speak up sing out-December 19th
Please join us for the opening night of our event! The events of the day will include a dance performance, a panel introducing the youth leadership core, some poetry and two musical sets. Tune in!
Hobbs Waters, 14 year old artist, dancer and musician from Portland, OR. Founder of City Troll, my Urban lifestyle line, where he sells his apparel to financially elevate himself to pursue his aspirations of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Right now he dances in town at Steps PDX. He’s a recreational musician at the Ethos music center. In addition he’s a visual artist who’s shown in large art institutions in the greater Portland metropolitan, and has done five murals. He mainly focuses on abstract but is doing more realism.
Youth Core Panel 1
Meet the youth core! Youth Power PDX is a youth led program, for and by youth leaders. This is a panel introduction to the folks who made this event happen, where they will share who they are and what brought them to this project and this work generally. In this panel, (fill in names of participating youth here), members of the core, will speak. Join us to learn a little more about the folk who dreamed this event into reality through their determination and hard work!
Born in the hot humid fall of Arizona, Santino has always had a knack for music. He first began his relationship with music as a listener but eventually moved onto creation. Since 2014, he has lived in Portland, Or and spends his days as a producer, guitarist and vocalist for the band Dial Carlos, and avid listener of music.
Blaine E. Coppini
My name is Blaine E. Coppini, and I’m a white disabled artist, writer, and maker living on stolen Cowlitz and Clackamas land. I’m a proud parent of 18 indoor houseplants, and love to express my experiences and love of growing things through surrealist comics and poetry. I am committed to dismantling white supremacy and the oppressive systems it has created, and am deeply passionate about mutual aid and community care. My dream is to provide free food and medicine for my community.
I am a writer and an occasional photographer, and an overall lover of all kinds of arts. I try to participate as much as I can in the Portland queer scene – I host and attend events and groups that empower queer people and create comfortable spaces. I am furthering my knowledge on topics of racial injustice and inequity to be a better ally and activist. I believe that we should have respect and love for all people, that there is always more to learn, and that everybody deserves to feel safe and empowered.
Rowyn (RJ) O’Connor is a non-binary and disabled musician, singer-songwriter, and poet. They are passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, climate and disability justice, and intersectional feminism, as well as learning and growing in allyship to the BLM movement. Their favorite color is green, and they hope to release an album sometime in 2021. Rowyn also tries to be open about their mental health journey in the hopes that it helps others feel heard.
I’m Cruz and I grew up in Portland and the surrounding cities. I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember, and its been a huge part of my life. I play in a couple bands (Force Quit, and Rat Dog).