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🔒Statewide lockdown starts tomorrow
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🔒Statewide lockdown starts tomorrow

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What Portland is talking about

3 things to know today

📈 A statewide lockdown starts tomorrow — and some are taking it better than others. Last week Gov. Kate Brown announced the entire state would go into lockdown for two weeks starting Nov. 18, including the Thanksgiving holiday. This is in an effort to slow rising COVID-19 cases across the state. Responses to the lockdown have been a mixed bag — the Multnomah County Chair called the new restrictions “the toughest thing I think our community has ever gone through” but urged people to not gather in large groups for a last hurrah before lockdown. Comparatively, a Clackamas County chairwoman said she would openly defy Brown’s restrictions, and posted on social media that she and her family “will celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with as many family and friends as I can find.” Brown stated violations against the restrictions could result in fines or jail time. Current state case numbers can be found here. (OregonLive / KGW / KATU)

✉️ Oregon restaurants sent an open letter to Gov. Brown, asking for support during the lockdown. In a letter signed by more than 300 restaurant and bar industry members, the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon is asking for various relief measures including financial assistance, COVID-19 testing, and cocktails to-go. With close to 200,000 service workers in its workforce, many are still waiting on funds from the state’s first round of restaurant closures in March. Those closures, which also impact bakers, fishers, butchers, delivery drivers, and Oregon’s 34,000 small farms, are estimated to cost around $40,000 per location, according to the letter. (OregonLive / EaterPDX)

🎬 You can stream this documentary about the Portland protests for free. But only till 11:59 p.m. today. Produced by The Old Church concert hall, the documentary, “Tipping Point” examines ways in which Portland became a center for civil rights protests. It includes stories of individual Portlanders and explores how the experience here mirrors the country as a whole. To view the documentary, register here. (OregonLive)

3 things to make you smile

🐶 Check out this Lake Oswego man’s sweet animation tribute to his nephew. Former OregonLive graphic artist Steve Cowden has created an adorable animated short in a testament to friendship in hard times. Pre-pandemic, Cowden and his family went through the unexpected passing of his nephew, Blake. The short includes the original song “Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream,” which was improvised by Cowden, his son Trent, and his brother Scott, in the wake of Blake’s passing. (OregonLive)

🌟 Oh my stars — another meteor shower will peak this week. The annual Leonid showers will be on full display over the next few days, according to OMSI. They also strongly recommend bringing a hot thermos full of tea and a warm blanket, in addition to your favorite telescope. Here are some of the best places to chill out while you watch the night sky. (OMSI’s Twitter)

🏥 The Unipiper wants you to go get a flu shot. Teaming up with Providence Health, the bagpiping, unicycling, kilt-wearing President of Weird PDX United wants to remind you it’s good to Keep Portland Weird — but most important to keep Portland well. (The Unipiper’s Twitter)

A giveaway for our members.

🎉 A giveaway for you

Portland Coffee Roasters has just released its Holiday Roast, which is also a fundraiser for coffee growing communities in Latin America. This week, three lucky members of Bridgeliner Unabridged will each win a bag to brew at home. Join now for your chance to enter this giveaway and support local journalism.

Also our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are playing a game of I Spy with us — come join in on the fun!

Tomorrow

✌️ How to avoid toxic productivity and revolutionize your flow (Online)

Thursday

❤️ A memorial wall in honor of the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming communities (Q Center)

Friday

❤️ A memorial wall in honor of the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming communities (Q Center)

💆 Give yourself a much-needed massage (Online)

📚 Breaking down the story of the dreaded Bluebeard (Online)

Saturday

❤️ A memorial wall in honor of the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming communities (Q Center)

🎵 Time for a virtual indie concert with Saroon (Online)

Sunday

❤️ A memorial wall in honor of the Trans and Gender Nonconforming communities (Q Center)

✍️ Practice poetry and gratitude at the same time (Online)

One more thing...

It’s Trans Awareness Week! The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), is an annual observance on Nov. 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.

Portland resources and educational materials can be found here and here.

We’ll see you back here on Wednesday.

— Cassie at Bridgeliner

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