What Now PDX?

Portland progressives, stunned by the presidential election results, gathered at Revolution Hall Monday night to plot a path forward in the face of the nation’s conservative shift.

 

Photo: Teri Briggs

Photo: Teri Briggs

Overwhelming the venue’s 850-seat capacity, the overflow crowd cheered as Oregon’s Poet Laureate Liz Woody, along with activists and nonprofit leaders urged them to funnel feelings of despair and disappointment into organized action. “Don’t talk about it, be about it,” counseled author/entrepreneur Kevin Carroll, known for his “Red Rubber Ball” motivational series.

Walls were lined with questions calling for sticky-note replies.

 

Photo: Teri Briggs

Photo: Teri Briggs

Dozens of nonprofits and social justice organizations lined hallway tables, offering literature and volunteer opportunities, many represented groups or causes considered vulnerable in a Trump administration:

Oregon Environmental CouncilPHAMEP:earMilagro TheaterOregon HumanitiesOpal Environmental JusticePlanned Parenthood ORCenter for Women’s LeadershipOregon League of Conservation VotersACLUAdelante MujeresBlack Parent InitiativeMoms Demand ActionStreet RootsStreet BooksBradley Angle HouseHabitat for Humanity OregonImpact NWNew Avenues for YouthPartners for a Hunger-Free OregonSisters of the RoadWelcome Home Coalition

Others, such as the Bus Project, targeted youth, inviting them to become politically active. Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility offered high school juniors and seniors academic scholarship opportunities for creative writing about solutions to gun violence.

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Organizer Natalie Sept, a member of Hillary Clinton’s campaign press team, said the event began as a conversation between a few friends and quickly exploded on social media.

Photo: Natalie Sept

Photo: Natalie Sept

Portland band Lost Lander, and other artists, performed.

Photo: Teri Briggs

Photo: Teri Briggs

 

Photo: Teri Briggs

Photo: Teri Briggs

 

Photo: Teri Briggs

Photo: Teri Briggs

 

Photo: Teri Briggs

Photo: Teri Briggs

 

Rebecca Webb

Rebecca Webb is the Founder and Team Leader at Portland Radio Project Listen Now

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