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Women's History Month


2019 marks thirty-two years of Women’s History Month in existence. Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week in 1980. This year’s theme according to the National Women’s History Alliance  is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Non-violence.”

In keeping with this year’s theme, we are sharing stories of Portland women as champions of peace and non-violence, and catalysts for change in our communities. These women are high school seniors advocating for gun safety in schools, members of social justice-oriented youth outreach collectives and much-needed role models in our communities.

Pride Northwest

Pride Northwest festival on South Waterfront
Pride Northwest festival on South Waterfront. Image courtesy: Pride Northwest

[...]From the very first Pride marches in 1970, we have celebrated our identity and demonstrated the strength of our people...

Words by: Debra Porta, MPA
Executive Director, Pride Northwest, Inc.

Pride Northwest are winners of the 2018 Spirit of Portland Award and best known for the annual Portland Pride Festival.


Read more here>>

Faith Pauken

Faith Pauken holding a microphone at the 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards.
Faith Pauken during the 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards.
Image by Justin Katigbak and Nikki DeLeon for 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in peoples’ lives.”
— Michelle Obama

As women, we have been culturally conditioned to invest our self-worth in social media likes, catcalls, and in what we wear. Our virtue is judged by a willingness to follow rather than to lead; self-sacrifice as the barometer of strength and resilience...


Words by: Faith Pauken

Faith is a 2018 Spirit of Portland award recipient. And is a senior at Lincoln High School who formed the “Never Again Club,” in response to the Parkland shooting to advocate for safer schools.

Read more here>>

Amira Tripp Folsom

Amira Tripp Folsom at a podium.
Image courtesy: The Center Youth Collective

[What] I have been focusing on is community outreach and organizing tactics through the organization Oregon Youth for Gun Reform as an executive member of the Community Committee...

Words by: Amira Tripp Folsom

Amira is a 2018 Spirit of Portland Award winner and part of the CENTER Youth Collective. It stands for “Create. Engage. Notice. Teach. Empower. Remember.”—a social justice-oriented youth outreach center in North Portland.

Read more here>>

Involvement in Action: City Council Agenda Communications 

Portland City Hall

Are you interested in sharing an innovative idea with our elected officials? Would you like to bring your or your organization’s positive work in the community to City Council’s attention? Do you want to bring a particular issue or topic to the Council’s attention?


You are in luck! Each week City of Portland Council meetings begin with community “Communications.” Community Communications offer a unique opportunity for community voices to be heard in Council Chambers on Wednesday mornings.


Interested? Click here for more information>>

Upcoming Events

Mary Tompkins with friends at 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards
Mary Tompkins (right) with friends at 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards. Image courtesy: Mary Tompkins

2019 CICP Awards Luncheon


Mary Tompkins, a Crime Prevention Coordinator with Civic Life Crime Prevention Program is being honored at this year's Construction Industry Crime Prevention (CICP) Awards with the Partnership Award for her work on the Grant High School Project.

This award will honor the collaboration between our Crime Prevention team, Andersen Colas Construction, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Public Schools, Portland Police Bureau, and Safeguard Security. 

Crime Prevention program has been partnering with CICP for nearly two years. This partnership has been a great way to help community members get involved in the prevention of crime at construction sites.

Congratulations, Mary!

Access Tip: February 2019

Two golden retriever puppies in bright green grass.

February: Demystifying Disability Language

This month, we tackle the age-old question, “What should I say?!” The answer just might surprise you.


...We know that words matter. Words can convey respect and a desire to connect or dismiss someone’s perspective or very humanity. We use our words to tear each other down and build each other up.

Read More here>>

Civic Life online events calendar
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Civic Life – BAC Meeting
When: Monday, March 18, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Lovejoy Room Portland OR 97204


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

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