Oral History: Ellen Goldberg

GLAPN partners with the LGBTQ History Senior Capstone at Portland State University to produce oral histories that record the stories, struggles, and triumphs of LGBTQ elders in the Pacific Northwest.

Click below to listen to an oral history interview with Ellen Goldberg, recorded on February 24, 2011. Ellen Goldberg is a lesbian activist who was one of the founders of the Mountain Moving Café, which was a place where men and women gathered to form a community.  It wasn’t necessarily a gay or straight place.  Rather, it was a place for people to meet and do political work.

Via History of Social Justice Organizing: “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.”

Click Here for a Transcript of the Ellen Goldberg Oral History Interview

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