I always want to open these newsletters with some sort of clever commentary about what's going on at the moment, but, honestly, there's always so much going on. So I'm going to keep it to this: I hope you're finding some joy this month.
There's a lot happening in the election process here in Portland. I've been writing about as much as I can, including a write up on ballot petitions and a look at the next steps in the Portland City Charter review process.
I'm working on another article for PDX.Vote, which accidentally became three separate articles somewhere along the way. I wanted to take a look at emergency response around Portland, specifically in terms of summer emergencies (wildfire, heat waves, etc). I expect the results to be up next week or the week after. Currently, the three articles cover
Rose City Radical published a piece I wrote in their "Bloom or Bust" issue. The piece specifically looks at community care in terms of emergency prep. I drew on the many resource sheets I've made for local community response and talked specifically about what we as a community can do better (outside of the government options that the mega-article above discusses).
The issue also contains some amazing art and poetry. I also got a lot out of the interview with Snack Mamas (two mamas who just show up and feed people).
I've picked up a bunch of new zines in the past month (thanks in part to Books with Picture's MiniCon!) and I figured I'd share some of these amazing pieces.