A friend pulled over in his auto tonight to say hi, just at the moment I started to cross MLK. He laughed when he told me he’d just seen a couple of (white) youngsters making a dash across MLK, away from the newish 7-11 across from Vanport, with what he was certain was a 12-pack that they had presumably stolen from the store. My friend remembers when 7-11 execs lied about putting a store in the neighborhood, lied about how it would be operated, and simply ignored anything that the ‘Friends of MLK’ neighbors group had to say. I think he was giving those young men a silent thumbs up.
SCRAP – creative reuse of materials… 2915 NE MLK.
Nothing speaks to the cynicism of a city government (and its apologists, mostly developers cashing in) that would throw a few words from Dr. King on some metal fencing at this site, the ‘Gateway’ to inner North/Northeast, and then facilitate the destruction of the long-time black community in the same area, as Trudy talking about the mis-use of Dr. King in rhetoric this past week:
Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette hosts a World AIDS Day event focused on the young population, ages 12-25; all are welcome. Join us for FREE food from around the world from 4:30-5:30p and event programing to follow including: FREE HIV testing, HIV awareness education and taking action to help in the “Fight for the Healthiest Generation”.
PP-C/W is at 3727 NE MLK.
Hart Noecker writes at Rebel Metropolis:
In March 1981, Portland police officers grotesquely killed several possums, then threw their dead bodies at a black-owned restaurant in North Portland in a sickening display of violence meant to terrorize a community. That was then. This is now. And nothing’s changed.
In recent days, numerous Portland Police Bureau officers have taken to social media to show their support for killer cop Darren Wilson, who in August executed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. For anyone still believing Portland is somehow different, somehow immune from the racist institution that is law enforcement, here’s your wake up call.
Read more at Rebel Metropolis here.
That restaurant garlanded with possums shot to death by aggressive, racist cops was the Burger Barn; Teressa Raiford is working to restore the building, both its physical structure and its place as a gathering/community place for black Portlanders.
The two dudes of the television program Thrift Hunters came to town recently, and bargain-shopped their way across Portland in a blizzard of vulture thrifting. They picked Portland’s thrift stores clean in search of future on-line sales of the items (“atomic is so in right now”), crowing non-stop along the way about future profits to be had.
Anyway! Fat Fancy was one of the shops visited, and the Fat Fancy friends and family came out to Local Lounge on Saturday to watch the airing of the TH program and celebrate. Sadly, my camera let them down, but here’s what I’ve got…
Annie’s scarab-pattern dress: