To live, love, worship, and work free from bigotry and fear
â€œI've learned that the fight against white nationalism begins with well-organized communities.â€? - Rheuben Bundy, Campus Defending Democracy Fellow
2018 - 2019
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2018 â€“ 2019 WSC BY THE NUMBERS
Sign-ons to anti-hate actions
Fellows in first cohorts creating new approaches to gender justice, inclusive democracy, and countering antisemitism
Municipal resolutions condemning white nationalist activity
Requests for Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit, from 8 countries
100+ Presentations and workshops reaching 14,000 people
18 Rapid response campaigns in 9 states and the U.S. Capitol
Data counts 1/1/18 - 6/7/19
Oregon voters rejecting cuts to reproductive health care and attacks on abortion access, defending landmark Reproductive Health Equity Act
Mentions of Western States Center by news media
A MESSAGE FROM WESTERN STATES CENTER
BOARD & STAFF
STAFF ERIC K. WARD
With your generosity and partnership, Western States Center has entered our fourth decade of work invigorated and strategically positioned to meet the challenges of this critical political and cultural moment. We work simultaneously on two fronts: challenging the terrain upon which white nationalists are building their movements, while strengthening our own movements to withstand this attack. In this report, you’ll read about the movement-building organizing and leadership development that have been our hallmark for over 30 years, now intensified with rapid-response capability. And you’ll learn more about our commitment to shape cultural narrative and build power
through a focus on the values that help us think about the inclusive democracy we need and our responsibilities to each other. It was the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States that led an earlier movement that said “Not in our town” to neo-Nazis. Now, with your support, the Western States region is once again having a national – even international – impact.
Deputy Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives
Deputy Director of Operations
Director of Development
LINDSAY SCHUBINER Momentum Program Director
Digital & Communications Manager
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
BOARD SCOTT WINN
We can’t continue the vital work of building movements, developing leaders, shifting culture, and defending democracy without you.
With deep thanks for your ongoing commitment to this work, we hope you enjoy reading what we’ve accomplished together over the past eighteen months.
Chair, Seattle, Washington Treasurer, Seattle, Washington Secretary, Portland, Oregon
Madison, Wisconsin Las Vegas, Nevada Board Emeritus, Portland, Oregon
Board Emeritus, Silverdale, Washington
BUILDING MOVEMENT FOR 32 YEARS, WESTERN STATES CENTER HAS STRENGTHENED THE ORGANIZING CAPACITY OF MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES TO BUILD POWER, WIN CRITICAL POLICY VICTORIES, AND RESPOND STRATEGICALLY TO THREATS TO INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY.
SPOTLIGHT: LEADERS OF COLOR BUILD A MOVEMENT FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
For eight years our gender justice program, We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity), supported leaders and organizations of color in Oregon to become public champions for reproductive justice by deepening alliances across communities, issues, and movements. That work culminated in a landmark victory, securing reproductive
“BRAVE identified the key ingredients of successful multiracial campaigns, now shaping the work in other states. The leadership cultivated in BRAVE contributed to the passage of the Reproductive Health Equity Act and the decisive defeat of an anti-abortion ballot measure in Oregon. BRAVE is the kind of deep leadership development we want to see in reproductive justice movements all over the country.”
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health care for all Oregonians, regardless of gender identity, immigration status, or income.
And when a ballot measure threatened to roll back the Reproductive Health Equity Act with a backdoor ban on abortion, we helped lead the victorious campaign to
SPOTLIGHT: INDIGENIZING LOVE: A TOOLKIT FOR NATIVE YOUTH TO BUILD INCLUSION As allied members of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), we are taking early steps to deepen our understanding of tribal sovereignty and the relationship of our work to tribal governments. Our Indigenizing Love: A Toolkit for Native Youth to Build Inclusion is the latest resource emerging from our partnership with ATNI, Native Youth
We’re taking the movement-building lessons of BRAVE on the road with BRAVE 2.0, engaging reproductive and gender justice leaders across the region to explore new campaigns at the intersection of misogyny and white nationalism.
