Amplify Black Neighbors: Series Wrap-Up

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This post is the wrap-up of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series that happened throughout June and into July 2020. For more information on the series, click here.

Image from Black Lives Matter
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New Zebra Stripes at SE 72nd/SE Duke

Image of zebra striped crossing at SE 72nd Ave/SE Duke Street. Photo by Stephenie Frederick, BDNA Land Use and Transportation Chair.

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been sending Brentwood-Darlington lots of street improvements that mean more safety for our residents, especially our kids! Some projects include the 45th Avenue repave, a pedestrian crossing with refuge at SE 52nd and Knapp, left-turn guiders at SE 52nd and Flavel Street that slow traffic, a fully-marked crossing at SE 74th Avenue and Duke Street close to Woodmere Elementary, and (just outside B-D) a pedestrian crossing with refuge at SE46th at Henry Street (for students of Lewis Elementary).  And now we have big white zebra stripes painted all around the intersection at SE 72nd and Duke Street.  Thank you, PBOT!

Image of zebra striped crossing at SE 72nd Ave/SE Duke Street. Photo by Stephenie Frederick, BDNA Land Use and Transportation Chair.

City Council to Consider PPR Operating Levy

Portland City Council is considering the referral of a Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) operating levy for this November’s ballot. It would protect and restore recreation programs, park services, and our natural areas, including:

  • Recreation for All: end PP&R’s dependence on fees and transition to an equity-focused approach. Safely re-open community centers and pools, and resume fitness, arts, senior and youth, and environmental education programs for summer 2021;
  • Protect and Grow Nature: keep parks cleaner, safer, and more welcoming for all Portlanders. Plant new trees and proactively care for existing trees to help ensure clean water, protect wildlife, and diminish the impacts of climate change;
  • Community Partnerships: co-design recreational programming and provide resources to improve access to communities of color, families experiencing poverty, and refugees and immigrants, and provide community oversight.
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Independent Police Oversight Ballot Referral Survey

Partial Description from the Independent Police Oversight Ballot Referral Survey: Thank you for taking the time to share your input! Survey responses are due by end of day SUNDAY, JULY 12 – after which they will be reviewed by Commissioner Hardesty and staff to inform the final proposal.

Commissioner Hardesty believes that one piece of police accountability must include truly independent police oversight, and that’s why she’s working on a proposal with community advocates for council to refer a ballot measure for the November elections.

Click here to read more and complete the survey.

Woodmere Community Saturday BLM Rally

The Woodmere Community is hosting an on-going weekly rally, Saturdays starting July 11th. The rally begins at 5:00PM at Woodmere Elementary and then marches to join the nightly neighborhood protest at SE 72nd Ave/SE Flavel St at 6:00PM. This is a family-friendly event and safe space for all community members. Social distancing and masks encouraged.

June Leach Garden Video Update

June 2020 video update from Leach Botanical Gardens

David Porter, Executive Director of Leach Botanical Gardens, writes:

“The new construction video includes more views from the deck of the Tree walk.  The rails and the stainless steel cap on the railing are being installed and polished. Soon the electricians will come in and install lighting.  The structure is very aesthetically pleasing. 

In the landscape, the secondary paths are taking shape and the irrigation systems are nearing completion in the Gathering Green and Pollinator Garden areas.  The Arbor framework is assembled and next steps include pouring of the Terrace and setting the fire feature.  
I hope you enjoy the views. I am astonished that this has been the 11th construction video.  Time has flown by.

I hope you are safe and well, andI look forward to the day I can greet you in the Garden again.”

BDNA 2020-21 Board Election Results

Brentwood-Darlington, meet your 2020-21 Neighborhood Association Board!

  • Gail Kiely
  • Pam Hodge
  • Stephenie Frederick
  • Tina B.S. 
  • Lynn Reck
  • Shannon Kane
  • Chelsea Powers

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our July 2nd, 2020 Virtual Public Board Meeting and Elections.

Please Note: BDNA board members will elect officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) at the July 21st Virtual All-Committees Meeting.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Local Talent

This post is the final installment of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 4 Featured Brentwood-Darlington Neighbor: Blacktacular! (Ashanti Hall)

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Image of Ashanti Hall AKA Blacktacular! from his Facebook page.

About Blacktacular! from SoundCloud: I started writing poetry and then emceeing at a very young age. That kinda coalesced into hip-hop and beat-boxing in 1991. I got a lil’ gangsta there for a second until I encountered Electronic Music in about 1995. After a 4 year prison stint which helped my reset my priorities, and 3 years in Community College leaning Website Creation & Graphic Design; I jumped into promoting Hip-Hop and Electronic Music full time.

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