We affirm that racial equity – an understanding and acknowledgment of historical and ongoing racial inequities and a commitment to actions challenging those inequities – is a core tenet of our coalition’s practice.
Thank you to NAYA for the following statement:
We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we are gathering today is the traditional homeland of a diverse array of indigenous tribes and bands. Multnomah County rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, bands of Chinook, Tualitan, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Colombia River, and which is now home to a vibrant native community representing over 400 different tribal nations.
We recognize Indigenous peoples as the traditional stewards of this land and acknowledge the enduring relationship between the land and the people since time immemorial.
Thank you to Imagine Black (Formerly PAALF) for the following statement:
We would like to acknowledge that N/NE Portland, was once home to a thriving, connected Black community. There are still Black people there today, we are a resilient people. The fundamental state of settler colonialism still exists. Oregon was founded as a white utopian state and colonialism has hit this area hard — and is still doing grave damage — in the form of gentrification, the criminalization of blackness, and the displacement of Black people, sometimes as far as outside of their home state.
We acknowledge the twinned dehumanizations of indigenous land, and Black bodies that were turned into property in the name of U.S. imperialism. It is also important to move beyond acknowledgement, and reflect on your own history that brought you to this place. Let’s take a moment to reflect on our journeys that brought us here today.