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Groundswell #5: Gentrification Response Team

Gentrification Response Team video

The fifth Groundswell movie is about Sunday Parkways, a Portland institution since 2008. Several times a year, a loop of neighborhood streets are closed to cars and opened to biking, walking, skating …but mostly biking traffic for a day. The result is a magical river of smiles, and one of the most diverse events, in […]

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Groundswell 4: Building Stories

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Building Stories with James Rojas

Our fourth Groundswell movie is also our shortest, with a message that packs a major punch. James Rojas is an artist and city planner who uses deceptively simple exercises to work with communities to re-envision how their neighborhoods and cities could be designed. Discussion questions: – Who should decide what our communities look like? – What […]

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Groundswell 3: Color Lines and Bike Lanes

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Smiling people riding bikes

The third Groundswell movie features the stories of two organizations that were formed to promote bicycling on a grassroots level. We interviewed Veronica Davis and Najeema Davis Washington of Black Women Bike and Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike about the organizations they founded and how they grew astronomically through word of mouth and […]

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Groundswell 2: Take Back the Streets

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A gathering of cyclists

Our second short movie in the Groundswell series starts out as a portrait of a community bike ride and picnic organized by two friends in response to a rash of gang-related shootings in Portland, Oregon. It becomes a portrait of a community grappling with gentrification and racism—far from the stereotype of a bicycle-friendly city of […]

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Groundswell 1: A League of Their Own

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Riders pause on a group ride

Our first Groundswell movie takes a look at the League of American Bicyclists’ Equity Initiative. The multilayered conflict in the story mirrors what is going in at almost every nonprofit and advocacy organization, whether management—or the scattered members—are aware of it or not. Discussion Questions: – Is bicycling a social justice issue? Why or why […]

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    Helping people cross the street when infastructure fails