Black Lives Matter

We at Think support our Black neighbors in Portland and around the country as they stand up to the oppression and systemic racism that permeate our society. As a white-owned business it is our duty to acknowledge the privileges we have been afforded and to recognize that now is the time for us to step back, listen to, and support the Black community. We must also educate ourselves and our white neighbors of the historic oppression communities of color have faced in this country and specifically in Portland.

Today, we are making donations to Black Lives MatterDon’t Shoot Portland, and the Black Resilience Fund and encourage you to do the same. We also encourage you to do the work to educate yourselves and take action to make Portland and the United States a more equitable place for everyone.

Steps you can take today:

Educate yourself: 
Google is your friend here – seek out Black writers and educators and read, read, read. We recommend:

Support local Black-owned businesses:  make seeking out Black-owned businesses a priority in your purchasing decisions:

Take Action: Give generously and regularly to organizations working to support Black Americans. Whenever possible, please donate directly to organizations rather than to intermediaries. We recommend:

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau contract is up for negotiations right now. Contact Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz and push for change and accountability within the police force.

Show up: White Americans have long left the struggle for civil rights to those being oppressed. Change will not come until all of us stand together and demand it. See a list of local Black Lives Matter events here – including family-friendly and social distancing events.

Local Black-Led Organizations: We encourage you to support local Black-led organizations. Listen and take their lead when considering the actions you take to support the Black community.

  • BEAM Village – Empowering Black Youth: A collective of Black educational service providers and Black professionals in both the public and private sectors are committed to reaching back to help our youth, by challenging the insistent disregard of the hopes, dreams and achievements of Black students in the public and private classrooms.
  • BeyondBlack: An African American/Black Community Development Corporation that aims to strengthen the African American/Black community in Rockwood by providing resources in economic advancement, political action, community safety and educational opportunities.
  • Black Lives Matter PDX / Black PDX: Black folks united in the struggle for Black Liberation.
  • Black Parent Initiative: The Black Parent Initiative helps families achieve financial, educational and spiritual success based on a large body of educational research that demonstrates the importance of parental and family engagement in attaining educational success for children.
  • Black Resilience Fund: The Black Resilience Fund as an opportunity for non-Black allies to support the resilience of Black people in our very own community.
  • Black United Fund of Oregon: The mission of the Black United Fund Of Oregon is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon’s underserved communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.
  • Coalition of Communities of Color: The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of culturally-specific community based organizations that support a collective racial justice effort to improve outcomes for communities of color.
  • Don’t Shoot Portland: Don’t Shoot Portland is a community nonprofit that works toward social change through civic engagement, arts, and education.
  • Ebony Collective CDC: An African-American led resource, social justice, and educational organization, rooted in culturally-specific and community led practices/services that uplifts youth, individuals and facilities to reach their full potential in the region.
  • Ethiopian and Eritrean Community Resource Center: Provides culturally specific services to Ethiopian, Eritrean, and other African refugee and immigrant in Oregon and SW Washington.
  • Humans of Color Movement Alliance: An alliance of movement practitioners with the deeply rooted intention to offer liberating and empowering healing-centered classes for our POC PDX community.
  • KairosPDX: KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. 
  • Oregon Black Pioneers: The Oregon Black Pioneers is based in Salem, Oregon doing research and educating Oregonians about African-Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history. 
  • Ori Gallery: Ori Gallery seeks to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.
  • Portland African American Leadership Forum: 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.
  • Portland NAACP: Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating racial hatred and discrimination.
  • Red Door Project: The mission of the Red Door Project is to change racial ecology through the arts.
  • Q Center: Q Center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility and community building.
  • Self Enhancement, Inc.: SEI is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for youth and families, primarily African Americans and others living in poverty or seeking culturally responsive services.
  • Umoja Kijana Shujaa – enlace:Umoja Kijana Shujaa is Swahili for unity youth warriors. Umoja is a space dedicated to the Black radical tradition born out of the civil rights era when young folks took the lead to mobilize, organize and helped to create the type of world we all deserve.
  • UniteOregon: Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
  • Urban League of Portland: Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
  • WomenFirst Transition and Referral Center: WomenFirst Transition & Referral Center is a grass-roots organization that provides nourishing environments where women can rebuild their lives and self-worth through peer mentorship, life skills trainings, empowerment groups, and essential community support.

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