With over 140,000 Russian-speaking people living in Portland-Vancouver-Salem, OR-WA Combined Statistical Area, Russian language is 3rd most popular foreign language used in Oregon.
Representatives of slavic community have been coming to the USA facing same forms of discrimination and isolation as the Polish, Irish and Italian immigrants many generations ago. These communities struggled with language, employment, education and social exclusion. In much the same way, the Slavic Russian community faces these barriers to equality and justice. As a result, the Coalition of Communities of Color has formally recognized the Slavic community as a community of color.
Despite the great lack of tangible support from the outside and the lack of a Russian-language cultural and social center, the community continues to grow stronger. Natives of the former Soviet Union, representatives of modern day Russian-speaking countries and other speakers of a great and powerful language, their children and grandchildren, we all strive to pursue happiness and liberty in this land.