Ifanyi Bell on returning to Portland; and the release of the video Future: Portland.


Oregon Humanities is proud to debut “Future: Portland,” a short video inspired by Ifanyi Bell’s essay from the Quandary issue of Oregon Humanities magazine, “The Air I Breathe,” which explored the challenges of growing up black in Portland. In the five-minute video, civic leaders describe the loss of Portland’s strong black communities and the hope of restoring them in the future. Featured are Avel Gordly, former Oregon state legislator; Rukaiyah Adams, chief investment officer at Meyer Memorial Trust; Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome; Nolan Lienhart, director of planning and urban design at ZGF Architects; and Charles McGee, executive director of Black Parent Initiative.

Watch Future: Portland here.

“Perhaps the most difficult thing about living in Portland was the lack of an authentic visual and social acknowledgment, recognition, and appreciation of African American people. Without a historical anchor, I fear the potential of what Portland could be in the twenty-first century will be lost to the unrelenting pressure to maintain and preserve a very particular understanding of its history…

The city was very different than I remembered from 1996.  It seemed that Portland no longer had any black neighborhoods; instead, it seemed that there were places where black people lived or occasionally came to be for periods of time. In hindsight it is more likely that there were never any truly black neighborhoods, but simply places in Portland where white people did not go out of fear, mostly imagined and exacerbated by isolation and economic factors…

Though there is no precedent for such large-scale social, political, and ethical reform, if there is any city that can investigate the anthill beneath its boot, it is Portland. It is for a purely selfish reason that I hold out hope that this city and the people who control it will chart a new course for the future.”

–from “The Air I Breathe: Growing up Tolerated and Underestimated in Portland,” by Ifanyi Bell, also published by Oregon Humanities.

the smell of rotten flesh, pt 2: Ollie North, Michael Reagan @ Convention Center this weekend.

From Oregon Catalyst:

Oregon Liberty Alliance

You are invited to join the members of the Oregon Liberty Alliance at our 2015 Freedom Rally to support Fiscal Responsibility, Life, Public Safety, Family Values, and Religious Liberty.

The keynote speaker will be Colonel Oliver North, followed by Michael Reagan, Carol Tobias (President of the National Right to Life Committee), and Congressman Greg Walden.

The rally will take place on March 14th, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. It starts at Noon (doors open for registration at 11am) and tickets include a catered lunch and some amazing speakers. Tickets are $25 and kids 16 and under attend for free!

Sharon Maxwell is planning a protest of the event.

The Convention Center is at 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Third Angle fundraiser @ Elder Hall.


On March 19 Third Angle New Music presents this special fundraising dinner with cuisine by chefs Jason French of Ned Ludd and David Machado of his soon-to-open Altabira City Tavern. Enjoy a dinner of five courses, each with its own carefully selected beverage pairing, and a savory soundtrack by Artistic Director Ron Blessinger, bassoonist Evan Kuhlmann and percussionist Sergio Carreno. Join us for this unique opportunity to revel in the talents of Chef French and Chef Machado in an intimate setting, and raise a glass to your favorite band.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6 pm
Elder Hall • 3929 NE MLK Blvd.

**I love Third Angle’s work and make it to at least one show a year, Timber – “a concert-length work performed on dimensioned lumber” – being the most recent I attended.

Don’t Shoot Portland hosting youth discussion on-airat PCM, March 8th.

‘Teens who are at risk know what’s happening in their communities and schools, they have ideas about it too and want to “TAKE ACTION”… (YTAP) youth will be expressing themselves Sunday March 8th @Portland Community Media, Location: 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97212, Time: 2-5 pm … We will host a small meet and greet along with audience attendees and panelist before the show. Teens with life issues will be bringing their own personal concerns to the table, Our coming up with strategies to decipher each situation that is effecting their individual lives. “The Express Yourself” TV talk show will be sponsored by Comcast and aired live on cable access channels 22-23. This show will be open to the public, so please welcome yourselves to be a part of our community audience. We will also like to inform you all, that this particular show will be hosted by #DontShootPDX. If you have compassion for youth issues please come out and support the youth….. (YTAP) SPREAD LUV, SHOW LUV, EACH ONE, EACH ONE…’