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You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time. — Angela Davis


Please learn from and support these (and other!) Black-led organizations in Portland and beyond:

Support Black businesses in Portland:

Attend some of the Black Lives Matter events happening in Portland.

Programs hosted by Alder Commons:

  • Racial Justice Accountability Group: Every Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm PT
  • Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy Book Circle: Twice a year, we host a 4-5 session book club that meets to read Me and White Supremacy alongside others; reach out to Rachel ([email protected]) if you’re interested in joining the next session.


We are continuing to educate ourselves and provide resources on racial justice, Black liberation, and anti-racism. Below is a sampling of some of what we’ve been reading, listening to, watching, and learning:



  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Looking to order these, and other, Racial Justice books? Please consider ordering your books online through Third Eye Books, a 100% Black-owned bookstore here in Portland.


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