Coalition of Communities of Color Endorsement Process

The Coalition of Communities of Color advocates for policy items that align with our mission of social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice, and prosperity and to address socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families.

CCC has a two-month endorsement process, with modifications for the state legislative session. The endorsement committee will meet at least bimonthly to consider items, and the full membership will vote at its bimonthly member meetings. Members will present items for consideration to the endorsement committee along with the completed endorsement questionnaire. CCC is a member-driven organization, and members must submit an item for consideration to the Coalition. A unanimous vote among the membership is required for the Coalition to take a position on an item.

CCC may consider endorsement or opposition to:

  • State and local legislative items
  • Ballot measures, including bonds
  • Issue campaigns
  • Other projects, such as publications or community plans

The purpose of this endorsement process is to ensure that communities of color are fully engaged in the development of policies and issue campaigns, with substantial involvement and decision-making power. CCC’s endorsement process seeks to avoid the tokenization of people of color and center our communities in policy making and advocacy campaigns.

CCC members consider key components when determining whether to endorse an item:

  • Alignment with CCC’s mission to address socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services impacting our communities
  • Positive impact on communities of color 
  • Meeting our long-range goals of self-determination, wellness, justice, and prosperity
  • Naming and framing racial justice
  • How well the item builds CCC and its member organizations
  • Proponents’ commitment to authentic partnerships with and meaningful engagement of communities of color
  • Clear plan and vision for the item

The full questionnaire detailing our criteria is available here. Similarly, the CCC will consider opposing an item when it harms communities of color, immigrants, and refugees in Oregon and undermines our mission. The CCC may oppose or support an item even if it does not meet all criteria for endorsement or opposition.

The full questionnaire detailing our criteria is available here.

Please contact CCC’s Advocacy Director, Jenny Lee, at jenny@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org for more information.