Committee to Connect the Dots focuses on dismantling the prison industrial complex and ending white supremacy. The Committee is anti-capitalist, and functions within a queer and feminist liberation praxis.
Radical Women (RW) is a socialist feminist, grassroots activist organization that provides a radical voice within the feminist movement, a feminist voice within the Left, and trains women to be leaders in the movements for social and economic justice. It has branches in numerous United States cities; and Melbourne, Australia.
The Real Wealth of Portland is comprised of a group of individuals who are planning a series of ongoing community meetings to draw together those people who are already working for, or who are interested in promotion of a local caring economics. A caring economics acknowledges all the market systems that support our lives: those of government, illegal activity, volunteer and community building, the use and care of the natural environment, and most important, households, where caring activities sustain human life.The goal is to make visible what is already occurring in Portland and to support this work by giving a voice to those involved in this campaign and a way for them to meet with others to generate more ideas, projects, and involvement.
The Red and Black, founded in 2000, is a worker-owned cooperative restaurant and community space in Southeast Portland, Oregon. As a non-hierarchical and democratic workplace they are, in their own small way, living the dream of a world without bosses. The Red and Black is a hub of radical activity; they host regular events by a variety of local, national and international social justice activists, authors, filmmakers and others. They always seek new ways to best support our community; a key part of that support is that they maintain a Safer Space — they strive to prioritize the safety and needs of people who are survivors of abuse and oppression, as well as those typically marginalized by the status quo.
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement seeks to promote a culture of civic engagement by connecting and supporting all Portlanders working together and with government to build inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities
Q Patrol is a community-generated group whose mission is to be one part of a larger initiative to promote well-being in the LGBTQ communities, and it is an important, visible, and concrete action to promote community safety. Q Patrol achieves this by organizing foot patrols on key nights and in key areas to dissuade criminal activity.
Rose City Copwatch works to eliminate or radically change police institutions. A primary function of the criminal justice system is to maintain the status quo; we work to promote change that will disrupt this power. We want to reduce police violence, and disrupt the polices ability to enforce race and class lines. We want to shift public consciousness and demonstrate the possibility of social change. In order to achieve this in a real way, we see the necessity of developing our political analysis in and through dialog with communities outside of our membership. We also recognize the importance of building alliances with groups looking to eliminate or radically change other aspects of the criminal justice system. We work to fulfill these responsibilities of communication, dialog, and alliance building in a principled way. All of our work is motivated by a desire to live in a democratic society. In building community power, and shifting power away from the state, we see the potential to positively change the world.”
Portland Copwatch is an outgrowth of the People Overseeing Police Study Group (POPSG), a grassroots group promoting police accountability through citizen action. POPSG was formed as a project of Peace and Justice Works (formerly Portland Peaceworks) in June, 1992. Their goals are:
1) To empower victims of police misconduct to pursue their grievances, with the goal of resolving individual cases and preventing future occurrences.
2) to educate the general public and, in particular, “target groups” of police abuse on their rights and responsibilities.
3) to promote and monitor an effective system for civilian oversight of police.
The League of Women Voters of Portland is a nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed and active participation in government. Membership is open to all, men and women, who are interested in learning how the government operates and have a desire to make a difference.