2016 was a big year for Portland-raised, Benson Polytechnic Alum Aminé. His hit single "Caroline" shot up the charts, garnering over 200 million streams on Spotify, 70 million on Soundcloud, and reached #1 on Spotify's Global Top 50. The 23-year-old signed a deal with Republic Records and made headlines for including a jab at President-Elect Trump in the final lines of his television debut last November on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Ever the homer, Aminé used the opportunity to ensure all supporting musicians who took the stage with him for his television debut were all from Portland.
The son of Ethiopian immigrants and a proud booster of Benson Polytechnic High School, Aminé was eager to support the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign. "I wouldn't be who I am today without going to Benson. I'm a proud graduate and I believe in the importance of public schools for all students across Portland. That's why I'm calling on my Benson community to make sure they vote for Measure 26-193 this May 16."
Measure 26-193 would remove lead, asbestos and radon from all 90 PPS schools, and address leaky roofs, inadequate fire alarms and ADA accessibility issues across the district. Additionally, Benson Polytechnic would receive over $200 million for a major renovation for seismic safety improvements, modernize classrooms, restore the gym and auditorium, and rebuild the 100-year-old Shops and Foundry building while preserving Benson's historic architecture.
Aminé joins Portland's social justice and education advocates including OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Black Parent Initiative, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Friends of Noise, Somali American Council of Oregon, Portland Teachers Association and all four major Portland newspapers in endorsing the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign. Learn more about the 250+ community organizations, elected officials and advocates who have endorsed the campaign here.
Ballots are due to the Multnomah County Elections office by Tuesday, May 16. Ballots can be returned via the mail up until Saturday, May 13, and can be dropped off at any County Library or dropbox site until 8pm on Tuesday, May 16. Click HERE for more information on how to ensure your vote gets counted.
To learn more about the campaign or to help us get out the vote, check out our volunteer page; we'll be hosting canvasses, phonebanks and postcard writing parties up until election night.
Aminé's next show is back in Portland; he'll headlining the closing night of the Red Bull Sound Select series on May 20th at the Crystal Ballroom.