October 2018 Leaders Bridge eNewsletter

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NOVEMBER 2018 EDITION OF LEADERS BRIDGE

Welcome to the October edition of the Leaders Bridge, CCC’s bi-monthly newsletter highlighting our leaders, events, and opportunities brought to you by the Bridges Leadership Initiative, our members and key partners. Unfortunately, we had to skip the August edition, but there are still plenty of opportunities in November! The next edition is scheduled for mid-December. Leaders, members, and CCC partners interested in sharing events and opportunities are encouraged to submit requests to: Nakisha@CoalitionCommunitiesColor.org.


Alumni Spotlights

Shilo George, Oregon LEAD Program

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Shilo George

Owner & Consultant, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting

In 2017, Shilo George graduated from the 9th cohort of the Native American Youth and Family Center’s (NAYA) Oregon LEAD program. As a current member of the BRIDGES-Metro Community Partnership Program, owner and consultant of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, and Parent Involvement Advocate with NAYA, her leadership has broad and deep impacts our communities of color.

She is grateful for her experiences with her cohort, appreciates the new skills she developed and especially cherishes the opportunity to meet amazing and inspirational Indigenous leaders.

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Last October, Shilo joined the BRIDGES-Metro Community Partnership Program (Metro Pilot), a collaboration between the Coalition of Communities of Color and Metro, a regional planning authority. When asked why she applied to the Metro Pilot, Shilo responded that she wanted to use her educational privilege to support and help heal American Indian and Native Alaskan community and all marginalized communities. She further acknowledged that despite having over 20 years of community service experience in a variety of settings and an advanced degree, she still faced many barriers to career advancement and civic engagement in decision-making spaces. Since joining the Metro Pilot, her enthusiasm, wisdom, and commitment to removing systemic barriers that limit our communities. As owner and consultant for her business, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting—pronounced: thlush comeducks dumbdumb, a Chinuk Wawa phrase meaning "a great awakening of the heart and spirit"—Shilo will soon be facilitating a work session for Metro employees that will cover trauma-informed practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also recently joined a panel consisting of Metro’s community partners and spoke to Metro’s communications staff on best practices for engaging with our communities. During this panel, Shilo articulated a number of meaningful insights.

Shilo’s civic leadership is informed by her work as a Parent Involvement Advocate at NAYA.  Through bridge building between parents, teachers and administrators, and external services she provides direct support to Native American families as they develop skills, knowledge, and abilities to ensure their children succeed in the educational system, heal from personal and historical trauma, and dismantle systems of oppression.


Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)

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Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong

Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver

Please join us in extending congratulations toDr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, API-CLI Alum from Cohort I, who was recently awarded the R. Davilene Carter Presidential Prize for Best Manuscript from the American Association for Cancer Education!

Dr. Nguyen-Truong led community-based participatory research from the Vietnamese Women's Health Project in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Centerand community-at-large on disparities in cancer screening. She was the primary author of the highly regarded manuscript. Co-authors were Ms. Chiao-Yun Hsiao, BS, a former program coordinator with IRCO’s Asian Family Center and field organizer with APANO in Portland, and Ms. Victoria Demchak, MRP, was previously a policy coordinator with APANO. The hard work and perseverance of these three professionals have a lasting impact on our communities.

When asked about how her experience in the API-CLI program influences her work, Connie replied:

“I am grateful for my community leadership experience in API-CLI. I learned about policy advocacy and cultivating individual and empowerment as a collective. I was the only nurse scientist member on the Oregon Data Equity Coalition for House Bill 2134 - Data Equity Bill, and it was the first time the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon led a bill. Being actively involved in the community-based policy engagement process was memorable. I worked closely with Ms. Victoria Demchak, MRP, who was the Policy Coordinator, and Ms. Chiao-Yun Hsiao, BS, who was the Field Organizer, as it was my first time writing and delivering a research-based testimony to policy makers on the cervical cancer screening and health disparity findings from the Vietnamese Women’s Health Project community-based participatory studies. I was the Principal Investigator working in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization and Asian Family Center. My community action project as an API-CLI Senior Fellow is on science outreach and community advocacy in disseminating through publishing with community and academic partners, which promotes visibility for the work we have done and sharing that so that others can learn. Thus, winning the global R. Davilene Carter Presidential Prize for Best Manuscript Award from the American Association of Cancer Education is an incredible, prestigious honor for the highest standard in cancer education.”

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The paper will also be published in a scientific journal - Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action). Please read more about Connie’s meaningful workon Washington State University’s College of Nursing site.

Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, Alumnus PCCN, is an appointed Senior Advisor member of the API-CLI Steering Committee, an elected Co-Chair of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Asian Family Center Advisory Board, and an elected member on the IRCO Board of Directors. She is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver. She is Asian American and Vietnamese bilingual, bicultural. Being a Nurse Scientist and an Educator, she is committed to excellence in conducting community-based participatory and community-engaged research with community and academic partners to improve the health of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. She has a combined 18 years of expertise and experience in clinical nursing and population health nursing and a decade of engagement with communities of color including immigrants and refugees since 2006, as a nurse scientist, volunteer nurse clinician, a collaborator at several health outreach events, and leadership advisory roles at community-based organizations.


Campaign Updates & Actions

JOIN US AS WE MOBILIZE VOTERS TO ADVANCE RACIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

The Coalition of Communities of Color advocates for ballot measures that are in alignment with our mission to address the disparities, racism, and inequity of services experienced by communities of color, and to seek social change so we can obtain self-determination, justice and prosperity. Download our one-page voter guide to find out what measures CCC endorses, and which ones we are fighting. The positions contained in the guide represent the positions of CCC as a coalition and not individual members. Learn more about CCC’s endorsement process and what it means here.

There are only a few more days left for Portland to vote on initiatives that are critical to our health and well being. November 6th is election day!Your participation can stop hurtful and hateful measures and help turn proposed solutions for our communities into reality.


PORTLAND CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE PHONEBANKING!

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The Portland Clean Energy Initiative will advance environmental justice by funding job training, healthier homes, renewable energy, and green jobs to build citywide resilience and opportunity with an emphasis on underserved communities, including communities of color.

Calling voters across Portland is a crucial step to ensure that we win on November 6.

Pizza, snacks, and a training will be provided, so newcomers and first-time phone-bankers are warmly welcome! This is your movement! Sign up here.

 When: Next Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 5th & 6th, 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: Sierra Club Oregon Chapter: 1821 Southeast Ankeny Street, Portland, OR, 97214


CANVASS FOR THE PORTLAND CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE AND NO ON MEASURE 105! 

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Everyone is joining forces to knock, talk, and change the world! 

Going door-to-door to talk to voters (canvassing) is proven to be the most effective way to spread a campaign message and win. Training is provided, so newcomers and first-time canvassers are warmly welcome! Over the next few days we will canvass on PCEI and to stop statewide Ballot Measure 105 (M105).

Measure 105 eliminates Oregon’s existing sanctuary law that reduces racial profiling and prevents misuse of local resources from being used to enforce federal immigration law. By repealing Oregon’s 30 year old sanctuary law, this measure directly attacks communities of color and immigrants. It will make our communities less safe, open the door to racial profiling, and result in more families being torn apart.

Plan to meet at campaign headquarters, which is at Sierra Club (1821 SE Ankeny St., Portland). But on Saturday, canvassers will meet somewhere in the field; you will receive details about where and when to meet when you sign up!

Monday, Nov. 5 (ALL DAY) — THREE SHIFTS!

  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 6: ALL DAY BALLOT COLLECTION — THREE SHIFTS!

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm OR 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Coalition, Member & Bridges Events

APANO Ballot Assistance Center

Now through Tuesday, November 6th! APANO is turning its office into a Ballot Assistance Center for the final 6 election days in November (the election ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th!). Visit APANO’s offices (2788 SE 82nd Ave Suite 203, Portland 97266) as they provide the following services:

  • An Unofficial Ballot Drop Box (they will turn in ballots at the end of each day)

  • Help to fill out your ballot

  • In-language assistance and access (Any language! They will try to help) 

  • Rides to the Multnomah County Elections Offices in

    • Portland (1040 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214)

    • Gresham (600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR)

  • Help correcting ballot problems and re-issuing new ballots

  • Picking up your ballot from your home

APANO will be open every day November 1-6 from 9:00 am-7:00 pm to assist voters, collect ballots, and make sure your vote is counted. 

Only 25% of the state has voted so far.Help your neighbors and friends bring their voices through voting.


ELECTION NIGHT PARTY!

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Hosted by CCC, Verde, APANO, and our friends and partners who support this campaign

Tuesday, November 6th | 7:00 PM – 11:59 PM

Portland Productions, 435 NE 18th Ave, Portland, OR (street parking available)

Celebrate the campaign for clean energy with the community that got us this far--and will continue to make waves for climate justice in Oregon. RSVP on Facebook.

POLLS CLOSE at 8:00pm (**DO NOT** bring ballots to the election night party. Drop them off at 1040 SE Morrison St or 1821 SE Ankeny St before heading to the party)

FOOD & BEVERAGES will be available BRING FAMILY & FRIENDS, this event is open to all friends of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative:

"a community-of-color-led initiative that is really born out of both a strong desire to address climate change and out of frustration at bearing the brunt of the fossil fuel economy, and not seeing the benefit of Portland’s clean-energy transition in their communities,” Tony DeFalco, Executive Director, Verde (Fast Company, October 18, 2018)

"[The Portland Clean Energy Initiative is] the most important ballot measure in the country" 
Van Jones, September 2018

Supported by "a broad, wide-ranging coalition probably unlike anything we've seen before in Portland politics" 
Len Bergstein, KGW News political commentator


Honoring Mulugeta Seraw: Remember. Learn. Change. | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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The Urban League of Portland in partnership with other community-based organizations and the City of Portland is spearheading a project to honor Mulugeta Seraw (Mo͞o-lo͞o-ɡāt-ah sə-rou), 28-year old Ethiopian college student who was murdered 30 years ago by racist skinheads outside of his apartment in Portland, Oregon on November 13, 1988.  Join CCC member, the Urban League of Portland, for a half-day conference on Tuesday, November 13, 2018  to learn more about the history of anti-Black violence in Oregon and what steps we as community can take to stop anti-Black hate crimes. Register for this conference here. #RememberSeraw


POWER ACADEMY | Friday, November 30th

The BRIDGES Leadership Development Initiative is currently collaborating with Oregon Futures Lab and a handful of our members to host a power building training and discussion on how we shift from campaign mode to cross-cultural governance. After the Nov. 6th election, we will all need to continue working together as a community to hold our electeds accountable to the issues CCC and our members and friends are championing, build power, and develop authentic relationships between and among our communities and electeds of color across jurisdictions. The academy is scheduled to occur 9am-3pm at the NWHF offices, with a Happy Hour and Social at a nearby location from 3pm-5pm. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for an invitation to this important leadership event!


