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Apr 11
Rewriting the Immigration Narrative
Reed College

What does it mean for Reed College to be a sanctuary institution? How do you currently contribute or wish to contribute to a safe space for undocumented students?

Join us for dinner to deconstruct mainstream narratives of immigrantion and to debunk common misconceptions about undocumented immigrants. We will discuss immigration as an urgent human rights issue, especially given how the political climate has exacerbated tension toward undocumented immigrants. Our talk will conclude with an anti- ICE action plan.

This talk is good prep for the MRC's Immigration Workshop held this Thursday. (April 13)

Apr 13
Immigration Workshop
Reed College

Thursday, April 13 - 4 PM - Eliot 314

All community members are invited to a presentation reviewing the current state of immigration policy, and information and guidelines for emergency preparedness. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer.

Presented by the Multicultural Resource Center

Apr 25
Tigard Demands Sanctuary NOW!
Tigard City Hall

Join us on April 25th to demand for the city of Tigard to release a statement regarding their official stance on racism and inequality. Yes its possible! Specially working in collectiveness with community leaders and grassroot groups. Si se puede

Apr 29
2nd Annual PCC DREAMers Fundraising Gala
PCC Rock Creek

Portland Community College is committed to providing a welcoming environment that supports, retains, and empowers a diverse student body. While at PCC, our students achieve academic excellence and become brave leaders who challenge and dismantle systems of oppression within our communities.

This December, the Board of Directors at Portland Community College voted to become a sanctuary college. The DREAMers Gala plays a critical role in our status as a sanctuary college and our commitment to access and opportunity for all students. We are committed to partnering with organizations that share our interest in supporting the PCC DREAMers Scholarship Fund.

During our 2016 inaugural PCC DREAMers Gala, we were able to raise $25,000 thanks to last year’s DREAMer supporters. Because of the generosity of organizations like yours and a partnership with The Institute for Mexicans Living Abroad Scholarship Program, we funded a mentorship program and awarded scholarships to 10 PCC undocumented students.

Our PCC DREAMers Gala is now an annual event aiming to support undocumented and DACAmented students attending PCC. This year we hope to receive greater support from our community and raise $35,000 in scholarship donations!

We can't do this alone, we need your support!

PCC DREAMers Gala Saturday, April 29, 2017 6-9 p.m. Portland Community College | Rock Creek Campus 17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland

Support current and future undocumented students by purchasing a table or individual ticket to attend the 2nd Annual PCC DREAMers Fundraising Gala

Jun 3
STOP Family Separations and Human Rights Violations! ¡YA Basta!
Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma

Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario and Invite you to a RALLY at the Tacoma, Washington Immigration Detention Facility and Demand the Immediate Release of Immigrants arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) since January of this year! STOP FAMILY SEPARATIONS NOW!

RALLY DATE: Saturday, June 3, 2017 RALLY TIME: 1:00 pm RALLY LOCATION: Northwest Detention Center at 1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA 98421

This facility is a private immigration prison located on the tide flats of the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The prison is operated by the GEO Group on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This prison is a symbol of shame and represents the ongoing human rights violations committed by the Trump Administration.

Families from Oregon and Washington of those who are in detention will be speaking at this RALLY. Among the speakers, we will have wife’s and US born children of those detained. We have been meeting with family members of those impacted by the inhumane RAIDS conducted by ICE AGENTS, and these families are asking us to ACT! WE WILL ACT! We are inviting allies, religious leaders to accompany these families and our organizations at this PUBLIC ACTION. If you would like to go please email us at, , We are organizing carpooling and other methods of transportation. YA BASTA! Enough is Enough! STOP FAMILY SEPARATION! STOP THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF IMMIGRANTS! ICE OUT OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON!

Jun 24
POSTPONED: Not in Portland ICE Resistance Protest
Portland ICE Detention Center, 4310 SW Macadam

Join us for a large scale protest at Portland's ICE detention center with guest speakers from various organizations.

Not in Portland - ICE Resistance - Stand with us as we oppose Trump's racially motivated deportation agenda!

Jun 30
Last Friday - Queer Migration Stories Panel
Unite Oregon

Unite Oregon is bringing back our monthly Last Friday events. The month of June we are celabrating PRIDE. Come join us for an evening panel with Resilient Connections members, a Unite Oregon program for Refugee/Immigrant Trans and Queer people.

Our panelists will address the affects colonization and white supremacy have on migration, gender oppression and the continued genocide of gender queer, black and brown bodies in our present time.

Allies: this is a space for you to learn by baring witness. If you have questions, contact Oscar Guerra-Vera, End Profiling Legislative Campaign Manager,

Unite Oregon - Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.

Jul 13
P&J Movie Night: A Day Without a Mexican
Parkrose Community United Church of Christ

Join us to see the film A Day Without a Mexican – a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in California suddenly disappearing. Snacks and popcorn provided. We will have a short discussion following the film.

