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No on 105 Campaign Launch

No on 105 Campaign Launch



Contact: E.D. Mondainé President NAACP Portland Branch Sept.14, 2018


No on 105 Campaign Launch:

NAACP Helping to Protect Anti-Racial Profiling Law


PORTLAND — The local NAACP State-Area Conference is teaming up with Oregonians United Against Profiling to help launch the new No on 105 campaign.

The campaign launches on Saturday, Sept. 15, the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

NAACP of the Corvallis area, NAACP of Eugene & Springfield, NAACP of Portland and NAACP of Salem & Keizer all oppose Measure 105.

Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law that prohibits police from targeting people based solely on the color of their skin, their accent, or their perceived immigration status.

“The effort to throw out our 31-year-old anti-profiling law is part of a troubling wave of anti-immigrant sentiment,” said NAACP Portland Branch President E.D. Mondainé. “It’s similar to the type of treatment that African American communities have historically experienced at the hands of law enforcement and other government officials.”


No on 105 launch – events


The launch events are happening simultaneously across Oregon. They will include a rally and canvass kickoff, where advocates for racial justice will be making signs, knocking on doors and urging voters to vote no on 105.

  • Bend: Saturday, 10 a.m., Social Justice Center, 155 N.W. Irving Ave., 97703.
  • Medford: Saturday, 10 a.m.,, 2495 S. Pacific Highway, 97501.
  • Portland: Saturday, 10 a.m., AFL-CIO, 3645 S.E. 32nd Ave., 97202.
  • Salem: Saturday, 10 a.m., Oregon Education Association, 2540 Coral Ave NE, 97305.
  • Springfield: Saturday, 10 a.m., Washburne Cafe, 326 Main St, Springfield, OR 97477.

Below we’ve included a press advisory that the No on 105 campaign sent out about the launch.

For Immediate Release — Sept. 12, 2018 Contact: Peter Zuckerman, 310-507-4689


No on 105 Campaign Launches


What’s News:
  • We are officially beginning the No on 105 campaign​! We have launch events planned in five cities around the state.
  • For the first time, we’re hitting the streets, knocking on doors and urging Oregonians to vote NO on 105​. The No on 105 campaign also now has an office, a staff and a logo, and we begin next week holding regular phone banks and canvassing.
  • Saturday is the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month, and this weekend, it’ll be 50 days until Election Day.
  • Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law.
  • Rally and Canvass Kickoff, ​with advocates around the state making signs,
  • knocking on doors and talking to voters.





  • Bend: ​Saturday, 10 a.m., Social Justice Center, 155 N.W. Irving Ave., 97703.
  • Medford: ​Saturday, 10 a.m.,​, 2495 S. Pacific Highway, 97501.
  • Portland: ​Saturday, 10 a.m., AFL-CIO, 3645 S.E. 32nd Ave.,​ ​97202.
  • Salem: ​Saturday, 10 a.m., Oregon Education Association, 2540 Coral Ave NE,97305.
  • Springfield: ​Saturday, 10 a.m., Washburne Cafe, 326 Main St, 97477. More Info: ​​, ​Facebook​, ​Twitter
  • Our coalition
  • The anti-immigrant group
  • Join our press list: ​email “join” to ​


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SMART needs volunteer readers!

SMART needs volunteer readers!

SMART studentAn organization I care about, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), is launching a statewide campaign to recruit 1,550 new volunteers by Nov. 1 in order to meet their goal of providing over 11,300 children this year with one-on-one reading support and books to keep and build their personal libraries.

SMART Readers spend an hour each week during the school year reading one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children and helping to foster a love of reading through fun, child-guided reading sessions. If you have just one hour per week to volunteer, SMART is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local students.  I especially encourage readers of color to volunteer. With your support, I know that SMART can exceed its goal! Here are three ways you can help:
Volunteer! Consider joining SMART as a Reader. Sign up for SMART online or call 877-598-4633 to learn more.

Tell your friends, families, and colleagues. Personalize this email message and forward it to folks in your networks.

Get social! Post about our need for Readers on social media.

I’ve been a SMART reader for 4 years in the kindergarten program at King Elementary School.  It’s been fun to spend time reading with the kids and watch their skills improve. Please join me in volunteering with this very worthwhile program.

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Vote No on Measure 105: NAACP Portland Branch Joins the Fight

Vote No on Measure 105: NAACP Portland Branch Joins the Fight

Today, NAACP Portland Branch members rejected racism and fear and joined the OneOregon coalition. We urge all Oregonians to “Vote No on Measure 105.” Oregon is home to thousands of immigrants and refugees. Immigrants are our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, and also our members. It is critical that the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, dedicated to eliminating racism in all its forms, stands strong against efforts to do away with Oregon’s sanctuary law, which was enacted on a bipartisan basis and has worked well to protect Oregonians for 30 years.

US history is rife with race-based anti-immigrant sentiment, and we know that the current administration’s anti-immigrant policies are racist in nature, aimed clearly at black and brown immigrants. Their tactics, horrific as they are, are not new. Policies of family separation as punishment, deterrent, and forced assimilation are a shameful part of the history of the United States. Slaveholders permanently separated enslaved family members as a matter of routine. The government forced indigenous children to government boarding schools, denying them their culture. Today families are routinely separated through mass incarceration and by CPS, which we know happens to black and brown families at a disproportionate rate. Allowing police to target immigrants based solely on their suspected immigration status will lead to racial profiling, and families targeted for deportation will continue the cycle of family separation and trauma.

