To borrow a somewhat thorny and oftentimes counterproductive phase, we know that when we see something, we say something.

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But what if we don’t know what we’re looking for exactly, or what we should say should we find it?

That’s where Not OK PDX comes in. This women-run group comprises Portland bartenders, social workers, and behavioral health clinicians who have been leading local workshops at local bars to train staff how to identify predatory behavior and how to safely intervene in instances where liquor is freely flowing.

The Safer Bars initiative is already active in several local watering holes like Crow Bar and Tonic Lounge. And every day in July, more that two dozen bars and tap rooms are pitching in to spread awareness of Not OK PDX’s mission by offering discounts on a favorite summer cocktail: the gin rickey.

Participants are scattered across every Portland quadrant and include Bit House Saloon, Corzetti, Elvis Room, La Moule, Lutz Tavern, My Father’s Place, The Solo Club, Townshend’s Distillery, and Victoria, to name just a few. You can view the full gin rickey roster of bars here.

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Some of the bars will donate $1 from every rickey sold to Not OK PDX, while others are donating to the group all proceeds of every $10 commemorative Gin Rickey Month pin sold.

To learn more about Not OK PDX or to ask for Safer Bars training at your bar, visit its website.

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