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TAKE ACTION (20) Posted January 18, 2018 

1. PROTEST THE MUSLIM & REFUGEE BAN: January 27th, 1pm at Portland International Airport. “January 27th, 2018 is the first anniversary of Trump's Muslim Ban. Trump has labeled our neighbors, community members, and their relatives back home as "a threat" & treated them like "terrorists." He reduced the number of refugee arrivals from 110,000 to only 45,000 this fiscal year. We will honor individual community members who have been affected by this un-American action at this peaceful event. I urge ALL Americans to join us and show your support! Bring your friends, families and signs!” https://www.facebook.com/events/152767922024758/158708761430674/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1515655288830703

2. Metro Housing Strategy Table: Initial meeting of the group is taking place on January 30th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Metro Council Chambers, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland. “This meeting is open to the public, and we welcome any interested EPAP members to attend. After consideration of the [‘Housing Strategy Table’] make-up, it was decided that there would not be an EPAP representative on the committee because it is primarily made up of industry, non-profit and governmental entities, and no other neighborhood or community groups are represented”.  Metro Housing Strategy Table includes 30 members, some of which have previously been mistakenly identified as a “community group” and two of which have identifiable ties to East Portland. “However, any thoughts, comments, or concerns are always welcome from EPAP and will be shared with Metro COO, Metro Council, and the Steering Table participants.”

3. Portland Housing Bureau Bond Oversight Committee: Join Mayor Wheeler and the PHB team share your ideas and learn about progress creating affordable homes: February 1, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at IRCO Community Room, 10301 NE Glisan St.  Click here for meeting agendas and materials. Accommodations, Childcare and Interpretation available on request, Michelle DePass: Michelle.DePass@portlandoregon.gov. Sign up here to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related updates. 

4. Multnomah County Community Involvement Committee: The Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement is currently accepting applications for a vacancy on the Community Involvement Committee (CIC). Applications should be submitted no later than 5pm on February 5, 2018 to meet the first review deadline. Step 1: Complete the online application; Step 2: Email your nomination letter to community.involvement@multco.us. You can view a sample nomination letter here. The CIC is a group of 15 volunteers from throughout Multnomah County who advise the county on timely, equitable and inclusive civic participation in county policy, and facilitate communication between the public and county government. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and county departments on opportunities for community engagement and removing barriers to participation. Read more about the CIC. There is currently an opening for an at large member - at large members must be residents of Multnomah County and be nominated by an incorporated community organization.

5. City of Portland Better Housing by Design Project Open House: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m., 9955 NE Glisan Street (Ride Connection Office). When the Discussion Draft comes out on January 22nd, we hope you’ll take the time to review the draft code changes and let us know how effective you think they will be. The Discussion Draft will include a revised set of multi-dwelling zones and proposals that address topics such as housing options and affordability, outdoor spaces, and building and site design. Your feedback will help us identify issues and potential unintended consequences in the draft code. Your comments at this stage will come to staff, who will weigh them against other input and the City’s goals and policies. Later stages of the project will include hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission (in the early Summer) and then City Council (in the Fall), so you’ll be able to testify at those points. You can view the Better Housing by Design Concept Report, which serves as the basis for the draft zoning code amendments, here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/index.cfm?&c=73945. We will send you send you an update when the Discussion Draft is posted online and ready for review.  You can also check for updates on the project News and Updates page:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71905. For more information on the Better Housing by Design project, see: Project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing. Contact: Bill Cunningham, 503-823-4203, betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov.

6. Multnomah County Commission for Economic Dignity (MCCED): This is the community action board for federal anti-poverty programs in Multnomah County. Those interested in joining the MCCED can apply online here. For more information, call 503-988-8109 or e-mail: communityaction@multco.us and learn how to get involved and make a difference by lending your voice to people experiencing poverty in Multnomah County.

7. Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Program is Recruiting Host Organizations: Host an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the service year of August 2018- August 2019. We will be holding an open house to go over the process to apply and hear your concepts for potential projects, Thursday, January 25, from 10am-11:30am. at Mercy Corps Northwest, Learn more here. VISTA members build the capacity of organizations, delivering new innovations to end poverty in Oregon. We hope to recruit between seven and nine organizations for this cohort. Deadline for proposals is Friday, March 2 We're able to support projects that are focused on Economic Opportunity including: Housing access, job skills training, microenterprise, IDA programs, financial literacy, and other community development initiatives. Projects must meet the following criteria, at minimum: Must be focused exclusively on low income populations; Must be indirect service only (focused on capacity building rather than meeting immediate needs); and Must develop or expand programs or initiatives. If you have any interest or questions it'd be excellent to hear from you. More information on our program can be found at: http://www.mercycorpsnw.org/community/vista/.

8. Portlanders Stand With Refugees: March 16th at 6 PM at East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Free. Please join us as we come together to welcome, honor, heal, and celebrate. This will be a fun evening of LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES about what it means to be a refugee, immigrant, and Muslim in Portland. There will also be performances of different cultural music and dances. We will have food carts on site serving throughout the evening. We invite you to have dinner here in the outdoor courtyard. We welcome all Portlanders, of all ages, especially refugee and immigrant families.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this event as great as possible. We hope to have volunteers who can set up (starting at 2:30pm) and volunteers who can help out during the event (6-9 pm), as well as volunteers who can tear down afterwards (staying approximately until 9:30pm). If you are interested in volunteering in any of these time slots, please contact Som Subedi at som.subedi@portlandoregon.gov.

9. Register to Vote: You can register to vote or update your voter registration online! Visit oregonvotes.gov/myvote. Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to be able to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand elections rules, and know who to ask for help. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=56136&a=658375