Brooklyn Action Corps Newsletter

Brooklyn Neighborhood News May/June 2021

Brooklyn Neighborhood News – May-Jun 2021

Brooklyn Action Corps

Tell the City where to place new trash cans

This fall, the City will be adding 182 new public trash cans throughout Southeast Portland. The cans will be emptied twice a week, paid for by the City. The City would like to hear from you: Where would you like new public trash cans? You can fill out this brief survey about where the City should (or shouldn’t) put the new cans.

You can find more details about the new public trash cans at, including what the trash cans look like and a map showing the neighborhoods where cans will be added this fall.

Brooklyn Action Corps

April 2021 BAC board meeting

This month’s board meeting is on Wednesday, April 14th. All BAC board meetings are open for the public to join.

It will be held as a Zoom meeting. You can join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or call in from a phone. Meeting details can be found on the event page.


Constituent coffee with Representative Rob Nosse

Brooklyn’s State Representative Rob Nosse will be hosting an online constituent coffee townhall on Zoom on Saturday, April 3.

If you have any questions about what is happening in the legislature this session, which bills are going where, or would like to just catch up, register to attend.

Brooklyn Action Corps

Denouncing racist & sexist violence and supporting our AAPI communities

The recent violence in Atlanta that resulted in the murders of 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian women — 4 of those elders, at the hand of a 21 year old white man was both racist and sexist.

Silence when white supremacy takes this deadly form supports more of it, thus Brooklyn Action Corps explicitly condemns these violent acts against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members and all misogynist and racist acts of hatred and violence. 

We offer our anger, grief, and empathy to our AAPI neighbors. We mourn for each life that was taken. Please practice self care during this traumatic time and reach out to us for any support: or

Support Our Local AAPI Brooklyn Businesses

  • Bob’s Handy Pantry, 3354 SE Milwaukie Ave
  • Hamono Sushi, 3131 SE 12th Ave
  • Coco Donuts, 4790 SE Milwaukie Ave
  • Vincent’s Alterations & Tailoring, 3334 SE Milwaukie Ave

This week (and always!) we encourage you to support our local shops. One friendly suggestion — make a day out of it! Coco Donuts in the morning sunshine, Hamono Sushi for a date or special take out, and Bob’s for a pint of ice cream or drinks to go with dinner.

There are many other ways to support and learn from our AAPI communities. Read on for more details, resources, and information.

Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

Survey reminder

Don’t forget to fill out your neighborhood survey! To fill it out online, head to (English) or (Spanish).

Completed surveys will be entered in a drawing for 4 gift cards from Brooklyn businesses! Make sure you fill out your contact info to enter the gift card raffle. The survey closes today, March 19th.

Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

COVID vaccine update

Brooklyn Pharmacy is a coronavirus vaccination location. This means you have the option to get vaccinated in your own community! Please check out the info below for important information on registering to get a vaccination appointment. You may not get an appointment the first time you try! This system is not ideal — please support your elder communities at this time.


Eligibility varies, but folks 65+ are now eligible. News regarding vaccine eligibility is updated frequently and subject to change. Please see the HealthMart vaccination schedule page to check your eligibility and search for a vaccine appointment.

Brooklyn Pharmacy hours and location

3131 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

  • Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Register for the vaccine

  • Go to the HealthMart Website
  • Register your individual account
    • Provide your full name, address, phone number, email, and gender
    • Create a username and password
    • This website will not ask for your social security number or any bank account information
  • Click “COVID-19 Vaccine Assessment”
    • Complete the assessment
  • If you are eligible, you will receive a time slot if:
    • There are enough vaccines
    • There are enough appointment time slots
  • If you do not receive an appointment time, it is recommended that you try again the next day at a different time earlier in the morning.
    • 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM may be better
  • You need to retake the eligibility assessment each time you search for an appointment.
  • Once you receive an appointment time slot, you need to take a printed or digital voucher with you to your vaccination location!

