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Friday
Apr 14
Women of Color Speak Out: Climate Change and Systems of Oppressi
PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway

Join us for a very special event hosted by the PSU Environmental Club and Women of Color Speak Out! The four Seattle grassroots community activists-Patricia Allen, Zarna Joshi, Afrin Sopariwala, and Yin Yu-will be presenting on the intersections between climate change, capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and the prison industrial complex. Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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Saturday
Jun 17
Black Liberation Ride 2017
Irving Park

Another year of Juneteenth means another reason to celebrate Black Liberation. Let’s come together in solidarity for a community bike ride for cyclists of color. We’ll ride a loop through North Portland, starting at Irving Park and touring through a few POC-owned coffee shops and food joints on the way. The route will be around 9 miles, at a very chill and friendly pace with multiple stops along the way.

Need a bike/helment/gear? Check out POC-owned Community Cycling Center!

Please note this ride is designed specifically for People of Color. If you’re wondering why it’s problematic for a non-POC to take up space at this event in the whitest city in the U.S. then you probably shouldn’t come.

For those who don't know, Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of black slaves throughout the Confederate South, held every June 19th. But don't get it twisted- Abe Lincoln might have signed the order, and General Gordon Granger might have enforced it, but at the end of the day, BLACK FOLKS FREED OURSELVES. Let us give credit where credit is due- to black union soldiers, slaves who burned down plantations while their masters slept, slaves who not only risked life and limb to escape, but headed back south to free others. And of course we shouldn't forget heroes like Harriet Tubman and Robert Smalls.

Let's ride to celebrate our liberation, but let's also acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. We can't rely on anyone else to liberate us, we must do it ourselves!

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Thursday
Jun 22
Film Screening of House On Coco Road, about the 1980s US invasion of Grenada
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton

THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD: the powerful 1980s Afro-centric Jewel revolution took hold on the island nation of Grenada, and then Reagan sent troops to invade. Firsthand accounts from activists Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Fannie Haughton weave together director Damani Baker’s family portrait of utopian dreams, resistance and civil unrest with a film score composed by music luminary Meshell Ndegeocello. #kboo #blacklivesmatter #angeladavis #meshellnegeocello suggested admission $7-10, but no one turned away for lack of funds!

A fascinating and under-reported chapter in the never-ending struggle for justice on behalf of black men and women worldwide, as well as a scalding appraisal of Reagan-era racial attitudes at home and abroad.”. Justin Chang - LA TIMES

In October 1983 the largest military power in the world, the United States, invaded one of the smallest countries on the planet, the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada--a country with a population smaller than Dayton, Ohio, and a military smaller than the New York City Municipal Police Department. The film celebrates women crucial to the Jewel movement, and examines why the US was determined to crush this Black Power Revolution.

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Friday
Jun 30
Interrupting Racism Actionshop - New Location: Multnomah Friends Meeting House
Resolutions Northwest

LOCATION CHANGE: Now at Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark

Registration required: https://resolutionsnorthwest.org/events/interrupting-racism-5/


Imagine a world where when racism arises we take action.

Racism is all around us. It lives in the DNA of every system and institution in the United States, and here in Portland. This Actionshop is focused on interpersonal racism, within the context of systemic and institutional oppression. We will explore the way racism arises in our everyday interactions, and offer tools and practice for interrupting racism.

We’ll provide a historically and contextually grounded space to talk deeply about racism and the evolution of Racial Codes. But we won’t stop there! Simply talking about racism is not enough to dismantle the power structures that uphold the racial order. At the same time, creating systemic change requires interrupting the learned and daily behaviors that reinforce racism to move toward building healthy communities.

A note from the trainers: For many Black and Brown people in our community, nothing has changed. For others, especially for many white people, the last Presidential election and events such as the May 26 white-supremacist attack here in Portland have increased their motivation to find out what they can do. The Interrupting Racism Actionshop is not a response to these specific events. This is not a training in self-defense or nonviolent resistance. We will continue to focus the training, as we always have, on internal, interpersonal, organization, and systemic racism and the work we need to do as individuals to change these systems.

