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Monday
Dec 18
Sending Love & Solidarity: Prisoner Postcards with Critical Resistance PDX
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Every year Critical Resistance coordinates a year-end mailing for all of our comrades inside of prisons, jails & detention centers to remind folks that they're not alone & that we're in the fight with them. This time of year can be especially hard on people that are locked up and away from their loved ones & community.

This year we are also participating in the Black & Pink 2017 Holiday Card Parties- writing to folks on the inside that are involved in their work.

About Black & Pink: Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

Who we are:
Critical Resistance is a national grassroots organization working to end society's reliance on imprisonment, policing and surveillance as responses to social, economic & political problems.

Portland’s Chapter of Critical Resistance was founded fall of 2013. We are currently working on an anti-policing campaign, Mental Health Care, Not Policing!

Our Mission:
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

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Saturday
Apr 15
Mental Health Care Not Policing - CR PDX Campaign Meeting #3
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Saturday April 15th 1pm - 4pm Snacks provided Childcare available upon request

Critical Resistance Portland (CR-PDX) is developing a campaign to interrupt the use of police as mental health first responders in Portland. We have seen how policing escalates everyday mental health needs or instances of crisis and can result in violence on our communities. It's crucial that Portland disrupt this pattern and invest in community care. After two robust first coalition meetings, we are excited to continue with a public third meeting!

CR Portland wants to impact protocol and funding of mental health crisis services and we’d like to start pulling together organizations and individuals who could be partners or stake holders in this campaign. This includes social service providers, mental health service users, communities targeted by the police, and other racial and economic justice organizations. We are asking people like you who have valuable knowledge and first hand experiences to get involved with this campaign.

Will you join CR-PDX in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services that are community-based and outside the hands of law enforcement?

We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to decrease Portland's reliance on policing to attend. Organizations and individuals who are involved in anti-policing, mental health, or social service work in Portland, join us as partners in this effort and share your ideas at this campaign meeting!

This is our 3rd meeting of the coalition, and we are excited to continute building out with those already involved, and those who are hearing about our work for the first time! For those who are new, not to worry--you will have the opportunity to be brought up to speed on the work happening so far, and ways to both plug into it and to generate new work areas.

We are also very excited to have Jess from Critical Resistance national present to talk about the success and current work of the Oakland Power Projects in shifting reliance away from police as first responders (http://criticalresistance.org/chapters/cr-oakland/the-oakland-power-projects/).

Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or have specific dietary needs.

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Wednesday
Apr 19
Fight Toxic Prisons!
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Panagioti Tsolkas is an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and coordinator of the Prison Ecology Project. Rose Harriot is an organizer with No New Youth Jail Coalition in Seattle Washington. They will be presenting on the connections between environmentalism, climate justice and the movement to end mass incarceration. The talk will also include information on an upcoming Convergence Against Toxic Prisons taking place in Texas, June 2017.

From 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM we'll be letter-writing to prisoners with Critical Resistance Portland. The talk will be from 6:30 PM - 9 PM.

Rose Harriot is a mixed, queer warrior and survivor of systems of violence. Born into impoverished and criminalized communities, the state has always targeted, manipulated and abused my loved ones and caregivers, while granting my abusers power and freedom. I struggle to fill the holes the state has left in my community and family. I work to expose the myth of public safety, systemic racism, classism and to create dialogue about how we can actually keep each other safe, by building autonomy. For the past five years I have been part of the effort to stop a $210 million youth jail project in Seattle. This project sits on toxic land and continues the toxic practice of abusing young people of color. We must stop this project and all others like it.

Panagioti Tsolkas is an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and coordinator of the Prison Ecology Project. In addition, he is currently involved with Sabal Trail Resistance, a group opposing a gas pipeline crossing the Southern US. He is also a former editor on the Earth First! Journal collective and has published articles in Prison Legal News, Earth Island Journal, Fifth Estate and other media outlets. He lives on a small farm in Florida with his partner and two children.

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Sunday
May 21
CRPDX New Members & Volunteers Orientation
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

RSVP on Facebook for location information

Please Join us for our new member & volunteer orientation. We'll have a short intro about CR and our work and then a workshop on the Prison Industrial Complex & PIC abolition.

We are capping this event at 20 folks and will post a registration form soon.

We'll provide light snacks and we welcome folks bringing their own lunch if wanted.

The first required step in becoming a chapter member is to attend our training on the Prison Industrial Complex and PIC Abolition. These trainings are highly recommended for those interested in volunteering as well and we encourage you to attend these training regardless of what role you would like to take on with CR PDX.

If you are unsure if a member role is right for you or if you're unclear what being a member looks like, we will provide an overview of what it means to get more involved with our chapter. Additionally, we don't view attendance as a commitment for membership/volunteering so please join us even if you are unsure about your capacity to engage more with our chapter's work. The more the merrier!

If you have any specific accessibility needs (childcare, training material sent ahead of time, etc) please let us know and we'll do our best to figure out the right accommodation.

We always welcome feedback and questions!

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Sunday
Jun 11
Mental Health Care Not Policing- June Coalition Meeting #5 (Critical Resistance Portland)
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Sunday June 11th 10 am-1 pm Snacks provided Childcare available upon request

Critical Resistance Portland (CR-PDX) is developing a campaign to interrupt the use of police as mental health first responders in Portland. We have seen how policing escalates everyday mental health needs or instances of crisis and can result in violence on our communities. It's crucial that Portland disrupt this pattern and invest in community care.

CR Portland wants to impact protocol and funding of mental health crisis services and we’d like to start pulling together organizations and individuals who could be partners or stake holders in this campaign. This includes social service providers, mental health service users, communities targeted by the police, and other racial and economic justice organizations. We are asking people like you who have valuable knowledge and first hand experiences to get involved with this campaign.

Will you join CR-PDX in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services that are community-based and outside the hands of law enforcement? June's meeting will be the 5th meeting of the Mental Health Care, Not Policing community coalition.

We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to decrease Portland's reliance on policing to attend. Organizations and individuals who are involved in anti-policing, mental health, or social service work in Portland, join us as partners in this effort and share your ideas at this campaign meeting!

Critical Resistance is a prison industrial complex abolitionist organization which means that to do this work we must work to end racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, homophobia and transphobia, anti-blackness, imperialism, and all systems of power that contribute to the caging, separation, harm, surveillance, policing, and killing of ourselves and loved ones, and specifically recognizing that these systems target those in black & brown & queer & trans communities.

The CR PDX chapters members are currently a group of queer & trans folks with a mix of non-black poc and white folks and we all are trained in facilitating spaces with an anti-oppressive and interrupting oppressive moments lens. We are pro-black & brown and queer & trans folks and we committed to hosting events that work to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive.

Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or have specific dietary needs.

Critical Resistance Portland is a political organization, the local chapter of a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex.

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Wednesday
Jun 28
Mail Night: CR PDX & Call to Safety/Stroll PDX
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Call to Safety and Stroll PDX are partnering with Critical Resistance Portland for a joint solidarity letter & postcard writing night.

Call to Safety/ Stroll PDX & CR PDX believe that the Prison Industrial Complex is a source of immense harm in our communities and we want to bring awareness to the many ways in which our loved ones and community members are criminalized and caged for simply surviving. We'll be highlighting sex workers at this event as one the groups highly targeted and criminalized by policing and the prison industrial complex.

Please join us for a night of solidarity post card & letter writing to both Stroll PDX/Call to Safety's list of nationally imprisoned sex workers & CR PDX's list of folks in Oregon and Washington prisons. We'll have letters to respond to and postcards and message templates for folks to use as well as more information on how to get involved in supporting our shared work of supporting those most impacted by the prison industrial complex and working towards PIC abolition.

Transportation: On street parking is available near event site. There is no off street parking or nearby dedicated disability parking spot unfortunately. The #4, #44, #72, and #6 all run nearby the event location.

Accessibility: In Other Words is not a scent free space but is low scent and we'll provide scent free handsoap for the event.

There are no stairs and the floor is mostly level hardwood with a slight rise/ramp up in to the main event space.

About CR: Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

About Call to Safety: Working to fulfill our mission of ending domestic and sexual violence by providing confidential support services and education to empower our community, Call to Safety provides a comprehensive 24/7 crisis line, follow-up advocacy for survivors, support groups, community outreach and education, and sexual assault medical advocacy. We can support crisis line callers in any language through our international language bank, and connect survivors to local culturally-specific resources or co-advocacy. Call to Safety advocates provide every caller with a needs assessment, peer support, safety planning, crisis intervention, and information and referrals to community resources. Our advocates work with specific populations to provide culturally relevant and specialized services for survivors experiencing homelessness, survivors with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and sex workers. Sexual assault advocacy provides specialized services to survivors of sexual assault.

About Stroll PDX:

Stroll PDX is a volunteer based organization that emphasizes harm reduction, intersectional feminism, and grass root community outreach. We focus on empowering sex workers of all forms through lobbying, organizing support groups, fundraising for legal resources, and offering clothing and food to houseless women, transgender individuals, and low income sex workers. We also publish Working it Portland, a Sex Worker run and written zine. While all individuals are welcome to volunteer we are determined to give leadership roles to Sex Workers and put the rights of POC Trans Sex workers at the forefront of our fight for sex workers rights.

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Wednesday
Jul 19
July CR PDX Prisoner Correspondence Night
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Please Join Critical Resistance Portland for our monthly Mail Program!

Each month we gather as a mail crew and volunteer team to host an open letter writing + work party to connect with folks looking to get involved. We receive anywhere from 5-25 letters a month and we offer political education, resource information, and books and articles Folks can help out by writing letters to people in OR/WA prisons, typing notes or archiving correspondence, as well as other things that help our chapter running. This is the best time to connect with chapter members and learn more about upcoming projects, events and build coalitions amongst accomplices for abolition.

All materials will be provided and CR PDX has a P.O. box for folks to write back to. One of the best parts about mail program work parties is that we put out all of the political education materials we use, both for events and our mail program. Come read some stuff and maybe help inventory our supplies.

Donations of stamps (.92, .47, and postcard stamps specifically), pens, lined paper, and envelopes are always needed and welcome.

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Wednesday
Aug 23
August CR PDX Prisoner Correspondence Night
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Please Join Critical Resistance Portland for our monthly Mail Program!

Each month we gather as a mail crew and volunteer team to host an open letter writing + work party to connect with folks looking to get involved. We receive anywhere from 5-25 letters a month and we offer political education, resource information, and books and articles Folks can help out by writing letters to people in OR/WA prisons, typing notes or archiving correspondence, as well as other things that help our chapter running. This is the best time to connect with chapter members and learn more about upcoming projects, events and build coalitions amongst accomplices for abolition.

All materials will be provided and CR PDX has a P.O. box for folks to write back to. One of the best parts about mail program work parties is that we put out all of the political education materials we use, both for events and our mail program. Come read some stuff and maybe help inventory our supplies.

Donations of stamps (.92, .47, and postcard stamps specifically), pens, lined paper, and envelopes are always needed and welcome.

Wifi available

See you there - CRPDX

Who we are: Critical Resistance is a national grassroots organization working to end society's reliance on imprisonment, policing and surveillance as responses to social, economic & political problems.

Portland’s Chapter of Critical Resistance was founded fall of 2013. We are currently working on an anti-policing campaign.

Our Mission Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

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Wednesday
Sep 20
September Critical Resistance Portland Prisoner Correspondence Night
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Please Join Critical Resistance Portland for our monthly Mail Program!

Each month we gather as a mail crew and volunteer team to host an open letter writing + work party to connect with folks looking to get involved. We receive anywhere from 5-25 letters a month and we offer political education, resource information, and books and articles Folks can help out by writing letters to people in OR/WA prisons, typing notes or archiving correspondence, as well as other things that help our chapter running. This is the best time to connect with chapter members and learn more about upcoming projects, events and build coalitions amongst accomplices for abolition.

