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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

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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!

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)

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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

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

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.

March 2018 Equity Lens

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Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the Equity Lens! In this edition we recap a successful legislative session, profile CCC leaders, and highlight the work of our members, partners, and community leaders.

Here's a quick overview of this edition of the Equity Lens:


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 CCC SUMMER SOIRÉE

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 CCC SUMMER SOIRÉE

Coalition of Communities of Color
Summer Soirée

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214 

About the Event

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. Join us June 12 at Revolution Hall for a dynamic program, live auction and happy hour, and let us toast to the future of our collective action.


2018 Legislative Recap: How did racial equity fare at the 2018 Oregon Legislature?

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The Legislature adjourned for 2018 on March 3, and while we saw significant progress for racial equity, there is much work to be done in 2019 and beyond. There were multiple victories in housing, along with important new legislation impacting the health and wellbeing of families.

See our earlier legislative recap for more background on these bills here, and our entire 2018 legislative agenda here.

Strengthening Families

Families are at the heart of our communities, and ensuring that children are not unnecessarily removed from their homes, and that families have a path to restoration, is critical to keeping our families strong. This session, Rep. Tawna Sanchez took action to support families as the chief sponsor of HB 4009. As introduced, HB 4009 would have required judicial authorization before a child could be removed by the state, meaning that kids would remain in their homes so long as they were safe. Currently, children of color are removed from their homes by child welfare services at far higher rates. The bill also created an opportunity for children who are waiting to be adopted to be reunified with their families by reinstating parental rights under certain circumstances when it is in the best interest of the child. The final version of the bill only included the second provision.

While we are very disappointed that the removal provision was eliminated from the bill, CCC is dedicated to continuing this conversation to ensure families have the support and resources to thrive. The amended bill passed out of the Legislature, meaning that children will have the chance to be reunified with their families, and we applaud Representative Sanchez’s leadership in passing this critical bill.


Victories in Housing and Health

All of our priorities in housing and health passed this session!

  • Increasing resources for affordable housing: Stable homes are the foundation for strong families and communities. Affordable homes are scarce throughout our state, and families of color are some of the most impacted by rising housing costs. HB 4007 increased the document recording fee and will raise an additional $60 million for affordable homes, emergency rent assistance, and homeownership programs.
  • Addressing racial disparities in homeownership: Homeownership is one of the most effective means to create housing stability and strong communities, and is also the main driver for wealth creation. Communities of color face dramatic disparities in homeownership rates, and the task force established by HB 4010 is a step toward increasing access to homeownership for these families. Thank you to Rep. Mark Meek for his work to advance racial equity in housing.
  • Removing racist restrictive covenants: Restrictive covenants based on race exist in the titles to an untold number of Oregon homes, a stark reminder of our state’s history of legalized racism. While no longer enforceable, the process to remove these covenants is cumbersome. HB 4134 will ease the process to remove these covenants. The impact of these covenants and other ongoing inequities continue to this day.
  • Advancing maternal health: The Legislature passed HB 4133 to establish a maternal mortality and morbidity review committee. African-American mothers face extreme disparities in maternal mortality rates, and this review committee is a step toward improving the health outcomes for mothers of color. Thank you to Representative Janelle Bynum for her work to pass this critical legislation.

Looking to 2019

We are disappointed that a number of priority items were left unfinished this session, and need to be at the top of the Legislature’s agenda for 2019.

  • Early Childhood Equity Fund: HB 4066 would have established a fund to invest in culturally specific early learning programs with proven records of success. These highly effective programs have been left out of the early learning system long enough. Due to the Legislature’s failure to commit resources to these critical programs, children of color across our state will have to wait another year due to the Legislature’s failure to commit resources to these critical programs.
  • Paid family and medical leave: Workers of color are disproportionately impacted by a lack of access to paid leave, and the Legislature must act in 2019 to ensure that workers’ income is protected when they need to care for family members or recover from a serious illness.
  • Small donor elections: A small donor elections program would strengthen democracy by breaking down barriers to running for office and amplifying the voices of Oregonians, including communities of color who face systemic barriers to building wealth.
  • Bold action on climate: This session ended with preliminary steps toward a Clean Energy Jobs program. CCC and its members will continue to push for environmental justice to be at the core of its climate policy.

With the adjournment of the 2018 session, it’s time to begin planning for next year and building power to advance racial equity. Legislators of color took action on urgent issues impacting communities of color and helped center conversations around racial justice. 2018 saw the most diverse group of legislators yet, and we look forward to next year’s long session with legislators of color leading the way to find solutions that will lead to a better Oregon for all of our communities.


The PAALF People's Plan

The PAALF People's Plan lays out a vision of a thriving, empowered Black community and asserts the right of Black people to be in and shape community no matter our neighborhood -- from the North to the Numbers. The plan frames a Black community policy agenda and advances community-initiated projects as a powerful tool for organizing, advocacy, and implementation. The Plan is a result of twenty-six community events, which engaged over 400 Black community members using varied engagement approaches.  PAALF People's Plan is strengths-focused, moving from simply naming issues to collectively building solutions for our community. This represents an empowering transformation in the community engagement process. Learn more at https://www.paalf.org/paalf-peoples-plan/.

