exhaustive, but many of these local initiatives continue to have impact so please consider:
protesting, even/especially if it’s your first time. follow r/portland for more coverage, including locations and times.
lettingportland author jelani memory help to start/continue the conversation with kids about using words about race, culture, color and racism.
donating to a nearby organization helping young people reach their full potential, eliminate the student achievement gap, or help the black community “imagine the alternatives [they] deserve and build civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.”
and seeing more below.
notable upcoming PDX shows//events
broaden our horizon and amplify these voices
this list is not exhaustive, but follow accounts from people/organizations that lead in their space, curate content and also represent and/or support the black/BIPOC community. the below voices have access to technology and social media, but we know that so many other people have been silenced through the digital divide.
(handle // profile description)
@museummammy // kimberly not kim- author, art lover, and fashion person
@clint smith//Writer. Teacher. Author of Counting Descent (2016) and How the Word Is Passed (2021).
@HechingerReport - rapper name: Oldish Gambino.
@raquel_willis // a 🍑 in the big 🍎 - activist • writer • strategist - former exec. editor @outmagazine, nat’l organizer @translawcenter, founder of @blacktranscircles_tlc
@cannaclusive // We facilitate inclusion - marketing, visuals, consultancy, advocacy, education, and wellness guidance.
@claimastories // Interviews to help you discover your dream career. 📅 New episodes on Tuesdays.
@blackhistory // because there is more to our history than egypt and slavery. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
@thewhiteshift // Calling white women in-to the critical and urgent work of uprooting and unlearning racism, one story at a time. Sign up and take action here
@rosecityjustice // RoseCityJustice
@pdx.equity.in.action // The PDX Billboard Project - confronting & disrupting white narrative centering & white complacency in Portland, through advertising
@deadstockcoffee // Sneaker-Themed Coffee + 👟 Detail Shop ☕️👟🔥💯 M-F 9a-3p + Sa 9a-4p; Su 10a-2p 📞 (971)220-TRAP
@snackblockpdx // SNACK BLOC is a community resource and support for rallies, protests, community events, vigils and more. Holler if you want to start one in your town
@HanifFazalPDX// CEO, Center for Equity and Inclusion
@kairospdx // Education Nonprofit with the mission to cultivate confident, creative, and compassionate leaders. A Portland Business Journal Most Admired Nonprofit