The Willamette Week recently conducted a 2.5 hour interview with Portland mayoral candidate, Eileen Brady.
While it is still early in the race, Brady seems to be catching the most attention of the possible candidates (she was the first to announce her formal campaign). So far, it looks like addressing issues of diversity (at least within the Portland police force) seem to be important to her. You can read the edited interview here.
Perhaps the best way to get a feel for candidates and how they plan to address issues of equity is to talk to them directly. Listen. And share.
APANO is teaming up with the Coalitions of Color to offer the opportunity to meet the mayoral and city commissioner candidates in person, beginning this week. With so much on the line, it is certainly worth a few hours of time to be invested for the sake of our communities.
For more information, please visit http://www.apano.org
Simon Tam is a Chinese/Taiwanese American, an activist, and musician. He is the founder and bassist for The Slants, the first and only all Asian American dance rock band in the world. Presenting a bold, unapologetic view of the API experience through their music, Simon delivers workshops and talks on Asian American culture throughout the continent. He is an enthusiastic supporter of API advocacy organizations, adopting dogs, and fighting cancer.An avid fan of music, reading, and diversity, Simon is a regular contributor to API Crossroads and You Offend Me You Offend My Family. His writing can be found at http://aslantedview.tumblr.com