ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

RECONSTRUCT AND REVITALIZE BLACK COMMUNITY ECONOMY AND HONOR BLACK WORKERS

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VISION STATEMENT...

We envision a more economically just society that respects and supports the lives of all Black people. Black communities have the right to economic opportunities that build multigenerational wealth and reinforce our talents and contributions in all industries and disciplines throughout Portland. Our communities deserve bold shifts in economic policy in order to require the resources necessary to build healthy lives, families, and prosperous communities. This requires advancing Black economic goals and proposing structural changes that will provide both individual and collective outcomes.

Black Portlanders are pursuing the reconstruction and economic revitalization of the Black community, and they should be supported. We desire to create and grow Black owned businesses, including cooperative enterprises. We are building financial knowledge through networks and mentoring within our community. Now is the time to lift up Black workers with promising wages, appropriate child care, family leave, and necessary protections against discrimination in the workplace. We demand accountability for outcomes for Black people in economic opportunity, including contracting equity, workforce training, city-wide economic development programs.