Big News from Your Faithful Proprietress!
As some of you have heard, I'm running for Portland City Council this year! For the past 21 years I've been doggedly pursuing my mission to support and foster independent, small press, and self-published media in order to amplify underrepresented voices through my bookshop Reading Frenzy. I'm proud of my accomplishments -- keeping the shop afloat through many challenges, pulling off 500 free literary and art events, and co-founding the Independent Publishing Resource Center to name a few -- but while I love being a bookseller, for several years I've had a nagging feeling that it wasn't enough, so in the last decade I've done stints on the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the District Parent Involvement Committee, I co-founded the Special Education PTA of Portland, and more recently I've become deeply involved in affordable housing advocacy and renter's rights.
Six months ago I had no intention of running, but when no viable candidate emerged who is strong on our most pressing issues, I felt compelled to step up. I'm running because Portland is not working for its low and moderate income residents, including at least half of its renters (that's nearly 150,000 people!). It's not working for those of us who live in neighborhoods that lack basic amenities like sidewalks, curb cuts, and crosswalks. And this month we learned it's not working for those of us who are breathing in extraordinarily high levels of cadmium, arsenic, and other toxins due to poor environmental regulation.
Portland is facing a crisis of disconnection, and we need representatives who are directly in touch with the challenges that the majority of our residents are facing, not just career politicians and political insiders. As someone from a working class background, who is a small business owner, a single parent, a renter, and a longtime activist and advocate for a variety of causes, I definitely fit that bill. Besides, one of our most beloved Mayors was a bartender -- I don't think a bookseller is too much of a stretch for City Commissioner!
I've been surprised and heartened by the outpouring of support for my campaign. While I know this will be an uphill battle, and the odds are against me unseating an incumbent, I'm fighting hard to get to the primary and to keep the conversations focussed on vital issues like affordable housing, living wages, the environment, and equity across our communities. If I don't win this time around, I'll be back at it two years from now.
We've raised over $10,000 so far but have another $90,000 to go before the May primary. Here's how you can help:
- Make a campaign contribution here.
- Check out my website and sign up for our mailing and/or volunteer list here!
- Like and follow my campaign on Facebook.
- Share our website and Facebook page with your friends!
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FRIDAY, APRIL 1st
- SATURDAY, APRIL 30th
The Tale & The Speech
Print Show by Katie Baldwin
Former Olympia based artist, Katie Baldwin, will be exhibiting The Tale & The Speech, a collection of ten woodblock prints, to coincide with the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Portland. These works are a non-linear narrative that uses text and image to tell the story of a journey along the Erie Canal from two points of view. The theme of the work is inspired by the initial digging of the Erie Canal, its subsequent two expansions, and the way in which this parallels technology, communication and travel.
Baldwin's work and research investigates text, image, and the way in which narratives are built. Her interest in language as text begins with the development of writing, the invention of the printed word, and the mechanization of typesetting in printing multiples. The ability to write and ultimately to print, allowed people to record their thoughts outside of their own heads— to put thoughts down on paper to be retrieved later. And yet today, our writing has become increasingly ephemeral. In her work, thoughts of the characters are revealed as printed words. She uses the process of monotype casting and hand set letterpress printing. Her use of obsolete processes for printing text is driven by the contrast between the physical limitations of a job case and the infinite possibilities of arranging letters to make words, words to make sentences, sentences to tell stories.
Exhibit will run through April.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 6pm
New Work by Wynde Dyer
More info coming soon...
FRIDAY, JULY 1st, 6pm
Paintings by Caitlin McDonagh
More info coming soon...