Wednesday, March 30
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 authorizing a new agreement with Clean and Safe Inc and a proposal to extend the housing emergency declaration by City Commissioner Dan Ryan.
The Noise Review Board will hold a special session to continuation discussions on noise variances for events at Portland International Raceway through 2024. Variances up to 115 dBa are under consideration. Running a chain saw exposes a person to 110 dBa, which is already above the level at hearing damage may occur. An agenda for the meeting is online. The meeting will be held on Zoom.
Thursday, March 31
Both Transgender Visibility Day and César Chávez Day fall on March 31. Here are a few ways to observe each holiday here in Portland.
César Chávez Day
- Read up on Chávez’s connection to Oregon.
- Support the farmworkers’ union in Oregon with a donation to Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN).
Transgender Visibility Day
- Donate to Gender Reveal’s Trans Day of Snacks fundraiser, which provides mutual aid to trans folks of color for basic needs (rent, medical care, etc.).
- Buy some of Gender Reveal’s awesome Trans Day of Snacks merch, which also supports the fundraiser.
- Because Tuck Woodstock, the founder of both Gender Reveal and Trans Day of Snacks, is focusing more on larger mutual aid grants this year, buy all your trans friends some tasty snacks.
- Attend the Q Center’s Transgender Day of Visibility festivities, including their Trans Youth Artists Gala. You can donate to the Q Center, too!
- Donate to Outside In, which provides gender-affirming care to Portland youth experiencing homelessness.
- Attend the Trans Day of Visibility Rally and March, co-organized by the Portland DSA and Portland Jobs with Justice.
OHA is recruiting 20 members for a youth advisory council which will be responsible for budgeting $1 million in funds to help youth recover from the ongoing pandemic. People between the ages of 15 and 19 are eligible to apply. The application is 11 questions, covering demographics, community participation, and access needs. YAC members will receive $45 per hour spent on council activities.
OHA is also accepting applications for community-based organizations interested in supporting the youth advisory council, with up to $10,000 available to fund that support work.
The City Charter Review Commission will hold a preliminary vote on recommended changes.. An agenda for the meeting is online and includes time for public comment. Attendees wishing to testify must register in advance. The meeting will be held on Zoom.
The Police Accountability Commission, which is responsible for developing a new oversight system for the Portland Police Bureau, will review its draft bylaws, scope, and community engagement framework. An agenda for the meeting is online and includes time for public comment. The meeting will be held on Zoom.
Friday, April 1
New laws and regulations going into effect
- A permanent ban on the sale and use of personal fireworks by the City of Portland
- An increase in allowed potency of cannabis edibles for recreational users by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission
- An end to requiring vaccination for the Oregon judiciary and its staff by the Oregon Supreme Court
9:00 a.m. — Oregon State Housing Stability Council Meeting
The State Housing Stability Council will review updates on homeownership and rental programs, as well as hear a briefing on eviction prevention resources. An agenda for the meeting is online and includes time for public comment. The meeting will be held on Zoom and attendees are asked to register in advance.
Saturday, April 2
Justice for Patrick Kimmons will hold a march and rally calling for justice for Kimmons, Daunte Wright, Amir Locke, and June Knightly. The march will start at the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and NE Killingsworth.
Sunday, April 3
12:00 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 Portland Flea 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 a canvassing event on Saturday at the PSU Farmer’s Market.
Monday, April 4
The City of Portland will hold a public discussion on the draft contract between the city and Central Eastside Together covering the area’s enhanced service district. The city expects to release the draft contract on Thursday, March 31. Written testimony may be submitted online through April 27. The meeting will be held on Zoom and attendees must register in advance.
Tuesday, April 5
Darrell Wade, the founder of Black Men’s Wellness, and Christopher Scott, the host of the Hip Hop Social Worker podcast, will host a workshop with Oregon Humanities on building community health networks. The workshop will be held on Zoom and attendees must register in advance.
Wednesday, April 6
The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a day-long informational meeting for board members and members of the public to learn about the existing strategic plan for Oregon and prepare to update the plan. The agenda is online and includes discussions on ecology, tribal forestland management, and privately held forests. The meeting will be broadcast on YouTube. Written testimony may be submitted by email.
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 not yet up, but will be posted online. Attendees who wish to testify must register before 4:00 p.m. April 5 (Tuesday) and use Zoom for the meeting.
Through April 21 — Portland Police Bureau public comment period on directives related to use of force
The Portland Police Bureau currently has three new directives up for their first universal review and public comment period:
PPB also have three revised directives up for their second universal review and public comment period: