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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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National Night Out for Safety and Liberation

Since 1984, the first Tuesday of every August has marked the beginning of week-long celebrations for National Night Out. This year, we join other communities in emphasizing Safety and Liberation as one of the many reasons to come together as community members. More than 150 events are planned for this week led by community members and supported by Civic Life, Parks & Recreation, Fire & Rescue, Police, Emergency Communication, and Transportation. It will be good and healing to be with each other in our neighborhoods, parks, and gathering places.  
 
At the same time, we know that many communities do not feel safe in public places and that they are targeted because of their race, nationality, language, gender expression, religion and other inalienable aspects of their identity. These feelings are heightened following a week of mass shootings across the country and recent gun violence in our hometown, as well.
 
There have been more mass shootings than days so far this year. As of August 5th, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S. Whether they happen near or far, the impacts are felt close to home through the bonds of family, friendship, and solidarity. 

We often have more questions than answers in such times. These are some questions shared by community members reflecting on the week to come after the week that has passed.
 
“How do we support each other when we may not feel safe ourselves?”
“How do I know when others do not feel safe?  How do I break that barrier?”
“How do we do a better job of bringing people together?”
“What have you said to your kids about gun violence and gun safety?”
“How do we talk about racism and white supremacy in all the ways they are expressed, not just the extremes?”
“How do we prevent mental health disability from becoming stigmatized in these conversations?”

We share the grief and outrage that many are feeling.  

At times like these, when the burden seems too great to bear, it’s through the support of others that we manage to put one foot in front of the other. We find that relationships carry us, shore us up, make us stronger than the sum of our individual parts. Our relationships weave safety nets around us and catch us when we falter. They help us get back on our feet and they stand in for us until we can, ourselves. Our relationships sustain our community and feed our collective spirits.

What means community to you? Is it your neighborhood? Your community of faith? Your cultural community? A community of common interest? Community can be expressed extravagantly through a neighborhood association-sponsored National Night Out party where everyone is invited. It can also show up when one person smiles at another and looks with a soft gaze.

When we experience the world through the lens of community, small indications take on significance and hope makes itself known. That makes a community feel like home. National Night Out for safety and liberation helps us imagine together what a peaceful future can be every day or night of the year for all Portlanders.

Community Safety Team

During National Night Out events throughout the next week, you may notice that the Crime Prevention program is shifting its name to Community Safety.

This new name describes a model that embraces an inclusive and collaborative vision of safety where neighbors work with each other, with the City, and with community-based organizations to better address a range of public safety considerations related to transportation, emergency preparedness, youth leadership, and more.

Our city is safer, stronger and more vibrant when all Portlanders are empowered to work collaboratively and creatively on public safety.The Community Safety Program organizes and supports partnerships to build safe communities that are connected, inclusive and engaged.

Portland United Against Hate Proposals

The City of Portland is seeking proposals designed to protect communities from hate, proactively create a strong base of support for communities most affected by hate violence and provide the tools and resources necessary to defeat the bigotry and fear underlying the tensions in this era fueled by racial, xenophobic, ableist and homophobic hate activity that is disrupting our communities.

Projects should focus on providing support for ReportHatePdx.com AND one or more of the following areas of work: community capacity building, training, and/or culture shifting. A total of $225,000 is available and organizations may propose projects for up to $30,000.

Learn More & Apply

Code Change Update

What are your thoughts about the updated Code Change language? The comment period for the code change language remains open. Please share your thoughts using the form below.

 

Community Feedback Form

Thanks to your questions and feedback to date, we have developed these Frequently Asked Questions about Code Change. We look forward to expanding and honing these questions as we move forward with this process.


Finally, due to scheduling and logistic needs, the City Council session to discuss the proposed Code Change language has not yet been confirmed. Once it has been confirmed, we will update our website and share via Civic Life Updates. Thank you for your patience!

 Thank you again for joining us on this journey. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/codechange for more information on the project.

Staff Updates

Carlos Callava, Noise Analyst, Noise Control Program
 
Carlos was born and raised in sunny Miami, Florida, and moved to Portland to complete his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Before joining the City of Portland’s Noise Office, he worked as a Planner for Oregon City and traveled the country with his partner and cat in an off-road camper van. Carlos is a native Spanish speaker. 

Daniel Franco-Nuñez, Community Safety Coordinator, Community Safety Program 

Daniel was born in Guadalajara, Mexico before immigrating with his family to California in the late 1980s. Later in the mid-1990s the family moved to Oregon, where Daniel finished school and began his professional career. Most of his career decisions were informed by his upbringing as an immigrant. Working with community and helping non-English speakers receive help has been at the core of all his professional and volunteer work. Daniel has worked in multiple public school districts in the Portland Metro area, working to empower youth.

Angela Previdelli 

Angela has accepted a position at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). EPCO’s Grant Coordinator has been with the Office for almost a year she has had great dedication to bringing resources to our community groups during her time with the bureau. She helped role out EPAP’s 2018 grants and relaunched EPCO’s Community Activities Fund.  We will definitely miss her and wish her all the best in her new role.  
 

Dianne Riley, East and North District Offices Supervisor

Dianne has been supporting the Community & Neighborhood Involvement Center—first as a Program Coordinator and most recently as a Supervisor II—since the fall of 2017. She will now join the teams at EPCO and NPNS, as the Supervisor of the East and North District Coalition Offices. Dianne has practiced political activism since her teenage years and began working as a community and labor Organizer over twenty years ago. 

Steve Wytcherley, Community Safety Coordinator, Community Safety Program

Coming from a 20-year history in community development and international aid work, Steve has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Central America and in the United States with organizations including Medical Teams International, Health and Nutritional Development Services and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Prior work has involved community safety, emergency response and relief with refugee, vulnerable and under-resourced populations in a variety of contexts. Steve is passionate about helping people to flourish. 

Partner Event: Street Roots Street Party

Help Street Roots celebrate in style at their 20th Anniversary Street Party!

Saturday, August 17th, 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm
NW Davis Street
(Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

This event is family-friendly and free and open to the public.

>>Learn more here

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