Today, the State of Oregon announced that Know Your City is the recipient of a grant to partner on tours with two outstanding social justice organizations: Groundwork Portland and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). Funding for this project will subsidize our costs in producing these tours, which will be sliding scale and donation based.
The tours present an interactive and informative way to engage with subjects that have often been ignored or marginalized in standard histories of Portland. With a Howard Zinn’s “People’s History” approach, these tours provide a highly-accessible format for people to engage with these subjects. In addition, Know Your City’s bottom-up partnership model provides a way for partners themselves to share their own stories.
Groundwork Portland is a nonprofit that works with communities of color on environmental and land use issues. The “Brownfields” bus tour will encompass a number of locations along the Willamette River that are in various stages of environmental clean up. Learn more about Groundwork Portland on their Website.
APANO is an advocacy organization whose mission is to unite Asians and Pacific Islands to achieve social justice. On the “From Old Town to 82nd” tours we’ll hear from elders about the history of Old Town/ Chinatown, before boarding a bus and touring SE 82nd Avenue to visit business owners and civic leaders. Check out the video clip below for more on APANO’s work courtesy of the Coalition for a Livable Future’s Equity Stories or visit their site for more info.
More info about the tour programs will be made available in the coming months. Stay tuned!