Standing in the Gap…Together – tonight, 6:30 pm

The spirit of cross class/race partnerships? Simple. The practice of partnerships across difference? Complicated. Justice demands thoughtful attention.

Nancy M. Thurston and Sharon Gary-Smith have led very different lives, yet both are committed to forging partnerships right in the middle of the gaps that cut across our world. In their unique ways, both have worked to address and understand injustice through listening to diverse voices, diving into challenging conversations, and engaging in transformative action.

Along the way, Nancy, a financially wealthy Euro-American woman, and Sharon, a middle class African American woman, discovered that the way to change the system was to change their own lives.

Please join us for a conversation about how we can understand each other, our differences, and our similarities and how, by working together, we can ensure our commitment to social justice becomes our reality.

Seating is limited, please RSVP online or call us at 503-289-1517 to reserve your seat.

This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Presenter Information

Nancy Thurston’s wealth flows from West Texas natural gas fields, yet she is committed to sustainable resources. Nancy worked for fifteen years as a physical therapist but didn’t fully land in her own body, including her white skin, until middle age. She immersed herself in the past to learn to be present. Nancy lives in Portland, Oregon, but knows her neighborhood is global.  Big Topics at Midnight: A Texas Girl Wakes Up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself is her first book.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sharon Gary-Smith learned at an early age that while her family’s middle class status provided wonderful opportunities and experiences, it didn’t shield her from those who attempted to diminish, disrespect or ignore her, all because of her skin color, gender and short stature. Sharon has been a leader in social justice philanthropy, civil rights, and health equity for over two decades in both Portland and Atlanta, Georgia. As the executive director of MRG Foundation, Sharon leads a multi-racial, cross-class effort to build the social justice movement through activist-led philanthropy.


6:30pm – 9:00pm
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland

Slo’ Jams at Local Lounge.


Slo Jams is a Queer Modern R&B & Neo Soul dance night on 2nd Fridays at Local Lounge.

DJ II TRILL (TWERK) and DJ MEXXX-TAPE lay down everything from Mary J // Jagged Edge// Keyshia to Badu//Lauryn//TheeSatisfaction Ect. Ect.

Flyer by Ebin Lee

We will be doing Holla-grams: Put on a number sticker at the door. See someone cute? Write them a note and we will deliver it to your crush..

Come get grown & sexy with us..


Safer Space Enforced//Haterphobic Situation

Next Slo James: Friday, October 11th!



Benefit for neighbors affected by MLK apartment fire: tonight!

Five Alarm Rib Fundraiser

Benefit for those impacted by the five alarm fire on MLK
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30-8pm

EaT Oyster Bar
3808 N Williams Ave #122
Portland, OR 97227

Please join the Portland Firefighters’ Association, Eliot Neighborhood Association, Senator Chip Shields and the generous folks at EaT Oyster Bar and Restaurant for a night of good food, fun and community gathering!

Portland chefs and firefighters will cook up a tasty rib dinner for you and your family for $18 a plate. Proceeds will go through the Portland Firefighter’s Charitable Fund directly to families impacted by the five alarm fire in Northeast Portland last month.

Several residents lost their homes, personal items and are now trying to rebuild their lives. Firefighters called out to the fire last month know first hand the devastation from the fire caused by arson, and now with the help of the neighborhood association, they want to give back to the community.

If you can’t make the dinner but want to send a donation, please send it to:
The Portland Firefighters’ Charitable Fund
Attention: Nicole Jacobson
4530 SE 67th Portland, OR 97206

If you have questions, please contact Nicole at 503-774-4302, or Amanda at 503-986-1722.

Pranic Healing clinic, wednesdays at the Center for Spiritual Living.

Pranic Healing for common ailments and diseases is offered to the public free of charge by students of Pranic Healing. Students are at all levels of experience. Certified practitioners provide support and direction.


Wednesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Center for Spiritual Living
6211 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
For info call Karen (503) 289-2858

For more info on Pranic Healing, visit Pacific Northwest Pranic Healing.

Community Acupuncture, at Integrate Health & Wellness PDX, wed eves.

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What else is happening at Integrate Health & Wellness PDX? You can visit practitioners who provide Chinese Medicine; Massage Therapy;  Naturopathic Medicine/Primary Care Counseling; Herbal Medicine. 1804 NE MLK.