The 2019 CCC Legislative Action day is an opportunity to engage with state legislators! Meet, share, and learn about 2019 bills that impact on communities of color.
NOVEMBER 2018 EDITION OF LEADERS BRIDGE
Welcome to the October edition of the Leaders Bridge, CCC’s bi-monthly newsletter highlighting our leaders, events, and opportunities brought to you by the Bridges Leadership Initiative, our members and key partners. Unfortunately, we had to skip the August edition, but there are still plenty of opportunities in November! The next edition is scheduled for mid-December. Leaders, members, and CCC partners interested in sharing events and opportunities are encouraged to submit requests to: Nakisha@CoalitionCommunitiesColor.org.
Shilo George, Oregon LEAD Program
Owner & Consultant, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting
In 2017, Shilo George graduated from the 9th cohort of the Native American Youth and Family Center’s (NAYA) Oregon LEAD program. As a current member of the BRIDGES-Metro Community Partnership Program, owner and consultant of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, and Parent Involvement Advocate with NAYA, her leadership has broad and deep impacts our communities of color.
She is grateful for her experiences with her cohort, appreciates the new skills she developed and especially cherishes the opportunity to meet amazing and inspirational Indigenous leaders.
Last October, Shilo joined the BRIDGES-Metro Community Partnership Program (Metro Pilot), a collaboration between the Coalition of Communities of Color and Metro, a regional planning authority. When asked why she applied to the Metro Pilot, Shilo responded that she wanted to use her educational privilege to support and help heal American Indian and Native Alaskan community and all marginalized communities. She further acknowledged that despite having over 20 years of community service experience in a variety of settings and an advanced degree, she still faced many barriers to career advancement and civic engagement in decision-making spaces. Since joining the Metro Pilot, her enthusiasm, wisdom, and commitment to removing systemic barriers that limit our communities. As owner and consultant for her business, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting—pronounced: thlush comeducks dumbdumb, a Chinuk Wawa phrase meaning "a great awakening of the heart and spirit"—Shilo will soon be facilitating a work session for Metro employees that will cover trauma-informed practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also recently joined a panel consisting of Metro’s community partners and spoke to Metro’s communications staff on best practices for engaging with our communities. During this panel, Shilo articulated a number of meaningful insights.
Shilo’s civic leadership is informed by her work as a Parent Involvement Advocate at NAYA. Through bridge building between parents, teachers and administrators, and external services she provides direct support to Native American families as they develop skills, knowledge, and abilities to ensure their children succeed in the educational system, heal from personal and historical trauma, and dismantle systems of oppression.
Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)
Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong
Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver
Please join us in extending congratulations toDr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, API-CLI Alum from Cohort I, who was recently awarded the R. Davilene Carter Presidential Prize for Best Manuscript from the American Association for Cancer Education!
Dr. Nguyen-Truong led community-based participatory research from the Vietnamese Women's Health Project in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Centerand community-at-large on disparities in cancer screening. She was the primary author of the highly regarded manuscript. Co-authors were Ms. Chiao-Yun Hsiao, BS, a former program coordinator with IRCO’s Asian Family Center and field organizer with APANO in Portland, and Ms. Victoria Demchak, MRP, was previously a policy coordinator with APANO. The hard work and perseverance of these three professionals have a lasting impact on our communities.
When asked about how her experience in the API-CLI program influences her work, Connie replied:
“I am grateful for my community leadership experience in API-CLI. I learned about policy advocacy and cultivating individual and empowerment as a collective. I was the only nurse scientist member on the Oregon Data Equity Coalition for House Bill 2134 - Data Equity Bill, and it was the first time the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon led a bill. Being actively involved in the community-based policy engagement process was memorable. I worked closely with Ms. Victoria Demchak, MRP, who was the Policy Coordinator, and Ms. Chiao-Yun Hsiao, BS, who was the Field Organizer, as it was my first time writing and delivering a research-based testimony to policy makers on the cervical cancer screening and health disparity findings from the Vietnamese Women’s Health Project community-based participatory studies. I was the Principal Investigator working in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization and Asian Family Center. My community action project as an API-CLI Senior Fellow is on science outreach and community advocacy in disseminating through publishing with community and academic partners, which promotes visibility for the work we have done and sharing that so that others can learn. Thus, winning the global R. Davilene Carter Presidential Prize for Best Manuscript Award from the American Association of Cancer Education is an incredible, prestigious honor for the highest standard in cancer education.”
