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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THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd, 7pm
We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s in the Quest for a New America
Reading & Signing with Kate Daloz
Join us to welcome Kate Daloz, author of "We Were As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s in the Quest for a New America" to Reading Frenzy! In the spring of 1970, when Loraine, Craig, Pancake, Hershe, and a dozen of their friends purchased 116 acres of Vermont woodlands, they had big plans: to grow their own food, build their own shelter, and create an enlightened community. They had little idea that at the same moment, all over the country, a million other people were making the same move—back to the land.
We Are As Gods—the compelling nonfiction debut from Kate Daloz—follows the Myrtle Hill commune as its members enjoy a euphoric Free Love summer. Daloz, whose parents were among the back-to- the-landers—andwho now grace the cover of We Are As Gods—introduces readers to a colorful cast of characters. There is single-mom and herbalist Lorraine; football jock-turned- activist and commune leader, Craig; and sixteen-year- old runaway and sexual assault survivor, Amy. Collectively, they were disillusioned by their parents’ lifestyles, scarred by the Vietnam War, and yearning for a better world.
Ideals, as always, prove harder to live up to in the cold light of day. Daloz confronts the somber realities faced by these radical experiments in self-sufficiency, from the practical (how to insulate a lean-to during a Vermont winter) to the societal (how sexism pervaded even the most equitable of communes).
Despite these challenges, the 1970s Back-to- the-Land movement remains one of the most influential periods in recent history. Politically, we are witnessing the legacy of this movement in Bernie Sanders (who was a frequent visitor to Myrtle Hill). Culinarily, we can point to the Back to the Landers as the harbingers of the $39 billion organic food industry. We can even say our Internet culture was directly impacted by The Whole Earth Catalog—a bible for communards and which Steve Jobs cited as a major influence. As one generation fought to change their own lives, in the process, they ended up changing the world.
Offering a unique perspective on commune culture and the Back to the Land Movement of the 1970s, WE ARE AS GODS takes readers behind the curtain inside the geodesic domes that communards called home. Daloz’s affectionate, clear-eyed prose, combined with never-before- seen images of Myrtle Hill, creates a compelling debut text for anyone striving to understand this quietly impactful era.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 6pm
New Work by Wynde Dyer
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FRIDAY, JULY 1st, 6pm
Paintings by Caitlin McDonagh
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