From this history and present, we know that the immediate, lifetime, and generational trauma to victims of racism and anti-immigrant policies is severe. This is why we must stand against measure 105. Oregon’s sanctuary law protects all Oregonians from racial profiling. We cannot go backward.

To reject racism and fear, get involved in the “No on Measure 105” campaign.


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Apply to Sit on the Portland Committee for Community-Engaged Policing

Apply to Sit on the Portland Committee for Community-Engaged Policing

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Applications are now available to sit on the Portland Committee for Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP)! The application submission deadline is June 1, 2018. In order to apply, you must be at least 16 years old and live, work, worship, and/or go to school in Portland. (Please note that “worship” is broadly defined to include all religions and areas of worship.) PCCEP members cannot be current City employees or have an actual or perceived conflict of interest with the City.

Keep reading for more information, or go to:


What is the Portland Committee for Community-Engaged Policing?

The Portland Committee for Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) is being formed to independently assess the City of Portland’s Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in addition to working with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) to develop policies and assess community engagement efforts. The Settlement Agreement calls for reform to PPB policies and training, particularly related to use of force and interactions with people who have or are perceived to have a mental health condition.

You can find more information on the PCCEP here:

You can find general information on the Settlement Agreement here:

What will the PCCEP do?

The PCCEP will engage with Portland’s diverse communities in key areas of concern, including constitutional policing, use of force, interactions with people experiencing mental illnesses, complaint investigations, and racial justice. The PCCEP will also contribute to the development of the PPB Community Engagement Plan, as directed by the Settlement Agreement between the City of Portland and the DOJ.

The PCCEP will be authorized to:

  • Provide recommendations in key areas of concern (including but not limited to those listed above) to the Mayor, PPB, the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the DOJ based on information gathered from Portland’s diverse communities.
  • Review and make recommendations on PPB policies touching the DOJ Settlement Agreement and/or key areas of concern.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to PPB regarding community engagement initiatives already in progress and those needed in the future.
  • During the effective period of the Settlement Agreement, appear before the Court at the annual status conference and provide an assessment of the City’s progress toward achieving the goals of the Settlement Agreement.


Who can be a PCCEP member?

  • People who are at least 16 years old and live, work, worship, and/or go to school in Portland. (Please note that “worship” is broadly defined to include all religions and areas of worship.)
  • PCCEP members cannot be current City employees or have an actual or perceived conflict of interest with the City.


Who is an ideal PCCEP candidate? 

Individuals who are:

  • Open-minded and willing to consider other opinions
  • Demonstrate an ability to be impartial and objective
  • Possess sound communication and listening skills
  • Lead and function well in a group
  • Are willing to make a substantial time commitment — including trainings, at least two evening meetings per month (with one open to the public), and workgroup meetings
  • Able to listen to community concerns at meetings open to the public


How will PCCEP members be selected?

  • The Mayor, in consultation with the Selection Advisory Committee and Council Offices, will interview final candidates and select 9 to 11 individuals to sit on the PCCEP. There will be five alternates. The Selection Advisory Committee, a five-member panel with representatives selected by the Mayor and each of the Commissioners, will review applications, conduct initial interviews and provide the Mayor with recommendations for final candidates.


What are the responsibilities of each PCCEP member?

  • If you are selected, commit to serve either a one or two-year term. (Please note that PCCEP members may, upon the completion of their first term, apply to serve for another. Per City rules, PCCEP members may serve for up to eight years).
  • Prior to being seated on the PCCEP, be required to:
  • Learn about the history of the City of Portland’s Settlement Agreement with the DOJ;
  • Attend PPB community academy;
  • Participate in a ride-along with PPB; and
  • Participate in subject matter and board trainings.
  • The minimum time commitment for PCCEP members will be approximately 8 hours a month, including reading materials before meetings and attending meetings. The committee (with the agreement of its members) may, at its discretion, lengthen the time commitment depending on the work it wishes to conduct.
  • Under Oregon state law, a public official is any person serving the State of Oregon, any of the state’s political divisions, or any other public body as an appointed official. Under City ordinance, a city official includes anyone appointed to a board or commission, or a citizen volunteer authorized to act on behalf of the City of Portland.
  • PCCEP members will be both public and city officials. PCCEP members will have certain responsibilities and obligations that are different than those of private citizens. Training will be provided to all members prior to being seated.
  • Engage and collaborate with other PCCEP members, law enforcement and the Portland community in a respectful and productive manner.
  • Provide information to and solicit feedback from Portland’s diverse communities through roundtables and town halls, to be held at least quarterly and open to the public.




Please return your completed application by Friday, June 1. There are several options for submitting your application:


You can print the application below, pick up a copy at the Mayor’s Office, or call Mandi Hood at 503-319-7736 to request a paper copy by mail.



  1. EMAIL:
  2. MAIL or DROP OFF:Mandi Hood c/o Nicole Grant
    Office of the Mayor
    1221 SW 4th Avenue Room 340
    Portland, OR 97204

If you have questions regarding the PCCEP or this application, please contact Mandi Hood, PCCEP Project Manager, at:

(503) 319-7736 or email

Please note that PCCEP application submissions are public records subject to disclosure upon request but effort will be made to protect sensitive information in public disclosure and discussion, to the extent allowed by law.

The City strives to eliminate barriers that may prevent persons with disabilities from participating in City programs, services and activities. If accommodations or translations are needed to submit a PCCEP application, or you have any other questions, please contact Mandi Hood at (503) 319-7736.

In recognition of the importance of the participation of persons with lived experience of a mental health condition in the PCCEP process, accommodations will be provided to ensure a safe environment that supports full participation of all PCCEP members.