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    The Commission on Black Affairs is authorized under ORS 185.410 to work for the implementation and establishment of economic, social, legal and political equality for Oregon's African American and Black populations.
Oregon's Commission on Black Affairs Programs & Resources
Oregon's Commission on Black Affairs was created to be a link between Oregon's African Americans, Blacks, and Oregon government. In 1980, Former Governor Vic Atiyeh created the commission. Three years later, the Oregon Legislative Assembly's vote made it a statutory commission. The goal was to improve communication between the state legislature, The Governor, and Oregon's African Americans and Blacks, to involve more African American and Blacks in policy making and program planning.

Pledge your Donation to the OCBA Now! 
The Oregon Advocacy Commissions welcome donations via mailed check/money order to promote their missions of advocacy at the policy level. Each Commission works on leadership development, advocacy and growing success for their communities in 6 key areas. These include Employment, Education, Civic Engagement, Health Access, Justice and Stable Families.
 

OCBA partnered with the Oregon Dept of Education's School Discipline Advisory Committee and the Governor's Office of Diversity & Inclusion on a joint law externship on racial disparity in student discipline law in OregonView Willamette University College of Law extern Jacqueline Leung's presentation here.
Read Ms. Leung's final white paper on racial disparity. 


February is African American History Month - read the 2014 Proclamation


Governor's proclamation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington DC 
OCBA Chair James I. Manning, Jr., marched on behalf of the four
Oregon Advocacy Commissions

Read the

OCBA's 2012 Report to Legislators

 

Hear the Podcast from City Club's Friday Forum with the Joint Chairs of the Oregon Advocacy CommissionsCity Club's Friday Forum with OAC Joint Chairs

 

Governor Kitzhaber signs 2013 Proclamation for African American History Month. See photos from the event

 

OCBA partnered with Urban League for the Our Voices United Legislative Action Day, February 19, 2013, in Salem.

 
Intern Wes Garcia's Findings and Final Report on Oregon Hate Crime Laws
Wes Garcia, Willamette University College of Law student recently completed his internship with the Oregon Advocacy Commissions.
This internship was created in a joint venture by the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA), Oregon Commission on Black Affairs (OCBA), Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA), the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon Advocacy Commission, and supervised by Professor Carrasco at Willamette. The purpose of this position was to look at Oregon hate crime laws and compare them to other states’ laws and federal statues for possible improvements.
 
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