Organizers of the #FamiliesBelongTogether campaign are mobilizing communities into action on June 30 to reunite kids who were cruelly separated from their parents and to end the indefinite detention of families.
Note From Emily
There are few things that fill my heart as much as Pride in Oregon -- when my beloved home state celebrates the love, families, and human rights of LGBTQ folks for an entire month. My joy this month is also paired with a deep heaviness, because, for me, celebrating love, families, and human rights at this moment means also holding space for those experiencing the atrocities of family separation and detention at the border.
Rather than going on at length, I'd like to invite you to join me in two ways:
1. ACKNOWLEDGING that though these actions do not represent the aspirational ideals of our country, we must own that intentional, race-based separation of families has been a part of the American legacy for centuries. From slavery, to Native American boarding schools, to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, to the foster care system and mass incarceration, this unconscionable practice has long been a part of the racist toolbox of U.S. public policy.
2. TAKING ACTION by donating, calling elected officials, signing petitions, protesting, and volunteering. In this month's "Make A Difference" section we've gathered a set of resources to help get you started. This is a moment to take any action you can, no matter how small.
With compassion and solidarity,
Emily Evans, Executive Director
Stat of the Month
One in 10 Oregon residents is an immigrant, and about one in eight has at least one immigrant parent.
Two organizations, Henderson House and Jackson County SART, recently received $5,000 each from the Immediate Impact Fund.
Henderson House serves women, teens, and girls in Yamhill County living with, or facing, interpersonal violence. Their mission is to provide culturally aware outreach, education, and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence through leadership, hope, and respect for thriving families. They will utilize the grant from the Women's Foundation to bring their confidential shelter's sprinkler systems up to code and thereby avoid the shutdown of this critical community resource.
Jackson County SART, located in Ashland, works to ensure an effective, collaborative response to sexual assault. Their work prioritizes victims’ needs, reduces the traumatic after-effects, helps bring more offenders to justice, and prevents sexual violence through community engagement and change. Jackson County SART's grant from the Women's Foundation will help start a survivors' support group for middle school and high school age youth in response to a growing community demand for such a group before the end of the school year.
Name: Pooja Bhatt Age: 35 Occupation: Policy Advisor Member of the Women’s Foundation since … ?2014, I think! Gender pronouns: she/her/hers
Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation? There are few organizations in the state that are focused specifically on concrete ways to resource the needs and leverage the assets of women. Focusing resources on people who identify as women around the state is an important way that we can begin to change structures and systems, with the goal that our culture views women just as much as an asset as men. Feminism.
What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? Anywhere on or even in view of Wy'east (Mt. Hood). But really, the most favorite is snowboarding on her on a clear day, with views of the valley all around.
What quality do you most admire in others? The ability to make people feel seen and heard.
Which talent would you most like to have? To communicate well in any language with any person and any animal.
What’s the best place to eat in our great state? An Indian restaurant called Maruti in Portland.
Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire? I don't have just one. I deeply admire any woman who creates community with other women by sharing their stories and creating space for connections. This includes some of my favorite writers, singers, and storytellers, but also everyday women that I am honored to call my own community.
What’s your most treasured possession? My headphones, because they allow me to travel with and through music.
What makes you laugh uncontrollably? Silly panda videos, bad puns, I Love Lucy, and shenanigans with my girlfriends.
Come out to Providence Park to celebrate Pride Month and show your support for the 2017 NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC and the LGBTQ community in the Pacific Northwest.
Jun 27 (5pm): We/Us/Ours: A Trans/Gender Diverse Happy Hour, Eugene Come hang out, meet new people, connect with old friends, and help us build a better sense of community in Eugene. The HIV Alliance will be there providing FREE needle exchange. No cover, all ages, and all identities welcome (that includes allies too!).
Jul 15 (6-9pm): Dolores Screening, Downtown Hillsboro Join Centro Cultural and Bag&Baggage Productions for a screening of Dolores, a documentary chronicling the life and impact of farmworker rights advocate Dolores Huerta, in celebration of Farmworker Awareness Week. Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucked 1950s gender conventions to co-found the country's first farmworkers union.
Jul 18 (5:30-8:30pm): Wonderful Women Wednesday, Pine Tavern Restaurant, Bend Join NOW for Wonderful Women Wednesday for a no-host happy hour at the Pine Tavern and get to know NOW members and others in the community interested in women's causes.
Jul 21-22: Salem Art Fair & Festival, Salem Just blocks from downtown Salem you’ll find more than 200 artists, live music, theatre and dance, two craft beer and wine gardens, more than 20 food booths, art activities for the whole family, a plant sale, and much more.
Jul 21 & Aug 11:Beaverton Night Market, Beaverton The Beaverton Night Market exists to create a free, vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally. The Market offers a culturally-relevant evening activity and gathering space with food and crafts for families of all.
Aug 4 (11am-5pm): 2018 Capitol Pride Festival, Salem Mark your calendar and visit the Riverfront Park for Live Music & Entertainment, Vendor & Sponsor Booths, Food, beverages and much more!!
Huffington Post: The Supreme Court Is Helping Companies Get Away With Sexual Harassment According to a new Supreme Court ruling, companies can now require workers to sign away their right to file class-action lawsuits against the employer. This can be particularly problematic for women who face systemic sexual discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
Support women, girls, and femmes in Oregon. Suggested membership for the Women’s Foundation of Oregon starts at just $10 a month or $120 a year. Or contribute an amount that is meaningful to you. Our Give What You Can Membership is recommended for those who believe in our vision, but for whom membership would otherwise be a barrier.
If you become a member, renew, or give a gift by June 30th, your gift will be doubled, thanks to a generous match from Wells Fargo. And, you'll be entered into a drawing to join the Foundation team and other members for a VIP Experience at the July 15th Portland Thorns game from atop the Daimler Deck!
Won't you join our growing community and strengthen our collective force for gender equity in Oregon?