Where do we go from here?
At our core, OPAL is about grassroots organizing for community and social change. And after a highly divisive election and its subsequent protests, many people want to know what can be done to keep our communities safe. In these chaotic times, we need movement organizers and key community supports.
So this year, to help bolster the movement across the city, we put together this list of groups controlled by and fighting for low income people, people of color, and other marginalized communities. These are our partners, friends, and comrades in the fight for social justice.
Our challenge to you: pick five of these organizations, and make a five dollar (or more) monthly contribution to each. Show that you’re in this for the long haul alongside movement-builders like those below.
Let us know if there’s a group you think we should add to this list: email firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 MOVEMENT GIVING GUIDE
API Leaders for the Liberation of Youth (ALLY) – APANO’s Youth Organizers won Portland Public Schools’ investment in Ethnic Studies, awards for civic participation from Know Your City, and are champions for racial, gender, and economic equity. Support these leaders.
Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) – Remember the Renter State of Emergency? That was CAT. This is Oregon’s statewide tenant’s rights organization, fighting for the expanded rights renters demand, and they’re absolutely crucial during Portland’s ongoing housing crisis.
The Equi Institute – A Portland-based, trans-centered health and wellness clinic, offering naturopathic and allopathic care. Located at the Q Center, Equi is the first of its kind in the country, offering unique, patient-centered, culturally-responsive services for the trans community.
Momentum Alliance –This multiracial organizing body brings together young leaders from a variety of marginalized backgrounds – undocumented, disability, HIV-positive, facing homelessness and incarceration, and more – to build power for social justice.
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) – PCUN empowers tree-planters and farm workers to understand and take action against systematic exploitation through community and workplace organizing. This Woodburn-based group connects many Latinx people to movement-building work.
Portland Jobs With Justice – Queer and trans, nonbinary and women of color lead this workers’ rights and economic justice organization. Their presence in Portland assures a solid defense for workers, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds.
Rural Organizing Project – These front line rural organizers have faced death threats and armed militia intimidation because they’re building community power to oppose right-wing militia movements. That doesn’t stop them from fighting for economic, racial and social justice in some of Oregon’s lowest-income white communities.
Sankofa Collective NW (formerly PFLAG Portland Black Chapter) – Works to promote the health and well-being of black LGBTQ people, their families and friends. Sankofa supports with education, organizing, and advocacy, and carry out their mission of working for the liberation of all black people.
Unite Oregon – Formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing and Oregon Action, this newly-merged organizing group fights for the rights of immigrants and refugees across the state. Support them as movement organizing becomes even more crucial in these communities.
VOZ Workers Rights Project – Day laborers are the hardest workers in this country. They harvest our food, they work on our homes, and they’re the first responders in all type of disasters. They’re also at risk of discrimination, deportation, and wage theft.
Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and Bus Riders Unite (YEJA and BRU) – Shameless self-promotion alert: YEJA and BRU are led by the people we organize, fighting for the rights of low-income people and people of color to meaningfully impact decision-making. Fighting for a safe and healthy environment in the places we live, work, learn, pray, and play.