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Jade Journal, a student-made newspaper about SE 82nd Ave, is now out! Details here!

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Watch videos from the De-Gentrifying Portland program – now online.

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Our weekly walking tours start back up May 1st. Read about it here!


Hot off the Presses: Jade Journal Vol 1 hits the streets!

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Teacher Tim Schulze is surrounded by students and Jade Journals at the Jade Journal Release event, February 15th, 2015.

On Sunday, February 15, Know Your City had a release party for Jade Journal #1, a student-generated multilingual newspaper about the SE 82nd community at APANO’s Jade District Office. The paper is the culmination of a 12-week KYC youth program with Tim Schulze’s 5th-grade class at Harrison Park School, with assistance and lesson planning from designer and educator Travis Neel.

Know Your City expresses a warm thank you to everyone who attended the event. It was terrific to hear students read the stories they had written: Thanks, Elaine and Jacoby! Harrison Park teacher Tim Schulze spoke and introduced the students and recounted highlights from the program. Anita Yap, APANO board member talked about the benefits a youth project like the Jade Journal has on the SE 82nd community. Many of the guest speakers who visited the class were also on hand to share experiences from working with the students, Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Ronault “Polo” Catalani, Michael Lui and Rosaline Hui. Everyone was excited to see the inaugural paper in its final version.

Jade Journal was featured in an article in the Oregonian by Casey Parks, What’s life like East of 82nd? Ask the kids. And if you didn’t catch it, be sure to check out our blogpost leading up to the Jade Journal release event.

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Want to get a copy of Jade Journal? In the coming weeks, we’ll be hitting the streets and getting the paper distributed around town. Thanks to the Portland Tribune, we’ll have a few news boxes in the Jade District – at FuBonn Shopping Center, Harrison Park School and Portland Community College Southeast Campus. We’ll also have some paper distribution at locations in inner Portland.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with distribution. Have a vehicle that can haul a couple boxes? Own a truck that can help us transport the news boxes? Want a stack of Jade Journals to put in your neighborhood cafe? To lend a hand for an hour or two, e-mail Amanda.

Want to get a copy of Jade Journal mailed to your door? Sign up to be a member. The project would not have been possible without the support of Know Your City Members. Along with the many benefits of being a KYC Member, you will receive a complimentary copy mailed directly to your door. This money directly helps Know Your City and its youth programs by supporting the staff necessary to make programs like this possible. Support the expansion of programs like Jade Journal in schools and join now.

Want to read the paper electronically? Unable to track down a copy of the paper in person? Download a PDF of Jade Journal here.

For more on Jade Journal, see our previous report backs:

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Jade Journal Release February 15

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Know Your City is looking forward to celebrating the release of Jade Journal#1 at a public event co-hosted by Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), this Sunday, February 15th, at the APANO Jade District Office (2738 SE 82nd Avenue). At the event, students will read their stories, and there will be an opportunity for Q&A. Treats from local restaurant Wing Wa BBQ and Voodoo Doughnuts will be served as well. The event is open to the public; more info here.

Jade Journal is a student-generated multilingual newspaper about the SE 82nd community, created over 12 weeks in Tim Schulze’s fifth-grade class at Harrison Park School. During the program, students learned journalism fundamentals, graphic design and photographic skills and interviewing and research skills from guest speakers. They went out into their community and spoke to business owners and their peers to get to the bottom of important issues along the SE 82nd Avenue neighborhood, like safety, food deserts, racism and more.

Recently, Marc Moscato, Executive Director of Know Your City, and teacher Tim Schulze sat down with X-Ray.FM to discuss the program; listen in here.

Want to get a copy of Jade Journal? Sign up to be a member. Along with the many benefits of being a KYC Member, you will receive a Jade Journal mailed directly to your door. Support the expansion of programs like Jade Journal in schools and join now.

For more on Jade Journal, see our previous report backs:

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De-Gentrifying Portland – photos and last thoughts

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2014. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland has concluded and we wish to thank Program Coordinator and artist Sharita Towne and participating youth: Hayley Bauske, Donovan Smith, Mia Robinson, Baqi Coles, Diamond Ferguson, Jonny Cool Star Gazer, Llondyn Elliott, Savanna Carter and Sam Graves. The program provided instruction and resources for predominately African-American youth to explore urban development and gentrification through filmmaking. Know Your City wishes to thank program collaborators and partners: Portland African American Leadership Forum, Self Enhancement, Inc and Portland Community Media, the project funders – Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and Regional Arts & Culture Council, as well as the many guest speakers and those who provided input along the way –Lisa Bates, Avel Gordly, Mic Crenshaw etc (too many to name here!).

The program culminated in two public screenings: one at Rosewood Community Initiative (thank you Jenny Glass!) and the other at the Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge (thank you John Bryant!). Thanks to everyone who came out to both screenings, which showcased “I Am Your Neighbor” – a zine produced by students, the student films, several films made by local artists and educators, a collaborative T-shirt project, local spoken word and hip hop, and a panel and community dialogue after the screenings. You can watch the final videos from the screenings below the cut.


“I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR” zines. Photo by Shawn Patrick Higgins.

A special thanks to all the contributors to the “I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR” zine (produced in a PhotoVoice workshop with PAALF and SEI): Ciara Niece, Kahedja Burley, Rose M. Hall, Mon’et Franks, Dezhae Moreland, Robert White, Asia Savage, Deshawn Spencer, Sabrin Sanders and Leroy Lott. View the “I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR” zine here. A second edition of the book is being printed and will be available at the talk back and future screenings (see below).

Here’s a few last thoughts from Donovan Smith (Ignorant Reflections), a participating artist in the program:

Gentrification is over! Well…not really…at all, but the De-Gentrifying Portland project working to shed light on the the various effects that this process has on people has wrapped up.

The two screenings at Sons of Haiti and Rosewood Initiative went extremely well; packed houses at both venues. The youth filmmakers were on hand for a panel-style discussion following both presentations where audience members were able to pick the brains of the young geniuses. From films and music, shirts and posters, and good conversation the city was left with more tools to use while considering gentrification and other issues from both a local and national perspective.

Another thanks to Sharita Towne, Portland Community Media, KBOO, Jodi Darby, Erin Yanke, and all others that made this project possible; especially the YOUTH!

Thanks, Donovan!

While the De-Gentrifying Portland program has concluded, there are a few events in the works that carry on the program’s message. Know Your City will host a members Talk Back event w/ artist Sharita Towne (and Emily Squires) on Tuesday, February 3rd, 5:30PM-7:30PM at Union Station. Sharita and Emily will discuss their respective programs and share highlights, and there will be drinks and refreshments. This is a special opportunity to meet other Know Your City members who care about art and social justice and deepen your connection to our vital community work. RSVP recommended; more info here.

Additional screenings are being confirmed at SEI and Rosewood Community Initiative. More details coming soon. Watch the videos and see more photos from the North Portland De-Gentrifying Portland event, taken by Elijah Hasan, December 13th, 2014 at Sons of Haiti Lodge after the jump.

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