What is the rhythm of our safety?
This question is at the heart of Unit Souzou’s newest project, RHYTHM: Walking to the Heartbeat of our Community which explores pedestrian safety in East Portland.
Over the Summer of 2021, Unit Souzou is inviting community members to share their stories about walking, living, working and residing in East Portland. With the rise of Anti-Asian violence, COVID-19 restrictions relaxing, and historic disinvestment in East Portland, safety in public is urgent and multilayered. We are interested in documenting this unique time and share how our communities are imagining their safety as a result of their experiences over the past year.
We have 2 (compensated/paid) opportunities for community involvement:
We would like to interview community members who have a strong current or past connection to the Jade District in East Portland including those who have lived, worked or gone to school in the neighborhood now or in the past. Interviews are 45 – 60 minute by Zoom or phone with Unit Souzou and a compensation of a $40 gift certificate to a Jade District business will be provided.
To sign up, CLICK HERE.
EAST PORTLAND NEIGHBORHOOD COHORT
We are also seeking eight community members with strong connections to East Portland to form a Neighborhood Cohort, which will work together over the course of three months, August – October 2021, over Zoom (with the possibility of gathering in-person at a physically distanced outdoor space). Unit Souzou will facilitate cohort activities and conversations that spark remembrance, observation, and investigation. Guest facilitators will also be invited to provide tools in bystander intervention, processing trauma, and self-defense. Cohort members should expect to spend 25-30 hours of time on the project over the course of 3 months (August – October, 2021) and will be compensated $1,000, paid in three installments.
To apply by Wednesday, August 4th, CLICK HERE
The stories from the interviews and neighborhood cohort will be collected and recorded to create a quilt of voices, faces and stories, which will be featured in a public event in the Fall 2021.
For more information about this project - http://unitsouzou.com/rhythm
For inquiries, contact Michelle Fujii - email@example.com