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Juneteenth | June 19th, 2020

Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865. Here are three ways we can honor this day.

Black Liberation Ride

Meet at Irving Park at 5:30pm, roll at 6pm.

A community bike ride for Black + Brown Portlanders as a celebration of the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African, aka Black Independence Day!

Here's the ride description from the leaders, Jené Etheridge and Stephen Marea:

Sometimes self-care means holding space with your community. Let’s get together, take up space and celebrate in solidarity by riding around Portland. Along the way we’ll point out local Black history and end in a park for a socially distant hangout.

This ride is FOR THE BLACK / BROWN COMMUNITY. We’ve heard from many folks that it has been a very difficult time to be in Portland, aka The Whitest City in the U.S.

**If you do not identify as Black / Brown, please respect this and share with your Black, Indigenous, People of Color friends and colleagues**

For our non-BIPOC supporters, you can DONATE funds or resources to the Black Liberation Ride campaign, we’ll use the funds for BLR spoke cards and snacks, and will donate the rest of the proceeds to Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) -- Venmo: @Jene-Etheridge

This ride is kid-friendly, NO DROP, and open to all rider levels.

Rider checklist:

- Face mask (recommended, but not required)

- Water bottle

- Helmet (if you don’t have one, don’t worry)

- Something comfortable to ride in

- Any flags, shirts, whatever you want to rep the culture

Take Yourself on a Tour of Vanport

A local cyclist has taken the time to develop a route for you to ride this week to familiarize yourself with the history of Vanport. Find out more here.

Loud N Lit

But what about Loud N Lit‽ There's lots to be lit about right now... So light up your bike and make some noise!

Light Up Your Bike

Wheel lights, LED wire, extra bike lights, you name it!

Get Your Sound System Bumpin'

Find a way strap your bluetooth speaker to your bike and roll through town rocking out to your favorite beats.

Pull Together Your Loudest Outfit

The name of the game is HIGH VIS. Think NEON, REFLECTIVE, and LIT. Head-to-toe retro-reflectivity or a bright yellow shirt with LED lights sewn in. We want to see you 3 blocks away!

Today's hashtags: #PedalpaloozaPDX #LoudNLit

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