Resources to Address Racism and Oppression

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Weekly Vigil for Racial Justice

Tuesdays, 5-6 PM, 2nd & State Street Salmon Fountain downtown Hood River
English & Spanish.  Help build the Beloved Community, where all people know inclusion and justice. Your presence brings hope. Keep the movement going!

  • Bring a friend
  • Wear a face covering
  • Practice distancing
  • Practice peace.
  • This is a nonviolent gathering.

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Support The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

On May 31, 2019, the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved an emergency disaster declaration due to immediate health threats resulting from a 14” water main line break in the Shitike Creek. Because of public utilities capital maintenance deferment over the last few decades, today, months into rolling water outages and a boil water notice across Oregon’s largest reservation, there is still no relief in sight. “This is a worst-case scenario,” said Warm Springs Chief Operating Officer Alyssa Macy.

Read more here: Without clean water, Warm Springs struggles to curb coronavirus spread and “After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs”, Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 20, 2019

Local Immigrant Relief Fund

Our immigrant neighbors are especially feeling the pinch of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Those who are undocumented and unable to work don’t have access to unemployment and other forms of government relief. Many, including our documented neighbors, have had their cases put on hold but may still need to pay fees associated with their cases. Especially during these turbulent times, we need to stand together. Find out More…

Gorge Women in Black

Women in Black: it’s an international network of women standing one hour/week for justice and peace that started in Jerusalem in 1989 when Israeli women started to stand to draw attention to the inhumane creation of the Jewish settlements on land they stole from Palestinians who had lived there for generations; Palestinian women started standing with them. (Bishop Browning’s wife has stood with them – they had stones thrown at them at times.)

All women are welcome to join us whenever they can do so
no need to make a commitment to every Friday.

Gorge Women in Black was started by Lani Roberts and Ruth Tsu in February of 2015. Lani previously led a group at OSU for 10 years. We stand every Friday, noon to 1 pm, at 5th and Oak Streets in Hood River.

    • “We stand in silence, because words cannot express the tragedy that war and hatred bring.
    • We stand in black, mourning for lives lost or broken through violence.
    • We stand in witness, to the suffering all over the world.
    • We stand with people who struggle for justice and peace.

We advocate for nonviolent solutions to conflict.” 

Most of us wear masks and we distance ourselves. Wearing black is encouraged – or at least dark colors.

Gorge Women in Black Facebook page

Dr. Tina Castanares

Justice Blog

Check out community voices speaking up for racial and social justice

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge


For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity

Plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.

Books

Brown Church

Organizing and Action

Responding well to being “called out” or “corrected” on issues of race (or just about anything else).

Podcasts

Freedom Road Podcast

Lisa Sharon Harper and the Freedom Road Podcast brings together national faith leaders, advocates, and front-lines activists for candid conversations about the pressing issues of our times.

Peacing it all Together Podcast

Peacing it All Together is more than a podcast. It’s a journey place that is hosting space for deep dialogue and radical integration. Join Co-hosts Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley (Keetoowah Cherokee) and Rev. Bo Sanders for these insightful and challenging discussions.

Latino USA NPR Podcast

Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.

Intersectionality Matters

Founded in 1996, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy.

Resources for Children & Parents

Critical Conversations with Kids


Welcome to our critical conversations with authors, academics, and activists around equity, education, and literature. The goal of this series is to engage with issues of oppression, make information from academia accessible, and spotlight people doing extraordinary work.

The Harmony Tree
A Story of Healing and Community

The Harmony TreeAs Grandmother Oak shares her stories and how she came to have such deep roots, she finds hope and healing. The other trees, seeing the value of Grandmother Oak’s history with the land, begin to find strength too.

Antiracist Baby


From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a new 9×9 picture book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves, now with added discussion prompts to help readers recognize and reflect on bias in their daily lives.

resources for families
Website: Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids


Website: Here are tips and resources to help you have a meaningful conversation with young children about race, racism, and being anti-racist.

The ABCs of Diversity


Written by two mothers and educators — one black, one white — The ABCs of Diversity equips parents, teachers, and community leaders to address children of all ages on complicated topics of race, gender, class, religion, political affiliation, ability, nationality, and sexual orientation

Websites & PDFs

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Columbia River Tribal Housing

The loss of villages and homes has long been a contentious issue for the tribes and the United States.

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When Filipinos Became a “Race”:

The Trans-Pacific Spread of Anti-Black Racism That Hurts Us All

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The Fullness Thereof

How Indigenous worldviews offer hope to a besieged planet.

 

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The Brutal History of Anti-Latino Discrimination in America

mexican.history

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Ibram Kendi, one of the Nation’s Leading Scholars of Racism, Says Education and Love are not the Answer

Founder of new anti-racism center at American University sees impact of policy, culture on black athletes.

Ibram Kendi

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There Is No Such Thing as a ‘White Ally’

Racism is not mine, it’s yours. It’s not called ‘helping’ when it’s your mess we’re cleaning.

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Water Crisis Returns To Warm Springs As Virus Cases Rise

A short drive from Portland, thousands of people, a rural health clinic, businesses and senior housing are without safe tap water, while some places don’t have running water at all.

 

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Anti-Black Spiritual Formation

Erna Kim Hackett

And though words are important and those types of interaction can be very traumatizing, we must constantly resist the momentum towards framing racism around individual acts. Racism is housed in systems, culture, institutions, and world views that permeate everything. Yes, words matter, but they are not all that matter.

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Please visit The King Center

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Ally Resource Guide

 The list below is split up into different levels of engagement:

  • Registering to Vote
  • Ways to Donate
  • Petitions to Sign
  • Representatives and Officials to Contact
  • Anti-Racism Resources to Listen to, Watch, and/or Read
  • Resources for Teaching Children About Anti-Racism
  • Other Anti-racism Resource Guides

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The White Ally Toolkit/Ally Conversation Toolkit helps anti-racism allies do their part in the fight against racism by empowering and equipping them with best practice communications skills based on listening, storytelling, and compassion. These best practices will allow them to become more persuasive in conversations with racism skeptics.

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Anti-Racism Resources

This is a big list of resources that will be updated regularly as events and available material becomes available.

 

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Liberated Together


Liberated Together creates spaces for Christian Women of Color who are engaged in the work of justice and healing to find community, be equipped, and learn more about each other.

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In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign.

Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work.

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The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS)

BREAK THE SILENCE, BEGIN THE HEALING.

Working for Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation for Boarding School Survivors and Descendants.