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Volunteer groups are determined to keep feeding houseless despite new City rules

By CORY ELIA

Offering consistent food-related support to the houseless and food insecure residents throughout Portland is the mission of several volunteer groups.

However, due to a new City permit requirement proposed by Commissioner Nick Fish, these services will either be drastically reduced or completely shut down.

“Is the city gonna pick up the slack of the people out here doing the work or will they leave their citizen out in the cold starving?”

Kristle Delihanty of PDX Saints

Free Hot Soup is one service group, and on any given weeknight, they feed anywhere from 50 to 200 individuals in downtown’s Directors Park.

Portland Park Rangers confront / speaks with Free Hot Soup volunteers.

editor’s note: One of the Free Hot Soup volunteers reached out to us and said he thought the word “confronts” in the caption above was a mis-characterization. He said that the ranger passed out envelopes saying that the volunteers didn’t need permits or insurance. In the spirit of honoring people’s agency in having their own story told as they see fit— I wanted to include that feedback.

My thinking was / is: all officers of the law should be respectful and friendly as they exercise their duties, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that they’re doing their job enforcing laws / rules. Having one’s actions be addressed by an officer carries a lot of weight and potential for escalation (especially since the volunteers were serving without a permit), which is why we used the term “confront” rather than a less aggressive term. – ATW

According to the Oregonian‘s reporting, the permit will limit social services to only being able to serve once a week in a location, and requires groups to file a $137.75 application fee and obtain insurance.

Several volunteers say the City’s ordinance may be a tactic by the City to force the houseless they serve out of the area of Directors Park— because it is surrounded by expensive luxury high-rise apartments, expensive shops, and ritzy hotels.

In the Oregonian story, Fish denied that, saying that the new permit system will help the City better plan, coordinate, and supervise park activities, as well as help spread social services to other parts of the city.

More than one in seven (14.6 percent) of Oregon households were “food insecure” during the three-year period of 2014 – 16 [most recent statistics].

In 2016, three out of 10 Oregonians struggling with food security lived well above the poverty line, with income high enough that they were not eligible for public nutrition assistance.

Oregon Center for Public Policy

Along with downtown, the new permit would impact service groups in other parts of the City as well.

PDX Saints is another of the groups doing outreach in the form of meals, serving at Lents Park every Friday alongside the group Boots on the Ground PDX which offers clothing and shoes for those in need.

Kristle Delihanty of PDX Saints spoke with Village Portland during the group’s meal services in Lents Park on Friday, November 1st.

“My main concern is that this ordinance could leave a lot of people hungry on the streets without something to eat,” she said, based on the fact of how many people Free Hot Soup and her group serve in a given weeks. Free Hot Soup attracting hundreds some nights.

Delihanty wondered, “is the city gonna pick up the slack of the people out here doing the work or will they leave their citizen out in the cold starving?”

“The new ordinance would require groups doing this kind of service to meet a set of requirements, I’m not sure how that will affect Free Hot Soup but they do a lot of good work downtown and I would hate to see that stop,” Delihanty said, as she serve food to the more than a dozen individuals who showed up for a meal.

Mayoral Candidate Sarah Iannarone showed up for the Lent’s PDX Saints service with hot tea for individuals. She took the time to help those that wanted the tea to get a cup. “The work these groups do is immensely important to the houseless community and they should be allowed to continue this work.” Iannarone took the time to talk with the different community members who showed up for the meal and volunteers who were serving.

Food, tea, and supplies being provided at the service event in Lents Park.

While the services of PDX Saints in Lents Park were uninterrupted by anyone, the larger gathering downtown for Free Hot Soup attracted around hundred individuals for their services. Prior to setting up for the event, volunteers were approached by Portland Park Rangers who told them about the new ordinance, but also thanked the group for their service.

The meal was vegetarian stew, bread, and a number of other sides along with coffee, tea, and other options to drink.

“I’m not sure the new ordinance applies to Free Hot Soup,” stated Troy Howard, a volunteer who has been helping with the group for quite a while. “Free Hot Soup isn’t really an organization, there are different volunteers every night,” and goes on to say, “we’re more like a group of friends having a giant picnic.”

Describing itself as “Free vegan community picnics all year round!” Food Not Bombs PDX hosts four gatherings around Portland every week for the houseless community and food insecure folks.

The food they cook with and distribute would otherwise be composted or sent to a landfill, they wrote on their Facebook page.

