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This month, we are happy to share events celebrating Black History Month, invite you to a community conversation about the Portland Engagement Project, highlight our SE Uplift programs and projects, and point you to some events in SE Portland.

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The theme of this year’s Black History Month proclamation is “Black Resistance.” Watch the Feb. 8 Portland City Council proclamation to declare February 2023 as Black History Month.
"The Black voice refuses to be silenced. As a people we will continue to rise, evolve, and elevate to higher heights and levels with no regard for the literal and figurative hurdles that have been set before us for generations. Our truth and voices cannot be muted; our voices are powerful, influential, and encouraging, and our truth writes the real narrative of the Black experience."

- February 2023 Black History Month proclamation by the City African American Network.

Flowers for Black Elders 

Jan 27-Feb 26, 2023 | gallery hours | 15 SE 22nd Ave | Free

Flowers for Black Elders is a multimedia oral history and financial reparations project by City of Portland artists-in-residence Onry and Joni Whitworth. Onry, one of the only Black male professional opera singers in the Pacific Northwest, honors five musical mentors who influenced and paved the way for his career. The exhibition features portraits of each elder, taken by photographer Brett Brown, and oral history interviews, recorded by Joni Whitworth. The project documents the stories of Black musicians in Portland.

Black History Festival NW

February 1 - March 4, 2023
Various events and locations.
More info here.

Hosted by World Stage Theatre, the mission of Black History Festival NW is to celebrate, honor, and elevate the rich tapestry of the African Diaspora in the pacific northwest through arts, education, and advocacy. There are both free and ticketed events all month long.

Learn and celebrate with plays, educational displays at libraries, drag shows, and more! Sponsored in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Meyer Memorial Trust Justice for Black Lives Oregon, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, New Music USA, and the City of Portland. Register for events. 

Multnomah County Libraries Uplift Black Voices

Discover Black history through newspapers with an informative post from Multnomah County Libraries, including links to the libraries where you can find these historic collections. "Newspapers are essentially the time capsules of society, and from them, you can learn a great deal about the everyday lives of Black people who lived in the past. I've learned so much about the history of Black people in Oregon that was never taught in school," says Lanel Jackson, Black Cultural Library Advocate (BCLA) library assistant.’  

See also a list of “Top 5 books about Black Resistance for kids and teens.” 


Attend a Virtual Listening Session About the Future of Civic Engagement in Our City 
Monday, March 6, 2023 | 6:30-7:30pm | RSVP for the Zoom Link Below

How do YOU want to influence the City of Portland? 
Join your friends and neighbors and the Portland Engagement Project’s listening partner Pregame for a session to gather your input on three key questions that will inform the city on ways to build a better engagement structure to serve all Portlanders:
  • If you need to tell the City something, or get information from the City, are you happy with your options?
  • What is your idea for how the City could communicate better with you?
  • How would you like to be involved with the City’s decisions and direction?
The Portland Engagement Project (PEP) is designed to hear from all Portlanders how the City of Portland can build upon existing successful engagement practices and improve our civic processes. 

Updates and Opportunities in the Transition to a New City Government

Here’s how you can get involved as we approach Portland’s first election using ranked-choice voting to elect three city councilors to each of four geographic districts starting in November of 2024.

City Council Takes Steps to Prepare for New Form of Government

The City’s two dozen bureaus are now grouped in “service areas” that work together to serve the community. This month, the City Council passed a resolution establishing 90-day action plans for each service area and delegating leadership and responsibility for the transition to Chief Administrative Officer Michael Jordan. Bureau directors will work with CAO Jordan to develop an organizational structure that makes the most of Portland’s new form of government.  

Read the resolution or watch the City Council meeting.

Neighborhood Profiles Show Economic and Livability Data

With the government structure changing, the City of Portland needs data to help inform Portlanders, community advocates, and elected leaders seeking solutions and resources. Civic Life partnered with Portland State University’s Population Research Center to collect and package data from the 2020 Census and other sources in 94 data-rich neighborhood profiles and one citywide profile, and are now building a user-friendly, searchable database that will launch later this year. Read more.



New community committees are forming at SE Uplift! Stay tuned next month for how you can to join our Civic Engagement and Climate justice Action Committees! 

