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An evening of multicultural music and dancing, an opportunity to honor organizations and individuals who have welcomed new Portlanders, a chance to show support for the refugee and immigrant community.
POSTED MARCH 15, 2017
(Portland, OR) –
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) presents the Portlanders Stand with Refugees and Immigrants celebration this Friday, March 17, 2017, at the East Portland Community Center. All are welcome to the free, multicultural community gathering to celebrate people new to Portland – and to the United States - and to help them feel welcomed.
“We strive to show compassion, generosity, and support in welcoming refugee and immigrant families to the Rose City,” says City Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “Portland Parks and Recreation community centers, programs, and parks are places where all are welcome. Though we face much uncertainty, it is our unity that will allow us to persevere. This event gives us an opportunity to come together, demonstrate that unity, and give reassurance of our shared values.”
This free, public celebration of music and dance will also include an opportunity to learn more about PP&R’s efforts to provide more inclusive spaces, based on community feedback.
“Now more than ever we need to show members of immigrant and refugee communities that we support them and that we work to heal, honor, and embrace their families,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “We strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment in all our programs and facilities, and Portland Parks & Recreation will continue to do so.”
Portland Parks & Recreation, via the Parks for New Portlanders program, also hosts events such as the Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament and New Portlanders Cultural Celebration and Family Day. These events are often many newcomers’ first experiences with their City government, and helps people new to Portland access Portland Parks & Recreation offerings and other City services.
Portland Parks & Recreation welcomes people from all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders and abilities.