This Week's Curator: Rachelle Dixon, Multnomah County Democrats Vice Chair
Rachelle Dixon is a caterer, a foodie with a social justice agenda, and a tireless advocate for her community. She currently holds a couple of political titles, including Vice Chair of Multnomah County Democrats. Rachelle is also an Urban Farmer that loves watching things grow.
This election season, Rachelle is running for the position of East Multnomah County Soil and Water Director for Zone 1. This is a write-in campaign that has kept her surprisingly busy. As Vice Chair of Multnomah County Democrats, Rachelle is also working to support other elections, especially those in outer east county. When she is not working, you can find Rachelle trying out new plant-based foods, gardening, or socializing with friends.
Tell us about your neighborhood. What are the ups and downs of it?
I love my neighborhood for the walkable streets, green spaces, the abundance of pets and friendly people as well as the easy access to unique eateries.
The unimproved roadways in some spots are a surprising aspect of living here. Turning the wrong corner can give you a bumpy surprise! We would do well to create more communal spaces.
What are your favorite East Portland things to do and places to go?
I love to go to the food carts and sample all the good foods, I know an amazing Indian place. I like the White Owl Social Club as well for a treat. I enjoy finding specialty shops like the teas shop on Hawthorne.
What do you think people don’t know about East Portland that they should know?
East Portland is the most diverse place in Portland. There is something for everyone: a growing food scene, many greenspaces, and a beautiful community.
What do you think would be most helpful for people in East Portland?
What East Portland could use as it grows is a government that is responsive to their needs. Sidewalks would be a wonderful start. Also, more greenspaces and trees to deal with the environmental changes coming; and finally, more economic development.
How do you think your Portland matches up with the Portland you’ve seen in media?
The Portland I see in media is uber hip and very progressive. What I see is a town struggling with itself to become welcoming to all that live here. It is not as progressive as you might think. I often find myself being the only WOC (woman of color) in a room. We need more diverse leadership.
What keeps you up at night worrying?
Police brutality and the alt-right marching in our streets.
What gives you hope?
My communities give me hope, all the women including myself that are running for office to make a better more resilient Oregon give me a hope. Most of all, the people who fight for justice every day with all of their capacity.
Why did you agree to participate in this project?
I agreed to do this project to bring balance to the Portland narrative, to bring a voice to a Portland that is not often seen or heard, the voice of a woman of color.
You can find Rachelle on her digital candidate page and on Twitter. Post-campaign on November 6th, you can find her at Multnomah County Democrats in NE Portland where she has served as Vice Chair for almost two years. Come spring, she will be urban farming all over town again.