Sunnyside Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee

The DEIA Committee circled back to ways we could get involved with the Sunnyside community and our role in participating in the upcoming Belmont Street Fair. The committee is working to make local resources more available to the public. We’re looking into how we can make sure apartment buildings get access to the monthly Sunnyside newsletter to stay informed and get involved in neighborhood initiatives. We reached out to the Kids Center March for Black Lives Matter organizers to see how we can support their efforts and collaborate together. We’re also working to establish an outreach program to reach out to BIPOC businesses within Sunnyside to see how we can provide support, if wanted. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. Virtual meeting details will be posted on the SNA website on September 2nd. The DEIA Committee meets every 1st Tuesday of the month. We look forward to new attendees and welcome ideas on ways to grow this committee.

Civic Engagement

Hot, hot, hot!

It has been a long, hot and unusual summer. Scientists have been telling us for decades that severe weather caused by climate change was coming, but it is still a shock to experience this heat. It has made me sad to see the burnt foliage on trees and plants, especially the ferns that didn’t evolve to survive multiple days of triple digit weather. It was also disturbing to learn that 60 people died in Portland during the June heatwave. Our city and state need to be better prepared for these weather events. But we also need federal policy, otherwise our individual actions are like bailing water from a bathtub with the faucet running.

While I try to lower my personal carbon footprint, I also work to get carbon pricing passed at the national level because we can’t get to net zero emissions by 2050 without it. We have a unique opportunity to get carbon pricing passed through the upcoming budget reconciliation. If you are concerned about climate change, I urge you to contact your U.S. Representative to ask them to include carbon pricing, cclusa.org/house. Last month Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers inspired over 20,0000 people to contact their senators. We’d like to hit the same numbers for contacting U.S. Representatives. If you are inspired to do more, join Citizens Climate Lobby at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-citizens-climate-lobby/ and help me in advocating a price on carbon. I hope to see you at our next CCL meeting on Saturday, September 11th.

SNA August Notes and September Plans

Summer Recess, Hybrid Meetings in Fall, and Community Engagement

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association took the month of August off to enjoy the last bit of summer and take some time to welcome the new board members. We plan to keep the meetings virtual for the time being due to the increases in Covid cases. We will start holding the monthly neighborhood association meetings in a new format. From 7 – 8 p.m. we will hold the board meeting where we will review committee initiatives and make any board-related decisions. From 8 – 9 p.m. we will hold the general meeting where we’ll have guest speakers and invite open conversations. Both sessions are open to the public and we encourage folks to attend, stay informed, and get involved. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming September meeting on Thursday the 9th. Meeting details and the agenda will be posted on the SNA website (https://sunnysideportland.org) on Monday the 6th.

Adopt One Block in the Sunnyside Neighborhood

[See a more recent version of this map at https://sunnysideportland.org/adoptoneblock/]

As of July 22nd, over 80% of the blocks in Sunnyside have been adopted through Adopt One Block. We have 132 blocks adopted and only 28 blocks still seeking adoption. This is more than three times as many blocks adopted than when we started our neighborhood outreach in early April. We had 43 adopted blocks then. The areas marked in grey on the map have been adopted; areas in black still need adoption.

More information about Adopt One Block (including an updated map as well as information about how to adopt a block) is available at sunnysideportland.org under the Volunteer menu.

If you have adopted a block, please let our Cleanup Coordinator know so we can improve collaboration and coordination among block ambassadors as well as offer local support. So far, block ambassadors covering about 50 blocks have made themselves known. Those blocks are identified with a thin white line on the map. Your contact information will not be shared publicly, but knowing about you will allow our Cleanup Coordinator to privately connect adopters of neighboring blocks if they both choose.

To make yourself known to the SNA as a block ambassador, or if you ever need help with disposing of excess trash, dealing with larger items that have been dumped, needles or biohazard cleanup, please contact Vincent Dawans, SNA Cleanup Coordinator at dawansv@gmail.com.