How to help fix Portland Police directives, and a closer look at police profiling

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The last day for the public to comment on several Portland Police Bureau directives under review is tomorrow, Thursday, September 21.

Dan Handelman, with Portland Copwatch, thinks the most important fix concerns the definition of profiling in Directive 344.05, Bias-Based Policing/Profiling Prohibited (a link to the draft).

Handelman wrote: “#1 issue should be fixing the ‘Bias Based Policing’ Directive so it either pulls out the word ‘solely’ or says ‘solely or primarily’ when describing why an officer taking police action should not rely on a person’s race, religion, gender, etc.”

From Directive 344.05 (the strike-through phrases are previous changes):

Profiling: A form of bias-based policing, wherein a law enforcement officer targets an individual for suspicion of violating a provision of law based solely on the individual’s real or perceived age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, homelessness or disability real or perceived factor of the individual’s protected classification, unless the officer is acting on a suspect description or information related to an identified or suspected violation of a provision of law.

PPB broadened the definition of biased-based policing in the draft based (by also removing soley) on a suggestion from Copwatch, and Handelman suggested that the definition of profiling match.

Follow this link for a complete list of the directives under review, make comments, and to get email notifications when other directives are posted for review.

The link to submit comments on Directive 344.05 is broken. Both Handelman and I asked PPB to fix it, but neither of us got a response. He recommended using this link to comment.

Directives are the more than 100 official documents that are “the foundation of PPB operations”, according to its website. The directives are formally written, and seem far removed from the intensity and high stakes of policing, but changes in wording can make the difference in how PPB officers interact with the public.

PPB directive oversight

Handelman said the project has commented on over 100 of the directives since it started in 2013. PPB directives are up for review every two years, major ones singled out in the 2014 Department of Justice agreement can be subject to review every six months to a year.

PPB is more open to clerical errors than broad policy changes, he said, but he noted a few important changes that came from the accountability groups that track the directives:

  • in the draft Deadly Force Directive they had written guidelines for the Public Information Officer where in one place they were told not to release the criminal history (if any) of the person shot by police, but in another it said affirmatively to do so. They fixed that after we wrote in (1010.10).
  • the Citizen Review Committee (CRC) asked that they put de-escalation first in their Use of Force policy, and the Bureau did so (1010.00).
  • the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild and Oregon Lawyers for Good Government put forward a number of proposed changes to the Crowd Control Directive including language from court rulings about police actions having to be “objectively reasonable” that got incorporated. (PCW also had some suggestions that were adopted as well.) (635.10)

Police profiling 

The bill outlawing police profiling was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on July 8th, 2015, and went into effect January 1st, 2016.

A report from the Work Group on the Prevention of Profiling by Law Enforcement was presented to the State Legislature on December 1, 2015.

Profiling based on “the individual’s age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, homelessness or disability” was outlawed, and the bill mandated a reporting / complaint system and tracking of police stops for each of the state’s law enforcement agencies.

More data is better than no data, I suppose, but it’s impossible to prove or disprove a police officer’s motivation based on complaints or a broad racial percentages of stops.

Handelman addressed the topic in his original 3,100 word comment to PPB: “The reality is, sometimes officers see a person and pull them over and then sometimes decide to explain the stop by relying on a traffic or equipment violation– but sometimes no reason at all is given.”

I asked him specifically if he knew how each stop was tracked.

“I don’t think the exact reason for every stop is part of the screen that officers have to fill out. They have to say ‘City Code, Equipment, License, Major Violation, Minor Violation or other.'”

“They track the race of each driver or pedestrian. They’ve been throwing out a lot of pedestrian data claiming the stops were ‘mere conversation’ and we’ve been trying to get them to keep those data. (After all, if a cop disproportionately goes up to African American Portlanders to ‘chat’ that is a form of profiling.)”

PPB compiles Stops Data Collection Quarterly Reports, but tracking the race of those stopped doesn’t give any information on the legitimacy of the stops.

Bias isn’t always conscious, so a better idea, I think, would be to require police to cite a specific reason why they made a stop rather than choose from a list of options.

Copwatch

The Portland Copwatch webpage has a good history of the group’s events, reports on PPB shootings, and information on the City of Portland’s agreement with the Department of Justice. Also included is list of all the fatal shootings by PPB since 1992.

