WHAT WE'VE DONE
From June 2020 to November 2021, SOEquity was the proud sponsor of multiple local projects that operated through an equity lens and served our Southern Oregon community.
While these projects have come to a close or shifted leadership, we encourage you to check out our work in our short time as an established organization in Southern Oregon.
Projects That Live On:
Say Their Names Art
In 2021, SOEquity partnered with BASE, SOBLACC and Southern Oregon community members to transform the Say Their Names Memorial in Ashland's Railroad Park into a permanent installation.
Hawthorne Mutual Aid
For October 2020 to October 2021, SOEquity provided meals and essential resources to unhoused and displaced community members. By partnering with Rogue Food Unites, we were able to provide thousands of high-quality meals and never missed a day in over a year.
As one of the first on-the-ground community responders to the Almeda and Obenchain FIres, SOEquity has collaborated with dozen of organizations and hundreds of volunteers to provide mutual aid support to our community members who have been affected and/or displaced by the devastating wildfires. This included serving on the Rogue Valley Relief Fund Steering Committee.
Bias Reporting System
In January 2021, SOEquity collaborated with community partners to develop the Southern Oregon Bias Reporting System. The goal of this system was to provide a place that is independent of local governments and police departments where individuals can report incidents of bias, harassment, intimidation happening in Jackson and Josephine Counties. This project is currently in hiatus due to lack of funding and volunteer support.
Justice For Aidan
On November 23, 2020, Aidan Ellison, a 19-year-old young Black man, was playing music in a friend's car when a white man confronted him, escalated the situation, and fatally shot him.
Fresh Start Furniture Program
With a generous grant and help from community partners, SOEquity developed a furniture project to help furnish community members homes as the rebuild and relocate from the Alameda Fires. We worked with several furniture stores in the Rogue Valley to provide brand new furniture pieces for living rooms and bedrooms. With our grant money we were able to provide furniture as well as kitchen accessories and other essentials at no cost to 10 local families.
Six Feet Apart
SOEquity supported Anima Mundi Productions in their efforts to bring BIPOC and marginalized voices to their Six Feet Apart poetry and music project on life in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You ARE Enough
In August 2020, SOEquity set out to have a family-friendly barbecue to uplift the voices of local children of color. The critical response was so overwhelming, a simple event turned into a rally to have our voices heard.
Projects That Have Come to a Close: