Solae's Lounge



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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm
Solae's Lounge
Know Your City is celebrating the growth of our team and family! Join us at Solae's Lounge (1801 NE Alberta St) to meet our new KYC Programs Coordinators, Lydia Grijalva and Melissa Lang. About Lydia: Lydia has been involved in education and nonprofit work over the last 14 years, and has been exploring her passion for independent publishing for the past three years. Since moving to Portland in 2013, she’s been involved in alternative education programs through Community Supported Everything, and in resource networking and community resilience building through the Alberta Free Hutch. Her background blends together a variety of disciplines: from theatre, photography, and creative writing, to environmental science, political science, and child development science. Growing up poor, Latina, and with a chronic illness, she’s had a lifelong motivation to contribute to a variety of social justice efforts. No matter what projects she’s involved in, she works to increase accessibility for historically marginalized people. She enjoys spending free time with her cat, dog, and partner. Her two favorite celebrities that she’s hugged are Ellen Degeneres and Jeff Bridges. However, if she could hug any celebrity, it would be Selena Quintanilla. About Melissa: Melissa is a historian who is inspired by the words of James A. Balwin, who said, “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it." She seeks to interrupt traditional, narrow narratives of American and Oregon history. Her passion for history is rooted around the kitchen table, where her mother and father sparked lively debates about American history and encouraged her to always question the status quo. She moved to Portland in 2009, and has worked with the Oregon Historical Society, Kick Ass Oregon History, and Oregon Humanities. She’s currently the Oregon Women's History Consortium Fellow and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the NAACP Portland Branch 1120B (are YOU a member??). She’s currently finishing her Masters thesis, which examines the role of women in Portland's Civil Rights Movement using the Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection at Portland State University Archives. Through dioramas, stage sets, and stop-motion animation, she explores the ways in which art, history, and social justice can cultivate a greater perspective on our contemporary lives.