In 2009, the Urban League of Portland released the State of Black Oregon Report, the first of its kind in the state. It illustrated the community’s humanity and resilience, providing a human face to the issues of poverty, discrimination, gentrification, educational achievement and entrepreneurship. As the first major snapshot of one of Oregon’s growing communities of color, it was a significant event in the State. It was a groundbreaking report, combining data, narrative and lived experience to illustrate the social and economic reality of Black Oregonians. It told the story of Oregon’s Black community and illustrated its humanity and resilience, providing a human face to the issues of poverty, gentrification, educational achievement and entrepreneurship. The State of Black Oregon also set out solutions and issued a call to action.
Five years later, the Urban League of Portland will produce a new and innovative State of Black Oregon. Like the original, the new project will be fully informed by Black Oregonians across the State. It will be owned by, written by and for the community, covering the places in urban and rural Oregon, where the presence of the Black community is often overlooked. These Oregonians will be paramount in telling their own story. The report will illuminate the experiences of Black Oregonians all over the state, including Eugene, Bend, Coos Bay and Eastern and rural Oregon. The State of Black Oregon 2015 will provide an opportunity for many to tell their story for the first time.
The 2015 State of Black Oregon Report Will Include:
· An innovative and unique approach to updated national, state and local data on Black Oregonians on a number of social and economic indicators.
· A documentary short film of the Report
· New personal stories and gripping case studies
· Updated policy recommendations in each focus area
· A closer look at the Black LGBTQ Oregonian community, at older adults. and the African / immigrant refugee community.
What do you want the future to look like? This report is the next step towards a positive and healthy world for Black Oregonians and for all.
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