Registration required: https://resolutionsnorthwest.org/events/interrupting-racism-5/

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Friday
Jul 14
White Artists Don't Have to Make Work About Racial Identity
PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway

White Artists Don't Have to Make Work About Racial Identity | Rakeem Cunningham On display: July 5–28, 2017 Reception: Friday, July 14, 6–8 p.m.

For Los Angeles based artist Rakeem Cunningham, texture has always functioned as a gateway to fantasy. Whether the portal is flowing fabric, animated seamless paper, or free flowing plastic wrap, the dents, crinkles, and crevices of a material’s surface is employed to unmask or cover up self-truths. In 2013, Cunningham came out as a gay man, opening up a whole new world and with it newfound levels of oppression, heartbreak, and discrimination.

This exhibition, entitled “White Artists Don’t Have to Make Work About Racial Identity” navigates the ways in which desire, oppression, humanization, sympathy, self-hate, and emotional apathy are imposed on queer black men through the media, family, romance, and false narratives of hyper-masculinity.

BIO:

Rakeem Cunningham is a visual artist and videographer based out of Los Angeles, California. Born in 1992, his work explores themes of self-identity, queer politics, identity politics, self-acceptance, and the navigation of body politics under the gay landscape. Cunningham studied Design and Media Arts at UCLA, and frequently collaborates and showcases his work with queer/POC brands and figures such as the LGBT center, Dawn Richard, the FADER, the UCLA new Wight Gallery, Cakeboy Magazine, and the Tenth Zine.

The Littman and White Galleries are student-run exhibition spaces at Portland State University. Our mission is to provide the tools for a critical experience of visual culture through direct exposure to a comprehensive program of contemporary art for students and community members. We envision the Littman and White Galleries as centers for cultural enrichment where an indispensable art experience is accessible to all perspectives and levels of education.

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Wednesday
Jul 19
Mixed Match - Portland Premiere Screening
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park

Mixed Match, a documentary particially filmed in Beaverton and Portland (at Doernbecher Children's Hospital) will have its Portland, Oregon premiere as part of the Northwest Film Center's Northwest Tracking screening series.

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/179551767

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:00pm * Pre-reception at 6pm in the Stevens room near the Whitsell Auditorium - everyone invited

Location: Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue.

CHEAP! Tickets range from $6 to $9 Buy them ASAP as this screening will sellout: https://nwfilm.org/films/mixed-match/

Mixed Match director and producer, Jeff Chiba Stearns, along with local subjects, Lenore & Todd Thawley and Dr. Eneida Nemecek will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

There will be a bone marrow drive at the screening hosted by Be the Match if people would like to sign up to the US stem cell registry. Please help us share this event to your family and friends in the Portland area! Thanks!

Accolades and Awards

  • 2016 Audience Choice Award, Best Overall Feature: 20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
  • 2016 National Bank People’s Choice Award, Best Overall Feature: Vancouver Asian Film Festival
  • 2016 Runner-up - Audience Award: 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • 2017 Closing Film: 4th Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
  • 2017 Best of the Northwest Feature Award: 19th Spokane International Film Festival
  • 2017 Audience Award - Documentary: 35th CAAMFest

Film Festival Official Selections

  • 2016 35th Vancouver International Film Festival – Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2016 36th Hawaii International Film Festival – Honolulu, Hawaii, US
  • 2016 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival – San Diego, CA, US
  • 2016 20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2016 20th Vancouver Asian Film Festival – Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2016 9th Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
  • 2017 5th Seattle Asian Pacific Film Festival – Seattle, Washington, US
  • 2017 23rd Victoria Film Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2017 33th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – Los Angeles, California, US
  • 2017 35th CAAMFest – San Francisco, California, US
  • 2017 4th Hapa Japan / Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference – Los Angeles, California, US
  • 2017 41th Cleveland International Film Festival – Cleveland, Ohio, US
  • 2017 19th Spokane International Film Festival – Spokane, Washington, US
  • 2017 16th Powell River Film Festival – Powell River, BC, Canada
  • 2017 12th DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon – Eugene, Oregon, US
  • 2017 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota, US
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Saturday
Jul 22
Farm Up! POC Gathering
Tryon Life Community Farm

Hey friends! Join us at TLC Farm for some beautiful sunny weather. Note that this is a Saturday morning, not our normal Sunday afternoon time, cause these days it is HOT!