The Gordly-Burch Family House

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PAALF also launched a successful project to purchase and preserve the 113-year-old Gordly-Burch family home located at 4511 N. Williams Ave in Portland, Oregon, and establish a cultural center honoring the historic heart of Oregon’s largest African American/Black community.

The property has remained in the Gordly-Burch family since its purchase in 1949. At that time uncensored racial prejudice and antisemitism were pervasive, including racist property laws that prevented African Americans from purchasing homes and redlining that prevented lending to purchase homes. The Gordly family, however, was able to purchase the home from the Jewish residents willing to help root the family in the neighborhood. The home remains an important piece of the family’s history and an important artifact of the racial justice movement from the 1950s to present day. The family members included Mrs. Beatrice and Mr. Fay Gordly, their children-- Avel Gordly, Faye (Gordly) Burch and Tyrone Gordly.

The Gordly-Burch family continues to be a symbol of self-determination in the Black community. The family has a long history of helping to advance community empowerment. Mr. Fay was a railroad worker with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids labor group a Mason and active with the A Phillip Randolph movement, and Mrs. Beatrice was a long-time member of Mt. Olivet Baptist church and a Grand Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.

Faye Burch, previously Governor Barbara Roberts’  Senior Policy Advisor and later serving as the Advocate for Minority and Women- Businesses, She was a co-owner of five gift shops and a small food service restaurant at the Portland International Airport for twelve years while building her business as a Project Development  consultant, business leader, public policy advisor, community activist. In that role, Ms. Burch has coordinated over a Billions of Dollars of opportunities for Minority and Women Businesses and job training programs. Ms. Burch received a Congressional appointment and served on a National Small Business Commission holding hearings in Alaska, Washington, California, and Virginia.  Her business has received several U.S. Small Business Administration awards and recognition in the field of construction as a Woman of Vision and a Newsmaker.

The Honorable Avel Gordly was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate, representing a geographic area that included the predominantly Black area of North and Northeast Portland from 1991 until her retirement in 2009. Her legislative record included initiatives that focus on cultural competency in education,  physical and mental health, and the administration of justice and the development of legislation that continues to benefit low-income communities of color, young children, the elderly, and other vulnerable Oregonians. She served on state committees including Joint Ways and Means, Education Policy, Trade and Economic Development, and Environmental Quality. She advocated for and then co-chaired former Governor John Kitzhaber’s Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Health and established the nationally recognized Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force.


CCC Portland Clean Energy Fund

Climate justice and energy democracy has been lifted up as a key priority for our members. For this reason, the Coalition of Communities of Color has endorsed the Portland Clean Energy Fund after serving a key leadership role in its design.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund will provide job training, apprenticeships, and minority contractor support to weatherize and solarize Portland homes and businesses, make energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing, build clean energy infrastructure, and increase local food production. Funding and initiatives are targeted to ensure opportunities for communities historically left out of the economic engine.

Funding for this work will come from a 1% Business License Surcharge on billion-dollar retail corporations operating in Portland.  We are asking for just 1% from the top 1% to address the pressing issues of racial inequities, growing economic inequality and climate change.

At a time when so many of us have to say NO far too often, this initiative is an opportunity for Portlanders to say YES in a big way. We can serve as a national model in responding to climate change and economic inequities by creating a Just Energy Transition.

Please sign up here to learn more about the Portland Clean Energy Fund!


Asian Allyship in Black Liberation

What is the role of non-Black communities of color as in the movement to dismantle anti-Black racism? How do we organize ourselves and how do we build a new model as comrades and co-strugglers that is different from white model of allyship? Hyejin Shim poses a series of questions for the Asian and Asian American communities that pushes us to think beyond the ‘model minority myth’ to how we understand ourselves and the stories we tell in the context of the movement for Black liberation.

“As discourse on Asian American collusion in anti-blackness & American racism has grown in visibility, I’ve felt glad that more people are talking about Asian American antiblackness & racism, thankful that it’s pushing some more holistic organizing, and also, confused by how it seems that many Asian Americans are shaping their racial justice work through the model of white allyship (which I think many of us agree is ineffective and often more about white people’s feelings than about any substantive challenge to racism).”


Metro Regional Housing Measure

Metro, with assistance from community advisory committees, is developing a potential framework for a housing bond to increase housing stability and affordability throughout the region. After a community engagement process, Metro Council will decide in June whether to refer the bond for the November ballot. The Coalition of Communities of Color has been sitting at the community stakeholder advisory committee, along with a number of CCC members. We are working with our member organizations to ensure that racial equity is at the center of Metro's bond framework.