Parkrose Community United Church of Christ is an open and affirming congregation, in the Parkrose neighborhood on the east side of Portland.Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Aug 9
How To Get Immigration Help From Your Congressional Representatives
Centro Cultural de Washington County, Cornelius

Former CD1 Congress woman Elizabeth Furse will let us pick her brain on how to lobby our congresspeople to advocate for our friends and neighbors regarding immigration.

Cómo conseguir ayuda migartoria de su diputado

Diputada de Oregon anterior Elizabeth Furse hablará de cómo dirigirse a sus legisladores federales sobre los problemas de migración y detención. Responderá a las preguntas de la audiencia el de 9 agosto, 2017 de 6:30 a 8:00pm


Más información en español:

Beaverton Social Justice League - We give a dam!

The Criminal Justice League - Challenging nefarious incumbents in Washington County.

Sep 26
Poetic Migrations at NW Film Center
Northwest Film Center

These three Portland-made films explore passages of migration between homelands, texts, dreams and molecules.

HAFT-SEEN (2017, 30 mins.), a visual poem written and scored by Roland Dahwen Wu, Jonathan Raissi, and Stacey Tran, is an homage to immigrant experiences and first-generation narratives of inheritance, spirituality, and the diasporic threads we weave and pass on through generations.

SIGHT (2017, 17 mins.) is a sci-fi/dream/exploration about using your gifts. Directed by Kalimah Abioto, this is a short experimental film about a little girl who travels to different dimensions in her dreams.

FIELD THEORIES (2017, 9 mins.), a collaboration between Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, and keyon gaskin, remixes and reimagines written work from Bashir’s third collection of poetry. These three Portland-made films explore migrations between countries, between molecules, between people, between texts, between dreams.

Kalimah Abioto is a Portland based artist and filmmaker. She is an Open Signal producer, Night Lights 2016 Artist in Residence, and directed SIGHT.

Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsession with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College.

keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their performance with their credentials.

Jonathan Raissi is a sound artist, photographer and writer whose thematic interests involve critical theory, modernity and memory. His ambient noise project, Yasna, has released three full-length digital albums in the last two years in conjunction with visual and theoretical experiments.

Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. She curates Tender Table and her writing can be found in diaCRITICS, The Fanzine, GRAMMA, and The Volta. Wendy's Subway released her first chapbook, Fake Haiku (February 2017). Her first full-length book, Soap for the Dogs, is forthcoming from Gramma in Spring 2018.

Roland Dahwen Wu is a filmmaker and photographer. His films include Ya no hay pájaros en los nidos de ayer (2010), Quarantine (2015), We are all the production line I & II (2016-2017). He is the founder of Patuá Films.

Oct 19
Sea Gypsies in the Age of Hard Borders
Marylhurst University

Dr. Marshall will discuss a case study looking at his home state of Sabah, Malaysia, exploring security challenges posed by illegal immigrants in the aftermath of a 2013 armed intrusion by a vigilante group from neighboring Philippines, and its implications for stateless “Sea Gypsies” – individuals from a distinct ethnic group largely bereft of the legal right to belong in any country.

In this talk, Sanen Marshall looks at Sabah as a case study in how states prefer non-citizens over citizens. The historical and contemporary struggle of the Sulu nation against both countries is briefly discussed.

Caught in this political dichotomy of citizens and non-citizens, an ethnic group in Sabah known as the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) attempt to surmount the political challenges when two modern countries collaborate to remove some of their members from the state. What does the future hold for stateless Bajau Laut and Sulu(k) children in Sabah?

Sanen Marshall, a political scientist and senior lecturer at University Malaysia Sabah, is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Marylhurst University. He is a (North) Borneo or Sabah specialist, having spent years studying the cultures and languages of the ethnic groups there. He has presented papers in a number of UNCHR meetings on the issue of the statelessness of the Sea Gypsies, including in the First Global Forum on Statelessness (2014). Sanen Marshall is also the convener of the 2015 Forum on Heritage Language Education for Early Childhood. He is primarily interested in researching how small communities are able to mobilize to secure their rights in contemporary society.

The Marylhurst Speaker Series is hosted by Marylhurst University’s Department of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts.

VENUE: The Old Library, BP John Admin Building, Marylhurst University

Nov 10
Jose Antonio Vargas on Redefining American Identity
Sentinel Hotel

City Club welcomes award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, in conversation with Marissa Madrigal, to discuss the place of storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity. They will cover topics, including:

  • How citizenship is defined in the U.S. amidst demographic change
  • The diversity of immigration stories, his own and others
  • Media representations of immigrants, especially entertainment media (tv and film)
  • Using media for social change
  • The role of culture in shaping policy and law