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Portland’s MAAs (mutual assistance associations) and our city’s civic culture

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Integrating immigrant and refugee portlanders into the Life of our City

Portland’s MAAs (mutual assistance associations) and our city’s civic culture

Community Radio KBOO 90.7fm

8am to 9am Wednesday, November6

A live call-in hour about Portland’s big believers in participatory democracy.

Hosted by: Lisa Loving, Producer of Wednesday Talk Radio and News Editor at The Skanner News

Ronault LS Catalani (Polo) New Portlander Programs, City Office of Equity and Human Rights

Presenters: Djimet Dogo, Portland African community elder and IRCO Africa House manager

Chhabi Koirala, Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization

Dr. Baher Butti, Iraqi Society of Oregon

Alberto Moreno, Oregon Latino Health Coalition

The federal designation: MAA (mutual assistance association) means many things.

The MAA elders and activists on this radio show do many kinds of things for Portland’s newcomer communities – from refereeing family fights to translating emergency room matters; from engaging immigrant parents with community policing to advocating for legislative reform.

But two big things bind their work:

Their Old World moral authority among their folk, and their New World personal commitment to participatory democracy.

Listen-in and call-up. Ask our heavy-lifters.

One African, one Asian, one Arab, one Latino – all Portlanders contributing to setting straight the facts and clearing out our fears about where our city’s demographics are going.


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Ronault LS Catalani

New Portlander Programs (formerly Immigrant & Refugee Affairs)

Office of Equity and Human Rights Tel or text 503.823.6224

421 SW 6th Avenue E. Portland Neighborhood Office

Portland, Oregon 97204 1017 NE 117th Street

Portland, Oregon 97220

Mission of the Office of Equity and Human Rights:

Engaging city staff and elected officials through education and technical support

to recognize and remove race and disability related systemic barriers to equal opportunity

and access, thereby making equitable policies, programs, and practices an organizational priority.

To ensure equal access to services and activities

the City ofPortlandwill reasonably modify policies and procedures and provide

auxiliary services to persons with disabilities.

Please call 503.823.9970, TTY 503-823-6868 with requests or

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