In celebration of Women's History Month, our March Urban Planning and Architecture Book Club book will be one of historical fiction set around the 1903 era: The Mangle by local author and labor attorney Susan Stoner. You'll learn a good deal about various threads of the early women's movement--as well as the early struggles of Black and Chinese people in Oregon. You'll be inspired by the way they overcame adversity by banding together.
From the publisher, our local Yamhill Press: During a blistering 1903 summer, Portland’s steam laundry women are working ten hellish hours a day. Exhausted and ill, they demand a nine hour workday. Sage Adair, and his mother, Mae, join their fight. . . amidst suffragettes, prostitutes, social workers, white slavers. arsonists and sweatshop bosses. Inspired by actual historical events, this is the sixth book in the award-winning Sage Adair mystery series.
Urbanists and environmentalists and are not always on the same side as labor. In the Portland area, some proposed fossil fuel facilities and the proposed Columbia River Crossing come to mind. The Mangle and Stoner's entire Sage Adair historical mystery series shows us how much we have in common with the labor movement and what we can learn from it.
Stoner weaves the landscape, the means of travel, the industries, and the social/political movements into an exciting tale that you won't want to put down. She covers the attitudes of the 1% as well as how affected populations coped with the racism and sexism that was prevalent since Portland’s founding.
Please plan to order at least a drink from the menu. Tea with free hot water refills is only $2. Dinner is reasonably priced. The West Cafe is on numerous bus routes and 1 block from a Streetcar stop and 6-8 blocks from MAX.
Please sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/414356485581945/. Or search for PlanGreen on Facebook. We have 3 other people signed up on Sierra Club's Meetup. This book is a very fast read. . .