We reached out to get a comment from about the new permit system and how it would impact their group’s work. Eric from the Wednesday serving said that they have heard about it but they haven’t been affected as far as they knew.

The group is looking for someone to bottomline a serving on Fridays at Dawson Park (N Stanton St & Williams Ave). See their web page for more information. They wrote that they will have to cancel this week if no one can be found.

Based on the need and number of people served, the work these groups do is important to the community of Portland— because it means they know where to get a hot meal.

It is unknown at this point exactly which organizations will be impacted— if any— but the groups Free Hot Soup, PDX Saints, and Boots on the Ground have said that they intend to continue their work despite what the City says.

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Cory Elia is a journalist, photographer, videographer, documentary director & producer, radio personality & podcaster. His journalistic focus is on politics, protest, and poverty.

Contact Cory:

Facebook: Cory Elia
Twitter: @therealcoryelia

This weekend

Journalist and educator Lisa Loving definitely share a passion for community reporting and the need for how media and reporting is evolving.

She asked me to speak about my work at a signing for her new book: “Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News in Your Community” this week. I am thankful for her input on the work we’re doing, the opportunity to speak, and the entire evening’s discussion.

Ask for Loving’s book at your local bookstore, or purchase it online at Powell’s.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

Learn more about the Johnson Creek Floodplain (event):

“Join us for a free, family-friendly event to learn more about the Johnson Creek floodplain and how to protect your family from flooding. Enjoy games, crafts, and raffle prizes. Grab a donut, coffee, or hot chocolate on us!

Representatives from Reed College, the Wharton School of Risk Management, Hagan Hamilton Insurance, and City of Portland Environmental Services will be available… “

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 9 am – 11 am

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Lents Community Harvest Festival:

At this, the 16th annual festival, there’s be crafts, games, door prizes, and a quilt raffle!

Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave * 1 pm – 4 pm

This weekend

The Lents Neighborhood Association is having their first meeting next week (Tuesday, October 22nd) with their new board. You can see the agenda for the meeting, times and location, and see who has stepped forward to serve here.

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Portland neighbors put a lot of work into their neighborhood associations, but after a considerable time with a front-row seat at several, the institution always seems to attract conflict. Is this just the nature of humanity, or trying around geography? You’d think common ground was a good place to start.

While the conversation has been around how to bring new groups to the table, I’ve been wondering how we could fix the current system. Reform to the grievance system and more support and training to help board members encourage engagement are my first ideas…

If you have ideas, I’d like to hear them, and will be starting a story soon to bring more ideas forward. Thanks for reading and being involved as we work together to improve civic engagement.

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This is the second of a five-episode series that played on Open Signal earlier this year. The series is a compilation of Village Portland videos that feature Portlanders organizing events and serving their community.

In this episode, we feature the annual Halloween party at Burnside Skatepark; the Portland Krampus Walk; a performance at a MLK celebration; a visit to the Grotto for their Christmas choir concerts; an interview with the designer of the Cascadian flag; and a look at the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways.

HALLOWEEN FUN

Haunted Ghost Town (event):

This weekend and next weekend as well…

‘“Where History Won’t Die’, Portland’s newest haunted attraction!” 

Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave * adult $12, youth $8 * 7 pm – 9:30 pm

This weekend

Can we have better, more productive discussions? I believe we can.

Will it take a conscious decision to disregard the models on display in most of the mainstream media. Absolutely.

I opened the door to new ways of storytelling and community problem solving when I started Village Portland, and have been thankful to the folks who have answered the call.

Darren McCormick describes himself (even though he doesn’t like having to describe himself), as an amateur philosopher. He has developed, and has been testing out, a method called Debate by Agreement.

And since we’re working on establishing a new Village Portland on the Portland State University campus (spearheaded by Cory Elia), we figured it would be a good idea to try it out on campus.

Hopefully, the process is something neighbors from across Portland can all learn from.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

Wy’East open house (event):

“Is an Eat & Greet on its own going to solve homelessness? No, but an Eat & Greet can be a platform for community engagement and action. We believe an Eat & Greet can cultivate the connections our community needs — the empathy we need — to continue building toward new ideas, and solutions.”

1427 SE 122nd Ave * 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This weekend

Though hearings on the plan to change City Code 3.96 has been paused, neighborhood associations continue to seek more details and make suggestions about the City’s official relationship with community groups.

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association hosted several staff from Office of Community and Civic Life at their monthly meeting. You can hear audio from the event here, including a Q&A with its director, Suk Rhee.

