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Red and Black Communique - October 2010

Here's to ten years and counting.

The October issue of the Red and Black Communique is hot off the presses and will be available in print by the end of the day. Meanwhile, it's already up on the website for your internet perusal. And while you're at our website, don't forget to check out our new post, which is a brief history of the cafe. We hope you enjoy it, and hope that you will continue to support us as we go into our TENTH YEAR of being open!

Here's to ten years and counting,
Red and Black Cafe

homepage: homepage: http://redandblackcafe.com
phone: phone: 503-231-3899
address: address: 400 SE 12th avenue at Oak

Sorry! 11.Oct.2010 21:55

cafe worker redandblackbooking@riseup.net

Several commenters here have identified feeling snubbed or not welcomed at the Red & Black. We totally don't want you to feel that way! Please know that we want you to come to the cafe whether young or old. We try to be welcoming to meat eaters, houseless people, people who drive and people who are not anarchists. In fact we depend on folks fitting some of these categories to make it financially. Even more than that though we really want to be a space where you don't need to be a member of a specific subculture, scene or network of friends to feel comfortable and welcomed. Conversely we definitely DO NOT want to be a space that is only welcoming to people like us (although we are not exactly like one another either.) We are most certainly not cooler than you! Please do let us know when and how you've felt unwelcome in our space. The more specific you can be the better. We will do our best to address your concerns.

P.S. On a personal note: I know what it's like to feel unwelcomed or 'not cool enough' at a collectively run space so I feel your pain. Please help us to become a better space by helping us to not do that. I want you to know that I appreciate people bringing this issue up here because I feel like this happens but then we don't necessarily hear about it. Thank you so much!

400 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR