Louisville, Ky., Mayor Joins Same-Sex Marriage Cause
DALLAS, TEXAS – Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Ky., has the fight to allow same-sex marriage.
Fischer took part in the U.S. Conference of Mayors gathering this past weekend in Dallas, Texas. Also on hand was Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland.
“We had a chance to talk about Oregon legalizing same-sex marriage, and about the honor I had to marry gay couples earlier this month,” Hales said. He obtained ordination specifically in anticipation that the state Supreme Court would overturn an Oregon ban on same-sex marriage.
Fischer became one of nearly 500 members of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a project of the national group Freedom to Marry. Hales is a member.
"It is clear to me that discrimination of any form should not be tolerated and that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the protections that only marriage can provide," Fischer said.
Nation's Mayors Speak on Black Male Achievement
TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014 -- Seventeen mayors and more than 200 city leaders from 37 municipalities nationwide, including Portland, came together in February in New Orleans, La., for the inaugural Cities United convening. The national movement aims to reduce the tragic number of violence-related deaths of young African American men and boys.
The following is a link to speeches given by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Portland is one of 11 cities selected by the National League of Cities to focus on Black Male Achievement.
Northwest Tribes’ Advocate Billy Frank Jr. Dies at Age 83
MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014 – Billy Frank Jr., a longtime activist for Native American tribes of the Northwest, died Monday at age 83.
Frank, of the Nisqually Tribe, spent decades fighting to persevere the fishing rights of Native American tribes. He was first arrested while protesting at the age of 14 and was taken into custody more than 50 times thereafter. He went on to win the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1992, according to the Seattle Times.
“We ceded all this land to the United States for a contract to protect our salmon, our way of life, our culture,” Frank said in 2012. “We’re gatherers and we’re harvesters. And they forgot about us. They built their cities, they built their university. They built everything, and they forgot about us tribes.”
“We can’t overstate how long lasting his legacy will be,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. “He pushed the state when he needed to push the state. And he reminded the state when it needed reminding. His legacy is going to be with us for generations. My grandkids are going to benefit from his work.”
President Obama praised Frank’s accomplishments. “Today, thanks to his courage and determined effort, our resources are better protected, and more tribes are able to enjoy the rights preserved for them more than a century ago,” he said in a statement.
A tribute to Frank is posted on the Nisqually Tribe’s webpage.
Urban League Career Fair Slated
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 – The Urban League of Portland's annual career fair is scheduled for next week.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., near the Lloyd Center.
This fair gives jobseekers the opportunity to meet face to face with recruiters from more than 50 employers, including representatives from corporate, professional, clerical, construction and health care industries, as well as the non-profit and government sectors.
Governing for Racial Equity Conference Opens
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015 – Mayor Charlie Hales welcomes more than 400 government employees and elected officials from around the country to the Governing for Racial Equity Conference.
The event was co-hosted on Tuesday, March 25, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Inn, by the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/article/482467
(Photo by Jeff Selby)
Central City’s Haamid Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014 – Shaheed Haamid, who works in Central City Concern, received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the “Keep Alive the Dream: Oh Freedom” event honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Haamid works in Central City’s Engagement Program as African-American Culturally Specific Case Manager in the Over Representation Program. The Over Representation Project seeks to assist African-American individuals who are over-represented in the country’s criminal justice system.
He received the award Monday.
Central City Concern provides affordable and supportive housing, health and recovery services, and employment services for homeless and very-low-income individuals and families.
“I appreciate the acknowledgement,” Haamid said. “It’s gratifying to know people respect what I’m doing in terms of my faith and clarifying working on behalf of the faith community and behalf of interfaith relations. Also recognizing the contributions we made to the social fabric of the African-American community in terms of education and entertainment.”
Shaheed Haamid leads Jumu’ah Services for Muslims on Fridays at the Inverness Jail and at the Multnomah County Department of Justice jails. He provides reading materials and counseling to groups requesting attendance at Jumu’ah Services.
He has also been active with KBOO radio for more than 20 years. He produces shows including “It Takes a Village” and “Blues and More.”
“We are pleased at this recognition for Shaheed,” said Ed Blackburn, Central City Concern executive director. “He has served our clients very well and has a profound understanding of the cultural aspects impacting recovery for this community.”
Portland Human Rights Commission Seeks Award Nominees
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2013 – The Portland Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the 2013 Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights awards.
Nominations in two categories will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. The categories are Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Organization.
Recipients in each category will be selected based on efforts to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play inPortland.
To nominate an individual or group for a Human Rights award, visit the commission’s website. Or send nomination information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission will present the winners of the Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights awards at a luncheon on Dec. 5, in celebration of International Human Rights Day.
Celebrate Diverse Cultures at Portland Roots Festival
FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 2013 – The first annual Portland Roots Festival explores the food justice movement and celebrates the flavors of African Diaspora food culture in an urban landscape.
The event is set for noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Admission is free.
The event will highlight the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin and African Diaspora populations of Portland. It will feature dozens of food vendors, micro-entrepreneurs, artists and performers, youth activities, and a keynote speech from Will Allen, founder and chief executive officer of Growing Power Inc. Allen is widely considered a leading authority on urban agriculture and food policy.
The festival is hosted by Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., in celebration of their Healthy Foods Access Initiative. The organization is a nonprofit, community development corporation with a mission "to preserve, expand and manage affordable housing in the City of Portland, and to provide access to and advocacy for services to our residents."
The organization owns and manages 700 units of affordable rental housing consisting of single family homes, apartments, mixed-use and commercial properties located primarily in North and Northeast Portland.
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March on Washington
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013 -- The city of Portland will celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24.
Mayor Charlie Hales and the City Council honored the moment at the Aug. 14 council meeting by reading a proclamation.
The march, on Aug. 28, 1963, saw thousands of Americans standing on the steps of the nation’s capital, demanding jobs and freedom. The march helped the United States finds its way to such changes as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Portlanders will come together at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Terry Schrunk Plaza, under the leadership of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition, the Urban League of Portland, NAACP of Portland, ACLU of Portland, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and others.
Speakers at the City Council meeting on Aug. 14 included the Rev. LeRoy Haynes of AllenTemple Community Church; Rabbi Joseph Wolf of Temple Havurah Shalom; Jo Ann Hardesty, executive director of Oregon Action and a former Oregon state representative; and Aubrey Harrison, program director, Basic Rights Oregon.
Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights
What is the strategic plan of the Office of Equity and Human Rights?
City services are administered and delivered in a way that gives all Portlanders access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well‐being and achieve their full potential.
The Office of Equity and Human Rights provides education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, starting with issues of race and disability.
What is Equity?
Equity is when everyone has access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well‐being and achieve their full potential. We have a shared fate as individuals within a community and as communities within society. All communities need the ability to shape their own present and future. Equity is both the means to healthy communities and an end that benefits us all.