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The City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

main phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

NARAL Resolution supporting Right to Safe and Legal Abortion

At the Portland City Council Meeting on Wednesday, July 10, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Forward Together and APANO along with the support of Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and City Attorney Tracy Reeve, brought forward a resolution in support of a right to safe and legal abortion. In previous years, we primarily encountered the introduction of bills intending to restrict abortion rights, such as most recently Measure 106 that was referred to the ballot in November of 2018, but those measures, thankfully, failed. In 2019, we are again witnessing measures restricting abortion rights in multiple states. We must fight against these restrictions to the right of safe and legal choice. I stand with my fellow City Council members in their concern over the current threats against abortion rights—which affect all members of our community.

“We’ve seen first-hand the devastation that comes when abortions are not legal, safe, and accessible,” said Commissioner Hardesty. “I’m calling on us as a city hold the line here and ask other progressive cities to join us in defending reproductive rights throughout the country.”

All five members of City Council co-sponsored the resolution, which passed unanimously this afternoon.

Clean Start, Second Chance

In partnership with the City, Central City Concern's Clean Start program works hard to provide trash removal services to areas impacted by people experiencing homelessness throughout the city. Through the Clean Start program, 544 tons of trash and 29,296 needles were collected and removed in 2018.

But Clean Start is more than just a trash removal program. They believe in giving people second, third, and fourth chances. Their homeless-to-work program helps formerly homeless individuals earn a regular paycheck while providing them with an understanding, compassionate, and stable work environment. 

The Clean Start program assesses barriers to employment and helps people move on to permanent full-time employment. Most of the trainees receive housing in one of Central City Concern's housing buildings during their employment. Each year, since 2015, about 50 trainees go through the program. In 2019, it is expected that the program will expand to 70 trainees.

In the video, you’ll hear about David’s powerful story. For more information about Clean Start, please visit their website here.

Pride in Portland

Last week, the City was full of pride - honoring 50 years of Stonewall, 25 years of Pride Northwest, and of course Pride in Portland!

We kicked off Pride with a Pride Proclamation event at City Council last Wednesday. During the council session the Commissioner and I listened to important testimony from LGBTQ+ community members and the Executive Director of Pride Northwest, Debra Porta, on the history as well as the future of of Pride in Portland. 

The day was filled with many emotions as we heard from community members like Jim Clay from Cascade AIDS Project on how our community continues to witness the struggles older adults in our LGBTQ+ community. we also took a moment of silence for those in our community - both past and present - who have been victims of hate because of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. 

Then on Sunday, I joined my city colleagues as we marched proudly with our community in the Pride Parade in Portland in Portland. It was attended by over 45,000 people. The energy was incredible!

Thank you to Pride Northwest, We are Better together, City Employees LGBTQ+ and Friends Affinity group, my wife Katrina, and of course my staff for making Portland Proud!

 City of Portland Pride Video 

City of Portland Pride Proclamation

Portland Pride Parade 2019: Tens of thousands clad in rainbow colors flood downtown Portland by Mark Graves, The Oregonian

Portland Pride expects 60,000 people for downtown festival, parade by Lizzy Acker, The Oregonian

Pride Parade Photos: The Mercury Celebrates Pride by Wm.Steven Humphrey, Portland Mercury

Happy Juneteenth!


Last Saturday, I had the great opportunity to join community members at Legacy Emanuel for our annual Juneteenth Celebration!

Although our nation celebrates July 4th as Independence Day, not everyone was able to partake in the freedom laid out in the Declaration of Independence. Even after the emancipation Proclamation slaves were kept by some in defiance. On June 19, 1865, Major Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3 in Galveston, Texas containing the words "all slaves are free." Juneteenth Dependence Day commemorates that important day in our history. 

In Portland, we have a forty-five year tradition of celebrating Juneteenth because of the incredible work by community leaders like, Clara Peoples! Through her work and advocacy our community can carry on her legacy of recognizing the importance of inclusion. 

To learn more about Juneteenth in Portland, visit Juneteenth Oregon's website at

Juneteenth Proclamation in Portland

Oregon Juneteenth parade and celebration kicks off in Portland by Mark Graves, The Oregonian

Celebrating Fleet Week

Last week was Fleet Week and did you know that the City of Portland has been celebrating Fleet Week for over a century?Fleet Week

This year was particularly special because the Rose Festival Fleet Committee organized a brand-new event, that profiled military chefs from five fleets and paired them with five local restaurant chefs. Each team was responsible for making street tacos using ingredients found on aircraft carriers and in the end the crowd voted for their favorite tacos.

The friendly competition was dubbed: The Galley Wars

Everyone did an outstanding job and the tacos were delicious! It was a great way to celebrate the culinary talents of our armed forces as well as our world-renowned chefs.