CIR has filed suit against the State of Oregon for establishing a coronavirus relief fund that is limited to black Oregonians. Setting aside government money for a race-exclusive fund violates the Fourteenth Amendment and federal anti-discrimination law.
In July, The Contingent, an Oregon nonprofit that primarily serves black Oregonians, and the Black United Fund requested $62 million from the state to establish The Oregon Cares Fund. The Oregon Cares Fund would distribute federal grant money exclusively to Black individuals and Black-owned businesses. The state authorized the full amount.
Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the suit asks the court to declare the race-exclusive limit on the relief fund unconstitutional and to consider applications for relief under the fund regardless of race.
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