Talking Racial Justice – A Gorge Community Blog

An Invitation to Share Your Story

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 going...

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Addicted to Racism

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 idea....

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Disturbed, Destabilized, but Determined

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 global response...

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This… Must… Change…

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 straight...

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We Know Better Now

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 who spoke...

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Black Suffragists

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...

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Maybe

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...

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The Importance of Learning, with Ann Harris

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 people...

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Racial Injustice from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Today

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 in...

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My Journey Toward Anti-Racism

My Journey Toward Anti-Racism

For many years, I have resisted uncomfortable conversations about race and white privilege. My sister has for many years challenged our family to engage in discussions about race and I have resisted, asking her explicitly to stop bringing those topics to the dinner table. I did not want to engage in dialogues about racism because I felt that I did not know enough and if I said something it would show my ignorance. I often felt if I did not say anything offensive or negative to someone of color, then no one could prove I was racist.

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My Journey Toward Justice Education

My Journey Toward Justice Education

Evelyn Charity - My name is Evelyn Charity and I am one of five daughters whose mother was born to sharecropper parents in Arkansas in 1918. She and her nine siblings had to pick cotton before walking 4 miles to the segregated and under-serviced school of all Black...

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It Matters

It Matters

“Be twice as good”

I never heard these words
It was enough to try my best
And when I didn’t
When I lived into
My adolescent boyhood

I
Never
Feared
For my life

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The Somos Uno team holds vigils to cultivate Beloved Community and foster racial justice each Tuesday from 5 – 6 pm at the 2nd and State Street salmon fountain in Hood River beginning June 9

This peaceful gathering will begin with silence and end with reflection. Please bring a mask or facial covering and practice physical distancing while at the vigil. We value a healthy community.

“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957

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This fund is designated to help our immigrant neighbors as they navigate the legal system, are struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic or while their spouse is being held by ICE.

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