Resources to Support BIPOC Communities
We provide this list with the intention to support our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities through connections to resources of financial assistance and/or personal education on issues that directly affect the BIPOC community.
The Oregon Cares Fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19. You can learn more or visit this webpage to apply.
Clackamas County Organizations
- The Clackamas County Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC) released a statement showing their support for Black Lives Matter Movement earlier this summer and have also provided a few resources for their employees. You can read the full statement and view the resources here.
- Clackamas Community College (CCC) has published a list of activities, articles, films, podcasts and so much more to educate about systems of oppression and how to become an effective ally.
- Coalition of Communities of Color is an organization that works to address socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our communities and to organize for collective action. They currently serve both Washington and Clackamas County. You can read a summary about their research done in Washington County in 2018.
Washington County Organizations
- The Washington County Civic Leaders Project invites participants from communities of color and other underrepresented communities to complete hands-on leadership training, equipping them to actively participate in the civic life of the county and engage in community decision making.
- Unite Oregon has a chapter in Washington county is an organization that brings in communities of color, immigrants, refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
- You can learn about the Washington County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative which is a two-to-five year process to deliver equitable outcomes throughout the County's programs, budgets, decision-making and service delivery. If you have any questions or feedback, email CPO@co.washington.or.us or call 503-846-6288
- Vision Action Network (VAN) seeks to promote collaboration and to encourage action on important social issues. You can read about their past and current initiatives here.
- The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.
- The NAYA Diaper Drive works to fill a critical shortage of baby items, specifically diapers, pull-ups, and baby wipes for young mothers of color who may not have the basic necessities for their children.
- The Voz Workers' Assistance Fund is a fund that serves the most vulnerable and marginalized workers in temporary low-wage jobs where they may not have access to sick leave and certain protections against COVID-19.
- The Portland (PDX) NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all people.
- Support Black-owned businesses through websites like blackpdx.com or scroll through iloveblackfood.com/pdx-directory/ or read through this Oregonian article that list a few other web pages that you can visit.
- IRCO's Africa House was established back in 2006 and is the only culturally and linguistically specific one stop center that targets the increasingly diverse and rapidly growing number of African immigrants and refugees living in Oregon.
- The Urban League of Portland is an organization that seeks to empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in all aspects of life. They are strong advocates in civic engagement and is a force that empowers Black communities to thrive across Oregon and Washington.
- Kairos PDX is an education non-profit that is focused on transforming education and elevates the voices of historically underserved children, their families, and communities.
- The Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) work toward investing in Portland's neighborhoods and provide tools to help low-income Portland families and individuals to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
- Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) is a resource for youth and families, primarily African Americans and others living in poverty or seeking culturally responsive services and to meet the needs of children and families it serves, including helping people to overcome cultural, educational and economic barriers.
- Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) is committed to actualizing self-determination for the Portland Black community through civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership development.
- The Black United Fund of Oregon seeks to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's underserved communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.
- Momentum Alliance is a youth-led nonprofit whose mission is to inspire young people to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders.
- Adelante Mujeres is an organization that provides education and empowerment opportunities to marginalized Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.
Resources for Education and Activism:
Below are a few of the many resources that are available to the public to learn and address our own biases. Included in this list are some of the actions we can take to become stronger allies in our response to racism.
- The New York Times created an Antiracist Reading List that can help us change our view of race and recognize the racism prevalent in our society.
- Participate in Justice in June, a way you can become more informed and become an active ally to the black community. The original creators have also collected Anti-Racism Resources to share with you.
- You can contact your city, state, and federal legislators and representatives and share your voice.
- The National Council on Family Relations has collected resources on How to Respond to Violence, Hate, and Racism for adults and children of color.
- The American Counseling Association has a few events planned to address the racial trauma as well as additional mental health resources for people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.
- Here's an article from CNN that highlights the past narrative and the importance of the historical civil rights ruling that protects gay, lesbian, and transgender workers.
- The Center for American Progress have also shared a few resources for DACA recipients
Our office has also been working to collect local organizations that support our Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. If you have any questions or suggestions for organizations or resources not listed, please email Rep.CourtneyNeron@oregonlegislature.gov we would love to hear from you.