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Last week, Mariana Garcia Medina, our newest staff member and a DACA recipient, traveled to Washington, DC to lobby members of Congress to pass a DREAM Act.
Mariana joined hundreds of other Dreamers from across the country at the event, hosted by non-profit United We Dream. United We Dream is an immigrant youth organization that helps DACA recipients navigate the citizenship process and advocates for youth immigrants.
Mariana shared her personal story and asked our elected officials to help Dreamers keep their work permits and protection from deportation.
You can read Nick’s statement on President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA here.
Last night, Nick was honored to celebrate outstanding community leaders with 2017 Spirit of Portland Awards.
Every year, Nick selects individuals and/or organizations to receive an award. This year, he honored the Muslim Educational Trust (MET) and the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).
MET President and Co-Founder Wajdi Said and Public Relations Director Rania Ayoub are helping to lead the fight against discrimination and bigotry. While Wajdi is the public face of MET, Rania is the steady force who often works behind the scenes. Together, they and the rest of the MET team are building bridges of love and understanding in our community.
SMYRC is a drop-in resource center that provides a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ youth. They have been quietly changing lives for 19 years, empowering and supporting sexual and gender minority teens and young adults. They host positive events and activities and provide counseling, education, and skills training. SMYRC serves a diverse population of homeless and queer youth, providing them with a safe place.
Nick also presented Lisha Shrestha and Surya Joshi with the Community Leader of the Year Award, Nestor Campos with the Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year Award, and Cascade AIDS Project with the Access and Disability Justice Award. You can see the complete list of recipients here.
Congratulations to all of last night’s honorees!
Today, Council unanimously adopted new policies and standards designed to increase the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of our volunteer City advisory bodies.
The package adopted by Council focuses on creating uniform rules and procedures, daylighting conflicts of interest, providing consistency and clarity on the role of advisory bodies, and giving community members greater confidence in their service.
We do our best work in partnership with the community, when the people at the table have clear direction and the resources they need to be successful.
And when Council has good community input, we make better decisions.
Thanks to Commissioners Eudaly and Fritz for co-sponsoring this important legislation. And thanks to the City Attorney’s Office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, and the many community members who shared their expertise and perspective as we developed these reforms.