Portland Youth Summit – at Boys & Girls Club on MLK, February 6th & 7th.

“Now is the time to stop looking for another when you can be the one. Be the Change. This Summit will come back to NE Portland at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club and provide workshops for the families, youth and adults. This is not to be missed. Our keynote speaker is Salih Muhammad from Oakland, Ca. Salih is the Executive Director of the Afrikan Coalition group and is on the front line of all Black student groups in California. He is a leader for his generation and a inspiration for all who are in his presence.

“We will also kick off the Summit Friday Feb 6th at 6:30pm with a Youth Talent Showcase. On Saturday Feb 7th starting at 11am will be registration for workshops. Concluding the weekend will be our Be the Change concert at 6:30pm featuring Talilo, Mic Crenshaw, Blacque Butterfly, Swiggle Mandela and DJ Grimrock. All of only $6 donation. If you are a current B&G Club member its only $3 donation. We will have vendors present and an atmosphere of fun! Sign up today

One of the workshops will be From the Tweets-To-The-Streets: Social Media Warfare & Activism.


Calling on PHB to prioritize land acquisition for affordable housing in N/NE Portland

Dear Portland Housing Bureau:

As a group of 19 community-based organizations, we call on PHB to urgently prioritize the acquisition of land for affordable housing in N/NE Portland — including as a central component of the $20 million North/Northeast Neighborhood Housing Strategy.
Please find our full statement attached [to this post].

Our organizations include Inner N/NE Portland’s long-standing affordable housing providers (PCRI, Sabin CDC, REACH Community Development), respected community advocates (Urban League of Portland, PAALF, Community Alliance of Tenants), and educators and social service providers that are on the front lines of addressing the consequences of continued community displacement (SEI, Bradley Angle, Open Meadow).

Land-banking must be prioritized now, before properties in our neighborhoods become even more expensive and opportunities to acquire them disappear. Spending limited funds to develop a small number of units would squander our best opportunity to interrupt the process of gentrification and displacement. Banking land now, however, leverages future resources and enables us to build communities that are inclusive and affordable for all — for the long haul.

We look forward to working with PHB to develop and implement a bold land-banking strategy that will ensure housing opportunity in our neighborhoods for generations to come.


Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI)
Urban League of Portland
Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI)
Sabin CDC
REACH Community Development
Boise Neighborhood Association
Sabin Community Association
Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT)
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
N/NE Neighbors for Housing Affordability
PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
Housing Land Advocates
Upstream Public Health
Open Meadow
Bradley Angle
Right 2 Survive
Right 2 Dream Too
Groundwork Portland
Lisa Bates, urban planning scholar
Midge Purcell, Urban League of Portland
Kate Allen, community development consultant
Cameron Herrington, N/NE Neighbors for Housing Affordability
CC: Portland City Commissioners, Portland Housing Advisory Commission

Land bank statement to PHB

People’s Town Hall, PCM, this Sunday.

Don’t Shoot PDX says:

We will be airing a “People’s Town Hall” Sunday 1/11/2015 live at Portland Community Media in the large studio from 3-4pm You can watch it at home on Channel 11 and online on UStream.
You are welcome to come to the studio for a Q and A ReCap Discussion about activities from August 2014 – January 2015!!! Capacity is Limited so save the date and show up early!

Portland Community Media

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212

Three hands clapping, this weekend.


Two hands are two voices—one speaking and the other voiceless—trying to unite the earth and the sky, the physical and the ethereal, what is seen and what cannot be seen. There is always that tension between what can be known and what can only be sensed—behind the senses.
Join us Friday or Saturday evening for adults only, or Sunday matinee for children (and their grown children companions). The children’s matinee will explore an imaginary fairy forest and the questioning of who we are, where we are, and when can we dance?

–Lightbox Kulturhaus


A friend pulled over in his auto tonight to say hi, just at the moment I started to cross MLK. He laughed when he told me he’d just seen a couple of (white) youngsters making a dash across MLK, away from the newish 7-11 across from Vanport, with what he was certain was a 12-pack that they had presumably stolen from the store. My friend remembers when 7-11 execs lied about putting a store in the neighborhood, lied about how it would be operated, and simply ignored anything that the ‘Friends of MLK’ neighbors group had to say. I think he was giving those young men a silent thumbs up.