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Reflections & Transitions

This past year, as part of our strategic planning process, outside consultants conducted an assessment that engaged staff, board, volunteers, contractors, and past clients. There were a series of recommendations aimed at gaining deeper clarity around how we carry out our mission, both organizationally and programmatically. Some key themes we took away from the assessment included: There was a disconnect between what we say and what we do;  Staff of color felt unheard, unseen, and insecure in their jobs;  There were gaps in relationship and trust; and  The voice of one person of color had weight at the expense of the collective voice of staff of color. Our staff and board made a commitment to undertake the recommendations. We created a joint board/staff Change Team to shepherd the process, which was primarily comprised of Black staff and board members.  We found ourselves in the all too familiar traps we coach [...]

By |2019-08-29T14:21:14-07:00August 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Stand In Solidarity Against Fascists

Antifa Means Antifascist Many of us are slowly becoming numb to the mass shootings committed by white supremacists. Hate crimes have dramatically increased, further feeding the climate of fear. Portland has become a major target for members of a variety of white nationalists groups threatening violence to “Antifa.” There is a national debate categorizing “Antifa” as terrorist. With the sensationalist media reporting and fear mongering by official institutions, it is easy to forget what “Antifa” actually stands for. Antifa means antifascist, no more and no less. As an organization  with a mission to “advance racial and social justice” we believe that silence is no longer an option. None of us are safe until all of us are. There is a difference between “freedom of speech” and inciting violence and advocating for the elimination of entire groups of people. We hope that the attached articles can further the public discourse to [...]

By |2019-08-29T16:35:32-07:00August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

A Message From Our New Board Chair, Afrita Davis

Hello Staff, Clients, and Community, I am honored to hold the role as Chair for RNW's board of directors.  I accepted the opportunity to be on the board a year and a half ago because I was familiar with RNW's work in the community.  I supported students at Madison High School and Parkrose High School where RNW's Restorative Justice work was building connections between students and students and staff.  It was my service in the past year and a half that has opened my eyes at the skills, abilities and impact this organization can, will and does have on the communities it serves.  When I accepted this role I wanted to contribute my skills to our mission of facilitating honest dialogue to resolve conflict and advance racial and social justice. I look forward to applying my skills in leadership development and positive inquiry in a compassionate and inclusive manner that [...]

By |2019-08-29T15:22:14-07:00August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portland’s homeless villages use restorative justice to inform self-governance

COMMENTARY | Resolutions Northwest teaches tiny-home residents communication, mediation skills and accountability by Gabriele Ross | 1 Jun 2018 There are many reasons someone experiencing homelessness avoids shelters. They come with myriad rules around pets and staying with a partner, among others. And for people with PTSD, anxiety disorders or mental health issues, a crowded shelter can actually aggravate a person’s condition. The alternative for many people are tents. There are many tent camps in the city that are frequently raided and swept by the Portland Police Bureau and other authorities. Four permanent villages that started as tent camps, however, have become communities of tiny houses. The oldest of the villages, Dignity Village, has existed for 17 years and hosts about 50 people. With the exception of the newest (Kenton Women’s Village, with 25 residents total during the last year) all villages are self-governed, as opposed to being run by social-service agencies. The [...]

By |2020-08-13T11:05:03-07:00June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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