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APANO arts fest:

It’s the third annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival! This year in APANO‘s new building that opened this summer and Fubonn Shopping Center.

All kinds of music, storytelling, poetry, dance, and crafting will be on will be there to enjoy. The schedule is here.

Orchards of 82nd, 8188 SE Division St, & Fubonn Shopping Center (2850 SE 82nd Ave * Fri evening & Sat * $5 suggested

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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The fine art of karaoke is on tonight at The Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

This month’s production: “The Princess who Never Smiled”

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * children $1, $2 adults $2

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Water Spirit: A Tribute to Jim Pepper (event):

“Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) honors the music and creative process of Oregon-born saxophonist Jim Pepper (Kaw/Creek) with a concert of new music.” 

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 4 pm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH

Beekeeping work party:

“Beekeepers from PUB will be onsite working on the hives in the Zenger Farm apiary. This is a great opportunity to learn about beekeeping from some of the local experts. Appropriate for all levels of experience.”

Every first and third Sunday with Portland Urban Keepers.

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – noon * donations accepted

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Salmon welcome party:

“Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) invite all to a free, public celebration for the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek. The Salmon Celebration will celebrate the significance of the creek restoration work that has brought wild salmon back to the city.”

Johnson Creek Park, SE 21st Ave & Clatsop St * 11 am – 4 pm

This weekend

Hello everyone! It’s Andrew here, I just wanted to say hello and update you on what Village Portland has been up to.

We’ve added new neighborhoods, partnerships, and reporters— and we are stoked about some new moves in the works.

Cory Elia (Reflection: conducting the survey for the Portland Street Response) and Lesley McLam have been doing some awesome work around homelessness and homeless organizing, and are focusing in on more focused reporting on the areas of PSU and St Johns, respectively.

McLam has been reporting on Jason Barns Landing, a managed camp in North Portland that’s taking what I see as a civil disobedience approach to their camp. And their answering the question: what happens when homeless folk tire of being moved— tired of having their community scattered— keep coming back to the same place?

Both Elia and McLam are volunteers at community radio station KBOO, and use their equipment to publish a podcast called Tripp-p. Like KBOO, Open Signal, is a resource for community media creators that we’ve been collaborating with.

Another media non-profit that trains homeless youth in video storytelling we’re collaborating with, Outside the Frame, also uses Open Signal equipment.

Here’s the third episode of Village Portland Presents, a five-episode series we produced for Open Signal earlier this year. It’s a compilation of video stories, themed around community organizing and culture.

It’s been great to meet other organizations and folks passionate about independent media, and offering more folks a chance to tell their stories.

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It’s been cool seeing more small businesses pop up in the revamped Lents Town Center! Refuge Coffee House (9217 SE Foster Rd). Learn about their story and community-centered philosophy here.

Lents Draft and Bottle (8530 SE Foster Rd) has a variety of local beer, cider, and wine— along with an awesome flying goat on their sign.

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The Lents Neighborhood Association had their election this week. We reached out to leadership for the results, but haven’t heard back yet.

SATURDAY

Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival (website):

“Celebrate the legacy of Jim Pepper with Native musicians, singers and dancers, The Gary Ogan Band, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and the Flying Eagle Band.

Parkrose High School 12003 NE Shaver St * 11 am – 9 pm * free

2019 Farm to table dinner & fundraiser (event):

“Join us for our Farm to Table, our signature annual event at Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange! The evening will include a live auction, dinner, and celebration of the thousands of children and families in the Zenger Farm community.”

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 5 pm * $200, tickets here

SUNDAY

Farmers market: 

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“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

The market is held every Sunday until November 24th.

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm

This weekend

Village Portland reporter Cory Elia wrote an interesting piece this week about his experience helping with the homeless Point in Time count that was released recently. Read it here.

Another Village Portland reporter took a closer look at what’s left after a homeless camp sweep. Read that on Village Portland @ St Johns here.

The City claims there’s a process to make sure former camps are cleaned up after a sweep… have you found the site of former camps to been fully cleaned?

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What’s been known the Foster shelter is having an event to celebrate its opening on Monday, August 12th (6 pm – 7:30 pm).

The Laurelwood Center (6144 SE Foster Rd) will serve those who “identify as female and couples, with priority access for people 55 and over, those with disabilities, and veterans.”

For more info and who’ll be there, visit the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association site.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH

Community art:

“A mandala is a sacred spiritual symbol representing the universe. In this program, we’ll talk about mandalas as they appear in nature, and then create our own mandala projects using a variety of art supplies.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 3:30 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH

The Lents Fair is Sunday! There’ll be music, a chicken beauty contest, vendors, and the day will be closed out by  DJ RESCUE (Zia of The Dandy Warhols).

