Member Login Donate to ALF
    Events | Video | Calendar

Upcoming Events

March 3, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
March 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ALF Oregon LGBTQ+ Social Hour Now the First Fridays of Each Month, 12noon - 1pm via Zoom Join with other self-identified LGBTQ+ ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows as we look forward at how we are making an impact on the lives of LGBTQ+
March 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
BIPOC Fellows and Senior Fellows Virtual Check In (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Wednesday, March 10th, 5-6pm We invite Fellows and Senior Fellows that identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color to join our BIPOC
March 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
White Leaders for Racial Justice If you are interested in engaging with racial justice, anti-racism, and allyship/ accomplice-ship work directly and categorize yourself as white, join us in these monthly conversations. 4th Tuesday
April 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ALF Oregon LGBTQ+ Social Hour Now the First Fridays of Each Month, 12noon - 1pm via Zoom Join with other self-identified LGBTQ+ ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows as we look forward at how we are making an impact on the lives of LGBTQ+

fa-calendar Events Calendar

Racial Justice Statement & Resources


The world and our hearts are heavy after watching the videos of George Floyd, a Black man and father of five, die at the hands of e a White Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020.  The death of Mr. Floyd, along with Breonna TaylorTony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and the many thousands before them, has generated a yearning to better understand the breadth and depth of racism in America and what actions one person  can take.  We also want to honor the pain that People of Color have endured and are enduring now. 
ALF Oregon has provided this list of articles, books, podcasts and other lists to learn more and to understand what you can do to advance equity and safety in your community and in Oregon. The list begins with resources for People of Color, ways to find support and hear from others putting to words what you have gone through and are going through now. 
If you have suggestions for additional resources or articles, please email
Resources and Readings For People of Color 
Culturally Specific Resources in Multnomah County  (Behavioral Health resources begin in the middle of the page) 
Resources to Better Understand the Breadth and Depth of Racism in America. 
Books  -  All were read and suggested by Senior Fellows.  (links are to Powell's books but find wherever you purchase books) 
Waking up White by Debbie Irving 
Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel 
Stamped From the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo
Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple
Programs and Workshops
Video Presentations and Documentaries
Daily Readings Broken Down By Time Each Day
An Even Longer List of Resources... 
Get Comfortable 
As you read these articles, dialogue with friends and family to get comfortable with talking about racism, white privilege, and white supremacy. Find someone whom you can discuss these articles. 
For those in power in your community, you could: 
• conduct regular reviews to determine if indiscriminate racial profiling is taking place in local organizations and in particular with law enforcement agencies.
• make it easier for community residents to report police misconduct.
• create civilian review boards with independent power to discipline officers or recommend discipline for officers that will actually be enforced.
• demand that state legislators facilitate legislation to make it easier to prosecute police misconduct in Oregon Note: If you don't already know, click here to find your own legislators.  
• make police officers pay damages for police brutality out of their own pockets.

• implement mandatory training for court officers to recognize and reduce jury bias against defendants and plaintiffs who may be a member of a marginalized group or formerly incarcerated.
• examine whether abusive police practices are allowed in law enforcement agencies, such as police choke holds.
• talk to other leaders about advancing racial equity in your community. 
The President's Order to Restrict Anti-Racism Trainings
President Trump directed a crack down on federal agencies' anti-racism training sessions. As ALF Oregon's mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve the common good and enhance leadership by building on the strengths of diversity and by promoting collaborative problem solving within and among communities, we sought articles explaining this value of antiracism training. Please see below. 

How Should Educators Respond to Trump Administration Attack on Anti-Racist Training?

We welcome your thoughts and additional resources. Contact Lisa Watson, Executive Director, at or Kelley Whitmore, Program Manager, at

American Leadership Forum - Oregon
Copyright © 2012 American Leadership Forum - Oregon
Address: 221 NW Second Avenue, Suite 306 • Portland • Oregon • 97209 • Tel: (503) 636-2288 | Email: