9/14: Celebration of Life for Afifa Ahmed Shafi

AfifaSave the date for a memorial service for Office of Neighborhood Involvement colleague, Afifa Ahmed Shafi, on Saturday, Sept 14th.

Right now, the tentative plan is to have a community potluck scheduled from 4:30-6:00pm, and service from 6:00-8:00pm at the Multnomah Art Center,7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon 97219.

Your RSVP response to this invite will help the coordinating group plan for the event. We look forward to celebrating Afifa’s life with all of you. Please email Tenzin at tenzinchoephel@hotmail.com with your RSVP or on Facebook at:


Amalia Alarcon Morris
Nickole Cheron
Tenzin Choephel
Brian Hoop
Muna Idow
Dennis LoGiudice
Dora Perry
Jeri Williams
Desiree Williams-Rajee

NECN is Hiring! Three positions available.

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is pleased to announce we currently have three positions we are seeking applicants for:

  • Communications Manager- 20 hours/weekNECN_logo_color
  • Project Coordinator: Committees- 32 hours/week
  • Project Coordinator: Special Projects and Initiatives- 25 hours/week

Communications Manager  Further NECN’s mission through outreach and communications activities and materials. Implement strategic communications and events designed to increase NECN’s public visibility and the public’s understanding and support of NECN’s mission. Click here for complete job description.

Project Coordinator: Committees  Support our four community committees in their work bringing community members together to engage in research, education and advocacy and to address topics important to inner north and northeast community members. Click here for complete job description.

Project Coordinator: Special Projects and Initiatives  Work with a wide variety of individuals and diverse cultural groups, helping to create connections and foster community-building initiatives. Click here for complete job description.

Application instructions for each position are listed on the respective job description.

Looking to volunteer? We are also seeking volunteers interested in making inner N/NE Portland a better place to live.

Our volunteer positions include opportunities to help with simple day-to-day projects. Please contact info@necoalition.org for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

The Albina Ministerial Alliance, along with community partners such as the Urban League of Portland, the NAACP of Portland, the ACLU of Portland, and others are planning a march and rally to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, to be held on Saturday, August 24th at South Waterfront Park.  Timed to coincide with the national event in Washington, DC, activists from around the Portland region will gather in solidarity and support of the ongoing civil rights movement.

While the anniversary is historic in itself, the rally will also focus on the recent setbacks in terms of civil rights, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a cornerstone of modern civil rights law. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking recently at the National Urban League Conference, found the ruling “disappointing and deeply flawed” but stressed that the decision is not a defeat, but “a historic opportunity” to strengthen civil rights law. Demonstrators will seize this opportunity to organize in support of stronger protections under the law.  Other events, including the recent verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, highlight a failure on the part of our legal system to address systematic injustices and unequal protections under the law.

In Portland, where unemployment for African Americans is often double the rate of the majority population, and where a 2012 federal inquiry found that Police Bureau engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force, the issues that compelled the 1963 March of Washington for Jobs and Freedom, including lack economic opportunity and police brutality, are still the pressing issues of today.  The commemorative march will begin at 10am on August 24th, at Terry Schrunk Plaza and will march to South Waterfront Park, where the rally, speakers, and music will begin at 1pm. 

RSVP/share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/557729150950973/