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Worker’s Tap Has the City’s Best Activist Library

Several Portland pubs double as bookstores. Over at Worker’s Tap, a new, worker-owned beer bar located near the corner of Southeast 12th Avenue and Burnside, they’re doing things differently. Co-owner and barkeep Connor Smith says the genesis of the bar wasn’t in business, but in activism. “We have all known each other through activism and organizing in the city, and the initial idea behind Worker’s Tap was creating a community space,” Smith says. “The bar is for making money to support that space.”

It’s a place John Reed would feel at home. The bar provides free meeting space for progressive, socialist and unionist causes— as well as the occasional D&D group—and it has stripped out many of the common distractions of bars—televisions, karaoke machines, pool tables—in favor of an environment designed to encourage conversation and collaboration among its clientele.

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