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Sustainability -- Restaurants, Nonprofit organizations -- Oregon -- Portland, Homelessness


Interview of Brendan Phillips by Brandon Green in Portland, Oregon on December 8th, 2010.

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Brendan Phillips, son of folk singer Utah Phillips, worked as a Community Organizer at Sisters of the Road in Portland.


This interview, of Brendan Phillips, the Community Leadership Coordinator at the Sisters of the Road Café, was conducted by Brandon Green on December 8, 2010. The Sisters of the Road Café is a non-profit organization that focuses on ending homelessness by creating community and providing hospitable space and food to people in need. Phillips discusses the Community Organizing Model which encourages the people who are going through issues like homelessness or poverty to become speakers for their cause. This organization focuses on getting the voices of the people out to the public to try to get the whole story rather than a limited perspective. Phillips also discusses economic human rights, describing the difference between economic class and the access to the free market. He also describes free market capitalism and housing issues and how the system can be improved to create more livable spaces for those in need.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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