Oregon Consumer Justice announces nearly $2 million in Policy, Community, and Consumer Grants funding for fifteen organizations to support and deepen their work in addressing consumer justice issues.
OCJ is taking a community-led approach toward realizing consumer justice in Oregon. We know that community-based organizations and coalitions across Oregon have long been working to improve consumer justice issues for the individuals, families, and communities they serve. We also know it will take multi-year campaigns to enact transformational change on issues impacting consumers–from debt collection to predatory business practices to imposter scams. OCJ Policy, Community, and Consumer Grants lessen funding barriers and help strengthen the capacity of organizations to meaningfully improve Oregon’s consumer landscape.
“With this funding we will be able to hire Oregon Health Equity Alliance’s (OHEA’s) first full-time, dedicated policy staff to provide organizational and communications support. This means we can craft and advocate for a health equity legislative agenda rooted in the community wisdom of OHEA’s partner organizations and their communities,” shared Ujuonu Nwizu and Esther Kim, OHEA Co-Directors.
2021-2022 Policy, Community, and Consumer Grant Recipients
Grantees represent a geographically diverse group of organizations, with an overwhelming majority of them led by BIPOC leaders and staff. OCJ will distribute funding this summer; grantees have until the end of the 2024 legislative session to spend the award.
- APANO Communities United Fund
- Centro Cultural
- Coalition of Communities of Color
- Latino Community Association
- Latino Network
- Oregon Health Equity Alliance
- Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
- Reimagine Oregon Project / Urban League of Portland
- Rogue Action Center
- Unite Oregon
- Willamette Valley Law Project dba PCUN Foundation
OCJ will engage this grantee cohort in a learning circle in addition to supporting their onboarding, training staff focusing on policy and advocacy work, and assisting with creating a collaborative space to encourage exploration of policy solutions for legislative action.
“We are excited to work with our partners to co-create and explore how to engage in legislative work while truly centering racial equity and community voice”, said Chris Coughlin, OCJ Policy Director.
Since our inception in 2019, OCJ has distributed over $6.5 million in consumer protection, advocacy, and legal grants to community-led organizations supporting Oregonians, including emergency response funding for Oregonians facing eviction and impacted by COVID and the wildfires.
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