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Equity Resources

Achieving equity requires that we learn about ourselves and from one another as we work toward a world where each person can fully participate and prosper. This page shares resources that have supported us in centering equity and social justice, both as individuals and as an organization.

Our commitment to equity and racial justice

At Oregon Food Bank, we hold people experiencing hunger and food insecurity in Oregon and Southwest Washington at the center of our actions and decisions. We envision a community where each person can fully participate, prosper and have reliable access to food that is in keeping with their culture. This work is driven by strong community-centered partnerships, organizing, advocacy and food distribution.

We know that the root causes of hunger are systemic injustices — including the intersectionalities of racism, classism, sexism and more — which create and perpetuate the conditions that sustain hunger and poverty. Understanding this, we commit to center those who most disproportionately experience hunger across our service area — Black, Indigenous and all People of Color, immigrants and refugees, trans and gender-nonconforming individuals, and single mothers and caregivers — in ways that honor and value each other and our lived experiences.

We resolve to be led by our communities — those with lived experience of systemic oppression and food insecurity — in a shared effort to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We will respond to racism and other inequities, both in our own work and in society-at-large. We will confront poverty and oppression through solutions that honor our shared humanity and respond to the diversity of community strengths and needs…because no one should be hungry. And we will hold ourselves, our partners and our elected leaders accountable to the equity and racial justice priorities of our communities — and to the preservation of our interconnected health, dignity and well-being. Because no one should be hungry.

Inspiration for your equity journey

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Background to inform your work

These resources explore the systems, beliefs and institutions that create and perpetuate poverty and hunger. They also provide inspiration for shaping a fair and just future for all.

Glossary of equity terms

Books

Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad
Tools to understand systemic racism and how to stop upholding white supremacy

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, 3rd ed, by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
An introduction to critical race theory (CRT), which is both a body of knowledge and practice that provides critical analysis of the ingrained nature of racism within U.S. systems

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The often untold history of the United States from the perspective of Indigenous people

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, by Khaled A. Beydoun
How U.S. legislation, violent state rhetoric and policy fuel Islamophobia in the United States

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
How factors such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality impact our biases

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
A look at some of the major issues regarding racism in contemporary America, with advice on how to engage with these issues for further unlearning

The Story of PCUN and the Farmworker Movement in Oregon, by Lynn Stephen
The story of the genesis of Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), which began as a union for Oregon farmworkers and continues to fiercely advocate and empower farmworkers and Latinx families

We Will Not Cancel Us, by Adrienne Maree Brown
A great introduction to understanding transformative justice and the issue our movements and communities face in regards to cancel culture, and provides potential ways we can move our relationships forward through principles of love and accountability

Articles

"White Supremacy Culture," by Tema Okun
A foundational tool that provides language to help identify toxic behaviors rooted in white supremacy, equipping us to identify these characteristics within ourselves and communities to further our decolonization journeys

"An Illustrated Timeline of Oregon’s Black History: 1788 to 2012"
A glimpse of important figures, events and stories of resilience and resistance of Black communities in Oregon from 1788 to 2012, created by volunteers and students of Portland Community College’s Southeast Multicultural Center

"An Illustrated Timeline of Oregon’s Asian-Pacific-Islanders’ History: 1804-2015"

A glimpse of important figures, events and stories of resilience and resistance of Asian communities in Oregon from 1804 to 2015, created by the volunteers and students of Portland Community College’s PCC’s Southeast Multicultural Center

"An Illustrated Timeline of United States’ Whiteness History"
A look at the social construction of whiteness that highlights the impacts of white supremacy on today’s U.S. society and people, created by the volunteers and students of Portland Community College's Southeast Multicultural Center

Film and other media

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity from World-trust.org

“Designed for dialogue, this film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments, and build skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.” (World Trust)

Race: The Power of an Illusion from California Newsreel
An award-winning docu-series challenging the belief that race is innate to biology while exploring the real implications and consequences of race as a social construct and its impacts

13th directed by Ava DuVernay
Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of Black people in America and the U.S. prison boom

The Mask You Live In from The Representation Project

“Following Follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.” (The Representation Project)

"The Urgency of Intersectionality," TED talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw

An exploration of “intersectionality”—the experience of existing between paths of multiple forms of oppression and exclusion—that calls on viewers to commit to creating a just future where women of color, and particularly Black women, are safe and supported and can thrive

Nap Ministry
An organization that examines the liberating power of naps and reveals how tapping into rest and nourishment is an act of resistance

Resources to guide your equity practice

These resources offer strategies and transformative practices you can apply to center equity and justice.

Books

How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
A memoir that challenges readers to think about how we can work to build an antiracist society

Emergent Strategy, by Adrienne Maree Brown
"A book of radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live." (AK Press)

Articles

"Detour Spotting for White Antiracists," by Jona Olsson

An examination of the re-conditioning process for white people on their antiracist journey, bringing attention to common habits that can hinder the process


Virtual training hubs

AORTA

Race Forward

YWCA of Greater Portland

From Self to Systems

World Trust: Social Impact through Film and Dialogue

Leaders in equity efforts

New Theory Consulting, Jamila Dozier (She/They) and Ruby Joy White (Prince/They/She)
At New Theory Consulting we believe that everyone deserves equitable access to housing, food, education, and generational wealth. We work with corporations, community-based organizations, education institutions, and many more!

Amara H. Perez
I have 25 years of experience using popular education, critical theories and participatory action research in community organizing and education equity, as well as institutional planning and campus design.

Hanif Fazal

Frewine Kiros

Community-based organizations

Causa

PCUN

CAPACES Leadership Institute

APANO

NAYA

NARA

IRCO

Latino Network

Mudbone Grown

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