We are devastated by the most recent examples of injustice and inequality in Minnesota and across the nation. Natural and social communities are intrinsically connected. The work that we do to educate, engage, and inspire for a better future should be for all people and all communities, and systemic racism is a direct threat to this pursuit. How can we come together to build healthy, sustainable communities for current and future generations while inequity and racial injustice continues to divide and oppress? We have a responsibility to our community to do our part to create a better and more just system rather than one that perpetuates racist structures.

 

As a predominantly white-led organization, we must be active and vocal allies to our local and nationwide communities.The Corvallis Environmental Center is committed to being an antiracist organization and fully supports those demanding reform and justice. As an organization, we are focusing on equity work, including an in-depth equity analysis of every aspect of our organization including programs, partnerships, policies, and training.

 

Here are some things we're learning to do as individuals to support, advocate for, and promote People of Color and those working to address social injustice. We are also working as an organization to identify ways we can institutionalize social justice and equity in our programs and structures. We're trying to make a difference and help to build a better future for everyone. And we're still learning.

 

  • Check this list of things you can do for racial justice. It is being updated regularly as new ideas form and new information comes to light.
     

  • Donate to support racial justice organizations and movements.
     

  • Support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-owned businesses in your community.
     

  • Read, read, read.
     

  • Educate.
     

  • Study.
     

  • Show up and stand with rallies and events supporting positive change.
     

  • Amplify the voices of People of Color through social media by following and sharing. Here are some wonderful instagram accounts by those who are doing work in the outdoor space with justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion to follow:
     

    • -Unlikely Hikers / Jenny Bruso: @unlikelyhikers (based in Portland!)

    • -Teresa Baker: @teresabaker11 (working in National Park access)

    • -Alison Desir: @alisonmdesir (running and activism)

    • -Corina Newsome: @hood_naturalist (started Black Birders Week among lots of other great work)

    • -Kathy Karlo: @inheadlights (has a climbing podcast featuring many diverse voices)

    • -Ambreen Tariq: @brownpeoplecamping

    • -Kareemah Batts: @herhopness (works in adaptive climbing and activism for racial justice)

    • -Grace Anderson: @amaze_me_grace (founder of PGM One, professional guide and activist)

    • -Mirna Valero: @themirnavator (ultramarathoner)

    • -Rue Mapp / Outdoor Afro: @outdoorafro

    • -@indigenouswomenhike

    • -@latinooutdoors

    • -@melaninbasecamp
       

  • Make phone calls and demand action from your representatives.
     

  • Vote.
     

  • Speak up and speak out when you encounter racist acts or words, in any form.
     

  • Please, shine a light on our blind spots. If you feel this organization could be doing something different or better, we invite that feedback.

 

Thanks to the National Farm to School Network for pulling together much of the resources on this list. See their post There is No Food Justice Without Racial Justice for some additional resources and powerful data. (http://www.farmtoschool.org/news-and-articles/there-is-no-food-justice-without-racial-justice)

 

If you are a Person of Color, we see you, we hear you, we support you.

 

The lives of all People of Color who have been lost to violence and racism matter. We will not have a just and equitable future, or a legacy that we are proud to pass on to future generations, unless we take action now.

 

Thank you.

CEC Board and Staff

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Corvallis, OR 97333
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