The paper will also be published in a scientific journal - Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action). Please read more about Connie’s meaningful workon Washington State University’s College of Nursing site.
Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, Alumnus PCCN, is an appointed Senior Advisor member of the API-CLI Steering Committee, an elected Co-Chair of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Asian Family Center Advisory Board, and an elected member on the IRCO Board of Directors. She is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver. She is Asian American and Vietnamese bilingual, bicultural. Being a Nurse Scientist and an Educator, she is committed to excellence in conducting community-based participatory and community-engaged research with community and academic partners to improve the health of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. She has a combined 18 years of expertise and experience in clinical nursing and population health nursing and a decade of engagement with communities of color including immigrants and refugees since 2006, as a nurse scientist, volunteer nurse clinician, a collaborator at several health outreach events, and leadership advisory roles at community-based organizations.
Campaign Updates & Actions
JOIN US AS WE MOBILIZE VOTERS TO ADVANCE RACIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
The Coalition of Communities of Color advocates for ballot measures that are in alignment with our mission to address the disparities, racism, and inequity of services experienced by communities of color, and to seek social change so we can obtain self-determination, justice and prosperity. Download our one-page voter guide to find out what measures CCC endorses, and which ones we are fighting. The positions contained in the guide represent the positions of CCC as a coalition and not individual members. Learn more about CCC’s endorsement process and what it means here.
There are only a few more days left for Portland to vote on initiatives that are critical to our health and well being. November 6th is election day!Your participation can stop hurtful and hateful measures and help turn proposed solutions for our communities into reality.
PORTLAND CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE PHONEBANKING!
The Portland Clean Energy Initiative will advance environmental justice by funding job training, healthier homes, renewable energy, and green jobs to build citywide resilience and opportunity with an emphasis on underserved communities, including communities of color.
Calling voters across Portland is a crucial step to ensure that we win on November 6.
Pizza, snacks, and a training will be provided, so newcomers and first-time phone-bankers are warmly welcome! This is your movement! Sign up here.
When: Next Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 5th & 6th, 4:30-8:00 p.m.
CANVASS FOR THE PORTLAND CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE AND NO ON MEASURE 105!
Everyone is joining forces to knock, talk, and change the world!
Going door-to-door to talk to voters (canvassing) is proven to be the most effective way to spread a campaign message and win. Training is provided, so newcomers and first-time canvassers are warmly welcome! Over the next few days we will canvass on PCEI and to stop statewide Ballot Measure 105 (M105).
Measure 105 eliminates Oregon’s existing sanctuary law that reduces racial profiling and prevents misuse of local resources from being used to enforce federal immigration law. By repealing Oregon’s 30 year old sanctuary law, this measure directly attacks communities of color and immigrants. It will make our communities less safe, open the door to racial profiling, and result in more families being torn apart.
Plan to meet at campaign headquarters, which is at Sierra Club (1821 SE Ankeny St., Portland). But on Saturday, canvassers will meet somewhere in the field; you will receive details about where and when to meet when you sign up!
Monday, Nov. 5 (ALL DAY) — THREE SHIFTS!
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 6: ALL DAY BALLOT COLLECTION — THREE SHIFTS!
10:00 am - 1:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm OR 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Coalition, Member & Bridges Events
APANO Ballot Assistance Center
Now through Tuesday, November 6th! APANO is turning its office into a Ballot Assistance Center for the final 6 election days in November (the election ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th!). Visit APANO’s offices (2788 SE 82nd Ave Suite 203, Portland 97266) as they provide the following services:
An Unofficial Ballot Drop Box (they will turn in ballots at the end of each day)
Help to fill out your ballot
In-language assistance and access (Any language! They will try to help)
Rides to the Multnomah County Elections Offices in
Portland (1040 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214)
Gresham (600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR)
Help correcting ballot problems and re-issuing new ballots
Picking up your ballot from your home
APANO will be open every day November 1-6 from 9:00 am-7:00 pm to assist voters, collect ballots, and make sure your vote is counted.
Only 25% of the state has voted so far.Help your neighbors and friends bring their voices through voting.
ELECTION NIGHT PARTY!
