While the future feels uncertain, this year we’re finding hope in backing the Native American Youth and Family Center organization’s mission of focusing on tomorrow through the teachings of yesterday. As a youth-centered, family-driven, and elder-guided organization, they believe that when the Native community thrives so does the entire Portland region.
We at Owen Jones agree, and, through donating to and learning from the people at @naya_pdx, hope to ally ourselves to help expand that reach. To experience their voice, their work, their stories, and their vision yourself, please see link in bio.
This year has both reminded and taught us to look harder at ourselves and listen more closely to others. For that — and for the actions driven by what we’re learning, we are humbled and very, very grateful for 2020.
Art by @pupcloud
Who is Owen Jones? Meet Stacy Westbrook, Director of Strategy here at the agency. While travel and leading group cycling rides is typically how Stacy spends a lot of the off-hours, this year she’s had to shift her approach a bit. Swipe through to hear more about her travels, and how lately she’s been finding the new in the familiar and the comforting in the chaotic.
Closed tomorrow for Veterans Day, Owen Jones holds honor for US Military veterans. We recognize the immense debt we owe those who have served, and are grateful to work alongside you, to call you our friends, and to be inspired by your strength of character.
We’re closed tomorrow to vote.
In 2016, only 58.1% of eligible voters voted. We need to hear from more people. Part of this is the act of voting itself. But it does not start and end there. We know that many in the US aren’t allowed to vote, including permanent residents, territorial citizens, and people that are currently or formerly incarcerated. Part of hearing from more people also means bringing down barriers and challenges to enfranchisement, access, and time, so that others may use their voices as well.
Now get out and vote, if you can. But don’t let your efforts stop there.