Western States Center
Through a prism of race, gender, justice and equity, Western States Center works with communities and organizations to build movements, develop leaders, shift culture, and defend democracy.
Bottom Line for Portland
These times call for nothing less than a 21st century civil rights movement. When white nationalists provoke violence on our streets, we fight back by building movements, developing leaders, shifting culture, and standing up for inclusive democracy. Portland is often considered a testing ground for far-right extremism, and our efforts combating anti-democratic activity at the local, state and regional levels have become a model throughout the nation. Democracy is hard work and we're fighting for it on all fronts.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of Western States Center’s DNA. Our innovative fellowships, cohorts, and networks serve as laboratories for 21st century civil rights movement-building strategies. For example, our Northwest Racial Equity Leaders Project engages two-dozen practitioners working in municipal, tribal and labor settings in Portland and Seattle in (re)centering racial justice as a strategic lens – connecting the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion field to systems transformation, social movements, and societal consciousness.
Through our Inclusive Democracy Culture Lab, we've enlisted artists as agents of change to reach out to their audiences and use their voices to interrupt harmful stereotypes and narratives. Western States Center believes that local governments and institutions are an essential counterbalance to rising authoritarianism and through our rapid response and municipal work, we're supporting communities and democratic institutions to counter white nationalism. Your support helps create a world where everyone can live, love, worship and work free from bigotry and fear. While this moment is challenging, each of us can do something and that’s why Western States Center is here. We can’t do this important work without you.