Who We Are
To act as an information source and clearinghouse
To promote educational activities and events
To be a community building force in the local area
To be a strong ally on progressive human rights issues
To build a strong organization with long term viability
In July of 1991, Right to Privacy PAC, now called Right to Pride, facilitated a
statewide meeting of activists to prepare an opposition force in preparation for
the anti-gay measure that would be come Measure 9-1992.
A small group of Lane County activists attended that meeting and left it with a
resolve to begin a local effort. A series of meetings was called in August,
September, and October and NO ON HATE - Lane County was formed. The following
year plunged the group through a crash course in grassroots politicsm, first in
a political defeat in Springfield over 20-08 in May of 1992, then into a victory
as the local affiliate of the Campaign for a Hate Free Oregon, over Measure 9 in
1992 followed by the Appelate Court overturning of Measure 8 from 1988.
For several months activists met to prepare a way to preserve what had been
built in anticipation of another measure in 1994. From that planning a new
organization was formed, Citizens United Against Discrimination or C-PAC, which
worked with local communities in Lane County as the OCA swept through rural
Oregon and stood prepared to take on Measure 13 in 1994 as the local affiliate
of Basic Rights Oregon.
With a second victory behind them the group felt a need to find another venue in
which to continue the work that had been established here. Education was clearly
the key. It was decided to change tactics and establish a non-profit educational /
community building organization and the Equality Project was born.
Working with the local community the Equality Project became the Fiscal
501(c)(3) Sponsor of the Lane County PRIDE Day and continues so today.
Our relationship with Basic Rights Oregon has also continued as we have worked
to educate employers using BRO's Fair Workplace Model.
In 2000 Board members pledged their hearts and volunteer time to Basic Rights
Oregon and help defeat the OCA once again sending Measure 9 to a second defeat.