Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

We are angry, heartbroken and devastated. We cannot fathom the trauma our Black communities are experiencing. We commit to using our platform to speak out against the systemic racism plaguing our nation.

Racism permeates all systems and institutions in our society—including justice. For George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and many others, we must continue the fight for justice.

We lament the harm that Black bodies have endured for far too long in the United States, and believe that this harm diminishes our collective humanity. We stand in solidarity with those demanding and advocating for justice, echoing our friends at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity:

“Sadness, grief and anger are all appropriate emotions. But resolve must be our motivator. Resolve to continue our fight for justice. Resolve to uproot historic, systemic and institutional racism. Resolve to further equity for all.”

We deepen our resolve to uproot the racist systems and institutions in our society. We confirm our commitment to learn from and elevate the calls for action from leaders of local, statewide and national organizations uniting for change.

Here are immediate ways that we all can take action:

Together, let’s resolve to build an Oregon where we all share the opportunity to thrive.

In partnership and solidarity,

Shannon M. Vilhauer, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Oregon