We are committed to supporting Black Lives Matter beyond the movement. As we fight to dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism, we also reflect on our role and responsibility as a company and as individuals.
We are taking the time to self-educate, listen, and put our thoughts into action to impact long-term change. This is a non-comprehensive collection of resources we have learned from and found insightful. We aim to ultimately amplify Black voices as we continue to learn.
Black Trans & Nonbinary Writers
Article: When Will Black Women See Justice?
By: Gabrielle Bellot
Published: The Cut on June 22, 2020
Pull Quote: “I think of the startling power in these protests against anti-Blackness, which have swept the nation and even the globe like never before. From our rage comes hope.”
Video: Dear White America
The American Dream: Opportunity for “All”
By: Richard Rotstein
Summary: “Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law is one of those rare books that will be discussed and debated for many decades. Based on careful analyses of multiple historical documents, Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.” (William Julius Wilson, author of The Truly Disadvantaged)
Source: NPR OPB
Summary: “A new digital tool makes it easier than ever to see that history in high-resolution.”
Discussion: Economic Policy Institute
EPI discussion about changing the culture of anti-Blackness and economic inequality through policy change.
Act Now: Raise the Minimum Wage
Why “It has been 12 long years since Congress last acted to raise the federal minimum wage, still stuck at a pitiful $7.25 per hour.” Act Now, and tell Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act of 2017: It’s time for a $15 federal minimum wage!
Oregon’s Racist Past and Present.
What We Can Do Now.
Nonprofit: Urban League of Portland
Mission: The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
Donate: When you give to the Urban League of Portland, your tax deductible donation will help ensure the work we do to bring education, employment, health and economic security to our Black community. Because of your support we can take a stand for social justice, create healthier neighborhoods, assist our seniors, bridge the gap of employment and give our young people a more promising future. Donate Today!
The works of: Walidah Imarisha
About: Walidah Imarisha is a Black educator, writer, and local Portland, Oregon artist.
Educational Experience: Book a presentation, program, or workshop led by author and educator Walidah Imarisha. Participants will be guided through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity and power in this state and the nation.
By: Walidah Imarisha
Source: Portland Monthly
Excerpt: “Doing this work around the state has taught me that when you take the historical long view, the concept of justice becomes much simpler. The idea of “civil” discussions that give the same weight to all sides fades away. There are, in fact, really only two sides to history—the right side and the wrong side. We need to take the long view when thinking about our actions, and our work. What will be written of our actions (or our inactions) in 100 years? How will the future judge us?”
Article: Oregon’s founders sought a ‘white utopia,’ a stain of racism that lives on even as state celebrates its progressivism
By: Douglas Perry
Source: The Oregonian/OregonLive
Excerpt: “Oregon consistently goes “blue” in presidential elections, and conservative commentators invoke the name of its largest city as a shorthand for hyper-liberalism. But Oregon is also one of the whitest states in the country — originally by design. The effects of that history of racism are still felt today.”
Black & Latinx people are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 compared with white people.
By: Richard A. Oppel Jr., Robert Gebeloff, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Will Wright, and Mitch Smith
Source: The New York Times
Summary: New federal data provides the most comprehensive view to date of how Black and Latino people have been likelier than their white peers to contract the virus and die from it.
Support the BLM movement’s demands to:
- Immediately pass a coronavirus relief package now that provides emergency funding assistance to cover expenses to:
- Massively test the population in the millions
- Provide emergency food and shelter to all homeless and poor
- Provide a protection and testing plan for incarcerated people while in custody and upon release
- Expand SNAP and unemployment for the duration of the pandemic
- Immediately legislate fully paid sick leave for all workers
- Implement an immediate moratorium on evictions and utility shut-offs
- Emergency funding for family and community-based childcare for families who cannot work from home
Petition: Demand Racial Data on Coronavirus
Support the BLM movement’s demands:
- The government must collect and release demographic data on the coronavirus
- The CDC must aggregate and release data to provide the Black community with information and resources targeted to their needs
Black lives never stop mattering.
Podcast: Seeing White
Seeing White is a 14 episode podcast series by Scene on Radio.
“The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?”