It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Portland, and chants of “no justice, no booty” ring out as a group of strippers in patent platform boots march through the city. Holding signs that read, ‘Hire Black strippers, tip Black strippers’, and ‘No reform, no perform’, they’re striking in protest against racial discrimination in Orgeon’s strip clubs.

Organised by activist group, the Haymarket Pole Collective, the demonstration is one of two weekly rallies that have been held since June 19, as part of the PDX Stripper Strike, bringing together dancers, DJs, bartenders, managers, and strip club owners.

“The thing I’ve heard over and over,” Cat Hollis, the group’s leader, tells Dazed, “is that it’s the most fun they’ve ever had at a protest. We usually have a sound system blasting music, and people wearing eight-inch high heels to walk the mile routes.”

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‘No Justice, No Booty’: The Strippers Striking for Racial Equality by Brit Dawson

Published July 3rd, 2020