Our Reproductive Justice Fellows promoted that hard-won access through a culturally-appropriate social media campaign, involving more than 90 organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities. We continued intensive work with Latinx groups in Oregon’s capital city to build their capacity to strengthen access to reproductive healthcare.
defend it, amplifying the voices of three generations of Latinx leadership through bilingual media buys and canvasses led by people of color.
Leadership Alliance, and the Center for Native American Youth. The toolkit supports Native youth in initiating discussions with Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ peers, developing advocacy actions to promote inclusive community spaces, and implementing other youth-led policy recommendations.
And we’re convening racial equity thought leaders and organizers from key institutions to shape new tools and training principles to advance racial justice practice, building from the foundation of our historic Research and Action for Change and Equity (RACE) program.
DEVELOPING LEADERS BUILDING OFF 30 YEARS OF TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP SERVING COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, LABOR UNIONS, AND TRIBAL AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS, WE’RE NOW INTEGRATING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WITH PROGRAM WORK THROUGH FELLOWSHIPS AND A NEW TRANSNATIONAL COHORT. SPOTLIGHT: LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM MAKES TRANSNATIONAL CONNECTIONS
The rise of white nationalism in the U.S. and Europe is fueled by an alarming increase in antisemitism. Regrettably, a full understanding of antisemitism and how it functions is lacking in pro-democracy movements and civil-society organizations. Developing leaders who can close the space for antisemitism in American society makes white nationalist movements more vulnera-
ble and puts democratic institutions in a better position to protect gender and racial equity and – ultimately – to return to the work of expanding civil society and the gains that social movements have made. Recognizing that the rise of antisemitism and white nationalism across the globe calls for a transnational dialogue, we created a cohort of leaders from Germany, Hungary,
Israel, Poland, and the United States. In the first sessions held in Washington, D.C. and Poland, many noted they “had never been in a room like this before.” Through case studies, site visits, and pilot projects, the cohort is building a stronger shared understanding of the role of antisemitism in advancing white supremacy and white nationalism.
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SPOTLIGHT: DEFENDING DEMOCRACY FELLOW DELIVERS BIG RESULTS IN SPOKANE
officials. These actions helped build a network that could act swiftly when an elected official with a history of inciting violence offered to help far-right extremists
plot harm to his constituents. With her new contacts and confidence, Kate kicked off a statewide call for legislative censure of Rep. Shea.
“This is the first time I've thought of myself as a leader. With the mentorship and support of Western States Center, I've been able to meaningfully shift the discussion of white nationalism in the Spokane area.”
Over the last decade 4,000 people from 800 organizations have attended our biennial social justice training conference, AMP: Activists Mobilizing for Power. Our 2019 theme Democracy Under Siege will feature tracks on countering white nationalism, defending democracy,
~ KATE BITZ, ONE OF SIX DEFENDING DEMOCRACY FELLOWS, 2018 -19
racial and gender equity, skill-building, and arts & culture shift. The event is September 6-8 at the Spokane Convention Center. And stay tuned for the next generation of our Leadership Initiative to Combat Antisemitism and 7 Defending Democracy Fellows.
For Spokane resident Kate Bitz, the rise of white nationalism wasn’t an abstract issue. But until becoming a Defending Democracy Fellow, she didn’t have institutional support to do more about it. Calling out local GOP officials’ support of white nationalist leader James Allsup resulted in national news coverage, resignation of the officials, and media recognition of Allsup as a white nationalist. When far-right paramilitary groups pressured Spokane law enforcement to refuse to enforce a democratically-passed statewide gun control initiative, Kate organized community groups and elected
SHIFTING CULTURE THROUGH RESEARCH, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORK WITH THE MEDIA, WE’RE HELPING TO REBUILD A CULTURAL NARRATIVE THAT CENTERS PLURALISM. WE’VE MOVED REPORTERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND COMMUNITY, RELIGIOUS, AND PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS TO SEEING AND ARTICULATING THE BROADER CONTEXT OF THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY.
SPOTLIGHT: CONFRONTING WHITE NATIONALISM IN SCHOOLS, A TOOLKIT
With white nationalists targeting middleand high-school students for recruitment, we partnered with educators to produce a comprehensive toolkit that places this threat in the broader context of inclusive democracy. Available for free from our website, this innovative resource has been cited by The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, and local media outlets.
By the end of June, 2019 over 1,400 students, parents, educators, administrators, and community members from nearly every state and eight countries had requested the Toolkit.
See page 23 to order your copy, and for information on other toolkits designed to shift the narrative through organizing and action.
“Confronting White Nationalism in Schools is the tool I’ve been looking for - a valuable resource to help convey the seriousness of this situation.Thank goodness for this practical, effective guide! ~ Petra Hoy, Spokane Valley parent, member of Families Against Bigotry
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SPOTLIGHT: VOTE AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM, AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA The week after the deadliest anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history, we published a letter signed by 150 progressive leaders in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
From “Vote Against Antisemitism” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 11/1/18
“Antisemitism today is not always as overt as the Tree of Life Congregation shooter’s social media posts, but it is rampant, and it has been embraced by President Donald Trump and others with influential positions in our country... [It] is not only the Jewish community that is at risk from unchecked antisemitism, but also other communities that white nationalists target... The Pittsburgh shooter’s social media posts indicate he was motivated by hateful anti-refugee rhetoric often
promoted by fear-mongering elected officials... Any candidate’s notion of a path to victory on November 6th that rests on white nationalist anti-Semitic hate must become a strategy they will come to regret.”
“I cannot put into words the impact that you have had in our region. I could literally hear people having ‘ah ha!’ moments as they digested what you had to say about how antisemitism fuels other forms of hatred. Our Jewish community is truly indebted to you for helping us educate on this important topic.” ~ JEWISH FEDERATION OF CINCINNATI
WATCH FOR In the coming months, watch for a media symposium on white nationalism and an important new documentary on contemporary antisemitism for which we served on the editorial advisory board. Stay tuned for creative
initiatives influenced by the Pop Culture Collaborative and other platforms to shift the narrative and use culture to build power in non-traditional social change spaces.
DEFENDING DEMOCRACY OUR TRAINING, ORGANIZING, AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WORK IS BRINGING NEW VOICES AND INSTITUTIONS INTO THE ANTI-HATE FIELD. WE CAN’T TURN BACK THE CLOCK ON WHITE NATIONALISM, BUT WE CAN AND MUST PROTECT VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND REIGNITE SYSTEMIC CHANGE BASED ON INCLUSION AND DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS.
SPOTLIGHT: ORGANIZING CITY LEADERS TO CONDEMN WHITE SUPREMACY AND ALT-RIGHT HATE GROUPS
As rallies by anti-democratic paramilitary groups like Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys escalated dangerously over the past year in Portland, we joined with the Council on American-Islamic Relations Oregon and Oregon Justice Resource Center to call for political leadership. In response, Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioners unani-
mously passed a historic resolution that condemns white supremacy, white nationalism, and alt-right hate groups. We’re now working with the City to support their commitment to training staff and law enforcement to recognize and respond to white nationalism, including the increasing targeting of elected officials and government employees.
One of the most proactive of its kind in the country, the Portland resolution is an important milestone in our work to support municipal leaders in developing more effective strategies to combat alt-right paramilitary group organizing.
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SPOTLIGHT: SUPPORTING RAPID RESPONSE ACTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
WHILE STRENGTHENING RACIAL AND GENDER JUSTICE MOVEMENTS TO WITHSTAND THE ATTACK...
