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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
PCRI’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was successful and glamorous, raising over $70,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Starting off the evening’s program, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase captivated the audience with a graceful foxtrot and playful humor.
Following the Commissioner Smith and Councilor Chase’s dance performance (and a packed reception before that), last year’s champion dancer, Katherine Cook hosted the evening as Mistress of Ceremonies, introducing guests to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick and Board of Directors President Preston Greene. Kelly Russell of Kelly Russell Auctions motivated guests to get their bid numbers in the air for an exciting auction and successful special appeal, featuring the success story of the Orr family (pictured below).
Former PCRI Board Member Barbara B. Smith, presented her namesake Community Support Award to Gary Cunningham, whose efforts at the Northwest Area Foundation have been instrumental in enabling significant pre-development activity at PCRI. Mr. Cunningham was not available to receive the award in person, but expressed his gratitude via video. Maxine Fitzpatrick accepted the award in his honor at the gala.
The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, was also a runaway success. Five prominent local celebrities were each trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Each dancing couple put on a spectacular show in the individual performance as well as the group waltz competition. In between dances, the competition’s star judges (pictured below) kept the audience entertained with commentary about the dancers’ performances.
Pressed to crown a champion, the judges had their work cut out for them: KGW NewsChannel 8 reporter Ashley Korslien, started the competition with a fast-paced Latin club mix. She and dance partner Uriah Stockdale (pictured below) of Fred Astaire Dance Studio had guests cheering for more.
Oregon State Representative Jennifer Williamson danced an especially graceful Viennese Waltz with Fred Astaire Studio’s Alex Aillon(pictured below) and kept the crowd at the edge of their seats.
Charles McGee, CEO of The Black Parent Initiative took to the floor next, getting down to “Superstition” with a showdance. McGee and his professional partner Sydney Weir from Fred Astaire Dance Studio (pictured below) had gala guests clapping and cheering for more.
Up next, benefit auctioneer Kelly Russell danced into her second role of the night, trading her auctioneer’s microphone for a pair of dance shoes and performing the rumba with Fred Astaire Studio partner Kacey Bicking (pictured below) to the song “Fly Love.”
Rounding out the first portion of the competition, Ifanyi Bell, digital producer for OPB, jumped, slid and danced around the floor for a crowd-pleasing showdance with Fred Astaire’s Jessi Aillon (pictured below).
The second portion of the competition featured all five dance couples performing the waltz, after which, the judges faced a difficult decision trying to choose a champion.
In the end, Ifanyi and Jessi’s graceful waltz and crowd-pleasing showdance trumped their competitors, capturing the evening’s championship trophy.
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 check PCRI’s Gala Website as well as our Facebook page for more photos of the event!
PCRI’s third annual Dancing with the Stars benefit gala will feature five prominent Portland community members, each competing with their professional partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio to earn the title of Gala Champion. The dancers for the March 15, 2014 event include: Ifanyi Bell, Emmy-nominated producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting; Ashley Korslien, reporter at KGW Newschannel 8; Charles McGee, CEO of The Black Parent Initiative; Kelly Russell, professional benefit auctioneer; and Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative for District 36.
The gala will feature a reception, dinner, and live auction and will take place at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower in downtown Portland. All proceeds from the event will support the affordable housing and award-winning services PCRI provides to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Judges for the dance competition include: Samuel Brooks, founder and Chair of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs; Kristin Connor, Capital Pacific Bank; and Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists (and a competitor at the 2013 gala). The reigning gala champion, Katherine Cook, reporter for KGW Newschannel 8, will lead the event as Mistress of Ceremonies.
In addition to the dance competition, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase will open the event performing a featured dance.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives is proud to sponsor the Celebrating Black Pioneers luncheon, to be held on December 27, 2013 at the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME).
PCRI invites community members to join in honoring the lives and accomplishments of five people who made a difference for Portland’s Black community. Please RSVP to PCRI by telephone at (503) 288-2923 or by email.
The luncheon will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please note a change of location from earlier announcements. The luncheon will take place at OAME: 4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
The luncheon’s 2013 honorees include:
Charles Jordan, Portland’s first African-American City Commissioner. Mr. Jordan held the role of City Commissioner for 10 years and the role of Parks Director for 14 years. In June, 2012, the University Park Community Center—a center Mr. Jordan was instrumental in revitalizing—was renamed in his honor. Prior to the dedication of the newly-named Charles Jordan Community Center, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish commended Mr. Jordan’s work, saying, “Charles Jordan took Portland Parks and Recreation to the next level. His fingerprints are all over our system.”
Pauline Bradford, respected teacher, neighborhood advocate. Mrs. Bradford was a teacher at Peninsula Elementary School until her retirement in 1989. She has a strong connection to Albina and the Eliot neighborhood where she has lived for fifty years. She is Past President of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and she remains on the Board representing the Eliot Neighborhood Associations. She has long been active in the Association of Colored Women’s Clubs & Youth Affiliates (the oldest African American women’s organization in the U.S., founded in 1896). First elected President of the Oregon chapter in 1982 she served several subsequent terms and was also elected to a term as President of the Northwest Region of the Association. Currently, she is a member of the National Board of the Association.
Harold Williams, Sr., member of Portland Community College’s Board of Directors from 1990 until 2012. Mr. Williams continues to be remembered by his peers and community not only for his service to PCC, but also as a community leader for over 50 years, including work for Governor Bob Straub as affirmative action director and equal opportunity coordinator (a role he later filled at the Portland Development Commission as well), and as a consultant to the Oregon Youth Authority. Mr. Williams was also president of the Portland African American Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Coalition of Black Men, among many other accomplishments.
Evelyn Collins, daycare owner and community member. Miss Collins, as she was commonly known, purchased in 1965 what is now the Wonder Ballroom. There, she earned the respect of Eliot community members by caring for the neighborhood’s children. “She cared about some kids that others threw away,” says Ralph Davis on the Eliot Neighborhood website. “Being a white person, it was unheard of what she did in the Black community.” Miss Collins received numerous community service awards over the years, including KOIN-TV’s Jefferson Award, and the Humanitarian Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Dr. John Marshall (photo not available), one of Portland’s first black medical doctors. Dr. Marshall was a prominent physician whose own practice mirrored the challenges of many black Portlanders. Originally located near Memorial Coliseum, eminent domain forced him to relocate his practice to a new location on North Williams Avenue to make way for the construction of I-5 in the late 1940s. Regardless of location, Dr. Marshall’s connection to the community went beyond that of a typical physician: he strengthened the community by stressing education as a means to better oneself, and he routinely wrote off 20% or more of potential income caring for patients who did not have the means to pay for his services.
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Roots Fest happened on September 1st at Pioneer Square. It was part of our Healthy Foods Access Initiative where we got to showcase the produce our residents had been growing along with local, afro-centric food, vendors and entertainment. Will Allen of Growing Power was also in town to talk to the community about urban farming and sustainable agriculture.
We are thankful to all those who participated!
Portland Roots Festival will feature a variety of food, art, and cultural practices from Portland’s diverse African Populations. The festival, held on September 1 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland will run from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. It is PCRI’s first culturally specific food festival, promoting healthy living through healthy food choices and activities from the rich and ancient traditions of the African people. Admission to the festival is free of charge and all ages are welcome.
The festival will highlight the different yet similar avenues these ancient practices took through the celebration of food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon. Vendors (pictured below with KPTV Fox 12 host Joe Vithayathil) and their menu items will include:
Click on any vendor’s name for more information. The festival will have additional features including:
The Portland Roots Festival is free and open to all ages. The festival is Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. A tentative schedule is available HERE. Please note that all times are subject to change without notice.