Portland Equity in Action (PEA) is a local community action group comprised of individuals with a range of professional skills and resources, dedicated to building racial equity in Portland, Oregon. Our purpose is to confront and disrupt the rampant complacency in this city regarding issues of white supremacy and racial inequity. We aim to create a public demand for change to the inequitable structure of our society, through stimulating and challenging visual campaigns.
PEA started as a small Racial Equity work group in early 2017. Since then, we have grown into a highly motivated, and independently functioning grassroots organization; pursuing racial equity both through our direct work in the community and within the organizational structure in which we operate.
Raise awareness in the Portland metropolitan area of the following:
- The current and systemic role that white supremacy plays in the greater Portland community and the real consequences faced by Black, Indigenous, and non-white residents
- The young men in our area who have been shot and killed by police, and the loved ones they left behind
- Police shootings and the unfair and unjust policies and processes for investigating them
- The failure of law enforcement departments to invest in proper and effective mental health and de-escalation response training, coupled with a police force that doesn’t represent the greater community as the driving force behind police brutality