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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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.”

Amplify Black Neighbors: Series Wrap-Up

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.

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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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Amplify Black Neighbors: Support Week 4

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

Week 4 Featured Organization: Hip Hop Stands Up

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Description from Facebook: Hip-Hop Stands Up is a BIPOC-lead coalition of artists who formed out of the tear gas of the protests following the death of George Floyd.

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Donate Week 4

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

Week 4 Featured Organization: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Collage of Marsha P. Johnson by Kendrick Daye, original taken by Hank O’ Neal at NYC’s Pride march in 1977. Image from The Marsha P. Johnson Institute website.

Partial Bio from The Marsha P. Johnson Institute website: Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by “Black Marsha” before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The “P” stood for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender. It is the consideration of who “Black Marsha” was that inspired The Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Click here to read more about Martha P. Johnson and donate to the Institute.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Act Week 4

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

Week 4 Featured Action: Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

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Logo image from the Showing Up for Racial Justice website

Partial Description from SURJ: SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially-just society.

That work cannot be done in isolation from or disconnected from the powerful leadership of communities of color. It is one part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement centering the leadership of people of color.

Therefore, SURJ believes in resourcing organizing led by people of color, and maintaining strong accountability relationships with organizers and communities of color as central part of our theory of change.

Click here to read more about SURJ on their website.

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Watch Week 4

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

Week 4 Featured Film: Prideland

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Image from the film Prideland

Description from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB): Follow queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South. Rating: TV-PG

Click here to read more and watch the film for free.