This gathering, we'll be focused on building and planting a MEDICINE WHEEL garden, which should be a fun, exciting, spiritually-oriented project that is also artistic!

Farm Up! is a great way to get your hands in the soil, have some time in nature, learn some gardening and farming skills, and connect with other rad QT/POC folks in a people of color-only space. Come join us!


The Bridgewalkers Alliance - is a collective of QT/POC folks at TLC Farm in Portland, OR, dedicated to creating access to land for marginalized peoples.

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Wednesday
Jul 26
Race-Informed Social Justice Committee Meeting
Multnomah County Democrats

In our quest to live the values we stand for, the Multnomah County Democrats will convene a Social Justice Committee to have a race-informed conversation about the challenges of People of Color (POC) in our county.

If you are a person of color, a person in allyship with a person of color, or simply a Democrat that would like to see more equity and fairness in our community as it relates to race, please come to this, our first organizing meeting. One marked accessible parking spot is available behind the office. Street parking is also available.

Please be prepared to have a respectful conversation that is challenging and will help us bring meaningful actions to support the various communities of color in our fold. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to: ViceChair1@multdems.org

Sincerely, Rachelle Dixon, Vice Chair 1, Democratic Party of Multnomah County


Multnomah County Democrats - As Democrats, we are dedicated to making people's lives better. We work to restore an effective and efficient government that will respect your rights, count your votes, rebuild the economy, and restore accountability. We are active locally in numerous projects and issues.

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Friday
Jul 28
End Hate: Last Friday Event for POC
Unite Oregon

We are inviting you to our monthly Last Friday get togethers. This one is extra special and important because we are gathering stories from people who have been affected by hate crimes. We are having people join in a safe space to build ties amongst each other to help us build our new effort to push back against hate.


Unite Oregon -

Building an intercultural, statewide movement for justice in Oregon

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Tuesday
Aug 8
Eastside 'Just Us' Stories - East Portland Photo Exhibit
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space -JAMS

We want to explore and document what it's like growing up in Portland and living in East Portland communities, and to capture our families' experiences of displacement and resilience. This project will challenge the notions people have of Portland and of young people of color. We are interested in flipping the narrative and empowering young people of color, as well as creating a safe space in our community to celebrate our diverse identities.

Come and celebrate our hard work on this project! We want to build community with YOU!

Free food. Free admission. Good vibes.

In addition to the photo essay collection, there will be amazing performances by youth and the community!

This event is made possible through the Jade Midway Placemaking Grant!


OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon - OPAL is a community organizing & advocacy organization working with low-income & communities of color to educate, engage & empower.

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Wednesday
Sep 6
Race-Informed Social Justice Committee Meeting
Multnomah County Democrats

In our quest to live the values we stand for, the Multnomah County Democrats will convene a Social Justice Committee to have a race-informed conversation about the challenges of People of Color (POC) in our county.

We will meet to formulate strategy and create an action plan and timeline for becoming a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all Multnomah County Democrats. We will further identify ways we can be more responsive and relevant to communities of color. Refreshments will be served.

One marked accessible parking spot is available behind the office. Street parking is also available.

Please be prepared to have a respectful conversation that is challenging and will help us bring meaningful actions to support the various communities of color in our fold. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to: ViceChair1@multdems.org

Sincerely, Rachelle Dixon, Vice Chair 1, Democratic Party of Multnomah County


Multnomah County Democrats - As Democrats, we are dedicated to making people's lives better. We work to restore an effective and efficient government that will respect your rights, count your votes, rebuild the economy, and restore accountability. We are active locally in numerous projects and issues.

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