Barrio Alante (Hood Forward) is a Queer, Trans, and Black-led social movement and political collective fighting for justice and rights from and for the hood. This network of amazing social activists and young politicians from working-class neighborhoods live in the Dominican Republic. The work Barrio Alante does is both personal and important to me as someone of the Dominican Diaspora who is a climate justice organizer. This is a community-led effort with folks working on the ground to make their community better. I am hoping you can help me with spreading the word about Barrio Alante’s work and recruiting funds for their new exciting project.
Barrio Alante’s new program Huertos Barriales (Hood Gardens) is in need of funds to build community gardens and host urban gardening workshops. This project came about to address an issue many working-class neighborhoods in Dominican Republic face; access to healthy and nutritious food. If you are able to, please consider donating via Venmo (saudisauds), Zelle ([email protected]), or Paypal ([email protected]). You can also support their work by subscribing to their Patreon (Barrio Alante).
To learn more about Barrio Alante, visit their Instagram and Twitter pages. You can also learn more about Barrio Alante's organizing by watching this webinar titled, "Environmental Maroonage: 500 Years of Black Feminist Resistance Against Ecocide on the Island of Ayiti/Hispaniola." Paola García, founder of Barrio Alante, discusses the contributions of marginalized social sectors to the economy, culture, and the democracy of the Dominican Republic.
Samantha Hernandez, Oregon PSR Climate Justice Organizer
Oregon PSR supports Initiative Petition 17, a common-sense gun safety measure drafted by Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO). There is a very simple way to sign this petition: go to the website of Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) and sign the petitions from home! All you have to do is print the signature page, sign it twice, print your name and address once, and send it to LEVO. The deadline for petition signatures being delivered to the LEVO office is the evening of next Tuesday, July 5th, so please sign and send today!Read more
We hope that you were able to join us on April 28th for an evening of celebration of the high school student winners of our 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship. The Greenfield Peace Scholarship is an opportunity to hear from young Oregonians on some of the most pressing issues of our time. We sponsor this annual scholarship to encourage Oregon’s youth to consider their leadership role in promoting a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. Named in honor of Del Greenfield, our longtime Executive Director, the scholarship is in its 14th consecutive year in 2022.Read more
Join Oregon PSR online on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 PM for an evening of celebration of the high school student winners of our 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship. The Greenfield Peace Scholarship is an opportunity to hear from young Oregonians on some of the most pressing issues of our time. We sponsor this annual scholarship to encourage Oregon’s youth to consider their leadership role in promoting a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. Named in honor of Del Greenfield, our longtime Executive Director, the scholarship is in its 14th consecutive year in 2022.Read more
Oregon PSR members and our allies have been part of three recent webinars all exploring aspects of why nuclear power is not a climate solution. We invite you to watch these to learn more about the inherent problems with nuclear power.Read more
Oregon’s 2022 short legislative session ended with a number of bills that passed amidst challenging global and local circumstances. With the ongoing pandemic and last summer’s deadly heat waves taking a disproportionate toll on marginalized communities, it was heartening that Oregon’s legislature took action on so many important issues.Read more
Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) is a coalition of faith-based communities: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and other people of goodwill. This grassroots organization, run primarily by volunteers, is advocating for safer schools, houses of worship, and communities.
As the Oregon legislature engages in a short session, Oregon PSR is once again weighing in on bills that affect the health of Oregonians. One silver lining of another session of remote testimony is that it’s easier to testify from the comfort of home rather than driving to Salem to be heard. Continue reading to see what bills we have been supporting during this legislative session and how you can make an impact.Read more
Oregon PSR recently received the following request for training medical professionals in asylum evaluations from Aryan Sarparast, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University:
"There are currently approximately 60+ Afghans resettled in Oregon, and that number is expected to rise in the coming months. We estimate 300 by September 2022, and 1,200 or more by the end of 2022.Read more
Racism is a public health crisis. Last year, the Oregon legislature declared it to be so by passing House Resolution 6. But we need more than declarations in a crisis – we need action. That’s why during this legislative session Oregon PSR is supporting House Bill 4052, the Racism is a Public Health Crisis Bill, which takes steps to address the health disparities in our state that stem from the long history and current realities of systemic racism. The bill is moving through the Joint Ways and Means committee this week and expected to reach the House and Senate floors for a vote soon.Read more