The website is here. Here’s the video we did on fair from last year:

SE Harold St. and SE 92nd Ave* 11 am – 4 pm 

Farmers market: 

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“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm

Reflection: conducting the survey for the Portland Street Response

By CORY ELIA

My name is Cory Elia and I have been reporting on the houselessness crisis throughout the city of Portland for over two years now as a journalist and photographer. Seeing the Portland Street Response model program developing as I have is quite relieving to me.

Maybe because I see it as a step towards a more compassionate treatment of those experiencing crisis and traumas that have rendered them living on the streets or out of vehicles.

It’s also because there has been a well-documented history of interactions between first-responding officers and those experiencing mental crisis ending in a horrifying manner, sometimes even with the death of those having the mental episode. 

The Portland Street Response developed from the advocacy journalism of Street Roots and their journalist Emily Green. She saw an opportunity to use her writing to demonstrate that a better response system could be implemented in Portland.

Street Roots’s Emily Green reports: “Portland Street Response: A Street Roots special report”

My experiences in the field while conducting interviews with houseless individuals has taught me that the interactions between those on the streets, regardless of their mental state, and officers are rarely that of a positive nature. These interactions often seem to be the source of a fair amount of agitation amongst the houseless community.

As previously reported in Street Roots, Portland Street Response is being based on the CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) program in Eugene. However, the Portland Street Response is still in its preemptive modeling stage.      

Currently, volunteers are conducting surveys of the houseless community to figure out how to best implement the program throughout Portland. This inspired me to take part in the opportunity to help conduct this survey. It is unclear at the moment if there will be further surveying in the near future.

Photo credit: Cory Elia

I arrived at Street Roots on the morning of Thursday, July 18 around 9 am to take part in the surveying. The goal of the survey was to gather opinions from the unhoused on how they would like the interactions between themselves and first responders to go. 

When I arrived at their office I was one of the first people there, but quickly the main office was filled with around 30 people also there to take part. This was the second day of groups going out and conducting surveys, the Tuesday before being the first deployment of survey groups.  

After a quick run-through of the strategy for conducting surveys by Street Roots Executive Director, Kaia Sand, and a break down of the survey by Neal Sand of the Yellow Brick Road‘s youth program, the crowd separated into groups of two to three people. The main requirement for the groups was for each to have an individual who had lived experience of houselessness

Having reported on the situation in the Lents neighborhood and having lived amongst that community myself, I volunteered to lead the group out there which consisted of: Greg Townley, who is co-director of Portland State University‘s Homelessness Research Action and Collaborative, a Street Roots vendor named Jeremy, and myself. We were also joined by KGWreporter Maggie Vespa.

KGW’s Maggie Vespa reports: “When should police be present? Street Roots, other groups survey homeless about the street response” 

Upon arriving at our first destination, SE 92nd Ave and Flavel St, around 10:30 am, it became apparent to me that the area had just been swept by City work crews due to the lack of tents I usually see there. Regardless of that, there was still a good amount of the houseless community in the area for us to survey.

I am well known amongst this crowd, not only for seeking out interviews with members of the community but also by some that are still living on the Springwater Trail. I was houseless myself and lived in a tent on the trail from 2010 through 2013.

This experience on the trail resulted in me being approached by several people before I was even prepared to conduct the survey and getting bombarded by questions like, “where have you been?” and “how are you doing?”

This is typically what happens to me when I show up in this area and it helped me getting several surveys completed in a matter of minutes.

The most disheartening part of this excursion was when my group ventured on to the part of the Springwater Corridor that runs parallel to the 97th Ave MAX stop and saw a Rapid Response work crew conducting a sweep of the camps.

Portland Mercury’s Thacher Schmid reports: “Oversight Questions Arise as Portland Pays to Clean Up Homeless Campsites”

The consensus amongst those living on the Springwater is all of a similar manner and that is that they have had both positive and negative interactions with the police, but that the negative interactions far outnumber the positive ones.    

They expressed that they would appreciate someone else like a crisis worker with a medical or social worker to be the ones to respond to mental health episodes— but they do see a legitimate need for police at certain times.

Between the three other members of the group and myself, we were able to conduct around a dozen interviews in about an hour at this location. Most of the people we talked to were willing to share their input.