Latino Network’s Open House | Friday, December 7th

Latino Network will host its ever popular Holiday Open House. Join their holiday celebration and indulge in great food, delicious drinks, and the company of good friends, colleagues, staff, and supporters. Mark your calendars. We hope to see you there!


BRIDGES Leadership Development Initiative’s Kickoff for our Cross-Cultural Quarterly Convenings | Saturday, December 8th

BRIDGES Alumni and Current Cohort: Are you ready to develop and enhance your relationships with other graduates from the BRIDGES program? Do you want to advance cross-cultural collective action and coordinate with one another to create meaningful large-scale systems change and progress for racial justice? Then mark your calendar for December 8th, when we hold the BRIDGES Kickoff to our Cross-Cultural Quarterly Convenings for Collective Action!


Committee Placement Opportunities

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The Oregon Health Authority is now accepting nominations for the Health Information Technology Oversight Committee (HITOC). Nominations are due November 9, 2018.

HITOC members participate in health system transformation by working towards a vision of health IT-optimized health care, in which robust Health IT (HIT) tools support providers, patients and their families, and many stakeholders. HITOC establishes the strategic plan for HIT for Oregon, making policy recommendations, assessing the HIT landscape, and programmatic oversight. HITOC reports to the Oregon Health Policy Board, and membership is set by the Board.

The Oregon Health Policy Board is committed to ensuring all committees reflect the racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity of Oregonians. They are looking for motivated leaders with health IT expertise and are especially interested in nominees with health IT experience in Behavioral health (both mental health and substance use disorder treatment), Consumer/patient advocacy, Tribal health, Social determinants of health and equity, and more! Details regarding service and application requirements are available online.


Career Opportunities

For a complete listing of career opportunities, see the
BRIDGES Jobs and Leadership Openings online!

Executive Director - Rebuild Center - Closes November 15!

With a three-year strategic roadmap now in place, including a shared vision of “equity and reuse everywhere,” and the 20th anniversary of our North Mississippi Avenue store approaching in 2020, the ReBuilding Center seeks an experienced, passionate, and dedicated Executive Director to help us continue to make a material difference in Portland and beyond. Please click the button below to read the full job description and application process details. Salary range: $80,000 - $100,000 Depending on Experience. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on our BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.


Verde is Hiring Crew Managers!

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Join the Verde team as a Landscape Crew Member! Verde is seeking crew members to support their landscape maintenance, irrigation, and stormwater responsibilities. No experience necessary. Drivers license preferred. Apply online, or fill out a paper application at our office at 6899 NE Columbia Blvd Suite A, Portland, OR 97218.


LATINO NETWORK IS HIRING FOR SEVERAL POSITIONS! 

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School Navigator, Health & Wellness Program Specialist

Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with experience in recruiting youth and implementing leadership development programs with middle and high school-aged youth. This position will also work to develop and lead a new Culturally Specific School Navigator position at David Douglas High School working with male Latino youth and their families. The School Navigator/Health & Wellness Program Specialist will work closely with the management and other staff to coordinate and implement programs for youth. The candidate has proven skills in providing case management for youth and engaging families in the school community, as well as experience, designing and running groups. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves position with the capacity to impact the health and wellbeing of Latino youth. CLOSING DATE:Open until filled; Compensation:$32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on Latino Network’s Jobs page.


P3 Coordinator 

The P-3 (Prenatal 3rd grade) Coordinator is charged with supporting the SUN Site Manager and Principal to increase and deepen diverse parent-centred family engagement and leadership at the school. CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled; COMPENSATION:  $32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on Latino Network’s Jobs page.


Successful Families 2020 Program Lead 

The Successful Families 2020 Program Lead works as a part of a collaborative and energetic team to implement a high quality, culturally inclusive family and youth engagement program. Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with proven nonprofit and community experience to lead a full range of activities for a growing organization. Key prior experience includes; coordinating services with other agency partners to provide high quality services to families, building relationships with school staff and administrators, building relationships with students and families. CLOSING DATE: Open until filled; COMPENSATION: $32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on Latino Network’s Jobs page.

For more job openings at Latino Network, visit their Jobs Page.


Assistant Guest Services Manager – Oregon Conventions Center

As an Assistant Guest Services Manager, your responsibilities are all about enhancing the guest experience at our venue while continually leading and developing an engaged staff. This newly developed role will support the Guest Services Manager in shaping a new direction for our operations while ensuring that our well-established organization continues to be an industry leader. Deadline to apply: November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm; Salary:$48,274.00 - $69,999.00 annually. For additional details about this position and how to apply, see the announcement on the BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.


Environmental Health Education and Equity Specialist (Public Health Educator 2)

The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority is recruiting for an Environmental Health Education and Equity Specialist to develop and implement culturally-responsive health education materials and interventions for the Environmental Public Health section to reduce environmental exposures in Oregon communities. The Environmental Public Health Section identifies, assesses and reports on threats to human health from exposure to environmental and occupational hazards, and advises the people and communities of Oregon to best understand potential risks where they live, work and play in order to remain healthy and safe. Closing: 11/19/2018 11:59 PM; Salary: $4,016.00 - $5,872.00 Monthly. For additional details about this position read the announcement on BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.


Environmental Health Assessment Program Coordinator (Program Analyst 2)

The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority is seeking an Environmental Health Assessment Program Coordinator to coordinate the activities of the Oregon Environmental Health Assessment Program (EHAP) and to administer the federal grant that funds the program. The Environmental Public Health Section identifies, assesses and reports on threats to human health from exposure to environmental and occupational hazards, and advises the people and communities of Oregon to best understand potential risks where they live, work and play in order to remain healthy and safe.

Closing: 11/19/2018 11:59 PM; Salary: $4,221.00 - $6,162.00 Monthly. For additional details about this position read the announcement on BRIDGES online Jobs and Leadership Openings page.


Leadership Opportunities

VOZ

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CCC Member Voz, is looking for volunteers to help dispatch jobs at the Worker Center. This is a great way for volunteers to get introduced to Voz's work and meet the day laborers. To volunteer, please sign up!

October 2018 Equity Lens Newsletter

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Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Equity Lens! This edition is jam packed with information, profiles of our newest board members, and we get an update on Marcus Mundy’s first 100 days as the CCC Executive Director.

HERE'S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THIS EDITION OF THE EQUITY LENS:


Invisibility, Hyper-Visibility, Progress and Action at the Coalition of Communities of Color

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Double Consciousness is a term coined by the sociologist and historian W. E. B. Du Bois to describe an individual whose identity is divided into several facets. 

In his 1903 book , The Souls of Black Folk”Du Bois describes “double consciousness” as follows: “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife- this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He wouldn’t bleach his Negro blood in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of opportunity closed roughly in his face”.

 Though Du Bois wrote those words over 100 years ago, they resonate still.

 If you replace the word “Negro” with “people of color” in his writings, you will have encapsulated what is faced by the communities of color in Oregon, underscored in our groundbreaking report, “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County”,  where many participants in our community groups noted that they were, because of their darker skin or immigrant status or language, simultaneously hyper-visible and invisible to the dominant culture in that county, and relegated for both reasons to marginalized roles.  This “two-ness” is part of our daily routine, and part of our daily challenge.

I recently marked my 100thday at the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) as its third Executive Director (ED), following its founding ED, the estimable Julia Meier, and its interim ED, the indefatigable Dani Ledezma.

Following two such leaders has been both daunting and exciting, but the welcome, the work and the whirlwind of support I have received has been nothing short of invigorating, and I look forward to the next 100 days, and succeeding months, with great anticipation.

My most pleasant elucidation was the discovery of how brilliant and competent the staff of the CCC is.  Although we are involved in virtually every issue surrounding Research Justice, Advocacy, Leadership Development or Environmental Justice in our region, particularly those issues viewed with an Equity Lens, we continue to be high impact with never more than 6 members on the team, which is a testament to the power of collaboration, the true spirit of Ujima. 

We have but a handful of dogged staff, yet our accomplishments, even just since June, speak for themselves:

  • CCC held its annual soiree, and announced our incredible report, “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County”;

  • CCC has convened no less than 20 follow-on participatory sessions sharing the findings of this report, and expanding knowledge within our region, to government bodies, nonprofits and for profits;

  • Have helped to guide and form the CCC’s and its members’ positions on the many and complex measures on the November 6 ballot (see our Voting Guide at our website, www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org, AND VOTE!)

  • Spearheaded the signature drive to qualify Measure 26-201 (the Portland Clean Energy Initiative) on the City of Portland Ballot for November 6, and got it on the ballot, which could mean upwards of $30M for low income communities, job training, weatherization, and clean energy initiatives going forward;

  • Explained the benefits and nuances of Measure 26-201, and dispassionately and clearly defended its wisdom, at the City Club of Portland’s most recent Friday Forum

  • Have co-sponsored the introduction of incredible, nationally renowned speakers to support our issues of Equity, Environmental Justice and Advocacy (Van Jones and DeRay McKesson);

  • Have kicked off trainings for our first “Research Justice Fellowship”, in Washington County, to develop community leadership in data and research;

  • Have met with innumerable city, county, state and federal leaders to continue to press the agendas important to communities of color in Oregon;

  • Have added three amazing new Board Members to our leadership: Tony DeFalco, Executive Director of Verde, Chi Nguyen, Executive Director of APANO, and Tony Hopson, President and CEO of Self Enhancement Inc.;

  • Have strengthened CCC team through the addition of our new Executive Assistant and Operations Manager, Joliana Scipio;

  • Completed the administrative paperwork so that we can officially constitute our 501 (c)(4) entity, and provide even more focused advocacy work for the issues that matter to communities of color;

  • Received the prestigious International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter Award for Best Practices, for our “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County” report;

  • In conjunction with EcoTrust, Futurewise, and 1000 Friends of Oregon, have begun the re-launch of the Regional Equity Atlas, the third iteration of this seminal report identifying those areas of excellence, and those in need of improvement, for communities of color in our region, by using real, current data viewed through our ubiquitous research justice lens;

  • Have begun to expand the capabilities of our 6 distinct Leadership Development cohorts’ database to enhance access and opportunities to alumni and cohort members for placement on a sundry of committees, advisory boards and commissions to assist in their professional development; continue to place leaders on boards and commissions, including recent appointments at Metro and the Port of Portland; plans are also underway for assistance with professional job placements and quarterly convenings;

  • Organized, sponsored and led (with a large coalition of partners such as Verde, OPAL, APANO, Environmental Justice Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Portland) the CCC’s 3 day Community Energy Justice Summitat PCC Southeast, where we convened almost 100 community, government, nonprofit and for profit individuals to build a collectivce understanding of energy development fundamentals and energy democracy;

  • Quite frankly, the list goes on and on.  You should rest assured that the staff of the Coalition of Communities of Color is working hard for the interests of our 19 member organizations, and communities of color writ large, and for you.

 As Gabriel Garcia Marquez once said, the dominant culture “insist on measuring us with the yardstick that they use for themselves, forgetting that the ravages of life are not the same for all, and that the quest for our own identity is just as arduous and bloody for us as it was for them."

 The Coalition of Communities of Color's mission is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.

I am proud and honored to be part of that ongoing, unwavering mission, and hope that all who read our Equity Newsletter join us in these efforts. 


Meet Our New Board Members

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Tony DeFalco

I have been excited about the Coalition since 2008 when I first heard about and was immediately supportive of the vision of our communities coming together in common cause. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to serve all the communities the Coalition represents in this capacity. I am very excited about the good work that has gone into the development of the REDEFINE program, as we truly are at a critical juncture in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges that disproportionately impact our communities. We are now poised to be able to not only take the lead in addressing these challenges but address them in ways that have disproportionate benefit to our communities. 


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Chi Nyugen

I’m excited to be joining leaders across the area that have historically and continue to do great work defending equity for marginalized communities. I very much believe in communities organizing to have voices be heard and advocate for their fairness and prosperity. I feel deeply connected to this work. An anecdotal example I like to highlight on this work is: on my seventh day of becoming APANO's Interim Executive Director, I was dealt a humanitarian crisis when the federal administration separated families and transferred detained persons to FCI Sheridan. I could have been on the other side of that fence. Like those detained folks, I came to the United States from Vietnam as a political refugee seeking asylum. Oregon offered my family and me the beacon of hope. I want to join others in the fight to keep Oregon a special place that is welcoming for all of us.


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Tony Hopson

As one of the original founders of the Coalition of Communities of Color, I look forward to re-engaging with the Board and the work of the CCC.  The CCC has been the most consistent organization in advancing the issues that have impact people of color.  We are presently in a real fight locally and nationally around equality and what we consider to be, fair and just opportunities for all citizens. The CCC provides a voice that can safely speak too many of these issues.


Advocacy Update

Voters’ Guide and Get Out the Vote!

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Ballots are out and now is the most critical time to get informed about measures and step up to volunteer! The ballot initiative process creates some of the most significant opportunities to help or harm our communities, and we urge anyone who cares about racial equity to get engaged and talk to voters about these critical measures.. Learn more with our voters’ guide here

Ballots are due November 6 by 8:00 PM. Locate your nearest drop box here

CCC 2018 Ballot Measure Positions

Yes on Measure 102: This measure would allow local governments to partner with nongovernmental entities to build affordable housing with local bond dollars. This would increase the opportunities for nonprofit developers—including culturally-specific community development corporations—to build affordable homes. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

No on Measure 103: This unnecessary and overly vague constitutional amendment bans all taxes on food and limits local governments’ hands to find local revenue solutions. This poorly written measure is overly broad, and does not belong in Oregon’s constitution. Learn more.

No on Measure 104: This measure puts our state at risk of legislative gridlock and will make it difficult to close corporate tax loopholes or make even minor adjustments to tax credits and fees. Raising sufficient revenue is a perpetual problem for our state, and this measure will only make it worse. Learn more.

No on Measure 105: Supported by state and national hate groups, this anti-immigrant measure directly targets communities of color, putting them at increased risk of racial profiling. At a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is increasing, Oregonians must take a stand for basic fairness and racial justice by defeating this measure. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

No on Measure 106: All people who can become pregnant should have meaningful access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. By banning public funds for virtually all abortions, this constitutional amendment would deeply harm communities of color. Learn more. CCC will be co-hosting a joint No on 105 and 106 canvass centered on communities of color with Forward Together, APANO, and Latino Network on Saturday, October 27. RSVP here. You can sign up for other volunteer opportunities here.

Yes on Measure 26-201, the Portland Clean Energy Initiative: Over two years in the making, this is the first environmental initiative in Oregon to be developed and led by organizations of color. It will create $30 million in new revenue to create good jobs, healthier homes, and renewable energy for Portlanders, with an emphasis on communities of color. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

Yes on Measure 26-199, the Metro housing bond: This regional bond will create homes for thousands of families, with a focus on serving those who are at greatest risk of housing stability. In particular, one of the of the greatest needs for families of color are multi-bedroom units, and this measure will substantially increase the number of family-sized units in the region. Learn more and volunteer.


Van Jones & Portland Clean Energy Initiative

CCC Partners with Senior Advocates for Generational Equity to Host a Public Address by Change Agent Van Jones

On September 12, the Coalition was honored to co-title sponsor a public lecture by Van Jones, a world-renowned author, CNN host, and thought leader for social and environmental justice. Jones, who recently published Beyond the Messy Truth: How we came apart, how we come together, spoke to a crowd of over 600 people on the political divisions that are tearing us apart and destroying our families, our communities, and ourselves. His lecture was an impassioned and personal invitation for all of us to recognize that “breakdowns can become breakthroughs if you use them right”. 

Jones wasted no time prioritizing the work of the Coalition, our members and partners on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative (PCEI), ballot measure 26-105 and immediately pronounced that “this ballot measure to get 30 Million dollars for green jobs is the most important ballot measure in the country right now”!

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Van Jones poses with CCC and SAGE after his public address and lecture, “How We Came Apart: How We Come Together” From left to right, Marcus Mundy, CCC; Paul Lumley, NAYA Family Center; Djimet Dogo, Africa House; Carol Chan, Verde; Nakisha Nathan CCC; Lisa Rome, SAGE; Ward Greene, SAGE; Van Jones, Steve Higgs, SAGE; Jeremy Hayes, Social Enterprises, Linda Woodley, Prisma Point; Kristen Grauer, SAGE; Jenny Lee, CCC; and, Joy Alise Davis, Portland African American Leadership Forum. Not pictured but also present on stage, Jai Singh, APANO.

He followed by opening up with his personal story about how he found his way through a moment of suffering in his life, suffering brought about due to vitriolic dishonest crusade to get him out of the White House, and came to find self-love and respect to find common ground with the very people who sought to oust him from Obama’s administration. Jones called upon us to examine our actions and experiences when he stated that “the lack of honesty about what we’re going through is allowing a lot of suffering to continue; a lot of dysfunction in our movements.” 

He further advised that “we cannot afford to become what we are fighting...fight with love” and suggested moving through fear, anger, and hate to further transformational social change is paramount to the resistance of our opposition. Jones also invited us to practice empathy, imagine what motivates those who disagree with and fight us and find points of connection. Van Jones concluded his lecture by paraphrasing a quote from U.S. President Robert F. Kennedy, who said that standing up to your enemies is not what determines one’s moral courage, it is standing up to your friends when they are wrong.

This thrilling opportunity to co-host this public address also gave us a chance to work with new partners, Seniors for Generational Equity (SAGE), and event organizers Social Enterprise and Prisma Point. It also meant we and our members who work on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative campaign were able to connect with Van Jones and work with him to amplify the importance of this ballot measure. If you missed the address, you can listen to it in its entirety on KBOO. For more thoughtful conversation and collaborative solutionsinspired by Van’s public address and recent book, join CCC & SAGE on October 30th, from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Joinery (922 SW Yamhill St, Portland). You don’t need to have attended the talk or read the whole book to have a meaningful discussion about the current divides facing our communities and political institutions. Desserts and beverages will be served, and this event is free


Research Justice Update

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PORTLAND UNITED AGAINST HATE

As a member of Portland United Against Hate, we are piloting a system to document hate/bias incidents in the city. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed or heard about a hate/bias incident you can report it to Portland United Against Hate by contacting our Researcher, Shweta Moorthy at researchjustice@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org.

 What is PUAH?

Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) is a community initiated partnership of community based organizations, neighborhood associations, concerned communities and the City of Portland. 
Together, we are building a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities.

Why is this important?

The very communities most likely to be targets of hate violence are also the least likely to report their experiences to law enforcement. Undercounting of hate crimes can therefore create the impression that all is well.

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What are ‘hate incidents’ that can be reported using the tool:

Concerned communities define and experience hate as any incident that targets an individual/group based on their age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and so on. That can be intolerance, discrimination, hostility, harassment, hate, mistreatment, prejudice, bigotry, injustice, favoritism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, tendency, ageism, privilege, marginalization, retaliation, bullying, incivility, stereotyping, and microaggressions. The perpetrator of the incident can be an individual, organization, government agency etc.

Examples of incidents include:

  • A person is verbally harassed for being presumed to be from another country.

  • A poster is displayed that singles out a racial or ethnic group to intimidate.

  • A teacher intentionally ridicules a person for the pronouns that person uses.

  • A wall is defaced with anti-Semitic messaging.

What will happen with this information? 

The respondent’s personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with law enforcement or anyone other than the data analysts from the non-profit running the website. Only the owner of the website, Coalition of Communities of Color, will have access to this information. 

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The CCC will work with Portland United Against Hate to offer an analysis of hate incidents in Portland and use this data to raise awareness; advocate for legislation around hate violence, for policies that dismantle racism and white supremacy the targets the roots of hate, gang prevention, mental health, policing alternatives, to change practices such as schools, mental health services, law enforcement.


VOTING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: CCC’S GUIDE TO NOVEMBER 2018 BALLOT MEASURES

VOTING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: CCC’S GUIDE TO NOVEMBER 2018 BALLOT MEASURES

The Coalition of Communities of Color advocates for and against ballot measures to help fulfill our mission to address the disparities, racism, and inequity of services experienced by communities of color, and to seek social change so we can obtain self-determination, justice and prosperity. To further that mission, we take positions and advocate for ballot measures that will move us toward this vision, and oppose those which will harm our communities.

This November’s ballot measures give Oregonians many choices on whether we will fulfill this vision--or move backwards. Environmental justice and affordable housing measures represent a step toward building a more equitable future, while flawed constitutional amendments will make it more difficult to address the disparities we experience. Most dangerously, measures designed to attack immigrants and limit reproductive justice will seriously harm our communities. In November, Oregonians will be able to make a choice to stop these threats and actually build a better future for communities of color.

To learn more about the 2018 CCC Voter Guide, please click on the link below!

CCC Research Justice Announcement :: Call for Applications for CCC Research Justice in Washington County Fellowship

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Call for Applications: CCC Research Justice IN WASHINGTON COUNTY Fellowship

The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of 19 culturally specific organizations that come together to work for racial justice transformation in the region. We are proud of the work we have accomplished through our research justice, advocacy and leadership development programs in the racial justice movement.

The CCC is proud to announce our first Research Justice Fellowship to develop community leadership in data and research in order to build power, organize and advocate for racial justice in the region.  If you are interested in learning how to use research and data to build power and advocate for racial justice, this is the right opportunity for you. Learn more about our Research Justice vision here.

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What is the Research Justice Fellowship?

This program is designed to help community members learn how to design and implement small-scale research projects around issues that derive from their experiences with institutional racism. In the process, the cohort will give feedback and inform the creation of an online data tool called the Regional Equity Atlas that will hold the research they generate.

We will provide training, stipends, research expenses and the opportunity to create and implement research projects that create knowledge and build power to organize and advocate for change.

Our goal is to build a cohort of strong community leaders with an understanding of the role of research in organizing and advocacy for racial justice. The project is guided by a vision of research justice, which seeks to amplify and emphasize the voices of those most directly impacted by institutional racism – in particular, people of color – in the work of making our communities equitable.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does the fellowship pay?

  • Research Justice Fellows will receive a $,1000 stipend. CCC will cover costs for research-related expenses such as supplies (flipcharts, photocopies, printouts etc) and public transit/mileage reimbursement.

Are there geographical, age, education, or experience requirements?

  • The fellowship is open to everyone 18 years or older who identifies as a person of color.
  • There are no education, experience and immigration requirements.
  • Research Justice Fellows need to live or work or have a strong relationship to Washington County.

What are expectations from the program and the hours worked?

  • This is a 2 month program from Oct-Nov 2018 and it requires a 60 hour time commitment, which includes:
    • Participating in trainings on Oct 6-7, 2018
    • Implementing the research
    • Participating in the development of the online data tool
  • In the trainings, community researchers will develop a timeline of research implementation including scheduling check-ins with CCC for guidance, assistance and accountability in implementation of research in October and November.

How do I apply and ask other questions?

To apply or ask other questions, please fill out this simple application form to join the 2018 Community Researchers Program cohort. Applications are due by Monday, September 24, 2018. Up to 12 accepted applicants will receive email and phone notification and information no later than September 28, 2018. The trainings will take place on Saturday-Sunday October 6-7, 2018. Please send any questions to Shweta Moorthy, Researcher, at researchjustice@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org or call 217-621-2096.

OPB Article :: Coalition Report Reveals Inequality In Washington County

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Coalition Report Reveals Inequality In Washington County

by Erica Morrison Follow OPB June 18, 2018 5:24 p.m. | Beaverton, Oregon

The Coalition of Communities of Color released their comprehensive report on racial inequities in Washington County on Monday.

“Leading With Race: Research Justice in Washington County” comes after two years of research, and explores the lived experiences of eight communities in Oregon’s most diverse county.

The report focuses on Native American, African-American, African, Asian and Asian-American, Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders and Slavic communities in Washington County.

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CCC presented the report to officials and community members at Beaverton Library. Attendees received a 31-page booklet of the study’s executive summary. The summary details the population sizes of the identified communities and addresses key issues that affect them.

The mayors of Hillsboro, Tigard and Beaverton community leaders spoke at the meeting. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, also delivered remarks.

Bonanmici said Washington County is the “economic engine” of the state and the struggle for equity has been long and is far from over.

The findings of the report prove that to be true.

Researcher Shweta Moorthy found Latino applicants are 125 percent more likely to have their home loan application denied compared to high income whites.

When asked what surprised her the most about her research, Moorthy replied, “How willing people were to get uncomfortable.”

The study confirms many things members of communities of color already know; there are greater disparities when it comes to homeownership, education and interactions with law enforcement.

The report includes an eight-step call to action to improve racial equity in the county.

Moorthy said she hopes the report gets people to realize the expertise of people of color and the need to respect that expertise.

CCC Organizational Announcement :: Environmental Justice Staff Transition at CCC

CCC Organizational Announcement :: Environmental Justice Staff Transition at CCC

Please join me in congratulating our Environmental Justice Manager, Maggie Tallmadge, on her next adventure! Maggie will be leaving the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) to attend the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management.

CCC Receives the IAP2 Cascade Best Practices Award Winner For Research Category!

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter Selects the CCC for A Best Practices Award for "Leading with Race" Report

The Research Justice Center of the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) was nominated for an International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter Best Practices Award because of the "Leading With Race: Research Justice in Washington County". The selection committee received many outstanding nominations and it was a competitive evaluation process in which each nominee’s community engagement processes were held to high esteem through the lens of our IAP2 Core Values.

The CCC was selected as the IAP2 Cascade Best Practices Award Winner in the category of Research!

The Research Justice Center of the CCC will be presented with an award this Friday, June 22nd!

As a winner, the CCC will be recognized through the IAP2 Cascade Chapter and IAP2 USA e-newsletters, website, and through social media accounts. As part of this honor and selection, the CCC will be put forth for further consideration and compete for the national IAP2 Core Values Awards in 2019, as eligible.

June 2018 Equity Lens Newsletter

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Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Equity Lens! In this edition, we are excited to announce our new executive director, provide updates on our work, and highlight the work of our members, partners, and community leaders.

HERE'S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THIS EDITION OF THE EQUITY LENS:


Meet the CCC's New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) are thrilled to announce the new Executive Director, Marcus C. Mundy.  Marcus will start on June 25th, 2018.

Marcus Mundy knows the CCC well, as a former Executive Director of a member organization and Executive Committee member, he was instrumental in the CCC’s publication of the Unsettling Profile series, and its ongoing advocacy for increased funding for housing and services for our culturally specific member organizations.

Marcus has a prolific career in leadership and is passionate about advancing racial justice in Oregon.  He has strong relationships and roots in our communities and will lead CCC into its next chapter with a deep understanding of and commitment to communities of color. 

About Marcus C. Mundy

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Mr. Mundy is a Principal at Mundy Consulting LLC, an Oregon state certified minority small business. His practice assists clients in various disciplines including but not limited to: achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in personnel, contracting, supplier diversity, development and administrative areas; and achieving compliance with respect to applicable laws, regulations and accreditation standards for healthcare businesses and others. 

Prior to his role at Mundy Consulting, Mr. Mundy served as the President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, was the Vice President and Regional Compliance Officer for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and has held a host of other leadership positions. 

Mr. Mundy attended Howard University in Washington, DC, receiving his Bachelor (BBA) in Business Administration, and attended Howard University's Graduate School of Business. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA program. 

Mr. Mundy has served the community through his participation on numerous boards and community advisory positions, including the OHSU Foundation Board, the State Labor Commissioner’s Oregon Council on Civil Rights, the Oregon Community Foundation’s Regional Advisory Initiative, the Coalition for a Livable Future,  EcoDistricts (formerly Portland Sustainability Institute) and, currently, Upstream Public Health. 

He is also a Senior Fellow in Oregon’s chapter of the American Leadership Forum, our state’s premier leadership training group for over two decades. His proudest achievement, however, and forever, is as a father to his four children.

Equity Lens Interview:

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1) You’ve had a long career in leadership roles, what is one accomplishment of which you are most proud? 

As a proponent of servant leadership, I am proud of the fact that I focus on the humanity of the people for whom I work, despite the setting. If a leader can maintain empathy, and remember that there is a responsibility to serve and not just direct, there will always be much for which to be proud.  Consistent empathy is the accomplishment I cherish the most, as it allows me to remember why I work.

2) What are you most excited about in your new role at the CCC? 

I am excited to work once again with a high quality, dedicated, professional staff, and an organization that is fiercely clear in its mission.  When a team is focused in its direction, great things can be accomplished.  I am absolutely eager to connect with past colleagues and meet new leaders in the enlarged membership of the Coalition and our many partners. There is much work to be done to advocate for and collaborate with member organizations, and I hope to be able to help our collective goals to be achieved.

I once opined at a fundraising dinner, over a decade ago, that if you were a salmon or a tree or a bicycle lane in Oregon you had a better chance of being protected and having resources thrown your way than if you were a person of color trying to find a job or housing or healthcare or redress to civil injustice. 

(Please understand that I am pro-salmon, pro-tree, and pro-cycling.  It is just that I am even more a proponent of racial equity and justice, basic civil rights and economic opportunity.  While the paradigm is not zero-sum, and we can accomplish many of these things simultaneously, I do believe that fairness for people must come first before we concentrate on addressing everything else.)

Much has changed for the good since my comments, in large part because of the relentless work of the Coalition and its members.

But an exciting facet of my new role is that I can remind the powers that be in this region that these issues remain current, must be addressed with urgency even now, and that the “new normal” we have become accustomed to (anesthetized by?) over the last two years is not normal at all, and must be met with resolute focus on change that benefits all.  I look forward to the challenge.

3) What do you like to do to maintain work/life balance? 

I love to read, I revel in writing, I relish wonderful food and discovering new places (both of which can be done abundantly in Oregon), and I embrace the opportunity to spend time with family and friends discussing issues of the day, and laughing out loud.  Watching my athletic children compete in their various sports endeavors has also helped keep me grounded over the years, and eased the stresses of the day-to-day.

4) Trailblazers or Timbers?

Is that a trick question?  I support each of those Portland treasures equally, although I do hope the Trailblazers prevail in signing LeBron James in the offseason (longshot), and the Timbers acquire the promising Tayo Edun (possible) in theirs.  That would make for an exciting next year.


Summer Soirée a success!

On behalf of the Coalition of Communities of Color, our members, our board of directors, and our staff, we would like to thank everyone that attended the 2018 Summer Soirée! This is the fourth year of our annual fundraiser and it was our most successful one yet! Pictures from the event will be posted soon, but here's a glimpse of the pictures from the program and a video about CCC's work that we featured at the event.

 Paul Lumley, Executive Director of NAYA Family Center & CCC Board Chair

Paul Lumley, Executive Director of NAYA Family Center & CCC Board Chair

 Stefan Saing, Civic Engagement Coordinator, IRCO Asian Family Center

Stefan Saing, Civic Engagement Coordinator, IRCO Asian Family Center

 Nichole June Maher, President of Northwest Health Foundation & Co-founder of the CCC, was the emcee for the evening.

Nichole June Maher, President of Northwest Health Foundation & Co-founder of the CCC, was the emcee for the evening.

 Shweta Moorthy, CCC Researcher, introducing  Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County

Shweta Moorthy, CCC Researcher, introducing Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County

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If you were not able to attend, but would like to support the work of the CCC, you can still make a donation and help us advance racial justice through cross-cultural collective action. 


Research Justice Update

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

On June 12th, the Coalition’s Research Justice Center will publish and release Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County. This report is based on the Center’s community-based participatory research project, which reflects the lives and aspirations of communities of color in Washington County. Leading with Race includes findings that our leaders can rely upon to build capacity,  mobilize and advocate for better outcomes for culturally-specific communities in Washington County.     

The next phase of the project entails providing an opportunity for community members living/working in Washington county to learn how to present research findings, facilitate dialogue and articulate their experiences to city councils, school districts, community-based organizations and so on. This is an important leadership development opportunity, particularly for those who live, work, and or have spent a significant part of their life in Washington County.

The CCC’s Research Justice Center and Advocacy Program will host a training for interested individuals sometime between the end of June and mid-July. Childcare and food will be provided during the workshop. Please contact Shweta Moorthy by June 19 if you wish to participate in this leadership development opportunity. Learn more about CCC’s Research Justice vision here.

