Brown Hope has launched an emergency fundraising campaign called Black Joy Weekend, seeking to raise $50,000 to support 200 Black Portlanders in reclaiming their joy as the Proud Boys descend into Portland this weekend. 

Fueled by more than 100 nights of protests and direct action, Portland has garnered national attention from extremist groups like the Proud Boys. The Southern Poverty Law Center website states, “rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists.” 

Proud Boys’ chapters participate in rallies where violence is openly incited and people have been killed, such as in Charlottesville, and Portland, where a Patriot Prayer supporter was shot and killed on August 30. 

For generations, Black Portlanders have endured white supremacists inciting violence and harassment against their families. Following a solutions-oriented dialogue between several leaders in Portland’s Black community, Black Joy Weekend (Sept. 25-27, 2020) was formed by Brown Hope and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon as a call to action. The initiative aims to address the anticipated headlines of hate, conflict, and violence sparked by the Proud Boys’ rally and to overcome them by fostering relief, healing, and joy for Black Portlanders. 

If you'd like to request funds, apply through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Oq3DftpcqZZIoZN7zJfWLD8hZkqHE6mTLn86ixO4f7s/edit?ts=5f6b9d83&gxids=7757

“Historically, Black Joy has been banned, criticized or even appropriated by the dominant culture. Supporting #BlackJoyPDX this weekend is disrupting the expectations of those wishing to impose political violence against us.” said Jeanine Morales, Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, and co-organizer of Black Joy Weekend. “We know Black Joy is a propulsive force and we are going to show it through more movements that bring overall wellness to our communities, families, and businesses.”

The goal of Black Joy Weekend is to support up to 200 Black Portlanders in avoiding the danger of violent white supremacists and to focus on living their best lives. Applicants sign up through a Google Form to receive $150 which is intended to fund a family activity and a shared meal for four people. Recipients who take an excursion over the weekend to the beach and will receive an additional $150 for lodging and transportation. Funding is limited to 200 recipients who reside in Multnomah County and self-identify as Black. 

“Oregon was founded with the intent to be a Whites-only utopia. We’re organizing Black Joy Weekend because Black Portlanders are our neighbors, and nobody has the right to threaten and attack our community,“ said cameron whitten, CEO of Brown Hope and co-organizer of Black Joy Weekend. “Our existence is a radical, and beautiful, act that offers a breath of fresh air amidst rising, divisive, and often violent racial tensions.”

Award recipients will be sharing social media posts to document experiences by using the hashtag #BlackJoyPDX


Please join us in continuing to fund and support Black Joy. Donate today.

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Brown Hope has launched an emergency fundraising campaign called Black Joy Weekend, seeking to raise $50,000 to support 200 Black Portlanders in reclaiming their joy as the Proud Boys descend into Portland this weekend. 

Fueled by more than 100 nights of protests and direct action, Portland has garnered national attention from extremist groups like the Proud Boys. The Southern Poverty Law Center website states, “rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists.” 

Proud Boys’ chapters participate in rallies where violence is openly incited and people have been killed, such as in Charlottesville, and Portland, where a Patriot Prayer supporter was shot and killed on August 30. 

For generations, Black Portlanders have endured white supremacists inciting violence and harassment against their families. Following a solutions-oriented dialogue between several leaders in Portland’s Black community, Black Joy Weekend (Sept. 25-27, 2020) was formed by Brown Hope and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon as a call to action. The initiative aims to address the anticipated headlines of hate, conflict, and violence sparked by the Proud Boys’ rally and to overcome them by fostering relief, healing, and joy for Black Portlanders. 

If you'd like to request funds, apply through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Oq3DftpcqZZIoZN7zJfWLD8hZkqHE6mTLn86ixO4f7s/edit?ts=5f6b9d83&gxids=7757

“Historically, Black Joy has been banned, criticized or even appropriated by the dominant culture. Supporting #BlackJoyPDX this weekend is disrupting the expectations of those wishing to impose political violence against us.” said Jeanine Morales, Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, and co-organizer of Black Joy Weekend. “We know Black Joy is a propulsive force and we are going to show it through more movements that bring overall wellness to our communities, families, and businesses.”

The goal of Black Joy Weekend is to support up to 200 Black Portlanders in avoiding the danger of violent white supremacists and to focus on living their best lives. Applicants sign up through a Google Form to receive $150 which is intended to fund a family activity and a shared meal for four people. Recipients who take an excursion over the weekend to the beach and will receive an additional $150 for lodging and transportation. Funding is limited to 200 recipients who reside in Multnomah County and self-identify as Black. 

“Oregon was founded with the intent to be a Whites-only utopia. We’re organizing Black Joy Weekend because Black Portlanders are our neighbors, and nobody has the right to threaten and attack our community,“ said cameron whitten, CEO of Brown Hope and co-organizer of Black Joy Weekend. “Our existence is a radical, and beautiful, act that offers a breath of fresh air amidst rising, divisive, and often violent racial tensions.”

Award recipients will be sharing social media posts to document experiences by using the hashtag #BlackJoyPDX


Please join us in continuing to fund and support Black Joy. Donate today.