Empowered on Powell Butte -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Dismantling white supremacy is environmentalism. We stand against any hatred and violence, because everyone deserves to be safe, particularly in public outdoor spaces where we conduct the majority of our restoration work.

During the month in which we celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, we feel serving our community goes beyond planting trees. We ask that you find ways to engage with celebrating Dr. King’s legacy, anti-racist learning, work, and action after this event where and how you are able.


‘A New Oregon’ in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities across Oregon. Jan. 21 at 6PM PT. The Chúush Fund and Black Resilience Fund present ‘A New Oregon,’ a virtual event of songs, stories, and solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities across Oregon. Ticket purchases donated to uplift Black and Indigenous communities. Tickets sliding scale $5-20.

  • See the updated events calendar from Don’t Shoot Portland, a Black-led human rights nonprofit that advocates for accountability. Since 2014, we have implemented art, education and civic participation within our programming to create social change.


From Resilience to Black Liberation: Uprooting Systems of Inequity

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 from 10:00am to 3:30pm

An MLK Virtual Racial Justice Teach-in presented by the Campus Collaborative

MLK Racial Justice Campus Collaborative is a group of 2- and 4- year college and university campuses and community partners that seeks to create programming that centers the history and narratives of Portland’s Black community during, and around, Martin Luther King Day, the only national holiday committed to a Black leader. Tickets: Free


  • Showing up for Racial Justice – SURJ. Here is a calendar of upcoming calls, webinars, and other events that are open to the SURJ network.  These involve actions you can take to show up for racial justice. Some are open to the broader public as well. Most require registration. Public calls and events have registration information included.

If you would like to register for SURJ network related events please contact your local chapter point people or e-mail chaptersupport@showup4rj.org.

  • Making racial justice a daily practice by voting with your dollars: Support Black, Brown, and Indigenous entrepreneurs whenever possible. Boycott any business that funds/supports hate, acts of violence, and discrimination.
  • Find one group and commit to supporting them. Volunteer, join their board, follow their campaigns, donate, and spread the word.


  • Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing.
  • Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.
  • The African Youth & Community Organization’s (AYCO) mission is “to settle the past, engage the present, and hope for the future.” AYCO strives to strengthen a sense of cultural identity within immigrant communities while also enhancing capacity toward integration and hope for the future.
  • The Blue Print Foundation aims to eliminate the opportunity gap for Black youth within the Portland Metropolitan Area. This is accomplished by engaging youth in culturally specific experiences that introduce them to, and prepare them for, family sustaining careers in disciplines where black-identified individuals are currently underrepresented.
  • Wisdom of the Elders records, preserves, and shares oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary Native American elders, storytellers, and scientists in collaboration with diverse institutions, agencies and organizations. Our vision: Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of events, actions, learning opportunities, and organizations you can donate to but is just a starting point to jump off from after this event and moving forward.

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