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Candidates Forum: Portland’s First African-American Female City Councilmember Race Talks:

Featuring Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith
Forum Moderator: Tricia Tillman, former Director of Multnomah County Public Health
6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m.
Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue presents
"Candidates Forum: Portland's First African-American Female City Councilmember"

Featuring Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith
Forum Moderator: Tricia Tillman, former Director of Multnomah County Public Health

Join Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith, candidates for Position 3 on Portland's City Council, for a forum featuring direct questions from the moderator to the candidates, followed by an audience Q & A. Gain insight into Smith and Hardesty, one of whom will be the first African-American female on Portland's City Council.

The audience will hear from the candidates and then have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland OR 97209

August 14th 2018
6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event
Minor with parent or guardian

Street parking is limited downtown, but there are numerous parking garages and bus services.




Tuesday, September 11, 2018
McMenamins Kennedy School

homepage: homepage: http://racetalkspdx.com/

Video from the Event 16.Aug.2018 08:50

Joe Anybody

Here is the link to the Race Talks video from the "CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: JOANNE HARDESTY AND LORETTA SMITH

 https://youtu.be/7jMd0F75buc (1 hour 40 min video)

Thanks for the ^ video, Joe. 16.Aug.2018 13:25


I watched the entire video.

some highlights / bullets from each candidate :

Smith claimed, based on her Multnomah County Commission work, that there was "more money in housing and homelessness than ever before." Smith also claimed she had "leveraged over 700,000 jobs in seven years" (referencing overall advocacy for the Multnomah County/Portland area black community). Smith also noted her status as the "only black woman County Commissioner in the state of Oregon" and quoted Michelle Obama's "when they go low, you go high" (in regard to public image as an African American woman during election season). She said 59% voter turnout in local elections was "unacceptable" and that 70% or more was needed. In elaborating on 'not being pigeonholed' for advocating solely on African American-related issues, Smith said that daycare along with housing was unaffordable for working women and that if education is neglected or ignored, the current situation of African Americans making up 6 percent of Portland population and occuping 24 percent of the jails would be perpetuated; she noted, "I can't carry the water for every issue in every community but with your help I can try". Smith said (in reference to a local newspaper cover story about Hardesty) that it was "unacceptable" to be called an "angry black woman"; it was a "ploy" that she "won't allow"; she wants who she (or other African American women in public office-life) is to be a non-stereotypical representative of themselves and their race. <-- This was kind of an indirect personal 'slam' (prohibited by rules of the organized debate) of Hardesty on Smith's part; and when an audience member protested, the debate moderator told them to "hold their tongue." Smith said, in reference to how to practically advocate as a public representative for the black community, "sometimes we can get caught up in rhetoric, and that's what it is: rhetoric." When asked the "What is something you admire about your opponent in this race?" question, Smith said: "Jo Ann knows how to reinvent herself." To which the moderator responded: "That was _not_ the spirit of this question."

Hardesty cited her State Legislature work in defeating Measure 11 (which sent 15-year-olds to jail). She called out the "new buzzword" of 'equity' (which Smith had used in a few of her responses to questions regarding economic conditions in Portland area). She noted former county commissioner Gladys McCoy (first African American elected to public office in the state of Oregon, and her husband Bill McCoy) and said she "stood on their [McCoys'] shoulders". Referencing her own life experience, Hardesty said "I do not believe there has been a [U.S.] Navy veteran on the Portland City Council." She said, in reference to having a female person of color on the Portland City Council in this election "white men have been running Portland City Council for a hundred-and-forty-eight years; and I think having a majority female CC will radically change the dynamic." On stereotypes: Hardesty doesn't "run away" from Willamette Week's characterization of her as "angry black woman" and is "ok with making white people uncomfortable." "I have always been a very opinionated woman; not because I'm black but simply that I have strong opinions." Hardesty characterized herself as "data"-informed and "outcome driven." She said the NAACP Portland branch was on "life support" when she first became involved with it and cited her work as bringing it back to sound effectiveness and leadership. Nobody was "paying her to create the Portland Clean Energy Fund." Hardesty insisted that she has always brought a broad range of people from all races/ethnicity in coalition in a "one Portland" strategy and vision. Hardesty: "Your income should not determine your zip code." With reference to income and housing costs in Portland, she said we are "charging low income people for the privilege of coming back into the city to work." Hardesty said that (TriMet) 'congestion pricing' should not burden low income people who are forced to commute long distances. She has a "game changer" campaign finance reform measure which matches individual donations from the City by 6× (to permit candidates of lesser means to effectively run for City Council). Hardesty suggested, in promoting innovative use of public community resources, "why don't we send firefighters, who don't kill people, to situations with people who have mental health issues? It's not rocket science." When asked the "What is something you admire about your opponent in this race?" question, Hardesty said: "I admire commissioner Smith's cultivation of the Youth Summer Employment Program."

