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From skateboards to roller derby, Portland zine works for equity on wheels

Amelia Bjesse-Puffin was tired of the oppression she was seeing in the world of skating. So, two years ago she launched Smash the Skatriarchy, a submission-focused zine that aims to lower barriers to skating. For her latest issue, she met up with Indigenous roller derby stars for a day of skating, interviews and photos sessions. These Indigenous skaters are working to decolonize the world of derby — a mission that Bjesse-Puffin wants to elevate in her zine.



Meals 4 Heels feeds Portland sex workers, and now the wider community

Nikeisah Newton is the chef and owner of Meals 4 Heels, a late-night food delivery service for sex workers. Founded in 2019, her business has now expanded to catering and just this month, she started serving food from a new brick and mortar location at The Redd on Salmon Street.






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