Has there been an anarchist assembly in Portland in a while? - ever?
For those might not be familiar an assembly is not a place for making decisions, nor to organize into decision-making body. The purpose is to communicate, it's free speech exercised without a goal. In European versions of this, the different anarchist crews present their interests to the wider group and explain some basics of it. For example Indymedia, or the Red and Black, or Radix Media, Holy Holy Holy, bands or people who throw events, Food not Bombs, the infoshops, the Variant, the queer trans groups, the bookstores, publishers, anti-fascists, etc. Is there a medic collective? Maybe you brew beer, maybe you grow food, maybe you teach kung fu. It's all relevant. Once you know about them then you can pursue common interests or refer other people to them. Or maybe you'll have more people to invite to your next house party, that's relevant too.
When people in a community know what everyone else is doing and capable of doing, they create a mental map of the community's needs/abilities. When you know what you need and what you're capable of doing, solutions to problems can suddenly appear. You know that John down the street can weld. You know that Sarah can fix engines. Tom has access to printing presses. etc. This would build solidarity and increase strength of local struggles.
Comment with your thoughts or ideas please.