Over the next year, our campaign will strive to connect African Americans locally, through a common message of self-defining, self-determination, and presence – “We are Black. We are Portland.” We will also host monthly gatherings focused on building relationships, providing resources and discussing our experiences as Black people, and how we, as a community, can rise to these challenges, and build upon our strengths.
We are Black. And we are Portland. Despite experiencing decades of systemic racism, and the forced uprooting of our neighborhoods, we are strong and we are still here.
As we build stronger connections as a community locally, we will connect with other Black communities across the country, experiencing the same dynamics of displacement and inequity. Together, we will help a national movement for self-defining and self-determination.
“We are Black. We are…” is a multipronged national campaign focused on allowing our community to define our own identities and command our own presence in the face of the dismantling of Black neighborhoods due to gentrification and other systemic inequities.
“We are Black. We are…” seizes the basic human right of self-determination, in which our community is able to guide our own path based on our own value systems, rather than those that have been forced upon us in the past and continues currently.
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