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The Wage/Working jukebox has moved to Likewise, 3564 SE Hawthorne

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KYC is excited to partner with AARP Oregon AGAIN for a new tour of Portland's Waterfront, 10/24 10am

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Thank you to all our Kickstarter Supporters! Click to find your name.

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Thanks! Portland Timbers Commmunity Fund honor Jade Journal students.


Support Know Your City this Holiday Season!

With the new year on the horizon, we’re reflecting on seven years of vital community programming. With fears of division and discrimination elevated as a result of the election, 2017 is going to be the most important year yet for Know Your City’s mission of sharing stories of humanity.

And this holiday season, we are ask you and this great community, to help lead Know Your City into a better future.

Our hope is to raise $4,000 by the end of the year, which will empower Know Your City with the resources to compensate our staff and preserve our upcoming programs in 2017, such as Youth Print PDX, the second edition of the Oregon History Comics, and our summer walking tours.

Highlights from this past year’s KYC programs include: the wildly popular Hidden History of Albina Tour, the Boise Bulletin at Boise-Eliot Humboldt School, and our America’s Next Top Candidate forum and talent showcase. We’ve done all this on shoestring budgets and a scrappy 2.5 full-time staff, along with the help of many, many volunteers.

A donation of $25, $50, or $100 to Know Your City will make a difference in the lives of Portland youth and their families through programs that educate and build community.

Share this crowdfunding campaign, and donate to Know Your City!

Please make as generous gift as you are able. Please share this crowdfunding page with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Your contributions help us to lead a new conversation about our history, our culture, and defining Portland as a place where people of all identities are welcome, and celebrated.

And join us for the holiday season! We’re bringing our community together for a Winter walk of two of our favorite KYC tours. On Christmas Eve, we’re hosting our Secular People’s History of Portland tour and on Christmas Day, we’re bringing back our traditional Seedy, Seam Portland Tour with historian Doug Kenck Krispin. Just bring yourselves, and we’ll bring the peppermint candy canes!

Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:
December 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Pride Forever: LGBTQ Portland
December 24th, 3:00 – 5:00pm: “A Secular Christmas Eve” People’s History of Portland
December 25th, 3:00 – 4:30pm: Seedy, Seamy, Sinful Portland Tour — Christmas Edition!!

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And we’re back!


We’re bringing back our recurring walking tours! In preparation for the rainy season, we’re making our tours thirty minutes shorter and adjusting our routes for a more enjoyable walking experience. You can help by spreading word about our upcoming tours, such as a People’s History of Portland, Pride Forever, and Hidden History of Albina. Check out our list of upcoming events!

Know Your City and People’s Food Co-op have partnered many times this year to provide deep and provocative dialogue about the intersection of food and social justice in Portland. We are celebrating our growing partnerships with a Friendsgiving Potluck at People’s Community Center on November 20th! Bring your favorite vegetarian dish, or just come hungry! This will be a fun and meaningful opportunity to feel part of a community. RSVP Here!


Know Your City is currently looking for graphic designers, youth mentors, and translation volunteers for our Youth Print PDX program! If you’re interested in YPPdx (or any of our other programs), please apply to volunteer here and join us at our Volunteer 101 orientation on November 12th! RSVP via Facebook:

Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:
November 18th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: a People’s History of Portland Tour
November 19th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Pride Forever: LGBTQ Portland
November 20th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Know Your City! Walking Tour
November 20th, 5:30 – 7:30pm: Vegetarian Friendsgiving Potluck
November 27th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Know Your City! Walking Tour
December 3rd, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Hidden History of Albina
December 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Pride Forever: LGBTQ Portland


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And the grand total is…


Know Your City’s first ever annual gala raised $23,809 to support our growing community arts and civics programs. KYC moved forward this year with a community, built over years of partnership, openness, and challenging convention — and we have great ambitions for 2017. If you were unable to attend the gala or make a contribution, you can continue to support KYC through this online donation link.

Join us TONIGHT, 5:30pm at University of Oregon White Stag Building, for the “Visions for a Housed Community” teach in and dialogue that explores the diverse perspectives around how we should provide safe, affordable housing for all Portlanders. This event is free to the public, and we’ll be providing food and drinks. RSVP here.



Last Friday, Know Your City partnered with Portland Tenants United, Portland Right to the City Coalition, and 1000 Friends of Oregon on a Portland City Commissioner debate about housing and equity. If you missed the event,you can view the recording here.

Know Your City is seeking volunteers! Fill out this information form if you are interested in joining our volunteer team.

Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:
October 24th, 5:30 – 8:00: Visions of a Housed Community

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