Hi! We are a group of Lewis Elementary upcoming 5th graders! Our goal is to change the name of Meriwether Lewis Elementary School. Meriwether Lewis was a white explorer and member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The exploration of Oregon by Lewis and Clark resulted in the stealing of land from Native Americans. Also, the expedition had an enslaved person present, named York, who was not paid for their work. We understand the importance of Meriwether Lewis in Oregon history however we do not believe that our school needs to be named after him. We believe that school names should be inclusive of all and are too often named after white people.
We are proposing changing the name to John R. Lewis Elementary. John R. Lewis was a civil rights leader and Congressman who is known for being one of the “big six” civil rights activists. He was born on February 21, 1940 in Alabama. As a teenager in the 1950’s he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and started his activism work while in college. In 1960 he was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizing many events like the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the Selma-to-Montgomery campaign and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. John R. Lewis was arrested over 40 times for his activism and received the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He was a representative of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 until his death in 2020. We believe that naming our school John R. Lewis would be a way to honor this important leader in our country’s history.
We believe that it is very important to get input from the Lewis community on the idea and the new name we have proposed. We kindly ask that you sign our petition to give your input. Thank you!
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.
Beginning this Sunday, we will share daily posts towards raising awareness and educating the overall community, especially white people, on how to stand up for racial justice. Since June is Pride Month, we will also include material in support of our LGBTQ neighbors.
The Portland United Against Hate Coalition is pleased to partner with the Office of Community and Civic Life and SE Uplift to provide the following five trainings between October 2019 and June 2020. The trainings all elevate awareness of the prevalence and danger of hate in our city and offer practical guidance on how to safely interrupt hate and provide trauma-informed care. All the trainings are free and open to the public, you are welcome to sign up for a single program or sign up for the whole series; all 5 trainings will take place in the SE Uplift Coalition area.*
The first workshop is Hate, Housing, and the Landscape of our City on Tuesday, Oct 1st at 6pm @ St Philip Neri Church on SE 16th & Division.
This signature collection form is now closed. We hope to hear the results of the TGM grant application in Fall 2019.
Most of Brentwood-Darlington and parts of Mt. Scott-Arleta lack sidewalks, local commercial amenities, and adequate transit and street safety. The City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is applying for a large state grant to engage the residents of our two neighborhoods in planning for improved transportation, housing, and economic opportunities. We invite you to support this application by providing your name and address. Add your email address if you’d like to receive our newsletter. Thank you!
Couldn’t make it to our April 18th, 2019 meeting on Alternate Walkways with Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)? Here is partial video of the meeting to discuss types of alternative walkways, especially along Safe Routes to School, in Brentwood-Darlington! Hosted by the Land Use and Transportation committee of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) with special guests from Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
(We are aware the video quality is pretty bad, but felt the audio was important. We’re working on better technology to connect our community to advocacy opportunities. Are you great with video and want to volunteer with BDNA? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!)