Amplify Black Neighbors: Watch Week 2

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 2 Featured Film: Just Mercy

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Image from Just Mercy Film’s Facebook page.

Partial Description from JustMercyFilm.com: “Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

(Click here to read the full synopsis.)

Note from BDNA: Just Mercy is available free through June via the official site, or on your favorite streaming service.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Listen Week 2

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 2 Featured Audio: Code Switch: a podcast by NPR

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Image from NPR’s Code Switch podcast

Description from NPR: What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Read Week 2

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 2 Featured Author: Leah Penniman

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Image of author Leah Penniman from farmingwhileblack.org

Bio from FarmingWhileBlack.org: Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs – including farmer trainings for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Leah has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others.

Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation is available at Multnomah County Library or for purchase on her website.

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Image of the book cover for Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation by Leah Penniman from farmingwhileblack.org

Amplify Black Neighbors: Art Week 2

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Week 2 Featured Artist: Cee Blanco (Cee White)

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About: Cee White AKA Cee Blanco AKA whitechocolatedisco, is a House music artist whose medium is records, turntables, and tape decks. Cee Blanco has collaborated with the “Renegade Rhythms” crew, Tom Mitchell AKA Dlyte, and the Legendary Doc Martin from Sublevel Recordings. You can enjoy his music on MixCloud and TwitchTV, as well as live shows around the Pacific NW (when they’re permitted again).

Amplify Black Neighbors: Support Week 1

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

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Week 1: BlackPDX.com

Mission from BlackPDX.com: BlackPDX.com is a virtual community hub created to amplify the VOICES and MESSAGE of the black community in the greater Portland metro area, ultimately to improve economic conditions for black families. We provide assistance to business owners, non-profits, creatives and other organizations to increase their REACH and provide unique and needed opportunities for community connection.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Donate Week 1

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 1 Featured Organization: Black Futures Farm

Photo taken by Chelsea Powers of community members working the Black Futures Farm site in Brentwood-Darlington, April 2020.

Description from Black Futures Farm website: Black Futures Farm is a community farm, staffed by volunteers and two resident farmers. We sit on 1.15 acres with 17 different fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and cooking herbs. Our farm is located on the grounds of the Learning Gardens Lab at 60th and SE Duke in Portland, Oregon.

We are a group of Black identified/ Diasporic and Continental African people working together, growing food and community. Our aim is to implement the best methods of growing food, taking the best of what we can from our ancestral practices while being a part of innovation.

Black Futures Farm is a project of the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, which is a nonprofit fiscally sponsored by Know Agenda Foundation. Please contact us at blackfuturesfarm@gmail.com to request EIN numbers.

BDNA Note: Black Futures Farm’s 2020 CSA is full, but you can support them by donating via PayPal! You can also follow them on Facebook.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Act Week 1

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Week 1 Featured Event: Brentwood-Darlington Community Peaceful Protests

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Watch Week 1

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 1 Featured Film: I Am Not Your Negro

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Watch free on PBS until June 21, 2020 (or stream via your favorite service).

Description from PBS: The Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. The film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and MLK to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to examine race in America.

BDNA Note: We are trying to feature accessible resources as much as possible. As this series goes on, we will try to feature more neighbors in and around our immediate community. Suggestions can be sent to brentwood.darlington@gmail.com.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Listen Week 1

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 1 Featured Audio: 1619, a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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From The New York Times: “1619” is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery. Listen to the episodes below, or read the transcripts by clicking the icon to the right of the play bar. For more information about the series, visit nytimes.com/1619podcast.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Read Week 1

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 1 Featured Author: Layla Saad

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Photo from Layla Saad’s website.

Bio from Layla Saad’s Website: Layla Saad is an author, speaker and teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation & social change. Layla is the New York Times bestselling author of the ground-breaking book Me and White Supremacy (2020), The host of Good Ancestor Podcast, and the founder of Good Ancestor Academy.

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Photo: Cover of the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

BDNA Note: You can borrow a digital copy of Layla Saad’s book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor from Multnomah County Library System.