Summer Specials

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe

We have lots of delicious seasonal food and drink specials for these warm August days!  Our ICED COCONUT LATTE (made with vanilla syrup, cold-brewed toddy, and coconut milk) is the perfect hot weather pick-me-up.  The ever popular SHOT IN THE HEAD (fresh espresso shots or cold-brewed toddy added to Captured By Porches Panda Porter) is back!  Ask about today’s selection of ICED TEAS– our rotating selection includes special blends such as lavender mate, mango ceylon, nettle peppermint, and red & black (rooibos mixed with English Breakfast).

Have you tried the new TEMPEH TUNA SALAD?  This light but filling salad includes mesclun greens, our house-made tempeh tuna, red onions, tomatoes, and avocados tossed in our zesty lemon-tahini dressing.  Of course, the RED DRAGON (mesclun greens, red onions, carrots, and our ginger-baked tofu in a peanut-lime dressing) and the BEET SALAD (greens, roasted beets, Daiya cheese, and walnuts in our red wine and mustard vinaigrette and beet-garlic aioli) are also warm-weather favorites.

Our hot offerings are also evolving!  All sandwiches are now served on marble rye or sourdough poor boys from Delphina’s Bakery.  Try our new seasonal variation on the ever-popular grilled cheese, the TOASTIE DELUXE (a poor boy schmeared with herbed vegenaise, smothered in melted mozzerella and pepperjack Daiya, and topped with fresh tomatoes, avocados, and lettuce).  And yes, you can add ORGANIC AVOCADOS to any menu item.


The Red & Black Cafe is hiring!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe

***As of June 21st we have stopped accepting resumes. Thank you to all those who applied.***


Title: Red and Black Café Collective Member
Please read the whole ad!

About the Red & Black Café:

We are a worker-owned, collectively–managed, IWW-member vegan café. We are open from 9 am until 10:30 pm, and host performances and events in the evening. We were located on SE Division Street from October 2000 – September 2007, and after a 3 1/2 month hiatus, we reopened at 400 SE 12th in January 2008.

About the Job:

Shift Work:

All workers are expected to provide customer service, run the register, make coffee drinks and other beverages, prepare food orders, wash dishes, and clean! There is also an opportunity to work the occasional kitchen prep shift. Strong multi-tasking skills are absolutely essential.

As worker-owners, we share responsibility for the cafe’s success. On shift, this means holding ourselves and one another to high standards, being thorough and efficient in our work, and communicating effectively.

Most shifts are 5-8 hours long. We try to take turns working late-night and early morning shifts, so you should be open to working a variety of shifts.

Meetings and Management Work:

All workers are required to attend biweekly collective meetings. We make decisions by consensus, so an ability to compromise and collaborate is a must!

All workers are strongly encouraged to participate in the management of the cafe. In order to become a collective member, workers must participate on at least one of the following management committees:

-Ordering & Pricing
-Bookkeeping & Finances
-Advertising & Outreach
-Other ad hoc committees formed as needed

Most committees meet about once a month. Members typically spend an additional 3-7 hours per week fulfilling management duties. We are especially in need of new members with with experience or interest in bookkeeping / financial management, ordering, and personnel.

We often use e-mail and an online project management site (Crabgrass, at to communicate in between meetings, draft documents, and store files. All workers should be willing to check e-mail and Crabgrass most days in order to stay informed.  Thanks to the Free Geek collective, we have 4 Linux-based computers at the cafe (2 free computers in the dining room plus a desktop and a laptop for workers to use).

What to Expect:

As a new hire, you will be considered a “sub.” We will be able to offer you about 3-5 shifts / week.  Please do not apply unless you are able to work at least 25 – 30 hours per week.

You will be required to attend biweekly collective meetings. You will not be empowered to block consensus decisions yet, but your opinions will always be taken into consideration. Participation is strongly encouraged.

After working for 6 months and with the unanimous approval of the collective members, you can become a collective member and co-manager. At this point, you will be able to vote in collective meetings.

In order to become a co-owner, you must invest 111 hours of “sweat equity” (unpaid labor). You may do this over the course of a year or longer if desired. After working for 1 year and with the unanimous approval of all co-managers, you may become a co-owner.

You are asked to make at least a 1-year commitment.

We are a closed IWW shop, so if you are not a member of the Industrial Workers of the World you will be asked to join! Dues are $9 / month. You may choose to attend union meetings and participate in other union activities, but this is not required. You can find out more about the IWW and the Portland branch here:


Shift work is paid at $8.50 / hour plus tips.
Each worker can be paid for up to 4 hours of meetings OR committee work per month.
Additional committee work is unpaid and recorded as “sweat equity”. If the business is successful, these unpaid hours are reimbursed over a period of time after you leave the cafe in good standing.

How to Apply:

Please bring a resume and cover letter to the Red & Black Café at 400 SE 12th Avenue. BY JUNE 21st.  Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted.

