More than 50 years ago, young people here in Oregon and across the country—creative, visionary, revolutionary, and radical young people—began to imagine what they wanted their world to look like: a world in which political, economic, and cultural change would bring justice and equality.

The strategies they used—protests, sit-ins, boycotts, coalition building, community organizing, and more—continue to inform our efforts to create change and reshape policy in the United States. 

Black Lives Matter protestors march through Portland on September 23, 2016, in response to fatal shootings by police in Tulsa and Charlotte.

Courtesy of Sam Scott

A protest sign from the Black Lives Matter march from the White House to the Capitol on July 8, 2016.

Courtesy of Victoria Pickering


While many would agree that we’ve made strides toward these goals over the last 50 years, many would also lament that there is much work still to be done. When it comes to civil rights issues—in education, employment, housing, and law enforcement—Oregonians have reason to remain seriously concerned.

Unsure about what to do?


When you see racist behavior, safely speak to confront it. Challenge racist assumptions with facts and evidence. 


Vote for candidates of color and candidates who support communities of color. Contact your elected officials—be heard at the local, state, and national levels. 


Participate in protests, rallies, and events. Be heard in your community.

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