At the general meeting of Respond to Racism on March 4, we held a discussion on the subject of "Beyond the Bubble" featuring a screening and discussion of the documentary film "The Numbers" with filmmakers Donovan Smith and Sika Stanton. This film deals with gentrification and its impact on citizens, especially people of color, forced to move from their historical North and Northeast Portland communities further and further east to afford housing. It also shows how residents in The Numbers (the area east of 82nd) are working to build new networks, provide support services, re-assert their cultures, and establish local, minority-owned businesses.
How can we support people’s efforts to maintain the values and livability of the greater Portland metro area? Perhaps more importantly, how can we use our privilege to support other communities without reinforcing “white savior” narratives and problematic power dynamics? As a start, we've included a list of initiatives that you may want to look into. You can support these efforts financially, by intentionally frequenting local businesses, or better yet, by getting directly involved on a person-to-person basis. It's also a great opportunity for Lake Oswego citizens, including our children and teenagers, to grow and expand their perspectives by knowing people who look different than themselves and forming real personal relationships.
Beyond Black – Community Development Corporation bridging the gap between resources and the people.
Black Life Experiential Research Group – an interdisciplinary collaborative for inquiry and activism at the intersection of art, urban planning, and radical geography.
Portland Housing Preference Policy FAQs – a tool to begin addressing the harmful impacts of this legacy by prioritizing families and individuals with generational ties to N/NE Portland for new affordable housing opportunities in the area.
African American Health Coalition - an alliance of individuals, agencies, and organizations working together to address the health issues faced by African Americans in Portland; the work of the AAHC is undertaken with the firm belief that promoting and improving health among African Americans is best achieved through interventions that build capacity, and that strengthen, empower, and sustain healthy lifestyles among African Americans.
Black United Fund of Oregon –assists in the social and economic development of Oregon's low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.
Rosewood Initiative - place-based nonprofit that supports community-driven solutions for a healthier neighborhood; with neighbors and partners work together to make an impact on the lives of Rosewood residents.
The Portland African American Leadership Forum - helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.
PAALF People's Plan - tool for research, organizing, and implementation; the project’s aim was to engage the community on their terms to ensure that the solutions are informed by the people they affect.
Prosper Portland - economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland.
African American Alliance For Homeownership (AAAH) - mission is to increase homeownership and economic stability for African Americans and other underserved individuals by improving access to homebuyer resources and education.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) - For 25 years, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) has reinvested in Portland’s neighborhoods, preserved their diversity and provided tools to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Pathway 1000 Development Plan - addressing generational poverty of Black residents and others displaced from N/NE Portland by providing homeownership and rental housing opportunities that create wealth and stabilize families as well as provide living wage jobs for current and future residents of the community.
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) – Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School is committed to the success of youth at hope through the age of 25, providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, and employment training and placement.
Rosemary Anderson High School - Rosemary Anderson High School has four fully accredited, community-based alternative High Schools enrolling up to 700 students in the 2018/19 academic year. Many of our graduates complete diplomas or GED’s after age 19 due to the effects of unstable family situations and homelessness; we offer an open-door admission policy, and primarily cater to those students who have not found success in the public school system.
Urban League of Portland – the Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the area.
State of Black Oregon 2015 Report – result of a two-year program of research, provides an updated look at how Black Oregonians are doing – in schools, jobs, and both urban and rural communities throughout the state; the first State of Black Oregon report was released in 2009.
The Coalition of Communities of Color - addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.
Black Parent Initiative - established in 2006 to help families achieve financial, educational and spiritual success; founded and organized on a large body of educational research that demonstrates the importance of parental and family engagement in attaining educational success for children.
African American Chamber of Commerce - The African American Chamber strives for an enhanced economic base, better capitalized businesses and equitable participation, for all minorities, within the economic mainstream.
Unite Oregon - Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice; represents over 13,000 supporters and members across Oregon.
Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) - Working with schools, families, and partner community organizations, SEI provides support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to individual young people and enhances the quality of community life.
Mudbone Grown – committed to building a more resilient, thriving, and entrepreneurial food industry in which cooperation and best practices are the standard; working to establish a more just and equitable sustainable food system in PDX through the incubation of small agricultural businesses for farmers of color; Mudbone's Unity Farm is adjacent to and partners with the Oregon Food Bank in NE Portland.
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