“Voices From the Front Lines”: The State of Community Driven Media in Portland featuring:
July 6th, 2017, Thursday
Doors at 6:30p, Panel starts at 7:00pm
TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont St, PDX)
$7-10 Sliding Scale (All proceeds go to the Portland Zine Symposium)
This is PZS’s annual fundraiser, and we are attempting to raise $500 help offset the cost of port-o-potty rentals. Please help us raise the necessary funds! Your donations are appreciated! FB event page here.
Zahir Janmohamed is the host of The Racist Sandwich, a podcast about food and race, and an adjunct fellow at The Attic Institute in Portland, where he teaches nonfiction writing. He is also the Policy Director for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. He has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Nation, Oregon Humanities and many other outlets. He previously worked in the U.S. Congress and at Amnesty International.
Melanie Stevens is a Portland-based artist, illustrator, and writer. She received her BA in Political Science from Yale University and is currently a 2017 MFA Candidate for Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel, ‘Black Picket Fences,’ as well as one of the co-founders and editors of Miss Anthology, an organization which supports racially and economically diverse female and genderqueer youth by teaching professional skills through hands-on workshops, and publishing their work. She is also the co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a mobile gallery space that allows artists of color the freedom to create or express their own language.
Andre Middleton is a native new Yorker that moved to Portland to attend college. He has many ties to the arts and music scene via friendships that stretch back for at least 2 decades. He is the Director of Equity and Digital Inclusion at Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center. Andre is a community activist on issues of inclusion and equity and a community connector within the arts. He is the co-host of the XRAY.fm show Group Therapy where he gets to interview regional artist on the subject of resistance to the 45th. He recently joined the Board of Trustees for the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, where he hopes to have a profound impact on their efforts to connect and share current and challenging art with a broad cross section of our fair city.
Israel Bayer is the executive director of Street Roots, an award-winning street newspaper in Portland, Oregon. He has been working in the street newspaper movement for more than 15-years. He has worked for Real Change, a street newspaper in Seattle, Washington and for the North American Street Newspaper Association. Israel is also a journalist, poet, photographer and painter.