“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”
– Octavia E. Butler
I grew up in east Portland, Oregon. I went to David Douglas Highschool. I’ve seen this city change over the past three decades as more immigrants and displaced people move to east Portland. I have also seen that this area of the city is largely ignored by those in power, and when it’s not it is almost certainly to target the most marginalized in the neighborhood for further displacement. I witnessed the community revolt against the white supremacist group, Volksfront, that saw the leader of that group out of our neighborhoods. Still, racism and fascism are a thing in east Portland. Just last year a neo-nazi tortured multiple people (nearly to death) and dumped them down the street. Beyond the ‘Love Wins’ and other empty rehtoric, Portland has a long way to go to fight against hate.
I’m an experienced Android engineer who also has worked as a full-stack web engineer in a number of languages and frameworks. I’m seeking new challenges to make positive change in the world.