City/County Info: 503-823-4000
1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204
The Urban League DCL Organizing Project is a capacity building project in the African American community, to maximize our community’s power to impact city, county and state institutions and elected bodies. The focus of the program has been to increase advocacy and civic engagement by organizing individuals, developing leaders, strengthening partnerships among African American and other communities of color. Our strategy is community outreach, education and skills training. Our series of Social Justice & Civic Leadership Trainings involved over 50 participants. We established task forces on employment and education with new leaders to develop on-going involvement in local decision-making. We continue to work to increase African American participation in city commissions and African Americans in housing, education, health, jobs and economic development, criminal justice,environmental justice and civic engagement. A policy action agenda is being developed to address disparities highlighted in the report. Other accomplishments this year were over 400 door step conversations with Southeast Portland residents; three successful African/African-American dialogues in with DCL partner CIO; a Watch Party for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s inauguration with the City’s Human Rights Commission, and involvement in City and County Budget Hearings.