Black organizations are leading the fight for Black lives and liberation, as they have for years, decades, and centuries. If we want to see real change in this moment, we must rise up with them.
One way we can do that is by supporting Black-led organizations working on the ground to build a better world for all of us. Black communities in Oregon have been living here and fighting for justice for generations since the state’s founding steeped in racism. They are still doing the work today.
Follow and support these organizations to learn about local Black activism and resilience. Invest in them to amplify their leadership.
APANO will continue to update this list as we hear back from Black-led organizations we have reached out to. If there is an organization you think should be highlighted here, please let us know by emailing Michelle at [email protected]
Last updated July 7, 2020
Beyond Black CDC is a culturally specific Black community development corporation that focuses on the creation of healthy communities and work on projects that socially, physically, economically, and culturally benefit the black community in East Multnomah County. Thank you to Cameron Whitten for highlighting this organization!
The Black Feminist Summer School explores the teachings of Black Feminist Thought (BFT). This pop-up school will deep-dive into the co-constitutive relationship between pain and pleasure using black feminist texts as theory.
The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.
Black United Fund of Oregon assists in the social and economic development of Oregon’s underserved communities, and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and cultural diverse groups.
Don’t Shoot PDX has been leading work against gun and police violence for years. They are led by local activist Teressa Raiford.
Ebony Collective CDC is a resource, social justice advocacy and educational organization rooted in culturally specific and community led practices/services that uplifts youth, individuals and families to reach their full potential.
Equitable Giving is a community of people committed to creating peer-led, community-funded transformational change. They aim to build equity in Portland’s BIPOC communities through a combination of fund development and network building opportunities that center economic equity.
KairosPDX is a nonprofit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to systematically marginalized children, their families and their communities. Its approach includes a K-5 Learning Academy, an Early Learning Network, Family Connections programming, professional development, and advocacy at state and local policy tables.
Liberation Literacy builds social justice literacy in prisons in order to reimagine and re-articulate the relationship between incarceration, our community, and ourselves.
Om Thrive provides healing yoga practice to survivors of domestic violence.
Ori Gallery seeks to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts. They also offer classes and workshops to the community for free or low-cost.
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.
Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, Unite Oregon works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
The Urban League of Portland helps empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.
WomenFirst Transition & Referral Center provides nourishing environments where women can rebuild their lives and self-worth through life skills trainings, empowerment groups, and essential community support.