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Power Hour is an intentional space for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people (2BI) to build community and heal from the impacts of racism. This is a 2 hour event dedicated to helping create a future Oregon that’s a vastly different depiction than our past. This event is brought to you by local racial justice nonprofit, Brown Hope.In order to practice physical distancing, we’ve transformed Power Hour into a completely virtual space for our attendees. The idea is simple:Show up! Black, Brown, and Indigenous Portlanders, this event is specifically for you. (includes residents of Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.)Be nourished! This is your space to meet 2BI Portlanders and talk about what matters to you.Get thirty-five! Receive $35 in cash in the spirit of reparations for the work you're doing to build a beautiful new vision of our local community.Build power! Every Power Hour will feature a 45 minute discussion about a local and relevant policy topic for us to collectively weigh in on.This event is for White people, too. (But you can’t have access to the conference line! Instructions are below). White people can show up and support by DONATING. Instead of attending the event, your presence will be felt through the spirit of reparations–– active financial support for healing, leadership, and community building within Portland’s Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.$35 will support the participation of one community member, and you are strongly encouraged to donate for more than one participant. Monthly donations are very much needed to sustain the Power Hours and all of Brown Hope’s programs. You can make a one-time donation or recurring contributions here: Brown Hope:MissionWe lead community-grounded initiatives to make justice a lived experience for black, brown, and indigenous people in Oregon. Brown Hope’s four programs are: the Black Resilience Fund, an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders; Equity & Beyond, a multi-week, dynamic learning experience that leverages a cohort model for participants to challenge themselves and build power as organizers for justice addressing racial inequality; Blackstreet Bakery, a vegan pop-up bakery honoring North and Northeast Portland as a historic home for Black Portlanders by creating economic opportunities for Black people in plant-based baking; and Power Hour.Why Reparations?When people think about reparations, they immediately think about people who've been dead for 100 years.- Ta-Nehisi CoatesBlack, Brown, and Indigenous communities have survived several psychological, sociological, and material shockwaves of historical injustice. Reparations would provide an immediate transfer of power and capital to address the ongoing systemic injustices in our communities. In 2016, the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its case in support of reparations. "In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent," the report stated. "Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching."Even with the recognition of historic harms based on reparations, U.S. political support for reparations is extremely lacked. In PBS article titled “Millennials may eventually shift public opinion on slavery reparations,” the agency released Marist Poll which stated: 68 percent of Americans say that reparations should not be paid to descendants of slaves, according to the poll. Among the races polled, 81 percent of white Americans said no to reparations for slave descendants, the highest number among all races. However, support among Millennials is around 40%, showing increased support over time.Every year since 1989, the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act has been submitted to the US Congress, which calls for comprehensive research into the nature and financial impact of African enslavement as well as the ills inflicted on black people during the Jim Crow era. Every year, the bill fails.

Event Dates
  • November 23, 2020 9:00 PM - 4:00 AM Ended
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