Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Renaming 25th Anniversary: April 26th, 3 pm

The King Neighborhood Association (KNA), World Arts Foundation, Inc. (WAFI), and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) will hold a celebration on Saturday, April 26th to honor the 25th anniversary renaming of Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Portland. The celebration, open to the public, will be held at the Boys and Girls Club at the Blazers location, 5250 NE MLK, from 3 – 4:30 pm. A new United States flag will be raised at the Boys and Girls Club during the event.

KNA, WAFI, and NECN join together to invite the community in celebrating the naming of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Twenty-five years ago, after years of work by citizens who sought to bring Dr. King’s vision of peace, justice, and truth closer to reality in our community, Portland’s City Council voted to change Union Avenue’s name to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on April 20, 1989.

The public is invited to join the celebration, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club at the Blazers location. We will honor past, present, and future – those who have led the way in seeking truth and justice, and in particular the community members who worked to honor Dr. King with a street naming; those among us who work for justice and reconciliation today, and the youth in our community who will lead us into the future.


mlksign.jpgPhoto taken in the offices of the Skanner newspaper; credit: Teressa Raiford.


Speakers at the celebration will include Donny Adair (of WAFI); Teressa Raiford; Alan Silver (of King NA); Jules Garza; organizers of the Oregon Black Museum;  and Imani Muhammad.


“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

revking.jpgPictured: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walks between seven-year-old Eva Gracelemon, left, and 10-year-old Aritha Willis as he escorts black school children to formerly all-white schools in Grenada, Miss., Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 1966. Violence erupted at the school when the schools were integrated. (AP Photo)



Immigrant rights events coming up at CIO on Killingsworth.


Last year, King Neighborhood Association took a look at ICE detentions, and wrote a letter to the Multnomah County Sheriff asking him to not participate in ICE detentions for minor offenses and violations. We haven’t gotten back to the topic yet, but here are some upcoming events hosted by the Center for Intercultural Organizing that speak to the topic, and are near our neighborhood.


Book Event: Border Patrol Nation

CIO welcomes author and immigrant rights activist Todd Miller to Portland to discuss his recently published book, Border Patrol Nation. Miller’s work documents increasing militarization in the US and how the border patrol and immigration enforcement has dramatically expanded inward in the country, having devastating effects on our communities. Miller, who is based in Tucson, AZ, has spent the past fifteen years researching and writing about immigration issues from both sides of the U.S. Mexico border.

The author will be available for Q&A and book signing after the presentation. Snacks and simultaneous interpretation to Spanish will be available. Hope you can join us for this important event!

  • Date: Saturday, April 19th
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Where: Portland Office, 700 N Killingsworth St.
  • Tri Met:  Lines 72, 4, 44


Multnomah County Chair Candidate Forum   

CIO’s Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training (PILOT) Program is hosting a candidate forum with the two front runners for the position of Multnomah County Chair, Deborah Kafoury and Jim Francesconi. According to the recent U.S. Census’ 2012 New American Survey, 14% Multnomah residents are foreign born. Immigrants and refugees face challenges such as immigration status, cultural and linguistic barriers, and access to health care. Join us to learn about how these two candidates propose to lead in the areas of health, public safety and other areas under Multnomah County’s jurisdiction. Whoever is elected the next Multnomah County Chair will have a lot of power to influence how county jails are run, the county health care system, and county social services.
  • Date: Monday, April 28th  
  • Time:  6 pm – 8 pm
  • Where:  Portland Office, 700 N. Killingsworth, 97217
  • Tri Met:  Lines 72, 4, 44


Community Forum on the Impact of ICE Detainers

Come to this open community forum hosted by the ACT Network in partnership with CIO. You will hear testimonies from people who have been detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and be able to participate the discussion. This forum will give voice from many perspectives on how families are affected, what people see and experience in detention, and how public safety and trust in law enforcement is altered.

