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Code Change Updates

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Save The Date: April 30, 2019


Civic Life would like to invite Portlanders to a community event. We will be sharing data and information collected from the "Gathering Perspectives and Adding Voices" phase of the Code Change Project.

Civic Life would like to invite communities to share and reflect on what we have learned thus far. This will also be an opportunity for different communities and groups to connect and meet with each other. 

Stay tuned for additional details and information.

Apply for the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC)

"MYC entered my life during a time when the world was filled with such negativity that it was affecting my mental health. I felt alone as if I had no one to talk to about the injustices plaguing our country. I felt I had no way to contribute my voice to protect/fight for my community until I joined MYC. It’s amazing to work with 30 plus youth with different identities... [MYC] has become a safe place for me that has helped me grow into the leader that I am today.

...[created] lifelong relationships that I will forever cherish because the friends that I have made all were there when the world wasn't so bright but fought with me to brighten it again. I love MYC for the space that is has created for the youth of Multnomah County and the City of Portland.”

—Antonia McSwain 
2018-19 Multnomah Youth Commissioner 

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2018-2019 Youth Commissioners. Image courtesy: Multnomah Youth Commission

Multnomah County's Office of Diversity and Equity and City of Portland's Office of Community and Civic Life are recruiting for the 2019-2020 Multnomah Youth Commission.

Please encourage any young person you know who will be between the ages of 13-21 (as of August 1, 2019) to apply. No special skills or experience required; just a passion for making our community a better place. 

Application deadline: April 22, 2019

“MYC is like a second family. Youth are passionate about the work, adults are willing to support. ...[your] voice matters and needs to be heard. Positive and permanent changes are the outcomes of people using their voices to fight for what they believe in. That could be you... Being on the MYC, you can express your thoughts freely, growing and learning every step of the way. You will grow into a leader in which even those in power listen to you...[MYC] is my outlet to express my passion for implementing positive changes... I am challenged every day by other MYCers, and I enjoy being in the presence of youth who are just as okay with making mistakes as I am. We are young and powerful, and our voice matters. As does yours—it’s time to use it.”

—Christina Liu
2018-19 Multnomah Youth Commissioner 

Click here for more information here>>

City of Portland Cannabis Tax Webpage

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Image description: a wooden scrabble rack spelling the word "tax" 

The new webpage for the City of Portland’s Cannabis Tax is up and offers with great information:

  • Information about Ballot Measure 26-180, establishing a 3% tax on recreational cannabis sales

  • A Timeline, Report, and Plan for Portland’s Local Cannabis Tax

  • Information about an upcoming funding opportunity through the Cannabis Social Equity Grant

Visit the Cannabis Tax webpage to learn more>>

Team Civic Life Announcement

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Joey Polanco: Office Support Specialist II Cannabis Program

Joey works at City Hall with the Cannabis team processing cannabis applications and materials; staffing the cannabis public advisory body; assisting business owners and the public by email, over the phone, and at the front desk. He also brings years of task delegation and supervisory experience into this role.

Welcome to the team, Joey!


Access Tip: March 2019

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Animals, Animals Everywhere

This month’s Tip shares the real deal on service and emotional support animals, including what they do, protections for handlers and businesses, and tips for the animal lovers and leavers among us.


... With serious, silly, and strange stories about service animals and emotional support animals making the news lately, it’s no wonder there are lots of questions.

Read More here>>

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

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