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It’s also National Tell a Story Day. How should you observe it? Simple! If you’re a bit of a scrivener, check out these awesome free workshops from Write Around Portland to stretch and flex your writing muscles. If you’re more in the mood to appreciate some good stories, have a look at this list of 10 Great (Recent) Books from Oregon Authors by Portland Monthly.
You could also just low-key call up a relative who rocks at telling stories and have them spin you a yarn.
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💐 A new cemetery garden will honor early Chinese workers buried in SE Portland. Once known as the Old Chinese Burial Ground and eventually Block 14, the plot of land near SE Morrison and 20th was a temporary cemetery for Chinese immigrant workers in the 1800s until their remains could be returned home. However, for some it became their final resting place. After years of neglect and pushes by activists to honor this history, enough money was raised to build the memorial garden. You can read the full, in-depth story from OregonLive’s Jaimie Ding here.
✔️ Oregon has reauthorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, after a national pause halted its rollout due to a series of blood clotting side effects found in some patients. The FDA and CDC determined that the vaccine was critical in the fight against COVID-19, “and the small clot risk could be handled with warnings to help younger women decide if they should use that shot or an alternative,” KGW reported. The state is currently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, but over 33,000 new vaccines have been added to the state immunization registry.
⁉️ A local auction house listed a dagger from Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, prompting well-deserved outrage in the Portland community. O’Gallerie has been in business for 49 years and posted their latest catalog containing the dagger listing on April 22. Bob Horenstein, the director of community relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, called the act “shameful” and has been trying to contact the business owners without success since the listing went up. Horenstein told OregonLive, “The symbolism of these items is very painful. These things should be taken out of circulation and destroyed.” (Editor's note: since press time, the listing appears to have been removed)
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🍣 Pssst — wanna snag some vegan sushi? Small, vegan pop-up Mitate will become a full-fledged food cart at the CORE food pod in Southeast this June. The Japanese word “mitate” translates to “see anew” — to view something from a different perspective. Make sure you come hungry because their menu looks so fresh and delicious.
🌊 You don’t have to drive to the coast to see some ocean creatures — just swing by artist Mike Bennett’s place. The local artist is steadily working his way through the alphabet, aka the “A, B, Seas” to showcase his creative, cartoonesque, and beautiful cardboard painted cutouts of water-dwelling creatures.
💗 ‘I Choose Love’ wants you to rediscover and fall back in love with downtown. The organization formed last year “in the wake of violent clashes downtown involving police, federal agents and opposing groups of demonstrators,” according to KGW, and wants to focus on the deep need for transformative healing in Portland communities. The group held a concert over the weekend in Pioneer Courthouse Square, featuring vocal performances from the Brown Sisters. You can learn more about I Choose Love on their website.
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It’s that time of year again! Equitable Giving Circle needs your support for their 2021 CSA summer and fall seasons.
They’ve been expanding the number of Black, Indigenous People of Color families they serve with nutritious, delicious, and delightful CSA boxes. To help them give back to the community, here’s what you can do:
- Send in a one-time donation to fund their CSA program.
- Share this message on your socials and ask your friends and followers to match your donation.
- Set up a monthly giving to help support EGC’s work.
EGC is devoted to helping BIPOC Portlanders and farmers on every level. Which is why it’s so important to help them 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. Support EGC and local Black businesses by purchasing one of their curated gift boxes, which are chock full of wonderfulness. You can learn more about what goes into a curated gift box here.
This organization is amazing and devoted to helping BIPOC Portlanders directly — let’s keep the good work going.