City of Eugene, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement 2017 Hate and Bias Report


The Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) coordinated the release of the 2017 Hate and Bias Report with this forum to provide context to the report. This report is made possible through collaboration with the Eugene Police Department (EPD) and HRNI. There were 87 reported crimes motivated by hate, and 51 recorded non-criminal incidents.

Download the report here:  https://www.eugene-or.gov/DocumentCenter/View/39256

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Register now for Neighborhoods 101: Wednesday, November 1


by Rene Kane, Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement

Neighborhoods 101 Workshop — Register now!

Our annual Neighborhoods 101 Workshop is a great opportunity to meet people (like you) who are passionate about their neighborhoods. It’s a chance to learn more about Eugene’s neighborhood associations and discover ways to make yourneighborhood even better!

Please join us!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a light dinner will be served at 5:10)
Campbell Senior Center, 155 High Street

This workshop is for you if any of the following apply

  • You’d like to meet other neighborhood board members and learn more about what other neighborhoods are doing;
  • You’re new to your neighborhood board (elected in the last year);
  • You’ve never attended a Neighborhoods 101 workshop or it’s been awhile since you attended;
  • You want to know more about the responsibilities, roles and functions of neighborhood associations;
  • You want to be better prepared to engage your neighborhood community in tackling issues you face; or
  • You’re not currently active in your neighborhood association and you’re curious about what neighborhood groups do and how you might be involved in the future.

Here’s a summary of what’s included:

  • Materials provided: Neighborhood Handbook, INRC Organizer’s Workbook, How to Have Successful Meetings, The ABCs of Parliamentary Procedure
  • Make Meetings Matter: hosting, planning and facilitating neighborhood meetings
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Neighborhood Funding
  • Meet the Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement staff

PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN MONDAY October 30 at 5:00 p.m. so we can plan materials specific to your neighborhood, provide adequate seating and ample food. Thank you! Registration is required and we are limited to 45 participants. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NH101fall17

Please contact Rene C. Kane at 541.682.6243 with any questions about the workshop.

Register now for Neighborhoods 101: Thursday, April 6, 2017


by Rene Kane, Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement

Our annual Neighborhoods 101 Workshop is a great opportunity to meet people (like you) who are passionate about their neighborhoods. It’s a chance to learn more about Eugene’s neighborhood associations and discover ways to make your neighborhood even better!

Please join us!

  • Thursday, April 6, 2016
  • 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a light dinner will be served at 5:10)
  • Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington Street

This training is for you if any of the following apply:

  • You’d like to meet other neighborhood board members and learn more about their successes… and challenges;
  • You’re new to your neighborhood board (elected in the last year);
  • You’ve never attended a neighborhood orientation or it’s been awhile since you attended;
  • You want to know more about the responsibilities, roles and functions of neighborhood associations;
  • You want to be better prepared to engage your neighborhood community in tackling issues you face; or
  • You’re not currently active in your neighborhood association and you’re curious about what neighborhood groups do and how you might be involved in the future.

Here’s a summary of the agenda:

  • Brief review: Neighborhood Handbook (contents/organization)
  • Introductions: Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement staff
  • Let’s Chat: Learn about what makes other neighborhood board members “tick”; what inspires them, fuels their continued commitment and what challenges them. We’ll start with a few questions and let you ask your own.
  • Exercise: Engaging your neighbors. We’ll share tools for finding out more about the groups and organization in your neighborhood. In line with the recent Resolution on Diversity issued by the Neighborhood Leaders Council, we’ll also talk about prevention and response to hate & bias activity in your neighborhood, and resources that HRNI and other community organizations can provideto help you to effectively involve your neighborhood community in addressing issues that affect them

Register for the survey at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NH1012017

Once you register,  we’ll follow up with additional information. Please contact me at 541.682.6243 if you have any questions about the training.

Southeast Neighbors Board elections will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Hilyard Community Center. This year, six positions will be up for election to our neighborhood board; chair, vice-chair and four at-large directors.

Strong neighborhood engagement from people from all walks of life is the key to enriching our community. This class will give you the background you will need to serve. Please sign up today as this is the only time this class will be offered this year.

Update from HRNI


Neighborhood Reports

Nearly all active neighborhood associations submitted their neighborhood reports by the February 1 deadline. Thank you so much for your responsiveness. If your neighborhood has not yet sent in your report, please contact Rene Kane at 541-682-6243 or by email at rene.c.kane@ci.eugene.or.us. It’s not too late.

Neighborhood Matching Grants

Ten applications submitted totaling a $53,000 request. Three projects did not submit for final application; all projects were well-thought out. By end of March we should know which applications will move forward for consideration by the City Council.

