Mountain Moving Cafe: Exploring Collectives at Work

28 Oct

Thursday November 14    7-8:30pm
Smith Memorial Union
Browsing Lounge, Room 238
Portland State University
1825  SW Broadway

Mountain Moving Day


Featuring four members of the original collective:
Andy Clark  Ellen Goldberg  Kiera O’Hara  Peter Thacker

The Mountain Moving Collective’s consciously anti-profit cafe opened in 1975 offering Portland’s earliest vegetarian menu and attracting both alternative and mainstream patrons.

Daily  community programming included political presentations, organizing meetings plus local and nationally touring performers. No men were allowed at Wednesday’s Women’s Night. The collective provided child care, sparking restaurant children’s playrooms in town. The  bulletin board changed monthly,  highlighting the organization currently receiving the tips

The Cafe was a catalyst for discussions and action among progressives, and provided a much-loved community center, for women and men, both gay and straight together, until they lost the space in 1979.

Mountain Moving Cafe was a beloved institution in ‘70s Portland but this evening will be more than nostalgia; it will be an opportunity to talk about what it takes to make a collective work.


One Response to “Mountain Moving Cafe: Exploring Collectives at Work”

  1. hereitcomesagin November 8, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    It had the best chocolate cake, and some of the first serious regular coffee in Portland. KB

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