When Paxton Gate opened one year ago in a retail space in the new condominiums on Mississippi Avenue, many people, including long-term residents, were disgusted that yet another fancy-schmancy boutique would open in a neighborhood experiencing a new-age style racial and class segregation process called "gentrification." The cycle of red-lining this neighborhood while it was predominantly people of color, followed by the misappropriation of city-money that facilitates the displacement of people of color and low-income people, was and is not accidental.
Additionally, people were disgusted to find out that they were selling body parts that were from fur farms. Fur farms are notoriously cruel and unnecessary businesses that cater to human vanity and arrogance. After initial protests, the Portland Paxton Gate store stopped carrying the tails from foxes and other non-humans that were said to have come from fur farms. However, these items can still be purchased from Paxton Gate via the internet. Also, many other body parts, including mink skulls and penis-bones are still sold at the store. After the initial outrage at Paxton Gate's support of the cruel fur industry the owners stopped divulging information about from where they get their body parts.
In an effort to make themselves look like they care, Paxton Gate posted a message on their website ( http://paxtongatepdx.com/AboutPDX.aspx). In the message they admit to acquiring body parts from non-human victims of trapping. They assure the reader that the traps are "humane." The regulations, however, that distinguish between "humane" and "inhumane" ways of trapping and killing non-humans are shockingly lax.
As the end of the year draws near, let us all think about the things that really matter in this world. Please don't support disgusting businesses like this that exist only to serve those with money to burn. Please don't support this business or any business that supports the ghastly fur industry.
If you are outraged, feel free to show up to their party and express your anger. Others will join you.
Thursday, December 1st (8pm-10pm), 4204 N Mississippi Avenue
If you don't want to physically show up, feel free to let them know how you feel by phone or email.
Paxton Gate Portland contact info:
phone: (503) 719-4508
Some links to related stories:
An excellent story about gentrification in north Portland:
In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling
link to www.oregonlive.com
Some previous Portland IndyMedia stories about Paton Gate:
Link to report on previous "santas" protest:
Link to "New Store on Mississippi Avenue sells Fox Tails, Raccoon Tails, and other offensive shit"
Link to "Paxton Gate removes fur-farm tails from store!"
Paxton Gate Portland webpage
Paxton Gate Portland facebook page
Link to disgusting FOX tv-channel hype-piece: