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"Every breath a Black trans woman takes Is an act of revolution." - Lourdes Ashley Hunter
Black & Beyond the Binary Collective is dedicated to the healing, liberation, and safety of Black - African transgender, queer, nonbinary, and intersex (TQNI+) Oregonians.
As an organization, we are uniquely positioned in Oregon as one of the few organizations specializing in Black trans work, led by Black trans people. The Umoja youth have been actively creating no-cop zones around community safety long before anyone shared a defund hashtag.
Each staff person is crucial to the development of our strategy and uniquely qualified to deliver our services to the broader community. Our staff has a variety of connections to local and national trainers, writers, healers, artists, artists, musicians, policymakers, and many others who fight for an end to punishment-based responses to harm. Our success is grounded in the power we can build from our deep community connections, relationships, and member base.
This funding would help us enhance the work we have already been doing for years and increase our capacity to offer culturally specific, accessible programming. This funding will help us continue to decolonize our hearts, our communities while also helping to maintain the resources we provide to the Black trans community in Portland Metro.