The State of Black Oregon is a report that the Urban League of Portland releases every five years. It includes data and research as well as essays from experts around the state and country in health, housing, economic development, the criminal justice system, child welfare, and other areas. It also includes a number of case studies. This report is about highlighting the experience of Black Oregonians and putting forth policy solutions based on culturally-specific, evidence-based best practice.
The 2009 report did not include some communities of Oregon’s Black population, including Black Immigrant and Refugee communities. This was in part due to the lack of sufficient data and research. Our next State of Black Oregon report seeks to remedy this. We have held community meetings across the state in an effort to learn the issues facing these communities and to begin to unite all of Black Oregon. The next State of Black Oregon will lift up the experience of Black Immigrant and Refugee communities and tell a story integral to the larger Black Oregonians experience. In addition to focus groups, case studies, photography, and additional research, we are also conducting a community survey. This survey is a next step in sharing the experience, assets and challenges of all of Black Oregon.
If you identify as a Black Immigrant or Refugee, we hope you will take a few minutes to complete this survey. Please share with your extended networks as well. The deadline had been extended through September.