Hosted by CCC, Verde, APANO, and our friends and partners who support this campaign
Tuesday, November 6th | 7:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Portland Productions, 435 NE 18th Ave, Portland, OR (street parking available)
Celebrate the campaign for clean energy with the community that got us this far--and will continue to make waves for climate justice in Oregon. RSVP on Facebook.
POLLS CLOSE at 8:00pm (**DO NOT** bring ballots to the election night party. Drop them off at 1040 SE Morrison St or 1821 SE Ankeny St before heading to the party)
FOOD & BEVERAGES will be available BRING FAMILY & FRIENDS, this event is open to all friends of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative:
"a community-of-color-led initiative that is really born out of both a strong desire to address climate change and out of frustration at bearing the brunt of the fossil fuel economy, and not seeing the benefit of Portland’s clean-energy transition in their communities,” Tony DeFalco, Executive Director, Verde (Fast Company, October 18, 2018)
"[The Portland Clean Energy Initiative is] the most important ballot measure in the country" Van Jones, September 2018
Supported by "a broad, wide-ranging coalition probably unlike anything we've seen before in Portland politics" Len Bergstein, KGW News political commentator
Honoring Mulugeta Seraw: Remember. Learn. Change. | Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Urban League of Portland in partnership with other community-based organizations and the City of Portland is spearheading a project to honor Mulugeta Seraw (Mo͞o-lo͞o-ɡāt-ah sə-rou), 28-year old Ethiopian college student who was murdered 30 years ago by racist skinheads outside of his apartment in Portland, Oregon on November 13, 1988. Join CCC member, the Urban League of Portland, for a half-day conference on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to learn more about the history of anti-Black violence in Oregon and what steps we as community can take to stop anti-Black hate crimes. Register for this conference here. #RememberSeraw
POWER ACADEMY | Friday, November 30th
The BRIDGES Leadership Development Initiative is currently collaborating with Oregon Futures Lab and a handful of our members to host a power building training and discussion on how we shift from campaign mode to cross-cultural governance. After the Nov. 6th election, we will all need to continue working together as a community to hold our electeds accountable to the issues CCC and our members and friends are championing, build power, and develop authentic relationships between and among our communities and electeds of color across jurisdictions. The academy is scheduled to occur 9am-3pm at the NWHF offices, with a Happy Hour and Social at a nearby location from 3pm-5pm. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for an invitation to this important leadership event!
Latino Network’s Open House | Friday, December 7th
Latino Network will host its ever popular Holiday Open House. Join their holiday celebration and indulge in great food, delicious drinks, and the company of good friends, colleagues, staff, and supporters. Mark your calendars. We hope to see you there!
BRIDGES Leadership Development Initiative’s Kickoff for our Cross-Cultural Quarterly Convenings | Saturday, December 8th
BRIDGES Alumni and Current Cohort: Are you ready to develop and enhance your relationships with other graduates from the BRIDGES program? Do you want to advance cross-cultural collective action and coordinate with one another to create meaningful large-scale systems change and progress for racial justice? Then mark your calendar for December 8th, when we hold the BRIDGES Kickoff to our Cross-Cultural Quarterly Convenings for Collective Action!
Committee Placement Opportunities
The Oregon Health Authority is now accepting nominations for the Health Information Technology Oversight Committee (HITOC). Nominations are due November 9, 2018.
HITOC members participate in health system transformation by working towards a vision of health IT-optimized health care, in which robust Health IT (HIT) tools support providers, patients and their families, and many stakeholders. HITOC establishes the strategic plan for HIT for Oregon, making policy recommendations, assessing the HIT landscape, and programmatic oversight. HITOC reports to the Oregon Health Policy Board, and membership is set by the Board.
The Oregon Health Policy Board is committed to ensuring all committees reflect the racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity of Oregonians. They are looking for motivated leaders with health IT expertise and are especially interested in nominees with health IT experience in Behavioral health (both mental health and substance use disorder treatment), Consumer/patient advocacy, Tribal health, Social determinants of health and equity, and more! Details regarding service and application requirements are available online.
For a complete listing of career opportunities, see the
BRIDGES Jobs and Leadership Openings online!
Executive Director - Rebuild Center - Closes November 15!
With a three-year strategic roadmap now in place, including a shared vision of “equity and reuse everywhere,” and the 20th anniversary of our North Mississippi Avenue store approaching in 2020, the ReBuilding Center seeks an experienced, passionate, and dedicated Executive Director to help us continue to make a material difference in Portland and beyond. Please click the button below to read the full job description and application process details. Salary range: $80,000 - $100,000 Depending on Experience. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on our BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.
