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!)
At our April meeting, we were joined by Marvin Peña, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project. Read below to learn a little more about VOZ, then visit portlandvoz.org to hire a worker!
What is Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project?
Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity.
We fight for justice for day laborers through three major programs: the MLK Jr. Worker Center, Internal Organizing, and External Organizing.
MLK Jr. Worker Center
The MLK Jr. Worker Center connects approximately 600 day-laborers per year to over 4,000 local employers. In 2016, day laborers earned almost $400,000 in wages through jobs found at the Worker Center. The Worker Center is a safe, dignified space for the day laborer community to gather in search of work. We offer workforce development skills, health, and safety training. We also guarantee labor protections such as a $15 minimum wage, and resources for victims of wage theft.