Prosper Portland stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the eradication of white supremacy.
As we bear witness to the grief, anger, fear, resistance and resolve the community is expressing in response to the murder of George Floyd and 400 years of systemic racism in our country, we have important work to do.
We recognize that the emotional burden of this time is much more significant for our Black colleagues, community partners and business owners and is re-traumatizing for everyone who feels unsafe because of the color of their skin. And we know that Prosper Portland’s past racist actions in the name of urban renewal, with disproportionate impact on Black Portlanders, remains a permanent stain on the history of our organization.
We believe transformational change is possible. As we consider how our community and agency move forward, our actions must be grounded in anti-racism. We will continue to work toward becoming an organization that embodies equitable strategies and creating a culture that ensures Black lives are valued.
In line with our mission, we are redoubling our commitment to supporting Black-owned businesses and Black employees in accessing economic opportunities and achieving growth. Our staff and programs are on hand to acknowledge these experiences, help to find community, and provide assistance.
Anti-racism requires using your own power as an individual to act. Being non-racist is not enough. Those who don’t identify as Black, particularly white people, can step up as allies through engaging in the work to support Black lives.