Independent Police Oversight Ballot Referral Survey

Partial Description from the Independent Police Oversight Ballot Referral Survey: Thank you for taking the time to share your input! Survey responses are due by end of day SUNDAY, JULY 12 – after which they will be reviewed by Commissioner Hardesty and staff to inform the final proposal.

Commissioner Hardesty believes that one piece of police accountability must include truly independent police oversight, and that’s why she’s working on a proposal with community advocates for council to refer a ballot measure for the November elections.

Click here to read more and complete the survey.

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.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Series Wrap-Up

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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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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.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Listen 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 Musician: Soul’d Out Productions

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Image of Soul’d Out Music Festival from the Soul’d Out Productions Facebook Page

Partial Description from Soul’d Out Productions: Soul’d Out Productions brings together all worlds of Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Funk, African, Reggae, Latin, Electronic to celebrate the music that helps to bind our collective culture together under one banner in the top venues in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

While we wait for venues to reopen, check their upcoming events and listen up to their sounds.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Read 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 Author: Jelani Memory

Image of Jelani Memory with his book “A Kids Book About Racism” from akidsbookabout.com

Bio from ABookAbout.com: Jelani Memory is an African American entrepreneur, thinker, and constant learner. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and six kids. He still wants to be an artist when he grows up.

A Kids Book About Racism

Photo of A Kids Book About Racism from akidsbookabout.com

Description from back of book: Yes, this really is a kids book about racism. Inside, you’ll find a clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens. This is one conversation that’s never too early to start, and this book was written to be an introduction for kids on the topic.