â€œLocal officials cannot go quiet or be absent. They must join shoulder to shoulder with those already pushing back and demonstrate that they will not tolerate hate or violence. But they must not stop there. Denouncing bigotry alone does little to address long-term disparities in our communities. When white nationalists come to town, we must... commit ourselves to addressing the inequities in education, jobs, transportation and housing that make our communities vulnerable to their intrusions in the first place.â€?
Alongside the movement building and leadership development that has always been at the heart of our work, the rise of white nationalism demands that we become more nimble, seizing unexpected opportunities to mobilize in defense of democratic institutions and vulnerable communities. Recent actions, in partnership with both local and national allies, have built awareness and promoted accountability among business owners, school and university administrators, elected officials, law enforcement, political parties, religious and philanthropic leaders, and the media.
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Watch for the results of our behind-the-scenes work with other municipalities, along with our new Confronting White Nationalism in Communities Toolkit. Piloted through trainings across the region and nation, the toolkit features case studies, rapid response
recommendations, and tested, effective campaign strategies. The toolkit is an essential new resource for organizers and grassroots groups in local communities to counter white nationalist, Islamophobic, or anti-immigrant organizing.
Two intervening bystanders are murdered by a man shouting racist, Islamophobic slurs at two teenage girls on a MAX train in Portland.
Eric K. Ward becomes our fourth executive director, the first person of color to serve in this role.
Western States Center is founded to advance social, racial, and economic justice in eight Pacific Northwest and Mountain States. Despite losing the popular vote by 2.9 million votes (the largest loss ever by an electoral college winner), Donald Trump is inaugurated President of the United States.
Migrant children are separated from their parents and held in cages at the U.S. southern border; we mobilize dozens of national civil rights organizations in a series of actions that call on public officials to resist the administration’s harmful anti-immigrant actions.
The sheriff ’s office of Clark County, Washington fires a deputy for wearing and marketing white nationalist gear, and later releases a “Joint Statement on Hate” with the prosecuting attorney.
An African-American teenager is arrested on felony charges after being attacked by members of a white nationalist gang in a Vancouver, Washington mall; after we mobilize, the charges are dropped.
In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the U.S., 11 Tree of Life congregants are murdered during Shabbat services by a gunman who had posted anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant comments. The next week we publish an Open Letter to America signed by 150 progressive leaders in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calling on the electorate to “Vote Against Antisemitism”.
We recruit 37 organizations and a regional organization representing over 50 Tribal Nations as signatories denouncing bigotry and violence before a Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys rally that vowed to “cleanse the liberal-occupied streets of Portland.”
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We commission an original review of 38 pieces of public opinion research on white nationalism to shape our narratives and strategies, sharing the findings with local partner organizations.
“[Clark County Prosecutor Tony] Golik said his decision to drop the charges was hastened after receiving a letter from Western States Center calling his attention to it and providing videos of the incident. He added he’s grateful they reached out.” ~ The Columbian, 8/19/18
2018 AUG 4,
Thirtieth anniversary of the night Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was beaten to death on a street in southeast Portland by three neo-Nazi skinheads.
2018 OCT 27,
Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court despite credible accusations of sexual misconduct. The GOP Spokane County chair resigns in apology for “a serious mistake in my judgment” after we work with local organizers to expose her support of white nationalist leader James Allsup.
Eight years of We are BRAVE organizing brings a racial justice voice to the electoral campaign that defeats Measure 106, the backdoor ban on abortion, and that defends Oregon’s landmark Reproductive Health Equity Act.
We publish “It’s Time to 86 White Nationalism” after supporting local organizers responding to an assault of an African American DJ by neo-Nazi skinheads outside Seattle, WA.
Staff present on the rise of white nationalism at Facing Race in Detroit, the largest conference on racial justice in the country.
Our new transnational cohort of leaders fighting authoritarian regimes travels to Auschwitz-Birkenau and other sites in Poland, as part of an ongoing examination of how contemporary antisemitism functions on both the left and the right.
