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Code Change Updates

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Join Us Next Tuesday


Multilingual Community Connections
English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese

Through speaking with over a dozen existing gatherings about this project, holding five community conversations in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese with our community partners, and having over 1,000 people participate in A Survey of Civic Life, Civic Life has been Gathering Perspectives and Adding Voices.

Join Us! Civic Life is hosting a multilingual community party for Portlanders to come together over great food, view the collected community input and see how this input is shaping the work of Civic Life.
Connect with the many communities that we are engaging, learn from one another and see how the intentional process of updating the city code that defines the work of our bureau is so much greater from gathering perspectives from a rich cross-section of Portlanders.


RSVP here >>

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Mercy Corps
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204

Food and childcare will be provided. For language and ADA accommodations, please contact Sabrina Wilson at least 5 days before the event at

Additional details and updates will be posted on the website as available here: 

North Portland Neighborhood Services
Celebrates 25 Years 

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Tom Griffin-Valade has seen North Portland neighborhoods through significant changes. As a staunch community organizer, Tom brought a new perspective to the City and to North Portland Neighborhood Service’s work, convincing other community organizers that it was okay to work with a City-run coalition office. His 25 years of service offer the legacy of more connected neighborhoods.

Tom’s tenure with the City will come to an end as he embarks on a new chapter, and so we take this opportunity to celebrate both Tom’s public service and the silver anniversary of North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS).

>> Read the article

Cannabis Social Equity Grant

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Apply for a Cannabis Social Equity Grant

The City of Portland invites you to apply for the 2019 Cannabis Social Equity Grant! 

This is a restorative justice and community reinvestment grant opportunity funded by the City of Portland’s 3% local tax on retail cannabis sales.

In fiscal year 2018-19, $490,000 is available for Cannabis Social Equity grants.

Visit for more information.

Join us for one of our information sessions to learn more:

  • April 26, 2019 from 10am-11am at East Portland Community Office (1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland OR 97220)

  • May 2, 2019 from 4pm-5pm at Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97211)

National Night Out 2019

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Registration for 2019 National Night Out in the City of Portland has opened! National Night Out has been celebrated across North America on the first Tuesday of August since 1983. When neighbors get to know each other, they create more connected and safer communities. Every year, more than 20,000 people in Portland participate. 

When is National Night Out?

  • Official date of NNO: August 6th, 2019. Residents and businesses have an option to host parties any day of the week from August 2nd-11th. 

  • Registration opens the April 22nd, 2019 at 

  • Registration closes July 23rd, 2019.

Learn more at Portland's National Night Out webpage:

Access Tip: April 2019

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Adventures in Audio Description


Find out what Audio Description is, why it’s essential to our information, art, and public spaces, and how to weave it into your personal and professional life.

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Visit our online calendar featuring community, neighborhood, and events of interest to the activist community.

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