In 2009, Nigerian author and storyteller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned about the danger of a single story. “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete,” she argues. A panoply of perspectives is crucial to overcoming stereotypes. On October 31st, Black Hat Books, a radical bookstore located on MLK Boulevard, hosted a delegation of Arab language political cartoonists. Organized by the World Affairs Council of Oregon in collaboration with the Oregon Cartoon Institute, the event aimed to foster cultural diplomacy and conversation across cultural difference.
The steam from cooking noodles drifts easily across 7th avenue into the Eliot neighborhood. The pale brick building on the corner of Tillamook doesn’t give much away, only a simple sign in English and Chinese characters – America’s Noodle Inc.
Once again, February 1-3, the city will be lit up with art along the banks of the Willamette River near OMSI and in other various locations throughout the city. Artists and performers will showcase their talent for residents who have bundled up to embrace winter weather and the season of darkness, connecting with their city when most of us choose to stay indoors.
Thirteen years ago, Seth Prickett’s life was changed by a decision participate in a study abroad program while attending Linfield College. He was the fifth-generation to be born and raised in Washington County, and he was eager to go somewhere far away and culturally different. The class offered in Ghana, Africa seemed to fit both of those desires. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan colony to gain its independence in 1957. Ghana hosts a diverse population and is an example of democratic success. Prickett was a political science major and was also active in student government at Linfield. The history course he took that January was “Emergence of Modern Ghana,” and his project looked at the political structure of the country and how it manifested from 1957 to today. What started as just a curiosity about Ghana’s culture and history became a humanitarian and philanthropic venture that has helped to shape the future of Ghanaian children for years to come.
… And the news from the front lines of the battle against litter: As part of a new city-wide initiative, the Eliot Livability Team recently led the local effort of “Pick it Up, Portland!” On a clear and warm Thursday morning at the end of August, 26 volunteers gathered to collect 40 bags of litter from Eliot’s streets and sidewalks.
Central City Concern has had a positive impact on many Portland residents. As their website states, “Central City Concern (CCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. Founded in 1979, the agency has developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery and employment.”
Ricardo Nagaoka is new to the Eliot Neighborhood. He hasn’t borne full witness to its creeping gentrification over the past few decades, but he arrived at a critical time in its history. Neighborhoods are always undergoing flux, but Eliot is currently changing at an extremely fast pace. This rapid transformation is the inspiration for his latest project, a book of collected portraits of long-time local residents.
Open Signal, located on MLK and Graham, has been producing community media content for cable access channels for the last 35 years. Their stated mission is, “With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment, inspiration, and we amplify local voices on five cable channels.”
SAVE THE DATE: October 17, 2017.
Eliot Neighborhood Association General Meeting and Community Conversation. It’s time to check in with the constituents. If we call it a Town Hall Meeting, will you come?
These are important times for democracy at all levels. Even in a State where our Federal representatives are strong and carry the support of most citizens, at the local community level YOUR VOICE is, also, needed. Clean air, clean water, safe streets, affordable housing……. All need your attention.
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Originally published in Eliot News July 2017.
Summer is here, and people are taking vacations, the kids are off to summer activities, or just plain ole’ hangin’ out. At some point, the grim reality will begin to slowly creep back in and manifest itself to parents that school is right around the corner. Many parents who are looking for better ways and places to educate their children for the upcoming school year may want to consider something completely different. More and more people are growing very dissatisfied with the current educational system. The truth is that many people see the “dumbing down” of our children, overcrowded classrooms, medical diagnoses as an excuse to dope our children, labeling children insomuch as to create a record or history of severe mental problems, and criminalizing children as young as second and third grade. In addition, there seems to be the lack of civil rights protections for students and parents against these conspiracies, hostile environments, bullying, harassment, retaliation, racism, and a whole host of other civil violations. Obviously, these trends are not in the best interest of our children.
We are very fortunate to have the climate and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest literally outside our door. So of course there are folks who want to share their enthusiasm for being outside with others. Walking in Portland is a way of life, a past time, an exercise method, some might say religion, too (Forest Therapy is a thing). Some of our options for walking with others are guided walks, volunteer led group walks, and self-guided walks.
Hello Neighbors! Good news: The Oregon environmental non-profit organization SOLVE has chosen Eliot to be part of a new citywide volunteer neighborhood litter clean-up event. If you happen to be free on Thursday morning August 31st, I hope you will join us to help clean up our neighborhood.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is the first hospital in Oregon to acquire an advanced robotic imaging and navigation system for more precise brain tumor removal and spinal surgeries.
The Synaptive BrightMatter technology integrates pre-operative imaging, surgical planning and robotic visualization to give neurosurgeons the ability to see relevant details in the brain not visible to the human eye, which may allow for much safer surgical intervention.