Verde is Hiring Crew Managers!
Join the Verde team as a Landscape Crew Member! Verde is seeking crew members to support their landscape maintenance, irrigation, and stormwater responsibilities. No experience necessary. Drivers license preferred. Apply online, or fill out a paper application at our office at 6899 NE Columbia Blvd Suite A, Portland, OR 97218.
LATINO NETWORK IS HIRING FOR SEVERAL POSITIONS!
School Navigator, Health & Wellness Program Specialist
Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with experience in recruiting youth and implementing leadership development programs with middle and high school-aged youth. This position will also work to develop and lead a new Culturally Specific School Navigator position at David Douglas High School working with male Latino youth and their families. The School Navigator/Health & Wellness Program Specialist will work closely with the management and other staff to coordinate and implement programs for youth. The candidate has proven skills in providing case management for youth and engaging families in the school community, as well as experience, designing and running groups. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves position with the capacity to impact the health and wellbeing of Latino youth. CLOSING DATE:Open until filled; Compensation:$32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on Latino Network’s Jobs page.
The P-3 (Prenatal 3rd grade) Coordinator is charged with supporting the SUN Site Manager and Principal to increase and deepen diverse parent-centred family engagement and leadership at the school. CLOSING DATE: Open until filled; COMPENSATION: $32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on Latino Network’s Jobs page.
Successful Families 2020 Program Lead
The Successful Families 2020 Program Lead works as a part of a collaborative and energetic team to implement a high quality, culturally inclusive family and youth engagement program. Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with proven nonprofit and community experience to lead a full range of activities for a growing organization. Key prior experience includes; coordinating services with other agency partners to provide high quality services to families, building relationships with school staff and administrators, building relationships with students and families. CLOSING DATE: Open until filled; COMPENSATION: $32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on Latino Network’s Jobs page.
For more job openings at Latino Network, visit their Jobs Page.
Assistant Guest Services Manager – Oregon Conventions Center
As an Assistant Guest Services Manager, your responsibilities are all about enhancing the guest experience at our venue while continually leading and developing an engaged staff. This newly developed role will support the Guest Services Manager in shaping a new direction for our operations while ensuring that our well-established organization continues to be an industry leader. Deadline to apply: November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm; Salary:$48,274.00 - $69,999.00 annually. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on the BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.
Environmental Health Education and Equity Specialist (Public Health Educator 2)
The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority is recruiting for an Environmental Health Education and Equity Specialist to develop and implement culturally-responsive health education materials and interventions for the Environmental Public Health section to reduce environmental exposures in Oregon communities. The Environmental Public Health Section identifies, assesses and reports on threats to human health from exposure to environmental and occupational hazards, and advises the people and communities of Oregon to best understand potential risks where they live, work and play in order to remain healthy and safe. Closing: 11/19/2018 11:59 PM; Salary: $4,016.00 - $5,872.00 Monthly. For additional details about this position read the announcement on BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.
Environmental Health Assessment Program Coordinator (Program Analyst 2)
The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority is seeking an Environmental Health Assessment Program Coordinator to coordinate the activities of the Oregon Environmental Health Assessment Program (EHAP) and to administer the federal grant that funds the program. The Environmental Public Health Section identifies, assesses and reports on threats to human health from exposure to environmental and occupational hazards, and advises the people and communities of Oregon to best understand potential risks where they live, work and play in order to remain healthy and safe.
Closing: 11/19/2018 11:59 PM; Salary: $4,221.00 - $6,162.00 Monthly. For additional details about this position read the announcement on BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.
Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Equity Lens! This edition is jam packed with information, profiles of our newest board members, and we get an update on Marcus Mundy’s first 100 days as the CCC Executive Director.
HERE'S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THIS EDITION OF THE EQUITY LENS:
Invisibility, Hyper-Visibility, Progress and Action at the Coalition of Communities of Color
Double Consciousness is a term coined by the sociologist and historian W. E. B. Du Bois to describe an individual whose identity is divided into several facets.
In his 1903 book , “The Souls of Black Folk”, Du Bois describes “double consciousness” as follows: “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife- this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He wouldn’t bleach his Negro blood in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of opportunity closed roughly in his face”.
Though Du Bois wrote those words over 100 years ago, they resonate still.
If you replace the word “Negro” with “people of color” in his writings, you will have encapsulated what is faced by the communities of color in Oregon, underscored in our groundbreaking report, “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County”, where many participants in our community groups noted that they were, because of their darker skin or immigrant status or language, simultaneously hyper-visible and invisible to the dominant culture in that county, and relegated for both reasons to marginalized roles. This “two-ness” is part of our daily routine, and part of our daily challenge.
I recently marked my 100thday at the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) as its third Executive Director (ED), following its founding ED, the estimable Julia Meier, and its interim ED, the indefatigable Dani Ledezma.
Following two such leaders has been both daunting and exciting, but the welcome, the work and the whirlwind of support I have received has been nothing short of invigorating, and I look forward to the next 100 days, and succeeding months, with great anticipation.
My most pleasant elucidation was the discovery of how brilliant and competent the staff of the CCC is. Although we are involved in virtually every issue surrounding Research Justice, Advocacy, Leadership Development or Environmental Justice in our region, particularly those issues viewed with an Equity Lens, we continue to be high impact with never more than 6 members on the team, which is a testament to the power of collaboration, the true spirit of Ujima.
We have but a handful of dogged staff, yet our accomplishments, even just since June, speak for themselves:
CCC held its annual soiree, and announced our incredible report, “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County”;
CCC has convened no less than 20 follow-on participatory sessions sharing the findings of this report, and expanding knowledge within our region, to government bodies, nonprofits and for profits;
Have helped to guide and form the CCC’s and its members’ positions on the many and complex measures on the November 6 ballot (see our Voting Guide at our website, www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org, AND VOTE!)
Spearheaded the signature drive to qualify Measure 26-201 (the Portland Clean Energy Initiative) on the City of Portland Ballot for November 6, and got it on the ballot, which could mean upwards of $30M for low income communities, job training, weatherization, and clean energy initiatives going forward;
Explained the benefits and nuances of Measure 26-201, and dispassionately and clearly defended its wisdom, at the City Club of Portland’s most recent Friday Forum
Have co-sponsored the introduction of incredible, nationally renowned speakers to support our issues of Equity, Environmental Justice and Advocacy (Van Jones and DeRay McKesson);
Have kicked off trainings for our first “Research Justice Fellowship”, in Washington County, to develop community leadership in data and research;
Have met with innumerable city, county, state and federal leaders to continue to press the agendas important to communities of color in Oregon;
Have added three amazing new Board Members to our leadership: Tony DeFalco, Executive Director of Verde, Chi Nguyen, Executive Director of APANO, and Tony Hopson, President and CEO of Self Enhancement Inc.;
Have strengthened CCC team through the addition of our new Executive Assistant and Operations Manager, Joliana Scipio;
Completed the administrative paperwork so that we can officially constitute our 501 (c)(4) entity, and provide even more focused advocacy work for the issues that matter to communities of color;
Received the prestigious International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter Award for Best Practices, for our “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County” report;
In conjunction with EcoTrust, Futurewise, and 1000 Friends of Oregon, have begun the re-launch of the Regional Equity Atlas, the third iteration of this seminal report identifying those areas of excellence, and those in need of improvement, for communities of color in our region, by using real, current data viewed through our ubiquitous research justice lens;
Have begun to expand the capabilities of our 6 distinct Leadership Development cohorts’ database to enhance access and opportunities to alumni and cohort members for placement on a sundry of committees, advisory boards and commissions to assist in their professional development; continue to place leaders on boards and commissions, including recent appointments at Metro and the Port of Portland; plans are also underway for assistance with professional job placements and quarterly convenings;
Organized, sponsored and led (with a large coalition of partners such as Verde, OPAL, APANO, Environmental Justice Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Portland) the CCC’s 3 day Community Energy Justice Summitat PCC Southeast, where we convened almost 100 community, government, nonprofit and for profit individuals to build a collectivce understanding of energy development fundamentals and energy democracy;
Quite frankly, the list goes on and on. You should rest assured that the staff of the Coalition of Communities of Color is working hard for the interests of our 19 member organizations, and communities of color writ large, and for you.
As Gabriel Garcia Marquez once said, the dominant culture “insist on measuring us with the yardstick that they use for themselves, forgetting that the ravages of life are not the same for all, and that the quest for our own identity is just as arduous and bloody for us as it was for them."
