It’s uncommon for journalists to be part of the story, but during Portland’s protests for better policing in the wake of the death of George Floyd and others, Village Portland‘s Cory Elia and Lesley McLam certainly have.
Earlier this week, they filed a joint lawsuit against after multiple assaults by law enforcement officers while documenting the protests.

Both were arrested on June 30th during a march on the offices of the Portland Police Association, the Portland Police Bureau‘s rank-and-file officers’ union.

The Oregonian reports: “Two independent journalists file suit against Portland police, county sheriff’s deputies and state police”

This is one of several lawsuits filed against the City and local law enforcement.

Similar to other lawsuits, Elia and McLam seek better training for the police on civil disobedience, the importance of the media, and crowd de-escalation techniques. Their suit also seeks damages for injuries, and to bar police from violating journalists’ rights to free speech and assembly, and due process.

It’s been amazing to see Cory and Lesley stand up to police over-reach, and it’s also been amazing to see the community support their work.

They’re not the only ones down there risking their safety to cover these protests, while others do their own activist work covering meetings, researching laws, and amplifying all this great work.

I see this as the dawning of a new era of appreciation for independent journalists.

We’ve made contact with many of these awesome folks, done our best to spotlight their work, and are publishing some it. As the work for better policing expands from the streets into the legislative halls— we want to keep helping these indie reporters as much as possible. So if you’re reading this and wanna link up… please be in touch.



57% of Portland youth qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year, according to the City of Portland— and when schools are closed, families have to fill the gap for those missed meals.

Lunch + Play events are planned all over the city to help out these families, and any Portlanders struggling with food insecurity. I ran across one in Montavilla Park earlier this week.

Many of the events are hosted in parks all over the city, with many in East Portland. See the schedule here.


Montavilla Memories new article:

Today, we published another great article from Patricia Sanders. Read “The bicycle craze comes to Montavilla” here.


Here’s a photo essay from a walk I took through Montavilla the other day.

What’s missing, is photos from Ho’s Automotive (8045 NE Glisan St), Muddworks Roastery (6922 NE Glisan St), and Santa Cruz Bakery & Taqueria (24 SE 82nd Ave).


Summer reading:

Libraries are closed, but the Multnomah County‘s reading program “Imagine Your Story” is still happening! Learn more here.

This summer, we’ll encourage youth to “imagine your story” with fairytales, mythology, and fantasy. Our Summer Reading dragon, Shu Long, will help. “Shu Long” is Chinese pinyin of “書龍” which means “good reader like a dragon,” and we hope that Shu Long inspires many people to be good readers this summer! Read for fun and enter prize drawings! It’s free to play!

Check out the libraries selection of e-books here.


Farmers markets:

The Montavilla Farmers Market is every Sunday, learn more about their vendors for this week’s market here.

The farmers market put the call out for volunteers for their market this week. If you can help, reach out to them on their website, here.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


Lents International Farmers Market is also Sunday!

Learn more about the market here, including how to “double up” your SNAP benefits.

SE 92nd & Reedway, between Foster Rd & Harold St * 9 am – 2 pm


Take good care and have a great weekend!