News media reports of the past couple days after the were definitely slanted to favor Smith and to disfavor Hardesty. OPB's article  https://www.opb.org/news/article/jo-ann-hardesty-register-business-portland/ highlighted Smith having called out Hardesty for "failing to register her [consulting] business" which is really a bull***t issue to be concentrating on, let alone as the headline for a news report (moreso since it wasn't mention it during the actual debate, both of whose participants had been given a "no personal attacks" warning by the moderator). Willamette Week's headline characterized it as a "Heated Forum" (which it really wasn't; there was some pointed and spirited commentary & responses by each candidate but it never rose to a level of "heated" except for the actual weather/climate and room temperature on that sweltering evening). Regarding Smith's "reinvent" comment about Hardesty, Willamette Week reported "the crowd responded with audible gasps" and that moderator Tricia Tillman "appeared to rebuke both candidates." (<--it was perhaps a rhetorical 'rebuke of both' but, the remark itself was entirely Smith's trashing of Hardesty and obviously the moderator was referring specifically to what Smith openly and voluntarily fired towards Hardesty — as the question at that point was solely directed at Smith.)


Hardesty would just be awful 11.Aug.2018 08:23


A self described "Angry Black Woman", Hardesty would consider her constituents to be African Americans only. What she calls police accountability is a veiled agenda - she wants to basically eliminate the Police. If you've listened to her on KBOO, it's clear that virtually every subject she talks about is related to hatred of police. She implies that violent crimes committed by young men are because of lack of police accountability. I suggest you do not vote for Jo Ann Hardesty. She would make a lot noise on the council but would accomplish nothing and foment hatred.

Hardesty (sorry to have to say this but) is a joke. 11.Aug.2018 10:13


I listened to (endured?...) Hardesty for years on KBOO.

Transparent and shallow schtick, however well meaning and supposedly 'community activist' oriented she is.

She also spends a lot of time attacking, and otherwise "offering her criticism"/denigrating, the political opinions and strategies of a broad range of individuals and groups from all over the political spectrum. As though she's some sort of self-vaunted Queen Pundit expert authority on What REALLY Ought To Be Done. ( aka, What REALLY Is Going On In The World / How To REALLY View-Interpret Events. )

Arrogance, postulated by someone who, yes, has a lifetime of real-world experience (don't many of us others also, though?) but not a commensurate level of competence or realistic, coherent articulation to follow through.

I don't really care about what poster ^ 'Anon' above wrote about "eliminating the police" campaign (which itself demonstrates the cluelessness and out-in-the-weeds psychological state of Hardesty); that might ?, if properly enacted be a noble goal of some sort. Problem is, such a goal is ZERO percent realistic or achievable. She's also a hysterical proselytizer of Black Lives Matter (an activism dead-end), to such an extent as to the exclusion of and in greater priority to all other U.S. organized social movements. Yes she's _that_ deluded.

From what I've heard, for years duration, on KBOO alone Hardesty has permanently discredited herself as a person with any grounding in reality or practicality whatsoever.

I'd never cast a political office vote in her favor.

Ah yes 12.Aug.2018 06:34


Ah, out come the resident recists, Anon and _. Can always count on you both to hate on Africans.

"recists" [sic] — At least spell it 'Garth'. 12.Aug.2018 14:30


where ^ above did anything I said specifically refer to Hardesty's own gender, ethnicity *or* 'race'?

Oh and Garth the "race" shtick (as well as 'privilege') is a Moldy-old one. Get something new.

On Rhetoric And Strategy In Social Justice And Leftist Spaces
It is time to check privilege checking. The shift from 'consciousness-raising' to 'calling out,' for instance, reflects (and encourages) a loss of confidence in the capacity of people to learn about, understand and oppose forms of inequality that do not adversely impact them as individuals."


RE: "brown skinned people" — Garth has a long history. 27.Apr.2017 08:50
_ link

Garth, how many times a trollcharm?

Your 'racist subtext of these "theories"' has been wholly exposed and debunked here before:

Troll Garth has _absolutely NOTHING_ left 26.Dec.2015 14:29

RE: " Brown people are too stupid to have done this " 22.Feb.2015 18:53

Further to the " Brown people did / didn't / couldn't do it " 22.Feb.2015 19:25

" racist assumption that people with brown skin are too stupid to have done this " 28.Jul.2015 05:57

" Confused "
" racist tenant [sic] " 06.Dec.2015 05:50

(p.s.) "Africans." ?!!?! _w_t_f_ ..... 12.Aug.2018 14:36


now ^ *that* is outright racist, Garth —

(RE: "basically eliminate the Police") PDX Indymedia Archive Classix : 13.Aug.2018 01:38

check out discussions here -

Abolish The Police 20.Dec.2014 04:41
author: blues


Don't Get Rid Of Police, "Inner City African Americans" Need Them 21.Dec.2014 12:20
author: _

On a recent thread titled 'Abolish The Police'  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/12/428766.shtml

below this posted article one of the user comments, authored by a user calling themselves '87', asserted [quote]:

"A majority of calls made to the police are by inner city African Americans who need help. That is a fact."

The comment by '87' further asserted that the very idea of abolishing/getting rid of police was solely predicated on the idea that police "help the rich" (exclusively). i.e. the opposite of "abolishing" police, is keeping them around so that the police can "help the poor".

We would now like to obtain Portland Indymedia users' overall feedback on these remarks and assertions.

Please place your comments and analyses below, we look forward to see them.

racism behind the veiled comments 14.Aug.2018 12:26

Long time Reader

Garth ...you nailed it

go figure the portland indy troll "underscore" is in the middle of it stirring it and is promoting it

"Long time Reader /racism behind the veiled comments" 14.Aug.2018 16:29


"veiled comments" <— Wtf is that supposed to mean?  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml#448760

Anyway you're free to vote for Jo Ann Hardesty all day long. No one here is telling you not to.

and **** you "Long time Reader" ( QUOTE: "Garth ...you nailed it" FistBump of his TrollBuddy )for being a LIAR.

Everyone who bothers to post on Portland Indymedia in 2018 is trolling, nobody except Erasmus and Red X/Tracy can seem to even muster up coherent thoughts.

But as per its inception 20 years ago Indymedia is only as good as the persons who contribute to it.
If all that consists of, is Trolls / FacebookTwitter-style hit-and-run Trollbait then you are looking at the output.
for [No, No he isn't.]
for [No, No he isn't.] "Long time Reader"

Who caress what the Indy troll thinks 15.Aug.2018 07:48

Changing Shirts

Why in the hell is anyone listening to underscore when the point of this posted article was to let people know you could hear these two ladies talk about what they are doing. Besides the fact underscore trolls this site and tries to dominate "all" the conversations, this post has nothing to do with his/her opinion.

So to be absolutely clear this event announcement article has nothing to do with underscores ignorance or rants or whacked off opinions.

The irony is that these ladies are on their feet doing good things in the community and all underscore has ever done is shoot his mouth off endlessly on Indymedia. It's pitiful. The fact these two ladies are "involved" and the article is about them, naturally a troll has to jump in and derail the message

Underscore is out here undermining people who are active in our community.

"underscores ignorance or rants or whacked off opinions" — 15.Aug.2018 11:45


Someone posted this "announcement" to the Newswire,

I provided my impression of Hardesty (I know nothing of Smith) AND boo-****ing-hoo YOU DIDN'T LIKE IT.

after having for years heard her on KBOO, *ACKNOWLEDGED* (^^^^READ what I wrote) that she has been "on her feet doing good things in the community".... but my overall conclusion is — SPEAKING SOLELY ON BEHALF OF MYSELF — that I'd never cast a vote for political office in favor of her.

"naturally a troll has to jump in and derail the message"

Such as 12.Aug.2018 06:34 Garth "recists" / "Africans"[<---- WHAT IN THE actual F**k.]

14.Aug.2018 16:29 "Long time Reader/ veiled comments" <— more Wtf

"you could hear these two ladies talk about what they are doing"

did ANYONE actually ^^do this?
any reports / recordings / videos from the talk?

If that is the case then provide it. Knock it off with the TrollAdHominemFingerPointingNAMECalling.

Who Gives a rats ass what you think 15.Aug.2018 12:50

Funk your "opinions" on this Indy NEWS Website

What a chump this troll (pro nazi) is
Who fucking cares about what you think
Start a blog and get off this Independent Newswire
Your not "news" - you are ONLY OPINIONS

Your a self absorbed opinions are not wanted nor do they help anyone who is actively involved (more than just Ass sitting opinions)
I will credit you in telling others with their opinions to FUCK off shows your maturity LOL
Besides the mass re-posting of others mainste articles you flood Indymedia with, you are only HOT Air that marginalized those who --> (get this) ARE OFF THEIR ASS AND ACTUALLY DOING THINGS (which you NEVER do)

This is where you troll the post and tell me to FUCK OFF

*none of this distraction is the intention of the original article, but underscore in all his wisdom turns the Indy website and it's intended use into his private opinion clearinghouse and derails real "activism". What s pity.

"Who Gives a rats ass what you think/FuCk your "opinions" — 15.Aug.2018 13:42

Yeah CHUMP The Mask Comes Off.

This is where you troll the post and tell me to FUCK OFF

^on different topic threads currently on the Newswire, one of the main Hit-and-Run trolls gave himself the username "FUCK OFF".
Look who's talking ^

Start a blog and get off this Independent Newswire

So things get posted on the Newswire and no one is permitted to deviate from or otherwise differ, disagree or even offer input about them?

Got it.


What exactly are people "doing"? **** Jousting with so-called "Nazis" (haven't existed since May 1945... you meant 'Neo-Nazis' actually) and having the PORTLAND POLICE DECLARE A RIOT?

^ that is "off their ass and actually 'doing things'"?

self absorbed opinions
Who fucking cares about what you think

Look in a mirror (and ^see above about Street Gang Jousting). Antifa= Self Absorbed WHITE BOYS.
African Americans living in City of Portland WHO GIVE A FLYING **** about Rose City Antifa? ....

Indymedia belongs to me as much as you. I am free to share information, make critical observations and do whatever else I want here: as are you.

But your attitude: 'Who Gives a rats ass what you think' .... '(pro nazi)'

the latter is telling. Anyone whose opinion differs from yours is automatically by default, 'pro nazi'.
Which in the end is merely a reflection of not only how far you have progressed (<--- that word...) in life but also, how far you will go.

Your a are not wanted nor do they help anyone

City of Portland and its African American community "wanted" and "asked for help" from Antifa?

Document that, immediately please.

RE: "You are not wanted" - the corporate capitalist plutocracy reminds me of that each waking second.
You're a Defeatist. have some self respect.

underscore in all his wisdom turns the Indy website and it's intended use into his private opinion clearinghouse

Yeah I have a lot more "wisdom", than those who think **** Jousting with "Nazis" is the Tip Of The Spear In Struggle For Justice.
keep convincing yourself that is the only reason to be an activist.

if anyone would actually provide other "opinions" or even basic ideas, then a dialogue or discussion could occur.
Instead all we get is 140-character FB-Twitter-format hysteric rants ("Who Gives a rats ass what you think"....)

derails real "activism"
What a chump this troll is

What is "real" activism? I'm not seeing it in Portland, or even hearing it on KBOO for the past several years (perhaps 8 years of Obama produced 'slackness' ?.... or maybe Chumps)

Your not "news" - you are ONLY OPINIONS

ALL of it is opinions. About Trump, about capitalism/socialism, the incessant "analysis" articles from Europe posted here by marcseed, ....
The reason we have opinions in the first place, is so that we can EXCHANGE IDEAS (not insults or 'rants' or 'FUCK YOU undie' or 'get out of here' or 'racist' or 'I'm an activist you're not'),
and use that dialogue to produce effective ways of approaching and viewing our situation; then put results into action.
What on Earth is wrong with that?
it's What s pity you can't see it and moreover bring yourself to the cognizant and functioning level of participation in it; preferring to dwell instead in: "I'm HERE, You're THERE and IT'S GONNA STAY THAT WAY so **** OFF"
Apparently you don't have the required maturity.

The troll has derailed the article 15.Aug.2018 15:29

Good Job


WHAT A JOKE - look how this announcement was derailed!

Opinions aren't shit, you change opinions words and rants like I change shirts!

Get off this ---> news <--- wire with your OPINIONS and endless trolling!

"Get off this ---> news <--- wire with your OPINIONS and endless trolling!" 16.Aug.2018 01:49


The troll has derailed the article15.Aug.2018 15:29Good Job link It's ----> ALL ABOUT UNDERSCORE WHAT A JOKE - look how this announcement was derailed! Opinions aren't shit, you change opinions words and rants like I change shirts!

Pot, this is Kettle. You're black. Over.

Grow a thicker skin. I posted an evaluation of one of the candidates, then:

Garth ( a long-known TROLL on this site ) kicked it off with his "recists" [sic], "Africans"[<—what in the Flying ***K...]

and the rest is 140-characterFBTwitter pure fucking amateur hour.

"you change opinions"— I 'change' NOTHING. Nobody here **EVER** (as noted ^^above with sole exception of a still-thinking-breathing few such as Erasmus, Red'X' and couple others)
wants to address what I write or post here. It's nothing but:


Try **discussing** or honestly refuting the points I earlier posted  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436579.shtml?discuss#453598


(as 'Garth' and 'Clyde' continue to do here AND OTHERS IMMEDIATELYFOLLOW SUIT with 'racist', 'take your opinions elsewhere''rants' or 'FUCK YOU __________' 'get out of here' 'I'm an activist you're not' 'You're not wanted with us select newsmakers' etc.)

Oh and "get off this newswire"(<---AIN'T NO 'news' when one of the biggest components of THIS VERY TOPIC IS AN ALREADY-WELL-KNOWN KBOO 'personality') is pretty FASCISTic and is a shutdown of free speech.


**** you, you insignificant piece of ****.

p.s. 16.Aug.2018 02:24


Three of *my own* written postings and articles have been Center Column Features here at Portland Indymedia within the past year.

... can you guess / tell which ones?