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September 20, 2017

Portland United Against Hate: Lessons from a Community Led-Initiative and City Partnership to Combat Hate


Workshop Description

Portland is a tale of two cities; one that historically experiences a veil of privilege and protection and another which has a history of being, and continues to be, negatively targeted and selectively excluded by institutional and structural barriers. In 2016-17, hateful acts and crimes towards people of color and faith dramatically rose. In a community initiated partnership, community based organizations, faith based entities, and ONI are building a rapid response system to build capacity, train community and collect and analyze data to protect and support our communities in need in this uncertain era. The development of Portland United Against Hate provides an enlightening learning opportunity on bold, diverse, and intentional collaborations to combat hate.

Session participants will acquire these learning objectives and materials:

  • A shared knowledge of Portland past and recent hate history and its perpetrators.
  • Community engagement and focus groups best practices for communities color.
  • What communities of color are saying they need and want from their community organizations, faith centers, and government jurisdictions.
  • Advocacy; the inside and outside game.
  • What does the data tell us about hate behaviors and hate crimes.
  • What a government jurisdiction can do to support and resource systems of change in a City.
  • Receive a resource list of best practices and ways to combat and disrupt hate.

About the Presenter(s)

Linda Castillo, MS

Linda Castillo is a bilingual, bicultural first generation Latina of Mexican heritage. Her parents are from the Zacatecas and Michoacán. Born and raised in Northern California as the eldest daughter of farm workers, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school, attend college, and complete graduate school with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Her upbringing was filled with experiences of and addressing poverty, violence, sexism, discrimination, social justice, protests in the streets for Chicano civil rights, civic engagement, community organizing, the power of resilience, authentic connection and trust building in communities of color. She is blessed to have a 26-year history working in local government in Clark and Multnomah County, as mental health consultant, program manager and director, and additional years, in nonprofits and in direct service to communities of color and managing, providing technical assistance to diverse teams who work with diverse communities in the Bay Area, Chicago and the Pacific NW. Currently, she works at the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement New Portlander Program whose charge is immigrant and refugee integration and equity in practice.  Last Spring, she was sworn in by Gov. Brown as a Commissioner on the Commission on Hispanic Affairs and serves as Vice Chair.  Currently, she is a board member of the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action and was key in developing the first “Latinx Institute for Public Service” Training for newly elected and appointed public service leaders.

She is a one of the founders of Latino Network, Bienestar de la Famila and other programs. She helped lead the team that developed the Communities of Color Organizational Assessment tool for Cultural Competence and has given input on the Assessing Cultural Responsiveness tool.  She has served on the Board’s of Milagro Theatre, Portland Schools Foundation/All Hands Raised and Latino Network and, for several years, as the President of MANA de Oregon, a Latina organization. Independently, she works as a diversity & equity consultant, facilitator, and mental health cultural specialist. She was in Class 7 of the Portland State Leadership Fellows Program in the Hatfield School of Government and was in Class 1 of the EMERGE Program which prepares women for elected office. As a staff member at Latino Network, she served as program manager for Unid@s Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs. She has served as co-chair, along with Lee Po Cha, of the New Portlander’s Policy Council of the City of Portland, along with a multitude of refugee and immigrant leaders, to improve the lives of our growing and diverse communities.

Originally, from Northern California, she has long ties in Portland, Oregon where she raised twin daughters and survived the life of a ‘soccer mom’.  She enjoys art, music, dance, foreign films, foodie adventures, team sports and relays. Her passion is the convergence of art, equity, and social justice. Her mission and vision is capacitating healthy community, sharing relevant education and opportunities for growth & advocacy, and effective recruitment of grass roots & grass tops leaders to take pivotal & influential roles in the determination of their own futures and that of their representative communities.

Shweta Moorthy, PhD

Shweta is the research director at the Coalition of Communities of Color. She joined the CCC in March 2016 after a three year tenure as faculty at Northern Illinois University where she conducted research on forced migration. Being an immigrant woman of color, Shweta uses a transnational lens to understand and participate in ‘local’ social justice spaces, and brings her expertise in empirical research to those conversations. She earned her Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and her doctorate from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.



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