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Today, Nick had the honor of attending the swearing-in ceremony of Adrienne Nelson, the newest member of the Oregon Supreme Court. Nick was joined by former State Senator Avel Gordly and Pastor T. Allen Bethel.
It was a historic moment because Justice Nelson is the first African-American to serve on our state’s highest court.
Justice Nelson served with distinction as a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge for nearly 12 years, until her appointment by Governor Brown on January 2nd.
Portland’s loss is Oregon’s gain. She will be a great asset to the Court and an inspiration to women and communities of color throughout the state.
Justice Nelson Being Sworn in by Chief Justice Balmer
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Speaking at the Ceremony
Nick with Former State Senator Avel Gordly and Pastor Bethel
Today, Nick unveiled a new mural in the City Hall atrium, “Mesopotamians on the Banks of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.”
Since 2016, a group of Iraqi immigrant youth have been learning about their new home by taking part in environmental service projects with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. They paddled local waterways, learned about the unique features of our local environment, and helped with important habitat restoration projects.
The mural, designed by Faisal Ajeel, celebrates their project and the immigrants with images from both Portland and Iraq. The group was excited to visit City Hall and have their art publicly displayed, and Nick proudly welcomed them to our community.
Special thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and the Iraqi Society of Oregon for their partnership.
Come visit City Hall and take a look at the beautiful art!