The structuring for the Portland Street Response should be finalized for presentation to City Council around November. And if everything moves smoothly, should be up and running by January. 

Conducting the survey and leading the group as I did was an amazing experience that I was able to use my knowledge of where people are camped out to do some good.

Cory Elia is a journalist, photographer, videographer, documentary director & producer, radio personality & podcaster. His journalistic focus is on politics, protest, and poverty. 

Contact Cory:

Facebook: Cory Elia 
Twitter: @therealcoryelia

This weekend

The controversy around the change to City code rolls on. Thankfully, the Office of Community and Civic Life put out a FAQ on the changes. Read that here. If this had come out on the front end, we could have avoided a lot of the acrimony that flared up.

Sunnyside neighborhood advocate Mary Ann Schwab testified at City Council this week on the issue, and… it didn’t go well. Despite the fact that the FAQ and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly says that both the NAs and coalitions will continue to be funded, Schwab and some other neighborhood advocates still have their doubts.

It was sent in July 22nd, before new information came out, but this letter from the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association expresses concern with the process and the proposed code changes. A quote:

“The audit also shows a severe mismanagement of funds within Civic Life, resulting in extremely inequitable financial distributions, favoring affluent, gentrified neighborhoods. Instead of taking responsibility for previous mistakes and implementing safeguards, Civic Life has vilified NAs and is working diligently to remove them from city code.”

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OPB did a fun piece on East Portland’s Portland Pickles this week.

They talk to some of the college-age players who are hosted by local families for the season. They also focus on Dillon, the Pickles mascot, and the co-owner humbly claims that he’s one of the 10 or 15 greatest pickles in the world. I know he’s at the top of my list.

The Pickles crank up again next weekend, August 9th! Here’s the schedule.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND

Rosewood Night Out Party (event): 

“Community BBQ at 5, live Music with Friends of Noise and a movie at dust, thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation! Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Portland General Electric! 

Food provided by Pacific Seafood! Bring a refillable water bottle for Rockwood Waterr to fill for ya! Check out over 40 community organizations and get resources!”

Also— Movies in the Park showing “Black Panther”. The movie begins at dusk.

Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 5 pm 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD

First Saturday of the month Garden Curator led tours (event): 

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“On the first Saturday of the month, Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick will show you what’s blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and sharing fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach.”

Leach also had a groundbreaking for their upper garden project this week— so come see what’s planned!

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – noon * free

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

This month’s production: “The Firebird”.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * children $1, $2 adults $2

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Farmers market: 

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“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm

This weekend

If you’re reading this story, you’re probably very familiar with Portland’s neighborhood association system. And if you’re familiar with it, you know it isn’t alway smooth; isn’t always nice.

But should it be scrapped? And what will be lost?

That’s the question being considered by the City of Portland. In a partership with the fabulous listener-powered KBOO radio, I interviewed Christian Trejbal, chair of the Overlook Neighborhood Association.

Trejbal says that the City hasn’t been communicative or clear about what’s going to be changed, but if NAs lose their City-sanctioned powers, there will be a lot less opportunities for oversight and engagement.

This is a citywide-heavy post this week, but I’m just following the flow.

Portland activists are organizing for the fight for a better police union contract. It might sound wonky, but the union contract sets the frame for police oversight and accountability— and right now the contract heavily favors the police.

The rally was organized by Portland Resistance.

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The Oregonian wrote an interesting piece on how the painting of the Southeast Steele Street footbridge— a really cool grassroots effort—- was almost “restored” (painted over) by Oregon Department of Transportation.

FRIDAY, JULY 12TH

Lents baseball:

The Portland Pickles take on the San Francisco Seals all weekend! There are games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

The schedule is here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

SATURDAY, JULY 13TH

Street painting at NAYA Generations (event):

“We’re very excited for this community art project where we will be painting a street mural on SE Steele and SE 86th Ct. The design was co-created by a local artist and the residents at NAYA Generations, and the day has come for it to come to life!”

NAYA Generations, 8510 SE Steele St * 9 am, painting begins, noon – 3 pm: party, food, and other activities

People of the Drum (event):

“Enjoy vibrant performances and free drumming workshops for youths in this special program designed to strengthen and celebrate our community!

Presented by Portland Taiko, sponsored by Portland Parks & Recreation, East Portland Community Office, and KBOO Community Radio. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and The Collins Foundation.”

Gateway Discover Park, 10520 NE Halsey Street * 2 pm – 4 pm

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

Farmers market: 

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“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm