Red and Black Cafe

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Red and Black Cafe
address 400 SE 12th Avenue
neighborhood Buckman
food type vegan
hours permanently closed
wireless internet?
phone (503) 231-3899

Red and Black Cafe was a worker-owned anarchist vegan restaurant located in the Buckman neighborhood (close in SE Portland) at SE 12th Avenue & SE Oak Street. For several years, the cafe's worker-owners were unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the cafe was a closed shop (meaning all of its workers must be union members) with a union shop card. The cafe also belonged to the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives. During its peak years of activity, the cafe was a hub of radical activity in the Portland area, hosting many social justice oriented activists, speakers, and musical acts. Red and Black Cafe made international news when a worker asked a Portland police officer to leave the business.[1]

In November 2014, the General Executive Board of the IWW voted to revoke the IWW Cooperative Union Shop status for the cafe, citing the fact that no worker-owners remained in good standing with the union and that the cafe was not paying worker-owners, which was against union requirements that shops must not "undermine wages in their industry."[2]

On March 24, 2015, the cafe announced plans to close indefinitely.[3][4]


  1. Terry, Lynne (June 3, 2010). "Red & Black cafe shows Portland officer the door, won't sell him coffee again". The Oregonian.
  2. IWW Constituion, Article II, Sec. 4(b).
  3. Greif, Jessica (March 25, 2015). "Red and Black Cafe announces closing after 15 years in Portland". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  4. Wikipedia contributors. "Red and Black Cafe". Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 Jan. 2024. Web.

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