Ways to Take Action: Community Relief

A WEEK OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF BLACK LIVES

The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, organized a week of action June 1st to 7th in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online. Each day of the week of action represents one of our [The Movement for Black Lives] demands.

Monday: The Rights of Protesters to be respected

Tuesday: Invest-Divest

Wednesday: Community Relief

Thursday: Community Control

Friday: End the War on Black People

Saturday: Make Meaning from Crisis

PICA condemns the violent, racist, and militaristic methodologies of police departments across the United States and specifically in Portland, Oregon, as well as the move to increase funding for inherently violent policing in our city when it is rather a time to defund. We will actively work to dissolve our own connections to these systems. We challenge our city, state, and national government, our partner organizations, our audiences, our donors and funders, and our own organization to do better. We urge you to donate, read, post, petition, protest, and take a form of action. We are asking our white and non-Black audiences, artists, donors, partner organizations, and ourselves to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity and support of the Black community.

The information below is time-sensitive and based on the demands put forward by The Movement For Black Lives. Tomorrow, we will be sharing more information as it relates to Community Control. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process.

RESOURCES

DONATE IN PORTLAND

The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PALLF) helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.

Nat Turner Project (NTP) allows artists of color to go beyond the usual initial expositions inherent in presenting art borne of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture; allowing artists of color freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation.

In two days, The Black Resilience Fund has provided $19,088.24 in immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills. Please donate to support these efforts.

Ori Gallery is the brain child of the creative duo Maya Vivas & Leila Haile. Together they seek to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.

Donate to, or, apply for a PNW Ballroom Micro-Grant by tournament.haus, a homebase for Lady Tournament (@jxzz_hndz) and other ballroom/club scene related projects.

The Black Feminist Kitchen and The Black Feminist Summer School (BFSS): BFSS is an underground school dedicated to Black feminist study. BFSS offers a critical meditation on the theoretical concepts, questions, interventions, directives, tensions, and ideologies within Black feminism(s) and Black feminist thought. Donating via CashApp is most helpful. Donate to $BFKBFSSFund on CashApp and BFKBFSSFUND on PayPal.

PORTLAND FOOD-BASED RELIEF

The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us.

Equitable Giving Circle is feeding BIPOC families with food from BIPOC farmers.

SNACK BLOC is a community resource and support for rallies, protests, community events and vigils in the greater Portland area.

Black Futures Farm is a community farm, staffed by volunteers and two resident farmers. We sit on 1.15 acres with 17 different fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and cooking herbs. The CSA is full, but you can donate unrestricted funds.