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These white cooks bragged about stealing recipes from Mexico to start a Portland business

  • There’s a long simmering conversation in the food world about cultural appropriation — about who’s allowed to cook what, and why — but it’s usually a tad more subtle than what Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly confessed to Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon.
  • Wilgus and Connelly were profiled by Willamette Week about the delicious handmade tortillas they sell out of a food truck called Kooks Burritos on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Portland. The duo said they learned their craft from women in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.
  • “I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” Connelly told Willamette Week. “They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins. They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.”
  • The problem, of course, is that it’s unclear whether the Mexican women who handed over their recipes ever got anything in return. And now those same recipes are being sold as a delicacy in Portland.  Read more (5/19/17)

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'Huge validation': Oregon becomes first state to allow official third gender option
State adopts new rule that allows people to put an ‘X’ on state IDs and driver’s licenses instead of the traditional ‘M’ for male or ‘F’ for female
By Sam Levin

Oregon has become the first state in the US to allow a third gender option on licenses and identification cards, a major civil rights victory for non-binary people who identify as neither male nor female.

State officials adopted a new rule on Thursday that allows people to put an “X” marker on state IDs and driver’s licenses instead of the traditional “M” for male or “F” for female, a move that activists hope will spark reforms across the country that expand the legal recognition of gender-nonconforming people.

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Suspect who killed two men defending Muslim women in Portland is in custody

  • Portland police have taken 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian into custody following the stabbing and killing of two people on Portland MAX, a light rail public transit system, on Friday night. 
  • He is being held without bail and faces several charges, including aggravated murder, attempted murder and intimidation in the second degree. According to KATU, Christian began to insult two Muslim women on the train, one of whom was wearing a hijab. When two men came forward to defend the women, the suspect slashed their throats. 
  • One witness, Evelin Hernandez, told KATU that the suspect said, “Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don’t pay taxes here” and that he didn’t like Muslims because they’re “criminals.” Read more. (5/28/2017 1:00 PM)