The Sate of Oregon published a list on Thursday that includes a handful of resources that the public can use to help fight racial injustice in their region.
“Being a good ally and supporting Oregon’s Black communities means doing the emotional labor to educate yourself about how to be anti-racist,” writes Director of Strategic Communications Sarah Wexler. “Local action has a tremendous impact.”
Resources for the public include knowledge-based reading materials such as Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies, as well as watching this talk from Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuiaon on structural racism, trauma, and violence. Wexler also shares links to the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and a recording of a conversation between novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates and the author of The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein. There are also books to help kids and parents talk about racism.
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Other resources include organizations fighting for equity that are always in need of support, like the The Coalition of Communities of Color, the Western States Center, Portland United Against Hate, Black United Fund of Oregon, and the Portland African American Leadership Forum.
Organizations pushing to assist local black communities in legal and political issues, education and employment, include groups like the NAACP of Oregon, the Urban League of Portland, the MRG Foundation, Self Enhancement, Inc, Unite Oregon, and KairosPDX.