History of Social Justice Organizing
An ongoing series of presentations by activists and scholars on a wide variety of social justice organizing topics in Portland and elsewhere.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7-8:30pm
Positive coverage of LGBT issues and events was non-existent in Portland’s mass media until 1970 when the alternative paper, Willamette Bridge, began printing some articles. The next year, Oregon’s first specifically gay newspaper, The Fountain, was launched. Some Portland LGBT publications that followed included NW Gay Review, the Oregon Gay Rights Report, The Northwest Fountain, Cascade Voice, Rag Times, Just Out, Lavender Network and PQ Monthly. These publications and others helped organize Portland-area LGBT people in their attempts to build community, gain equality, counter anti-gay political measures, and respond to AIDS. All our panelists were involved in one or more of the above publications. Rupert Kinnard’s extensive career in publication design began with Just Out as one of the original staff members where he helped the publication win the National Gay Press Association award for best overall design in 1983. In 1996, while working as art director for the Skanner, Rupert won an award for best graphic and typographical excellence by the West Coast Black Journalist Association. Renee LaChance covered lesbian events as the women's editor for The Northwest Fountain and served as the editor of The Cascade Voice and was co-founder and publisher of Just Out. Pride Northwest has presented her with two awards: the 2000 Spirit of Pride Award and the Pioneer Award both for her work with Just Out. Paula Nielsen served as a feature writer and columnist for the LGBT press from 1976 through most of the 1990's. Paula was Religion Editor for the NW Fountain, and also wrote feature news articles. For the Cascade Voice, Eagle Newsmagazine, City Open Press, City Week, Oregon Gay News, and Alternative Connection, Paula wrote a column called "Thoughts From Paula".
Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7-8:30pm
Mountain Moving Cafe was a beloved institution in ‘70s Portland but this evening will be more than nostalgia; it will be an opportunity to talk about what it takes to make a collective work. The Mountain Moving Collective’s consciously anti-profit cafe opened in 1975 offering Portland's earliest vegetarian menu and attracting both alternative and mainstream patrons. Daily community programming included political presentations, organizing meetings plus local and nationally touring performers. No men were allowed at Wednesday’s Women's Night. The collective provided child care, sparking restaurant children's playrooms in town. The bulletin board changed monthly, highlighting the organization currently receiving the tips The Cafe was a catalyst for discussions and action among progressives, and provided a much-loved community center, for women and men, both gay and straight together, until they lost the space in 1979.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 7-8:30pm
In 1970, Portland’s alternative newspaper, Willamette Bridge, refused to print the following ad, “Gay, longhair, young, lonely, seeks meaningful relationship with same....” This prompted an openly gay Bridge staff member to write an article contending that Portland Gays needed to organize. Soon, the Bridge carried numerous articles on gay dignity and Portland’s Gay Liberation Front was meeting weekly (with both men and women), leaders emerged and organizing blossomed. Join us for a panel with four early activists whose experience spans a multitude of LGBTQ endeavors. Free and open to the public Panelists: Steve Fulmer was a gay activist in Portland throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, holding leadership positions in PSU Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Second Foundation, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Cascade AIDS Project, Right to Privacy PAC, Equity Foundation and Portland Schools’ Sexual Minority Task Force. Cliff Jones has been active in the GLBTQ community since the early 80's when the hot issue, which took a year of monthly dialogues to resolve, was should we change Gay Pride to Lesbian and Gay Pride. Jones co-founded Black Lesbians and Gays United in the mid-80's; was the first staff of color at Cascade AIDS Project in the late 80's. He also co-founded Brother to Brother in the early 90's and served as its first Executive Director. Susie Shepherd was Oregon's first paid female gay activist (Portland Town Council). She wrote sections of and edited A Legislative Guide to Gay Rights, published by PTC in 1976 for distribution to the Oregon legislature and later internationally. She was the first openly gay member of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus and the Oregon Council for Women's Equality. She chairs the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation, honoring her trailblazing parents who co-founded Portland PFLAG in 1976. Among her numerous honors is the Equity Foundations' Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat Young worked to get health benefits extended to gay employees at Tektronix and to defeat the ‘92 anti-gay Measure 9. She now teaches the LGBTQ History Capstone class at PSU. She enjoys researching local gay history and learning about everyday people who did extraordinary things to advance the cause of gay rights. We will also be joined by George T. Nicola who came out through the fledgling Portland Gay Liberation Front in 1970. In 1972, he wrote and submitted an historic gay civil rights plank that was adopted by the pre-primary convention of the Democratic Party of Oregon. The following year, George wrote and lobbied for Oregon’s first gay civil rights bill. Since retirement, he is chronicling the movement’s history. History of Social Justice Organizing is an ongoing series of presentations by activists and scholars on a wide variety of social justice organizing topics in Portland and elsewhere. The program is cosponsored by the Center for Women, Politics & Policy whose mission is to increase women's leadership in public policy through targeted teaching and community service programs. More information at: historyofsocialjusticeorganizing.wordpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/historyofsocialjustice