Educate, Elevate, Engage, 6.2.20

Educate | Elevate | Engage

Educate. Elevate. Engage.

These three words can be a roadmap for the path forward in the fight against racism. Limiting support for the Black community to just a day, week or month is not enough. It's important that we take responsibility and advocate for equality every single day.

Below are resources for educating yourself on social justice issues, elevating the voices around you while using yours, and engaging in action toward change.

Black Lives Matter.


Get educated on social justice issues. There are a variety of resources available to learn about the issues affecting people every day.

Online resources:

Online Talks:

Books for adults:

Books recommended by PTFC Athletes:

Books for Kids:

What are children taking from the protests? - Oregon Public Broadcasting

How To Talk To Your Children About Race

Educational Articles: 



Movies and Television



RISE Digital Learning Series is a series of blogs, videos, live chats, etc. under various themes 


Utilize your voice and elevate the voices of others around you. Speak out against racism, injustice, and implicit biases.

Local voices:


I I was born in Santa Rosa a township of the municipal of Novita department of the Choco where being black has never been a problem, not even the word would represent an insult, on the contrary it was always a nickname that was given to more than one out of affection, even when their skin tone wasnt even that dark. We all know somebody as “the black guy” it can be your brother, your uncle, the cousin, a friend or the sir that lives next door. My eyes does not see the difference between skin tones, race was never a subject to debate perhaps because I was fortune to be born in a Mestizo township, where being white was followed by the phrase “The sun is Free” while people praised to have a dark toasted skin and died to ‘turned black’. Nací en Santa Rosa un Corregimiento del municipio de Nóvita del Departamento del Chocó de donde ser negro nunca ha sido un problema, ni siquiera al término en sí representaba un indulto, por el contrario siempre fue un apodo que se le otorgaba a más de uno por cariño, aún cuando ni siquiera su tono de piel fuese realmente tan oscuro. Todos conocemos al ‘negro’ porque puede ser tu hermano, tu tío, el primo, un amigo o el señor que vive en la puerta de al lado. Mis ojos no ven diferencia entre tonos de piel, la raza nunca fue tema a debatir, quizá porque tuve la fortuna de nacer en un Corregimiento mestizo, donde ser blanco venía seguido de la frase ‘El Sol es Gratis’ mientras la gente alababa las pieles tostadas y se moría por ‘ponerse negro’ #blacklivesmatter #noalracismo

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"Portlanta" project helps connect teens across coasts

Eyrk Williamson and Jeremy Ebobisse talk history, soccer and culture: 

Global voices:

Thoughts on the last week by Jacori Hayes, Minnesota United FC midfielder

Y'all Hear Us, But You Ain't Listening by Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers, The Athletic

NBA coach Greg Popovich shares emotional message of solidarity and racial awakening, NowThis Politics

Lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson: The U.S. should take Germany's lead on facing down a violent history, NowThis Politics

Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum gets candid about race in America, by Chris Burkhardt, NBC Sports Northwest

Jeremy Ebobisse's Year of Growth, by Matt Pentz, The Athletic (paywall)

#AsianAmCovidStories: A YouTube documentary series exploring Asian Americans' experiences and challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic


Stay continuously educated and engaged to understand the issues and different viewpoints. Listen to others and their experiences, empathize with the oppressed, be compassionate, be kind, and take action to make a change.

Places to donate locally:

Places to donate nationally:

Support Black-Owned Businesses: 

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