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PAALF People’s Plan Press and Community Launch

The PAALF People’s Plan serves as a powerful tool for research, organizing, and implementation. By viewing the community as the drivers of change, this project engaged over 400 African Americans on their experience living in Portland. Empowering the Black community to assert their right to actively shape the city we live in. While traditional planning engagement models often intimidate community members through complex, technical language and processes; the PAALF People’s Plan engaged the community on our terms, ensuring that the solutions are informed by the people they affect.

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Event details:

Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
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Focus Group Opportunity : Walking While Black

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will host two focus groups within the Black community to gain insights on the “walking while Black” experience in Portland. Information received during the discussions will help to inform how and where investments will be spent on sidewalk, crossing improvements and other programs that intend to keep pedestrians safe. These focus groups are organized in coordination with IRCO Africa House, the Black Parent Initiative (BPI) and Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF).

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Alumni Spotlight : A Leadership Cohort for Black Folks and Folks of Color in the Greater Portland Area

The Feminist of Color Leadership Program is accepting applications for the Feminist Possibilities for Imagining Otherwise Leadership Cohort for Students and Non-Students of Color.

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Upcoming Environmental Justice Committee Meeting

Please join us for the October Environmental Justice Committee Meeting!

Friday, October 20th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

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Alumni Spotlight : Blackout Skate Jam

Next Friday, Alum Ezell Watson, Cohort 3 will be hosting the FOURTH ANNUAL Blackout Skate Jam!

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African American Leadership Academy Cohort 4 Graduation

Please join us as we celebrate the 2016-2017 PAALF African American Leadership Academy Cohort. These community leaders have spent the last year exploring what it means to be a transformative Black leader and gaining the specific skills necessary to actualize this concept in the everyday work they are doing in the community.

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Leadership Program Manager Transition

Dear PAALF Community:

We bring you bitter-sweet news that Lakeitha Elliott is stepping down from her position as Leadership Program Manager of PAALF. After nearly three years at PAALF, Lakeitha has decided to seek new adventures. Continue reading →


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