This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.
211info stands in solidarity with Black Lives and communities of color in the struggle to dismantle white supremacy. We support those protesting in whatever ways they can, and call ourselves and you to action.
This past week, our CEO, Director of Programs, and Equity Team have sent internal statements out to staff. It’s time we make a public statement as well. Silence is not an option.
From our CEO’s statement:
“…fearfulness, bigotry and threatened-privilege exuded by white people reared its nasty head again. On our streets, in our police departments, in our workplaces, neighborhoods and stores, virtually everywhere.
It must be rooted out.
Each of us has a sphere. I’m committed to recognizing how white privilege affects my actions and perceptions; it’s an uncomfortable and humbling but necessary process. I hope we all use our actions and words to effect change in ourselves and the structures we are part of, and in helping those around us to move from ignorance to enlightenment. Until more demonstrate this growth mindset, promoting change, opportunity, decency and equity for everyone, this country does not advance at the most basic human level.”
We will continue our journey towards a more equitable workplace. We will continue to learn about the violent and racist history of Oregon to understand why the work must be done in our very own communities and organization. We will listen to our Black staff and our community partners who center Black voices, and we will help amplify them.
The lists below are non-exhaustive – but a small snapshot of where to start in furthering support for Black communities in Oregon.
- Somali American Council of Oregon
- Urban League of Portland
- Self Enhancement, Inc
- Black Parent Initiative
- YWCA Clark County
- Multnomah County Healthy Birth
- Black Food Sovereignty Coalition
Where to Donate:
- Black Resilience Fund
- Black United Fund Oregon
- Don’t Shoot PDX
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Equitable Giving Circle
What to Read/listen to/watch: