We are incensed and shocked at the tragic and racist events happening across our country right now. We believe, racism and white supremacy do not belong in our world, so we must take a stand to support our black artists and black lives. Since we live in Portland, Oregon, we start by supporting our local black community. Below is a list of black visual and performing artists as well as other links to support black lives in Portland, Oregon. Our minds and hearts are with you during this difficult time. Let's rally together and support the changes to make this world a better place for black lives.
1- Portland Artist and Activist Isaka Shamsud-Din: https://www.isakashamsuddin.com/
2- Children's Art & Social Activism at Don't Shoot PDX: https://www.dontshootpdx.org/childrens-art-social-justice-council/
3- Portland Artist and Activist Carrie Mae Weems: http://carriemaeweems.net/
4- Artists Connect With Portland Black History: https://www.thefader.com/2016/09/01/portland-black-history
5- Black Artists on Etsy Worth Supporting: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2019/02/28/26056242/eight-black-artists-worth-following-and-supporting-on-etsy
6- The Lineage of Black Artists in Portland: https://oregonhumanities.org/rll/beyond-the-margins/black-mark-black-legend/
7- Portland Artist Arvie Smith Confronts Race with Sardonic Humor: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/arts-and-culture/2017/08/portland-artist-arvie-smith-paints-the-black-experience-in-blazing-color
8- Black Art Matters PDX: https://www.blackartmatterspdx.com/
9- Black Lives Matter PDX: https://blackpdx.com/destination/portland/black-lives-matter-pdx/
10- Zine Made by Black Lives Matter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By7nnVeTFDIbTDZrXzNnR3BUS2c/view
11- The Black Portlander: https://theblackportlanders.com/
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