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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.

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June, a month to celebrate Pride. And pickles.

pride forever draft.jpgPortland Pride is around the corner, an important time to reflect on the anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric happening across the country. Our response to this is love, which is why Know Your City has been honored to work with LGBTQ activists and historians to design the Pride Forever walking tour. Pride Forever examines the compelling stories of LGBTQ history in Portland, from pivotal spaces in which LGBTQ folks built community, to precious moments that galvanized the entire movement. Join the walk! Our first tour will be led by local comedian Belinda Carroll on June 18th, followed by LGBTQ historian Peter Boag on June 25th. See you there!

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Join us to kick off our month of birthday celebrations on June 11th, starting with LIVE Portland: a concert and comedy show benefit for Know Your City with comedians Bri Pruitt, Jeremy Eli, and bands Little Star and Neon Culpa. Get your tickets here!

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Join us on June 19th for a special 7th Anniversary Art for the Millions Pedalpalooza Bike Ride, led by former Dill Pickle Club and Know Your City Programs Coordinator, Pollyanne Birge!

Want to support our ongoing programs? Please consider making a donation in honor of Know Your City.

Be engaged!

Programs and Events Calendar:

June 11th, 8:00-11:00: LIVE Portland Concert and Comedy Show.

June 13th, 5:30-8:30: Inequality for All Screening and Q/A with Fair Work Week for All Campaign

June 18th, 1:00-3:00: Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour with Belinda Carroll

June 19th, 2:00-4:00: KYC 7th Anniversary Art for the Millions Pedalpalooza Ride

June 25th, 3:00-5:00: Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour with Peter Boag

July 2nd, 11:00-1:00: Art for the Future Pedalpalooza Ride

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SEVEN YEARS! Celebrate our Portland birthday month!

June is such an important month to Know Your City. We were given “birth” in June 2009, thanks to the contributions of a small group of entrepreneurial founders who were passionate about Portland, and followed their dream of getting folks from all walks of life to better understand the culture and history of this region. Our first bike tour was organized under the name “Dill Pickle Club,” and featured public art created by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The community turned out en masse for the first event, and the rest is… well, HISTORY.

We are so energized and hopeful for what the future will bring. Thanks to Know Your City supporters, staff, and volunteers, we continue to lead initiatives that inspire diverse audiences to make a difference in their local community.

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Join us to kick off our birthday month celebrations on June 11th, starting with LIVE Portland: a concert and comedy show benefit for Know Your City with comedians Bri Pruitt, Jeremy Eli, and bands Little Star and Neon Culpa. Get your tickets here!

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Next, we’re bringing back THE TOUR THAT STARTED IT ALL. Join us on June 19th for a very special Art for the Millions Pedalpalooza Bike Ride, led by former Dill Pickle Club and Know Your City Programs Coordinator, Pollyanne Birge!

 

 

 

 

 

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Join us July 2nd for the Art for the Future Pedalpalooza Ride, exploring the recent contributions that artists have made support Portland’s creative mural culture.

 

 

 

 

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AND, SAVE THE DATE! You’re invited to attend Know Your City’s very first fundraising gala on Thursday, October 20th at Ecotrust. 2016 is poised to be the biggest year yet for our work, and we’re looking forward to this positive night to celebrate with food, fun, and our friends. RSVP here.

 

Can’t make the event? Please consider making a donation in honor of Know Your City.

Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:

May 18th, 12:30-2:30: Hidden History of Albina Tour.

May 21st, 1pm-3pm: Hidden History of Albina Tour.

May 23rd, 9:30-11:30: People’s History of Portland Tour.

June 11th, 8:00-11:00: LIVE Portland Concert and Comedy Show.

June 13th, 5:30-8:30: Inequality for All Screening and Q/A with Fair Work Week for All Campaign

June 19th, 12:00-3:00: KYC 7th Anniversary Art for the Millions Pedalpalooza Ride

July 2nd, 11:00-1:00: Art for the Future Pedalpalooza Ride

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Reflection on May Day Labor History Tour

Guest Blog Post Written by Ryan Wisnor,
Oregon Trustee, Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA).

Portland’s 2016 May Day celebrations featured a collection of art and educational events sponsored by local groups, including Know Your City, in the lead up to the May 1st rally at Shemanski Park. On a sunny Saturday afternoon on April 30th, KYC led a May Day Themed People’s History of Portland Tour through the city’s downtown neighborhoods.

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, remains a contested holiday in the United States not officially recognized by the government. The holiday’s origins lie within the nineteenth century struggle for the eight-hour day, when hundreds of thousands of workers across the U.S. went on strike on the first of May 1886. Although celebrations in the U.S. during the twentieth century were periodic and limited, International Workers Day was celebrated annual around the globe. The twenty-first century revival of the holiday in the U.S. owes much to the over one million immigrant Latina/o workers who struck on May Day 2006 as part of “A Day without Immigrants” protest.

The KYC tour focused on how the city’s immigrant, African-American, LGBTQ, houseless, and other laboring populations created communities of mutual aid and solidarity to resist displacement and oppression. By visiting present day addresses and century old buildings, attendees met local labor and social justice history makers, including Tom Burns, Dr. Marie Equi, Otto G. Rutherford, Julia Ruuttila, and Minoru Yasui. Their stories include both triumphs of union organization and inspiring acts civil disobedience, as well as tragedies of imprisonment, marginalization, and dislocation for their defiant actions. The tour connected to modern day struggles with an appearance by a Powell’s Bookstore union member who helped recount a high-stakes moment of their union campaign, and ended with a tour of the Right to Dream camp and the personal stories of struggle from houseless advocates.

Although the defeats often outnumbered the victories for these activists, their actions are testimony to the perseverance of the communities they fought alongside. We don’t have to look hard around us to see the the echoes of these past struggles today. Tours like this one allow us the opportunity to see our city in a new light.

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