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Re-launching Regional Equity Atlas

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The CCC’s Research Justice Center has taken the lead in re-launching Regional Equity Atlas in partnership with Ecotrust, Futurewise and 1000 Friends of Oregon. Currently in development, the Regional Equity Atlas 3.0 will include an online mapping tool and interpretive website, which will enable us to understand how well different neighborhoods, communities, and populations across our region are able to access the resources and opportunities they need to meet their basic needs and advance their health and well-being. We will not collect, analyze, and present data for its own sake – instead, the Regional Equity Atlas is designed to be a tool to catalyze lasting social change, and to support grassroots community organizing toward that end.

The Coalition will resource and train a cohort of 12-15 community members living in Washington County to design and implement small-scale research projects and co-develop the Regional Equity Atlas. The cohort will begin meeting in July 2018. Please contact Shweta Moorthy by June 19 if you wish to participate in this leadership development and community-based research opportunity.


Advocacy Update

The Portland and Multnomah County budget cycle and May elections made for a busy spring in CCC’s advocacy efforts. City and county budget advocacy has been a core element of CCC's work since the coalition’s inception. This year, we are exploring a new approach aimed at deepening relationships with local elected leaders and creating a broader vision for racial equity in our community. Since January, CCC has begun a series of quarterly meetings with the Portland mayor and Multnomah County chair to share our members’ policy and budget priorities in a cross-cultural context.

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Tony Defalco (Verde), Dañel Malan (Milagro Theater), and CCC members providing testimony.

In addition to this new strategy, we partnered again this year with CCC member IRCO to host a Multnomah County Budget Forum focused on the priorities of communities of color. All five county commissioners heard from service providers, advocates, and community members about priority issues and the importance of culturally specific resources, with a number of CCC members testifying in person.

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In the run-up to the May 15 election, we worked to increase engagement on racial equity in local races. On April 30, CCC teamed up with 1000 Friends of Oregon to host the only forum for all Metro Council candidates. Allan Lazo of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon was an outstanding moderator as candidates discussed their visions for Metro's work in racial equity, housing, transportation, and land use. The event was held at the Muslim Educational Trust's Community and Educational Center in Tigard; MET is CCC's newest member and we were delighted to hold this event in their beautiful space.

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In line with our increased engagement in Washington County, CCC co-hosted a Washington County District Attorney Candidate Forum with the ACLU of Oregon and CCC member organization Unite Oregon. District attorneys are one of the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system, and this forum was an opportunity to center racial justice in these conversations. Shujat Qalbani of Unite Oregon drew on his own experience as a criminal justice policy advocate, prosecutor, and municipal judge to serve as moderator.

Now that election season and the budget cycle are over, we’ll be busy planning for advocacy on November ballot initiatives and the 2019 legislative session and look forward to creating a robust policy agenda and engaging in collective action for racial equity.


Energy Justice Update

June 1st marked one year since the City of Portland and Multnomah County passed a 100% Renewable Energy Resolution. Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted companion 100% renewables resolutions, establishing goals to meet 100% of community-wide energy needs with renewable energy by 2050 and to meet 100% of community-wide electric energy needs through renewable energy by 2035.

The Coalition of Communities of Color, Verde, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and partners successfully advanced equity commitments to protect low-income ratepayers, support workforce diversity and target businesses, and incent community-based development of renewable energy infrastructure. Specifically, each resolution prioritizes “community-based development of renewable energy infrastructure,” and sets a target of supplying 2% of community-wide energy needs via such infrastructure by 2035.

While Oregon has been recognized as an environmental leader, communities like ours-- communities of color and low-income communities-- are often left out of the development, implementation, and enforcement of such initiatives and bypassed by the environmental, social and economic wealth created through the environmental and sustainability movement. We are on a path to reverse that on the local and state level.  

In July, organizations and communities of color will build a collective understanding of energy development fundamentals and energy democracy, including how the fossil-fuel economy is an integrated climate and economic crisis which has disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color. Using the capacity building of the “Community Energy Justice Summit” as a foundation, we explore what a long-term community-driven effort could look like that develops and implements community-based renewable energy resources and policies, thereby empowering our communities to realize environmental, economic, racial, and social justice benefits.

Since late 2017, the CCC has participated in the SB 978 [link: http://www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/Energy%20Initiatives/SB-978.aspx] process, including ongoing capacity building and advocacy to ensure the Public Utilities Commission integrates Environmental Justice, public participation, and climate change mitigation into its decision-making framework. We are simultaneously working to establish long-term intervenor funding for Environmental Justice groups. We believe this is an enormous opportunity to develop our communities as stakeholders in energy policy and shift the utility business model to center the needs of communities of color and low-income communities.

How will we build this new, regenerative, and cooperative future? Organizations like the CCC, APANO, NAYA, Verde, and NAACP Portland Chapter are moving forward models to transition from the old, extractive economy and fund a clean, equitable and racially just economy. The Portland Clean Energy Fund is Portland's chance to become a national model for transitioning our city to renewable energy in a manner that directly supports racial justice and equity. From funding new rooftop solar and energy efficiency projects to a robust job-training program for underserved communities, PCEF is how we can turn our values into tangible benefits for Portlanders and our climate. The initiative would levy a small surcharge on huge multinational corporations to capitalize a fund that will be directed to clean energy and climate investments that benefits low-income people and people of color (among other traditionally underserved communities). Find out more here about the ballot initiative campaign [link: https://www.portlandcleanenergyfund.com/] and check out the crowdfunding campaign [https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/385855/help-portland-clean-energy-fund-initiative-qualify-for-the-nov-2018-ballot], which will fund efforts to get the Portland Clean Energy Fund on the ballot in November!

Check out similar efforts and gain inspiration nationally through the Energy Democracy National Tour 2018 [link: https://energydemocracy.us/]. The Tour leverages the recently published book, Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions, to strengthen, bring together, and expand the various strands and networks of the emerging energy democracy movement in the United States.

June 2018 Leaders Bridge eNewsletter

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IN THIS EDITION OF LEADERS BRIDGE

Welcome to the June edition of the Leaders Bridge, CCC’s bi-monthly newsletter highlighting our leaders, events, and opportunities brought to you by the Bridges Leadership Initiative, our members and key partners. Given the abundance of spectacular events, celebrations and career and placement opportunities, we are so excited for this edition of the newsletter! The next edition is scheduled for mid-August. Members and Key Partners who are interested in sharing events and opportunities are invited to submit requests to: Nakisha@CoalitionCommunitiesColor.org.


Alumni Spotlights

Jacqueline "Jackie" Lueng, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)

 New Salem City Councilor Jackie Leung

New Salem City Councilor Jackie Leung

Jacqueline “Jackie” Leung is an active member of her community and graduate of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI). She is also a mother, community organizer, chairperson, supervisor to community health workers, and beginning in January 2019, Salem City Councilor! Jackie earned her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law. She also has a Masters of Science in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. 

Jackie is a graduate of the 4th cohort of the API-CLI program. She was drawn to the program because she wanted to strengthen her organizing and advocacy skills as a means to address human rights, immigration justice, and diversity, equity and inclusion—especially with members of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. While working on a project focused on Community Organizing with her API-CLI cohort, Jackie learned to build community partnerships and effective team building strategies with a diverse leadership group. 

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Jackie combines her knowledge of the law, health, and community organizing with her API-CLI experience to meet the health needs of the Micronesian Islander community and members of the community who identify as persons of color. She works with communities as a Community Health Worker Supervisor and Board Chair at the Micronesian Islander Community, an organization that promotes leadership, social justice, and preservation of the Micronesian Islander culture. Jackie also works as a Community Organizer with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.

Ms. Leung continues her civic engagement as an active member and supporter to several nonprofits and government entities including the Hunger-Free Leadership Institute; a member of Salem Mayor’s International Council; Commissioner of the City of Salem’s Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission; Commissioner with the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs; and the Oregon Hunger Task Force.  She also participated in the Developing Equity Leadership through Training and Action (DELTA) program facilitated by the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.


Stefan Saing, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)

 Stefan Saing, Co-Lead, API-CLI

Stefan Saing, Co-Lead, API-CLI

Last year, Stefan Saing not only graduated from the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI), he also became a co-lead for the program! He was born to Cambodian immigrants who came to America in during the late 70s and early 80s. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree, majoring in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. He was regularly involved with the Cambodian Student Association and other student groups in college. Following a volunteer mission to Cambodia in 2013, he shifted from his focus in medicine and became interested in public health policy and education. His work has ranged from coaching youth basketball to tutoring in the sciences to community involvement. 

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The API-CLI program was meaningful to him for many reasons, including its role is empowering Asian communities. The 2016 Cohort he was part of explored and developed leadership opportunities to support and advocate for increased civic engagement; build collaborative alliances among API communities and other communities of color in the greater Portland metropolitan region; and, focused on identifying and working towards rectifying racial and ethnic disparities.

Stefan endeavors to develop a community where younger generations are able to thrive under strong leaders. He envisions a future where these youths become leaders that represent Asian and Pacific Islander communities, along with numerous historically underserved communities he and his peers collaborate among. Stefan seeks to inspire people of all backgrounds to find a role and add their own strengths to their communities.

Stefan’s civic leadership includes shaping goals and outcomes of Metro’s Southwest Corridor Equitable Development Strategy (SWEDS) via his appointment to the SWEDS Project Oversight Committee; serving as member of the Board of Directors with the Cambodian American Community of Oregon; acting as a Cambodian Community Liaison for the Community Engagement Liaison Services); and part of the Planning Committee for the Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Burmese New Year in the Park event held in Glenhaven Park annually.


Coalition, Member & Bridges Events

CCC's Summer Soirée

When: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018; 5:30PM
Where: Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214
Details: Together we're building the power of our communities for racial justice across cultures. Summer Soirée is our chance to come together as one community for an evening of conversation, idea sharing and inspiration.

Staff of CCC Member Organizations ’and Bridges Leaders can purchase tickets for $35. Use “Member” code to purchase tickets ONLY if you are a staff member or leader from a Bridges Leadership Development program.

Bridges alumni are also welcome and encouraged to attend as volunteers, who can attend free of charge. Please contact Nakisha to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Nakisha@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org.

For questions, contact Kodey Park Bambino at kodey@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org or (503) 200-5722


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Hacienda’s 20th Annual Latino Home Fair

When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Madison High School | 27354 NE 82nd Avenue, Portland OR 97220
Details: Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to take advantage of all the resources CCC member Hacienda has to offer: meet real estate and mortgage professionals, learn more about products and services available to make your home buying experience a success. This is a family-friendly event with a designated kids’ area! For more information, see the Hacienda Website - Facebook Event - or Instagram

** For more events listings, visit the Bridges Events Website **


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When: June 16th, 2018; Parade, 11 AM to noon; Celebration, 12:30 to 6 PM
Where: Parade starts at Safeway NE MLK & Ainsworth; the Celebration is located at Legacy Emanuel Hospital Field (N. Vancouver & N. Russell)
Details: Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves. Juneteenth commemorates when U.S. soldiers brought word of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to Galveston, Texas, two years after it was issued. It is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. In Oregon, Juneteenth OR Celebration was founded 45 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. The celebration starts with a parade, followed by the festivities which include live music, art, food, educational booths, cultural booths, and a children’s play area.


