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What's going on in Portland?

I’m getting this question a lot. The answer is that it depends on where you look. So look in the right places.

You may be in the habit of relying on national news agencies to learn what’s going on. I get it. But if we want to know what’s really happening, we must look to the local reporters and organizers who are really here and who are really doing the work.

Edited to add: I used to have a PDX News list on Twitter until I understood that compiling this information publicly could potentially put folks in danger. But here’s a list of freelance journalists in Portland and their CashApp/Venmo/PayPal handles. Pay them for their work if you can afford to do so.

And if you are resisting this information, ask yourself why.

Franchesca Ramsey’s video “5 Tips for Being an Ally” was linked to from Rachel Cargle’s #DoTheWork 30-day challenge. Today I realize that I am very anxious about the future mistakes I will make in learning how to do this work, but that anxiety will not stop me.

Some days are just plain demoralizing. So tonight I’m writing letters to voters in Texas, asking them to vote in November. Want to join me? Sign up with Vote Forward.

Criminy shows you his new favorite chair.

You know me: can’t go too long without ink tests. 🖋 Here are some of my current faves on Tomoe River paper.

Today I learned about the violent and racist origins of American policing from this episode of Throughline. If you are at all interested in history, give the Throughline podcast a listen. I’m consistently impressed with their level of research.

📚 Read: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book should be required reading for all white Americans trying to educate ourselves about systemic racism. It is not an easy read, nor should it be.

Today two patrons thanked us for flying the Pride flag. 🏳️‍🌈 I hope our LGBTQIA+ patrons and staff feel welcome at our library. And I know that I have more work to do to ensure that everyone truly IS welcome.

There is so much we must do to dismantle white supremacy. But there are so many ways to help! If you’re thinking, “I need to educate myself first,” then have I got a resource for you! Your library card is one tool in this fight. Ask me how to use it!

Posted @withregram • @ijeomaoluo Repost from @dopequeenpheebs • Today #BreonnaTaylor would have turned 27 years old. She would have been celebrating with friends and loved ones and just being carefree and joyful like every black person has the right to be. Instead, on March 13th, she was shot EIGHT times and killed in her home in the wee hours of the morning all because of an illegal “no knock” search warrant. Anything remotely resembling justice has yet to be served. We cannot and should not forget her. So, in honor of Breonna’s birthday, please join me by calling the numbers in this infographic and demand that Officers John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove be charged with murder. Administrative leave is not enough. Them being fired would not be enough. Elected officials placating us that the evidence will be reviewed will never be enough. It is June. We cannot wait any longer for the adults to do their jobs. #JusticeForBreonna #BlackLivesMatter Click the link in the profile if you want to donate to Breonna’s GoFundMe. Graphic: @ju.niyah

Today I will go into the library to do my work for the first time in months. This is a concrete step in the planning we are all doing to reimagine how we serve our community. I am excited! And a little nervous. I did not sleep well last night.

📚 Currently Reading: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Yesterday, as I obsessively watched the news, my hold on this library ebook was finally ready. It is a challenging and necessary read. I am learning so much.

📚 Read: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This is a well-constructed fiction from the #MeToo movement, and it reads like one. It didn’t land enough emotionally to disturb, and didn’t take enough risks to inform.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

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