Basic Rights Oregon, Western States Center and Oregon United for Marriage invited leaders of organizations that work in communities of color to convene Communities of Color United for Marriage.
Twenty two participants representing eighteen organizations across the state gathered to launch Communities of Color United for Marriage (CC4M) recently. The launch of this group will ensure that communities of color are represented and engaged in the Oregon United for Marriage campaign to win the freedom to marry in Oregon next November.
“Winning the freedom to marry in Oregon will take all of us,” said Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director Basic Rights Oregon and Governing Chair of the Executive Committee for Oregon United for Marriage. “We are fortunate to have such strong partnerships with organizations that are ready to lead in their communities and who understand the unique impacts for LGBT people of color who are excluded from marriage. Together, we are powerful!”
Representatives included participants from: Basic Rights Oregon, Western States Center, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Urban League, Portland African American Leadership Forum, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, Coalition of Communities of Color, Mano a Mano, Portland Latino Gay Pride, NAACP Eugene, HRC La Familia, Latino Network, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Native American Youth and Family Center, API Pride, CAUSA, and Portland Two Spirit Society.
CC4M will meet monthly to discuss ways for further involvement in supporting the campaign, and receive updates to share with their broader communities.
For more information and to join, contact: Emily@ORUnited.org