A Scarlett Red Recipe for Change

Red velvet beet cake, hibiscus lemonade, strawberry cornbread cobbler. These culinary delights are associated with Juneteenth due to their auspicious vibrancy.

Juneteenth is a holiday new to many white Americans, and one deserving of pensive commemoration.

Also referred to as Freedom Day, Juneteenth has been a holiday celebrated by many Black Americans on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of all enslaved people in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, after the Civil War ended, slaves were declared free.

Many forget that, although we celebrate July 4th as our American Independence Day, many black people remained enslaved long after 1776. It wasn’t until 90 years later, when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in January of 1863, that slavery was ended by law – and another two years for that law to be communicated to (with purposeful enforcement) in the Confederate states further south.

There are numerous ways to pay homage to this remarkable event in American history.  My own ritual induction has seen a series of fits and starts. After conducting historical research and a number of nerdy focus group dialogues among obliging friends, I decided upon an event that invokes the traditional Texan one.  It will feature a modest gathering and a tasting of wondrous red fare!  We shall dazzle our loved ones with a flight of my wife’s homemade summer berry wines.  We will muddle our way through a reading of the emancipation proclamation.  With chagrin, we will lament Astoria’s rather memorable tango with the KKK in the 1920s and marvel over what it must have been like to see the cross burning on Coxcomb hill. We will marinate over what a historical ‘civil rights walking tour’ of our city might look like in anticipation of future Juneteenth gatherings.

But all of these intellectual exchanges must be paired with a purposeful offering too – one of action, one of service.

In honor of Juneteenth, I donate my time to an agency that shares my values. United Way of Clatsop County is my chosen beneficiary – it’s where I concentrate my local attention to help understand and correct inequities that lead to racial injustice, oppression and violence against people of color in my community.

Locally, nationally and world-wide United Ways are taking steps to forge more equitable communities.  We affirm that power lies within individuals. Individuals must act in order for structures to change, and once structures change, culture may begin to recognize every human for exactly that: their humanity.

Wondering how to learn more about Juneteenth? Democracy advocacy group NextGen America has an excellent short video, “History of Juneteenth,” available free online that can start you on your journey and bring modern relevance to your engagement with equity. Another brief video, Vox’s “Why all Americans Should Celebrate Juneteenth” is similarly edifying.

Gov. Kat Brown signed a bill into law this month making Juneteenth a state holiday.

This year, armed with both curiosity and humility, join me in founding your own Juneteenth ritual. For buried in these rituals, these offerings is a scarlet red recipe for change.

–Jen Munson, United Way of Clatsop County board member, Disability Rights advocate and Social Worker

 

If you would like to thank Congress for recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday and encourage further action, click here.

Finding Family – UWCC Partner Agency Connects Foster Care Teen with Grandma

What would it be like to grow up without a biological family? To not have albums filled with generational portraits of similar-featured faces, no Grandma with stories of “your mom when she was in high school”, no favorite Aunt with tales of your dad blowing up frogs as a boy.

For many children in the foster system, this is reality. They don’t have the connection to their genealogical pasts, they don’t have stories of family members with the same outlook on life, they don’t have pictures of siblings with similar features.

Now imagine if, as a teenager, a blood relative was found who wanted to know you, share stories with you and show you pictures of your family. This was the case for Calvin*, who grew up in foster care.  Click here to find out how the Hope House’s Family Find program helped connect Calvin to his past…and also his future.

Hope House is a United Way of Clatsop County Partner Agency. Their counselors offer services  on a sliding scale for behavioral health, family and community support, refugee and immigrant services, child welfare, aging and independent living and crime victim services.

 

Shipwrecked Music Festival


August 21, 2021
Doors open 11am,  Music 12 – 8pm

Bring your picnic blankets and sun hats for Shipwreck Music Festival’s inaugural performances. Great music, food, beverages at a family-friendly venue – celebrate summer!

Buy Tickets Here*
*2 free drinks with ticket purchase 

Volunteer Sign Up Here

The Lineup:


The Hackles | 12:00 – 1:00pm

Bart Budwig | 1:20 – 2:20pm

Public Nuisance | 2:40 – 3:40pm

Shannon Curtis | 4:00 – 5:00pm

Mike Izon | 5:20 – 6:20pm

Holiday Friends | 6:40 – 7:40pm

The Drinks:

 Buoy Beer

Pilot House Distilling

Buddha Kat Winery

The Food:

Sasquatch Sandwich Shop

It’s All Greek to Me

Monte Alban Oaxacan Style 

Kim’s Dough2Go

The Venue:

Amphitheater @ Clatsop County Fair & Expo

Additional Details:

Join us for some fun in the sun, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofits through United Way of Clatsop County.

Prize drawings between each performance. Must be present to win!

Event Guidelines:

Attendees of the Shipwrecked Music Festival agree to the following guidelines:

    1. Please bring and present valid ID for alcoholic beverages.
    2. No outside alcohol.
    3. COVID Guidelines: Masking and social distancing will depend on state and federal guidelines at the time of the festival.
    4. Respect the health, safety, personal space of other attendees.
    5. Only service pets please.
    6. No firearms.

Buy Tickets Here

Thank you Shipwrecked Music Festival sponsors!


Presenting Sponsors:

Captain’s Seat Sponsors:

First Mate Sponsors:

Crow’s Nest Sponsors:

Seaside Outlets KMUN 91.9 Coast Community Radio 94.9 The Bridge
Recology Riverview Bookkeeping & Virtual CFO Hits 94.3 KRKZ
Van Dusen Beverages The Bridge Tender Pizza a’fetta
Clatsop County Sheriffs Clatsop County Fair & Expo Wine Kraft

 

Prize Give-a-Ways donated by:

Bridge Tender

Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa

Columbia River Maritime Museum

End of the Trail Pub

Human Bean, Warrenton

Lucy’s Books

Watershed Wellness