Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today detailed her support for House Bill 2167
, which will codify into state law the Racial Justice Council (RJC). The Governor convened the RJC last summer to center the perspectives of Oregonians of many different backgrounds and life experiences. Members of Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Native American, Tribal, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and communities of color from across the state came together to create the Council; to focus on transformative change; and to build a better Oregon. The bill ensures this work will continue beyond the Governor's tenure.
“The urgency could not be greater in this moment to channel and follow the voices of those most impacted by historical and institutional racism in Oregon, and to create a system—with them—that fully supports us all," said Governor Brown. "Achieving this goal will require a new approach to everyday norms and reframing of processes to create an equitable, healthy, just, and anti-racist state.
"For far too long, Oregon’s Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and Tribal members haven’t had a seat at the table. HB 2167 codifies the Racial Justice Council. It ensures not only a seat at the table, but real action to end racism and racial disparities in our state."
HB 2167 solidifies a process to build a more just and equitable Oregon through:
• Codifying, in statute, requirements for Oregon governors and state agencies to engage with BIPOC and Tribal communities in the development of their budgets and legislative agendas.
• Creating connections between the RJC and its committees with legislative champions to further the work of creating a racially just Oregon.
• Creating a system to continue supporting state agencies in program development and implementation that is rooted in racial justice and moving Oregon to a place where a person’s race no longer predicts their outcomes.
Governor Brown’s prepared remarks for the House Committee on Rules are available here