Racial Justice Council

​We must change how we listen to, engage with, respond to, and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Tribal members in Oregon.

Leaders in the public sector, business community, and non-profit sector must work with Black, Indigenous and People of Color to dismantle the structures of racism that have created grave disparities in virtually all of our social systems and structures, including: mass incarceration and criminal justice involvement, access to housing, health outcomes, economic opportunity and wealth creation, and educational attainment. The urgency could not be greater in this moment to channel and follow the voices of those people most impacted by historical and institutional racism in Oregon and create a system with them that fully supports us all.

Achieving this goal will require a new approach.

Establishing racial justice will take foundational reform and is why this Council will be inclusive of representatives from diverse backgrounds, while at the same time explicitly centering Black, Indigenous,​ and People of Color (BIPO​C). BIPOC communities have already been communicating the policies and investments that will have the most significant impact on their communities. The Racial Justice Council will ensure that prioritized recommendations are communicated to the Governor and the State Legislature to inform the next state budget and legislative agenda.

The Racial Justice Council’s charge is to:

  • Direct the collection of data from across sectors of society to support smart, data-driven policy decisions
  • Provide principles and recommendations that center racial justice to the Governor to inform the 20​21-23 Governor’s Recommended Budget and Tax Expenditures Report
  • Create a Racial Justice Action Plan for five specific areas: Criminal Justice Reform and Police Accountability, Housing and Homelessness, Economic Opportunity, Health Equity, and Environmental Justice

Council Members

Council Members include:

  • Adriana Miranda
  • Akasha Lawrence Spence
  • Alexandra Appleton
  • Andrew Colas 
  • Bennie Moses-Mesubed
  • Chi Nguyen
  • Chuck Sams
  • Don Ivy
  • Dr. Danny Jacobs
  • Dr. Marisa Zapata
  • Jan Mason
  • Jenny Pool Radway

  • Kayse Jama
  • K​yshan Nichols-Smith
  • Lamar Wise
  • Lauren Nguyen
  • Marcus Mundy
  • Marin Arreola
  • Michelle DePass
  • Miriam Vargas Corona
  • Nkenge Harmon-Johnson
  • Reyna Lopez
  • Yosalin Arenas Alvarez
  • (more to be added soon)

Council Meetings​

Racial Justice Council related information, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, policy recommendations, action plans and progress toward goals will be posted on the website as they become available.​


Criminal Justice Reform

In aid of advising the Governor, the committee will:

Provide recommendations on changes to Oregon’s criminal justice system that center racial equity. Areas covered include police training and accountability, cash bail, sentencing reform, and re-entry and parole. ​

Housing & Homelessness

In aid of advising the Governor, the committee will:

Identify barriers to housing affordability and strategies for ending homelessness that center communities of color, are culturally specific and/or responsive, and result in the reduction of disparities in homelessness and rent burden among people of color in Oregon. Provide a list of identified homeownership strategies.

Health Equity

Recommend changes to state and agency health policies, practices, and structures to align them within a racial justice and health equity framework. The purpose is to make necessary institutional and statutory changes necessary to promote health equity, improve disaggregated data collection, and recommend interventions for racial health disparities in social determinants of health.

Economic Opportunity

Identify needs to support long-term economic success of populations who experience systemic economic disadvantages in business creation, access to traditional capital and wealth creation. Evaluate current economic development incentives, grants, tax breaks, technical assistance, and other supports in terms of racial justice, and provide recommendations for modifications if appropriate. Evaluate current public contracting opportunities for minority-owned and underserved businesses and develop strategies to dramatically increase them.

Environmental Equity

With BIPOC community input, updates to programs, policies, budgets and strategic plans should be proposed to environment and natural resources state agencies to center racial equity and removes unequal treatment of people of color. Priority areas include environmental justice and access to the outdoors. ​

Accessibility Information

For individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak a language other than English or individuals without easy access to computers, RJC can provide documents in alternate formats such as other languages, large print, braille, printed materials or a format you prefer.