Riding the 75.

Riding the 75: this transit-centered blog takes a look at life along (and on) the 75 bus in Portland. The 75 rides down MLK Boulevard briefly (its cover image is of Koken Market on MLK).

BUS 75: HIDDEN PORTLAND depicts the human, natural and built environment in these back pockets of Portland and documents the rich diversity of life along the 75 line. It also brings to light the gentrification and changes now transforming our city.”


Voices of a People’s History of the United States: June 25th at Curious Comedy.


13232954_10155209606808532_4822979947987390711_nOregon Environmental Justice Oregon says:

Every year, OPAL hosts Voices of the People’s History of the United States, an event that celebrates diverse movement leaders by sharing their stories, in their own words. Members of our community perform readings of notable speeches and essays from inspiring figures past and present, a radically-empowering opportunity to hear the echoes of history in the present day. It’s a yearly gathering that brings us closer together while strengthening our resolve to fight for racial, social and economic justice. It’s important for us to amplify movement leaders, because we know that nobody else can tell our stories. We have to do this for ourselves.

Through Voices, we emphasize that our struggles are a continuation of past struggles – and justice has always had champions. All modern organizers stand on the shoulders of the giants whose words and voices we celebrate.

The 2016 Voices event will take place at the Curious Comedy Theater on the evening of June 22. Curious Comedy Theatre, located in heart of Vanport Square, is accessible by public transportation via buses #6, 44, 72, and is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available at no charge behind Vanport Square. Bike parking is available outside of the theatre doors and outside Old Town Pizza around the corner. Curious Comedy is an all-ages venue, but tickets are required for children who need to sit in their own seat.

The hosted hors d’oeuvres will feature tasty and filling selections for most dietary needs: gluten free, vegetarian/vegan. Please let us know in advance of any considerations which you may need to make your evening enjoyable and comfortable with us!

The event sells out every year, so be sure to purchase tickets and sponsorships now, before you miss the fun and excitement.

Raffles will take place to win fabulous prizes while supporting the movement
Speakers will delight the crowd with readings of classic speeches and essays from movement leaders
Hot and Cold appetizers and desserts will be served
A photographer and photo booth will capture the magic of the evening.

Tickets and sponsorships are on sale now for our annual gathering of our closest friends and supporters. http://www.opalpdx.org/purchase-voices-tickets-sponsorships/