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Climate Change Communication County Emergency

Help during the heat emergency

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive Heat Watch beginning tomorrow, Monday, July 25, through the evening of Thursday, July 28. The entire Portland area will be subject to dangerously hot conditions with temperatures that could potentially exceed 100 degrees for three or more days in a row. Overnight lows spanning 65 to 70 will provide little relief for those without air conditioning.

Update 2022/07/25: Extreme or prolonged heat comes with wide range of health risks, to learn more about what to look out for please visit the CDC website.

It’s a great time to be neighborly. Check in often with the neighbors around you, particularly the unhoused, older folks, and those who live alone, particularly those without air conditioning.

Multnomah County has daytime and overnight cooling centers available: http://tinyurl.com/coolplacesmultco. Update 2022/07/25: Trimet will not turn away anyone who can’t pay fares riding to or from cooling centers.

There are a variety of tips on the Multnomah County website. We also advise you to water plants in the early morning, be careful when walking your pets on hot sidewalks and asphalt, and keep the sun out as much as possible by closing blinds and curtains before the sun hits those windows.

Portland General Electric has a Peak Time Rebates program that helps address the rise in electrical demand by shifting usage to other times. It’s a good idea to unplug unneeded appliances and “vampire electronics” to help power go where it’s needed when it’s needed the most.

Wednesday’s General Meeting will be virtual-only to reduce stress on the power grid from cooling Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall. You can join the meeting via https://bit.ly/bacMeeting

Board member Myong O and others have created a Slack workspace called the Brooklyn Climate Community which includes information on a Do-It-Yourself Cooling Workshop and other Brooklyn cooling resources. Please reply to this email to get the information on how to connect.

Climate change is resulting in more heat events all around the world. We encourage you to urge our elected representatives to address it.

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Climate Change Housing Safety

Safe Routes to School, Camping, and Safety

On August 19, Mayor Wheeler made an emergency declaration that prohibited camping around schools and on prioritized routes to schools. This extends the previous prohibition on camping in transportation corridors with a high incidence of accidents.

Bike Portland has an excellent article on the news. The Safe Routes to School site Project Planning page includes a map you can use to explore them. We’ve taken a screenshot of the Brooklyn neighborhood’s routes and included it below. Click or tap to make it larger.

Brooklyn Neighborhood SRTS prioritized streets, visible in darker gray. Orange dots are unfunded transportation improvement projects.

We are giving you this information to keep you informed. We’d like to remind you that we’re living through a refugee crisis related to housing costs, the pandemic, and climate change.  Compassionate responses to neighborhood challenges in the face of these can be difficult, and some responses can make things worse, turning being poor into a crime. Responding in a way that makes everyone feel safer can be challenging, especially if our definition of everyone includes those who have nowhere to go but the road.

If you or someone you know would benefit from housing support and/or services please check out the following resource lists at 211, Southeast Uplift and Street Roots’ Rose City Resource

We recommend you use Portland’s One Point of Contact for issues with camping that pose a threat to safety.

There are two ways to report a campsite using the One Point of Contact Campsite Reporting System. Please use just one of the following methods:

  1. PDX Reporter. Please select the “Campsite Reporting” icon from the main menu. 
  2. Call 311.
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Brooklyn Action Corps Newsletter

Brooklyn Neighborhood News Sept/Oct 2022

Brooklyn Neighborhood News Sept/Oct 2022
Brooklyn Neighborhood News Sept/Oct 2022, featuring the Ice Cream Social in the Park, September 11, 2022

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Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Event

2022 Ice Cream Social In the Park

The Brooklyn Action Corps invites you to enjoy the 20th Ice Cream Social in the Park. Please join us Sunday, September 11, 2022, from 1 – 4 pm in Brooklyn Park

What can you look forward to?

Ice cream bars (still just 25 cents, thanks to a gift from Fred Meyer).

A face painter, a balloon sculptor, a fire truck, and games.

Music by the Yamhillbillies.

Raffles with prizes for kids and adults.

New BAC t-shirts for sale.

Booths will feature the Brooklyn Community Garden, a plant swap, Adopt a Block & more.

Water and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Volunteers are needed. Please email.

Please plan to attend and enjoy an afternoon with your family and neighbors.

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Brooklyn Action Corps

July 13, 2022 BAC Board Meeting

This month’s board meeting is on Wednesday, July 13th. All BAC board meetings are open for the public to join.

The meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting, both in-person and online or by phone. Meet in-person at the Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall, or on Zoom.

You can join Zoom from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or call in from a phone. More details can be found on the July board meeting event page.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Newsletter

Brooklyn Neighborhood News July/August 2022

Brooklyn Neighborhood News
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Brooklyn Action Corps

June 2022 BAC board meeting

This month’s board meeting is on Wednesday, June 8th. All BAC board meetings are open for the public to join.

The meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting, both in-person and online or by phone. Meet in-person at the Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall, or on Zoom.

You can join Zoom from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or call in from a phone. More details can be found on the June board meeting event page.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Event

Free climate solutions movie screening & community discussion — this Tuesday

The unfolding climate crisis can seem overwhelming, especially when we feel isolated and powerless. When we work together, we can support each other and be most effective and impactful.

Join us at the Aladdin Theater on Tuesday, May 31st, at 7:00 PM, for a free screening of Project Drawdown’s “Climate Solutions 101” and “Drawdown’s Neighborhood” (30–45 mins). The video will be followed by a discussion with the goal of finding clear action steps we can take in our neighborhood to address climate change.

Register at http://bit.ly/ClimateSolutionsPDX, and find more details on the Climate Solutions event page.

Where: Aladdin Theater (3017 SE Milwaukie Ave)
When: Tuesday, May 31st, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Event

Spring plant pop-up this Saturday


Join us on Saturday for the return of our community plant pop up! We’ll have organic produce starts, Brew Dr. kombuchas, a raffle, guides for growing plants, coloring pages, and more! Do you have produce or plant starts you’d like to donate or swap? Let us know or bring them to the park day-of!

This a free or by donation event. Registration is optional, but encouraged! Registering will help us plan more accurately. Register online at https://bit.ly/BrooklynPlantsPDX.

Where: Brooklyn Park (SE Milwaukie Ave & Haig St)
When: Saturday, May 28th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

More details on the plant pop-up event page.

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Brooklyn Action Corps

May 2022 BAC general meeting — annual elections and bylaws proposal

This month’s BAC general meeting is on Wednesday, May 25th. Our May meeting hosts our annual board elections. All board seats are up for election every year. Additionally, we have some proposed amendments to the BAC bylaws to vote on. Please come and vote!

Board candidates

These are the 2022–2023 board candidates:

  • Guy Berliner
  • Cheryl Crowe
  • Melaney Dittler
  • Josh Hetrick
  • John Karabaic
  • Andi Moore
  • Myong O
  • Marie Phillippi
  • Kimberléa Ruffu
  • David Ward
  • Stuart Zeltzer

Bylaws proposal

The BAC convened a working group to review the BAC’s bylaws, which were last updated 15 years ago. The working group produced a set of recommended changes, which the BAC board has approved. Bylaws changes must be approved by the general membership to be accepted. Full details on the proposed changes are provided on the 2022 bylaws proposal page.

Details

The meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting, both in-person at the Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall, or on Zoom. You can join Zoom from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or call in from a phone. More details can be found on the May general meeting event page.