Brentwood-Darlington Wins 2017 Weston Award!

Oregon Walks Executive Director Noel Mickelberry, Lesley McKinley, Chelsea Powers, Meesa Long. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Congratulations to Lesley McKinley, Meesa Long, and Chelsea Powers on receiving a 2017 Weston Award on behalf of Brentwood-Darlington!  Their inspiring work secured over $5M for sidewalks in our neighborhood!

Map showing sidewalk infill and greenway additions to be implemented in 2019/2020 from the RFF grant funding.

Below is an excerpt of the amazing speech given by McKinley during the awards ceremony.  Read the full story on Bike Portland.

“We were annexed into Portland 30 years ago and we have just not gotten our due. And so we’re coming for you. And I think we’ve proven how absolutely skilled we are in this work. So be afraid…

This was driven by women. This was driven by underserved people, blue-collar people, of which I am one.

We’re very, very grateful, but we’re coming for your money. Do not forget these faces. We’re going to be at every meeting, we’re going to be at every budget, and we should no longer have to send 400 postcards from underserved children begging for their rights. Don’t make us do this again.”

 

-Lesley McKinley

Members of PBOT, BDNA, and Commissioner Vega Pederson pose for a photo at the 2017 Weston Awards.

 

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ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel

Learn to be effective in advocating for your community at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel event!

Hear from government officials and advocates how to be an effective community advocate during next year’s Oregon state legislative session at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel event on Monday, October 30. The event will be in the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s (IRCO) community center at 10301 N.E. Glisan Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

City Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz will conduct a legislative community forum 7:25 to 8:30 p.m. to gather attendee’s input for the City’s state legislative agenda. They are seeking input on community issues and which issues people would like to see advanced by the legislature. There will be a group exercise to identify community and neighborhood priorities.

The first section of this event will have an advocacy panel of elected officials and professional advocates sharing advice and answering questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state level. The panel consists of Representative Janelle Bynum (House District 51), Mary Moller from Governor Kate Brown’s office, OPAL’s Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield, and Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (Senate District 17). The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Edwards from the City’s Office of Government Relations.

ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event. The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please contact by phone at 503-823-3093 or email marco.mejia@portlandoregon.gov by Monday, October 23rd to request accommodation.

TriMet transportation is possible by taking the #15 Belmont/NW 23rd and the #25 Glisan/Rockwood bus lines. The MAX Blue line stop at N.E. 102nd Avenue and Burnside is a few blocks from the IRCO community center.