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.
I am proud and honored to be part of that ongoing, unwavering mission, and hope that all who read our Equity Newsletter join us in these efforts.
Meet Our New Board Members
I have been excited about the Coalition since 2008 when I first heard about and was immediately supportive of the vision of our communities coming together in common cause. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to serve all the communities the Coalition represents in this capacity. I am very excited about the good work that has gone into the development of the REDEFINE program, as we truly are at a critical juncture in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges that disproportionately impact our communities. We are now poised to be able to not only take the lead in addressing these challenges but address them in ways that have disproportionate benefit to our communities.
I’m excited to be joining leaders across the area that have historically and continue to do great work defending equity for marginalized communities. I very much believe in communities organizing to have voices be heard and advocate for their fairness and prosperity. I feel deeply connected to this work. An anecdotal example I like to highlight on this work is: on my seventh day of becoming APANO's Interim Executive Director, I was dealt a humanitarian crisis when the federal administration separated families and transferred detained persons to FCI Sheridan. I could have been on the other side of that fence. Like those detained folks, I came to the United States from Vietnam as a political refugee seeking asylum. Oregon offered my family and me the beacon of hope. I want to join others in the fight to keep Oregon a special place that is welcoming for all of us.
As one of the original founders of the Coalition of Communities of Color, I look forward to re-engaging with the Board and the work of the CCC. The CCC has been the most consistent organization in advancing the issues that have impact people of color. We are presently in a real fight locally and nationally around equality and what we consider to be, fair and just opportunities for all citizens. The CCC provides a voice that can safely speak too many of these issues.
Voters’ Guide and Get Out the Vote!
Ballots are out and now is the most critical time to get informed about measures and step up to volunteer! The ballot initiative process creates some of the most significant opportunities to help or harm our communities, and we urge anyone who cares about racial equity to get engaged and talk to voters about these critical measures.. Learn more with our voters’ guide here.
Ballots are due November 6 by 8:00 PM. Locate your nearest drop box here.
CCC 2018 Ballot Measure Positions
Yes on Measure 102: This measure would allow local governments to partner with nongovernmental entities to build affordable housing with local bond dollars. This would increase the opportunities for nonprofit developers—including culturally-specific community development corporations—to build affordable homes. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.
No on Measure 103: This unnecessary and overly vague constitutional amendment bans all taxes on food and limits local governments’ hands to find local revenue solutions. This poorly written measure is overly broad, and does not belong in Oregon’s constitution. Learn more.
No on Measure 104: This measure puts our state at risk of legislative gridlock and will make it difficult to close corporate tax loopholes or make even minor adjustments to tax credits and fees. Raising sufficient revenue is a perpetual problem for our state, and this measure will only make it worse. Learn more.
No on Measure 105: Supported by state and national hate groups, this anti-immigrant measure directly targets communities of color, putting them at increased risk of racial profiling. At a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is increasing, Oregonians must take a stand for basic fairness and racial justice by defeating this measure. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.
No on Measure 106: All people who can become pregnant should have meaningful access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. By banning public funds for virtually all abortions, this constitutional amendment would deeply harm communities of color. Learn more. CCC will be co-hosting a joint No on 105 and 106 canvass centered on communities of color with Forward Together, APANO, and Latino Network on Saturday, October 27. RSVP here. You can sign up for other volunteer opportunities here.
Yes on Measure 26-201, the Portland Clean Energy Initiative: Over two years in the making, this is the first environmental initiative in Oregon to be developed and led by organizations of color. It will create $30 million in new revenue to create good jobs, healthier homes, and renewable energy for Portlanders, with an emphasis on communities of color. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.
Yes on Measure 26-199, the Metro housing bond: This regional bond will create homes for thousands of families, with a focus on serving those who are at greatest risk of housing stability. In particular, one of the of the greatest needs for families of color are multi-bedroom units, and this measure will substantially increase the number of family-sized units in the region. Learn more and volunteer.
Van Jones & Portland Clean Energy Initiative
CCC Partners with Senior Advocates for Generational Equity to Host a Public Address by Change Agent Van Jones
On September 12, the Coalition was honored to co-title sponsor a public lecture by Van Jones, a world-renowned author, CNN host, and thought leader for social and environmental justice. Jones, who recently published Beyond the Messy Truth: How we came apart, how we come together, spoke to a crowd of over 600 people on the political divisions that are tearing us apart and destroying our families, our communities, and ourselves. His lecture was an impassioned and personal invitation for all of us to recognize that “breakdowns can become breakthroughs if you use them right”.