  • Date: Thursday, April 24
  • Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Where: PCC Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall – Room 122


          Film Screening – Becoming Ourselves          

How Immigrant Women Transformed Their World

CIO is happy to host a screening of the film “Becoming Ourselves: How Immigrant Women Transformed Their World,” produced by Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA), based in Oakland, California. For more than 25 years, AIWA has supported successful direct action and education in immigrant communities.

“Becoming Ourselves” explores the journey of immigrant women as they become powerful leaders, and how their actions shaped important changes in their workplaces and schools. 

To see a short trailer of the film go to:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 29th 
  • Time: 6:30 pm 
  • Where: Portland Office, 700 N Killingsworth St.
  • Tri Met:  Lines 72, 4, 44



NECN Committee meetings in April – all hosted in our n’hood.

There are four Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood committee meetings next week – and they should all be great discussions. Anyone is welcome to attend any of these, and they’re all held in King neighborhood, in NECN’s office, where King NA meets – at 4815 NE 7th Avenue, the King Facility building.


Safety & Livability Team (SALT): meets Monday, April 21st, 6:30 – 8:30. Last Thursday on Alberta Street will begin again in May ~~ come learn from City and Portland Police Bureau representatives about this year’s plans to support the event. Chad Stover from the mayor’s office and N. Precinct commander Mike Leloff will be among those in attendance.

Community Economic Development Committee (CEDC): meets Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:30.

CEDC has a terrific guest speaker, Tony DeFalco of Verde and the Living Cully Ecodistrict. Tony will talk about anti-displacement strategies for the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland, where neighbors and community partners are working to preserve housing affordability, retain existing neighborhood businesses, and help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

Land Use and Transportation Committee (LUTC): meets Wednesday, April 23rd, at 7 pm. Metro Councilor Sam Chase will share the Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project, which looks looks at how our current land use and transportation choices will effect greenhouse gas emissions and future livability standards in the region.

Schools Committee: meets Thursday, April 24th, at 7 pm. Agenda still being worked on.


Contact NECN for more info on any of these committees: or 503-388-5004.








Life Transitions: a talk by Dr. Janet Taylor, April 15th.

Proudly hosting Life Transitions with Dr. Janet Taylor

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PRESERVE Coalition and Urban League of Portland will host a national expert in health, Dr. Janet Taylor.

Dr. Janet Taylor


Life Transitions with Dr. Janet Taylor is sponsored by PRESERVE Coalition and Urban League of Portland.  Dr. Taylor is on tour with the Dr. Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour in Portland on April 15th. Join Dr. Taylor in a short lecture on life transitions.

Dr. Janet Taylor is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City, the Bronx and Queens. The practice of Community Mental Health is extremely rewarding to Dr. Taylor, because “being on the frontline with individuals and their families battling the emotional and economic impact of Mental Illness is where I can make a difference”.  Join members of the Urban League of Portland and PRESERVE Coalition at the Muliticulural Seniors Center on April 15th from 11:00am-12:00pm for a short lecture on Life Transitions

Please RSVP early to this event. Space is limited
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King School PTA Survey.



Please help us plan out future priorities for King PTA.

We know your time is valuable, but we’d really like to hear from you.

PTA is working to establish its budget and programming priorities for the 2014-15 academic year. In order to make the best use of our energy and resources, we want to hear from all members of the King PTA and understand your valuable perspective on helping our school and all of its students to realize their full potential.

Your responses to the following questions will be very helpful in our development of a strong, clear agenda to begin the next school year.

More information at the King School PTA website!

Agenda for King NA’s meeting this Wednesday.

 King Neighborhood Association general meeting

April 9, 2014, at 6:30 pm, at 4815 NE 7th Avenue

KNA General meeting agenda.

6:30    Welcome and introductions; approval of minutes and agenda; announcements.

6:40     Maureen Mimiaga, Egg Hunt.

6:45     Update from the Portland Police Bureau; crime and safety in King. Eileen Kennedy – NET training.

6:55     Jonah Majure, Public Water Trust initiative.

7:20     Proposed by-laws changes for the NA.

7:40     Board announcements, committee reports and upcoming events.

8:20     Adjourn.

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