The mission of Occupation-Free Portland is to keep Portland occupation-free by ensuring that our city has severed all ties with the Israeli occupation, including but not limited to investments and associations with corporations that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. We extend this mission to include corporations that profit from the denial of human rights anywhere. We will work to make solidarity with Palestinians and their quest for an end to occupation and for equality and the right of return a standard part of Portland activism.
We enthusiastically embrace the nonviolent call of Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). We support the people of Portland as they rise up against this new era of bigotry, Islamophobia, and an agenda that completely ignores the human rights of Palestinians and others. We want to do this work in the context of and in solidarity with the struggles of people of color and immigrants and all whose human rights are threatened. We do this understanding the deep interconnections that are present in all of these struggles.
We also acknowledge that we live upon the occupied lands of Indigenous People. Often the same corporations and political forces are profiting from the denial of human rights of different peoples. In addition to solidarity with Palestinian rights via BDS, we will work to protect freedom of speech and rights that are under attack here and around the country. Our work will involve taking on new projects and adopting different campaigns related to our core mission values.