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Black Liberation Ride
June 19 at 5:30 pm
We are excited to announce the annual Black Liberation Ride – a community bike ride for Black Portlanders, hosted on Friday Juneteenth.
Sometimes self-care means holding space with your community. Let’s get together, take up space and celebrate Black 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 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, please respect this and share with your Black friends and colleagues** — See UPDATE Below. Everyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous or a person of color is welcome.
For our non-Black 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.
If you need a bike tune up, most bike shops are open by appointment only.
If you don’t have a bike, we’re working on getting promo codes for the Biketown orange bikes.
– Face mask
– 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
MEET AT 5:30, ROLL OUT AT 6PM.
UPDATE: Some quick updates:
1. There was a little confusion about who this ride is for – though we are centering black cyclists, we welcome anyone who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color to attend the ride. Please keep in mind that anti-Blackness is IN EVERY CULTURE. We need to call out anti-Blackness and colorism when we see it – even when it’s uncomfortable or ‘inconvenient.’
2. If you don’t identify as BIPOC, you can still support through donations! Venmo: @Jene-Etheridge
3. We’ll be printing free Black Liberation Ride posters available after the ride. Thank you to @whereswaldart for the design!
4. If you don’t have a bike, Biketown will offer free promo codes the day of the ride.
5. The ride will be about 10 miles with plenty of stops so that no one gets left behind. We will be stopping at the Urban League of Portland and Deadstock Coffee.