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PCRI’s Fourth Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was the most successful gala yet! Not only did the dancers deliver an amazing show, the event’s sponsors, volunteers and guests raised over $85,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Click on any of the photos to view Cameron Browne’s gala photos, or find additional links at the bottom of the page. Following a packed reception, Judge Adrienne Nelson and her husband Ted Poole were guilty of a stunning performance as they opened the event with their crowd-pleasing dance. And Mistress of Ceremonies Margaret Carter delivered a seamless program for the evening with even more energy and glamour than she brought as MC for PCRI’s premiere gala. The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, also had more energy—especially judging by the volume of cheering from the audience! Trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, each dancing couple put on a spectacular show. In the end, only one dance couple could be named champion and while Judges Jesse Beason, Karin Edwards and Nancy Hales had a tough decision, they unanimously named Pamela Weatherspoon this year’s winner. But the evening wasn’t just about a dance competition. Margaret Carter and PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick celebrated the successes achieved by PCRI residents while underscoring the work that is still needed to ensure all families have access to the benefits of stable, affordable housing in Portland’s opportunity-rich close-in neighborhoods. Led by auctioneer Kelly Russell, the gala’s live auction and special appeal were the most successful yet. And, most notably, resident Jean Paul and his family described how, with the benefit of affordable housing and their own dedication, families can grow roots, dream big, and achieve amazing goals. We extend a giant thank you to all our sponsors, contributors and guests as well as the fantastic volunteers who made the evening such an amazing success. Be sure to look through all the pictures from photographers Antonio Harris and Cameron Browne, as well as those on the Gala Website and PCRI’s Facebook page! If you’re not already signed up, be sure to join our mailing list to get news and invitations for next year’s gala.
Save the Date! PCRI’s 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers.
Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.
On October 8, 2014, PCRI will host a community meeting for residents and community members. The community meeting will share information about updates to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan and its potential impacts for residents and the community. Admission is free and registration is not required.
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland
Comprehensive Plan updates can also be found on the City of Portland Website, along with scheduled public hearings. For more information about the PCRI-hosted meeting, please call PCRI at (503) 288-2923.
Help us share information about this event! Please download a flyer to post at your business or community location.
On Sunday, August 10, PCRI celebrated the second annual Portland Roots Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The festival featured keynote speaker, chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry, and event host Bryan Gallyot.
The event main stage treated festival-goers to music, dance, and other performances from Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Blaque Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds. Community and partner organizations provided entertainment and information as well.
To keep festival goers nourished, some of Portland’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants set up in the square. Food vendors included: Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot.
PCRI offers special thanks to Roots Festival’s Gold Sponsors KBOO and Northwest Health Foundation, Silver Sponsor – Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Bronze Sponsor – Albina Community Bank. The production of this cultural festival would not have been possible without the support of these sponsors and many individuals and volunteers.
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Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”
Bryant’s fourth book, Afro-Vegan, was published by Ten Speed Press in April 2014. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine. Bryant also authored The Inspired Vegan, and he coauthored Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.” Bryant is also proud to have served as the “humanities advisor” on the Between Meals cookbook project, which shares the recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women and explores how they have nourished their families in the US.
Bryant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O: The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times among many other publications. As an exclusive speaker signed with the Lavin Agency, Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.
Bryant is the host of Urban Organic–a multi-episode web series that he co-created–and he was a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast. He is a featured expert in the documentary film Soul Food Junkies. He served as an advisor and made an appearance in the documentary film What’s on Your Plate, as well as the PBS educational film Nourish. Bryant has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show.
Bryant’s education efforts and activism have earned him numerous accolades. In 2014 the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley honored Bryant (along with Tavis Smiley and Belva Davis) for his commitment to community development and transformative change. In 2012, Hillary Clinton chose him as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of the American Chef Corps. That same year TheRoot.com included him on its list of “100 most influential African Americans,” TheGrio.com included him on its list of “100 African Americans making history today,” and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him “Best Cookbook Cheftivist” in the Bay Area. In 2011 Bryant was included in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 list,” and in 2009, The New York Times magazine featured him among a handful of “food fighters.” He was selected as one of the “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7 in 2008. From 2008-2010 Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and in 2007 he received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education along with author and Educator Marion Nestle.
In 2002 Bryant founded b-healthy (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a multi-year initiative in New York City designed to empower youth to be more active in fighting for a more sustainable food system.
Bryant graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in History from NYU and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughter.
