December Enewsletter: End of 2011

A special end-of-the-year Enewsletter is out, give it a read here.

December 2011 Enews highlights include: Neighborhood Leadership, Issue Advocacy and Community Initiatives. Informed by community members at large and neighborhood associations, our three community committees, Community Economic Development Council (formed this year!), Safety and Livability Team, and Land Use and Transportation, vetted issues and made recommendations to our Board of Directors who took positions on issues in an unprecedented number this year. Issues include: Columbia River Crossing, Portland Plan, Rose Quarter and Memorial Coliseum, N/NE Quadrant Project, Cell Tower locations, Portland Public Schools Redistricting Process, Last Thursday and more. Each committee also developed large forums (Columbia River Crossing, Emergency Preparedness, N/NE Community Economic Development) broadening the active participation to include community members of all walks of life. In partnership with Coalition for a Livable Future, NECN strongly advocated against the CRC as currently planned and continues to do so.

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Read the rest of the enews here.

Wanted to hire: Journeyman Electrician

Dear Neighborhood Leaders, With the added business from NECN’s Solarize Northeast project, the selected contractor, Mr. Sun Solar is hiring Journeyman Electricians to keep up with its current installations and projected new ones. Mr. Sun Solar is committed to keeping it local in Northeast Portland.

Please help us reach out to our communities to send qualified candidates to Mr. Sun Solar who also lives, works or otherwise is connected to North and Northeast Portland. Women and People of Color are encouraged to apply!



Mr. Sun Solar is looking for full time or part time electricians.  You must be agile enough to work on rooftops and in confining spaces like attics.  Experience installing solar photovoltaic systems is helpful but not necessary.    An active Oregon Journeyman Electrician card, or higher, is necessary.  A Washington Journeyman Electrician license is helpful, but not required.  Pay is  based on qualifications, experience, and performance.  Call 503 222-2468 or send resume to jp {at}

Remembering Rob Ingram

NECN is deeply saddened by the passing of Rob Ingram, an active community leader who will be missed throughout our N/NE communities. His commitment to our youth and communities is an inspiration to us all and we are sending our best wishes to his family and friends during this difficult time.  Please read the following tribute published in The Oregonian for more information about his many community contributions:

Too many black men die young … and more often than not, the cops don’t show up to pay their respects.


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Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian
Pallbearers carry the casket of Robert Leslie O’Neil Ingram out of The International Fellowship Family in Northeast Portland on Friday after the life celebration service. Ingram died Nov. 27 at age 38.


Too many black men die young … and more often than not, the cops don’t show up to pay their respects.

Black men die young … and the pallbearers wear gang colors, not white gloves.

Black men die young … and neighbors four blocks from the memorial celebration aren’t wandering into their front yards to ask passers-by, “What are all the cars for?”

Black men die young … and the words that hang over the altar — “Fresh Fire” — are a prediction, not a mission call.

Last Sunday, Rob Ingram, 38, died young … and an inspired segment of the city, a thousand strong, turned out Friday to bear witness to the difference he made before his heart gave out.

During two emotional hours at The International Fellowship Family, Ingram was honored for his selfless work as director of the city’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention.

He was lifted up by his extended family for his dedication as mentor, counselor, job connection, Big Brother, fraternity brother, fashion plate, cattle prod and president of the Urban League of Portland’s Young Professionals.

And when the pile of tributes began to sway above his casket, Ingram’s daughter, ShaMyua, stepped forward to admit she was, quite frankly, unimpressed by his titles and his honors.

She knew him as a father.

He had five children and a wife, Dana, whom he loved in a way that must have felt like worship.

And every night Ingram spent on the street, intervening with the gang kids who had no other family, was another night he sacrificed to his faith that he would, eventually, grow old with them.

Ingram had a lot of faith.

He spoke his mind.

He kept his promises.

And he knew what waited for too many black men in this city if he went home early or slept in.

Black men die young … and music doesn’t rock the house.

Black men die young … and city commissioners and past and present mayors don’t sit in the wings, knowing this farewell appearance could have played City Hall.

Black men die young … and no one but their mother says a word, sheds a tear or delivers an “Amen!”-worthy eulogy.

rob ingram2.JPGBenjamin Brink/The Oregonian
After the celebration of life service Friday for Robert Leslie O’Neil Ingram the crowd poured out of The International Fellowship Family. A thousand mourners attended the service, including past and present mayors, police officers and others Ingram touched throughout the city.
Rob Ingram died young, and when his casket finally closed, Steven Holt, the bishop at this fellowship on Northeast 122nd, admitted, “This doesn’t make sense to me. But I will not indict God because of my ignorance.

“This will not end like you think it will. This moment will bring glory to the Father and to the Son.”

Then Holt looked out over the wounded expanse of everyone whom Ingram touched, and recalled when his friend told him, “‘My assignment is to get the city to you.’ Well, guess what happened? I’m looking at the city right now. Right now!

“It’s time for every man here to man up. To stand up. Brothers, brothers, brothers, put your ‘player’ cards down. You’re a grown man. Grow up. Grown men show up. Be an example. Put down the blunt and the ’40.’

“Let the Rob who is in you come out of you. Can you imagine what we could do if a few of the people in this room decided we meant business?”

Despite the poverty. Despite the gangs. Despite the dropout rates. Despite the black men who die far too young.

Steve Duin