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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.


Know Your City Job Opening and Other Updates

Other updates from the Know Your City team:

The Our Stories Matter campaign launched successfully! We had powerful testimony in front of City Council last Wednesday, including MRG Foundation’s Katharine Quaid, 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year Brett Bigham, and PPS School Board Member Mike Rosen. Read the coverage of our campaign for inclusive cultural studies in the Portland Tribune and the Portland Observer. Sustain our momentum by signing the petition and sharing it with your friends.

Make a donation and strengthen our push to teach the real history of Oregon.



The Jade Journal, Volume 2 is starting at Harrison Park on February 26th! And we need your help—our 6th graders are in need of more digital point and shoot or SLR cameras, 6 megapixels or better, to use during their photography workshops. Email ask@knowyourcity if you have a digital camera that we can borrow!

We’re grateful for the positive response with the Hidden History of Albina Tour – make sure to register for tickets on the 13th and 27th here! If these dates don’t work for you, contact us about scheduling a private tour!

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The Last Week of January is Jam Packed!

We’ve got a lot planned for the last week of January! Here are some exciting opportunities to stay plugged in.

1. Tonight we’re partnering with Renew Oregon to host the “Building Oregon’s Climate Movement” panel. Speakers who organize in very different communities, from labor to business to grassroots, will be discussing the work ahead to secure Oregon’s clean future. Doors open at 6pm at SEIU Local 503—this is your last chance to RSVP online!

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2. We’re officially kicking off the Our Stories Matter campaign at City Hall on Wednesday! Join us and advocate for the history of marginalized people in Oregon to be included in our textbooks.

3. We’re starting the year singing with this Saturday’s Sing a Song of Portland Tour. RSVP here!

BONUS: We just announced a new tour for February!

In commemoration of Black History Month, Know Your City is partnering with NECN to offer “the Hidden History of Albina” for folks who are unfamiliar with its importance as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. We are offering the walking tour February 13th and February 27th.

Continue to support Know Your City! 2016 is going to be the best year yet.

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A Campaign to Change History, Our Stories Matter

It’s time for the histories and cultures of all Oregonians to be recognized within our systems of public education. Today, we are launching a critical response campaign called Our Stories Matter, with a mission to ensure that the history of underrepresented
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Our Stories Matter is a growing movement that calls on the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and Portland Public Schools to work with Know Your City and other culturally specific organizations to provide inclusive Oregon Studies curriculum for youth and K-12 schools in the Portland region.

Join us as we kick off Our Stories Matter with a presentation to Portland City Council, 10:45am on January 27th.


Support inclusive cultural studies for all youth by donating to the campaign.

As the population of the Portland region grows, displacement and discrimination continues to erase the value of our combined histories and cultures. Even though our schools are more diverse than ever, there is an educational and cultural void for our youth of color, young girls, lgbtq youth, and other historically oppressed identities. During history and civics lessons, their personal experiences are often misrepresented or ignored, which makes school success more of a challenge. Know Your City is working to make sure that all students have a fair chance to have their story told.

One of the campaign’s biggest supporters is Portland Association of Teachers President Gwen Sullivan, who says, “As teachers, we know our students need an authentic education when it comes to their own history and culture. If we want to equip them to change the world for the better, we have to make sure all voices are heard.”

Take Action By Signing Our Petition!

Our Stories Matter has been endorsed by local and multicultural nonprofit organizations such as Basic Rights Oregon, APANO, Standing Up for Racial Justice PDX, the Bus Project, and Tivnu.

To learn more, visit:


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Hidden History of Albina Walking Tour

Hidden History of Albina Walking Tour


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