When: Sunday, June 17th 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: The parade begins at the North Park Blocks and ends at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 
Details: On Sunday, June 17th from 10am-3pm Latino Network will be participating in the Portland Pride Parade! You are invited to walk with us as we join our fellow Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities to support equality for all! This year, we have a truck, music, traditional folk dancers, and so much more! Light refreshments, pan dulce and snacks will be available. It’s going to be a party, so bring your family and friends for this amazing event! For more information visit the Parade FAQ site.


Good in the Hood, with SEI Inc and Urban League Portland

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When: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018; 11 AM to 10 PM
Where: King School Park, NE 6th Ave & NE Humboldt St Portland, OR 97211
Details: CCC Members Self Enhancement, Inc. and Urban League are proud sponsors and participants of the 26th annual Good in the Hood Festival and parade. Good in the Hood is one of the largest multicultural festivals in the Pacific Northwest and seeks to connect people with resources and experiences that strengthen unity in the community. The parade starts at 11 AM Saturday, June 23rd at Dawson Park and goes to King School Park. The Good in the Hood festival will have activities all weekend at King School Park: Friday 6pm-10pm; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 12pm-8pm


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When: Saturday, June 30, 2018; 11:00 AM-4 PM
Where: Cully Park Grand Opening
You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration for the long-awaited Cully Park in Portland's Cully Neighborhood. This FREE event includes food, games, and activities for all ages. Cully Park is the culmination of a partnership between Verde, a Cully based non-profit that serves communities by building environmental wealth, and Portland Parks & Recreation to turn a landfill into a 25-acre park in one of Portland’s most park-deprived neighborhoods. Bring the family, spend time with your neighbors, and help us celebrate this incredible park. We hope to see you there!

Celebración de apertura del parque Cully / el 30 de junio 2018 de 11:00am-4pm. Te invitamos a la gran celebración de apertura del largamente esperado parque Cully en el vecindario de Cully en Portland. Este evento GRATUITO incluye aperitivos, juegos, y actividades para todas las edades, incluyendo:

El parque Cully es la culminación de la colaboración entre Verde, que es una organización sin fines de lucro en Cully que sirve a comunidades por medio de crear vitalidad económica y ambiental, y el departamento de parques y recreación de Portland al transformar un basurero en un parque de 25 acres, en uno de los vecindarios con menos áreas verdes en la ciudad. Ven con tu familia, comparte con tus vecinos y celebramos juntos la apertura de este increíble parque. ¡Te esperamos allí


When: Saturday, August 11, 2018; 12 PM-8:30 PM
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave Portland, OR 97205
Details: The Urban League of Portland is proud to support this year’s festival, which will bring over 5,000 Pan Africans and supporters in Oregon to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for a day to enjoy live music, dance, food and entertainment, health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and relevant other opportunities for people to get involved and take action to solve problems in their community.

 

** For more events listings, visit the Bridges Events Website **


Committee Placement Opportunities

Join the Grant Selection Committee for Metro’s Investment and Innovations Grants | Time Sensitive

The Grants Manager is currently seeking up to 3 community members for this committee. The seats are open to all of our Bridges Leaders, including Metro Community Partnership Pilot participants, and Leaders who worked on the Regional Waste Plan. Interested leaders should immediately contact Nakisha@CoalitionCommunitiesColor.org, please include Metro Grant Selection Committee in the subject of your email.


Join the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission 

The Commission is currently accepting applications for membership! The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships, and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. In doing so, the Commission is guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Commission is comprised of 15 members representing a broad spectrum of the community. Members must live, work, worship, or be enrolled in school within the City of Portland. 

The Commission encourages applications from youth and students for up to two positions on the Commission. Human Rights Commissioners are appointed by the Portland City Council and are volunteers who work without compensation. Applications can be submitted via MSWord, or a fillable PDF form. For additional details regarding this opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.


Port of Portland’s PDX Community Advisory Committee (PDX CAC)

The Coalition of Communities of Color is hosting the Port of Portland’s Environmental Justice seat for their PDX Community Advisory Committee. 

The PDX CAC is an advisory body to the Port of Portland, City of Portland, and City of Vancouver. The mission of this ongoing advisory committee is to:

  • Support meaningful and collaborative public dialogue and engagement on airport-related planning and development;
  • Provide an opportunity for the community to inform the airport-related decision-making of the Port, the City of Portland, and other jurisdictions/organizations in the region; and
  • Raise public knowledge about the airport and impacted communities. 
  • A key focus of the committee will be to work towards assuring that PDX and the Airport Plan District become the most sustainable in the world recognizing the long-term, critical interconnection between economic development, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

The PDX CAC meets four times a year at Portland International Airport, usually on Wednesdays, from noon- 3:30 pm. Parking is paid and lunch is provided. The next meeting is on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Interested candidates are welcome to attend this meeting as members of the public. Interested leaders should contact Nakisha@CoalitionCommunitiesColor.org, and use PDX CAC Inquiry in the subject line of their email.


Career & Funding Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Equity Training and Education Program Coordinator with the Office of Equity and Human Rights
The City of Portland's Office of Equity & Human Rights (OEHR) is looking for an Equity Training and Education Program Coordinator to join their team! The Equity Training and Education Program Coordinator is responsible for creating, managing, and developing equity training and education activities, targeting all City staff and elected officials. The program provides training to all City staff on how to cultivate an Equity Mindset and understand how to use an equity thought process in their work. The training program primarily centers on racial equity and disability equity. 

This position will be responsible for supporting program goals and objectives; Will work closely with the City Tribal Liaison in the Office of Government Relations to design training contents and facilitate training sessions that are specific to Tribal history and culture, tribal governance, treaties, and law. Co-develop strategies and best practices toward improving engagement and working with the Portland American Indian/Alaska Native community. For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

Neighborhood Housing (NH) Manager with the Portland Housing Bureau
The Portland Housing Bureau is recruiting for a Neighborhood Housing (NH) Manager responsible for providing comprehensive planning and coordination of homeownership, home repair, and homeowner retention programs within the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB).  The NH Program Manager leads the team in the development and implementation of programs, City and Bureau policy, and partnerships with non-profit partners to assist in providing related services in the community.

The position oversees high-level compliance activities to ensure programs and resources are effective in creating opportunities to help communities with lower rates of home buying access and retain the benefits of homeownership.  This includes, but is not limited to budgeting, tracking and evaluating program performance against established goals, and working with community partners in identifying and implementing new strategies to increase homeownership for low-income households and help homeowners at risk of displacement to retain their homes. For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy
If you are a strategic thinker, someone who loves public policy, and a fighter for economic justice, this position may be right for you. The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP or the Center), the leading public policy research institute in Oregon, seeks an Executive Director with a passion for advancing progressive state fiscal and economic policies that benefit all Oregonians. The Executive Director will oversee the Center’s high-quality research and analysis work; manage staff and operations including leading fundraising; maintain and build coalitions to advance strategic economic agendas; advise the legislature, state government, political influencers, and the public on priority issues; and ensure that the organization has the resources and support to achieve the mission. For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

Homeownership Coordinator at the Native American Youth and Family Center
This position is part of the Native American Youth and Family Center Community Development Department’s Housing to Homeownership Program. The Homeownership Coordinator will work in collaboration with other agency programs to provide support to potential homeowners in Portland’s Native American community. This position is responsible for providing culturally specific and HUD-approved homeownership coaching and homebuyer education workshops for low- to moderate-income program participants. The coach helps buyers identify their goals and needs, evaluates individual financial situations and homeownership goals in order to provide the appropriate resources and educational support. Budget oversight, direct participant service and case management, regular workshop coordination, and event coordination are fundamental activities of this position. This position will play an administrative leadership role with the Minority Homeownership Assistance Collaborative, a coalition of affordable housing agencies collaborating together to deliver programmatic services. 

For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

Cully Boulevard Alliance District Manager with the Native American Youth and Family Center
The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is looking for a motivated, organized, creative, and resourceful individual to serve as its Cully Boulevard Alliance District Manager. The Cully Boulevard Alliance (CBA) exists to promote and foster opportunity for economic prosperity that embraces diversity, nurtures community, and empowers Cully residents. Our shared vision is to see community-rooted businesses forming, growing, and thriving in a diverse neighborhood committed to serving and responding to the hopes and dreams of its residents. The CBA District Manager will oversee community economic development primarily targeted on NE Cully Boulevard between NE Freemont and NE Killingsworth St., one of the Prosper Portland Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Zones. For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

Grant and Contracts Accountant at Latino Network
Latino Network seeks a mission-driven professional with proven nonprofit and community experience to provide finance support. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves position with the capacity to impact the lives of Latino youth and their families. If you are caring, resourceful, outcome-orientated and able to build strong relationships, then Latino Network is the place for you.

Primary responsibilities consist of financially coordinating a portfolio of agency contracts and private grants by ensuring the accuracy of accounting codings, ensuring costs are allowable, completing monthly invoicing in a timely fashion, and adjusting budgets as necessary. All tasks to be performed in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and agency policies and procedures. For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

Communications Development Associate with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
The Communications Development Associate will work with the Development Coordinator and Director of Development & Communications to carry out public relations/communication strategies that enhance IRCO’s public image including coordination of IRCO’s policy and advocacy efforts and additional tasks associated with the Development team. This position will play a key role in writing, producing, and disseminating agency-wide marketing materials and communications to diverse audiences. This position will participate in meetings, training, and committees to support IRCO’s goals and objectives. 

For more details about this job opportunity, see the description on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Site.

** For more job listings, visit the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Website**


Funding Opportunities 

Announcement: Metro Central Community Enhancement Grant program

The Metro Central enhancement grants program has begun accepting applications, they are due in September. This program supports residents within a target area that stretches along the west side of the Willamette River from the Northwest Neighborhood Association to Linnton, along with an area around the St. Johns Bridge within North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood. Grants are awarded on an annual basis by the Metro Central Enhancement Committee, made up of representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses and environmental community. In 2018, the Metro Central Community Enhancement Committee funded 12 local improvement projects totaling $246,717.


Leadership Opportunities

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BPS Listening Session
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) will host a listening session on Thursday, June 21 to hear from individuals interested in providing or expanding services in Portland’s waste and recycling industry. BPS wants to hear about experiences, challenges, and ideas for change. The event will include food, drinks, a $50 gift certificate, and interpretation services upon early request.

