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Friday
Jul 14
Freedom Summer 2017
Warner Pacific College, Kardatzke Hall

The NAACP Portland Branch is hosting a two-day event called Freedom Summer 2017. Our community needs healing and the ability to come together and develop skills that allow us to rely on our faith and our community in these tough political times.

Day 1: Friday 7/14/17

7:00pm - 8:30pm

A diverse panel of faith leaders will participate in a facilitated conversation that speaks to the intersections of faith and non-violent direct action based on the teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Day 2: Saturday 7/15/17

9:00am -1:00pm

Workshops will address topics such as:

  • Bystander Intervention
  • De-escalation training
  • Non-violent direct-action training
  • Youth organizing training

PDX NAACP - Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons; eliminating racial hatred and discrimination.

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Monday
Jul 24
Zero Tolerance! Oregonians Standing Together Against Hate
MET (Muslim Educational Trust)

RSVP to joan.green@doj.state.or.us

  • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Buffet Dinner 5:30-6:15
  • Keynote Address 6:15-7:00
  • Panel Discussion 7:00-8:00
  • 1st Floor Al-Madinah Hall

Panelists:

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to a presentation and panel discussion at the Muslim Educational Trust Community and Educational Center to understand the underlying issues and share potential solutions for the recent spike in hate-related incidents. Professor Jack Levin, a nationally recognized expert on violence and hate, will discuss the psychology and dynamics behind this troubling trend. His presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by Oregon Department of Justice Director of Civil Rights, Erious Johnson. The panel will include diverse community leaders, law enforcement personnel and elected officials, who will share their insights and take questions. Please join Attorney General Rosenblum and take a stand against hate.

Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and co-director of the Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston. Professor Levin's work on hate crimes, mass murder, serial killers, and prejudice has made him one of the most widely recognized and quoted sociologists in the public sector. For over 25 years, Professor Levin has used the sociological perspective to contextualize sensational media stories, dispel myths, influence public policy and change how people think about violence and hate crimes.

Sponsored by: Muslim Educational Trust, Institute of Christian Muslim Understanding (ICMU), Beloved Community of Oregon Coalition, Building Bridges of Understanding Coalition, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Muslim Community Center of Portland (MCCP), Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO), Center for African and Immigrant Resettlement of Oregon (CAIRO), Portland United Against Hate, Neighborhood House, Jewish Voice for Peace, Urban League of Portland, Portland Leadership Foundation, Oregon Center for Christian Values, Race Talks, First Congregational United Church of Christ, World Affairs Council of Oregon


The Muslim Educational Trust Community Center will be the first center of its kind in the metro area to provide a gathering place for the entire Muslim community.

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Saturday
Aug 12
NOW is the TIME: Healthcare for Everybody - film Screening and panel discussion
Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver

Hosted by: Margot Faubion Panelists (4) Joni McSpadden RN, Rhonda Walker for WW.

The Green Party of SW Washington and Whole Washington initiative group invite you to join us for an afternoon examination of Single-Payer Healthcare For All. We will start wit the new documentary film Now is the Time, which delves into what single-payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what we can do to make it happen. Afterwards, a panel of local healthcare and political activists will encourage discussion and answer any of your questions.


Green Party of Southwest Washington - "Think globally, act locally." Together we can make positive changes in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties. People, Peace, and Planet before Profit!

Whole Washington

Single-payer ballot initiative for Washington state.

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Thursday
Aug 17
Women Leading through Adversity, a panel discussion
Central Library, 801 SW 10th

Multnomah County Library and the U.S.-Japan Council present an afternoon of learning and leaning in.

Imagine starting over after losing everything. Female small business owners in Japan and the U.S. share their story of devastation and recovery, and their journey of overcoming adversity to become leaders in their communities.

The first panel are women entrepreneurs from Japan who survived the March 2011 horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan and are now bringing economic prosperity to their tsunami-ravaged hometown. The second panel are local women who lived through hardship and, because of their strength and resiliency, are now prominent leaders in our community.

https://multcolib.org/events/women-leading-through-adversity/78038


Multnomah County Library's 19 neighborhood locations serve the city of Portland, OR, and beyond. Locations and hours: multcolib.org/hours

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Tuesday
Aug 22
Faith & Why Unions Matter
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church

Join the Portland Jobs with Justice Faith-Labor and Portland Rising Committees for a panel and discussion on why unions matter from a faith-based perspective.

The last few decades have been marked by aggressive attempts to weaken if not actually destroy labor unions in order to roll back the gains that they have won for their members and the broader working class. One consequence of these attacks is that families today are facing a world shaped by diminishing employment opportunities, ever more precarious working conditions, deteriorating social services, and growing social divisions.

With national "Right to Work" looming at the federal level, we have never needed to strengthen public understanding of and support for unions more than right now.

Historically, faith leaders and fatih communities have played vital roles in important social movements and the same is true today. Pope Francis has called inequality "the root of social evil" and consistently defends workers against a profit-first mentality. Other faith traditions also have strong roots in justice for workers and the rights of families to just, living conditions.

Why do unions matter? Why do unions and social justice matter to people of faith? Why should we defend unions from attack? What can faith leaders and faith communities do to help strengthen local labor and social justice movements?

Join us for a panel and discussion of these important questions. Light refreshments will be served.


Portland Jobs with Justice -

Kicking Ass for the Working Class!

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Thursday
Aug 31
No More Charlottesvilles! How Can Socialists Fight the Right?
PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway

Join Portland State International Socialist Organization, the Portland chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, and Socialist Alternative Portland for a panel and discussion on socialist strategies for fighting the right.

On August 12th a mobilization of the far right held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a gathering of white nationalists, white supremacists, the alt-right, and neo-Nazis intended to intimidate and publicly affirm their racism, anti-semitism, misogyny, and homophobia. All this was present in chants and slogans of “Blood and soil,” “White lives matter,” “You will not replace us,” “Jews will not replace us,” and the waving of confederate flags, Nazi flags, and other white supremacist symbols.

The murder of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer and the injury of several others by a fascist vigilante who drove his car into a section of counterprotesters on Saturday demonstrates the urgency for organized and mass response to mobilizations by the far right.

There are lessons to take away from the events in Charlottesville. As we move forward and continue the fight, we must continue to unite the broadest and largest layer of people committed to opposing bigotry, use the most effective strategies, and keep one another safe. That’s socialists, unions, liberals, students, worshippers, and more to defend every oppressed group and build the combativity and confidence of our side in stopping the Right in its tracks.

The white supremacist group Patriot Prayer is planning an event in Portland in early September and will continue to hold their "Freedom Rallies" in our city. We must discuss strategies and tactics for fighting them now and for fighting the system that breeds their racist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, sexist, ableist ideology.

Join the ISO, DSA, and SA in a discussion on socialist strategies to isolate the Right, create united coalitions against them, and the socialist strategy to win.


Portland Democratic Socialists of America Portland DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the US. We organize together for economic and social justice in Portland and nation-wide.

Portland State International Socialist Organization We are socialists in Portland, Oregon. Email us at buildtheleftpdx@gmail.com.

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Tuesday
Sep 5
Jewish Voice for Peace panel discussion on Why Does the United States Support Israel?
Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont

Please plan to attend a Jewish Voice for Peace panel discussion on “Why Does the United States Support Israel?” Panelists include Palestinian activist Layla Abdel-Jawad, a member of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights; Joel Beinin, professor of Middle East History at Stanford University; Palestinian activist Wael Elasady, founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights at Portland State University, a former co-host of One Land Many Voices, and a member of the International Socialist Organization; and Maya Rotem, a Jewish Israeli activist with Anarchists Against the Wall.

The forum hopes to address a number of issues, such as the role of the Israel Lobby in shaping U.S. policy, the role of the military-industrial complex and the national security establishment, and how Palestine solidarity activists can counter these forces.

Co-sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America, International Socialist Organization (ISO), Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, Friends of Sabeel North America, KBOO Community Radio, Occupation-Free Portland, United Church of Christ Central Pacific Conference Palestine Israel Network, Portland Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Chapter 72, Veterans for Peace.

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Tuesday
Sep 12
Experienced Women of Color in the Workplace
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd

Women-of-color managers and professionals describe barriers to their advancement as a “concrete ceiling,” as opposed to the “glass ceiling” for White females and Men of Color. Not only is the “concrete ceiling” more difficult to penetrate, Women of Color say they can’t see through it to glimpse the corner office. Join us to hear from four Women of Color who have managed to make a difference in our State while making a dent in the concrete ceiling.

Speakers:

  • Vicki Nakashima, (Retired) Director, State of Oregon Department of Human Services

  • Sharon Gary-Smith, (Retired) Executive Director, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation

  • Linda Castillo, Coordinator, New Portlander Program, ONI, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement

  • Donita Fry, Coordinator, Portland Youth and Elders Council, NAYA, Native American Youth and Family Center

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Monday
Oct 2
Women Veterans in Tech
RiverEast Center

Are you a woman with current or prior military service? Want to examine how your military experience can help you land a job in today's tech field? Join Portland Women in Tech and Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs to learn about the many opportunities available, find out how you can increase your wage, and how that job you never saw as a tech job can get you in at any level, from the ground up. Don't settle for less than you deserve with your skills. Join us for a night of camaraderie, job-finding, and tools for career advancement. We’ll be hosting a panel featuring women veterans who turned their military skills into tech careers. There will be networking opportunities with managers working for hiring companies, recruiters, and other women veterans.

Meet the panelists:

Dana Lawson, VP of Engineering at InVision

Tiffany Longworth, Products Operations Manager at Puppet

Amber Buckley, Release Manager at InComm Digital

Shannon Langley, State Veterans Program Coordinator with the Oregon Employment Department

Agenda:

  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 6:00 - Panel begins, followed by Q&A
  • 6:30 - More networking time, résumé updating, etc.
  • 7:30 - Event ends

PDXWIT Purpose PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Thursday
Oct 5
Capitalism in Crisis and the Socialist Alternative
PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway

(Room TBA here)

  • Historic floods and hurricanes fueled by climate change.
  • Nuclear warmongering with North Korea.
  • Brutal attacks on immigrants.
  • Skyrocketing student debt and stagnating wages.
  • Far-right forces marching in the streets with torches.

This is the reality of capitalism in the 21st century.

Join Socialist Students and Socialist Alternative for a panel discussion on October 5th for building the movement against Trump, the far right and capitalism itself as we prepare for a National Day of Action on November 16th.

Socialist Students is a nationwide student movement that stands in solidarity with Sindicato de Estudiantes in Spain and Socialist Students in the UK.

The initiative to launch Socialist Students came from Socialist Alternative, the political party responsible for electing Seattle’s socialist council member Kshama Sawant and raising Seattle’s minimum wage to $15/hr.

Please join us and help put the movement against Trump on the offensive as we demand:

  • No racist deportations, end racist policing!
  • Medicare for all, free reproductive care!
  • Free public college, cancellation of all student debt!

Portland Socialist Students
Community
Socialist Students is an organization of young people building a fightback against the billionaire class.

Socialist Alternative Portland
Political Organization · Portland, Oregon
We are fighting for an alternative to global capitalism - the root cause of the economic crisis, poverty, discrimination, war, & environmental destruction.

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Tuesday
Oct 10
The Church's Response to the T in LGBT
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton

This will be a panel discussion with trans individuals sharing their humanity and vulnerability. It will be an invitation to the church to become educated and to take the lead in creating an atmosphere of justice and respect in the church and in society.

A donation will be encouraged to provide for travel expenses for our panelists and for childcare that will be provided.

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Thursday
Oct 19
Disability Equity in the Arts: From Access to Liberation
PCC Cascade, 705 N Killingsworth

Portland Community College Cascade Campus Terrell Hall Room 202

This event is free and open to the public.

At our October discussion, a panel of Disabled artists, Kiersi Coleman, Eliza Jensen, Grant Miller, India Harville and Kathy Coleman will be discussing what it truly means to have Disability equity in the arts. We will address how to move beyond tokenism and charity to full integration, what it means to include disability aesthetic and Disabled bodies and minds in art; the question of training and rigor; and how to enact Disability Justice in the arts.

For more information about online participation, accommodations, transportation and parking, visit the Dis/Representation website: https://dacphome.org/programs/disrepresentation/.

Dis/Representation is made possible through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and our partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services.

