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Dawson Park

N Stanton St & Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227, US (map)

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  • Monday
    Sep 4 2017
    Labor Day Picnic and Rally at Dawson Park

    Dawson Park

    Hospital workers at Legacy Emanuel and Legacy Good Samaritan hospitals will host a picnic to celebrate Labor Day and rally for affordable health care. Healthcare workers at Legacy Emanuel are in contract negotiations with hospital management, and are fighting back against proposed increases in healthcare deductibles and co-pays.

    The workers will be joined by invited guests Senator Jeff Merkley, House Speaker Tina Kotek, and State Representative Rob Nosse, as well as representatives of local community organizations whose missions involve healthcare and social justice!

    RSVP by August 28 at the link below so we can be sure to have enough food!


  • Sunday
    Jun 4 2017
    Black Is Beautiful and Our VOICES Matter (Don't Shoot Portland)

    Dawson Park

    Know Your Rights in Oregon and Reconnect with your community!! Recent tragedies in our community have made it clear to the entire nation that the testimonies and stories of racism from #BlackPortland are not to be ignored! We can no longer accept the courageous moderation over an immediate investigation of these claims of racism, violence and terror. This Sunday we break bread in the park and celebrate our community with FREE Barbecue, Art and Music. Let's Chill and Get on the same page in the park!! #PDXCivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #YourVoiceCounts

  • Saturday
    Jun 3 2017
    Honoring the Black History of Williams Ave. Art Unveiling

    Dawson Park

    You are Invited to a Community Celebration!

    Williams Ave. was once the vibrant heart of Portland’s Black community. Formerly known as the “Black Broadway,” the corridor included a concentration of Black churches, businesses, social service organizations and nightclubs that were thriving and active community institutions.

    Although the landscape has changed, there is much to remember, celebrate and build upon. In 2012, the Williams Ave. Safety Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee recommended to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that these stories be honored through an art history project that would have a prominent place on the corridor. Thus, the community-led Honoring History of Williams Ave. Committee and the Historic Black Williams Project were born.

    Since then, local artists Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton Davis have been collecting stories, memories and histories from Black community members. Their artwork is now complete and ready for installation. We hope that this project will serve as both a visual archive and an inspiration for future community efforts.Please join us on June 3rd as we honor this history and project contributors. During this event we will have a brief speaking program and then launch group and self guided walks of the corridor to view the 40 art pieces. A map of the art walk will be available at the event and posted online.

    This project is supported by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

    Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/historicblackwilliamsproject http://blackwilliamsproject.com

    For more information, please contact: historicblackwilliamsproject@portlandoregon.gov
    (503) 823-4239

    For media inquiries, please contact Dylan Rivera at dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3723.

  • Saturday
    Apr 29 2017
    People's Climate Movement: PDX

    Dawson Park

    On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon's Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color and low income people to join the movements for racial, social, and economic justice as pathways to climate action.

    All individuals are invited to join to show solidarity. RSVP and share the announcement on Facebook here. Grassroots organizations, nonprofits, faith communities, academic institutions, and other groups can formally endorse and support this day of action: click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6RbDzdq5-romjZRPYexYckrkyNE_EZhQNqNKQfvxLv0wG4Q/viewform

    Individuals who want details as they emerge, join the action email list. Click here: http://eepurl.com/cCfXE9

    Event Details:

    Where: Dawson Park, Portland, OR

    When: April 29th, 2017, 12:00pm

    What: Visible direct action led by people of color and low-income communities who are at the front lines of environmental and climate injustice. AGENDA: 12:00-12:30 Gather 12:30-1:30 Spoken Program 1:30-4:00 March! (Route TBD) 4:00-5:00 Tabling and Cleanup

    What we know:

    • People of color suffer the worst impacts of climate change both in the U.S. and worldwide. Communities of color and low income people are disproportionately affected by natural and manmade disaster. We are the last to leave and the first to respond to disaster. Our communities already lack basic infrastructure to support us – from adequate transportation options to affordable housing and food access. These systems will fail during climate disaster.
    • Housing is a climate issue. Transportation is a climate issue. Energy, education, food, and jobs are climate issues. Every sector of our economy must transition to stop climate change.
    • Our communities are under attack by climate denial rooted in systems of oppression. A bold, urgent, collective response is needed.
    • Historically-marginalized people must lead the transition to advance justice, or the outcomes will not improve conditions for those of us who are most-impacted. Nothing about us without us!
    • Grassroots Global Justice states, “The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an economy based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet. ... Climate Action must be rooted in justice. The frontlines of the climate crisis are low-income people, communities of color and indigenous communities. We are the hardest hit by both climate disruption––the storms, floods and droughts––as well as by the extractive, polluting and wasteful industries causing global warming. We are also at the forefront of innovative community-led solutions that ensure a just transition off fossil fuels, and that support an economy good for both people and the planet. ... People on the frontlines of the climate crisis know what action needs to be taken, and are ready to make change happen. We need our governments and global leaders to catch up with the people on the ground.”
    • The Climate Justice Alliance Principles state, “Living a good life in a good way can only happen by first recognizing that the root causes of the daily economic, environmental and social inequity that plague communities worldwide are also compromising the metabolism of Mother Earth; and that all real solutions must address both the economic and ecological crisis. This recognition is what defines the Climate Justice Movement."

    In Solidarity With All Movements for Justice

    • The People's Climate Movement is also mobilizing in Washington, D.C. on April 29th, with echo actions taking place nationwide. We stand in solidarity with impacted people around the country and around the globe to demand action to stop and reverse climate change, prepare for and adapt to climate change, and strengthen community to grow our collective power.
    • Environmental Justice was among the Unity Principles of the Women’s March on Washington: “We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.”
    • Environmental and Climate Justice intersect the great issues of our time. Everyone who fights for racial, social and economic justice must recognize the urgency of this moment, and that our fates are bound.
  • Meditation Before the Climate March

    Dawson Park

    Buddhists will gather under the Buddhist Peace Fellowship banner to meditate together an hour before the start of the People's Climate March https://www.facebook.com/events/1250735871647787/ . We will be on hand for the rally, and those who are able will march as an affinity group. In good weather, look for us in grass oval to the west of the gazebo. If there’s rain, look for us under covered areas on the west side of the park. Please inform your sanghas and fellow Buddhists so that we can make our presence matter for justice and protection. We hope to have buttons and bandanas with BPF logo available.