AUGUSTANA CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND SYSTEMIC CHANGE
Augustana Lutheran Church is home to a number of vital non-profit partners.
The mission of Familias en Acción is to promote holistic family well-being for Latinos through community engagement, education, research, and advocacy for social change. Familias was founded in 1998 in response to the need for a culturally specific organization to promote health for Latinos in Oregon. Today we have 14 staff and a board of leading Latinos in the community and host the largest Latino Health Equity Conference every year in June in the northwest. Our services include Community Health Work, Food Equity, Advocacy and HIV/STI Sexual Health Education.
Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) is a coalition of faith-based communities: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and other people of good will. Our grassroots organization, run primarily by volunteers, is advocating for safer schools, houses of worship and communities. We now number in the thousands from all over the state in our shared commitment to challenge the status quo as we work towards this important goal. Our voice has been heard by people throughout the state as we push to reduce gun violence in Oregon and the nation.
VIVA Inclusive Migrant Network is a non-profit organization founded by Francisco Aguirre in memory of his son Moises, with the help of Augustana Lutheran Church and allies. Enforcement and Removal Operation (ERO) agents tried to detain Francisco without a legal warrant for his arrest, Francisco’s son Moises became scared and decided to go back to El Salvador where he was murdered. After the death of his son, Francisco decided to transform all the pain into love and that’s when VIVA was born. VIVA works to combat the fear that the ERO has brought to immigrant communities and unite immigrants in the fight for freedom using non-violent methods that promote peace.
Irvington Preschool’s goal is to provide a stimulating and creative learning environment that encourages the development of each child’s positive self-image and social skills through both structured and unstructured play experiences in the areas of art, music, science, physical education, dramatic play, and reading and math readiness.
Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of over 100 labor, faith, community, and student organizations taking action for workers’ rights and economic justice, especially with those most marginalized by our economic system such as people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people and women. Jobs with Justice believes that all workers should have collective bargaining rights, employment security and a decent standard of living within an economy that works for everyone. We bring together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local levels to win improvements in people’s lives and shape the public discourse on workers’ rights and the economy.
The goal of the Swedish School in Portland is to develop the students’ ability to comprehend, speak, read, and write Swedish. In addition, the students learn about their cultural heritage through songs, traditions, geography, history, and literature.
Augustana is the fiscal agent for the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform and serves as a primary meeting space.
Fosters Haitian art, culture, and social support in the Pacific Northwest, to provide education and development resources to the community, and to expand the diversity of art and culture.
Other community non-profits birthed at Augustana include:
- The Community Alliance of Tenants
- Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice