Wednesday, April 6
9:30 a.m. — City of Portland council meeting
Portland’s city council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes a proclamation by Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Dan Ryan that April is Fair Housing Month. Wheeler will also proclaim April as Food Cart Month. The agenda also includes a settlement for Leo Hall, a disabled photographer who Portland Police Bureau Officer Spenser Perry allegedly assaulted at a 2018 protest.
Scientist Rebellion will hold a rally outside of the offices of the Portland Businesse Alliance and then march to City Hall. The organization is protesting PBA’s efforts to obstruct local climate initiatives, as well as pushing the City of Portland to take concrete steps towards 10% annual reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Scientist Rebellion has organized a ‘Global Scientist Rebellion’ from April 4 to April 9, which includes this event.
Thursday, April 7
The City Club of Portland will host a debate between three of the eleven candidates running for the Position 3 seat on Portland’s city council: incumbent Jo Ann Hardesty, Rene Gonzalez, and Vadim Mozyrsky. The debate will be held on Zoom and advanced registration is required for attendees wishing to ask questions. It will also be streamed on YouTube.
The Portland Police Bureau’s advisory committee for their behavioral health unit will hold a community engagement meeting where attendees can learn more about committee members and BHUAC’s work. BHUAC meetings are usual closed to public attendees. The meeting will be held on Zoom.
7:00 p.m. — Resisting Cultural Erasure in America
Dr. Jennifer Fang and Barrett Holmes Pitner will discuss ethnocide in the U.S, specifically within Black and Chinese-American communities, both historically and within their lived experiences. This event is part of the Never Again Coalition’s Rising Up for Human Dignity series to commemorate Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. The event will be held on Zoom and attendees are required to register in advance.
Friday, April 8
Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal’s upcoming town hall will focus on the upcoming budget and other Multnomah County Commission work. The event will be held on Zoom and attendees are required to register in advance.
4:00 p.m. — Canvassing for Eviction Representation for All
The Eviction Representation for All campaign is collecting signatures to ensure their measure is on the ballot in Multnomah County. They’re looking for volunteers to canvass for signatures at the 82nd and Woodstock Spring Night Market. Even if you’re not able to volunteer to canvass for signatures, show up and sign the petition. The ERA campaign will also have canvassing events on Saturday at the PSU Farmer’s Market and the Buckman Art Show.. On Sunday, they’ll be at the Montavilla Farmers Market.
Saturday, April 9
DEADLINE — Claims for Precision Castparts air pollution settlement
People who lived in and around the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood in February 2016 may be eligible for a settlement of up to $3,500 as compensation for experiencing Precision Castparts’ pollution. The payouts are the result of what may be the largest environmental class-action settlement in state history. Area residents can check their eligibility on the settlement’s website. The deadline to accept the settlement, as well as to exclude oneself from the settlement or object to it, is April 9.
Rock Against Fascism PDX will screen Sorry to Bother You in celebration of the past year’s events. The event will also include community building, discussions, and a zine swap, with the film starting at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at Workers Tap.
Monday, April 11
9:00 a.m. — YIMBYtown
Portland: Neighbors Welcome and Sightline Institute are hosting the 2022 YIMBYtown conference, which will cover affordable housing and sustainable development through the lenses of climate change and community stabilization. The conference runs through the end of Wednesday, April 13. Tickets start at $150. The schedule includes:
4:00 p.m. — Sex Workers Human Rights Commission Hearing
The Oregon Sex Workers Committee will host a hearing for the Sex Workers Human Rights Commission, focusing on local criminal justice reform and harm reduction for people most at risk for sexual or labor exploitation. OSWC will also host a screening of Whores on Film in Eugene on Sunday. Contact OSWC for details on attending.
Tuesday, April 12
OnPoint Credit Union gives annual prizes to local educators, including naming an ‘Educator of the Year’ who has their mortgage or rent paid for a full year. The average Oregon teacher earns $64,385 per year, which is technically just enough to afford a studio apartment in Portland. Community members can nominate teachers. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be OnPoint members.
6:00 p.m. — MESD Budget Committee meeting
The Multnomah Education Service District will hold a meeting to receive public comment on the budget for the upcoming school year. The budget will be available for review on April 8 at 5:00 p.m. on the MESD website. The meeting will be held on Zoom. To request to speak, contact MESD by phone (503-257-1504) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, phone number, and address before 5:00 the preceding day (April 11). Additional meetings have been tentatively scheduled for April 20 and April 26 at 6:00 p.m. Public comments will also be accepted in writing.
Wednesday, April 13
The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, more commonly known as Oregon Heritage, has multiple grants available for heritage projects and historic preservation:
- The Preserving Oregon Grant, which provides grants of up to $20,000
- The Historic Cemetery Grant, which provides grants between $1,000 and $8,000
- The Oregon Museum Grant, which provides grants between $1,000 and $8,000
5:30 p.m. — Citizen Review Committee meeting
The Independent Police Review’s Citizen Review Committee will hold its monthly meeting on April 13. The committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month, with the subcommittee on police force meeting on the second Wednesday of the month, but this month’s subcommittee meeting has been canceled and the committee meeting has been pushed back a week. An agenda for the meeting is online and includes reports from two committees chaired by Vadim Mozyrsky, who will also participate in tomorrow’s City Club debate as a candidate. The meeting will be held on Zoom.
While the deadline to file income tax returns will be April 18 for most Oregon residents this year, there’s a planned one-time payment of $600 for Oregon households eligible for the Oregon Earned Income Tax Credit in 2020 that may require tax paperwork. People who already filed their 2020 taxes and claimed EITC should receive the payment automatically. But if you were eligible for EITC in 2020 and did not claim it, you have through April 15 to file a 2020 return or amend your 2020 return.