After midterm elections, a record number of women are sworn into office, the youngest and most racially diverse freshman class in Congress in history, including the first Muslim and first Native American women, and the first Latinas from Texas.
"Chief [Danielle] Outlaw and I are going to implement training for the Portland Police Bureau around how to identify white supremacy based on the recommendation of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations Oregon, and Western States Center."
We lead a workshop at the annual Idaho Conference on Refugees and facilitate a strategy session on countering white nationalism.
With our strategic support, Whidbey Island businesses close on the day of a rally by the anti-government paramilitary group Patriot Prayer, the Port of Coupeville issues a statement naming the problem, and residents form an ongoing anti-bigotry coalition.
~ Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, 2/15/19
2019 FEB 4,
2019 Portland City Council adopts a resolution “Condemning White Supremacy and Alt-Right Hate Groups,” one of the most proactive of its kind in the country, after months of behind-the-scenes work by us and others. A week later the Mayor agrees to implement police bureau training on identifying white nationalist activity after local media publish colluding texts between a Portland police officer and a Patriot Prayer leader.
A gunman kills 50 people and injures another 50 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand; subsequent analysis of white nationalist recruitment techniques in the Washington Post and PBS Newshour highlights our Countering White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit, released just weeks earlier.
We brief Washington State reporters on anti-government militia attempts to nullify a voter-approved gun-safety initiative (I-1639) and call on state and local officials to defend the rule of law in the face of intimidation.
Reactions to comments by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar ignite a national conversation on antisemitism and Islamophobia; The Forward publishes an Op Ed by Eric K. Ward, “Ilhan Omar Should Lead the Fight Against Antisemitism and Islamophobia.” Reps. Omar and Schakowsky subsequently author CNN Op Ed, "We must confront white nationalism -- together."
The night before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee holds a historic hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the United States, we project images of the victims of this violence onto the walls of the Department of Justice. The next day we organize allies to wear t-shirts bearing these names, and watch as our written testimony is entered into the Congressional record.
When an educator is barred from a middle school in Cheyenne, Wyoming for reporting racist and anti-LGBTQ flyers, we provide on-site guidance to mobilize support through media and elected officials and demand that school administrators denounce white supremacy.
2019 APRIL 9,
Publication of our We mobilize a Indigenizing Love: A Toolkit for Native statewide call for Youth to Build Inclusion, in partnership the censure of with the Affiliated Tribes of Washington state Rep. Northwestern Indians, National Matt Shea after news Youth Leadership Alliance, and breaks about his role Center for Native American Youth. in a plan to violently intimidate his own We join partner Oregon Justice constituents. Resource Center in a press conference announcing a lawsuit against Patriot Prayer leaders on behalf of a local Portland cider distillery that had its staff and patrons violently targeted.
BASED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND MOUNTAIN STATES, WE WORK NATIONWIDE TO STRENGTHEN INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY SO PEOPLE CAN LIVE, LOVE, WORSHIP, AND WORK FREE FROM BIGOTRY AND FEAR.
WESTERN STATES CENTER IN THE NEWS OUR WORK CONTINUES TO CAPTURE THE ATTENTION OF NEW AUDIENCES AND PUBLICATIONS, GROWING THE REACH OF OUR MOVEMENT AND AMPLIFYING ADVOCATESâ€™ EFFORTS ON THE GROUND.
