Mission: Our Movement: The Urban League movement was founded in 1910. The National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads our nonrofit, nonpartisan, community based movement. The heart of the Urban League movement is our professionally staffed Urban League affiliates in over 100 cities in 34 states and the District of Columbia.
Our Mission: The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.
Our Methods: The Urban League movement carries out its mission at the local, state and natonal levels through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, collaboration and communications.
With a very small budget, the Urban League of Portland manages to be at virtually every table in the greater Portland area that has anything to do with people of color. And despite the fact that it is in demand everywhere, and the fact that they have a small budget, they manage to get very important things done - both legislatively as well as substantively. The staff is grossly underpaid but they stick around anyway. Their new CEO is charismatic, smart and humble. They are, more than any other organization in Oregon representing communities, the one indispensable organization.