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  • Thursday
    Sep 20 2018
    DeRay Mckesson

    Literary Arts welcomes internationally recognized civil rights leader DeRay Mckesson to Portland to celebrate his forthcoming book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope (publication date September 4). As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, co-founder of Campaign Zero, and host of the wildly popular podcast Pod Save the People, Mckesson is at the forefront of progressive activism around social justice.

    Join Mckesson for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of Mckesson’s upcoming first book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. Mckesson will be joined by special guests for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. Each $40 ticket includes a copy of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson (a $25 value), placed at your seat.

    DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media’s podcast, Pod Save the People. He started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed and for publicly advocating for justice and accountability for the victims of police violence and the end of mass incarceration. He’s spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union and universities and appeared on TV shows across the political spectrum. He was named #11 on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list and Harvard’s Black Man of the Year in 2016, among his many other accolades. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland. On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope is his first book.

    Special thanks to our event sponsor Meyer Memorial Trust and our community partners Portland State University and Self Enhancement, Inc.


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  • Saturday
    Sep 22 2018
    Music for Immigrant Justice - A Fundraiser for AFSC's Project Voice

    Enjoy an evening of energizing music while supporting Project Voice, the immigrant rights program of the American Friends Service Committee. This program helps communities in Oregon and Washington create Rapid Response Teams and provides Know Your Rights trainings that empower immigrants and their allies to advocate for just immigration policies. Four performers will entertain and inspire you in this benefit concert. Anna Fritz is a cello-wielding activist folksinger and founding member of the Portland Cello Project. She sings original songs that touch on racial justice, spirituality, gender, and connection to the land. Jill Townley is a singer, songwriter, international student advisor and aspiring Quaker peacemaker. Mark Babson is a violinist, teacher and peace activist. And Bajo Salario, a non-profit collective band, explores the revolutionary musical traditions of Latin America and the experiences of migrant workers in the United States. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
    $20 advance tickets and donations at www.afsc.org/projectvoiceconcert. Advance purchase is highly recommended. $25 at the door, cash or check only.

  • Tuesday
    Sep 25 2018
    Resist Trump rally with US Senate staff

    Make your voice heard at this rally with Senator Wyden's staff and Indivisible Oregon. Sometimes we thank him for his courageous stands and sometimes we ask him to go further. Meet people from different groups and learn about local events.

  • Foster Parent Info Session at Kennedy School

    The need for foster parents in the Portland-metro area is great. But the rewards of fostering are even greater.

    On any given day, 8,000 youth are in Oregon's foster care system. Each year, youth enter foster care in need of stabilty, safety, and a renewed sense of belonging. As a Boys & Girls Aid foster parent, you will provide crucial support, shelter and healthy relationships.

    Our Programs

    Boys & Girls Aid welcomes dependable adults from any background, who can make long-term or short-term commitments, to apply. We serve youth aged 4-21 in placements that can range from a few weeks to a few years. Our foster parents recieve a monthly, tax-free stipend to cover the expenses of caring for youth in our foster care program.

    Our Requirements:

    • Be at least 21 years old
    • Have all persons 16 years and older in the home pass a criminal background check
    • Have at least one Oregon licensed driver in the home with a safe driving record
    • Be able to transport youth during the week as needed
    • Have a separate bedroom in the home for youth in foster care

    Our Support

    • Responsive program staff available 24/7
    • Ongoing free professional training and support
    • Knowledgeable certification staff with small caseloads
    • Paid, monthly respite care
    • Monthly, tax-free stipends

    Interested in attending and learning more? Sign up at www.boysandgirlsaid.org/fostercare.

  • Portland Audubon Activist Orientation

    Join us on September 25 at the Lucky Lab for an orientation to our conservation advocacy program.

    Grassroots advocacy has always been a core part of the Portland Audubon’s efforts to protect wildlife, wild places, and the health of our environment. Come and learn how you can become a valuable member of this effort by attending orientation for those interested in volunteering with the Conservation Activist Team. Orientation will include a broad overview of our conservation efforts and lay out our advocate training tracks that will include a series of education-based and policy trainings and workshops that will empower activists to strategically advocate for wildlife issues.

    When: September 25, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Lucky Lab - 915 SE Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon

    For details and to RSVP please contact Community Organizer Stephanie Taylor: staylor@audubonportland.org.

  • Wednesday
    Sep 26 2018
    Task Force Monthly Meeting (Human Trafficking Task Force of Clark County)

    YWCA Clark County

    Members of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Clark County, WA meets the last Wednesday of each month from 8:30-9:45am at the YWCA Clark County.

    Speakers, Networking and Resources.

    NO Meeting in December.

    Upcoming dates:

    • WED, Oct 31

    The Brooklyn Action Corp neighborhood association joined a citywide coalition of neighborhoods to address Portland’s longstanding and worsening diesel pollution problem. On September 26, we will host a citywide Town Hall forum on diesel pollution, inviting subject matter experts to help us understand the scope of the crisis, and a panel of elected officials and candidates to ask what can be done.

    Mark Riskedahl, Executive Director of the NW Environmental Defense Center at Lewis & Clark, and other subject matter experts will speak to the health and legal issues that surround diesel pollution in Portland at the Diesel Pollution Town Hall . The meeting will then turn over to a panel of local and state officials to discuss how to address these issues. This discussion will be guided initially by prepared questions from our neighborhood coalition and then followed by questions from the audience.

    Confirmed Panelists include: • Representative Rob Nosse • Senator Kathleen Taylor • County Commissioner Sharon Meieran • City Council Candidate Jo Ann Hardesty • Metro Councilor Bob Stacey • County Commissioner & City Council Candidate Loretta Smith

    Invited Panelists (not yet confirmed) Include: • Representative Karin Power • County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury • Metro President-elect Lynn Peterson • City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

    Did you know Portland has some of the most dangerous air in the U.S. according to the E.P.A.? Diesel particulates are so tiny, they pass right through alveoli and send airborne poisons throughout the bloodstream to vital organs. he National Air Toxics Assessment shows that Portland’s airshed is bursting with a toxic stew consisting of dozens of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, including 49 that are carcinogenic. Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods in southeast Portland are severely affected because of the Brooklyn Rail Yard. Locomotives idle 24/7, and the majority of intermodal freight trucks serving the yards lack any modern emissions controls. But the problem does not stop there—diesel pollution is a city wide health crisis.

    This Town Hall Forum is hosted by participants from the following neighborhoods: Brooklyn, Creston Kenilworth, Cully, East Columbia, Hosford-Abernethy, Lair Hill / South Portland, Linnton, Montavilla, Reed, Richmond, The Pearl, King and Woodlawn.

  • Thursday
    Sep 27 2018
    Afghanistan, Iraq, & Yemen: Finding Hope in Countries Devastated by U.S. Policy

    Join author and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, for an evening of insight and inspiration on Thursday, September 27 at 7 PM. Kathy's talk is titled "Afghanistan, Iraq, & Yemen: Finding Hope in Countries Devastated by U.S. Policy." The event will be held at the Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium at Portland Community College Cascade, 705 N Killingsworth (on Albina). It is accessible by bus lines 4, 44 and 72.

    Kathy Kelly has dedicated her life to bringing peace to those in conflict zones. Her particular focus on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen helps expose the direct impacts of US policies including sanctions, war, drones and military support for warring parties. She is a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and her writings are posted widely.

    Ms. Kelly's visit comes just 10 days before the 17th anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan, which is said to be this country's longest war. It also comes about two months after Saudi Arabia used a US bomb to kill a school bus full of children in Yemen, making Kathy's message all the more urgent.

    This event is free and open to the public. The venue is reachable by TriMet bus lines 4, 44 and 72.

    Cosponsored by Associated Students of Portland Community College (Cascade) and Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group. Other sponsors include KBOO Community Radio, Network Against Racism and Islamophobia, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland.


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