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Wage/Working PDX at Portland Mercado

A jukebox featuring the stories and sounds of working Portlanders will begin a tour of the city at Portland Mercado (Portland’s first and only Latino public market) on July 23rd. Artists Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson, in partnership with local organization Know Your City, are presenting this project to offer community members a unique encounter with the issue of income inequality in Portland. Throughout its month-long stay at Portland Mercado, visitors will be invited to interact with the jukebox, listen to the stories, and reflect on the working lives of individuals from a diversity of professions and socio-economic backgrounds.

The project was awarded a small grant from SE Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grant Program and additional funding through the SEIU Local 503.