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Friday, May 24, 2019
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Code Change Storytellers

Through the Code Change 3.96 process, we have heard many stories of how Portlanders come together to make our city better. We have also heard many people's hopes and ideas for better connecting communities to each other and informing decisions that impact their lives. Following are interviews with two Portlanders about their relationship to civic engagement and the code change process.
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Taji Chesimet, Director of Youth Educating Police

Taji Chesimet has been called to civic engagement and leadership since Taji was in middle school. Taji has been involved as a Committee 3.96 member, bringing the experience of a student at De La Salle North Catholic High School, event coordinator at the CENTER, and a former Multnomah Youth Commissioner

>> Read the interview here
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Lul Abdulle, Leader of Portland's Somali Women's Association

Lul Abdulle is the leader of the Portland Somali Women's Association, which operates sewing classes and offers supplies to help give Somali women the ability to generate independent income. This organization offers a way for them to get together and discuss issues that are important to them.

>> Read the interview here

To read the current City Code Chapter 3.96, please find it available here.
Thank you again for joining us on this journey. Visit for more information on the project.

Cannabis Social Equity Grants Due Today!

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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. The deadline is this evening at 11:59pm!

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.

Upcoming Job Postings

The Office of Community & Civic Life is excited to recruit for a number of key positions in the coming months. Following are the positions currently open:

Please also look for the following position openings later this year:

  • Supervisor I, Adapt to Impact 

  • Manager, Partnerships

Do-ers Gathering Recap

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, the Office of Community & Civic Life, the University of Oregon’s Agora Journalism Center, and Portland’s neighborhood coalitions came together on April 24th for a solutions-focused conversation about housing in our city.

You can check out this article from KGW recapping the event here.

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