PROFILE: Djimet Dogo

For us it is also an issue of equity, we want our community to be on board, we should not be left behind when it comes to talking about climate change and climate justice. We have to be at the table.
— Djimet Dogo
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A few months back, The Washington Post ran an article entitled, “The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security,” in brief, the article highlights the effects of environmental consequences from climate change on human migration and life. To many, climate change and its effects are a very biological phenomena, affecting plants and animals, ice caps, extinction rates and carbon-storing, to name a few, but for Djimet Dogo, Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Africa House, climate change has always been about people, and it is personal. Djimet himself is a refugee, having arrived in the United States from Chad nearly 20 years ago, but he also works with African immigrants and refugees every day at Africa House and sees similarities in their experiences. He explains the role of climate change in driving human migration as such:

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“In my country [Chad], for instance, there is a progression of desert that is destroying all the farm-land. As nomads move their herds away from the advancing desert they move into the little farmland that is left. This creates conflict between tribes, between groups, and that's how people take sides, become divided; it leads to civil war and people end up as refugees. Climate change has caused drought and desertification and then the economic instability, conflict, and displacement that follows.”

Climate change can be a strong migration force. It drives conflicts around water scarcity due to desertification, disputes over control of (scarce) natural resources, and causes famine and disease. Though climate change can be the driver of larger conflict, it is often invisible, as much to us as to the refugees themselves. Djimet continues, “These conflicts [climate change driven] generate a lot of refugees who end up here [Oregon], but most of them don’t see themselves as being here due to climate change or due to the scarcity of natural resources driven by climate change.”

Djimet explains that there is often minimal discussion around climate change, let alone climate justice, at national levels in many African countries, and that many African immigrants and refugees arrive unfamiliar with U.S climate change rhetoric. This leads to an important solution for Djimet, education.

In 2017, Africa House and the Portland African American Leadership (PAALF) were awarded a grant through Meyer Memorial trust to conduct environmental justice strategic planning, community education and engagement, and advocacy agenda development through their “Afro-Ecology Series.” This process (to be completed in Spring 2018) will result in a strategic environmental justice plan prioritizing actions that reduce and eliminate environmental disparities and ensure the equitable distribution of benefits, including increased economic opportunity and investments. This collaborative effort will result in building and supporting leadership to identify and implement climate solutions. This is the first step to increasing opportunities for Africans and African Americans to build a base and have access to decision-making processes. Africa House, through a Gray Family Foundation grant, has also developed a multigenerational curriculum about climate change to share with African immigrants and refugees and to incorporate into the African Leadership Development Institute, one of CCC’s culturally specific leadership development programs. Africa House hopes to break down perceptions of environment and climate, which are often framed as political rather than spiritual and social.  The environmental movement, Africa House found, should be rooted in self-determination, justice and spiritual connection to mother earth.

Climate (in)justices not only drive displacement from home countries but also affect African immigrants and refugees in Portland and around the State of Oregon. Frontline communities—communities of color, low-income communities, tribes, rural communities, immigrants, and refugees—are hit first and hardest by climate change and the pollutants that cause it. Climate change effects like drought, famine, heat waves, storms, polluted air, and water, expanding deserts, flash floods, etc, dictate so much of what African immigrants and refugees experience. Because climate change impacts immigrants and refugees first and hardest, their voices must be amplified and included in climate change efforts that have long excluded communities of color.

**Africa House, founded in 2006, serves about 5,600 community members from 22 ethnic and cultural backgrounds each year and is staffed by a multicultural team representing 17 ethnicities and speaking 10 languages. Africa House is the only culturally and linguistically specific one-stop center targeting the increasingly diverse and rapidly growing number of African immigrants and refugees living in Oregon. Africa House has received national attention for moving beyond intercultural strife to be the only center serving Africans from every country in the continent.


Welcome, Nakisha Nathan, CCC's New Leadership Development Director!

Nakisha believes that our communities flourish when we work together in mutuality, celebrate our diversity and highlight the development of our leaders as they self-organize, build power, and implement strategies for self-determination, wellness, justice, and prosperity.

Portland is frequently hailed as progressive, environmentally friendly, and socially just. The historical impacts of institutionalized racism and oppression are, however, still felt and supported even now. As a result, we live a city and state that mostly serves white interests and continues to marginalize the diversity of the people living here and ignore the leadership within our communities of color. I’m thrilled to be working with the Coalition and its members who are doing the important work to build power of leaders within their communities. I look forward to supporting our leaders as they become be key participants in the decision-making process.
— Nakisha Nathan, CCC Leadership Development Director

Nakisha’s commitment to advancing social justice stem from spending her formative years living in Panama, Canada, Texas and throughout the United States.  Her exposure to a variety of cultures, injustices, and ecological degradation contributed to her desire to facilitate transformational leadership that honors and celebrates individuals, communities and our natural and built environment.

A few years after graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in bioenvironmental science, Nakisha began her leadership development journey as a community organizer with Texas Campaign for the Environment, where she and her colleagues generated statewide pressure that helped convince Dell and Apple Computers to establish a free Computer TakeBack program. Later, as a legal assistant for an environmental law firm, she continued to support community leaders who seek to protect their neighborhoods from polluting industries.

