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Portland United Against Hate mobilizes to improve reporting and tracking of hateful acts and support communities in need

A community initiated partnership of community organizations of color, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland are building a rapid response network – Portland United Against Hate – that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and provides support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era.

Vigil and public announcement

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Da Vinci Middle School

2508 NE Everett St.

Outside on east side of building

Wheelchair accessible

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event link

A community initiated partnership of community organizations of color, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland are building a rapid response network – Portland United Against Hate – that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and provides support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era.

A vigil and public announcement on the creation of the partnership will be held along with brief statements from community and neighborhood leaders and local elected officials on Tuesday, February 14, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, at Da Vinci Arts Middle School located at 2508 NE Everett St. The event is being held at the school due to its symbolic proximity to several graffiti hate tags in the Kerns neighborhood, which have already been removed.

To date the coalition includes Africa House, Asian Family Center, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Causa Oregon, Coalition of Communities of Color, IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization), Latino Network, Teatro Milagro, Native American Youth and Family Center, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Office of Neighborhood Involvement City of Portland, Portland African American Leadership Forum, Portland Two-Spirit Society, Q Center, Resolutions Northwest, Southeast Uplift, Unite OREGON, Urban League of Portland, Verde, YWCA of Greater Portland. Others are invited to join. The Kerns Neighborhood Association is mobilizing neighbors to attend the vigil to say no to hate in their neighborhood.

The partnership grew out of several community organizations approaching the Office of Neighborhood Involvement after this November’s election asking for assistance in convening organizations to collaborate in building a response to the negative forces that undermine our city and communities. In recent months, many community organizations have reported increasing incidents of hate crimes and intimidation, including bullying and violence stemming from racism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, islamophobia, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, stigma, and misogyny.

Representatives from over a dozen organizations have been meeting since then to craft a joint statement and develop intentional collaborative strategies to protect vulnerable communities from hate. Key commitments to collaborate on include:

 

  • Working with area municipalities, starting with the City of Portland, to build community capacity to improve the reporting and tracking of hate crimes;

 

  • Mobilizing and training organization constituents to participate in grass roots actions to support and protect community members targeted by hate in our city.

 

  • Coordinate volunteer and training opportunities to combat and speak out against hateful, harassing or intimidating acts.

 

In the past three months since the election the City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program, within the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, reported a significant increase in “high-priority” graffiti removals compared to previous years. Since Nov. 8, 2016 there have been 23 hate and 60 political graffiti removals compared to zero hate tags reported in the same time period in the past two years and only one political tag in the same period in 2015-16.

Community leaders are aware of an increasing number of incidents meant to harass and intimidate neighbors such as the recent verbal attacks on Latino parishioners at St. Peters Church on SE Foster Rd. and a brick thrown through the window with a Black Lives Matter message at In Other Words bookstore on NE Killingsworth. We applaud and commit to coordinating with other community-based initiatives already mobilizing to support and protect immigrant and refugee, Muslim, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and others targeted by hate.

Numerous organizations the Office of Neighborhood Involvement partners with have already taken the initiative including Latino Network working with the Oregon Law Center to develop a Protect Your Family resource guide, Unite Oregon collaborating with the ACLU Oregon to file a lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, and Concordia, Montavilla and Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Associations that have already adopted statements or organized community forums in support of targeted community members.

Additional organizations are invited to sign on to the joint statement and work with this growing partnership. We are reaching out to other organizations to invite them to participate. Numerous neighborhood District Coalitions are considering joining at their next board meetings.

Resources:

ACLU Know Your Rights

The Family Protection Tool Kit – Latino Network

For information contact:

Lizzie Martinez, Latino Network

503-283-6881 x153

lizzie@latnet.org

Linda Castillo, New Portlanders Program

Office of Neighborhood Involvement, City of Portland

503-823-3170

Linda.castillo@portlandoregon.gov

Culvert Replacement at SW 45th Avenue and Fanno Creek Project Update: Trees to be Removed

Environmental Services will be constructing a project to replace an aging culvert on Fanno Creek at SW 45th Avenue.

Culvert Replacement at SW 45th Avenue and Fanno Creek Project Update:

Trees to be Removed

February 2, 2017

Environmental Services will be constructing a project to replace an aging culvert on Fanno Creek at SW 45th Avenue. The new larger culvert will improve stream flow and allow fish to pass through. Two green street planters will also be constructed along SW 45th to capture and filter stormwater runoff before it flows into Fanno Creek. The restoration work and fish passage will continue Environmental Services efforts to improve conditions in Fanno Creek.

Go here to see project area map.

TREE REMOVAL

In preparation for construction this summer, Crews will begin clearing shrubs and removing

17 trees within the project area. The trees and shrubs will be removed prior to April 15th in order to reduce the likelihood of disturbing any birds from nesting in the construction area. The project area will be replanted with native trees and shrubs after construction. The trees vary in size, species and condition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SW45thCulvert. To receive email updates for the project, send an email to Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov with “SW 45th” in the subject line.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we will strive to provide a quick response to your concerns, and open and honest communication with you throughout the project.

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW Fifth Ave Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2831

Email: Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov.

Working for clean rivers

Stormwater runoff can impact water quality in rivers and streams. Natural resources, like urban streams, forests, and wetlands manage stormwater naturally to protect water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure reduces flooding and erosion, provides cool, clean water to our rivers and streams, and adds wildlife habitat and urban green space for healthier watersheds. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

The City of Portland complies with all non-discrimination laws including Title VI (Civil Rights) and Title II (ADA). To request a translation, accommodation or additional information, please call 503-823-7740, or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711

NW Newberry Road closed by landslide

NW Newberry Road is closed in the west hills near Linnton between US Highway 30 and NW Skyline Blvd. due to a landslide on the lower section of the road. The road is closed to through traffic, but local traffic may access the road up to either side of the slide.

This news release is available online.

January 18, 2017

NW Newberry Road closed by landslide

NW Newberry Road is closed in the west hills near Linnton between US Highway 30 and NW Skyline Blvd. due to a landslide on the lower section of the road. The road is closed to through traffic, but local traffic may access the road up to either side of the slide.

No timeline is available on how long the road will be closed. Landslides in hilly areas are more common after snow and ice events like those this month. For information on county roads, including emergency closures, visit www.multco.us/roads or MultCoRoads(link is external)on Twitter.

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