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CDO Statement on Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

We are about two months removed from the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers. As protests have continued across the nation, we are beginning to see a long-overdue reckoning of the violent, racially charged system of policing in the United States. At the same time, Americans are facing unemployment, evictions, and an unrelenting pandemic that has been grossly mishandled by the federal government. These existential threats continue to disproportionately affect our Black communities. As such, College Democrats of Oregon are raising money in defense of Black lives. The fundraiser will last 7/12 - 7/26 and will benefit the Black Resilience Fund, NAACP of Lane County, and the ACLU.


“The Black Resilience Fund, founded by Cameron Whitten and Salomé Chimuku, is an emergency fund dedicated to providing resources to Black Portlanders in need. Black Portlanders can utilize the fund for relief from financial burdens for basic living expenses and life emergencies. The fund was started on June 1st, and has already benefited 300+ Black Portlanders in need. For more information, visit their website: www.blackresiliencefund.com.


The NAACP of Lane County strives to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The NAACP provides a variety of legal resources, educational training, and community building to increase cultural inclusion and public awareness and in Lane County. Most recently, the NAACP is providing COVID-19 drop-in testing for members of the community. Finally, the ACLU, a national civil liberties organization strives to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU has provided legal assistance for victims of police brutality and protesters demanding change.


With the help of three generous donors, we have already raised $5,000. We are working hard to double that. Over the next two weeks, we will be making hundreds of calls urging Oregonians to donate.


If you are interested in making a donation, visit: secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/cdodonate or write us a check.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: John Freudenthal, Communications Director

jfreuden@uoregon.edu

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