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!

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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!

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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:https://www.facebook.com/events/160302094426631/


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…

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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.

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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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Our big week! Details on Thursday gala and after party

Only a few tickets remain for the Know Your City Untold Stories gala this Thursday!

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If you can’t join us for the entire gala, you can also come to the after party from 8 to 9:30 to celebrate and enjoy the music of the Toshi Onizaku Trio! You can purchase a ticket for the afterparty through this link, or at the door at Ecotrust. We’ll have drinks provided by Deschutes Brewery, New Deal Distillery, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

 

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Are you frustrated with Portland’s state of unaffordable housing? KYC is hosting an event on Monday, October 24th as an outlet for conversation and action. Thanks to the Oregon Humanities Responsive Grant program, we are offering Visions of a Housed Community, a teach-in and community dialogue to explore 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.

 

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On October 21st at Revolution Hall, KYC is partnering with 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland Tenants United, and Portland Right to the City Coalition on a Portland City Commissioner candidates forum on the housing crisis and social justice, called “Rents, Tents, Development: Who does City Council Represent?” We already have 300 RSVPs for the event, so RSVP today while we still have space.

 

 

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 20th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Untold Stories Annual Gala
October 21st, 6:30 – 9:00: Rents, Tents, Development: Who does City Council Represent?
October 24th, 5:30 – 8:00: Visions of a Housed Community

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Shop at Today’s Urban Market and Last Chance for Gala Tickets!

Tomorrow is KYC’s and With Love From PDX’s Portland Urban Market! Portland Urban Market is an all ages and FREE event with dozens of vendors showcasing food, culture, music, retail, drinks, and art from creatives and makers of color in Oregon. We’ll be there rain or shine, RSVP and share with your friends!

Are you frustrated with Portland’s state of unaffordable housing? KYC is hosting an event on Monday, October 24th as an outlet for conversation and action. Thanks to the Oregon Humanities Responsive Grant program, we are offering Visions of a Housed Community, a teach-in and community dialogue to explore 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.

Untold_Stories_invite_PROOF3-1-page-001-768x432.jpgLAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS at our very first fundraising gala on Thursday, October 20th at Ecotrust. Tickets are selling out fast, and we have room for less than a dozen additional people. RSVP today!

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On October 21st at Revolution Hall, KYC is partnering with 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland Tenants United, and Portland Right to the City Coalition on a Portland City Commissioner candidates forum on the housing crisis and social justice, called “Rents, Tents, Development: Who does City Council Represent?” RSVP 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 13th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm: Portland Urban Market
October 20th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Untold Stories Annual Gala
October 21st, 6:30 – 9:00: Rents, Tents, Development: Who does City Council Represent?
October 24th, 5:30 – 8:00: Visions of a Housed Community

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Look who’s performing at the gala!

Untold_Stories_invite_PROOF3-1-page-001-768x432.jpgJoin us as we celebrate 7 years of building community at our very first fundraising gala onThursday, October 20th at Ecotrust. (Tickets found here.) We have a lot of surprises planned for the night — but here’s a sneak preview of the amazing performance we’ll be featuring at the Untold Stories gala.

 

Spoken Word and Emcee – Renee Mitchell

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S. Renee Mitchell, MBA, is an award-winning writer, teaching artist and Creative Revolutionist with decades of experience with community-based social justice projects. She was nominated twice in 2005 and 2008 for the Pulitzer Prize for her work as a Metro Columnist for the Oregonian newspaper and was the recipient of the 2015 Yolanda D. King Drum Major Award. Renee is a powerful voice in the poetry, literary, and performance communities, working with local organizations such as Literary Arts, White Bird, and Vanport Mosaic. Renee also founded a youth-voice and poetry initiative, Spit/WRITE.

 


Comedy – Bri Pruett

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Bri Pruett is a stand-up comic and improviser from Portland, Oregon. In 2016 she won the Willamette Week reader’s poll for Best Comedian in Portland and Splitsider.com named her a “comic-to-watch.” She’s appeared on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, Doug Loves Movies and NPR’s Live Wire(to which she is a frequent contributor). Her live performances include: TBA Festival,Bridgetown,Riot LA, SF Sketch Fest, All Jane Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot and more.

 

 

 

Musical Performance – Toshi Onizuka

newtoshi.jpgToshi Onizuka was born in Tokyo and began playing guitar at twenty. In 1993 he moved to Seville, Spain and for five years immersed himself in the Spanish music scene. In 1997 he released his first solo CD, Toshi, an effort that featured musicians from Spain and Brazil and included all original songs written and produced by Toshi. In September 2008 Toshi released his second solo CD, Voy Con Fusión, a creation consisting of flamenco, jazz, rock, and hip hop. He has collaborated with a variety of local artists including Lawson Fusao Inada, Portland Taiko, Bobby Torres, and Aaron Meyer.

Come see Renee, Bri, and Toshi perform at the October 20th Untold Stories gala. RSVP here!

Know Your City is giving away 10 FREE Tickets to the Bus Project’s and Willamette Week’s Candidates Gone Wild event on October 10th, featuring 90 minutes of political mischief from state and local candidates. Email ask@knowyourcity.org to get a ticket!

And next week is KYC’s Portland Urban Market! Portland Urban Market is an all ages and FREE event with dozens of vendors showcasing food, culture, music, retail, drinks, and art from creatives and makers of color in Oregon.  RSVP and share with your friends!

On October 21st at Revolution Hall, KYC is co-sponsoring a Portland City Commissioner candidates forum on housing crisis and social justice, called “Rents, Tents, Development: Who does City Council Represent?” RSVP 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 10th, 7:30 – 9:30: Candidates Gone Wild (email us for free tickets)
October 13th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm: Portland Urban Market
October 20th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Untold Stories Annual Gala
October 21st, 6:30 – 9:00: Rents, Tents, Development: Who does City Council Represent?

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