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AfroVillage PDX Project

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Afro Village logo, September 2020

begun by LaQuida Landford, in Portland, 2019.

Project page (LaQuida's Facebook page).

"Through initiatives and events – including Old Town Fresh in Downtown Portland – Laquida has provided a variety of critical services to community members and has started important conversations around fundamental basic needs such as hygiene and sanitation, food scarcity, mental and physical health, and safety during Covid-19. The AfroVillage Homebase (see below), located at the core of the African-American community in the Albina district, will be the ideal new home and incubator for this effort to expand and grow. Moreover, this space will serve and engage the local community, further strengthening bonds with this historically meaningful place."

Afro-Village Movement

"Afro-Village Movement" (PDF): proposal submitted to The MAX Reuse Design Challenge (design contest for reuse of old light-rail cars, from Tri-Met regional transit authority, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design, 2020).

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Afro Village Movement project poster, Sept 2020 a
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Afro Village Movement project poster, Sept 2020 a


Afro-Village Homebase

(proposal for village in Albina neighborhood, NE Portland).

Concept Exploration poster, December 2019:

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AfroVillage PDX Project- Concept Exploration poster, 2019-12


Description from Sean Green (September 28, 2020):

"The AfroVillage movement acknowledges the realities that: current villages and alternative shelter models offer a lot of promise but do not adequately serve the BIPOC communities that experience homelessness at disproportionately high rates; safe spaces that specifically serve the Black community (both housed and unhoused individuals) are critically needed to allow for healing and gathering, as systemic racism has pushed the African American community further away from Portland’s city center; and that in addition to creating a central hub for people experiencing homelessness, integrated outreach efforts that bring amenities such as hygiene stations, fresh food, and educational programming to Black community members where they are is also essential.

"In these past months, through her initiatives and events – including Old Town Fresh in Downtown Portland – Laquida has provided a variety of critical services to community members and has started important conversations around fundamental basic needs such as hygiene and sanitation, food scarcity, mental and physical health, and safety during Covid-19. The AfroVillage Homebase, located at the core of the African-American community in the Albina district, will be the ideal new home and incubator for this effort to expand and grow. Moreover, this space will serve and engage the local community, further strengthening bonds with this historically meaningful place.

"The AfroVillage Movement will take the lead on the effort to address critical basic needs of our most vulnerable and marginalized communities both in the Albina neighborhood and greater Portland."