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Celebrating the Oregon Coast: Governor Kate Brown Bans Offshore Drilling

#ThatOregonLife #PacificWonderland

By Sebastian Fortino


To kick off the return to warmer weather, ProudTimes is asking our readers to share stories and pictures of your trips to the Oregon Coast. We’re launching this ongoing summer series with Kate Brown’s banning offshore drilling–permanently.  

It has been said it takes a woman to clean up the mess men leave behind. Especially politically, according to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. In a piece found on CNN, in terms of the domestic front, many households share the financial burdens of home and family by being double-income. However, in “traditional marriages” it seems women work equal hours but still find themselves doing the lioness’ share of chores at home.

Well, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown, who queer Oregonians know identifies as bisexual, just signed a law banning offshore drilling from damaging our pristine coastline. #micdrop In effect, she just prevented the mess which would doubtlessly come from the current administration (in this case led by largely mega-rich white men) trying to open up a whopping 90 percent of federal waters to environmental exploitation. Several other states have banned offshore drilling in the wake of this threat.

Sadly, not all Oregonians feel this way. Some would like to see our waters exploited. If you read the responses to the Associated Press article posted by OregonLive, you’ll see some hateful responses. Some crassly attack the governor’s relationship with other Democrats, and her understandable umbrage against the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. These are expected in the public forum. The comments against her sexuality and gender shouldn’t be expected–but they are still sadly present.

However, it’s our job to celebrate what others eviscerate. Therefore, from all of us at ProudTimes, and all of us who love the Coast, we say “Thank you, Governor Kate Brown.”  


If you have any great photos and experiences you’ve taken away from the Oregon or Washington Coast, ProudTimes would love to publish you! Please reach out to proudtimesmag@gmail.comand we’ll see what we can do!

Portland Womxn’s March 2019: The Women Marched Forward Together

Portland Womxn’s March 2019: The Women Marched Forward Together
By Rachel Puma

On Sunday, March 3rd, women from all walks of life marched forward with their heads, voices, and signs held high. During the one mile long march from SW 10th Avenue to the South Park Blocks Near PSU thousands of women were led by a group of indigenous women who held the march with drums, songs, and ceremonial smoke.

Held high in the air were powerful signs created by women who are shining light on public issues and raising awareness on what women are facing today. Some of these hand crafted signs read “resistance is beautiful” and “anything you can do I can do bleeding”.

Even a couple of the Club Flock DJ’s Jen Roberton and Dakota Ushigome came out to set up a pop up dance party with a one of a kind rolling DJ cart. Dakota Ushigome of the DJ Duo The Dust Bunnies said “Music is love and it was a fantastic experience to be able to bring that love to the Womxn’s March and Rally for Action in Portland. Thanks to our good friend, DJ Joseph Lee who shared and set up his famous Robo Kart, one-of-a-kind sound system and DJ set up, we were able to keep the crowd going and spread positive vibes pre, post, and during the March.”

You could feel the energy, power, and love throughout the event as the women came together to support all women.

The march was a great kick off to International Women’s Day on March 8th and celebrating Women’s History Month this month.

For more photos from the Women’s March checkout out our Facebook Page – View here ProudTimes

ProudTimes thanks our colleague Rachel, aka Rappa for taking part in this event. We are looking forward to next year to celebrate Portland Women’s March. You can reach Jen at rpuma@proudtimes.com with any stories or events you may have.