In the Summer of 2012, Nakisha moved to Portland and began her studies toward earning a Master of Science degree in Education, with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University. During her time at PSU, she worked as a STEAM Garden Educator, cultivating students’ curiosity and facilitating experiential learning opportunities.

Nakisha joins us after working as a Climate Justice Organizer at Oregon Sierra Club Chapter, as a Community and Environmental Justice Organizer with Neighbors for Clean Air, and as the Program Coordinator for the Organizer-in-Training program at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. Nakisha serves as the co-chair of the Portland African American Leadership Forum’s Environmental Justice Committee, and continues to work with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Neighbors for Clean Air as a member of each organizations’ Board of Directors.

When she’s not at work, Nakisha can be found playing a variety of games with her friends and family; camping with her partner and two dogs; photographing Oregon’s natural landscapes, flora and fauna; or, gleefully pursuing her quest to find every member of the Araucaria Araucana species (Monkey Puzzle Tree) in Portland.

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Bridges Convening 2018: A Meaningful and Informative Cross-Cultural Event

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On Saturday, March 10th, leaders from six culturally specific leadership development programs came together and learned about each other’s values, perspectives, and experiences at CCC’s 4th Annual Bridges Convening. Our keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, Robin Johnson, with the Center for Equity and Inclusion was the highlight of the event. Robin’s presentation balanced insightful information with personal storytelling to illustrate how people recognize the impacts of racism and privilege on their values and become empowered to begin collaborating in coalition with one another. Hopefully, those who were in attendance at the end of the program have had a chance to reflect further on the questions Robin posed at the close of the convening: How has the cycle of empowerment shaped your cross-cultural values? How do you intend to advance social justice or dismantle oppression through your personal work and your collective work?

African Leadership Development Institute (ALDI)

African Leadership Development Institute (ALDI)

LEAD for Oregon's Native Communities

LEAD for Oregon's Native Communities

Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)

Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI)

African American Leadership Academy (AALF)

African American Leadership Academy (AALF)

Slavic Leadership Development Project (SLA-LDP)

Slavic Leadership Development Project (SLA-LDP)

Unid@s for Oregon Latin@ Leadership

Unid@s for Oregon Latin@ Leadership

Participants were thrilled to hear from guest panelists Becca Uherbelau, Laura Vinson, and Mary Moller who joined us from Metro, Lane County, and the Governor Kate Brown’s Office. Panelists spoke and answered questions about how our leaders can take advantage of opportunities and partnerships to increase their influence and access to more decision-making spaces for greater impact.

Over fifty Bridges Directory profiles were updated, and we received valued input from folks about how the directory can further support our leaders. This year’s convening also provided space for people to hear about and provide thoughts on how we lead the way in the creation of a clean energy future for our communities. The discussion included details about the ballot initiative for a Portland Clean Energy Fund that would raise $30 million per year to create solutions for climate justice.

Alumni and current leaders were invited to share their stories and values all throughout the event and the energy felt during these moments of cross-cultural learning and understanding was tangible! We’ve since heard from numerous participants how meaningful it was to hear from leaders in other programs and look forward to creating space for more cross-cultural collaboration. We were all further energized by a brief but joyful performance by Leonid Nosov who played the bayan (accordion) between the two-afternoon sessions. And a dozen of our leaders became spontaneous dancers and musicians during Chata Addy’s comedic, instructional and interactive performance!

Stay tuned to find out more about how this convening will continue to inform our work, and the work of our new Leadership Development Director, Nakisha Nathan. In the meantime, we encourage folks who haven’t done so to update their Bridges Directory Profile!

 

 

4th Annual Bridges Convening

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The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) invites you to join us for the 4th Annual Bridges Convening for a day of networking, relationship-building, and discussions on cross-community issues and meaningful leadership!

All current cohort and alumni members from the African American Leadership Academy, African Leadership Development Institute, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute, LEAD, Slavic Leadership Development Project and Unid@s are invited and encouraged to attend.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A hosted reception will follow from 4:30-6 PM.

Stipends for childcare and travel will be provided with advanced notice.

Attention Bridges alumni and current cohort members: Please register in advance and update your Bridges Profile in the Directory. Alumni and current cohort who have updated their profiles and are present during the reception, which immediately follows the convening, have a chance to win an iPad (one of two we have to give away!) or a $50 Visa gift card!

For more information, contact Nakisha Nathan, Leadership Development Director, at nakisha@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org


 

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Mary Moller
Director, Executive Appointments & Constituent Services
Office of Governor Kate Brown

 

 

Mary is currently the Director of Executive Appointments and Constituent Services in the Office of Governor Kate Brown.  The Director engages with a variety of stakeholder groups across the state to identify qualified volunteers to serve on Oregon's over 300 boards and commissions.  The Director recommends candidates for the Governor's selection and guides appointments through the Senate confirmation process.  In addition to Executive Appointments, she manages Governor Brown’s Constituent Services operations and supervises team members who execute constituent responses.

