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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.

The Oregon Advocacy Commissions welcome donations to promote their missions of advocacy at the policy level. Each Commission works on leadership development, advocacy and growing success for their communities in 7 key areas: Employment, Education, Civic Engagement, Health Access, Justice, Stable Families and Environmental Equity.


OCBA's Call to Action on recent racist incidents in Oregon

OCBA's Resolution recognizing January 2019 as National Mentoring Month

OCBA/ODE Responding to Disproportionate Discipline with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Practices Slide deck and Report by Layan Ammouri, OCBA's Public Policy Research Intern

Read the Oregon Advocacy Commissions' Joint statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

NEW: OCBA 2015-17 Biennial Report Executive Summary

OCBA 2015-17 Biennial Report to the Legislature and the Governor

Read the Oregon Advocacy Commissions' 2016 Legislative Summary

Labor Agreements as a Solution report and Minority Apprentices report addendum by Christine Zenthoefer, OCBA's Public Policy Research Intern. See the 2015 OCBA_BOLI Apprenticeship to Journeyman Powerpoint

Minority Apprentice to Journeyman Advancement Disparities Report by Nora Meier, OCBA's Public Policy Research Intern

Disproprotionate Discipline in Oregon Schools Phase II: Restorative Justice Report and Restorative Justice Powerpont by Brian Allard, OCBA Public Policy Research Intern

Correcting the Disparity Report Powerpoint by Nita Kumar, OCBA Public Policy Research Intern


Disproportionate Discipline in Oregon Schools Phase I:
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.

OCBA attends the 1st statutorily required Joint meeting of the Oregon Advocacy Commissions

OCBA slide presentation - a brief introduction to OCBA

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OCBA's Statement on Marriage Equality

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



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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