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Voices of a People’s History

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

| $50

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Poster for Voices 2018 - a confused young child, a smiling young woman of color, and a crowd of thousands. TEXT: OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon presents... CWe Resist! We Build! We Rise! Voices of a People's History 2018 - July 18th at Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, tickets: opalpdx.org/voices

Voices of a People’s History

We Resist, We Build, We Rise!

Wednesday July 18th – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

At Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK

Featuring Performances by

Oscar Guerra-Vera
Executive Director, Q Center

Alex Mijares
Action Planning Team Chair, Bus Riders Unite

Say Wah Paw
Senior Intern, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance

Courtney Rae
Associate Director, Bark

Victor Salinas
Executive Director, East Portland Neighborhood Office

Kathy Wai
Field Director, APANO

Eric Ward
Executive Director, Western States Center

with introductions by

Ana del Rocío
Political Director, ColorPAC

We are SOLD OUT! thank you ticket-holders and sponsors!

four-circlesEvery year, OPAL hosts Voices of a People’s History, an event that celebrates diverse movement leaders by sharing their stories, in their own words. Members of our community perform readings of notable speeches and essays from inspiring figures past and present, a radically-empowering opportunity to hear the echoes of history in the present day. It’s a yearly gathering that brings us closer together while strengthening our resolve to fight for racial, social and economic justice. It’s important for us to amplify movement leaders, because we know that nobody else can tell our stories. We have to do this for ourselves.

David Bouchard reads Ken Jernigan at Voices 2017.

Click to see an inspiring video from Voices 2017.

The 2018 Voices event will take place at the Curious Comedy Theater on the evening of July 18th. Curious Comedy Theater, located in heart of Vanport Square, is accessible by public transportation via buses #6, 44, 72, and is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available at no charge behind Vanport Square. Bike parking is available outside of the theater doors and outside Old Town Pizza around the corner. Curious Comedy is an all-ages venue, but tickets are required for children who need to sit in their own seat.

The hosted hors d’oeuvres will feature tasty and filling selections for most dietary needs: gluten free, vegetarian/vegan. Please let us know in advance of any considerations which you may need to make your evening enjoyable and comfortable with us!

  • Raffles will take place to win fabulous prizes while supporting the movement
  • Speakers will delight the crowd with readings of classic speeches and essays from movement leaders
  • A no-host bar will offer a full range of beverages (with or without alcohol) for purchase
  • Hot and cold appetizers and desserts will be served
  • A photographer and photo booth will capture the magic of the evening

Presenting Sponsors

Logo for Amalgamated Transit Union. Freedom through organization. American and Canadian flags.

Crag Law Center


Forth Mobility



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UFCW 555

Featured Sponsors





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Movement Sponsors

Design Week Portland



Grassroots Sponsors

People for Mobility Justice

We are SOLD OUT! thank you ticket-holders and sponsors!


July 18
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Vivian Satterfield


Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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(503) 342-8910