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Last night, Nick and his daughter were honored to meet former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden was visiting Portland on his American Promise Tour. Nick thanked the former Vice President for his deep commitment to cancer research.
Biden served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The American Promise Tour is a series of conversations that connects people around “topics that matter.”
He spoke to a full house at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall about his new memoir – Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. Literary Arts hosted the event, and Portland’s very own Kim Malek did a superb job interviewing Biden.
The book tells a deeply personal and moving story about his oldest son Beau’s battle with brain cancer. Biden reflected on the experience – how it affected him and his family, and how it altered the arc of his political aspirations.
The book and speech touched Nick personally as he navigates his own cancer treatment at the Knight Cancer Institute.
The holiday season is here, the most important time of the year for Portland’s neighborhood small businesses.
Nearly 20,000 small businesses call Portland home. They provide more than 270,000 jobs. And for every $1 spent at a local business, 70¢ stays in the local economy.
Monday, I took a pledge to shop local this holiday season.
Please join me!
You can learn more at Venture Portland’s website.
This morning, Council honored two remarkable leaders in our community. Nick introduced the 2017 Steve Lowenstein Award, which was awarded to Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes and Reverend Dr. T. Allen Bethel. They serve as co-chairs of the Albina Ministerial Alliance.
The Lowenstein Trust Award honors attorney, author, and civil rights activist Steve Lowenstein. The Lowenstein Trust recognizes Portlanders working to improve the lives of low-income people in our community.
Rev. Haynes, Senior Pastor at Allen Temple CME Church, and Rev. Bethel, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Church, have been a constant force for good in our community. Congratulations!
Today, Council also recognized older adults in our community with a proclamation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Federal law protects individuals aged 40 and above from employment discrimination based on age.
Special thanks to our partners – Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, and Portland State University for their deep commitment to a vision for Portland as a city that is welcoming and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.