How Philanthropy Can Curb the Rise of Hate: Count It, Condemn it, Confront It Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Zealand mosque shootings: Some rights leaders say US is exporting extremism
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Hundreds Rally for Abortion Rights in Downtown Portland
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TRAININGS/PRESENTATIONS FELLOWS / LEADERSHIP COHORT
TRAINING / EDUCATION:
England, Ireland, Germany, Jerusalem
After Garden City was targeted by white terrorists, residents chose hope over fear Photo Credit: Michael
England, Germany, Hungary, Poland
Election 2018: Off to the Racists
A new guide for schools to stop white supremacists from recruiting kids to their cause Photo Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
For American Jews, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is culmination of worst fears Photo Credit: Zoeann Murphy
Eight mistakes the media makes about anti-Semitism in America today
How teachers are trying to stop the spread of hate
Photo Credit: AP/Susan Walsh/Evan Vucci/Jacquelyn Martin
Photo Credit: Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
How Portland Is Dealing With Civil Protest Escalating To Civil Unrest
Rep. Matt Shea links to white nationalist website, defends running background checks on political opponents Photo Credit: Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review
White supremacist terror is a global epidemic but Trump won't name it Photo Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP
Portland Mayor Agrees to Provide Police Training on Identifying White Supremacy, Announces Independent Investigation of Police Bureau Communications
THANK YOU, PARTNERS Over 18 months our staff presented more than 100 workshops/trainings, conference sessions, keynote addresses, forums and symposiums for nonprofit, civic, faith-based and philanthropic organizations throughout the U.S., reaching over 14,000 people. Our programs engaged, supported, and relied upon partnerships with tribal, state, and local governments and hundreds of racial, gender, and economic justice organizations: "14" THE MOVIE/ARCHITECTURE OF INTERNMENT ACLU OF OREGON ACLU OF WYOMING AFFILIATED TRIBES OF NORTHWEST INDIANS ALL* ABOVE ALL ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN NETWORK OF OREGON BASIC RIGHTS OREGON BEND THE ARC BOUNDARY COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS TASK FORCE CAIR OREGON CAPACES LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE CAUSA OREGON CENTER FOR NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH CHANGELAB CINCINNATI REGIONAL COALITION AGAINST HATE COLOR OF CHANGE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR COALITION - EVERETT, WA
COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF LANE COUNTY CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF SILETZ INDIANS CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF WARM SPRINGS COW CREEK BAND OF UMPQUA TRIBE OF INDIANS COWLITZ INDIAN NATION FAITH IN ACTION NETWORK FAMILIES AGAINST BIGOTRY, SPOKANE FOR THE PEOPLE, WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA FORWARD TOGETHER GREATER SPOKANE PROGRESS IF YOU DON'T, THEY WILL JOBS WITH JUSTICE LATINO NETWORK LATINO UNIDOS SIEMPRE MANO A MANO FAMILY CENTER MOMENTUM ALLIANCE MONTANA HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK MUSLIM ADVOCATES NAACP SNOHOMISH COUNTY
NARAL PRO-CHOICE OREGON NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS ALLIANCE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR NEW AMERICANS OPAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE OREGON OREGON HEALTH EQUITY ALLIANCE OREGON HISTORICAL QUARTERLY OREGON HUMANITIES OREGON JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER OREGON LATINO HEALTH COALITION OREGON NURSES ASSOCIATION PEACE AND JUSTICE ACTION LEAGUE OF SPOKANE PEOPLEâ€™S ACTION PINEROS Y CAMPESINOS UNIDOS DEL NOROESTE (PCUN) PLANNED PARENTHOOD ADVOCATES OF OREGON POLITICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES PORTLAND UNITED AGAINST HATE
POTLATCH FUND QUINAULT INDIAN NATION RACE FORWARD RECLAIM IDAHO RELIGIOUS ACTION NETWORK - REFORM UNION SEIU OREGON SERVICES AND ADVOCACY FOR LGBT ELDERS SIERRA CLUB SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND NW SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER STANDING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE, EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD T'RUAH TRANS DUDES WITH LADY CANCER UJA FEDERATION OF NEW YORK UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA UNITED VISION FOR IDAHO URBAN LEAGUE OF PORTLAND WYOMING EQUALITY
And the dozens of academic and community activists from 18 rapid response campaigns in 9 states and the U.S. Capitol
TRAINING & EDUCATION FAITH & CIVIC EVENTS
