A mural on the outside of a building showing Black people being enslaved, portraits of Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln, Black soldiers in Union uniforms, a march for equal rights, and an astronaut. The words Absolute Equality are underneath next to an eagle and a banner saying 1865.
The Juneteenth Legacy Project's "Absolute Equality" mural in Galveston, Texas. Artist: Reginald Adams. Photo from
Celebrating Juneteenth in Portland!

Juneteenth is an annual holiday celebrating the day – June 19, 1865 – when the United States Army arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people there were finally freed. The Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect nearly three years earlier, but many enslavers had defied that order and fled to Texas to try and keep people enslaved. Today, the holiday is often celebrated with parades, Miss Juneteenth contests, performances by Black and African American artists, traditional or culturally-important foods, and taking time to reflect on the meaning of freedom.

On Saturday, June 18, check out the Freadom Festival at Peninsula Park from noon to 6 p.m. This is a free event for all to learn about the importance of Juneteenth, build community with fellow book lovers, support Black businesses, receive educational resources, and celebrate literacy and liberation! Activities will include a book swap, readings by local Black authors, a kids’ story time, a book drive, a zine crafting station, raffles and giveaways, and more!

The Freadom Festival is hosted by Prose Before Bros, a social book club prioritizing space for Women of Color to be seen and heard. Third Eye Books, a local Black- and woman-owned bookstore, is one of the many partners for this event. Find and support Black-owned businesses in Portland.

Find more Juneteenth events and celebrationsand check out the City African American Network’s celebration on Friday, June 17, from noon to 6 p.m. at Patton Square Park!

Watch Portland City Council's Juneteenth proclamation.

Downtown Portland buildings, and text reading "Refutees second annual Run, Walk, Play for Refugees. Portland. Portland waterfront/Salmon Street Springs Fountain 501-695 SW Naito Pkwy. World Refugee Day: 6-20-22. Meet up time: 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m."
World Refugee Day
The United Nations Refugee Agency reported that, in 2020, 82.4 million people around the world were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, and events seriously disturbing public order.

June 20 is recognized by the United Nations as
World Refugee Day. The day honors the strength and courage of people who have had to flee their homes to escape conflict or persecution. It also aims to build empathy and understanding for the challenges they face in rebuilding their lives in a new place. Check out these resources to help refugees and other ways to get involved.

Refutees, an organization spreading awareness and providing resources for refugees, is hosting World Refugee Day Walk events in Portland, Beaverton, and Salem. The Portland walk will happen on Monday, June 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and start at the Salmon Street Springs Fountain area.

As a sanctuary city, Portland will continue to receive Ukrainian and Afghani refuges in 2022. No matter the politics happening overseas, no matter your nationality, race, religion or gender, Portland welcomes you.

Civic Life’s
Immigrant & Refugee Program has many resources for immigrants and refugees and their families. We believe that everyone deserves safety from violence, sovereignty, freedom, and the right to shelter and refuge. You can contact our Immigrant & Refugee Program online to find help and resources like our multilingual brochure full of information on:
  • Resettlement and legal services
  • Job training
  • Mental health services
  • Education assistance
  • and more
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This September, Civic Life's Immigrant & Refugee Program will lead the City of Portland in hosting events for the national Welcoming Week celebration. This 10-day celebration serves as a place for new arrivals and long-time residents to find resources and build community. We’ll have more information on this event soon. Check out what we did in 2021!
Ariel view of the banks of the Willamette Cove. Text reads, "Willamette Cove Environmental Field Day. Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Park at N. Crawford and N. Pierce, above Willamette Cove. Discover the science behind environmental cleanups while learning about Willamette Cove! See the cool tools scientists use to sample soil and water. Test your skills with science challenges, Live core sampling demos at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Exploration stations for learning about cove history and cleanup science. Meet the environmental team working at Willamette Cove. First 100 attendees receive free tickets to this year's big float! About Willamette Cove: Willamette Cove is a former industrial site in North Portland along the east bank of the Willamette River. The in-water, shoreline, and upland areas of Willamette Cove require environmental action to address human and ecological health risks from historical industrial contamination."
On Saturday, June 25, join the Bureau of Environmental Services for the Willamette Cove Environmental Field Day event! Get your free tickets on Event Brite. Email or call 503-865-6704 for more information.
A group of people on bicycles. Text reads, "City of Portland 2022 Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente. Join your neighbors and celebrate 2022 Sunday Parkways live events! June 26, Northeast Cully. August 21, East Portland."
Sunday Parkways is returning to live, in-person events for its 15th anniversary! Events will kick off the summer on Sunday, June 26, in Northeast Cully and end on Sunday, August 21, in East Portland. These events open select streets for community members, families, and friends to safely walk, run, bike, and roll along. These routes are traffic-free and connect neighbors to parks, businesses, and other festivities.

PBOT is looking for volunteers, vendors, performers, and nonprofits to help these events succeed! Learn more and get involved with 2022 Sunday Parkways online. 

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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management booths at an outdoor event.
Community Resilience & Capacity-Building Grant
COVID-19 disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, and other Communities of Color, immigrants and refugees, and Disabled people. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is administering the 2022 Community Resilience and Capacity-Building Grant to address the disparate impacts of disasters in these communities. PBEM is looking for applications for projects to address:
  • Earthquake and severe weather education and preparedness for households.
  • Earthquake and severe weather education and preparedness for organizations.
  • Mental health and disaster resilience.
Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on July 1. A total of $300,000 in grants are available. Learn more and apply here.
Text reads, "Party On, Portland! 8/1-8/14."
This summer, Civic Life is helping neighbors host parties in their neighborhoods! Registration is open until July 1 and is free. If you want to throw a party, visit to register! If you have questions, call 3-1-1 or email Let’s party on, Portland! 

Find more information at!
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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.

Noise Review Board (NRB) Acoustic Representative - Closes Monday, June 20

The NRB works to improve neighborhood livability by striking a balance between sound generating activities and the desire for quiet communities. The acoustic representative is essential for the board’s decision making, establishing reasonable mitigation measures, and providing technical recommendations for sound policy and code decisions. Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Portland Clean Energy Community Benefit Fund (PCEF) Committee - Closes Wednesday, June 26
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!

Fair Housing Advocacy Committee (FHAC) - Closes Sunday, July 10
The purpose of FHAC is to be a strong advocate for the implementation of the recommendations in the Fair Housing Plan (FHP) in Multnomah County. Further, the FHAC holds Multnomah County accountable for their actions under the FHP and is currently developing an updated FHP. Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Rental Services Commission (RSC) - Closes Sunday, July 10
The mission of the RSC is to advise the Director of the Portland Housing Bureau, the Housing Commissioner, and the Portland City Council on issues related to landlord-tenant housing regulation and programs, and to provide a forum for public input on the rental housing market. 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 is also the 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!

Northwest Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee - Closes Monday, August 1
The NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee advises PBOT staff on transportation and parking issues and supports transportation options for neighborhood livability and economic vitality to efficiently manage parking and reduce reliance on single-occupancy automobile.
 Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!
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