Community Safety

A woman participating in August 2019 Rosewood National Night Out Celebration
A woman participating in the August 2019 Rosewood National Night Out celebration talks to Civic Life. To turn on close captions for this video, please select the "CC" button located bottom right of video.
What does community safety mean to you? We posed this question to Portlanders during the 2019 National Night Out celebrations. While the answers varied, a central theme emerged—community safety means being able to rely on your friends, family, and neighbors to feel welcome and safe. The short video above highlights neighbors coming together in East Portland at a celebration hosted by the Rosewood Initiative. The video was created for Civic Life by James Wright, the video production specialist at the Portland Fire and Rescue.

Civic Life announced in August that the formally named Crime Prevention program is now called 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 in addressing a broad range of interconnected public safety solutions. Its programs bring neighbors and communities together—not just around crime and policing—so that they can know and support each other. You can read more about the change here.

Partner Spotlight

Map of Portland showing Home Ownership and Zone 1 boundaries
Map of original Zone 1 boundaries on top of 1938 Home Ownership Loan Corporation color grades, 2019.
In September, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released the report “Historical Context of Racist Planning” to explore how planning practices, primarily around zoning, have led to racial segregation and other discriminatory impacts on communities of color in Portland.

“Portland, like many U.S. cities, has a longstanding history of racist housing and land use practices that created and reinforced racial segregation and inequities. Exclusionary zoning, racially restrictive covenants, and redlining are early examples of this, with their effects still visible today. These discriminatory practices have all played a role in shaping the city’s urban form—and in exacerbating inequities along lines of race and class.” Read the full report here>>

Cannabis Community Talks

Three women sit at table and discuss community issues
Three women seated at a table provide input during a community engagement event.
Cannabis Community Talks
Friday, October 18, 2:30 - 5:00pm
Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N. Foss Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

The Cannabis Program and Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) invite you to a café style conversation to discuss cannabis in Portland. Your feedback will help inform CPOT’s policy recommendations and the Cannabis Program’s work.

Call: 503-823-3213
Text: 503-823-8721


Staff Updates

Kari Koch, Liquor Licensing Policy Coordinator
Kari started her new role on September 19 as the Liquor Licensing Policy Coordinator. She has worked at Civic Life since 2015, first at the East Portland Neighborhood Office and recently coordinating the Portland United Against Hate program and grants. Kari has been actively involved in social justice work since she moved to Portland in 2002 and currently serves as a board member of Bark—defending and restoring Mt Hood. She lives with her family, chickens, and has a lovely garden in East Portland. 
Andrea Williams, Partnerships Manager 
Andrea is joining the Office of Community and Civic Life on October 21 after working in community-based nonprofits over the last decade. She most recently served as the executive director of Causa, where she worked at the local, state, and national levels to defend and advance immigrant rights. Andrea grew up in Salem, Oregon and earned her B.A. in politics from Whitman College. She serves as a board member of the Northwest Health Foundation. Andrea is multiracial, Filipino-Japanese-White. Her great grandparents immigrated to the Hawaiian Islands to work in the sugar cane fields. Andrea is a proud new mother, and in her spare time loves to garden.

Online Events Calendar

Visit our online calendar to find out information regarding community and neighborhood events.

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Visit Civic Life online events calendar here>>
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