Jones wasted no time prioritizing the work of the Coalition, our members and partners on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative (PCEI), ballot measure 26-105 and immediately pronounced that “this ballot measure to get 30 Million dollars for green jobs is the most important ballot measure in the country right now”!
He followed by opening up with his personal story about how he found his way through a moment of suffering in his life, suffering brought about due to vitriolic dishonest crusade to get him out of the White House, and came to find self-love and respect to find common ground with the very people who sought to oust him from Obama’s administration. Jones called upon us to examine our actions and experiences when he stated that “the lack of honesty about what we’re going through is allowing a lot of suffering to continue; a lot of dysfunction in our movements.”
He further advised that “we cannot afford to become what we are fighting...fight with love” and suggested moving through fear, anger, and hate to further transformational social change is paramount to the resistance of our opposition. Jones also invited us to practice empathy, imagine what motivates those who disagree with and fight us and find points of connection. Van Jones concluded his lecture by paraphrasing a quote from U.S. President Robert F. Kennedy, who said that standing up to your enemies is not what determines one’s moral courage, it is standing up to your friends when they are wrong.
This thrilling opportunity to co-host this public address also gave us a chance to work with new partners, Seniors for Generational Equity (SAGE), and event organizers Social Enterprise and Prisma Point. It also meant we and our members who work on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative campaign were able to connect with Van Jones and work with him to amplify the importance of this ballot measure. If you missed the address, you can listen to it in its entirety on KBOO. For more thoughtful conversation and collaborative solutionsinspired by Van’s public address and recent book, join CCC & SAGE on October 30th, from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Joinery (922 SW Yamhill St, Portland). You don’t need to have attended the talk or read the whole book to have a meaningful discussion about the current divides facing our communities and political institutions. Desserts and beverages will be served, and this event is free!
Research Justice Update
PORTLAND UNITED AGAINST HATE
As a member of Portland United Against Hate, we are piloting a system to document hate/bias incidents in the city. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed or heard about a hate/bias incident you can report it to Portland United Against Hate by contacting our Researcher, Shweta Moorthy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is PUAH?
Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) is a community initiated partnership of community based organizations, neighborhood associations, concerned communities and the City of Portland.
Together, we are building a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities.
Why is this important?
The very communities most likely to be targets of hate violence are also the least likely to report their experiences to law enforcement. Undercounting of hate crimes can therefore create the impression that all is well.
What are ‘hate incidents’ that can be reported using the tool:
Concerned communities define and experience hate as any incident that targets an individual/group based on their age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and so on. That can be intolerance, discrimination, hostility, harassment, hate, mistreatment, prejudice, bigotry, injustice, favoritism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, tendency, ageism, privilege, marginalization, retaliation, bullying, incivility, stereotyping, and microaggressions. The perpetrator of the incident can be an individual, organization, government agency etc.
Examples of incidents include:
A person is verbally harassed for being presumed to be from another country.
A poster is displayed that singles out a racial or ethnic group to intimidate.
A teacher intentionally ridicules a person for the pronouns that person uses.
A wall is defaced with anti-Semitic messaging.
What will happen with this information?
The respondent’s personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with law enforcement or anyone other than the data analysts from the non-profit running the website. Only the owner of the website, Coalition of Communities of Color, will have access to this information.
The CCC will work with Portland United Against Hate to offer an analysis of hate incidents in Portland and use this data to raise awareness; advocate for legislation around hate violence, for policies that dismantle racism and white supremacy the targets the roots of hate, gang prevention, mental health, policing alternatives, to change practices such as schools, mental health services, law enforcement.
VOTING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: CCC’S GUIDE TO NOVEMBER 2018 BALLOT MEASURES
The Coalition of Communities of Color advocates for and against ballot measures to help fulfill our mission to address the disparities, racism, and inequity of services experienced by communities of color, and to seek social change so we can obtain self-determination, justice and prosperity. To further that mission, we take positions and advocate for ballot measures that will move us toward this vision, and oppose those which will harm our communities.
