Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, Unite Oregon works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
Unite Oregon represents the merger of two strong organizations – Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and Oregon Action (OA) – who together have decades of experience organizing immigrants, refugees, people of color, and low-income Oregonians to address racial and economic disparities and improve quality of life in our state.
Over the years, we have found that state’s population of largely urban and suburban immigrants, refugees, and people of color have a great deal in common with low-income rural communities—a growing economic inequality and lack of access to opportunity. However, urban models of community organizing do not easily translate to rural communities, and deep differences in language, culture, and world-view exist, keeping potential allies from working together for solutions. Having collaborated for over ten years, Center for Intercultural Organizing and Oregon Action decided to join forces to stem and reverse this tide, and act in concert on issues of joint concern.
Unite Oregon, Multnomah County is an independent chapter of this powerful statewide nonprofit.
In 2017, Unite Oregon, Multnomah County is digging in on the issues that our members have prioritized for us, including reducing disparities in public education, raising wages for workers; continuing racial justice work like ending police profiling; fighting for justice and dignity for immigrants and refugees; and addressing the affordable housing crisis.
Other issues we work on include planning and land use issues, transportation access and affordability, economic justice for working women, environmental justice, and civic engagement. All of our work is approached through a racial justice lens and with a focus on developing the leaders of tomorrow as we build a powerful movement for change.
Throughout all of our campaigns and issue work, we are continuing our focus on developing new organizers and community leaders. as well as continuing to take a visible leadership role in the community as an organization.