#blackchildrenmatter – MLK Boys & Girls Club, February 7th.


This empowering, community-based art performance uses music, movement, song and poetry (created by Portland parents) to celebrate the humanity and worthiness of our black children. ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME whether you have black children or not and whether your children are bi-racial, adopted, foster or otherwise. In light of recent events, black children need to be reminded that they are loved, supported, honored and accepted just the way they are. They need to hear from us that THEY ARE WORTHY!!

Dozens of poems submitted by parents who wanted to pay tribute to their children will be included in the performance, and the poems will also printed onto souvenir posters (see posted examples). Any parents who want their own posters can still submit their poems through my website until Jan. 30: www.ReneeMitchellSpeaks.com

In addition, families with black children are invited to take FREE professional portraits at the event. The pictures will also be included in a quilted “My Black Family is Worthy” book, created by internationally acclaimed visual artist Adriene Cruz. Both the portraits and the book will be presented at a subsequent community event.

Attendees are also invited to attend the all-ages “Be The Change” concert that follows. Those performers include Talilo, Darlene Solomon-Rogers, Swiggle Mandela, Rose City MissChief and Michael Crenshaw.

This celebratory event is sponsored by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication and Twysted Healing Systahs. A BIG HUG & THANK YOU also to the community based organizations which endorsed this event, including:
* Black Parent Initiative
* Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area
* City of Portland Office of Youth Violence Prevention
* International Center for Traditional Childbearing
* iUrban Teen
* Journey to Freedom Project Foundation
* North by Northeast Community Health Center
* UrbanLeague Portland
* Urban Mommy Inc.
* Y.O.U.th (Youth Organized and United To Help)
and others.

Please spread the word because:

Black lives matter!
Honor my sons!
Black lives matter!
Honor my daughters!
Black lives matter!
Honor my community
And when I honor you, I honor me!

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 www.portlandyouthsummit.org

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