Reclamation of Nowhere,” New Paintings by Josh Keyes & Brin Levinson.

Opening on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon is the two person show, “Reclamation of Nowhere,” featuring brand new work by artists Josh Keyes and Brin Levinson.  Both artists pursue the portrayal of wildlife placed in curious, often dream-like scenarios.  The work for this show looks absolutely fantastic.  If you’re in Portland, check it out.


Couldn’t be happier or more proud for Lora (lora-mathis) because she has her first published book! I try not to idolize people as I realize no one is flawless or perfect, but if there is anyone I can relate and look up to, it’s Lora. Her words are so strong and demand your attention, you can feel her anger, passion, and love in every poem. It’s a talent that amazes me every time. About a month ago, Lora sent me the most beautiful email (that I haven’t responded to yet because it rendered me speechless!!!) and I reread it AT LEAST once a day. Okay I’m sorry for ranting it’s just this woman is so freaking strong (even though I know she has a difficult time realizing that). You can check out her words on her blog: lora-mathis as well as her photography and more on her Instagram (@ kill.bo) and also order her book !!!!! at whereareyoupressstore.com and get it 20% off until July 31st at midnight with the code: JULY20

I love you Lora and I know this is only the beginning of your career and I can not wait to hear more from you 💓 thank you.

Protesters Form Human Curtain to Block Arctic-Bound Shell Oil Icebreaker

By Emily J Getz

Greenpeace activists dangle from a Portland, Oregon, bridge in a bid to derail plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

Just before 3 a.m. PT on Wednesday, 13 protesters dropped climbing ropes over the side of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Then they launched themselves into space, descending the ropes until they were dangling about 100 feet above the darkened nighttime waters of the Willamette River.


The result was a “human curtain” that a coalition of groups—including Greenpeace, Rising Tide, Climate Action Coalition, and 350 PDX—hope will block the departure of an icebreaker from a nearby marine repair facility. That could upend Shell Oil’s summer drilling plans in the Arctic Ocean and perhaps even change the course of the Obama administration’s “all of the above” energy policy.

The MSV Fennica arrived in Portland Sunday for repairs to a 39-inch-long hull gash sustained as the vessel tried to leave Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for theArctic Ocean on July 3. The ship carries a key piece of emergency equipment required by the Obama administration: a capping stack meant to seal a runaway oil well on the seafloor.

Until the Fennica arrives at Shell’s ocean drilling lease site in the Chukchi Sea, about 85 miles north of Wainwright, Alaska, federal officials will not allow Shell to bore deeply enough to strike oil.

The St. Johns Bridge is between the Swan Island Basin, where the Fennica is dry docked, and the route to the Pacific Ocean.

Steve Nichols usually spends his workday managing Greenpeace’s street-level fund-raising campaigns in Oregon’s largest city. But on Wednesday he was on the St. Johns Bridge, “at the anchor end for the rope of one of the climbers below, supporting and keeping an eye on her,” he said. There was one anchor person for every person hanging from the span, he said.

“I feel morally compelled to do something about climate change, which I think is the greatest threat facing our generation,” said Nichols, 30. “Shell drilling in the Arctic would make that problem so much worse than it is.”

Burning fossil fuels is the main cause of climate change. Scientists have warned that unless nations sharply reduce this carbon pollution by 2050 and eliminate it by 2075, the effects of climate change—such as rising seas, hotter temperatures, and changing rainfall—will become almost impossible to manage.

A recent study found that all the gas and oil beneath the Arctic Ocean seafloor must remain untapped  to avert the worst effects of global warming.

“Due to the influence of oil in politics, it’s not as plain to see for the politicians in charge,” Nichols said. “That’s why we’re out here on a bridge.”

Delaying the Fennica’s departure for Alaska would shorten Shell’s drilling season in the Arctic, Nichols said. But there was a bigger point to the protest as well: taking Arctic Ocean oil drilling totally off the table. “Obama can step in and shut this thing down,” he said. “It’s an administrative decision, through the Department of Interior, which is part of his cabinet, not about Congress. He has the power.”

Shell has held these leases in the Arctic Ocean since they were offered by the Bush administration in 2008.

Speaking by mobile phone several hours into the protest action, Nichols said there had been no sign that local law enforcement intended to remove the activists from their perches. “They’re trying to figure out how long we’re going to be here. We’re going to be here as long as we can to stop this ship from leaving,” he said.

A Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed that in cooperation with the Portland Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the Coast Guard is monitoring the protest, which also includes kayakers on the river below the bridge. “We encourage people to express their First Amendment rights but safely and without impeding commercial traffic,” said Petty Officer First Class George Degener. “The individuals [on the bridge] have not impeded any commercial traffic so far and indicated a willingness to move for legitimate commercial traffic. Their only concern is to block the movement of the Fennica.”

Degener did not know whether the positions of the protesters between the bridge and the water would impede the Fennica when it left Portland.

Shell Oil expressed no alarm about the protest. “The Fennica will begin its return journey to Alaska once we’ve completed the final preparations,” said Shell spokesperson Curtis Smith in an email. “As for the activities of the day, we respect the choice that anyone might make to protest based on Shell’s Arctic aspirations; we just ask that they do so safely and within the boundaries of the law.”

Alaska Airlines announces nonstop flight from KC to Portland

Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that it will launch a daily nonstop flight from Kansas City to Portland, Oregon.

The flight is expected the launch February 18, 2016. The airline also announced that it will launch nonstop flights to two other Midwest cities including Minneapolis-St. Paul and Omaha, Nebraska on the same day. The flight will be in addition to the airline’s daily nonstop service to Seattle.

“We continue to expand our Portland service portfolio with new non-stops to America’s Heartland”, said John Kirby, the airline’s vice president of capacity planning. “With these new routes, Alaska Airlines will offer more than three times the number of nonstop destinations from the Rose City than any other carrier.”

Start date          City pair                Departs     Arrives     Frequency
 Feb. 18     Portland-Kansas City      9:35 a.m.     2:59 p.m.     Daily
 Feb. 18     Kansas City-Portland      3:40 p.m.     5:45 p.m.     Daily
 Feb. 18     Portland-Minneapolis      10:55 a.m.   4:16 p.m.     Daily
 Feb. 18     Minneapolis-Portland      5 p.m.         7:08 p.m.      Daily
 Feb. 18     Portland-Omaha             6:50 p.m.    11:49 p.m.    Daily
 Feb.19      Omaha-Portland             7 a.m.         8:45 a.m.      Daily

(News Source : Fox4kc.com)

Someone just asked me this

But I’m answering publicly bc it is important to me.

Support groups are 18+ and that wasn’t up to me. The support group is run by SWOC, a coalition of mostly social workers and like six sex workers. For legal reasons and because of new definitions of trafficking, it’s sensible to keep the support group 18+, regardless of how many youth workers would like to access the meetings and legal and safety trainings that we sometimes hold at the meetings.

That said, STROLL will give harm reduction and hygiene kits to anyone, no questions asked. We are well aware that we cannot personally keep anyone from either having sex or doing drugs, short of having them locked up (and the realities f jail and prison sexual assault and drug use don’t even guarantee that) and we want to give people the tools to keep themselves safe RIGHT NOW, wherever they are, whatever they are doing.

Also no one cards at support group.

Jaxon just sent me a PDF of the STROLL vouchers!

“when we wrote the CAP/STROLL grant, we included money to purchase 50 $20 Fred Meyer gift cards. The idea is to incentivize attendance of the monthly SWOC support group and also have the ability to track the effectiveness of STROLL’s outreach. The tickets will be distributed in our outreach kits and if they’re presented at support group we’ll know that person was referred through STROLL and they’ll get $20. I’ll also be available in Pivot during group if anyone wants to do a free HIV test or a home test kit to take with them.”


A collection of photographs taken during a visit by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) to the United States in 1860. Surviving photographs only seem to exist from his stops in New York City, Boston, Portland, and Niagara Falls, although he did visit many other American cities as well as Canada. The trip marked the first time a heir to the British throne step foot in North America. Original captions in quotations precede most of the images. The photographs were taken by George Stacy, Deloss Barnum, Mathew Brady, and other unidentified photographers working for publishers D. Appleton & Company, E. & H. T. Anthony & Company, and possibly Levey Brothers.

A really beautiful thing is happening in my neighborhood right now. Those are people suspended from the bridge, in an attempt to stop a Shell Oil ice breaker ship from leaving port. Shell must have that ship in place in order to begin drilling legally in the Arctic.

I have mixed feelings about Greenpeace, who are the primary organizers involved, and about direct political action in this city and in general. However, I think any push back against big oil, no matter how improbable a “win” is, is better than standing idle in the face of greed and environmental degradation that turns millions and millions of lives, and the prospects of all our future generations, into collateral damage in the endless pursuit of growth and wealth.

(I’ll have an edited set of shots from the DSLR up later today.)