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Welcome to Tuesday, Portland. 

Hi there — did you have a nice weekend? Get up to anything fun? If you did something cool, don’t hesitate to drop into my inbox and let me know about it so I can share it with the good readers of Bridgeliner 😉.

We have a stacked newsletter for you today, so let's get to it.

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Let’s go to press. 

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What Portland’s talking about

😬 Fully vaccinated Oregonians don’t need to wear masks — but the lack of official guidelines has local businesses nervous. Last week the CDC said that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks for most indoor and outdoor activities, and Oregon (among many states) has reiterated that message for citizens. And while this shows a dramatic shift toward reopening, some business owners don't want to “become Oregon’s vaccination police,” according to OregonLive. Questions abound as to whether or not it’s even legal to ask a potential customer about their vaccination status and if it’s reasonable to expect customers to provide proof. The Oregon Health Authority is still updating its rules to fit with the current update, and officials are recommending businesses operate with two standards for vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons respectively. 

⚽ The Portland Thorns are now blooming with a 10-game unbeaten streak after Sunday’s victory against the Chicago Red Stars. The Portland women’s soccer team scored a 5-0 game against the Chi-town team, and it has the rest of the league on notice. Coming up next, the Thorns will host the OL Reign at Providence Park on Sunday. To get the full play-by-play of their win against the Red Stars, check out this piece by OregonLive’s Caitlin Murray

🎨Esperanza Spalding wants to build a “BIPOC Artist Sanctuary” in St. Johns. The Portland-born, Grammy-winning artist is trying to raise $300,000 to create the City Sanctuary. The space will be a multifaceted creative space catering to artists of color, and will include “a cafe, an ‘eco-poetics reading room,’ a half-acre organic garden and two garden studios,” wrote Willamette Week. “A basement recording studio would act as an extension of the Songwriting Apothecary Lab, Spalding’s recently launched music therapy project. Though not open to the public, the sanctuary would host long-term artist residencies.” You can donate to Spalding’s project on their GoFundMe page

🌱 Support EGC and local Black-owned business

(📸: Courtesy of Equitable Giving Circle)

If you’re a business owner and a proud Bridgeliner reader, then slow your scroll! Equitable Giving Circle has an opportunity for you to help support Portland’s Black Indigenous People of Color communities by helping them sell curated boxes chock full of wonderful things from Black-owned businesses in PDX. You can learn more about what goes into a curated gift box here and sign up to sell them through this link

EGC is devoted to helping BIPOC Portlanders and farmers on every level, which is why it’s critical to empower them to keep doing what they’re doing.

You can help them help more people by directly supporting them, donating resources, volunteering your time and platforms, attending one of their events, and getting the word out about the great work they do. 

This organization is amazing and devoted to helping BIPOC Portlanders directly — let’s keep the good work going.

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🎥 An interview with Filmed By Bike Festival's Cheryl Green

Cheryl Green is one of many Oregon filmmakers featured in this year's Filmed By Bike Festival. (📸: Courtesy of Esther Klabbers)

We have a cycling treat for you today Bridgeliner readers! We interviewed a local Portland documentary filmmaker and one of the many excellent directors featured in this year’s Filmed By Bike Festival, Cheryl Green. We asked Cheryl about the creative process behind her film “TBI & My Longest Ride,” on the importance of humanity in showing the stories of people who live with disabilities, and what’s on the horizon for her.  

Tell me a little bit about “TBI & My Longest Ride” — what was it like creating it?

This one started in the past and was completed well into the COVID-19 pandemic because we went on total pause until we understood that it would be safe to film outside again. Kajomo had wanted the film to center on the ways that his medical doctors didn't help him recover well and that caps on rehabilitation from insurance were holding him back. Medications gave awful side effects and no benefits. He was cut out of speech therapy early. He was basically left hanging by Western medicine providers. That was the frame, and then the film was going to have interviews with his acupuncturist and speech therapist and show him using those and other healing modalities that he found through his own diligent research about how to heal himself. 

But in 2020, acupuncture was shut down. Speech therapy got shut down. I pivoted to focus exclusively on the other story of how Kajomo heals himself: track riding. The film is built around how cycling was already a part of his life and experience, through his near-fatal wreck, and on to his riding now and maintaining his bond with his three sons. Each boy gets a hand-built bike from Kajomo on his 13th birthday. It's not hard to see how deep a connection he has to bicycles and riding.

Green’s film focuses on the journey of Karl Kajomo Moritz, who used cycling to help in his healing process after experiencing a car accident and a coma. (📸: Courtesy of Olivia Baker)

What do you hope viewers take away from the film? What would you like to resonate most?

I hope this film shows how complex disability and life with disability are. There's a mainstream desire to simplify it all to questions of what happened, how bad was it, what were your injuries, what was rehab like? Or some people want to watch and just feel relieved that the person lived and want to just feel inspired but not really informed or having developed an empathetic understanding. And in that thirst for wreck and recovery stories — or to simply feel inspired by a disabled person's situation — we often lose the other parts of disabled people's humanity.  Something else that's [close to] my heart is to ask people to notice that this is the only open captioned and audio described film in the entire festival and to help me advocate for more films and more festivals to offer accessibility as part of the standard programming [moving forward].

What’s coming up on the horizon for you — events, shoutouts, projects you’re excited about?

Thank you for asking about that! On May 19th, Cascadia Behavioral Health will be screening my feature-length documentary about artists with TBI called "Who Am I To Stop It" and a pre-recorded talkback with me as part of their HEART month-long event celebrating women and art. Registration is free. The film has closed captions and open audio descriptions. Also currently streaming is "One + One Makes Three" by disability dance company Kinetic Light. I did the audio description for that incredible dance documentary, and I'm excited for people to check that out.

For the rest of our interview with Cheryl, follow this link. Thank you to our Bridgeliner Unabridged members — your support helps make stories like this one accessible to our readers. 

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Tomorrow

😷 OHSU’s Brain Institute will be examining the effects of COVID-19 on the brain in this lecture series (Online)

Thursday

📸 Learn how to take landscape photography with Pro Photo Supply’s workshop (Online)

🤗 Join Equitable Giving Circle and learn about wellness and community for BIPOC Portlanders (Online)

🌼 Here’s how to attract hummingbirds with the plants in your garden (Online)

Friday

🎥 Join the 19th Filmed By Bike Film Festival with a livestream of 60 films (Online)

🎤 Learn about anxiety and creativity with the Anxiety Variety Show (Online)

🍷 Learn all about Gamay in this Sunday School Wine "Friday Nite Special!"(Online)

Saturday

🎥Join the 19th Filmed By Bike Film Festival with a livestream of 60 films (Online)

Sunday

🎥 Join the 19th Filmed By Bike Film Festival with a livestream of 60 films (Online)

🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

A gentle reminder: We are asking you what we as the Bridgeliner community should do to say “thank you” to the vaccine distribution volunteers at the Oregon Convention Center — so if you haven’t voted in our poll based on reader submissions, then you can do that right here

The poll closes this Thursday, so make sure you get your vote in by then.

That’s all for today folks, catch you back here tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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