• Anti-Defamation League Pacific Northwest; City of Everett, WA; Communities of Color Coalition; Faith Action Network; NAACP of Snohomish County; Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Human Rights Commission; Snohomish County Executive Office; Temple Beth Or • B'Nai Jeshurun Congregation, NYC
CONFERENCES & FORUMS
• American Jewish Historical Society • CAIR Minnesota • USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration • Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate • Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites; The Living Room; If You Don't, They Will; Define America • Facing Race
BRIEFINGS & TRAININGS • America's Cabinet • Borealis Philanthropy • Boundary County Human Rights Task Force • Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate; National Underground Railroad Freedom Center • Cincinnati Inquirer • Down Home North Carolina
• City Club of Eugene • City of Eugene Human Rights Commission; Community Alliance of Lane County; Standing Up for Racial Justice • City of Portland (invited public testimony) • City of Portland's Walk with Immigrants & Refugees • Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, NYC
• Congregation Kol Ami, Eugene • Idaho Office of Refugees
• Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis
• IKAR, Los Angeles
• Stop the Bans Pro-Choice Rally, Portland
• Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis
• T'ruah, St. Louis
• Jewish Community Center, NYC
• Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Olympia
• Jewish Organizing Institute and Network
• Temple Beth Israel, Eugene
• Lane Equity Coalition
• Global Forum on Antisemitism • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
• National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)
• Habonim Dror North America
• National Immigrant Integration Conference
• International Human Rights Funders Network
• Neighborhood Funders Group
• South Orange Multicultural Alliance, NJ
• Temple Sinai, New Jersey
• Proper Daily's A Day of Unreasonable Converations • Race Forward • Religious Action Center of the Reform Union • University of Oregon's Wayne Morse Scholars
• J Street
• ORD Camp, Chicago
• Macalester College • Montana Human Rights Network • Music for Change
• Peace and Justice Action League
• University of Washington School of Social Work
• People's Action
• Urban League of Portland
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• Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane
• Swarthmore College • Trinity Foundation • Understanding Antisemitism funder workshops, NYC • Washington state journalists • Young Elected Officials Network
Families Against Bigotry, Spokane For the People, Whidbey Island, WA General Service Foundation If You Don't, They Will Mulugeta Seraw Commemoration Conference • Muslim Advocates • Nathan Cummings Foundation • National Domestic Workers Alliance • New York Foundation
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Portland United Against Hate Power Labs Protect Rogers Park Resource Generation Rise Together Showing Up for Racial Justice, Springfield-Eugene • St. Mary's Academy, Portland
THANK YOU, FU NDERS THESE FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE INVESTED IN OUR WORK THROUGH GRANTS, SPONSORSHIPS AND DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS. Arcus Foundation
Natan Fund *
Borealis Philanthropy *
The Nathan & Lillian Weinberg Foundation *
The Collins Foundation *
Nathan Cummings Foundation *
The DBEK Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation *
New Venture Fund
Fernandez Advisors / America's Voice
New World Foundation
Flower Hill Fund *
Northwest Health Foundation
General Service Foundation
One8 Foundation *
Open Society Foundations
Groundswell's Catalyst Fund
The Overbrook Foundation
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
The Sierra Club *
The Libra Foundation *
Social Justice Fund NW
Meyer Memorial Trust
UJA Federation of New York *
McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Phaegan Donor-Advised Fund
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Michael Stansbury Family Foundation
* New funder
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Mark Huddleston Martha Acklesberg & Judith Plaskow Mary Martinez-Wenzl Mary Scott Mat Dos Santos Matthew Gill Max Walsh Mehrdad Azemun Mia Alvidrez Micah Nielsen Michael Hirschhorn Michele Zeigeweid Michelle Beasley Michelle Collins Michelle Dardashti Mijo Lee Mike Beebe Mike Edera Mindy Schwartz-Brown Molly Chidsey & Anthony DeFalco Mustafa Abdullah
“Even as someone involved in campus activism for almost a decade, this fellowship gave me valuable new perspectives and tools for succeeding in the struggles ahead. Collaboration between activists working across the country is critical to protect democracy against hate and division.”
