RACE TALKS’ mission is to support interracial and cross-cultural communication and relationships through the development of sensitivity and understanding, and social justice activism supported by educational panels / or films, good food, and great discussions.
RACE TALKS believes that establishing relationship is the most important action needed to help us learn about and support others. As such RACE TALKS encourages its participants to
- Become diversity and equity activists
- Make friends across cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientation lines
- Put your beliefs into action and get actively involved in community reform and developing cross-cultural relations
- Be the change you want to see
SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society.
That work cannot be done in isolation from or disconnected from the powerful leadership of communities of color. It is one part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement centering people of color leadership.
Therefore, SURJ believes in resourcing organizing led by people of color, and maintaining strong accountability relationships with organizers and communities of color as central part of our theory of change.
As rage sweeps across the country, we recognize that white people, privileged simply by the color of their skin, have an important role to play in creating a just and equitable society for everyone. Some of us are already active in this fight for racial justice. Others have just begun. Some have not yet started. We must all fight against racism. The time to act is now.
We offer this list: Anti Racism Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages. It recommends books, articles, videos and podcasts on anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We hope these resources will help community members educate themselves further and inspire us all to take actions for the greater good.
75 things white people can do for racial justice.
Speaking up for humanity through intersectional social justice.
We encourage you to research the following organizations that are committed to supporting Black communities. List compiled by Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Don’t Shoot Portland
Black United Fund
For over 30 years, Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for low-income communities and communities of color in Oregon. The ultimate goal of BUF is to increase opportunities for growth by encouraging philanthropic activity in our state and putting funds in the hands of organizations providing resources for underserved communities.
Coalition of Communities of Color
The Coalition of Communities of Color’s mission is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice, and prosperity.
The Portland African American Leadership Forum helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.
NAACP of Portland
The NAACP of Portland works to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating racial hatred and discrimination.
The Urban League of Portland
The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security, and quality of life.
The MRG Foundation
The MRG Foundation believes in the power of collective action to change the world.
Here’s a playlist one of our parishioners compiled:
LGBTQ/POC Justice 🏳️🌈✊🏾
1. We All We Got (2014) 8 min.
2. P.S. I Can’t Breathe (2015) 20 min.
3. Passing: Profiling the Lives of Young Transmen of Color (2015) 22 min.
4. When Justice Isn’t Just (2015) 42 min.
5. Profiled: The Mothers of Murdered Black and Latino Youth (2016) 52 min.
6. Every Mother’s Son: Policing and Race in America (2004) 53 min.
7. The Gospel of Eureka: Love, Faith and Civil Rights Collide in the South (2019) 72 min.
8. I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America (2016) 93 min.
9. Stranger Fruit: An Investigation into the Death of Michael Brown (2018) 97 min.
10. Venus Boyz (2002) 102 min.