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Apr 22, 2017
Hidden History of Albina Tour
Little Big Burger, 3747 N Mississippi

Know Your City presents the Hidden History of Albina tour. Tour destinations include public art, historic buildings, and green spaces. The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture,serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community.

Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. This tour provides a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina to Vanport and beyond.

Here are some of the historic locations that will be visited:

The only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church.

One of the few remaining black owned businesses on North Mississippi, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge.

The historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland.

Dawson Park and the remnants of Albina’s City Hall building.

Oct 21, 2017
The Destruction of Albina: Lecture, Experience and Discussion
Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N Tillamook

The City of Portland, under the leadership of Mayor Ted Wheeler and in partnership with PDC (now Prosper Portland) and Emanuel Hospital, want to give back to Portland's Black community after recognizing decades of damage. During the 1960's and 70's, the City of Portland, Emanuel Hospital, Portland Housing Authority (now Home Forward) and other agencies conspired to kick Black residents and businesses out of the Albina neighborhood.

Now, they say, they want you back!

To learn more attend "The Destruction of Albina: Lecture, Experience and Discussion" on Saturday October 21, 2017 beginning at 2pm at the Elks Lodge located at 6 N. Tillamook. We hope to see you there.

Nov 2, 2017
Globalization & the City: Urban Renewal and Black History in PDX
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Globalization and the City: Urban Renewal and Black History in Portland

Thursday November 2nd 2017 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Social Justice Action Center
400 SE 12th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214

Free, Open to the public, all ages and disability affirmative!

A panel discussion featuring Cleo Davis & Kayin Talton Davis (Black Williams Project), Swiggle Mandela (local Hip Hop artist), Kent Ford (Portland Black Panther Party and father of Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford)

Facilitated by Dr. Winston Grady-Willis Director School of Gender, Race and Nations (Portland State University)

About the Organizing Group
Demand Utopia is a radical think tank, a conversation and a collective dedicated towards developing understanding of local spatial histories, reinvigorating imagination and aspiration for a better world beyond this, defending our planets ecology while building a new urbanity under the principles of the right to the city and social ecology.

About the Event Series
This new series launching in fall 2017 "Globalization and the City" is a curriculum for building a new municipal movement featuring workshops and reading groups dedicated to understanding how local histories and development policies connect to systems of globalization. The aim of the series is to educate community activists in the pursuit of building a powerful neighborhood movement for grassroots direct democracy and system change. This series will operate with monthly discussion groups and presentations from experienced activists and intellectuals based around six subject areas. Globalization and Urban Planning, local Portland History, Counterinsurgency and the City, Social Ecology and Libertarian Municipalism and finally Municipalist Movements across the world.

Event Summary
This panel will work to showcase the history of urban renewal and resistance in Portland's black community . From Black Exclusions laws, Redlining's segregation and "blight clearance" to today's gentrification and urban renewal policy, Portland's black community for generations has faced the brunt of discriminatory housing, urban development policy and racist violence. The institutional violence of urban development policy has always underscored and set the stage for street level hate crimes and the motivation for broken windows aggressive policing. This panel will feature voices of community historians and activists who have lived this experience and resisted these forms of institutional power in the city of Portland.

Co-Sponsored by the Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education and Oregon Jericho

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This page is for members of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Action Council of Portland Assembly to establish events and outreach to the community and other NAC's.

Demand Utopia

Nov 9, 2017
Black Portlanders, Black Portlands: Reception + Artist Talk
PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway

Featuring over a 150 portraits of Black Portlanders taken over a five year period, Black Portlanders, Black Portlands pulls from photographer Intisar Abioto's image archive of Black Portland life. Since early 2013, Abioto has photographed people of African descent in Portland for her exploratory photo work, The Black Portlanders. This exhibit gathers selections from this work to offer a collective portrait of an abiding and self-affirmed community. The exhibit features beloved Black elders, artists, historians, poets, activists, luminaries, individuals, and families. It images and honors everyday community members. It will also include street photography from the earliest days of The Black Portlanders.

Deena Bee will be spinning and bringing her brilliance from 6-7pm. An artist talk on the body of work by Intisar Abioto will happen at 7pm. The exhibit itself will be up from Nov 3 through Nov 30th, 2017.
Littman Gallery hours are M-W 12-5 pm Th-F 12-6 pm.