This year’s keynote speaker is Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, the first South Asian American to hold county office in Oregon. Her district is the most diverse in Multnomah County. She is a longtime advocate for social justice and has worked with many organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette, All Hands Raised, and Metropolitan Family Services and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.
“Handed down from my people was a story that the only duty left to us from the ancient ones was the duty of prayer, so I became a prayer person.”
Agnes Baker Pilgrim, known to many as "Grandma Aggie," is the oldest member of Takelma tribe, and granddaughter of Jack Harney, the first elected Chief of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz. She is a tireless advocate for the environment, especially clean rivers and oceans, serving as a "voice for the voiceless." Through her work as elected Chairperson of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance of female elders, wisdom keepers and women of prayer, she has traveled the world as an ambassador of our Mother Earth and all our relations. She is the keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony in Southern Oregon, an ancient ceremony which she revived in 2004. She is proud to announce she currently has five generations, with 7 as great-great children.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici represents Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. She chairs the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services and was recently appointed to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She is also an advocate for gun safety, reproductive rights, and immigrant and detainee rights.
Shannon Olive, activist and founder/president of WomenFirst, got her start in activism working on voter registration during the 2004 election and has worked in social justice organizing ever since. In 2017, she founded WomenFirst, which provides life skills and empowerment workshops and groups, mentorship, and community support to justice-involved women, women in recovery, and women recovering from trauma. Shannon’s work has touched countless lives, and her passion and deep commitment to her values inspire everyone she meets.
Deborah Maytubee Denton-Shipman
Deborah Maytubee Denton is the founder of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA, which assists MMIW families, tries to locate these women, and works with law enforcement on behalf of the families. The organization has helped over 300 families. Last summer, MMIW USA founded Staying Sacred, a program to teach about self-defense and other issues within Indian Country to provide tools to stay sacred in a violent society. Denton was born for the Chicksaw Nation of Oklahoma, and her family is from the Wildcat Clan.
Rabbi Debra Kolodny
Rabbi Debra Kolodny is a veteran of several social justice movements, bringing a spiritual perspective and an activist’s passion to racial and economic justice, women’s rights, environmental, peace, and LGBTQ causes since 1980. Her work in Portland and around the nation includes serving on the Coordinating Committee of the Oregon Poor People’s Campaign; participating in the leadership of Portland United Against Hate; producing a Queer Clergy for Black Lives Matter conference; and conducting hundreds of workshops on LGBT issues, spirituality and sexuality, workers’ rights, peace and women’s rights and social justice.
Reyna Lopez is Executive Director of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN). Based in Woodburn, Oregon, PCUN is Oregon’s farmworker union and the largest Latinx organization in the state. Lopez in the daughter of farmworkers who immigrated from Mexico and is a longtime, fierce advocate for the state’s Latinx population through her work for a variety of social justice organizations, including Causa and Family Forward, in voter registration and education, tuition equity for Dreamers and community outreach and engagement.
Bajo Salario are not performers, and what they do is not entertainment. Instead, the nonprofit musical collective brings together a wide array of activists, educators, and workers to engage and educate their listeners with a thrilling musical mix of indigenous folk and original compositions. The collective emerged from a root ethic of workers rights and radical inclusion. ”I came to Portland in 2000 to work as an organizer,” says Bajo Salario founder and organizer Maria Damaris Silva. “I noticed that all of the events that we did had no music, and that there was a lack of spirituality in the movement. I was tired of politics with a lot of talking.” To cut through the talking, Silva started singing.
-From “Urgent music: Bajo Salario makes musical medicine for the people” by Melanie Davis, El Hispanic News
With a name like Gitanjali (song offering) you’d think she was born to play records. Made in India & born in Oregon, Anjali was raised by Marathi banjaras & Cascadian loggers. She started DJing after watching too many boys run the soundtrack at house parties. After studying Kathak & Bharata Natyam for many years, Anjali eventually became a cheerleader of the Panjabi folk forms bhangra & giddha. Through her love of dance and her compulsive record buying/ music obsession Anjali saw herself as the dancer’s DJ.
Since her Portland debut in 2000, DJ Anjali has existed as the city’s primary advocate and dance missionary for the many varied electronic sounds of the South Asian/desi diaspora. She introduced “bhangra” & “Bollywood” to the dance floors of Portland and is also known for throwing down dancehall, hiphop, reggaeton & global bass in her sets. Well-known as a dance floor instigator, she & her partner, The Incredible Kid, hold down several Portland party originals: ANDAZ (est. 2002) & Tropitaal (est. 2013) as well as 2 weekly radio shows: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Kush (Tues 10pm -midnight) & CHOR BAZAAR (Thurs 7-8pm PST.)
Unpresidented Brass Band
The Unpresidented Brass Band is a joyful, horn-driven musical experience. Founded over two years ago in response to increasing negativity in our political climate, UBB brings spirit, funk, and fun everywhere they go. They are present at many Portland protests and marches, but they don’t stop there; they have organized several rallies themselves, including counter-protests against white nationalists in Portland. When UBB shows up in support, you know your movement is on the right path - and when you hear them coming, you better start dancing!