Mary moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from college to be the Legislative Director for the United States Student Association (USSA) where she worked on national policy to increase access to quality higher education including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. After her time at USSA, Mary went to the Hill and joined the Office of Congressman David Wu as a Legislative Assistant where she worked on many policy areas including energy, transportation, natural resources, and education.  Before joining the Governor's office Mary was the Director of Local and Federal Government Relations in Portland State University’s Office of Government Relations where she supported President Wim Wiewel’s vision and transforming work at PSU that resulted in a stronger urban serving four-year university in the heart of Portland.

Mary is an Oregonian and a graduate of Portland State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. During her time at PSU, she was proud to serve as student body President and was often involved with advocating for higher education in Oregon’s state capital and in Washington, D.C.

Contact information: Mary.Moller@oregon.gov


For more information, contact Nakisha Nathan, Leadership Development Director, at nakisha@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org

December 2017 Equity Lens

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Happy Holidays and welcome to the December edition of the Equity Lens! In this edition we reflect on the work of our members, partners, and community leaders.

Here's a quick overview of this edition of the Equity Lens:

  • End of the Year Wrap Up & Report

  • CCC New MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Muslim Educational Trust

  • CCC Advocacy Update

  • Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable

    • PILR'S 4yr Strategy with Multnomah County

  • Portland United Against Hate

  • Senate Bill 13: Tribal Education Becomes Law

  • Train Song by Santos Herrera


END OF THE YEAR Wrap up & REPORT

Greetings,

As the year comes to an end, many of us are reflecting on a year filled with unprecedented challenges. With each challenge our coalition members responded with resilience, grace and hope.  Despite a toxic national discourse, our 19 member organizations and the communities we serve focused on how to respond to community needs and how to shift the narrative by placing children, families and community in the center.  Our communities looked toward a future more reflective of our shared values and collective belief in the strength and assets of communities of color.  Amidst a shadow of fear, the CCC and our members worked collectively with community to stand up, raise our voices and push back. 

The Coalition of Communities of Color and our members were extremely productive in 2017.  We worked with community to convene focus groups, discussion groups, information sessions and work groups to inform and drive community based research and advocacy.  We developed and trained leaders who in turn used their skills, passion and advocacy to lobby decision makers and advance important policy changes that will positively impact communities of color.   We continued to develop, support and strengthen relationships with established and new partners.  And we made time to celebrate each other, communicate our successes and plan for 2018.

Below is a sampling of some of our 2017 accomplishments:

Research Justice By the Numbers:

  • 33 research partners participating in our research justice vision
  • 155 community participants helping lead research
  • 15 community conversations to conduct community-based participatory research
  • 2 published research reports 
  • 7 cities in the Washington Country research project
  • 2 counties in the Portland Metro area
  • $50,000 in funding for research capacity building

Leadership Development by the Numbers:

  • 80 Bridges Alumni attended the Bridges convening in February 2017
  • 8 Bridges alumni are in the Metro Pilot
  • 40 Bridges alumni and community members participated in Metro Discussion Groups
  • 40+ people attended the Metro leadership meet and greet (15 of which were Bridges alumni)

Community and Economic Development Program By the Numbers

  • 1 Three day “Justice & Ecology” retreat with Movement Generation
  • 4 Environmental and Climate Justice workshops
  • 10 Active CCC members actively involved in CED program activities
  • 12 REDEFINE Monthly Meetings (and many others!)
  • $280,000 in collective fundraising for member capacity building and work on Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Innumerable laughs and smiles

Advocacy Program By the Numbers

  • 150 attendees at Legislative Action Day
  • 50 legislators visited during Legislative Action Day
  • 21 policies endorsed
  • 7 bills passed
  • 1 report published, “Building Community: A Disparate Impacts Analysis and Cross-Cultural Agenda to Prevent Displacement and Gentrification”
  • 4 steering committee memberships and countless coalitions

If you are as inspired as we are, we encourage you to consider making an investment in the success of the CCC and our members though a donation.  Your support will help the CCC and our members continue to provide vital services, programming and advocacy in support of racial justice in Oregon. 

This year, several of our member organizations are in Willamette Week’s Give Guide (www.giveguide.org): Hacienda CDC, IRCO, KairosPDX Learning Academy, Latino Network, NAYA Family Center, SEI, Urban League and Voz.  You can support them by donating through the link. 

You can also support our members directly.  A full listing can be found here:  www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org/ccc-members

To donate directly to CCC:


CCC NEW Member Spotlight: Muslim Educational Trust

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The Coalition of Communities of Color is excited to welcome its newest member, the Muslim Educational Trust!

Tell us about your organization and its mission and services.

The Muslim Educational Trust (MET) is a cultural, social, and educational institution founded in 1993 with a mission to enrich the public’s understanding of Islam and dispel common myths and stereotypes, while serving the Muslim community’s educational, social, and spiritual needs in order to develop generations of proud and committed Muslims who will lead our community to the forefront of bridge building dialogue, faith-based community service, and stewardship of Earth and humanity.

MET engages extensively with the broader community to foster the general public’s understanding of Islam and raise awareness about the importance of equity and social justice for all. Our work includes monthly public forums for community members to engage and grow closer in mutual respect, understanding, and compassion, public lectures, interfaith dialogue, outreach to local media organizations, cultural competency training, the Know Your Neighbor Campaign, the Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy program, and efforts to highlight Muslims in the public square across all professions. This work leads to consciousness of our stereotypes and reshaping our mindset to see each other as equally human.

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Within the Muslim community, we work to meet the needs of Muslims and develop strong leaders within our community. We work to advance the education and leadership skills for all Oregon Muslim youth. The Oregon Muslim Youth program offers youth enrichment, engagement, leadership, and mentoring. MET also offers a unique, holistic educational experience through its two full-time, licensed, and accredited Islamic schools, the Islamic School of MET serving Pre-K–5th grades and the Oregon Islamic Academy serving 6th–12th grades, as well as through its Weekend Islamic School and two scholarship opportunities for college and high school students

Our work supports positive integration for new immigrant communities, civic engagement, leadership development, education, outreach, and partnerships with government officials to make the Muslim community’s voice heard. Promoting collaboration between Islamic organizations in the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington is another way we are strengthening our community.

MET is the co-founding member of the following interfaith organizations and coalitions: the Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding, Arab-Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, the Beloved Community of Oregon Coalition, and Between Women Interfaith Group.

What are your top priorities and hopes for 2018?

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In 2018, we will be working to expand programs to reduce fear and build bridges of compassion and understanding of Islam and Muslims in light of current political landscape. To this end, we will continue our civic engagement, education, and outreach work, as well as positive integration for new immigrant communities. The sustainability of our program is another major priority, as we work to pay a $4 million construction loan to complete the center and expand an endowment to sustain the organization for the long-term.

What do you look forward to about being a member of and working with the Coalition of Communities of Color and its members?

MET spends a significant amount of time working with and supporting our local immigrant and refugee community, most of whom are people of color. We believe that our perspective can be an added value to the Coalition, and we hope to, in turn, learn from other local organizations about their communities and how we can better support each other.


ADVOCACY UPDATE

2018 Legislative Preview

The goal of CCC’s Advocacy programs is to advance policies throughout Oregon that have the best potential to improve outcomes for communities of color.  To achieve our goal, we are committed to building the capacity of our members and communities of color to successfully advance policy agendas, reform policy practices to ensure authentic community engagement of the communities most directly impacted by policy change and to shift political discourse to centralize the voices of communities of color in policy.

During the 2017 Legislative session, the Coalition, our members and coalition partners had significant advances in reaching our advocacy goals and we look forward to continuing to build a movement for positive change in the upcoming session. 

Coalition members have come forward with items for endorsement in 2018, and we are now in the midst of our endorsement process for our 2018 legislative agenda. While we have not yet finalized our support, we would like to share some of the issues we may endorse for a legislative sneak preview:

  • Early Childhood Education Equity Fund, led by the Latino Network, supporting culturally specific early learning services to close the opportunity gap for children of color in communities throughout our state.
  • Small donor elections, creating an alternative to Oregon’s existing campaign finance system to give small donors a more powerful voice in elections, potentially helping to elect more candidates of color and building the power of communities of color.
  • Clean Energy Jobs, accounting for the cost of pollution and reinvesting substantial proceeds into most impacted communities. We are advocating hard to center environmental justice and equity in this important bill, which has historic potential to address the impact of climate change on communities of color in Oregon.

The legislative session begins February 5 and must adjourn by March 9. Bills move on an extremely tight timeline, so we anticipate a month of busy advocacy in Salem to move a racial equity agenda. We’ll be releasing the Racial Equity Report Card, an important advocacy tool, before session begins.

We will also be holding another CCC Legislative Action Day on February 8. Last year, we had over 150 attendees come to Salem and meet with legislators on our legislative priorities, helping secure the passage of many bills to advance racial equity in Oregon.  If you want to participate, contact Jenny Lee at jenny@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org for more information. 

Advocacy at the ballot

Oregonians aren’t used to voting in January, but next month a critical special election for healthcare will be held. Voting yes on Measure 101 will protect healthcare for Oregonians who could not otherwise afford it. CCC members are still determining their endorsement, with many of our members deeply concerned about the impact that this measure would have on healthcare for communities of color, so we are spreading the word now. Learn more about the campaign at yesforhealthcare.org.

We did see a success on the ballot this November—the Portland Community College bond, which passed by a large margin. As we move forward into the new year, we will continue to advocate for ballot measure campaigns, local government measures, and budget advocacy impacting communities of color.


November was National Native American Heritage Month. The Coalition of Communities of Color is taking this opportunity in Equity Lens to highlight some notable achievements among Oregon's the Native American community.

PORTLAND INDIAN LEADERS ROUNDTABLE

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In 2007, Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable (PILR) published “Making the Invisible Visible,” to educate key audiences and the public about Portland’s growing Native American community, including consistent population undercounts and inequities in funding and services.  Ten years later, working with tribes and almost 30 Native American organizations in the region, PILR has released “Leading with Tradition: Native American Community in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

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The Portland Metro Area sits on the traditional sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and may other tribes. Today our community represents over 380 tribes from across the country and 70,000 of Portlanders (a 16% increase in ten years). While our peoples have faced elimination, assimilation, and termination, we are now numerous, our stories are powerful and we are thriving.

We have important and diverse indigenous values and worldviews that contribute to the livability and uniqueness of Portland, and we see ourselves as part of its future.
— Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable

Unfortunately, our community still faces wide disparities like the highest rates of poverty, homelessness and unemployment of any racial group; disproportionate rates of addiction, diabetes and depression.  Too many of our Native children are in the foster care system (24%) and do not graduate from high school on time (63%).  Our communities are still undercounted and misunderstood leading to inequities in services and outcomes.

However, Portland Metro’s Native American community continues to grow, thrive, innovate, contribute, and celebrate our heritage. We are working with our local jurisdictions, creating programming and tackling these disparities head on.  We are building a collective vision for our children’s future and building stronger connections among the community.  “We have important and diverse indigenous values and worldviews that contribute to the livability and uniqueness of Portland, and we see ourselves as part of its future.”  We are not invisible, the report reiterates; we are building our collective future leading with tradition.

Congratulations to NAYA Family Center on the success of the 14th Annual NAYA Gala & Auction!

Congratulations to NAYA Family Center on the success of the 14th Annual NAYA Gala & Auction!

PILR's FOUR STRATEGY WITH MULTNOMAH COUNTY

Along with the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable (PILR) update of “Leading with Tradition,” PILR asked Multnomah County to partner with the Native community to develop a four year plan that would address some of the community's highest priorities: “Reimagining and strengthening partnership: A four year plan between Multnomah County and Portland’s Native American community.”

Anna Allen (Shoshone-Bannock), County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and Olivia Walker (Meskwaki)

Anna Allen (Shoshone-Bannock), County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and Olivia Walker (Meskwaki)

We spoke with two Multnomah County staff, Anna Marie Allen, Shoshone-Bannock (Community Engagement Advisor, Chair Kafoury’s Office) and Oliviah Walker, Meskwaki (Senior Policy Analyst, Health Equity Initiative - ‎Multnomah County Health Department) about the plan.

Anna (LEAD Alumni ‘14) and Oliviah (LEAD Alumni ‘17) supported the coordination of a series of conversations between county and community leaders. “County leadership is always looking for authentic ways to bring in community voice to shape and inform policy. Our current Board of Commissioners is diverse in their heritage and personal experiences. They are dedicated to centering community-driven policy priorities.”  Chair Kafoury was eager to accept PILR’s request to partner on this plan when she sat down with them last April. Department staff and leadership have been eager to learn best practices and identify intersections with their work.

Our hope is to come together under the values of authentic partnership to continue to elevate the needs of Native American/Alaska Native residents and ensure community-led priorities continue to receive support.
— PILR Four Year Plan

“Our hope is to come together under the values of authentic partnership to continue to elevate the needs of Native American/Alaska Native residents and ensure community-led priorities continue to receive support,” the draft reads. Multnomah County and the Native community are already partnering on programs like Future Generations Collaborative, WIC services, SUN Schools, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Native American Heritage Month, Community Health Improvement Plan, transitioning Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, and more. The draft plan also outlines priority areas for increased partnership and improvement: culturally specific community engagement practices, maternal child health and elder services, housing strategies, early intervention and restorative practices that reduce youth incarceration and recidivism, and culturally responsive trainings for Multnomah County staff. 

Very quickly, we learned local jurisdictions have separate and distinct obligations to Tribes and to Native American communities; jurisdictions must have experience and expertise to recognize these unique responsibilities. Each relationship must be grounded in the leadership of Native peoples, in honest and authentic partnership, and a recognition of historic and current injustices resulting in inequitable outcomes for Native American communities.

The plan and partnership, at first glance, seemed like a clash of two worlds. In fact, it was the integration of different worldviews and a prioritization of Native values that helped facilitate the process. The plan has been a concerted effort to center and authentically reflect voices of community while avoiding overtaxing or re-traumatizing communities and individuals that have been historically traumatized by systems. The Native American community is diverse-- mutl-tribal and mutl-racial-- and individuals have diverse experiences of privilege and oppression. Thus, community engagement must reflect this diversity. Engagement and recommendations exemplify a strengths-based approach, recognizing the contributions of the area’s Native American community, while intentionally focusing on improving outcomes for community members most in need. 

