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1st Annual Shakti Speak Easy

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McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

1332 West Burnside Street

Portland, OR 97209

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The first annual Shakti Speak Easy is a LIVE EVENT for the people and by the people!

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Independent Media outlet The Shakti Journal announces the first ever Shakti Speak Easy, a free-speech free-press event taking place in Portland, OR on Thursday August 22nd, 2019 at the Crystal Ballroom in Downtown Portland. The Shakti Speak Easy is a gathering for people from all sides of the political and social spectrum who are ready to engage in social change, political action and environmental solutions.

VIP guests will enjoy a 5-star dinner, comedy hour, and will receive a gift bag with goods from our earth-friendly sponsors valued at over $200. Farm-to-table buffet dinner will offer vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and omnivore options fresh from the farmers and fishermen of the Pacific Northwest. Seated amongst the performing artists, heroic featured speakers, event organizers, sponsors, and press guests, you will enjoy a Sacred Sit Down Set with musical guest Little Star.

All guests will enjoy music from outspoken hip-hop artist Alais Clay, live painting with featured artist Ashton Hullinger as she captures the evening’s energy on canvas, and speeches and Q&A with featured speakers Cynthia McKinney and Gloria Flora, two political and environmental heroes with decades of experience as radical leaders in their fields.

Our speakers will addressing solution-oriented responses to issues like the consolidation of the media, incrimination of free speech, degradation of environmental law, and other pressing issues that affect all Americans. The Speak Easy is designed to bring together collaborators who want to see global change begin in their own communities and are ready to raise their voices and fight for their rights.

The evening will also feature a silent auction and raffle with a variety of prizes provided by our earth-friendly sponsors, including our featured artists’ paintings which will be on display and for sale. Ticket purchases for the raffle will go towards the Second Annual Shakti Speak Easy to take place in 2020.

More about our Speakers:

Cynthia Ann McKinney is an American politician, civil rights activist, and six time United States Congresswoman. Driven by a deep devotion to free the oppressed and see justice restored, Cynthia was recently stranded in international waters and rescued by the Lebanese Navy as she attempted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the besieged people of Gaza during military attack. As an advocate for the disadvantaged and working-class, Cynthia is fiercely anti-war and has continually prioritized fighting injustice and prejudice in the U.S. Cynthia’s brave contributions to our civil rights are too many to name, and we are honored to have her join us as guest speaker at the Shakti Speak Easy.

Gloria Flora is founder and director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization dedicated to the sustainable management of public lands. In her 22-year career for the US Forest Service she became internationally known for her work to protect the Lewis & Clark National Forest from hydraulic fracturing and the 356,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front from natural gas leasing. Gloria works throughout the U.S. with the Center for Climate Strategies to assist states in developing climate change action plans, and she recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, efficiency and conservation. She joins the Shakti Speak Easy as a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on real and effective ways we can protect our precious natural resources.

General Admission and VIP Tickets for the Shakti Speak Easy are available now at: https://www.crystalballroompdx.com/events/201099-Shakti-Speak-Easy

The SHAKTI SPEAK EASY: An evening of fine dining featuring political and environmental heroes Dr. Cynthia McKinney and Gloria Flora, plus music, comedy, live art and more. Details to be announced at: www.theshaktijournal.com/speakeasy

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