In your cover letter, please address the following questions:

-Describe any past experience working with collectives.
-Describe past experience with consensus decision making.
-Describe past food service experience.
-What skills can you bring to the collective? Include any skills related to food service, business management, and any of our committees listed above.
-Are you able to make at least a 1-year commitment?
-How many hours per week are you able to work? Do you have any schedule restrictions? Do you expect your availability to change within the next year?

One more closure…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe

Hey friends, we’re going to be closed TOMORROW, May 23rd for an all day group meeting.  Sorry for any inconvenience!  Craving a Grilled Cheeze Toastie with Avocado?  Black Dragon Noodles?  A glass of Nettle-Spearmint Iced Tea?  Get it today!

Spring Cleaning!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe

Just a heads up to all of our lovely patrons, we will be closed this coming Monday, May 9th for a little spring cleaning.  Sorry for any inconvenience! We will resume our normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 10th.

Thanks for understanding!

An interview with Michael Munk.

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe

Michael Munk’s The Portland Red Guide  is a historical guidebook of social dissent in Portland, Oregon, and links notable radicals, their organizations, and their activities to physical sites in the city.

We had a brief conversation over e-mail with Michael Munk to talk about the book, now in its Second Edition, and his experience as a longtime Portland radical.


Can you introduce yourself and give us a brief rundown of what you do?

I’m a retired political science teacher with a radical ideology and an interest in local radical history. I send rants to several email lists ranging from international affairs to local Portland events.

Tell us about the Red Guide to Portland.  How long has it been around?

The first edition was published by PSU’s Ooligan Press four years ago, in May, 2007.  Evidently, it aroused enough reader interest that they proposed a second edition last year. It will be available on May Day 2011.

What is your connection to Portland’s radical history?

I grew up in Portland developed my radical politics here. My first street actions were protests against nuclear testing in the late 1950s, but as a student, I was especially influenced by the firing of a Marxist professor by Reed College in 1954. How different Portland constituencies reacted to Paul Robeson’s concert in 1958 was also an eye-opener. When I retired from teaching back east, I moved back to Portland and began to work on local radical history.

What do you hope to accomplish with the Red Guide, and with your work in general?

I find that many if not most people under 60 are unaware of the influence of radicals in our nation’s history, which is partly due to the dominant capitalist culture’s efforts to suppress and distort that history. By trying to link specific local sites to radical people, organizations and events, I hope to stimulate a sympathtic awareness for those who worked for a better world and maybe even rouse them to join
that band.

In your opinion, what role do radical spaces such as the Red and Black play in the radical community and its surrounding communities?

Several local hangouts and publications, including Red and Black, are mentioned in the Red Guide (p. 184). I hope readers will learn about the links between today’s radical venues and the predecessors from the past. Throughout history, radicals have established institutions that serve not only those already committed and social and action centers but raise the radical banner before the general public.

What are your future plans?

Now well into my retired years, I hope to continue my efforts to rehabiltate radical of the past and revitalize those of the present. Currently I am outraged by the destruction by the city of Oregon’s only memorial to a labor leader, the Francis Murnane wharf, to make way for the Saurday Market. Details in the new Red Guide (p. 190-91).

You can see Michael’s presentation on the new edition of The Portland Red Guide at the Red and Black on Wednesday, May 11th!  For more information, see Michael’s website at:


Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe

Come celebrate May Day with your comrades at the Red and Black! We will be closed during the day to attend the march downtown and other events going on. We’ll open at 6pm to fill all the marchers with tasty food and beverage!


Mini dragon bowls for $3!
$1 off pints and $3 off pitchers all night! INCLUDES KOMBUCHA!

This will be a great way to relax after the march, connect with your friends and make new ones. We hope to see you there!

The Adventures of Unemployed Man! Thursday, April 14 at 7pm

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2011 by Red & Black Cafe



Watch the trailer:


WHAT: The best-reviewed graphic novel of the year comes to the Red & Black Cafe in a multimedia presentation by co-author Gan Golan (NY Times bestselling author and co-creator of the hit parody Goodnight Bush <>).

WHEN: Thursday, April 14th – 7pm

WHERE: Red & Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR

*MAIN STREET, USA*—Against incredible odds, jobless crusader UNEMPLOYED MAN and his sidekick PLAN B embark on a heroic search for work—and quickly find themselves waging an epic battle against THE JUST US LEAGUE a dastardly group of corporate supervillains including THE HUMAN RESOURCE, THE OUTSOURCERER, TOXIC DEBT BLOB, PINK SLIP and THE INVISIBLE HAND.

Epicly illustrated, the book features a number of Heroes For Hard Times <>, including including perpetual grad student MASTER OF DEGREES, 80-year-old sidekick PLAN B,  invisible immigrant FANTASMA, and WONDER MOTHER, who built her invisible jet from pieces of the glass ceiling.

Experience the most critically acclaimed comic of the year —a fearless, brilliant, and provocative book that ASTOUNDS with incisive wit and AMAZES with stunning insights into the desperate situation so many heroes find themselves in today.

Created and written by Gan Golan & Erich Origen,  featuring artwork by comic book legends Ramona Fradon, Rick Veitch, Michael Netzer and an all-star team of artists.

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