PILR & Community Leaders Celebrating Indigenous People's Day at Multnomah County

PILR & Community Leaders Celebrating Indigenous People's Day at Multnomah County

Oliviah added “Community engagement is not organization-specific, but community-wide thus ensuring every division and department has a community engagement strategy (again without overburdening community)... There are a lot of reports [like those from the Coalition of Communities of Color] that talk about existing disparities, but it’s really about aligning those efforts and having one place to tell the story of partnerships that have happened between the Native Community and the County. What’s going to drive the work over the next five to ten years?” This plan is both a continuation and a start.


portland united against hate

The horrific Max attack on Memorial Day weekend, opened the eyes of Portlanders to the experiences that people of color, immigrants and refugees, religious groups and the LGBTQ face as hateful rhetoric gets amplified at the national and local levels.  Portland United Against Hate is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, concerned communities and the City, working with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to build a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and provide the support and protection our communities need.

Communities experience hate motivated violence in a variety of ways and there’s a need for a documentation process that enables those most impacted to be able to track hate incidents in a trusted manner. We firmly believe that communities are experts of their experiences who have a right to lift their lived realities as data. Therefore, the CCC in partnership with IRCO-Africa House, IRCO-Asian Family Center, Latino Network, Resolutions Northwest, Unite Oregon, Urban League of Portland and the Q Center completed seven intersectional and cross-cultural conversations with 75 participants in August through October in a project funded by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement. 

Topics of the focus groups included: what hate is and what it looks like, experiences reporting hate crimes and incidents, and what a successful hate crime and incident reporting process would look like.

The main findings from the community conversations are:

  • Hate looks like hateful speech and symbols, threats, physical attacks, stereotyping and profiling, and unequal access to resources and opportunities. Hate is systemic, and can manifest within groups and communities.
  • Support is sought from family, community groups, religious leaders, and spiritual healers. However, many are unaware of what resources and supports are available, or do not have access to them.
  • Hate may be prevented by recognizing what it looks like and how it manifests, education and learning about other groups and histories, and through intervention from bystanders when hate is occurring.
  • Hate often goes unreported because of the feelings that attention is not given to incidents or these incidents are not taken seriously, the issue is often left unresolved, people in positions of authority may be the perpetrators, and reporting the incident may cause further harm.

Three main themes emerged to describe what a good hate crime and incident reporting process would look like:

  1. That the reporting process be person-centered and honor the narrative of the person who had experienced hate to aid in the healing process.
  2. That the reporting process not be re-traumatizing or cause more harm.
  3. That the reporting process is action-oriented.

For more information about this initiative and the full report, please contact Shweta Moorthy at shweta@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org


SENATE BILL 13:  Tribal Education becomes Law

Senate Bill 13 Signing Ceremony with Governor Brown, Native Education Advocates & Tribal Leaders

Senate Bill 13 Signing Ceremony with Governor Brown, Native Education Advocates & Tribal Leaders

By Se-ah-dom Edmo, Western States Center

The law fills a critical gap in our children’s education in Oregon, requires the teaching of American Indian/Alaska Native History & Sovereignty in all K-12 schools by 2019-2020.

Governor Kate Brown held a signing ceremony with tribal leaders from around the region for Senate Bill 13 earlier this fall, requiring school districts statewide to implement curricula developed by Tribes in Oregon covering tribal history and sovereignty.

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Carried by Representative Tawna Sanchez (Shoshone-Bannock, Ute and Carrizo), and at the request of Governor Brown, the bill passed both chambers of the Oregon Legislature with unanimous support.

Western States Center was the coalition convener of the effort in support of the bill and took a movement building approach to our work by recognizing and centering the benefit for every Oregon student as the bedrock of our future body politic.

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Oregon joins other states in our region like Montana, Washington, Wyoming and Idaho in building a fundamental understanding of tribal literacy and history among its K-12 students. The law is one piece of the eleven-point plan of educational objectives established by the Oregon Department of Education’s American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Panel. This plan is the product of that process and is a road map for state efforts to improve opportunities and outcomes for Native American youth in Oregon.

ABOUT WESTERN STATES CENTER:

Western States Center builds the capacity and skills of community organizers and organizations working for racial and gender justice across the region. We envision our movement achieving a just society where we all flourish in sustainable, caring and connected communities. Learn more about our work at www.westernstatescenter.org. .


Train Song

By Santos Herrera

In praise of the people who risk their lives on a train to cross the border

The steel wheel lullaby

sings them to sleep

brown bodies atop

a graffiti-covered box car,

their hearts, miles behind.

The bell of a railroad

crossing, the ding-ding-dinging.

They’ve made it?

The swish-swash

of gallon water,

the rustle of a plastic bag

filled with the applause

of hand-made tortillas and tamales

wrapped in autumn gold.

The tap dance of rain

softens the hard Earth

while the train keeps singing

and singing and singing…

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Santos Herrera

is a poet, and other contributions to Portland’s art scene include being a performer and assistant director at Teatro Milagro, a writer for Voz Alta, and a member of Profile Theatre's Community Council.  Santos is also a Manager of School-Based Programs at Latino Network.