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Uniting Communities: The Case Studies

Uniting Communities: The Case Studies

This tool includes an introduction to the Uniting Communities and five case studies that describes the impact of Uniting Communities on the work of our partner organizations, as well as the personal impact on the individual participants.

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Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity

Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity

Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity is a multi-issue assessment of the 2013 legislative session, evaluating lawmaker’s commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color.

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Uniting Communities: The Toolkit and Enlazando Comunidades: El Juego De Herramientas

Uniting Communities: The Toolkit and Enlazando Comunidades: El Juego De Herramientas

Uniting Communities: The Toolkit contains exercises to examine the obvious, and not so obvious, barriers that organizations need to clear to become inclusive of LGBTQ members.

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Creating Inclusive Spaces: Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Creating Inclusive Spaces: Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Providing designated gender neutral bathrooms allows everyone to use the facilities in peace and safety. This is tool to transform existing gender-specific bathrooms to gender-neutral.

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Where to Start, What to Ask: A guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans

Where to Start, What to Ask: A guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans

Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Health Care Plans, published by Strong Families, is a crucial resource to help LGBT people navigate new healthcare options through the Affordable Care Act. It includes questions to ask certified application counselors or insurance brokers to ensure good coverage unique to LGBT people.

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Brief History of Abortion Related Initiatives and Referenda

Brief History of Abortion Related Initiatives and Referenda

Since the early 1970’s there have been more than 35 statewide measures on ballots dealing in some way with abortion. The initiative and referendum process have been used by both advocates for safe and legal abortion (pro-choice advocates) and opponents of abortion (anti-choice advocates).

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2011 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity

2011 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity

A multi-issue and multiracial assessment of the 2011 legislative session which evaluates lawmakers’ commitment to advancing opportunity and closing disparities affecting Oregonians, particularly Oregonians of Color.

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Shared Oppressions

Shared Oppressions

This tool helps organizations to examine and connect LGBTQ issues to the priorities they are already focused on.

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Assessing Our Organizations

Assessing Our Organizations

This assessment tool is useful in identifying the gaps and opportunities to strengthening an organization’s commitment to LGBTQ equality.

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Unions and the Progressive Movement: More Than Just Workers' Rights

Unions and the Progressive Movement: More Than Just Workers' Rights

A curriculum and discussion guide created to start conversations - about how c(3) organizations and unions can build meaningful relationships, about the values both movements share, and about how we can work together.

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Growing from Groundwork: Stories & Tools from the Reproductive Justice Movement

Growing from Groundwork: Stories & Tools from the Reproductive Justice Movement

A resource to help organizations to start conversations that would identify needs related to reproductive justice.

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Gender Dominos

Gender Dominos

Language can be used to hurt and harm, as well as to convey solidarity. A part of being a good ally is in knowing and using terms that the LGBTQ communities themselves are using. At the Center we’ve developed an exercise to help us use a shared language that is respectful to the LGBTQ community.

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Capitol Gains: Traditional vs. Movement-Building Approaches to Legislative Advocacy

Capitol Gains: Traditional vs. Movement-Building Approaches to Legislative Advocacy

Western States Center believes a movement-building approach – values-driven and led by the community who is affected by the issues – can transform legislative organizing into an experience that builds leadership, community, and grassroots power.

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Reproductive Justice 101: A Select History

Reproductive Justice 101: A Select History

This Reproductive Justice 101 interactive timeline is a great tool for starting dialogues within organizations about the issue.

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Reproductive Justice 101 Trainer Notes

Reproductive Justice 101 Trainer Notes

Trainer notes for presenting the Reproductive Justice 101 interactive timeline.

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Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and LGBT Equality Timeline

Our Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and LGBT Equality Timeline is a helpful exercise to create common ground among marginalized communities.

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Building Grassroots Power - Module One

Building Grassroots Power - Module One

BGP is designed to support community-based groups to build grassroots power through the political electoral system.

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Building Grassroots Power - Intro

Building Grassroots Power - Intro

BGP is designed to support community-based groups to build grassroots power through the political electoral system.

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Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups

Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups

This resource book, published in 2003, is a compilation of materials designed to supplement a Dismantling Racism workshop.

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Sharing the Lessons Learned: Reflections on Six Years of Anti-Racism Work

Sharing the Lessons Learned: Reflections on Six Years of Anti-Racism Work

Our Dismantling Racism Project was shaped by the Center’s analysis of the ways race and racism were specifically playing out in our region. It has now been six years since the launch of the DR Project. Through this work we have seen inspiring successes and challenging pitfalls. The Project has taken many forms and, like Western States Center as an organization, our DR work has evolved over that period. In 2004 we engaged in an evaluative process designed to cull the lessons we have learned and determine the Center’s on-going priorities and role in moving a racial justice agenda in the West. Based on this assessment, this document shares our thoughts on the value and utility of anti-racist organizational work and education as well as the critical questions our work has raised.

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Assessing Our Organizations – Racial Justice Assessment Tool

Assessing Our Organizations – Racial Justice Assessment Tool

Click here to download our free Racial Justice Assessment Tool! We invite you to use this tool to take an stock of how your program development is taking racial justice into account. Think of it as a chance to see where your organization’s strengths and growing-edges are. The "Racial Justice Assessment Tool" is a core tool the Center recommends for many groups to apply and strengthen a racial justice lens during program development.

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Racial Justice Dominoes

We’re happy to release a new exercise that is part of developing a shared language and analysis around racial justice. “Racial Justice Dominoes” helps participants gain a better understanding of the language in creating respect and aligning our values for equity and justice. Language can be used to hurt and harm, as well as to convey solidarity. A part of being a good ally is in knowing and using terms that the communities themselves are using. It’s important to have shared language and understanding about concepts in racial justice and gender justice. The language used in this exercise includes terms that racial justice, gender justice, and LGBTQ justice organizations and communities themselves are currently using. The tool is free for download.

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A Gender Equity Network: Building Power at the Intersections

The last year has seen a growth of community organizations advocating for justice for their communities - from transgender people to undocumented immigrants to a new wave of reproductive health care organizing. But the growth of these organizations often came in response to policy rollbacks and unprecedented levels of violence, just as often as positive opportunities to advance justice. This sparked the interest of DataCenter: Research for Justice, Transgender Law Center, and Western States Center to explore how to better support local and state organizing among communities that are on the frontlines of policy and culture change for a new vision of gender equity. This report shares our analysis of the results of interviews with 40 organizations across 11 states. Our collaboration aims to put a new program into place in 2016 that will support a cross-sector, state based approach to advancing transgender, immigrant and reproductive justice through a new Gender Equity Network.

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