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Supporting Our Historically Black Neighborhoods

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We All Rise, a local Black- and woman-led consulting firm, was awarded a grant from Civic Life’s 2021 Community Safety and Healing through Art Grant to help fun the Alberta Market project.

We All Rise is a Black- and woman-led consulting firm working with local groups to create new pathways for community development rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. The firm was awarded a grant from Civic Life’s 2021 Community Safety and Healing through Art Grant, which provides multiple grantees with funds for art-inspired projects that allow neighbors to address grief and healing so that Portlanders can feel connected and safe.
We All Rise applied for the grant to help fund the Alberta Market project, an outdoor marketplace featuring multicultural vendors. The project description reads, “The Alberta Market aims to mourn and celebrate the talent and expression that is no longer part of the neighborhood.” Many residents of Portland’s historically Black neighborhoods, like the King and Sabin neighborhoods, have been disempowered and forced to move by racially-biased practices like eminent domain and gentrification.
We All Rise has put together a video about the firm’s involvement with the Alberta Market and its Multicultural Commercial Reentry Program, “a multi-year, multi-community approach to addressing the systemic challenges presented by Portland’s racial history.” The video talks about the challenges that Black Portlanders face as a result of racially-biased economic and housing practices and tells the stories of BIPOC business owners and entrepreneurs who took part in the Alberta Market. 

Watch the We All Rise video about the firm's involvement with the Alberta Market and the Multicultural Commercial Reentry Program.

In 2020, Civic Life, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and four community members — Cleo and Kayin Talton Davis, Carolyn M. Leonard, and Sharita Towne — got together to create A Dream Rezoned, a zine that addresses similar issues around eminent domain, displacement, and gentrification. The zine tells the story of how a local family was impacted by the racist city planning practices and expands on BPS’ 2019 report, the History of Racist Planning in Portland. You can read and download the zine here for free.

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