If you felt the earth shaking last night and happen to live in Portland, it wasn’t the fault line preparing for the big one. That was hundreds, probably even more than a thousand (if Facebook events keep proper tally) gathering together at the Portland Parks & Rec community center in SE PDX for the PORTLANDERS STAND WITH REFUGEES & IMMIGRANTS free community event.
The idea behind this Friday night outing is to bring together cultures and backgrounds in a support of welcoming, love and unity. And it certainly felt like all of those things thanks to a smoothly run evening complete with Bollywood, Middle Eastern, African and Bollywood dancing. Oh, and Bollywood too. 🙂
Som Subedi helped organize the evening along with a faithful group of volunteers and other parks department staff. During the event Mr. Subedi (Engagement Coordinator, Parks for New Portlanders Program), Trang Lam (Assistant Director for Portland Parks & Recreation) and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz addressed the crowd while Mediterranean and Hawaiian food carts catered out-of-doors and handicrafts were sold in the hallway where new Community Youth Ambassadors helped engage the public and share about what the parks department is all about.