8 practices to continue

  1. Keep wearing your mask
  2. Practice 6 feet of social distancing
  3. Wash and moisturize hands thoroughly and frequently
  4. Support a healthy immune system by
    • Eating nutritious foods
    • Drinking enough water
    • Getting enough sleep
  5. Sending virtual love to family, friends, and neighbors
  6. Interrupt xenophobia and anti-Asian hate along with other forms of racism
  7. Give if/when you are able to support marginalized communities
    • Donate to people and organizations
    • Support BIPOC-owned businesses and communities
    • Advocate for social equity and inclusive policies
  8. Practice self care

Questions or concerns

For support or questions, please email us at

Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

Neighborhood survey

Please take the 2021 Brooklyn neighborhood survey! We’d love to hear your feedback. You can fill it out online at (English) or (Spanish).

If you prefer to fill it out by hand, there’s a printed survey in the March/April 2021 newsletter. (You can also print your own at home.) You can fill in the survey and mail it or drop it off at a local business (see below). Fold the completed survey in thirds with the address portion visible, tape or staple the bottom shut, and return it via mail or drop it off.

Completed surveys will be entered in a drawing for 4 gift cards from Brooklyn businesses! Make sure you fill out your contact info to enter the gift card raffle. Please complete the survey by March 19th.

Drop off locations:

Mailing address:

Brooklyn Action Corps
PO Box 42341
Portland, OR 97242

If you have questions or comments, contact us.

Brooklyn Action Corps Newsletter

Brooklyn Neighborhood News March/April 2021

Brooklyn Neighborhood News - Mar-Apr 2021

Make sure to fill out the neighborhood survey included in this issue. We want your feedback!

Also, check out the expanded web version of the print article Invasive Plant in our Neighborhood.

Brooklyn Action Corps

Invasive Plant in our Neighborhood: Lesser Celandine

By Julia Bond

A patch of Lesser Celandine
A patch of Lesser Celandine

You may have recently seen this yellow flower popping up around our neighborhood. With shiny heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers, it can be a real eye catcher. But don’t let its looks deceive you. It is called Lesser Celandine and it is a highly invasive plant.

Like other invasive species, Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) is an aggressive plant that can easily crowd out other plants and quickly take over large areas. How? First off, it emerges earlier in the season—in the winter or early spring—giving it a head start on other plants. It also can spread in more ways than the average flower. It has three ways, while most have only one or two. This allows it to grow rapidly and with little competition to create dense patches.

With these tricks, Lesser Celandine can take over lawns and gardens, smothering and killing other plants.But it doesn’t stop with gardens. When Lesser Celandine escapes from our yards into natural areas, the dense patches it creates displace the native plants. Unlike most other plants, Lesser Celandine dies back in the spring, leaving nothing but dirt for much of the year. This creates barren areas that are vulnerable to soil erosion, but also provide little food for pollinating insectsor habitat for wildlife.

What does it look like?

A Lesser Celandine bloom
A Lesser Celandine bloom

We don’t have many plants in Portland that look like Lesser Celandine. It has shiny dark green leaves that are heart- or kidney-shaped. It has bright yellow symmetric flowers that usually have around eight petals (the number of petals can vary from 6 to 26) and a slightly darker center. Timing is also important, you’ll only see it growing in the winter and spring.

What can you do to help?

If you see Lesser Celandine in your yard, remove it as soon as possible. Once it gets established, it can be hard to rid a garden of Lesser Celandine, so it is best to remove it before it takes over. When digging it up take care since it can spread in three different ways. Like many plants it spreads by seed, but it also produces small bulblets under the leaves that can create new plants. Underground, it creates finger-like tubers that also sprout new plants.

When digging up Lesser Celandine make sure you remove the whole plant, including the underground tubers, but avoid putting it in the compost as composting doesn’t kill the bulbs. Instead, bag the plant and any contaminated soil and place it in the trash. Once you’ve tackled an area, it’s a good idea to check it each year to make sure it doesn’t return.

More information

For more information about Lesser Celandine, visit the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services’ Lesser Celandine page. To learn more about invasive species in Portland, visit BES’ Invasive Species Management page.