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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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Books, dorm room, class schedule, and discount card?

August 23, 2013

Books, dorm room, class schedule, and discount card?

To promote spending at local businesses, the University of Portland (UP) and the University Park Business District is launching “The Pilot Experience,” a discount card program given to all incoming students.

As Casey Parks reported in The Oregonian yesterday, “More than 40 businesses offer discounts on services, entertainment, and dining.”

If you’re not a UP student you can still take advantage of the discounts by purchasing the card for $10. Half of all the sales go to the UP alumni association.

The new program launches tomorrow night at 5 pm during the school’s annual Bites on the Bluff event at the Chiles Center Plaza, just in time for the season opener of the Portland Pilots, the UP women’s soccer team!

University Park Business District launches discount program for University of Portland students

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

photo courtesy of University of Portland

Honoring the past and recommitting to a more just future

Last Saturday, Nick was proud to March with Senator Jeff Merkley, former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly, Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick, and other community members at the 50th Anniversary of the March onWashington.

August 26, 2013

 

Last Saturday, Nick was proud to March with Senator Jeff Merkley, former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly, Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick, and other community members at the 50th Anniversary of the March onWashington.

The anniversary march, held in downtown Portland, commemorated the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. As The Oregonian reported, "Ironically the same issues that compelled the first march, jobs, police brutality, housing, health care, equality are the same pressing issues of today."

Over the last 50 years we have made steady progress, but we also recognize that our work is far from finished. Today too many people in this great and prosperous country suffer from the same inequalities present 50 years ago. Let us continue on in the words of Dr. King that “as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.”

Together, let’s march ahead -- always moving forward, guided by the dream of a more perfect union.

Nick's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington speech

Marchers rally in Portland to commemorate March on Washington

On KATU.com

Photos and Video From Portland 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Helen Silvis in The Skanner News

Marchers in Portland commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

In The Oregonian

50 Years Later

In The Portland Observer

Portland activists recall March on DC

On KOIN.com

 

Portlanders march 50 years after Dr. King's dream speech

On KGW.com

Can you see the Forest For The Trees?

The Forest For The Trees project brought artists from around the globe to collaborate together and create incredible murals in Portland – all while exposing the community to the creative process.

August 27, 2013

Ever wonder what it’s like to see the artist’s process from start to finish? The Forest For The Trees project brought artists from around the globe to collaborate together and create incredible murals in Portland – all while exposing the community to the creative process.

Murals were a sensitive issue in Portland for many years because of a legal challenge in the city. As The Portland Mercury reported “Legal and regulatory battles tied up Portland's mural artists for the next ten years, until the current, more artist-friendly rules were put in place in 2009. Over the last four years, murals have increasingly appeared on walls around the city.”  This project adds 10 new incredible murals to the city’s backdrop.

The week-long project went from August 19 – 25, but the art will be enjoyed for years to come. View the new murals at:

  • NE 21st & Alberta
  • NE 21st & Sandy
  • SE Sandy & Stark
  • SE 9th & Sandy
  • SE 9th & Stark
  • SE 11th & Stark
  • SE 9th & Clay
  • SE 10th & Hawthorne
  • SE 12th & Madison
  • SW12th & Washington

Special thanks to event organizer Gage Hamilton, all the artists, and the sponsors for making Portland a little brighter.

Mural Blitz

Alison Hallett in The Portland Mercury

 

Forest for the Trees NW paints new murals on Portland businesses

Michael Lloyd in The Oregonian

 

photo courtesy of The Oregonian

Remembering the March on Washington

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the largest civil rights rallies in United States history.

August 28, 2013

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the largest civil rights rallies in United States history. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington.  The march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious leaders under the theme "jobs and freedom."

Over 200,000 people joined Dr. King at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago, including our own George Hocker Jr. George grew up in segregated Washington D.C.He knew that the march would be something big, but had no idea the effect it would take on the entire country.

This morning, OPB radio featured George. He shared his remembrances of this landmark event, and explains to listeners that although there were hundreds of thousands of people present, “you could’ve heard a pin drop out there, almost,” George said. “It was that quiet.” The words of Dr. King were so powerful you felt like he was speaking directly to you. “This was a defining moment for me, because I walked away from there feeling I’m not alone,” George went on to say.

Last Saturday, Nick and George joined other local community leaders to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. As we reflect over the last 50 years we have made steady progress, but we also recognize that our work is far from finished. Today too many people in this great and prosperous country suffer from the same inequalities present 50 years ago.

Washington-Born Portland Man Remembers 1963 March 

Geoff Nocross on OPB.org

 

Everyday Heroes: King speech just the beginning for George E. Hocker Jr.

Brian Wood on KATU.com

 

MLKs ‘Dream’ changed Portland man’s life

On KOIN.com

 

The March on Washington

On KGW.com

Congratulations REACH!

Today, we were excited to learn that our partners at REACH Community Development received a 2013 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing!

August 29, 2013

Today, we were excited to learn that our partners at REACH Community Development received a 2013 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing!

REACH was one of four national winners of this year’s award which focused on connecting senior housing to health care programs, supportive services, and green building standards.

The Portland Housing Bureau was proud to provide a $1.6 million loan to preserve the affordable homes in Walnut Park, as part of our 11 x 13 campaign.

In 2008, the Portland Housing Bureau launched the 11x13 campaign when we identified 11 buildings that were at risk of losing their federal subsidies by the end of 2013. With partners like REACH, 11 x 13 was a big success. We preserved the affordability of all 11 buildings -- home to more than 700 low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

"Walnut Park is a perfect example of how community partners came together to save existing affordable housing and create a sustainable asset for the neighborhood," said Dan Valliere, REACH’s CEO.

Congratulations to REACH, and to our friends who call Walnut Park home!

photo courtesy of REACH