For over 20 years, Unite Oregon has been working to eliminate systemic inequities and fight for a just and equitable society for immigrants, refugees, people of color, and rural communities across Oregon. Led by immigrants, refugees, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Unite Oregon is the only intercultural movement-building nonprofit in Oregon with four chapters in northern/southern Oregon serving 70,000+ members/supporters and organizing communities across the urban-rural divide.
Bottom Line for Portland
Unite Oregon works across six key pillars to advance immigrant, refugee, and BIPOC communities in Portland - Climate Justice, Equitable Economic Development, Housing Justice, Health Equity, Education Equity, and Reimagining Community Safety. From our small business incubator program launching 40 new immigrant, refugee, BIPOC small businesses in East Portland, to our new immigrant and refugee-led community gardens in Knott Park, Unite Oregon delivers powerful leadership development programs to train over 100 immigrant, refugee, and emerging leaders of color a year to tackle the issues that most affect their lives - from climate change to affordable housing. In 2023, we plan to launch bold, new projects to advance immigrant, refugee, and BIPOC people in Portland, including converting our headquarters into a Climate Resilience Innovation Center, providing not only an emergency cooling and heating center with emergency supplies, but also offering wraparound services and resource navigation, a childcare center, and workforce development hub.
"I was a part of the Leadership Council and a graduate of the RIPPLE (Refugee, Immigrant, People of Color Political Leadership and Education) program and BOLD (Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development) program, and really liked the philosophy of the leadership programs, where we are developing immigrant, refugee and BIPOC individuals to represent our voices and to grow our representation. Something that I really loved is that the leadership programs are just the beginning and there are many opportunities and all these other doors that open up - committees, commissions, and more and I love how encouraging people are at Unite Oregon to the possibility of leadership, to make sure that we really fly and do more with the skills we are learning.” - Jazmin Miranda, current Unite Oregon Organizer, former member/graduate
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our by-laws require that our board, staff, and membership be at least 50% immigrant, refugee, or people of color - our director team is 100% Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrant and refugee and our staff is 80% immigrant, refugee, and BIPOC; collectively, we speak 12 languages. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the center of our mission to advance immigrants, refugees, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color throughout Oregon.
Scottie's Pizza Parlor: The first 25 donors who give $25 or more will receive a $10 gift card to Scottie’s Pizza Parlor.
The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center: 3 classes each for the first 15 donors over $100
Scottie's Pizza Parlor: Scottie's Pizza Parlor serves simple, well-crafted, delicious pizza as 18" round and 16" square pies to the SE Portland area.
The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center: The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center offers yoga and embodiment practices and education for personal and collective liberation. You can learn more about our offerings at thebymc.com.