Resources to Address Racism and Oppression
Get Involved Locally
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!
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.
Organizing and Action
Resources for Children & Parents
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.
Website: Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
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.
Website: Here are tips and resources to help you have a meaningful conversation with young children about race, racism, and being anti-racist.
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
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.
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
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.
This is a big list of resources that will be updated regularly as events and available material becomes available.
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.