“There is a responsibility that we have
to make sure that our work environment
is comfortable for all–because
it’s not always about malicious and nastiness–
sometimes it’s about downright thoughtlessness, and we can all stand to be a bit more thoughtful.”
-Sterling K. Brown
Link to full speech

In 2016-17, the 13,654 Black/African American students in the state of Oregon were:

Underserved in Curriculum: Black students were half as likely to be meeting 3rd grade state standards in reading and math as their peers.

Overserved in Discipline: Black students were almost twice as likely (9.9%) to have 1 or more discipline incidents (referrals, expulsions) than their peers.

Pushed Out by the System: 1.5 times more likely to dropout of HS than their peers.

Not Represented in School Staff: Black students make up 2.4% of student population in Oregon, but only .6% of Oregon teachers are Black.

Source: Oregon Statewide Report Card

It is evident from curriculum to discipline policies that too many schools and districts systematically disregard the lives of our Black students and community members.

However none of this information is a surprise to many of the local Black school activists and leaders, both students and parents, who have for years demanded action.  Sadly too many administrators and teachers perpetuate these dramatic injustices. In Oregon this means too many white administrators and white teachers.

This is a grave injustice that we refuse to tolerate. We call on school district leaders to increase investment in our schools, coupled with an anti-racist, pro-justice curriculum and policies.


We, Critical Educators Collective, affirm that Black Lives Matter in our schools and support the National Black Lives Matter movement and Week of Action. We commit to taking action in our schools, and it is our hope that school leaders engage in ongoing critical reflection and hold honest conversations about racial justice in our communities

We will prepare ourselves for this movement at our general assembly meeting this Sunday, where we will engage with the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter and share out our plans for next week.


According to national organizers, including issues of racial justice in the classroom not only affirms the identities of our students and their families but it is also essential for fostering critical engagement with the world.

Upcoming Events

February 4th: TOMORROW!
CEC November General Assembly Meeting
SEIU Local 49

The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action
Feb. 5-9

An evening lecture by author Claudia Rankine,
who writes on social justice and race issues in America
and recently published, Citizen.
Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm

Oregon Historical Society’s current exhibit:
 Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years 
(presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers)

…which includes 
Civil Rights, Then and Now: 1960s/1970s Civil Rights leaders
 Panel Discussion
with Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Eric Richardson, Intisar Abioto,
Percy Hampton and JoAnn Hardesty
Facilitated by Stephen Green

Sunday, February 11, 2018
2PM – 3:30PM
(Exhibit runs through June 24)

Crossing Over: Transgender People of Color

Hosted by Race Talks

at Kennedy School McMenamin’s
Tuesday, February 13 from 6:45 PM – 9:15 PM

CEC Leadership Retreat

Feb. 16-18

Pacific City, Oregon

Film Screening!

Big Pharma: Market Failure
Click for trailer

7:00PM February 18, 2018

Clinton Street Theater

ACLU Benefit: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Hosted by The Hollywood Theatre and ACLU of Oregon

Monday, February 26 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
More info

Portland Black Film Festival

The month of February @ Hollywood Theatre

See specific titles and dates here

March 4th: CEC November General Assembly Meeting


SEIU Local 49

Black Lives Matter Resources

Great Resource From Rethinking Schools: Teaching For Black Lives
Pre-Order Your Copy
Teaching Resources Compiled By Seattle, Philly, and New York Educators
Bringing Black Lives Matter Into The Classroom: Teaching Toleranc

Articles We’re Reading

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Is More Radical Than Our Schools Lead Us to Believe
The Black Civil Rights Movement was Full of Unsung Heros
The Ten Ways the Trump Administration Has Undermined Civil Rights
What If Redrawing Segregated School District Boundaries Was Really This Easily?
What If Redrawing Segregated School District Boundaries Was Really This Easily?
Rethinking Islamophobia
These Teachers Banded Together to Protect a Student From Deportation—And Won

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