Event photo by Ilana Cofield. [Image description: Four Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company members, three women and one man, dance in a line in a studio with wooden floors, brick walls, and large windows. The women wear t-shirts with black leggings, and the man wears a t-shirt with white shorts with paint splatters.]

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Tuesday
Oct 24
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event
Young's Funeral Home & Crematory

Please join us for a two-hour panel event where local domestic violence agencies come to discuss services they can provide to victims and their families. Discussion topics will also include safety planning, how to apply for victim's assistance, obtaining a restraining order and ways to identify red flags. Advocates will be available for anyone who may feel triggered during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists:

  • Nathalie Neville with International Victims Action Center
  • Sarah Christie with Domestic Violence Resource Center in Hillsboro
  • More TBD
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Wednesday
Oct 25
Domestic Violence Resources and Awareness Event at Mt. Hood Community College
Mt. Hood Community College

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Come join staff from The Gateway Center and participate in a panel discussion on Domestic Violence Services in Multnomah County.

Brought to you by Public Safety and your Title IX team. Event takes place in the Town and Gown, Room AC2000, on the Gresham Campus.

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Panel Discussion: Domestic Violence, Houselessness, & Reproductive Justice
PSU Women's Resource Center

Join the Reproductive Justice Action Team, Rose Haven, and Portland Menstrual Society for a panel discussion on the intersection sof Domestic Violence, housing stability, and reproductive justice.

Portland State Women's Resource Center is located in the basement of Montgomery Hall. For accessibility requests, please contact wrcreproductivejustice@gmail.com

This event is in congruence with the campus wide hygiene and menstrual product donation drive. Bins are located at the WRC, SMSU, Campus Rec, Helen Gordon Center, Blumel, Ondine, and Montgomery Lobbies.

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Thursday
Oct 26
Race and Domestic Violence
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark

Featuring an original poem by a survivor of color, keynote speaker Representative Tawna Sanchez , and a panel of culturally specific DV service providers, this event will provide the general public with a greater understanding of the significance of race and ethnicity in relationship to domestic violence (DV).

Program will also include facilitated discussions about available resources (particularly culturally specific ones) and ideas on how we can all take action to prevent DV and support those who are impacted by it.

Hosted by: – the NAACP – Adelante Mujeres – Bradley Angle House’s Healing Roots Program – Micronesian Islander Community Organization – NAYA – ROSS – Community Member Leocadia Hainley – the YWCA of Greater Portland


Micronesian Islander Community
Nonprofit Organization
The Micronesian Islander Community (MIC) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational purpose and to promote cultural awareness programs and events that provide social needs, economic growth and justice to Micronesian communities among Oregon.

Native American Youth and Family Center
School · Portland, Oregon
The Native American Youth and Family Center serves self-identified Native American youth and their families throughout the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

YWCA of Greater Portland
Public Service · Portland, Oregon
The YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Bradley Angle
Social Service · Portland, Oregon
Offering survivors of domestic violence options for safety, empowerment, healing, and hope.

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Tuesday
Nov 14
Bridging Urban/Rural Challenges Panel Discussion - advance RSVP
Market Street Atrium

We hope you can join the Center for Women's Leadership Big Talk Series Panel sponsored by Cambia Health Solutions! Hon. Kathleen George, Melissa Lowery and Janet Soto Rodriguez will have a conversation to discuss ways Oregon communities can unite around divisive issues that women and girls face in our rural and urban communities.

Bring a friend and join in the conversation!

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Time: 5:00 - 7:00PM Location: Market Street Atrium (100 SW Market Street, Portland, OR 97201) RSVP: This event is free and open to the public but we do ask that you RSVP.

About our panelists:

  • Hon. Kathleen George, Tribal Councilwoman, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • Melissa Lowery, Director of Black Girl in Suburbia & Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Jesuit High School
  • Janet Soto Rodriguez, Entrepreneurship Strategist, Business Oregon
  • Moderator: Mariana Lindsay, Urban Rural Project Coordinator, American Leadership Forum of Oregon
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Sunday
Nov 19
Immigration Symposium - advanced RSVP
Portland Center Stage at The Armory

Join a panel of diverse community leaders in dialogue, reflection and inspiration. Share your story and learn how to address the ongoing need for individuals and communities to be advocates and allies.

FREE (R.S.V.P encouraged)

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