Outreach Funding

By the end of March new outreach funding figures will be available. In the meantime, contact Cindy Koehler if you have any questions; 541-682-5272.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 8: City Council Work Session /Noon/Harris Hall Action: Ordinance Concerning Prohibition of Dogs Downtown Action: Ordinance Concerning Prohibition of Smoking Downtown Work Session: South Willamette Next Steps
  • March 9: Budget Comm./5:30/Bascom Tykeson Rm. Eugene Public Library
  • March 13: City Council Work Session /5:30 p.m./Harris Hall Work Session: Street Repair Review Panel Report Work Session: Commercial Setback Code Requirements for Downtown
  • March 13: City Council Meeting/7:30 p.m./Harris Hall Public Forum Public Hearing and Action: Capital Improvement Program Public Hearing and Possible Action: Ordinance on Protections for Individuals
  • MARCH 15: Council Work Session/Noon/Harris Hall Work Session: Parks and Recreation System Plan Work Session: Marijuana Regulations – 1,000 Ft. Buffer
  • MARCH 15: Budget Comm./5:30/Bascom Tykeson Rm. Eugene Public Library
  • April 10: City Council Meeting/7:30 p.m./Harris Hall Public Forum
  • April 12: Council Work Session/Noon/Harris Hall Work Session: Inclusionary Zoning

The Neighborhood Leaders Council Establishes a Shared Value of Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the Neighborhood Leaders Council unanimously approved a resolution to to build a community that is welcoming, inclusive, just and safe for everyone. The resolution was read at the City of Eugene a Sanctuary City public forum on Monday and distributed to attendees.

Neighborhood Leaders Council – Diversity in all of its forms

The Neighborhood Leaders Council Establishes a Shared Value of Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

SECTION I:

WHEREAS the Neighborhood Leaders Council seeks to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community and FURTHERMORE values all neighbors within and around the Eugene boundaries.

WHEREAS the recent presidential political campaign has exacerbated social tensions and created an atmosphere in which hate speech and other types of aggression have started to escalate.

WHEREAS goals for human rights, equity and inclusion are integral parts of each Neighborhood Association.

WHEREAS we recognize and honor the establishment of three specific priorities within the area: diversity, equity and inclusion in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming neighborhood for all residents.

And WHEREAS respected organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, ACLU and other organizations representing marginalized communities embrace and encourage the creation of an environment that fosters tolerance and mutual respect among community members, and to facilitate the right to participate fully in neighborhood activities without being discriminated against.

SECTION II:

Therefore the Neighborhood Leaders Council RESOLVES that:

We are leaders of Neighborhoods enriched by the diversity of our residents and community members. Each individual has the potential to contribute to our community as a whole.  Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.

We oppose discrimination on the basis of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic or other social status and will fight for equitable and welcoming Neighborhoods in which all can freely and safely learn, discuss, participate, live freely, differ, debate, and grow.  

We are committed to treating all people as family and to fully embracing the unique contributions of all Eugene residents regardless of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic or other social status.  

We endorse the following statement by former Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association Chair, Juan Carlos Valle- “Neighborhoods rich in diversity in mind, racial and ethnic diversity and neighbors whose background might be different from ours enhances our collective quality of life and it is a gift to all.  Diversity in all of its forms encourages inquisitiveness and discovery of our own culture and it nurtures a worldly perspective that establishes a legacy of inclusion and harmony for all generations; past, current and future neighbors”.

We believe in and are committed to continue our work to build a community that is welcoming, inclusive, just and safe for everyone.

We specifically recognize that diversity creates and fosters community.

We are committed to treating all people fairly, and to fully embracing the unique contribution of all Eugene residents regardless of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, housing status, sexual orientation, economic or other social status.

With the support of the City we are committed to ensuring that all members of our community are free from acts that are rooted in fear, ignorance, prejudice, and hate.

We encourage all  Neighborhood leaders and residents of each Neighborhood to:

  • engage neighbors and our community to identify ways to support the safety of our neighbors who have been rendered particularly vulnerable by the bigotry and climate of the recent political campaign;
  • strongly condemn bias, intimidation,, harassment and other acts that are based on age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic status or other social status.
  • speak out loudly and clearly against all expressions of bias and react promptly and firmly to acts of discriminatory harassment;
  • build upon the  partnership with the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement as well as community  organizations to support community dialog and create forums and workshops to raise awareness on issues of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic status or other social status.;
  • intensify their efforts to recruit members of diverse racial and ethnic communities on neighborhood boards; support initiatives by others that might help accomplish this goal;
  • strengthen their information sharing and be open learning from communities and groups  that reflect the diversity among our neighbors, throughout the city, our state and the nation.

Unanimously Approved this Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NLC Resolution Promoting Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


We will be taking a vote on whether or not to endorse this resolution at the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) meeting on Tuesday, November 22 in the Sloat Room, on the ground floor of the Atrium Building, at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.

At this meeting, the group will continue to develop a work plan for 3 top priority areas: land use, homelessness response, and disaster preparedness. The breakout groups by topic will begin at 8:00pm and conclude at 9:00pm. Please join us to participate if you are interested.

Resolution for the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) to Establish Shared Values of Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SECTION I:

WHEREAS the Neighborhood Leaders Council seek[s] to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community and it FURTHERMORE values all neighbors within and around the Eugene boundaries.

WHEREAS the recent national political campaign has exacerbated social tensions and created an atmosphere in which hate speech and other types of aggression have started to escalate.

