We Carry Our History With Us

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. David McAtee. Breonna Taylor. Nina Pop. Tony McDade. Say their names, we must say their names. 

Countless many more Black lives have been taken by state-sanctioned violence and police brutality. The pain we are experiencing from this is all too familiar. We are exhausted, but underneath the weight we carry lies anticipation for a better world. The words of James Baldwin illustrate this quite clearly: “History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.” 

Suspend in-person hospital advocacy services

5/28/2020 Update: 

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force promised to re-evaluate our recommendation on suspending in-person hospital advocacy services and share any changes by May. 

Our recommendation has not changed (see below for our original statement) and will stay the course until we hear more from Governor Brown. Based on OHA's projections, we expect visitor restrictions at the hospital to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

OCADSV and SATF will, however, release additional resources to support you in thinking about how to resume in-person hospital advocacy services. These resources will be released soon via our listservs and website.

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