On April 29th, over 100 White people came to 82nd Ave in Portland, Oregon, chanting “Go back to where you come from” and other racist and anti-immigrant sentiments. A portion of 82nd Avenue sits within the Jade District, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Oregon state.
Where did this come from, and what does this say about our region?
Zahir Janmohamed is the Policy Director for APANO, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. He is also the co-host of Racist Sandwich, a podcast about race and food.
Scot Nakagawa has spent the last four decades as a pro-democracy activist, addressing issues of race and gender inequity, religious bigotry, and anti-LGBTQ oppression through community-based campaigns, cultural organizing, popular education, writing, and public policy advocacy.
Scot has worked with numerous organizations and movements over the years, having served as Fight the Right Organizer and Field Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; Education Co-Coordinator of the Highlander Research and Education Center; Associate Director of the Western Prison Project (Partnership for Safety and Justice); and Executive Director of the MRG Foundation of Oregon, and of the Social Justice Fund, NW.
Scot’s primary contribution has been to the fight against vigilante white supremacist groups, white nationalism, Nativism, and authoritarian evangelical political movements. In this work, he has served as a strategist, organizer, and social movement analyst. Scot is busy at work on a number of projects, including writing a playbook for anti-authoritarians and a primer on race and power. His writings have been included in Race, Gender, and Class in the United States: An Integrated Study, 9th Edition; Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence; and Eyes Right!: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash. Scot is a former Alston/Bannerman Fellow, and the recipient of the 2017 Association of Asian American Studies Community Leader Award.
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