WHEREAS our goal for Diversity, racial ethnic diversity, equity and inclusion are integral parts of each neighborhood .

WHEREAS we recognize and honor the establishment of three specific priorities within the area of diversity, equity and inclusion in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming neighborhood for all residents.

And WHEREAS respected organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP and ACLU embrace and encourage the creation of an environment that fosters tolerance and mutual respect among community members, an to facilitate the  right to participate fully in neighborhood activities without being discriminated against.

SECTION II:

Therefore we RESOLVE that:

We are leaders of neighborhoods enriched by the diversity of our residents, and community members. Each individual has the potential to contribute to our community as a whole.  Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.

We oppose discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin and fight for an equitable and welcoming neighborhoods in which all can freely and safely learn, discuss, participate, live freely, differ, debate, and grow.

We endorse the following statement by former South Hills Neighborhood Association Chair, Juan Carlos Valle- “Neighborhoods rich in diversity in mind, racial ethnic diversity and neighbors whose background might be different from ours enhances our collective quality of life and it is a gift to all.  Diversity in all of its forms encourages inquisitiveness and discovery of our own culture and it nurtures a worldly perspective that establishes a legacy of inclusion and harmony for all generations; past, current and future neighbors”.

We specifically welcome and engage racial ethnic diversity as it creates and fosters community.

We encourage all  neighborhood leaders and residents of each neighborhood to:

5.1 continue to protect members of our community who have been rendered particularly vulnerable by the bigotry and climate of the recent political campaign;

5.2 speak out loudly and clearly against expressions of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and other bias, and react promptly and firmly to acts of discriminatory harassment;

5.3 Seek and enable a partnership with the Human Rights Center and the above organizations to create forums and workshops to raise awareness and promote dialogue on issues of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sex and sexual orientation;

5.4 intensify their efforts to recruit members of racial minorities on neighborhood boards; support initiatives by others that might help accomplish this goal;

5.5 strengthen our information sharing and to be open learn from the same people described above reflect the diversity among our neighbors, throughout the city, our state and the nation.

 

June 28 Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement update


by Rene Kane, HRNI

City Budget Unanimously Approved last night:

Allocate $75,000 ($20K for grants and $55K for engagement) for Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement on an ongoing basis and review the funds allocation process among neighborhoods.

As part of the FY17 support for Human Services allocate $25,000 of the one-time allocation (MWBC or marginal beginning working capital. i.e., unspent funds from previous year) for the rest stop program.

International Town Gown Conference

Will be held at the UO in 2017, the week of May 29. More information as the conferences takes shape.

Hate & Bias Report

HRNI, in conjunction with the Eugen Police Department, annually reports on hate and bias activity in the city. The 2015 Hate & Bias Report is nearly finalized and HRNI and EPD staff would like to present the report to the NLC at the July Meeting. In the meantime, the report will be presented to the community and we’ll reach out to neighborhoods to participate in that event.

Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Diversity Fellow

Ollie Gaskell has joined our office and will be working on an assessment of community disaster preparedness and climate resilience planning focusing on how we plan for the most vulnerable members of our population.

FYI

  • Transportation System Plan; RECORD IS STILL OPEN until 7/8; Planning Commission discussion begins 7/19
  • Upcoming Council discussions
    • 6/27 WS Love Food not Waste Initiative (residential pilot) See webcast
    • 6/29 WS Cascadia Rising report; EUGfun update CANCELLED
    • 7/14 WS Downtown development/public investments
    • 7/20 WS Envision Eugene
    • 7/27 WS Rental Housing code. The code is due to sunset 9/30 if no Council action is taken
    • COUNCIL BREAK 7/28 – 9/12
    • 9/19 Public Hearing: South Willamette Planning (SEHS Cafeteria)

Neighborhoods 101 Workshop


REGISTER TODAY!

The annual neighborhood orientation is a great opportunity to meet people (like you) who are passionate about their neighborhoods, learn more about Eugene’s government and discover ways to make your neighborhood even better!

Thursday, November 19, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a light dinner will be served at 5:10)
Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington Street

This training is for you if any of the following apply:

  • You’d like to meet other neighborhood board members and learn more about their successes… and challenges;
  • You’re new to your neighborhood board (elected in the last year);
  • You’ve never attended a neighborhood orientation or it’s been two or more years since you attended;
  • You want to know more about the responsibilities, roles and functions of neighborhood associations; or
  • You’re not currently active in your neighborhood association but you’re curious about what neighborhood groups do and how you might be involved in the future.

Here’s a summary of the agenda:

Brief review: Neighborhood Handbook (contents/ organization)
Introductions: Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement staff

Let’s Chat: Learn about what makes other neighborhood board members “tick”; what inspires them; fuels their continued commitment and what challenges them. We’ll start with a few questions and let you ask your own.

Exercise: Engaging your neighbors. We’ll share tools for finding neighborhood information and generate ideas for increasing interest and participation in your neighborhood association.

Register for the 2015 Neighborhoods 101 Workshop at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015NH101