Next Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 12, 7:00-8:3--via Zoom register by mailing to info @swhrl.org
We hope you can make it!
and coming up . . .
A Special Meeting on Race and Inclusion
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00-8:30 PM--via Zoom Details and registration information at this site closer to event.
Ending Racial Injustice is Our Collective Responsibility
Like many across our nation, we have watched in horror as so many black lives have been brutally taken. The tragic killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in recent weeks has shaken us all. Unquestionably, white privilege and systemic racism permeate our country. Our community is not immune to these failings, as you can hear in the trenchant words of Kevin "KRhea" Rhea, an African-American member of the SWHRL neighborhood:
On my way out for a workout in the "whitest major city in America". A city very well known for it's racist past and it's current "climate." All I have on me is a $30 running watch, pair of running shorts, tee shirt, low socks and shoes. I CANNOT be carrying a weapon because I have no place to hide it. I'm NOT a threat to anyone and most importantly, I'm NOT RUNNING FROM anything. I'm just trying to get some exercise. Yes, I will run past "your" house, past your driveway and through your neighborhood but it's not really "your" neighborhood, it's OUR neighborhood because I too live here. I'm not a threat to your wife or daughter. I'm not the black boogeyman. If you could step outside your fear and simply say "good morning" in return as I pass, you might find a way to conquer your fear. I don't do drugs, I don't rob people, I don't rape, I don't destroy property and neither does my owning a home here bring down the value of yours.
If you feel the need to cross the street as you so often do as I approach that's on you, not me. If you choose to ignore my, "good morning" or my "hello" that's on you not me. Just know this, I started running in 1976, I started cycling in 1972 and I've had EVERY experience a black man in US can have as he runs or rides wherever the eff he feels like running or riding because these streets, roads and wilderness areas aren't YOURS . . . they're OURS and yes, that means "even" mine, a black man. The only experience I haven't had is being shot! Guns pulled but never shot. Ahmaud Arbey wasn't so lucky.
Running/cycling/walking/driving/living/being while black is not a crime . . . no matter where we choose to do it. Peace to Ahmaud Arbey. Blessings to his family. PS Do you have to worry or even think about the risk you take WEARING a mask these days? I do and it has nothing to do with the virus. Feel me.
We must support change now! More than ever, these times demand that we come together to openly confront racist oppression and discrimination in all its forms, including demanding reforms in the way we are policed. We envision our police working collaboratively with all the communities they serve, with increased transparency, accountability, fairness, as well as public safety. SWHRL stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project
Aster Moulton, TriMet's Community Affairs Representative, spoke to SWHRL on July 14 about the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project, a proposed expansion of the MAX train system into Southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin, part of the "Get Moving 2020" bond measure that Metro has referred the November ballot. A copy of her presentation is attached at bottom.
More information can be found at https://trimet.org/swcorridor/ or you can see a short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbPFaWX6b8M&feature=youtu.be