Houselessness Action Committee (HAC)
Join your neighbors for the SE Uplift HAC, which meets online monthly every fourth Monday at 5:30pm. Learn more here about this exchange forum and action catalyst.  

Land Use & Transportation Committee (LUTC)
The LUTC meets online every third Monday at 7pm. In March: The Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project team will be presenting on the Environmental Impact Statement. Learn more here about the new Burnside Bridge scheduled to begin construction in 2025, affordable housing initiative updates, and more. 

Utility Art Box Project Featured Artist: Kristie Winther

Last month, we shared with you the second in our four-part series that showcases artists who collaborated with SE Uplift and the Bureau of Environmental Services on a pilot project to transform stormwater utility equipment boxes into educational, watershed themed works of art. Here’s the latest installment. Go see it! 

Artist:  Kristie Winther | SE 35th + Division | Richmond Neighborhood 

“The goal of this mural design is to bring an appreciation for native plants as an important resource, through their role in maintaining a healthy watershed. These plants help rainwater soak into the ground and help slow erosion, which is beneficial for wildlife and humans. The plants and animals in this design are all native to Oregon and include Camas, Penstemon, Fireweed, Oregon sunshine, Baldhip rose, Western starflower, Spleenwort maidenhair fern, and Western oak fern. The butterfly is a clouded sulphur, and the fish included are Chinook Salmon, Pacific eulachon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead trout.” - Kristie Winther 

Meet A Grantee: East Portland Collective 

Exhibit Viewing: Feb. 3 – 11
Location: 9101 SE Foster Road, Suite 1B, Portland 97266 

Our neighbors in Woodstock, Mount Scott-Arleta, Brentwood Darlington, and Foster Powell are invited to take a short walk to this Winter Lights Festival event hosted by the East Portland Collective (EPC). The EPC with the support of aforementioned surrounding SE Uplift neighborhoods created a UV/Glow-in-the-Dark exhibition for the Portland Winter Light Festival in Lents Town Center. Led by visual artist Yathzi Turcot and facilitated by East Portland Collective (EPC), this mural was a free collaborative art experience for the whole community designed to bring people together to talk about their futures, aspirations, and dreams.


Report Trash or Graffiti 

  • Call 311 for the City's general information hotline 

  • Call 503-823-4000, Mon – Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  (translation services available) 

Report broken, damaged or overflowing trash cans here. More info available here.  

Graffiti Removal Official City of Portland seal. The image depicts Portlandia holding her trident backdropped by mountain and river, accompanied by the text 'City of Portland, Oregon 1851'

Find all of the City of Portland's resources to help with graffiti removal in one convenient location. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete an online report or request. Report graffiti, request a free graffiti removal kit, or request help with graffiti removal.  


Get Help with Eviction Legal Defense 

The Eviction Legal Defense Program provides eviction legal defense services to low-income tenants facing eviction. This service is available to renters in Portland and managed by the Portland Housing Bureau. To apply, call 888-585-9638 or email  

Annual Report from Multnomah County Auditor’s Office 

TheMultnomah County Logo 2022 Annual Report from Multnomah County Auditor’s Office finds solid financial health at the county. Report highlights include worse conditions for adults in custody at the county jail who are Black and/or have mental health conditions, difficulty accessing isolation support services, and improved oversight of contracted services at the Joint Office of Homeless Services. The report emphasizes the importance of accountability and transparency in county government, with a 2023 audit schedule including a countywide equity audit. To invite County Auditor Jennifer McGuirk to attend or speak at a meeting, fill out this form.


Portland Winter Light Festival: The Light of Stars  

Fri 2/10 - Sat 2/11 | 6-10pm 

Maps I Bike Routes
Group Rides I Portland Streetcar 

Brooklyn Movie Night:
The Big Lebowski

Aladdin Theater | 2/13 | 6-9:30pm

Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian American and Xenophobic Harassment 

Multnomah County Library + Asian Americans Advancing Justice + Right To Be 

2/15 | 6-7 pm | Zoom Registration  

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Share Fair

2/26 | 10am-2pm | 832 SE Salmon Street

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