How To Make Our City More Equitable and Livable
We live in one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities in America. Our housing costs continue to skyrocket. How did we get here—which communities benefited, and which were decimated—and what does our history tell us about our future? In this course, we'll become more equipped to bring environmental justice to Portland.
An Urgent Conversation, A Renowned Author
Join us as we engage these challenges, facing our history, politics and notions of justice through the lens of America's foremost writer on race, Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read him, to think with him, is to be confronted with pressing moral, cultural, and intellectual challenges. This is a six week course, admission limited.*
How to Be an Ally
Explore issues impacting Native Americans in today's Portland as well as the history behind them, and gain a language for supporting the lives and cultures of Native people.
An exploration of structural racism through data analysis
Structural racism is insidious in two particular ways. First, it is normalized and thus difficult to see, particularly for those who benefit from it. Second, although it is ubiquitous, and most of us believe racism is uniquely and singularly bad, we also see it as separate from us. This causes us to deny or downplay its significance. Big data reveals white supremacy and brings our structural inequities to light. By analyzing data sets from various sources—from online dating sites to scholarly research on the death penalty—we can see these issues in relief.
Find your activist voice
Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective and be more informed than media pundits and online trolls? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history and hip hop culture, and dialogue.
Understanding & Moving Beyond the Current Prison Crisis
Mass incarceration is the racial justice issue of our time. The U.S. incarcerates more people per capita than any country in the world, and incarceration rates are acutely and disproportionately concentrated in communities of color. What are we going to do about it?
Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective beyond reactionary opinions, and be more informed than media pundits and the trolls online? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society, and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history, Hip Hop culture and dialogue.
Telling Better Stories for a Better Future
Do you want to promote justice and inspire others, but aren't sure how? It starts with telling the right story. Sharpen your communications skills to make meaningful change happen in your own community.
From its foundation as a small, speculative settlement along the Willamette to the current gentrification and redevelopment controversies today, Portland’s urban landscape is ever-changing. Considering race and class in each gathering, this course will feature four walking conversations on the built environment of our urban landscape and how Portland came to look the way it does. Leave the course with a richer understanding of Portland’s history and the ability to further investigate how race, class, and urban development have been shaped into what it is today.
How can we protect our public lands? From the Trump Administration to the Far Right militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in 2016, our public lands are under threat like never before.
Worried about the future, post-election? Concerned about your civil rights and rights and safety of others? Unsure of what to do? Join this class and make a specific plan tailored to your resources and abilities to make the greatest impact for the future. This course provides a framework for anyone from the curious beginner to the established organizer how to organize and create momentum for social justice in their community.
Despite Oregon’s progressive and forward thinking reputation, our history tells another story – indeed, many refer to Oregon as the South of the North, as we have historically embraced segregation, exclusion and displacement. Through this class, we will look at how Oregon’s whiteness, historically and today, has created this reality.
Donald Trump's election surfaced the core tensions in our dominant culture. We are now living in a moment of opportunity: the opportunity to better redress the widespread hurt in our society and to talk across our differences. In this course, we will aim to better understand the points of potential connection + tension that have surfaced in our politics and in our society.
Portland is one of the most "livable" cities in the US. It also happens to be one of the whitest large cities in the US. So what does it mean to be a person of color here? Join us for 4 weeks of exploring what it means to be different in white spaces. We'll discuss our racialized history and concepts of white accommodation and white normativity. The class will examine the role psychology might play in creating our own healing space, ultimately enabling us to thrive in white spaces.
Is food a political or a moral topic? How does your social identity –your gender, race, class, ethnicity, cultural heritage, or religion– influence what food you eat and who produces and prepares that food for you? In this course, we will come together each week to discuss how our social identities and experiences in life help shape our answers to these questions and influence our ideas about food and justice.
Understand Identity to Become a Better Ally
Taught by Basic Rights Oregon
Transgender people face discrimination and danger unlike any other marginalized community. Learn key concepts and understand how trans identities intersect with the LGBT and POC communities to become a better ally.