Mayoral forum on economic development tonight at New Song Community Church, 2511 NE MLK.


TONIGHT: Mayoral Debate Will Focus on Economic Development for Communities of Color
“As Portland grapples with population growth, increased construction activity and needed infrastructure changes in the transportation system, our next mayor must be prepared with strategies to address the disparities in jobs, housing, and transportation that exist for Portland’s communities of color.”—NAMC-Oregon
Tonight, the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors will host a mayoral debate focusing on economic development and Portland’s communities of color. A panel of minority-owned business representatives and advocates will ask the candidates to speak to how they would address these issues as mayor of Portland.
Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at New Song Community Church
Andrew Colas – NAMC-Oregon/Colas Construction
Alando Simpson – NAMC-Oregon/City of Roses/ OTC
Oscar Arana – Hispanic Metropolitan Chambers
Tony Jones – MCIP/Coalition of Black Men
Tony DeFalco – Living Cully Coalition/Small Business Owner



The PAALF People’s Plan.

Gentrification has been a problem in the Portland area for decades. The issue boiled over In 2014 after the announcement of an $8 million development in NE Portland for a Trader Joe’s and retail stores. The Portland Development Commission signed off on the project without obtaining feedback from members of the surrounding neighborhood, who saw this as a final domino in the gentrification of the area which had already displaced many households. PAALF took the lead and organized protests against the development, gaining major media coverage. The backlash was harsh, so harsh that Trader Joe’s decided to pull out of the deal. Once PAALF witnessed the effective community response, they turned their sights on the broader issue of gentrification happening across the Portland area. Feeling left out of the development process that has been displacing black households across Northeast Portland and other areas, the idea sparked for a community-driven urban plan that would engage the black community and get them involved in the planning process.

Read more on the PAALF People’s Plan at The Global Grid.

“the best MLK Jr. Blvd. in the country”

“The SOUL District focuses on Black-owned commercial properties near NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Part of the vision is to have the best MLK Jr. Blvd. in the country.”

In inner North/Northeast Portland, “BICEP, the Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress, has developed a plan to reclaim the area  as an economic hub for Black-owned businesses.” This area is called the Soul District by the North-Northeast Business Association (NNEBA).

Read more in The Skanner.

‘Planned Parenthood Expands Transgender Health Services’

At Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, we believe that all people deserve the highest quality of affordable, nonjudgmental health care no matter who they are and where they live — no matter what — and that’s what we provide each and every day. Our doors are open to everyone regardless of their race, income, geography, citizenship status or gender identity.

Across Oregon and Southwest Washington, people come to us because they know they will be cared for compassionately and confidentially. We replace fear with facts, and misinformation with education.

We know that transgender and gender-nonconforming people face barriers and challenges when accessing health care in a safe environment. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that PPCW now offers transgender hormone provision for people 18 and older, in addition to the preventive care we’ve always offered.

Hormone provision appointments initially will be offered at our Northeast Portland Health Center, with hopes of future expansion to our other health centers in Milwaukie-Oak Grove, Beaverton, Salem, Bend and Vancouver, Wash.

PQ Monthly’s story continues here.