The 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival is almost here! Join us:
We are looking forward to tasting Africa-inspired dishes from some of the city’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants. Including:
Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot
On the main stage, we will be treated to performances from some incredible musicians, poets, and dancers. Including:
Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Black Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds
Have fun learning about food, health, and community with our partner organizations. Including:
Friends of Family Farmers, Q Center, Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Urban League, Men’s Health Project, Curriculum of Cuisine, Bradley Angle, Earth Wisdom Alliance, Lanyi Fan, Black Women for Peace, and Oregon Children’s Theater who will be on-site with storytelling workshops.
Special guests include key-note speaker, Bryant Terry.
Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of numerous books, including Vegan Soul Food, The Inspired Vegan, and Afro-Vegan. He is also the host of Urban Organic, a multi-episode web series. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food. Bryant completed the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in American History from New York University and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2008 to 2010, Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program. He lives and creates in Oakland, California, with his wife and children.
Special guests also include event host – Bryan Gallyot. Repeatedly voted Pasadena’s “Best Personality”, Bryan is also known for hosting charitable events across Southern California. This Palm Springs based entertainer and co-owner of the Crazy Coconut Bar & Grill is happy to join us here in Portland for the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival.
For more information, contact PCRI at 503-288-2923. We hope to see you there!
PCRI is proud to present the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival. Once again, we are coming together to promote healthy living through nutrition and exercise by tapping into the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these cultures took through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.
The celebration will feature some of Portland’s tastiest Afro-food vendors, a variety of fun and educational health-related activities for the whole family, and plentiful information from local health based organizations. PCRI residents will be there to share their healthy food access journey through community gardening, nutrition education, senior food bank, and youth summer health camp. We’re excited to have you and your organization participate in the event and help PCRI continue enriching our residents’ lives through the promotion of healthy life choices.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
12PM – 8PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue Portland, OR
The event will feature local performers, a key-note speaker, African, African-American, Afro- Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, local non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. We expect about 5,000 people to attend the festival and we invite you to join us.
Interested in volunteering? CLICK HERE to read about Roots Festival volunteer needs and opportunities.
PCRI is proud to present the Second Annual Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square–and we’re looking for volunteers to help make this year’s event even more fun and successful than last year! Volunteers play a critical role to in the success of the event and will be provided with meal vouchers and pre-event orientation. Will you join us?
The Portland Roots Festival (read more about the festival HERE) has specific needs for four volunteer roles. Please read more about volunteer needs below and note that we will do our best to match you with your desired volunteer role, but we appreciate your flexibility to fill other roles depending on needs the day of the event. On-site event staff, in addition to the Volunteer Coordinator, will be available to assist you with any questions the day of the event.
Click HERE to download the Roots Festival Volunteer packet (including an information sheet to return with your contact information and preferred volunteer role). For questions or more information about volunteering, please contact Jessie Blanchard at PCRI.
PCRI invites residents and community members to join Attorney J. Ashlee Albies for a “Know Your Rights” workshop to help stop workplace discrimination. The interactive workshop will help participants learn more about:
Please mark your calendar join us on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 11am-1pm at the Margaret Carter Neighborhood Network Center, 626 NE Brazee Street (entrance on NE 7th Avenue, between Brazee and Sacramento).
Have questions? Want more information? Contact Nuhamin at the Margaret Carter Neighborhood Network Center.
About the presenter: J. Ashlee Albies is an associate at Creighton and Rose, P.C. Her legal practice focuses on civil rights and employee-side employment law. Ashlee also supports democratic workspaces and serves as an advisor to local consumer and worker cooperatives. She is Co-chair of the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association with nationwide membership, and periodically sits on its national executive board. Ashlee currently serves on the steering committees of the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Committee and the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform.
Follow the link above for more details and her full profile.
Applications for the Urban League of Portland’s 2014 Summer Youth Programs are available now online and at the Urban League offices at 10 N Russell Street.
The Urban League of Portland’s Youth Programs serve to shepherd the youth in our community and empower them to achieve. We foster interactive academic and real-world experiences that help students develop leadership, life and social skills, self-esteem, and cultural pride. Urban League Youth programs are designed to: prepare youth to be successful; encourage them to pursue post secondary education; and exposes them to career options.
Learn more about the Urban League of Portland’s Summer Youth Programs & download applications:
Thanks to the generosity of Comcast the Urban League of Portland is able to offer these programs free of charge to youth.
The Summer Youth Employment Programs for High School students and young adults ages 18-25 are four week summer programs designed to: prepare African American youth for entering the realm of employment; positively impact high school completion; encourage and prepare youth to pursue a college education, apprenticeship or career focused training.
Additionally, High School students and young adults ages 18-25 have the opportunity to volunteer as Camp Counselors at this year’s 4-H Summer Camp. This is a great opportunity to gain work experience, enjoy the outdoors, develop leadership skills, and give back to the community. Applications can be found online here, and at the Urban League of Portland offices at 10 N Russell.
Please contact Susan Johnson