From the Editors

Counterbound stands in solidarity with those protesting police brutality, anti-Black racism, and the racist institution of American policing. It is time to defund the police. Hold those in power accountable.

Tragically, anti-Black racism and police brutality in America are nothing new, in fact, they are inseparable from American history.

We will not forget the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. We will not forget the police killings that took the lives of so many African-Americans: Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, Walter Scott, and too many more. The list feels endless.

We understand that the liberation of all oppressed peoples requires fundamental changes to the political, economic, and social structures that exist. The work we publish seeks to dismantle systems that uphold whiteness and elevate a diverse collective.

We are committed to publishing work that supports the activist community in our region. All revenue generated from our first issue will go to the following local and national anti-racist activist organizations and groups: Rogue Action Center, Beyond Toxics, Poor People's Campaign, Color of Change, PDX Bail Fund, and NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The Editors.

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