BPS is committed to increasing accessibility for people of color in Portland’s waste and recycling industry. BPS wants to understand barriers to entry and identify steps to reduce those barriers. BPS is specifically seeking participation from communities that may have experienced barriers to entering the waste and recycling industry, including women, communities of color, immigrant communities, the LGBTQ+ community, and all faith or religious communities. No documentation or validation of participants’ identity will be requested.
Interested?
Please contact Alfredo Gonzalez at alfredo.gonzalez@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-8330 by June 13 at 5 p.m. Limited number of gift certificates available. The listening session will be held Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in East Portland. The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, contact 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 711. For additional information see the attached flyer.

Portland Harbor Public Forum
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding its first quarterly Portland Harbor Public Forum on Wednesday, June 13th2018  where community members can learn about current and planned work at the Portland Harbor Superfund site. You can find the most current information about the Public Forum at the Portland Harbor cleanup website.RSVPonly if you would like to receive event reminders. You do not need to RSVP in order to attend.
Time:  6:00-8:30 PM*
Location:  Immigrant Refugee and Community Organization (IRCO); Sokhom Tauch Community Room (or Community Center); 10301 NE Glisan St.; Portland, OR 97220
*Food from Tamale Boy will be provided by the Pre-Remedial Design Group and will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. You are encouraged to arrive early to make sure you have food before the meeting starts promptly at 6 PM.

What will I learn at the Portland Harbor Public Forum?
EPA and ODEQ, other agencies and Potentially Responsible Parties will give an update on the status of the cleanup. Topics of the meeting will include:

  • Overview of the site from EPA and ODEQ
  • Updates from Potentially Responsible Parties
  • Fish Advisory update

For more information: Website:  www.epa.gov/superfund/portland-harbor; Contact Laura Knudsen, Community Involvement Coordinator (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838)

Language Interpretation:
Do you or someone you know needs language interpretation? Please contact Laura Knudsen by May 30, 2018 (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838).

Póngase en contacto con Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838) antes del 30 de mayo si necesita servicios de interpretación.

Vui lòng liên lạc Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838) trước ngày 30 tháng 5 nếu bạn cần dịch vụ thông dịch.

Fadlan la soo xiriir Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov, 206-553-1838) kahor 30-tii May haddii aad u baahan tahay adeegyada tarjumaadda.


Community Events

Wednesday, 6/6: Queer APIs + Mental Health Roundtable
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018; 6 PM to 8 PM
Where: Taborspace
Details: This panel and roundtable discussion will invite guest speakers to share thoughts on contemporary issues facing people who identify as queer and API. How do we navigate API spaces as queer people? How do we navigate queer spaces as API people? What areas present conflict or othering, and how do they impact health and approaches to self-care? Participants will be encouraged to listen, reflect, and share experiences and resources as they are comfortable.  

Portland Rose Festival Parade
When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018; 10 AM to 2 PM
Where: Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland; Location Map
Details: This popular procession is more than a spectacular floral-filled parade; it’s a beloved annual tradition. For more than 100 years, Portland families, visitors and community groups have been making memories at the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the parade draws hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers of every age, along a 4-mile route that winds through city streets and across the river. The 2018 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 9.

Wakily | Kúkátónón 2018 Showcase
When: 
Saturday, June 9, 2018; 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Where: Jefferson High School
Details: Kúkátónón performers feature West African dance and drumming, a special ballet presentation, and guest performances by Habiba Addo [Ghanaian storytelling and vocals], Habib Iddrisu [Ghanaian drumming], and Obo Addy Legacy Project [Ghanaian drumming and dancing].

Whitenoise Project 14: Svay / Do / Alluri / Tolentino
When: Friday, June 15, 2018; 7 PM to 9 PM
Where: Milepost 5; 850 NE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97213
Details:This June the Whitenoise project for our second event in the De-Canon Residency and Pop Up Library is excited to host powerhouse out of town poets Sokunthary Svay, Do Ngyuen Mai and Hari Alluri as they visit our fair city, as well as local favorite Armin Tolentino! The Whitenoise Project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepresented communities (PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC and people with disabilities), and is supported by a Jade-Midway Placemaking Grant from APANO.

Invisible Spectrum Stories – Belonging – A Pride Special
When: Monday, June 18, 2018; 8pm-11pm
Where: 116 NE Russell Street
Details: Invisible Spectrum Stories is back for 4 shows this year! We kick off our first show of 2018 in Pride month, featuring storytellers from our community workshop and LGBTQ storytellers. Invisible Spectrum stories features storytellers of color in Portland, and our theme is IDENTITY. Claiming it back. Finding it. Discovering it. Seeing it from the other side. Seeing someone else’s identity. Who are we. And choosing who I am. 

Healing the Fractures: Writing from Deep Experience
When: Saturday, June 23, 2018; 11:30am-3pm
Where:Milepost 5; 850 NE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97213
Details: How do we overcome cultural silences around mental health in communities of color? How do we move away from the perception that we are broken and in need of fixing? Using generative writing exercises, we will mine memory, family history, and fractured narratives of the self to build writing practices rooted in compassion and imagination. Open to all levels of writers. 

My People’s Market
When:
Saturday, June 30th; 12pm-8pm
Where:300 N Winning Way
Details:Bring your friends and family to explore the diverse entrepreneurial talent of Portland at this FREE annual event. Support the community and shop at over 80 local multicultural businesses, talk with vendors, and network with local business owners of color. There will be live music, art, performances, and of course, plenty to eat and drink from some of Portland’s best eateries. 

May 2018 Leaders Bridge eNewsletter

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IN THIS EDITION OF LEADERS BRIDGE

  • CCC Staff Update - New Leadership Development Director

  • Alumni Spotlights

  • Coalition, Member & BRIDGES Events

  • Community Events

  • Leadership Opportunities

  • Career and Funding Opportunities

Welcome to the May edition of the Leaders Bridge, a bi-monthly enewsletter highlighting our leaders, events, and opportunities brought to you by the Bridges Leadership Initiative, our members, and key partners.


CCC Staff Update - New Leadership Development Director

I joined the Coalition and the Bridges Leadership Development Initiative as the new Leadership Development Director two months ago. Within a few weeks of starting, the Bridges team introduced me to their programs and helped set the stage for the Annual Bridges Leadership Convening held on March 10th.  It was great to get to see so many powerful leaders so soon after starting with the Coalition. If you weren’t able to make it, find out more about this meaningful, informative, and fun event, HERE!!

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March’s convening is just one of a number of leadership development projects underway.  In the next few months be on the lookout for updates on the following:

  • CCC will continue to develop and utilize tools within the Bridges Directory to share more opportunities for leaders to network, support and learn from one another, access meaningful jobs, and find opportunities to apply for placement on boards councils and commissions.
  • CCC will host and facilitate more opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and leadership development, which so many alumni expressed interest in last month;
  • CCC will continue to sustain and enhance our partnerships with Metro and Multnomah County; and,

Bridges Directory

The Bridges Directory is an online platform for Bridges alumni and participants to share their skills and interests with each other and with trusted partners who value our leaders and are committed to equity. If you are a current cohort member or Bridges Alumni, you can set up or update your profile here. The directory is not only a place to highlight your experience, it’s also a place to find out about jobs and openings in decision-making spaces, and stay updated about the myriad of events hosted by the Coalition, our members, and key partner organizations. We’re also working on expanding the functions offered on the Bridges Directory. Potential options include posting resumes, sharing resources for professional development by uploading documents or posting articles, or even using the Groups tool, which functions like an online forum and serves as a space people can collaborate and post discussion topics, photos, and or hold polls!

The Leaders Bridge will be published on a bi-monthly basis and each edition will also provide key leadership and civic engagement opportunities, board openings, and career opportunities. The newsletter features important dates, spotlight one or two current and past participants of the leadership programs, and highlight one of our member organizations and or their staff. If you want to spotlight a Bridges alumni or current cohort member, please contact me via email: Nakisha@coalitiocommunitiescolor.org!

Combined, the Bridges Directory and the Leaders Bridge will deepen connections and transform best practices for engagement between Bridges leaders, staff, and our community partners. Speaking of partners—If you are one of our valued partners or a Bridges leader working with an organization, business, or governmental agency and want to share an event your coordinating, a job opening, make sure you update your Bridges Profile in the Directory and then post your event or job there.

I’m looking forward to learning more about the amazing work of our members, the leadership development programs, and most of all our leaders, staff and partners.


Alumni Spotlights

Carmen Rubio, UNID@S

 Carmen Rubio, Executive Director, Latino Network

Carmen Rubio, Executive Director, Latino Network

Bridges Leaders and supporters may have met Carmen Rubio in her capacity as a transformational leader and Executive Director at Latino Network. She was recently recognized in the Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence list! Carmen was a participant of Latino Network’s first cohort of Unid@s leadership development program, she was also its founder! Carmen first explored the development of the program because she had a vision about potential of the collective impact of Latino leaders in Oregon. She realized that Oregon was rich with talented, powerful and influential members of the Latino community and that as the community grows, so should its power, influence and support for one another. So in partnership with other community leaders, Carmen worked to  create a program to unite Latino leaders, to build their collective power, and ultimately to improve the well-being of Oregon’s Latinos.

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One of the most memorable and exciting experiences during the first Unid@s program was her cohort’s production of The Oregon Latin@ List. This heartening video celebrates the childhood stories, values, hopes and lessons that influence the leadership of the first Undid@s cohort. The voices of these leaders and many more continue to be heard as the leadership program is preparing to graduate its 6th cohort this June!

Born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, her maternal grandparents worked as Braceros, migrant farmworkers, from Durango, Mexico and were among the first Mexican-American families to settle permanently in the Hillsboro area of Washington County. Carmen was a first generation college student who became increasingly active organizing in student unions like MEChA and student government at the University of Oregon, and volunteering on political campaigns. Her commitment to social justice, advocacy and civic engagement informed her decision to study political science. Upon graduation, she worked for Milagro Theater and Metropolitan Group before joining the campaign as Field Director for a young Latina candidate. She has served as staff for Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz, Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Portland Commissioner Nick Fish, and she joined Latino Network as its Executive Director in 2009.

Carmen believes that her ability to choose her own career was a privilege due in large part to her family’s choices, she also understands that the choices currently being made impact future generations. Her mission to amplify and advance the strength and courage of the Latino community is fueled by the diversity of leaders, allies and community members who know the value of investing in people and in institutional change for social justice.

Carmen currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Coalition of Communities of Color and the University of Oregon Alumni Association.  She is a 2015 Marshall Memorial Fellow, an American Leadership Forum of Oregon Fellow, and a member of the International Women’s Forum. She also serves as an appointed Commissioner on the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, where she strives to elevate the voices of underrepresented students and students of color enrolled in Oregon’s public colleges and universities.