This November’s ballot measures give Oregonians many choices on whether we will fulfill this vision--or move backwards. Environmental justice and affordable housing measures represent a step toward building a more equitable future, while flawed constitutional amendments will make it more difficult to address the disparities we experience. Most dangerously, measures designed to attack immigrants and limit reproductive justice will seriously harm our communities. In November, Oregonians will be able to make a choice to stop these threats and actually build a better future for communities of color.
To learn more about the 2018 CCC Voter Guide, please click on the link below!
Call for Applications: CCC Research Justice IN WASHINGTON COUNTY Fellowship
The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of 19 culturally specific organizations that come together to work for racial justice transformation in the region. We are proud of the work we have accomplished through our research justice, advocacy and leadership development programs in the racial justice movement.
The CCC is proud to announce our first Research Justice Fellowship to develop community leadership in data and research in order to build power, organize and advocate for racial justice in the region. If you are interested in learning how to use research and data to build power and advocate for racial justice, this is the right opportunity for you. Learn more about our Research Justice vision here.
What is the Research Justice Fellowship?
This program is designed to help community members learn how to design and implement small-scale research projects around issues that derive from their experiences with institutional racism. In the process, the cohort will give feedback and inform the creation of an online data tool called the Regional Equity Atlas that will hold the research they generate.
We will provide training, stipends, research expenses and the opportunity to create and implement research projects that create knowledge and build power to organize and advocate for change.
Our goal is to build a cohort of strong community leaders with an understanding of the role of research in organizing and advocacy for racial justice. The project is guided by a vision of research justice, which seeks to amplify and emphasize the voices of those most directly impacted by institutional racism – in particular, people of color – in the work of making our communities equitable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the fellowship pay?
- Research Justice Fellows will receive a $,1000 stipend. CCC will cover costs for research-related expenses such as supplies (flipcharts, photocopies, printouts etc) and public transit/mileage reimbursement.
Are there geographical, age, education, or experience requirements?
- The fellowship is open to everyone 18 years or older who identifies as a person of color.
- There are no education, experience and immigration requirements.
- Research Justice Fellows need to live or work or have a strong relationship to Washington County.
What are expectations from the program and the hours worked?
- This is a 2 month program from Oct-Nov 2018 and it requires a 60 hour time commitment, which includes:
- Participating in trainings on Oct 6-7, 2018
- Implementing the research
- Participating in the development of the online data tool
- In the trainings, community researchers will develop a timeline of research implementation including scheduling check-ins with CCC for guidance, assistance and accountability in implementation of research in October and November.
How do I apply and ask other questions?
To apply or ask other questions, please fill out this simple application form to join the 2018 Community Researchers Program cohort. Applications are due by Monday, September 24, 2018. Up to 12 accepted applicants will receive email and phone notification and information no later than September 28, 2018. The trainings will take place on Saturday-Sunday October 6-7, 2018. Please send any questions to Shweta Moorthy, Researcher, at email@example.com or call 217-621-2096.
Coalition Report Reveals Inequality In Washington County
by Erica Morrison Follow OPB June 18, 2018 5:24 p.m. | Beaverton, Oregon
The Coalition of Communities of Color released their comprehensive report on racial inequities in Washington County on Monday.
“Leading With Race: Research Justice in Washington County” comes after two years of research, and explores the lived experiences of eight communities in Oregon’s most diverse county.
The report focuses on Native American, African-American, African, Asian and Asian-American, Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders and Slavic communities in Washington County.
CCC presented the report to officials and community members at Beaverton Library. Attendees received a 31-page booklet of the study’s executive summary. The summary details the population sizes of the identified communities and addresses key issues that affect them.
The mayors of Hillsboro, Tigard and Beaverton community leaders spoke at the meeting. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, also delivered remarks.
Bonanmici said Washington County is the “economic engine” of the state and the struggle for equity has been long and is far from over.
The findings of the report prove that to be true.
Researcher Shweta Moorthy found Latino applicants are 125 percent more likely to have their home loan application denied compared to high income whites.
When asked what surprised her the most about her research, Moorthy replied, “How willing people were to get uncomfortable.”
The study confirms many things members of communities of color already know; there are greater disparities when it comes to homeownership, education and interactions with law enforcement.
The report includes an eight-step call to action to improve racial equity in the county.
Moorthy said she hopes the report gets people to realize the expertise of people of color and the need to respect that expertise.