Video from April 18th, 2019 Alternate Walkways Meeting with PBOT

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 brentwood.darlington@gmail.com!)

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VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project

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?

Our Mission

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.

Our Work

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.

Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live

A free discussion about our relationships with our neighbors

Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00PM at Brentwood Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave Portland, OR 97206

Join Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association as we host the Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live, in partnership with SE Uplift and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.  This free conversation with Jen Mitas focuses on neighbor interactions and relationships.  Read more and RSVP by visiting the official event post at SE Uplift.  RSVP to this event on Facebook here.

City Council Votes to Accept Sidewalk Funds

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, board members Chelsea Powers and Stephenie Frederick testified at City Council on behalf of accepting the intergovernmental agreement for the Safe Routes to School sidewalk infill grant. The motion passed with full support of the commissioners! Our thanks to the hard working folks at Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for keeping this project moving through the lengthy process. Look for your neighborhood representatives after the 4:12:00 mark in the official City Council video linked below. To view the presentation given by PBOT in detail, click here.

Testify for Our Sidewalks on February 6!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Testify in person at the February 6th Portland City Council meeting or send your written letters of testimony to the Council Clerk: Karla Moore-Love, 1221 SW 4th, Room 130, Portland, OR 97204

In 2016, neighbors and board members, some with small children in tow, testified before Metro.  This key piece of advocacy secured over $5M for sidewalk infill and more in Brentwood-Darlington, thanks to a Regional Flexible Funds grant.  Now, the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for accepting that grant goes to City Council on the morning of Wednesday, February 6th. With the completion of the IGA, the funding finally starts flowing and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) can start design engineering! Please show your support of the City accepting this grant money and let them know how ready we are for our new sidewalks!

Portland Gravel Street Service in Brentwood-Darlington

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The Portland Gravel Street Service is PBOT’s new street improvement service for Portland’s gravel streets. Through this free service, PBOT crews are filling potholes and ruts and smoothing out gravel streets across the city.

On Monday, January 7th, please join Chloe Eudaly Portland City Commissioner and PBOT’s Interim Director Chris Warner at 10 AM at SE Harney and 62nd. They will be highlighting the progress PBOT crews have made with this new service and celebrate the start of work in the Brentwood-Darlington area.

Learn more at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/76912

RSVP to this event on Facebook here.

Helmets Needed for Woodmere Unicycle Club

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Help Mr. Stultz at Woodmere Elementary give his Unicycle Club students helmets! 

Woodmere Elementary School offers unicycling to boys and girls in grades 2-5. These kids are awesome! They are hard working, committed and focused, often performing at school and neighborhood events.  This great sport was introduced to them in a physical education class.  Students gain confidence in their abilities and improve their skills. Unicycling is hard, helping students develop their perseverance, patience, and focus.

Many of the students wishing to participate in Unicycle Club do not have helmets at home and are unable to afford one.  Students will earn the responsibility of borrowing a unicycle for the entire school year.  Those who forget their helmet at home will be able to borrow one from school, ensuring that safety remains the top priority.

Students attend weekly practice and those that learn to ride earn a t-shirt and have the opportunity to ride in the Junior Rose Parade in June. They also are part of the school-wide performance in June.

Ready to support Woodmere Elementary’s Unicycle Club?

Click here and donate at DonorsChoose.org!