– Charles Holm, Campus Defending Democracy Fellow
“Through engaging with experienced leaders and thought-provoking resources, serving as a Fellow has allowed me to further connect analysis to tactics, to actively build power against hate.”
Nadia Telsey Nakisha Nathan Nanci Champlin Nancy Haque Nancy Vineberg Nancy Weintraub Naomi Barger Naomi Sheff Naomi Sobel & Rabbi Becky Silverstein Nari Baker Nathan & Lillian Weinberg Niis Bue Nitika Raj Nora & Matt Flanagan Oz du Soleil Palmira Figueroa Paul Compton Paul Giannasi Paul Krissel Paula & Kenneth Krane Penny Ruff
Phillip Wong Rachael Pecore-Valdez Rachel Carroll Rivas Rachel Parks Rhonda Salerno Roberta Phillip-Robbins Robin Carton Robin Schauffler Robin Ye Rod Weigel Ron Kaplan Ronald Bullard Rosalie Pedroza Rosina Snow Rowenda Pineda Ryan Schwartz Sam Keller Samuel Jewler Sandra Polishuk Sandy Tsuneyoshi Sanjeev Balajee
– Eesha Ramanujam, Senior Defending Democracy Research Fellow Scott Chaplin Scott Winn Se-ah-dom Edmo & James Parker Shabab Mirza Shannon Bedard Shannon Cogan Sharon Gary-Smith Shava & Michael Feinstein Shawn Fleek Sheena Ino Silke Akerson Simon Greer Simone Adler Stefan Norgaard Stephan Herrera Stephanie Roth Stephen Piggott Steve Adey Steven Kuzma Steven Wasserstrom & Judith Margles Stosh Cotler & Chris Schramm
Susan Carle Susan Kristy Alberty Suzanne Martinez Carter Suzette Brooks Masters & Seth Masters Sven Bonnischen Sveta Apodaca Tamara Henderson Tammy Miller Taylor Briggs Terrie Quinteros Toby Shulruff Tova Stabin Tracy Zitzelberger Travis McAdam Trina Stout Trudy Cooper Uma Rao Valerie Overholt & Howard Schubiner Vega Subramaniam Xuan-Trang Tran-Thien & Jon Brier
“My fellowship with Western States Center empowered me to take action on my campus - because like Dolores Huerta says, ‘Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.’”
– Yomaira Tarula, Campus Defending Democracy Fellow
OUR ACTIVISTS MOBILIZING FOR POWER CONFERENCE IS OUR FLAGSHIP BIENNIAL DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE September 6-8 â€¢ Spokane, WA
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONVENING, BRINGING HUNDREDS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS TOGETHER. LEARN MORE ABOUT AMP 2019 ON OUR WEBSITE!
Recognizing the historic importance of the region in the fight against organized bigotr y, Western States Center staff and board prepared to hold AMP in Spokane this year by visiting the former Ar yan Nations compound near Hayden Lake, Idaho.
In the last ten years, over 4,000 participants representing more than 800 nonprofits have attended AMP to shar pen their skills, expand their analysis, and build lasting relationships that are the heart of successful alliances.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE TOOLKITS: TAKE ACTION LOCALLY Our toolkit for educators is already in use in the majority of states and eight countries.
Order your copy from westernstatescenter.org /schools publication of our Confronting White Nationalism Community Organizing Toolkit and
WATCH FOR... Indigenizing Love: A Toolkit for Native Youth to Build Inclusion in the second half of 2019.
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DEVELOPING LEADERS We provide training, leadership development, and organizational capacity support to social movements and leaders committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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SHIFTING CULTURE We convene culture-makers to shift the narrative and use culture as a vehicle for base- and power-building in non-traditional social change spaces.
DEFENDING DEMOCRACY We assist communities and civil society to uphold the rule of law by effectively responding to social movements that exploit bigotry and intolerance.