All materials will be provided and CR PDX has a P.O. box for folks to write back to. One of the best parts about mail program work parties is that we put out all of the political education materials we use, both for events and our mail program. Come read some stuff and maybe help inventory our supplies.

Donations of stamps (.92, .47, and postcard stamps specifically), pens, lined paper, and envelopes are always needed and welcome.

Website
Wednesday
Oct 18
Critical Resistance Portland Prisoner Correspondence Night
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Please Join Critical Resistance Portland for our monthly Mail Program!

Each month we gather as a mail crew and volunteer team to host an open letter writing + work party to connect with folks looking to get involved. We receive anywhere from 5-25 letters a month and we offer political education, resource information, and books and articles Folks can help out by writing letters to people in OR/WA prisons, typing notes or archiving correspondence, as well as other things that help our chapter running. This is the best time to connect with chapter members and learn more about upcoming projects, events and build coalitions amongst accomplices for abolition.

All materials will be provided and CR PDX has a P.O. box for folks to write back to. One of the best parts about mail program work parties is that we put out all of the political education materials we use, both for events and our mail program. Come read some stuff and maybe help inventory our supplies.

Donations of stamps (.92, .47, and postcard stamps specifically), pens, lined paper, and envelopes are always needed and welcome.

Website
Wednesday
Nov 15
Critical Resistance Portland Prisoner Correspondence Night
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Please Join Critical Resistance Portland for our monthly Mail Program!

Each month we gather as a mail crew and volunteer team to host an open letter writing + work party to connect with folks looking to get involved. We receive anywhere from 5-25 letters a month and we offer political education, resource information, and books and articles Folks can help out by writing letters to people in OR/WA prisons, typing notes or archiving correspondence, as well as other things that help our chapter running. This is the best time to connect with chapter members and learn more about upcoming projects, events and build coalitions amongst accomplices for abolition.

All materials will be provided and CR PDX has a P.O. box for folks to write back to. One of the best parts about mail program work parties is that we put out all of the political education materials we use, both for events and our mail program. Come read some stuff and maybe help inventory our supplies.

Donations of stamps (.92, .47, and postcard stamps specifically), pens, lined paper, and envelopes are always needed and welcome.

Website
Sunday
Dec 10
Mental Health Care Not Policing Coalition Meeting
Location sent to those who RSVP

Sunday, December 10th, 10am-1pm Snacks provided Childcare available upon request

Register to attend here: https://goo.gl/ugwZBA

Portland must put its money towards community care for mental health needs. Will you join Critical Resistance-PDX and the Mental Health Care, Not Policing! Coalition in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services outside of the hands of law enforcement? We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to support Portland’s obligation to appropriate and community led responses. People deserve compassionate responses which best meet their needs and prioritize their well being. We know that when people have mental health needs, they deserve a mental health response.

More background:

Critical Resistance (CR-PDX) is developing a campaign to interrupt the use of police as mental health first re-sponders. We have seen that policing is unable to provide the professional and skilled care which is necessary for supporting the unique needs created by each individu-al’s experience with mental health. Lacking the ability to effectively respond, we have seen that policing often escalates everyday mental health needs and instances of crisis and can result in violence in our community. With police as first responders, mental health instances are often misunderstood or criminalized and can result in incarceration rather than effective support. We know that this ultimately does not safely return people to the community and creates more severe long term problems. It is crucial that Portland disrupt this pattern and put our resources in community care. CR Portland wants to impact protocol and funding of mental health crisis services and we’d like to start pull-ing together organizations and individuals who could be partners or stake holders in this campaign. This includes social service providers, mental health service users, communities targeted by the police, and other racial and economic justice organizations. We are asking people like you who have valuable knowledge and first hand experiences to get involved with this campaign.

Will you join CR-PDX in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services that are community-based and outside the hands of low enforcement?

We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to decrease Portland's reliance on policing to attend. Organizations and individuals who are involved in anti-policing, mental health, or social service work in Portland, join us as partners in this effort and share your ideas at this campaign meeting!

For those who are new, not to worry--you will have the opportunity to be brought up to speed on the work happening so far, and ways to both plug into it and to generate new work areas.

Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or have specific dietary needs.

Website