Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View More

new portlander policy council

new portlander

policy council

Mayor and Mdme. Hales reassuring Iraqi, Bhutanese, and Latino Portlanders at

IRCO’s first National Night Out, August 5, 2014.

Many thanks to the City Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Our Cordial Invitation to you –


A family feast of Arab and Nepali poetry, music, food and fun

Saturday, August 16, 2 to 4pm. Midland Library

805 SE 122nd Street, Portland 97233

Multnomah County's Midland Library has long been a local leader and kind convener of neighborhood efforts to embrace Portland's refugee and immigrant communities. Families from our wobbly world's most chaotic corners have for generations received comfort and encouragement from our librarians. Our August 16, Saturday afternoon event promises some more of that.

This long summer's tragedies and uncertainties for our Iraqi, Bhutanese, and Palestinian Portlanders will be likewise soothed at Southeast Portland’s Midland Library, between those tall Douglas fir and under their landmark clock tower.

Please join Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council, Portland's East Precinct Community Policing Center, Portland Fire & Rescue, and the City Office of Neighborhood Involvement, for a feast of Arab and Nepali poetry, West African and Nepali music, Arab and Bhutanese cuisine, and a lot of gracious company. All for free.

Please bring family and friends for this ongoing building of a better city, a bigger us.

Honored guests Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization officers, board directors, and members of the
Iraqi Society of Oregon officers, board directors, and members of the

Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council performers

Palestinian American writer Mohammad Bader was born in East Jerusalem and much of his poetry reflects his experience as a first generation immigrant. He is Division Director for Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Services Division. His recent book of poetry "The Traveler" published by Lulu Press (2011).

Portland Bhutanese writer Moti Rizal’s book "Life at Refugee Camp in Nepal" is written in traditional Nepali poetry style. It chronicals Bhutanese life in their homeland, in Nepal refugee camps, and their resettlement in America.

Benin-born and Portland author, singer/songwriter, and educator Parfait Bassalé tuned early into music as a vehicle to understand and overcome the challenges of painful migration, bewildered resettlement, and the complexities of integration. He continues using his West African life story as a catalyst for groundbreaking research on a song-centered approach to education. A framework designed to teach empathy to various audiences.

Gauri Rajbaidya, Bikram Vaidya, and Manoj Kansakar, together are a fusion band of old school Nepali traditions blended well with New World rock n' roll, blues, and reggae. Gauri is Newa from Nepal, where he is a founder of the Society for Urban Poor. On this side of our Pacific Sea, Gauri works as an architect at SERA and as a civic activist with APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

STORIES FROM HOME is presented by Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council; Multnomah County Library, Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Anna Gindlesperger 503.314.1127



Getting to Equity?

Looking for newcomer community partners? Click here

Ronault LS Catalani (Polo)

New Portlander Programs (formerly Immigrant & Refugee Affairs)

Office of Equity and Human Rights Tel or text 503.823.6224

421 SW 6th Avenue E. Portland Neighborhood Office

Suite 500 1017 NE 117th Street

Portland, Oregon 97204 Portland, Oregon 97220

Mission of the Office of Equity and Human Rights:

Engaging city staff and elected officials through education and technical support

to recognize and remove race and disability related systemic barriers to equal opportunity

and access, thereby making equitable policies, programs, and practices an organizational priority.

To ensure equal access to services and activities

the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies and procedures and provide

auxiliary services to persons with disabilities.

Please call 503.823.9970, TTY 503-823-6868 with requests or

go to: