DPO Caucuses

Black Caucus

The Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus represents the political interests and views of Black democrats in the State of Oregon.

Our mission is:

  • To provide support and resources for Black Democrats seeking political appointments or elected offices.
  • To partner with existing organizations and expand political & leadership training for Black Democrats of all ages.
  • To serve as a forum to educate elected officials and the general public on matters affecting and impacting Blacks in the State of Oregon.
  • To promote the election of Black Democratic candidates at every level across the State of Oregon with technical, financial and volunteer support
  • To provide opportunities for all Black Oregon Democrats to participate fully and effectively in our political process.

What We Stand For

As an extension of the Democratic Party of Oregon, the Black Caucus believes that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. In particular, it is the position of the Black Caucus to work for a present and future society that respects the dignity of every Black Oregonian. Respecting the dignity of every Black Oregonian includes growing Oregon based, Black owned businesses and local economies, safeguarding our civil liberties and democratic rights, and protecting the natural environment in which we all live.

We will promote and protect our rights and responsibilities as citizens of our state, our nation, and the entire global community. We hold that every person is guaranteed the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We express our confidence that every one of us can maintain these rights while sustaining the interdependent web of life on this planet.

As members of the Democratic Party of Oregon, we affirm that as citizens of our state and our country, we are the government and promise to uphold the protections granted to us by our state and national constitutions. We stand firmly opposed to any attempt to compromise those rights and liberties in the name of governmental convenience or security. Where those rights and liberties are not fully realized, we pledge to help everyone within our borders to regain them. We invite all Americans to join with us to re-establish our two-century old democracy as a beacon of virtue admired throughout world.

DPO Black Caucus Officers

Chair: Loretta Smith (black_caucus@dpo.org)

Vice Chair: Miles Pendleton

Treasurer: Bryan Lewis

Correspondence Secretary: Ibrahim Coulibaly

State Central Committee Delegates: Loretta Smith, Mike Wilson, Reginald Richardson Jr.

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