Robin M. Johnson, African American Leadership Academy Cohort

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Robin M. Johnson, Director of Equity Advancement, Center for Equity and Inclusion

Bridges leaders and alumni had the opportunity to experience Robin’s leadership in action during her keynote presentation and workshop facilitation at last month’s 4th Annual Bridges Convening. Robin graduated with the first cohort of the African American Leadership Academy (AALA, 2013). While participating in the AALA’s leadership development program, Robin developed a community based project that focused on the gentrification of the historical Black Community and the contributing role of the city’s current and past policies and practices. A clear and memorable learning moment occurred when, as a collective, her PAALF Leadership Program peers committed to understanding their shared and unique experiences through a shared framework and lens.  

Robin cherishes the personal connections developed while participating in AALA, especially because the formation and cultivation of those relationships helped her navigate through institutional racism and overcome barriers she faced as a woman of color. So, as the Director of Equity Avancement with the Center for Equity and Inclusion, Robin continues to build important connections with, between and among her community and organizations. Additionally, she provides executive level coaching to ensure the success of infusing equity broadly and deeply throughout organizations, recognizing the importance of connecting organizational leaders to the development and process of creating their equity and inclusion plans. 

Robin loves that the Coalition’s Bridges Leadership and or AALA Program provides an opportunity for each emerging or refining leader to be immersed in a culturally specific program that fits their unique needs. Personally, she hopes that her development as a leader continues to grow and deepen, and that her perspective continues to be broadened and deepened by linking arms with those around her. 


Coalition, Member & Bridges Events

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Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) Reception and Report to City Council

Please join us in celebrating our successful pilot project and the launch of the next phase of the Coalition's work with a brief celebratory reception directly in advance of our report to City Council on Thursday, May 3rd. We would welcome your presence and support at the Reception (1-2pm) and or at our Report to City Council (2-4pm).

During the reception, there will be food, drinks, a photo booth and we’ll hear a few words from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about PUAH, show your support and network with the coalition’s members. Please RSVP.

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Africa House's 2018 Gala: Growing Strong Together

When: Thursday, May 10th, 2018; 6:00 PM
Where: Melody Ballroom | 615 SE Alder St. Portland, OR 97214
Details: “Growing Strong Together" is an evening of fundraising and celebrating Oregon's African community members! Join us for a cocktail hour, dinner, live auction, and performances from our community members. Purchase Tickets Online. Questions? Interested in sponsorship? Please contact IRCO Development Associate Taylor Gibson at taylorg@irco.org or (971) 271-6423

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Hacienda’s 20th Annual Latino Home Fair

When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Madison High School | 27354 NE 82nd Avenue, Portland OR 97220
Details: Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to take advantage of all the resources CCC member Hacienda has to offer: meet real estate and mortgage professionals, learn more about products and services available to make your home buying experience a success. This is a family-friendly event with a designated kids’ area! For more information, see the Hacienda Website - Facebook Event - or Instagram

CCC's Summer Soirée

When: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018; 5:30PM
Where: Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214
Details: Together we're building the power of our communities for racial justice across cultures. Summer Soirée is our chance to come together as one community for an evening of conversation, idea sharing and inspiration.

For questions, contact Kodey Park Bambino at kodey@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org or (503) 200-5722

** For more events listings, visit the Bridges Events Website **


Committee Placement Opportunities

The following opportunities were shared with us by, John Gardner, Director of Diversity & Transit Equity, TriMet Department of Diversity & Transit Equity.

Transit Equity Advisory Committee (TEAC):  TriMet is expanding the membership of TEAC. The Goal of the Transit Equity Advisory Committee (TEAC) is to provide insights, guidance, and recommendations to the General Manager on transit equity, access and inclusion issues. Members advocate for the concerns, issues, and challenges faced by low income, minority, underrepresented, transit dependent and other vulnerable populations they and their organizations represent.  

TEAC provides a forum for the review and discussion of all aspects of TriMet service, including but not limited to service planning, Title VI, Environmental Justice, operational and capital investments, safety, security and workforce.  Interested organizations are encouraged to contact John Gardner for more information.

Safety & Security Advisory Committee: TriMet’s forming a new committee to ensure for greater equity and transparency related to Fare enforcement outcomes. In an effort to improve upon processes and procedures while increasing transparency and working closer with our community stakeholders TriMet is forming a new Safety and Security Advisory Committee (SSAC).  The SSAC is meant to be a broad-based advisory committee authorized by the General Manager.  Working with the TriMet Transit Equity Advisory Committee (TEAC), the SSAC provides guidance to TriMet on issues related to operational safety and security. 

The SSAC analyzes and recommends appropriate changes to policies, procedures, and training for enhancing security throughout the TriMet transit network, including deployment of resources for increased security presence; fare and code enforcement for equitable treatment of low income and historically underrepresented groups, youth and other vulnerable populations; oversight of the Administrative Hearing process for TriMet Code violations; and monitors safety and security performance.  Interested organizations are encouraged to contact John Gardner for more information.

Community Advisory Council (CAC) for the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion (OHA-OEI): The primary goal of the Community Advisory Council is to center Oregon’s community voices in OEI’s efforts to promote health equity and reduce health disparities. As advocates for vulnerable communities, the Community Advisory Council helps OEI proactively identify and address emerging and ongoing issues and opportunities. CAC members can expect to commit to two hour meetings every other month, with an additional two hours per month outside of meetings. Please see the attached Purpose Statement for more information and for member responsibilities.

The Oregon Health Authority is especially looking for diverse geographic, demographic, and other representation within Oregon. Please complete and return the attached applicationto be considered. Applications and optional demographic sheet (REALD form) are due on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm to Allison Varga, OEI Community Engagement Coordinator (Allison.varga@state.or.us) or (FAX: 971-673-1128).


Leadership Opportunities

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!

This is a call for participation for BRIDGES alumni and current leadership cohort members to get involved in CCC’s Research Justice programming.  Learn more about CCC’s Research Justice vision here

The following opportunities are for BRIDGES alumni and current leadership cohort members who primarily live, work, and or have spent a significant part of their life in Washington County.

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Leadership opportunities in CCC's Washington County Research Justice project: 

The Coalition has launched a community-based participatory research project about the lived realities of communities of color in Washington County. Part of the project includes the production of a research report that reflects the lives and aspirations of communities of color in Washington County. Each community report will be used to mobilize and advocate for better outcomes for culturally-specific communities in Washington County.     

Community reviewers: if you identify with any of the following communities and want to read the report before publication and provide feedback electronically and or through an in-person session.

Report presenters: CCC Research Justice and Advocacy programs will be coordinating a workshop at the end of May to train community members to testify and present the research findings to city councils, school districts, and others. Please contact Shweta Moorthy by May 15 if you wish to participate in this leadership development opportunity.

Researchers in Regional Equity Atlas: a cohort of 12-15 community members living in Washington County will be resourced and trained through research justice workshops to design and implement small-scale research projects and co-develop an online equity tool along with our partners Ecotrust and 1000 Friends of Oregon starting in July 2018. Please contact Shweta Moorthy by May 15 if you wish to participate in this leadership development opportunity.

 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

Equity Facilitation Intensive: Leading conversations for racial equity, diversity and inclusion - Designed for individuals with leading equity, diversity and inclusion efforts within their personal and professional environments. The Center for Equity and Inclusion’s Equity Facilitation Intensive is an opportunity to foster personal growth and develop the facilitation skills-set needed to lead complex and often challenging equity and inclusion conversations, trainings, or coaching sessions. Apply today!

When: July 9-13th, 2018 (9am-5pm); Follow-ups: 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/6, and 12/4 (5:30pm-9pm); Interested applicants should be leading equity work in organizations/communities, have previous training with CEI, or have other relevant experience. Cost: $3,500 per person. Payment plans are available.

If you have any questions and or for application materials, please contact Robin Eisenbach


Career & Funding Opportunities

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has three job openings!

  1. Vision Zero Management Analyst – This is a data-focused role. Our partners at PBOT would love to secure candidates that have a “research justice” perspective to bring into PBOT. For more information about PBOT’s Vision Zero work and priorities, click here.
  2. Communications + Public Outreach Summer Interns– PBOT is especially interested in working with students and people who have skills in graphic design, web content management and or performing outreach to diverse communities (descriptions of these positions are coming soon, in the meantime, resumes can be forwarded to Irene Schwoeffermann, Public Involvement Coordinator at PBOT).
  3. Seasonal Maintenance Workers – these are entry-level positions that support our construction crews at job sites. On the job training is available and they have the potential to lead to long-term job opportunities!

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Irene Schwoeffermann to schedule informational interviews.

Senior Coordinator, Community Engagement Program with TriMet
This position will report to the Director of Diversity and Transit Equity and will work across the agency, divisions to leverage capacity and opportunities in partnership with TriMet's Community Engagement Team and staff to ensure agency efforts are effective, authentic, and meaningful. The duties of this position will include supporting ongoing program development, coordinating community and stakeholder engagement, and improving agency efforts to strengthen and expand relationships with key community stakeholders with a focus on transit-dependent populations. 
For more information, see the description for this position on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings website.

Consciousness Raising Equity Facilitator with the Center for Equity and Inclusion
Consciousness Raising Facilitator/Consultants are responsible for raising consciousness, skills and internal capacity to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within organizations. Facilitators frequently work in interracial teams but may occasionally individually lead workshops/ training for clients. These facilitators require an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic and engaging atmosphere where learning is paramount, self-reflection is critical and where no one day is ever the same!
For more information, see the description for this position on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Website

Director of Advocacy with Oregon Food Bank
OFB seeks a highly skilled and strategic Director of Advocacy to join the Leadership Team. the Director of Advocacy is the driving force behind OFB’s mission-driven, non-partisan public policy, proposing the agenda and leading a talented team of lobbyists and grassroots advocates to implementation. For more information, see the description for this position on the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Website

** For more job listings, visit the Bridges Jobs and Leadership Openings Website**


Funding

Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) Community Health Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement. KPNW works in partnership with hundreds of community organizations to address the health needs and inequities affecting our Northwest neighbors. KPNW has announced a $630,000 Capacity Building Initiative.

Eligibility for this Request for Proposal is limited to nonprofit organizations working on issues that immigrant and refugee communities disproportionately experience. All organizations meeting the general criteria are encouraged to apply. However, priority will be given to organizations that are led by and represent people impacted by the issues that immigrants and/or refugees experience. Successful applicants will be working in the areas of economic opportunity, educational attainment, and access to health care, all key drivers of health. This initiative will support the KPNW service areas in both Washington and Oregon. These counties include:

Washington: Clark, Cowlitz, parts of Wahkiakum* and Skamania* counties.
Oregon: Clackamas, Columbia, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill and parts of *Linn, and *Benton counties. *Organizations may email community.benefit@kp.orgto verify that they are located in a Kaiser Permanente service area.

Step 1: Submit letter of inquiry via email, a maximum length of three pages per instructions on the template, by 5 p.m. PST on Monday, May 16, 2018. Please e-mail to Community.Benefit@kp.org.

Step 2: Invited applications will be requested to submit a full application. See full RFP for detailed instructions.See attached RFP document and Letter of Inquiry template for full details and guidelines.