Here’s all the details on the clean-up this weekend – we’d love to have you swing by and drop off your junk! If you have questions, email info@ kingneighborhood.org. Thanks!
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.
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.
Pictured: 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)
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.
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!
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.
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: http://www.aiwa.org/index.php
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.
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: necoalition.org or 503-388-5004.
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!
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.
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