Oregon: three ways to support frontline communities and a just recovery
May 29, 2020

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Police Violence

The impacts of both climate change and the spread of COVID-19 are felt and borne unjustly by communities of color, folks with lower incomes, and other vulnerable people, including those who are unsafe at home. 

We have been sending these emails about ways to support a Just Recovery to COVID with the goal of connecting you to important work that other communities and organizations are doing to help those most impacted--as the links between the suffering now with the pandemic and the climate impacts are deeply entwined. 

This week, we’d like to turn your attention to Asian American communities impacted by COVID-19, share resources for survivors of sexual violence, and share tools for undoing racism--all needed resources to move towards a clean and just future for all.

While we work for climate resiliency, we also need to help all recover from this pandemic, we need to give our frontline workers and most vulnerable communities all the support they need and support the movement for racial justice.


Support Asian American communities impacted by COVID-19

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is seeking donations for their COVID Relief Fund for community members and families working in Portland’s Jade District.


Donate to programs serving survivors of sexual violence

To work for a safe planet, everyone should be able to be safe around others that they share space with - be it at work or where they live.

People of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds can and do experience sexual violence, and the majority of victims are targeted by someone they already know. The travel and social restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased isolation, which is a vulnerability frequently exploited by abusers. And, research reveals that increasing temperatures and extreme weather events lead to increases in domestic abuse and gender-based violence. Worldwide, programs serving victims of crime have reported a major increase in calls for assistance, and these organizations rely heavily on private donations to keep their doors open.

Find your local advocacy program:

NOTE: If you have experienced sexual violence and are seeking support, use a safe phone to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-4673.


Take anti-racist action in your life

This week has been filled with more tragic headlines about racism in our country, especially surrounding the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer and the racist 911 call against an African American bird-watcher in Central Park. Similar to how rates of COVID-19 are higher with communities of color, African Americans are disproportionately targeted and affected by police violence. We know that in order for society to have a just transition away from fossil fuels and address long-embedded inequities with communities of color being impacted first and worst by pollution, we will have to examine many of the historical wrongs, including deliberate systemic violence to non-white Americans. Start by reading the suggestions in this great article in Teen Vogue.

Best wishes to you, your family and community.

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Author Bio

Jonathan Lee

Oregon Communications and Engagement Manager, Climate Solutions

Jonathan Lee (formerly Gates; pronouns: he/him) has over seven years of experience in nonprofit communications strategy, print and web content creation, public policy advocacy, and promoting equity, diversity and social justice. He believes in making positive change by asking sincere questions, building meaningful relationships, and collaborating equitably toward shared goals.

Jonathan has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies from Willamette University. He spends his free time reading, volunteering, hiking, and listening to jazz music, often with his partner Rachel and their three dogs.

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