White Ally Toolkit at SEUL

From Southeast Uplift:

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There is increasing scientific evidence that shows that empathy-based dialogues are the way to go if you want to have a chance to change adults’ minds. According to this research, the best way to foster “debiasing” is to first listen empathetically to skeptics so they feel heard, and after that, raise experiences and facts that invite them to a broader and more nuanced perspective.

But you don’t have to simply take this on faith. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were hardened after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  2. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were authentically changed for the better after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  3. Have ever been times when you someone listened to you empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped expand your view of a situation?
  4. Have been times when you listened to someone closely and empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped someone else expand their view of a situation?

If anti-racism allies are going to change any minds, empathetic listening will likely be important. But, the anti-racism movement should not expect POCs to empathetically listen to white racism skeptics. White people are in a much better position to execute listening-based strategy with people who are skeptical about whether racism is real.

On a daily basis, POCs must endure the indirect expression of white skepticism that racism really matters, and they must do so as they are they are experiencing overt and subtle racism in many parts of their lives. Some people of color might want to choose to have conversations where white people’s racial skepticism is consciously expressed. But it would not be fair to expect people of color to endure this.

This is a workshop for anyone in the who believes racism still exists and has questioned how to approach the topic of race with other white people in their communities. For more info, check out this website: https://www.whiteallytoolkit.com/

RSVP REQUIRED

If you are unable to pay the $10 cost for the training please contact Muz, muz@seuplift.org, (503) 232-0010 ext 319, for information on how to obtain a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the training.

*Contact Muz at muz@seuplift.org or call (503)232-0010 ext 319 if you require special accommodations.

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Neighborhood Clean-Up 2018!

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Join us for our annual neighborhood clean-up event!

Bring your bulky waste, scrap metal and wood, furniture, yard debris, and more!

Suggested Donation: Car $20, Truck/Van $30, Trailer $15, Mattresses $5. NO COMMERCIAL LOADS! We accept cash, checks, and cards. Please make checks out to, “BDNA.” Look for our flier in the May issue of the The Bee to save $5!

So what is “bulky waste”? Things like chairs, sofas, lamps, mattresses, old doors, piles of cardboard or bales of old newspapers, or anything else that cannot be left curbside for regular waste pick-up. We also accept scrap metal like old metal chairs, poles, wire, cable, ducts, and locks. Plus, drop off your yard waste that can’t go in the compost bin; like branches, vines, bushes, small trees, and stumps.

As per Metro, we cannot accept:

  • Building/construction/demolition materials, including:
  • Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
  • Walls: Painted wood, plaster, decorative plaster
  • Siding: cement siding, shingles, “Transite
  • Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
  • Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite
  • Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
  • Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing
  • Home and office appliances
  • Computers/components, monitors or TVs
  • Kitchen garbage/food waste
  • Refrigerators/freezers or air conditioners (containing Freon or ammonia)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Batteries (all kinds)
  • Paint
  • Chemicals
  • Toilets
  • Tires
  • Railroad ties
  • Barrels
  • Propane tanks
  • Explosives
  • Lead containing materials
  • Oil, mercury, or PCBs
  • Fluorescent bulbs & ballast

RSVP for this event on Facebook or NextDoor to stay up to date!

Want to save $5?

Download and print our flier or look for it in The BEE newspaper.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon

From Southeast Uplift:

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon

FREE DISCUSSION ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN OREGON

The February 26th event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project. Interpretation services in Spanish available, please let Muz at Southeast Uplift know if anyone needs other accommodations.

Ready, Get Set, Let’s Legislate!

From Southeast Uplift:

2017 legislative recap & preparation for 2018’s short legislative session in February!

It’s nearly that time of year again when our Oregon legislators come together to discuss, deliberate, and make decisions about policies and funding that impact livability from a state to a neighborhood level. If you missed our article last session, you can brush up on last year’s priorities and tips to participate in statewide legislative session here.

For the full Recap of 2017, read the rest of this article on SEUL’s website!

Neighborhood Small Grants for 2018

Neighborhood Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their neighborhoods.  Are you interested in grants for our community?  From now until January 8, 2018, interested parties can submit grants for funding ranging from $300-$4,000, with over $24,000 available total!

There will be two in person workshops on November 8th and November 18th. To register please click here!  If you are unable to attend a workshop, they will also be hosting two online webinars for interested community members on November 16th and December 5th.  To register for the November webinar please click here. For the December webinar please click here.

Applications are due by 4 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications can be submitted by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email submission is preferred.  For more information, visit Southeast Uplift’s website.

SEUL Event: Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon

Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon,” a free conversation with Willamette University professor Emily Drew on Thursday, October 26th at 10 am at Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main St Portland, OR 97214.

This program is hosted by SE Uplift and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about free this community discussion, please contact Muz Afzal at (503)232-0010 ext 319.

SE Uplift Board Elections

Our neighborhood coalition, SE Uplift, is holding elections for new at-large board members in July!  SE Uplift works to assist the citizens and neighborhood associations of Southeast Portland to create communities that are livable, socially diverse, safe, and vital. They provide an organizational structure and forum to empower citizens to effectively resolve issues of livability and community development.  Meetings are held the first Monday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00PM at 3534 SE Main St.  At-large board member positions serve a one-year term.

To be considered for an at-large board position at SE Uplift, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • represent an organization (ex. Bike Loud PDX)
  • have expertise in a certain area (ex. city planning)
  • are a member of an under-represented group (ex. minority or renter)
  • represent a business association (ex. Woodstock Business Association)

(Applicants representing an organization or business association need to be nominated by their organization.)

Interested?  Apply here by June 14th.