I think Copwatch does a good job tracking the progress of police accountability. Not all of what they share is as technical as comments on directives, but it’s all important and worth following. Some can make a strong case that the entire system of policing is broken, but if you’re an advocate for reform, Copwatch is worth supporting.

Handelman said concerned citizens can contact them through their webpage to get on their email list. He said they need to screen people to make sure some things don’t go out to the media.

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This weekend

What seems to be a new coalition is calling for equity from the City of Portland in transportation spending for communities of color and low income people. The Climate Justice Collaborative specifically criticizes a proposed linear park in inner Portland called the Green Loop.

In a letter to City Council members the group writes: “the Green Loop fails to meet even the simplest understanding of equity, one of the five guiding principles of your Comprehensive Plan. All the while, numerous areas outside of the City core lack even the most basic pedestrian and bike safety infrastructure.”

Demanding equity in the City of Portland’s transportation spending is an important issue, and what is especially heartening and first caught my attention is the mighty coalition of groups backing the initiative: APANO, Coalition of Communities of Color, Native American Youth & Family Center, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, PAALF, Portland African American Leadership Forum, and Verde. Ally organizations include Oregon Walks, Green Lents, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

I first learned of the issue from a Bike Portland article. It’s great they brought the issue to light, but the article is somewhat dismissive of what he calls activists’ “grumbling”. Bike Portland Publisher / Editor Jonathan Maus wrote that got push back from his transportation sources, and that they didn’t even want him to publish the letter. He did reach out to all the City Council members who expressed support for the CJC’s demands.

Citing history and current attitudes, achieving that equity in the built environment is going to be an uphill battle for sure. One of the things the CJC wants is outreach to communities like those in East Portland, so let’s start now: is there a certain intersection that you think needs improvement?

FRIDAY

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Detroit, Wonder Woman, Network (1976), and four other second run movies are playing this weekend at Academy Theater. You don’t have to wait until Sunday when the rains roll in Sunday see a movie.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * adults $4, seniors and children $3

SATURDAY

The Malden Court Community Orchard, a project of Green Lents, is hosting their monthly work party (Facebook page). Wear work clothes, and they will provide coffee, snacks, gloves, and instruction. This month:

“Jonathan Brandt is going to lead a workshop at the beginning of the work party about Pest and Disease Management and Orchard Maintenance. Tool shed construction is continuing, blackberries need to be removed, strawberry beds need maintaining, and more! Come join us and see what you can contribute to our beautiful neighborhood green space.”

7677 SE 87th Ave * 9 am – noon 

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Aquifer Adventure (more information and how to volunteer here) is an outreach effort from Portland Water Bureau to encourage businesses and individuals to prevent chemical spills that could pollute aquifer water in the wellhead protection area that runs between the Columbia River and I-84 from 82nd Ave east to Wood Village.  The Columbia South Shore Well Field is the secondary drinking water source for over 900,000 Oregonians.

“Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater!  Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure – not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet!  Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids!”

There’ll be free canoe rides, face painting, hands-on science activities, ice cream aquifers, and food for sale from Mixteca Catering.

Portland Water Bureau Launch, 16650 NE Airport Way * noon – 4 pm 

SUNDAY

In cooperation with Wildflower Baking, Blank Slate, a new bar on Glisan, is hosting a brunch pop up that benefits the Vestal School PTA.

Blank Slate,  7201 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 2 pm 

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The Festival of Nations, sponsored by the Division Midway Alliance is being held Sunday. Over 50 vendors, a model train exhibit, and cultural entertainment will be present. For photos of performers visit divisionmidway.org.

Duke’s Bar & Grill, 14601 SE Division St * 11 am – 5 pm

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Both the Montavilla and Lent Farmers Market are open Sundays!

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

 

September MNA board meeting

Most of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting on Monday, September 11 revolved around preparations for the election of new members on October 9th, including who would be eligible.

Based on a suggestion from the elections board, the MNA board decided to have a general meeting before the election so neighbors who wanted to vote could be eligible.

There was also a signup sheet sent around to organize a homeless sweeps forum. MNA vice chair Michael Sonnleitner, who said he won’t be running for another term, said that the homeless sweeps resolution stands, but could be amended.

Board members and City of Portland officials both agreed that that the MNA anti-sweeps resolution are only a policy suggestion. Mayor Ted Wheeler said homeless camps are addressed based on citizen complaints.

There will be an entirely new board in October, and they’re hoping to have eleven members total. Five board members will be elected for a two-year term, and six for one-year term, so there won’t be an entirely new board every year. The two year positions will be filled first.

5:00 – One neighbor was concerned about being filmed at the meeting, but the neighbor filming said neighborhood association meetings are subject to state open meetings laws permitting video and audio recordings.

The MNA has money, Sonnleitner said with a chuckle: $2,705.20  in its checking account; and $6,603.56 in the savings account.

The MNA will need to submit receipts to Southeast Uplift by September 30th to be reimbursed for expenses. $500 was authorized for MNA promotion materials like t-shirts and buttons three or four months ago, but no action was taken. The board added another $500 for both election outreach and promotional materials, to be spent before the SEUL deadline.

1:04:35 – A pair of Portland Police Bureau officer attended the meeting. The first question from the crowd was about homeless sweeps, and they said they didn’t know much about them.

The officers said in the past few months they’ve “taken strides” to deal with RVs that are health hazards and / or selling drugs. Across Portland, they said car thefts and car prowls are still a significant problem. The Oregon State Legislature decriminalized possession of most drugs, “so a lot is out of our hands” one of the officers said.

1:16:00 – A neighbor complained about hate speech at the rally at Montavilla Park this spring, and said they were harassed by police. The neighbor, Briar Rose, a transgendered woman, made a social media post saying they were harassed. They said there’s a trend of harassment towards transgendered neighbors.

1:27:15 – One neighbor said that even though it pissed a lot of people off, the MNA homeless resolution got people involved. She said that at this point, neighbors need to calm down and work together.

One neighbor offered to include JOIN, a day shelter at 1435 NE 81st Ave in Montavilla.

Anther neighbor said that since Portland has such high employment rates, it’s harder for homeless folk to get traditional jobs. A solution could be community-based employment job opportunities, a program that could be developed in the neighborhood.

1:48:10 – Based on uncertainty around eligibility, one neighbors read the rules on who can be a MNA member. A discussion followed.

Son said that in order to be a MNA member you must attend a meeting and sign in personally. He said he was told online registration isn’t allowed, though Angela Todd with Montavilla Initiative said an Office of Neighborhood Involvement representative said she could. The MI has started an initiative to register neighbors for the election online.

I’ll reach out to ONI and inquire about the conflicting reports about registering neighbors to vote. The board also said ONI will also be submitting information on how to register neighbors who don’t have a permanent address.

 

This weekend

Fall means elections for both the Lents and Montavilla Neighborhood Associations.

There’s a MNA general meeting this week on Monday, Sept 11. The meeting’s agenda is here. At the meeting you can register, giving you the opportunity to vote in the October elections.

If you missed the last meeting, the audio is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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In Lents, there’s a Pre-Election Candidate Meet & Greet on Sept 12. I’ll be going and will write a piece about the candidates if you’re unable to attend.

KingPins Portland, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 6:30 pm

FRIDAY

Uplift, Understand, Upskill Young Pacific Islanders at Midland Library (event):

“This is a storytelling event created for youth to share a space not only to listen but to exchange stories, narratives, and experiences in hopes to uplift, understand, and upskill each other. Our mission is to break the barriers of Pacific Islander youth by interchanging stories to help us realize our validity and get motivated to go above and beyond with schools and/or with our communities. 

In this event, we will be highlighting stories of the lifestyles of other young Pacific Islander students. Please feel free to invite your friends, families, and community members to join us listening and sharing our own narratives.”

Midland Branch Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3:30 pm – 5 pm 
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On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there’s always live music at Montavilla Station.
Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9:30 pm * free

 

SATURDAY

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Taste of Latino America at Portland Mercado!

“Support more than 20 Latino start-ups while taking part in the food, drinks, and cultural activities from across Mexico, Central America, South America & the Caribbean Islands. Bring your familia out for a day of live music, dancing, art, kids activities, an open air bar, and more!”

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International Literacy Day @ Midland Library:

“First come, first served.

Get help with:

  • Reading
  • Citizenship
  • GED preparation
  • Learning English

Meet over 15 community groups, including:

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 

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8th Annual Neerchokikoo Powwow & Community Honoring Ceremony (event):

“The Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. … Each year the event honors members of our community for their contributions to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders.”
11 am: Community Honoring Ceremony
1 pm: Grand Entry
6 pm: Community Meal
7 pm Grand Entry
Native American Youth and Family Center, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 11 am – 10 pm
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Ascension Church is hosting an even with DePave. According to their website, they will be ripping up 3,200 square feet of asphalt to make way for a garden and trees. There’ll be live music and lunch provided. For more details, visit the invitation.
The organization is always looking for projects if you now a location that would benefit from trading pavement for green space.
Ascension Church, 743 SE 76th Ave * 8:45 am – 3 pm 

SUNDAY

One of the market volunteers wrote a nice piece about the current vendors and produce available at the Montavilla Farmers Market. Market music with solo guitarist Art Viloria ( Nuevo Flamenco and Latin Jazz music).

 

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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There are four musical groups at the Lents International Farmers Market this Sunday (calendar for details) and the cooking class for this month: “Building Healing Soups & Sipping Broths with Tressa Yellig of Broth Bar Learn how to make bone broth with Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Broth Bar, Tressa Yellig.”

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

This weekend

Most of last week’s events were around Lents, and this week the fun moves north.

FRIDAY

No automatic alt text available.There’s a group art show at Milepost 5 tonight hosted by Madisyn DelPorto. The description from the Facebook invitation:

“This will be a party for the FDJ (FunkyDeathtime Jamz) book release! 

AND a Collaborative Exhibit that will include all types of cacophony and performance ♥

~The exhibit will collect the bittersweetness of turmoil & triumph– and weave them together into a loose, non-linear narrative~

This will be my first show in Portland. I will be performing some of my comics, music with PolymerWitch, and (!!!) Emma Wilson AKA Ladyprince– will be coming all the way from SLC to share an interactive performance. 

If you’re lucky, she will also get your booties Shakin’ to some fucky-Deathtime jamzz!!

Come see the work, admire some trash, and buy some merch– with a bunch of friendly queers, artist-nerds and other folk! ✨”

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6:30 pm – 10 pm 

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It’s the last First Friday of the summer on SE Stark and East Glisan! Find a list of participating businesses on the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association here including live according at Cactus (7910 SE Stark St); $20 readings / consultation at Invoke (414 SE 81st Ave), and free art classes at Portland Metro Arts (9003 SE Stark St).

It’s also your last chance to get stickers for your First Friday passports before the drawing for the “basket of Montavilla treats valued at upwards of $500”.

70s & 80s Aves of SE Stark & SE Glisan * 5 pm – 8 pm 

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)” in Mt. Scott Park! Dan Balmer Trio (Jazz) opens the show.

Mt. Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave & Southeast Harold St * music @ 6:30 pm, movie @ dusk * free

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SATURDAY

There’s a Park Rose street fair put on by the Paying It Forward Store and Gilhooligans Bar & Grill (the flyer from last week was rad as well):

Gilhooligans Bar & Grill, back parking lot, 10810 NE Sandy Blvd * 10 am – 8 pm * free

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Partnering with the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, the City of Portland’s movies in the park comes to Montavilla Park. This year’s movie is “Beauty and the Beast” (the 2017 version).

There’s also live music by POPgoji (Soul meets Brazillian beats). They’re so high spirited I had to embed the video:

Montavilla Park, Glisan & 82nd * music @ 6:30 pm, movie @ dusk * free

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SUNDAY

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Both the Montavilla and Lent Farmers Market are open Sundays!

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Live Irish music at O’Neill Public House:

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 2 pm: Irish Slow Jam * 7:30 pm: TBA; 9:30 pm: Irish traditional session * free

This weekend

There’s somewhat of an activist spirit brewing in East Portland’s neighborhood associations.

A new group called the Montavilla Initiative has been formed, and the Lents Neighborhood Association had a contentious meeting last week. Can anything good come from these conflicts?

At the LNA meeting, I couldn’t gather anything about the issue being discussed from social media, only that both board members and critics were concerned about process. There’s a parallel at the MNA: some neighbors are concerned that the rules aren’t being followed, and these disagreements seem to get personal quickly.

Seeing so much conflict between neighbors is troubling, and the drama keeps a lot of people from participating. But hopefully everyone can respect their opponents for their decision to get involved when so many do not. NAs are democratic, and thus political, so there will be winners and losers. But a renewed commitment to mutual respect and process, along with transparency, could help calm the waters.

MNA special meeting (meeting agenda)

Townshend’s Montavilla Teahouse, 7040 SE Stark St * 6:30 pm – 8 pm 

 

FRIDAY

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can always find live music at Montavilla Station.

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm – 1 am * free 

 

SATURDAY

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Saturday is the 10th annual Johnson Creek Cleanup. Last year volunteers removed more than five tons of trash from seven miles of the creek that runs through Southeast Portand. BBQ from noon – 2 pm. The first 100 to arrive get a free t-shirt.

Register and find more info here.

Mill Park, 6201 SE Overland St * 8:30 am – 2 pm 
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Lents School Community Care Day!
From the Facebook invitation: “Join us to beautify the grounds of Lent School. We will be doing weeding, cleaning, and other projects to prepare the school for the new school year.”
The school district will donate $700 to the Lents PTA if 50 community members attend!
Lents Elementary School, 5105 SE 97th Ave * 9 am – noon

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Part two of the fourth annual Jade International Night Market is tonight. Last year, 20,000 attended, enjoying two stages of entertainment, food vendors, and a beer garden. Register here if you’d live to volunteer.

From the Facebook invitation:

“Come to one of both to enjoy international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and East Portland.”

Portland Community College, ASPCC Southeast, 2305 82nd SE Ave * 5 pm – 10 pm * free

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Black story time with food:

“Come join us for an exciting storytime featuring themes of food growth and preparation, and nutrition-related activities. We will read fun picture books and participate in a gardening activity together.

Mudbone Grown will join us as a special guest to discuss how to put your garden to bed. A nutrition educator will also be available as a representative of OSU Extension Service Snap-Ed program. There will be a prepared sample to try and the first 20 families will receive a door prize to take home. Registration is required for this event.”

 

Registration is required (register here) and as of Thursday evening, there are nine seats left.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm * free

SUNDAY

Both the Montavilla and Lent Farmers Market are open Sundays…

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

 

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Experience the food, dance, and faith of the Middle East at the 40th annual Middle East Festival. There’s a Romana concert at 2 pm and 4 pm, traditional dance at 3 pm and 5 pm, childrens activities, a silent auction, and a church tour. 
St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Ave * noon – 7 pm 
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Sunday is a benefit for The Pay It Forward Store, a monthly pop up charity in East Portland. It’s held on the first Saturday of the month at Living Hope Baptist Church, 3130 SE 148th Ave, from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. From their website:

“There is no qualifications needed. If you are having hardship, come on out and see what we might have that you could use. We only ask that you Pay It Forward one day when you are able to. If you would like to give back to us, you are more than welcome to volunteer at one of our events. We do provide 4 bags per person that is present at the event.”

Gilhooligans Bar & Grill, 10810 NE Sandy Blvd * 5 pm – 9 pm * donation or $5 * all ages

 

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The second to last time I got off at the 82 MAX station, I had to fight the urge to grab a broom and sweep up a bit. Dirty public spaces can’t be great for civic morale, so it was awesome to see the area cleaned up and this artist hard at work.

I didn’t take note of his name, but he told me the mural represents people and organizations in the neighborhood. How many can you identify? I got three: APANO, NAYA, and Olive & Dingo. He said he’ll send me photos when it’s completed.

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There is just about too much happening this weekend in East Portland– especially Saturday. I won’t rank them by importance, but will put them in an order that gives you a a chance to hit all of them, if you are a beast of a social butterfly.

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There was a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting Monday. At issue was whether the four board member removed for improper process would be reinstated by the two remaining board members. Only Jonathan Ogden was reinstated, giving the board the three members required.

You can listen to the meeting here, though some of the voices aren’t entirely clear. Thanks to Benjamin Kerensa for making the recording.

There was also a presentation by Portland Assembly, (beginning @ 1:10:00) and their plan to organize neighbors to respond to community problems without having to contact the police. At 1:23:30, Sarah from PA talks about what she’d do instead of calling the police if she saw someone assaulted.

Between the presentation by the PA, and the homeless sweeps resolution, a group of neighbors are concerned about what they think is a an activist takeover of the NA. So we now have another Montavilla Facebook Group, the Montavilla Initiative.

FRIDAY

Movies in the Park! “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in Harney Park. Live music from Oleada (Cumbia, psicodelica, chicha, dub, rock) opens the evening.

Harney Park, SE 67th and Harney St *music @ 6:30 pm, movie @ dusk * free 

SATURDAY

There is simply too much happening to enjoy this weekend in East Portland– especially Saturday. I won’t rank them by importance, but will put them in an order that gives you an opportunity to hit all of them. If you are a beast of a social butterfly.

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Here’s a short film we did on the PDX Soap Box Car Derby. Out of all the awesome Portland events, this one is my favorite. (The video contains foul language and boxed-wine fueled shenanigans).

It’s non-commercial, grassroots, DIY goodness. Some car builders design for speed, others for artistry… You’ll see a ton of families with kids, plenty of day drinking, both enjoying the spectacle on Mt. Tabor.

If you’d like to volunteer and help make it happen, click here.

Mt. Tabor Park, east side, above the reservoir * 9:30 am – 4 pm * free 

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In it’s third year, the Montavila Jazz Festival benefiting the Montavilla Music Fund. A dozen artists from Portland and beyond perform at Portland Metro Arts, a nonprofit arts organization in East Portland.

From the festival’s website:

The MJF team is dedicated to enriching the lives of Montavilla children and youth by supporting education in our neighborhood public schools. As one of Portland’s largest neighborhoods, Montavilla relies on four public schools to serve neighborhood families. These schools are the lifeblood of our community. Due in part to declining funding, these schools are often able to offer only limited opportunities for music education. It is a perpetual struggle to find resources to dedicate to music education even in the best of times.

To bolster music education in our schools, MJF created the Montavilla Schools Fund (MSMF). MJF earmarks a portion of each ticket sold to this fund. Our four neighborhood public schools then have the opportunity to apply for grants funded by these proceeds. The grants help teachers develop unique, robust music programs. We envision children and youth in these programs performing music supported with MSMF funds in varied settings throughout the community for years to come.

The list of artists are here. I’ve heard good things about Portland based Blue Cranes,  and I’ve seen the female saxophone Quadrophonnes play, and they are excellent. I haven’t done any other research, but if you like jazz, or support music education for the youth, I bet you’ll like the Jazz Fest.

There’s also an after hours jam session at East Glisan Pizza ( 9 pm to midnight), 8001 NE Glisan St, the restaurant I’ve patronized more than any in the neighborhood.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St2 pm – 8 pm * day passes, $15-30 sliding scale; $5 for Oregon Trail card holders 

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The outdoor movie at the Festival Latino in Glenhaven Park is “Moana”. The evening starts off (6:30 pm) with music by Tequila Highway PDX (Cumbia, rock, Latin fusion). The movie will begin at dusk.

Spanish with English subtitles on their big outdoor screen with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs for the movie.

Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd and Siskiyou St * 6:30 pm * free 

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“Join us for the fourth annual Jade International Night Market (FB invitation), where Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland’s biggest events! Last year over 20,000 people came out to support local small businesses, community organizations, cultural groups, and our anti-displacement efforts.

This year, the Jade International Night Market runs on two Saturdays: August 19th, and August 26th. Come to one of both to enjoy international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and East Portland.”

Read more about it from APANO. If you’d like to volunteer, go here.

Portland Community College, 2305 SE 82nd SE Ave * free

SUNDAY

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Did ya hear? There’s gonna be an eclipse! Fun fact: The sun and moon appear the same size in Earth’s sky because the sun’s diameter is about 400 times greater – but the sun is also about 400 times farther away.

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WALK with Refugees and Immigrants:  walk to inspire a more compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland.”

East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue * 11 am – 1 pm

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Malden Court Community Orchard planting party (FB invitation):

“We’re gathering together again this month to work at the orchard! The blackberries are growing and need removing, the strawberries are lush and need maintenance, areas need sheet mulching, and we’re going to continue constructing the tool shed! There may be other tasks, too, so come join us and see what you can contribute to our beautiful neighborhood green space.”

7677 SE 87th Avenue, just south of SE Flavel Street * 9 am – noon