SJAC is organized to support grassroots community organizing and low-income housing in central Portland. It has four main programs: it manages an event space, coordinates a community kitchen, develops community organizing education, and rents out low-income housing.
In line with the purpose developed and agreed through its broad-based advisory council, SJAC prioritizes the leadership of marginalized communities, especially those of color. In particular, we recognize the sovereignty of indigenous peoples of this land, such as the Multnomah and other Chinookan villages of the confluence of these great rivers and the Kalapuya and Wasco peoples in the nearby hills and valleys (some of whose descendants are now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, of Siletz, and of Warm Springs).
Board of Directors (November, 2017):
- Robert Van Pelt, President. Umatilla and Tututni Siletz tribal member, Society of The People Struggling to Be Free, Defender of Religious Freedom for Natives held in jails and prisons in the State of Oregon, Native Community Cultural and traditional Extremist.
- Marco Mejia, Board Member. Immigrant rights organizer, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Phillippines (PCHRP), formerly Jobs with Justice, Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
- Mic Crenshaw, Board Member. KBOO Community Radio, political director of Hip Hop Congress, Afrikan HipHop Caravan.
- Adam Carpinelli, Board Member. Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty , Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education, Cascade Radio Network , Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Prison Pipeline Collective , Portland Anarchist Black Cross, Wamba World Beat Band, Shiver Music Project.
- Tod Sloan, Secretary. Cascadia Center for Social Ecology (activist support), professor emeritus of Lewis & Clark Graduate School (critical psychology).
We’re actively seeking additional board members, especially women and genderdiverse people, from our core constituencies.
Advisory Council (in addition to Board members above):
- Romeo Sosa, Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project.
- Ender Black, Multnomah Youth Commission and KBOO’s Rose City Native Radio.
- Monica Beemer, KBOO station manager, formerly ED of Sisters of the Road.
- Grant Swanson, Right 2 Dream Too, AFSCME Local 88, Portland Jobs With Justice.
The SJAC coordinating committee ensures that our working groups (scheduling, maintenance, admin, outreach, programs, fundraising) implement the guidance of the advisory council and board. It currently consists of:
- Kate Shirley
- Liberty Miller
- Genna Naquin
- Adam Carpinelli