Ways to Take Action: Reading Lists, Articles, and Online Content


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.


Reading Lists, Articles, and Online Content

Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon (film) documents the history of conflict between the Portland police and community members throughout the past fifty years.

Displacement in North and Northeast Portland – An Historical Overview
from the Portland Housing Bureau.

The PAALF People’s Plan lays out a vision of a thriving, empowered Black community and asserts the right of Black people to be in and shape community, whatever neighborhoods we live in, from the North to the Numbers. This document frames a Black community policy agenda and advances community-initiated projects as a powerful tool for organizing, advocacy, and implementation.

CASSANDRA is an artist run publishing and educational platform. We produce lo-fi printed matter, classrooms, projects, artist books, and exhibitions. Our intention is to spread ideas, distribute new language, propagate dialogue centering ethics, aesthetics, femme driven activism, and black scholarship because y’all ain’t listening.

Black Lives Matter Reading List from Powell’s Books

The People’s Budget Campaign creates a blueprint for a government that invests in our communities, not corporate CEOs, by making bold investments in health care, infrastructure, education, and other areas that face steep cuts in the Republican budget.

New Era of Public Safety: An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing, a free downloadable PDF.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity Plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.

Reclaim The Block Digital Toolkit: Reclaim the Block works to make sure that communities have the resources they need to thrive.

Free and downloadable: Black Revolutionary Texts.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.

Free and downloadable: A Guide to Allyship: Black Lives Matter and Why “All Cops are Bastards”