Third Rail Repertory Theatre stands in solidarity with those demanding justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.
We commit to join those working to dismantle the entrenched, institutionalized racism that makes it possible for the centuries of violence against Black people to continue.
We see the grief, anger, and exhaustion of our Black and POC friends, colleagues, community and family members, and commit to giving them respite by being accountable to them in our actions, language and behavior.
We acknowledge that white supremacy is central to systems of oppression, and that by not dismantling it, we have been complicit in keeping it intact. We commit to examining and deconstructing that white supremacy in our organization, listening and making space for voices of Black artists and artists of color, and actively working to fight racism in all of its explicit and implicit forms. Black Lives Matter.
Maureen Porter, Managing Artistic Director
on behalf of all of us at Third Rail
Don’t Shoot Portland
Don’t Shoot Portland is a Community Action Plan that incorporates activism, education and strategic partnerships to foster community liberation from violence and oppression.
Black United Fund
For over 30 years, Black United Fund of Oregon has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for low-income communities and communities of color in Oregon. The ultimate goal of the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) is to increase opportunities for growth by encouraging philanthropic activity in our state and putting funds in the hands of organizations providing resources for underserved communities.
Coalition of Communities of Color
The Coalition of Communities of Color’s mission is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.
The Portland African American Leadership Forum helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.
NAACP of Portland
The NAACP of Portland works to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.
The Urban League of Portland
The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
The MRG Foundation
The MRG Foundation believes in the power of collective action to change the world.
Third Rail Repertory Theatre acknowledges that we live and work on the stolen ancestral lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes, and continue to make their homes, along the Willamette and Columbia rivers. We acknowledge that the seizure of these lands was by forced and armed removal of these Indigenous communities. Portland’s urban Native community is descended from more than 380 tribes, and there are nine sovereign Native American nations located throughout Oregon.
We acknowledge that Third Rail’s administrative offices in the Alberta Abbey reside in a building that was historically a religious and community gathering place in a predominantly Black neighborhood, and that the Black community members of the Albina district have been displaced through decades of systemic racism. It is important to note that this displacement contributes to community violence.
We acknowledge that these words are meaningless without action to address the injustices in our community, and we hold ourselves accountable to act in service of dismantling the systems that feed racism and anti-Blackness.