Get Creative for the Beloved Community

Together We are building the Beloved Community JOIN US! The Somos Uno Committee is preparing for a virtual, Gorge-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration!   Let’s come together to share our strength and love as ONE COMMUNITY!   Here is how YOU can...

An Invitation to Share Your Story

We’re looking for local people to write about their experiences of growing toward anti-racism. Do you have a story to tell? Did you know that racism is not just direct and obvious assaults on another because of the color of their skin? Many BIPOC feel unsafe...

Addicted to Racism

Andy Wade – Hello, my name is Andy Wade, and I’m addicted to racism What if we began our responses as White Americans with this statement? Listening to Ibram X. Kendi’s Ted Talk where he talks about racism as an addiction challenged me to go deeper with this...

Disturbed, Destabilized, but Determined

Andy Wade – I am disturbed by what I’m seeing and hearing. I’m disturbed not only by what I’m seeing and hearing but by what’s revealed about myself as this historic scab is ripped from our collective skin. Unfolding before our eyes is a national and...

This… Must… Change…

Molly Davis — There is this logging road we hike once or twice a week. Over the course of 1.7 miles we gain 1000’ in elevation while hiking through three different ecosystems—Douglas fir and pine forest, Oregon white oak woodland, and meadow. The road climbs...

We Know Better Now

Andy Wade – We know better now. Don’t we?’ Way back then in times of “savages” and slaves, perhaps they didn’t know better. Still, as ones formed in Creator’s image, wouldn’t there have been at least a twinge of doubt? There were prophets, of course. Those...

Black Suffragists

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper In the nineteenth century, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an influential abolitionist, suffragist, and reformer who co-founded the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. When she was a young adult, she learned the power of...

Maybe

John Combs July 10 Maybe The poverty of my privilege has robbed me Of experiences and beauty that should beguile me. Blinded by my history’s unquestioned filing. Of docs, pics, and evidence Without hearing how others hear the tocks and ticks. Time passes, as the...

The Importance of Learning, with Ann Harris

Ann Harris – Since 2016, something has really changed for me in the way that I feel when I am out in public spaces or traveling around the state or country. Up until then, I had rarely felt uncomfortable being in all-white spaces. Maybe I had been naïve. Maybe...

Racial Injustice from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Today

Tina Castañares – My name is Tina Castañares.   I live in the Odell area and have lived and worked in the Mid-Columbia for 36 years. I believe in nonviolence, justice, equity, internationalism, interdependence, a world without restrictive borders.  And I believe...