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The koi pond at Portland's Lan Su Chinese Gardens in Old Town.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is AAPI Heritage Month, a time for us to acknowledge the struggles and accomplishments of our AAPI communities. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, Mayor Wheeler read a proclamation declaring the official observation and celebration of this month during the May 4 City Council session. The proclamation included an opening speech by Subashini Ganesan, a creative artist, community leader, and past Creative Laureate of Portland, and performances by Teva Oriata (Tahitian dance troupe) and Rose City Escrima (Filipino martial arts).

“How do we understand to keep moving into compassion and building bridges so that the plurality of our communities can be celebrated and made visible without feeling like we need to conform or drop our cultural uniqueness in order to belong as Americans,” said Ganesan. “Together we can do this and I’m so grateful to be celebrating the beginning of this heritage month with all of you.”

You can watch the full proclamation here.

On Saturday, May 14, Oregon Rises Above Hate is putting on an event to recognize the AAPI community and to combat the rise in anti-Asian hate in the U.S. The celebration will have events from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will take place at Flanders Festival Street in Old Town, between 3rd & 4th Avenue and Flanders & Glisan Street. The events will include community arts performances, speeches from community leaders and elected officials, free admittance to cultural spaces, and a vigil.
For more information, please visit

To learn more about how to support our immigrant and refugee communities, visit Civic Life’s Immigrant and Refugee Program website!
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A red handprint, usually covering the mouth, represents the silenced voices of victims and the lack of response from media and government.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
In partnership with community, the City of Portland’s
Tribal Relations Program is hosting a number of events throughout the first week of May to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.

More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women (84.3%) have experienced violence in their lifetime.

On Thursday, May 5, there will be an in-person community event for the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Portland is committed to raising awareness and supporting the Native American community through policy and programs that address the myriad causes and effects of violence against Native people. The City of Portland encourages everyone to wear red on the fifth day of each month to show solidarity and raise awareness for the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.

To find culturally-specific resources for domestic and sexual violence, please visit or call 1-877-762-8483.
Hearing on the Mayor's Proposed Budget
Mayor Wheeler is expected to release his proposed budget to the public on Wednesday, May 4. On Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to give testimony on the Mayor’s proposed budget. If you want to give testimony, you must sign up before 12 p.m. on Thursday at the link below.

Sign up to give testimony.
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PDX 311 Services
PDX 311 provides ways for community members to access local government information and services easily and effectively. Staff are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are fluent in English and Spanish, and can assist community members in additional languages. Through PDX 311, community members can ask questions, request assistance, and report non-emergency issues like graffiti tagging or an accident where no one was injured.
To contact PDX 311, you can email, or call 503-823-4000, 711 (Oregon Relay Service), or 311 (City of Portland general information hotline).
Text reads, "What is the Portland Charter Commission proposing? 1. Allowing voters to rank candidates in their order of preference. 2. Four new geographic districts with three Council members elected to represent each district, expanded City Council. 3. A new government structure with a City Council that sets policy, and a Mayor to run the city's day-to-day operations, with the help of a professional City Administrator."
"¿Qué propone la commission de estatutos de Portland? 1. Permitir a los votantes clasificar a los candidatos en su orden de preferencia. 2.Cuatro nuevos distritos geográficos con tres miembros del Concejo elegidos para representar a cada distrito. 3. Una nueva estructura de gobierno con un Concejo Municipal que establece la política y un Alcalde para ejecutar las operaciones diarias de la ciudad, con la ayuda de un Administrador Municipal professional."
Charter Commission Public Hearings
The Portland Charter Commission is hosting four hearings in May! Make your voice heard by participating in one of their upcoming virtual or in-person hearings! 
¡La Comisión de Estatutos de Portland organizará 4 audiencias en mayo! ¡Haga oír su voz participando en una de las próximas audiencias virtuales o en persona! 
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Civic Life is Hiring!
Executive Assistant (Administrative Specialist III)
Civic Life connects Portlanders with City government to build inclusive, safe, and livable communities. And the driving force behind that work are our brilliant Administrative Specialists. The City of Portland and the Office of Community and Civic Life is seeking an Executive Assistant (Administrative Specialist III) to join the team. In this role, you would provide confidential administrative support to the Bureau Director, coordinate and implement Bureau functions and activities, respond to Public Records Requests, and more.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 9, 2022. Read more about the position and how to apply

Join an Advisory Body!

Joining an advisory body is a way for Portlanders to lend their expertise and personal or professional experience to the City of Portland. As an advisory body member, you will work closely with community members and City of Portland liaisons to impact policies and programs.

Portland Parks Board - Closes Sunday, May 8
The Portland Parks Board advocates for parks to ensure that local and regional parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design. The Board provides a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing long-term, citywide perspectives to local issues. 
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) - Closes Sunday, May 22

CPOT provides the Office of Community & Civic Life with diverse stakeholder perspectives on cannabis-related public policies. CPOT’s objective is to discuss and develop policies that support equitable access and outcomes for the cannabis industry, cannabis consumers, and all City of Portland residents. Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Portland Clean Energy Community Benefit Fund (PCEF) Committee - Closes Wednesday, June 1

The PCEF invests in carbon reduction projects prioritizing racial and social justice. Nonprofit organizations can apply for community-led projects related to clean energy, regenerative agriculture, green infrastructure, and workforce development. PCEF prioritizes benefits to communities on the frontlines of climate change, like low-income people and people of color. Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Urban Forestry Commission - Closes Monday, August 1

The Urban Forestry Commission advises the City Forester, Parks Director, Commissioner in Charge of Parks, and City Council on matters related to trees in the city, including regulation, budget, policy, and plans. It also acts as an appeals board for certain tree permits, nominates new and approves removal of Heritage Trees, and plays a significant role in updates to the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan. Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!
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Portland, Oregon 97204
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