MAXaction Meeting Friday July 20th 6:30pm

We had a fun and wonderful turn out for The Theresa Tucker Memorial Clean Up. I will be posting Thank you’s and info on that event a little later.  This is to announce that we are having a MAXaction meeting at Faith Community Church, 12414 E Burnside (just East of 122nd and the Menlo Park Park and Ride ) at 6:30pm this Friday. We will discuss the progress that has been made on the adopt-a-station document and about setting up future cleanups as well. I hope to see you there.Image


MAXaction at work.


Keeping in Touch with MAXaction

We are in the process of updating our contact information. We will be sending out emails to all of the people on our contact list. If you don’t receive one, but would like to stay in touch, please send one back to We appreciate your support and hope to see you at the Teresa Tucker Memorial Station Cleanup on July 14th.

Station Area Clean Up in memory of Theresa Tucker

Theresa wanted to do a clean up of the Max Stations this summer like we have in the past. But this year will be a little different due to her passing. Theresa was a dynamo in volunteering so in her honor we are having this year’s summer clean up as an event to celebrate her life and contributions to the community. The date is Saturday July 14 at 9:00am to 1pm. We will meet on east Burnside and 122nd ave at the Menlo Park Park and Ride. We would appreciate all who like to volunteer for this clean up to log on at

This will bring up a registration form for the event.

We hope that you encourage others to come out to honor Theresa and help MAXactionin our efforts to clean up areas around MAX stations, share stories, and build community.

Theresa at work!


Second Stories Intern To Work with MAXaction

The last couple weeks have been fun and challenging. East Portland neighbor, MAXaction participant, and Rosewood Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative board member, Jerome Funchess and I have been hard at work to follow up on Jerome’s desire to put his skills and abilities into gear in even greater support for MAXaction.

 Second Stories and MAXaction partnered last summer to do graffiti and trash cleanups. Jerome will participate in a course of study as he supports such events this summer. He will also help follow up on our recent survey and help move forward the TriMet adopt-a-station pilot project.

If you scroll down a couple posts, you will see Jerome’s picture that was taken at the East Portland Neighborhood Office as he and I worked to enter survey data. Jerome’s enthusiasm, degree in planning, great people skills, and desire to leave the community better than he found it all tell me that we are in for a great summer!

Jerome is second from the left sharing a thought during a recent Asset Based Community Development Strategies Workshop facilitated by Second Stories staff.

Just so you know, Second Stories is working to help Jerome raise personal support for this six month position. He is not in a position to be able to do a free internship. You are welcome to offer support via

Action – Bus Riders Unite

While MAXaction is focused on developing the MAX as a community asset in East Portland, there are others working for broader change. OPAL (Organizing People, Activating Leaders) works on environmental justice issues and started Bus Riders Unite to address issues regarding regional mass transit. We support the campaign to extend transfer times and other improvements to bus service. Learn more at:

Here’s a couple meetings you can attend to help the effort:

OPAL’s next Bus Riders Unite Membership Meeting: Tuesday, June 12th, 5:30-8 PM at the OPAL office, 2407 SE 49th Avenue. This is a true “Call to Arms” for transit riders – we will be going over final strategy and plans for the following morning’s TriMet Board meeting, including developing testimony, making targeted phone calls and rallying bus riders.

TriMet Board of Directors meeting: Wednesday, June 13th, 9 AM at the former Advantis Credit Union building (new location) at 3717 SE 17th Ave (off bus line 17). This meeting is a MUST if you ride transit and want to keep fares affordable and service moving, so put this on your calendars now and let OPAL know we can count on you to be there: 503.928.4354

Update – 6:45pm Tonight

6:45pm is the start time for tonights’s memorial service at Eastside Free Methodist. The potluch is finger food. Hope to see you there.

Memorial Service Scheduled

Here’s a post that Theresa’s daughter put on Theresa’s Facebook wall about the memorial service:

“to all of theresa ‘s friends and family and associates as you may have herd she passed away wednesday 5-23-2012 we are planning a memorial service at eastside free methodist church on 139th right off stark on wednesday june 6th 2012 at 6 p.m. we are trying to do a fundraiser or pull together donations so if anyone can help event just $1 or what ever please feel free to contact her niece Tralaney Thomas on facebook or her daughter amanda on this facebook and again thank you. any and all face book friends , family ,etc are welcome .”

And, here’s a link to the Facebook event:

Theresa with some of the crew at the Rosewood Rummage Sale posing for a photo to put on Craigs List