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Richard Brown, long-time Portland activist and photographer, will talk about his memoir, “This Is Not For You, An Activist’s Journey of Resistance and Resilience,” with co-author Brian Benson today, March 5 at 6:00 p.m., on Zoom. The event is sponsored by Powell’s Books.
By The Skanner News
Published: 05 March 2021

richard brown introRichard BrownRichard Brown, long-time Portland activist and photographer, will talk about his memoir, “This Is Not For You, An Activist’s Journey of Resistance and Resilience,” with co-author Brian Benson today, March 5 at 6:00 p.m., on Zoom.  The event is sponsored by Powell’s  Books.

This Is Not for You tells the story of activist and photographer Richard Brown, a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black community. Brown’s memoir (written with Brian Benson) brings readers with him into the streets with fellow activists, into squad cars with the rank-and-file, and to regular meetings with mayors and police chiefs.

There are very few people doing the kind of work Brown has done. And that, as he sees it, is a big problem. This Is Not for You finds Brown approaching his 80th birthday and reflecting on his life. As he recalls his childhood in 1940s Harlem, his radicalization in the newly desegregated Air Force, and his decades of activism in one of America’s whitest cities, he questions how much longer he’ll do this work, and he wonders who, if anyone, will take his place.


Read more: The Skanner speaks to Brown about passing down history


This is a book about how and why to become an engaged, activist citizen, and how activists can stay grounded, no matter how deeply they immerse themselves in the work. It also offers an intimate, firsthand look at policing: what policing is and could be, how civilians can have a say, and how police can and should be responsive to and inclusive of civilian voices.

This Is Not for You speaks on every page about being Black in America: about Black pride; Black history, art, and culture; and the experience of resisting white supremacy. It also stands as a much-needed counter-narrative to “Portlandia,” telling a different story about the city and who has shaped it. Brown will be joined in conversation by coauthor Brian Benson. This event will be moderated by Sienna Rose Kaske, transformative justice practitioner, organizer, and writer.

To register, go to this website: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9316113595522/WN_J2t0ccyCRZ2yyl52ZvWcfQ.

Purchase the book at Powell's: https://www.powells.com/book/this-is-not-for-you-9780870713026.

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