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Western States Center

Mission

Western States Center connects and builds the power of community organizations, and challenges and transforms individuals, organizations and systems to achieve racial, gender and economic justice. We seek a future where everyone can live, love, worship and work free from bigotry and fear.

Bottom Line for Portland

When bigoted hate groups provoke violence on Portland’s streets, we fight back by building movements, developing leaders, shifting culture, and standing up for inclusive democracy. Our efforts led to the unanimous Portland City Council resolution in February condemning white nationalism, white supremacy and alt-right hate groups.

“My fellowship with Western States Center empowered me to take action on my campus—because, like Dolores Huerta says, “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” —Yomaira Tarula

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