“We’re here protesting the PDC and the role that they have played in this community for the last 50 or 60 years,” Gilliam said. “They control our development, and they provided a $2.5 million subsidy, approximately, to one of the richest families in America, in order for them to further their real estate business. That money could be used for job training, it could be used for housing, it could be used to fund our education. It could be used for any number of things that could help stabilize this community.” –Steve Gilliam, talking to The Skanner
“The PDC might as well throw us a farewell party planned for the day this new big box market opens,” Cherry Sprout owners Amanda Wiles and Katherine S. Nichols wrote in a letter to the PDC on Nov. 14, the day after Trader Joe’s was confirmed as the mystery tenant. –quoted in the Oregonian
Steve Gilliam stands with our community in rejecting sweetheart deals for billionaire developers.
Join North/Northeast Business Association and the community at the 2nd Annual Community Tree Lighting Celebration. Experience the wonder of the holiday season the Sunday of November 30 at the PDC MLK Gateway on the corner of NE Schuyler, Hancock and Grand Avenue. This wonderful community ceremony will begin at 5:00pm with the lighting at 5:30, live music and entertainment by local artists, and a raffle for prizes.
Something I missed entirely, from January of this year:
Snowball Blitz Solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Blockade
“In northeast Portland, Oregon on a typically overcast Saturday afternoon on January 5th 2013, an act of snowy civil disobedience was about to take place. Along a particularly dismal stretch of 5 lane surface highway sits an unremarkable Chevron petrol station. Motorists loudly race by, occasionally slowing and pulling into the station to fill their vehicles full of refined gasoline, or maybe to charge a plastic bottle of high-fructose corn soda to their debit card. The air smelled faintly of benzene. Nothing out of the ordinary, just another day at a gas station. All of this was about to change.
“Dozens, then hundreds, then what seemed like thousands of snowballs were crossing the grey sky. A manic winter mayhem had begun. What few cars remained at the station soon had left, and no other vehicles were able to pull up to the pumps for a solid forty-five minutes as this jovial chaos ensued. The Chevron station was effectively shut down.
“The solidarity action with the Unist’ot’en clan of Wet’suwet’en territory was undeniably a success.”