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Thursday
Aug 14, 0003
Right to the City – a radical municipalist reading group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

We’ve crafted a syllabus designed to analyze how space is shaped, and in turn shapes us. To understand how the city is crafted by the forces of globalization and urban planning; institutionally controlled by the military and the bank. And a syllabus that leaves ample time to discuss where we go from here – The Right to the City, Portland’s very own history of neighborhood organizing, and the theory behind the burgeoning worldwide interest in Municipalism.

We meet at the social justice action center monthly – August 13th, 3-5 is the first meeting.

This month, we are beginning the reading group with the “Right to the City” movement and the theory that backs it. You are likely already familiarized with this framework as it has influenced houseless rights’ organizations and Occupy in 2011. The Right to the City unfolds a critical conversation about the human need to shape space and advances the notion of the Commons as an essential political building block.

The homework is here – with videos, theory, and history: bit.ly/right2theCity

Hopefully you will be available to join the conversation; we look forward to your experience, insights, and company.

Topics for all 6 weeks include: 1. The Right to the City 2. Globalization and Urban Planning 3. Portland HIstory 4. Military Urbanism 5. Libertarian Municipalism, Social Ecology and Democratic Confederalism 6. Municipal Movements Across the world.

Follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/dontwaitdemandutopia/

Email us at DemandUtopia@ProtonMail.Com with any questions about this 6-part curriculum, and access the full syllabus here: Bit.Ly/runripcity

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Wednesday
May 31
Whitenoise: Aitken / Fletcher / Santos readings and discussion
High and Low Art Space and Gallery

The Whitenoise project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepesented communities (PoC, Queer, Femme, and people with disabilities).

Neil Aitken / Jenna Marie Fletcher / Pamela K. Santos + open mic!

This month we will also start out with an open mic, so please bring a poem or two to share!

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017), as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016). He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and his own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and other literary journals.

Jenna Marie Fletcher is a writer, talker and chronic-dabbler based out of Portland, OR. Mostly interested in vaguely romantic experiences, sharp things, and telling a good story, her work circles around the messy intersections of race, queerness, and chronic illness. Poetry, essays and weird art can be found all over the internet and in print; many different places all with the same aim – to try to take up space and to take up space by trying. whatsmineisyrs.com

Pamela K. Santos is a sometime writer, full-time KBOO community radio membership director, forever mom, and all-the-time radio host/producer who talks an inordinate amount about being from Queens, NY. She is always judging your food, but you can judge her food chronicled as #BombArchipelagoEats on IG @archipelagoeats, random tweets @pamelaksantos on Twitter and web home pamelaksantos.com.

All ages! ~ $5-10 suggested donation to support the artists. Note: it is ADA accessible, but no ADA bathrooms. Also, please dress warmly because the gallery is a little drafty.

Date: Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 Location: The High and Low Gallery Time: 6:30-9pm

Schedule:

6:30 Doors Open & Open Mic sign up 7-7:40 Open Mic 7:40-9 Featured Readers

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Monday
Jun 19
Naomi Klein presents No Is Not Enough
Powell's Books At Cedar Hills Crossing

Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises: inequality, racism, militarism, climate chaos, and more. Many of Trump’s policies will generate wave after wave of crises and shocks: to the economy, to national security, and to the environment. In No Is Not Enough (Haymarket), Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, explains that Trump, extreme as he is, is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst and most dangerous trends of the past half-century. And she explores some of the movements putting forward an alternative vision and fighting to win the world we need. This event is presented by The Leap and Haymarket Books.

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Monday
Jun 26
Patricia Kullberg reads On the Ragged Edge of Medicine at Powell's
Powell's City of Books

Patricia Kullberg will read from and sign copies of her new book, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine, at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine offers a unique and personal glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland, Oregon. Told through fifteen patient vignettes and drawn from the author’s decades of experience on the front lines, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Kullberg’s stories show the direct and sometimes devastating effects of poverty on personal health, poignantly demonstrating that medicine is as much a social enterprise as a scientific one.

This collection of narratives is filled with questions about the realities people face in their everyday lives and the inadequacies of medicine to remedy them. A life-saving procedure is refused without explanation; an agoraphobic woman suffers silently and fails to cope; an accidental overdose takes another life. Delving into her daily interactions with patients, Kullberg muses on the impact of scarce resources, the ways she managed to succeed, the fall-out of her own mistakes, and the strategies she used to keep her sanity.

Written for anyone interested in the limits and possibilities of medicine within a context of social inequity, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine draws the reader into the big tragedies, small victories, and everyday mishaps of medicine when ministering to the destitute.


Oregon State University Press - publishes books on the history, natural history, cultures, and literature of the Pacific Northwest.

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Tuesday
Jul 11
Incite: Queer Writers Read
Literary Arts

INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

Join Sossity Chiricuzio, Nan Collie, Judith Barrington, and Qwo-Li Driskill reading into/around the theme of freedom. July 4th and all. Join the community discussion afterwards.


Incite: Queer Writers Read - A curated reading series for Queer writers.

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Monday
Jul 31
Jacqueline Keeler Reading Edge of Morning
Powell's City of Books

Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears by Jacqueline Keeler

In Edge of Morning (Torrey House), edited by Jacqueline Keeler, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of Bears Ears, a sacred landscape in America’s remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these often-ignored voices explore the ways many native people derive tradition, sustenance, and cultural history from the Bears Ears. The book’s 15 contributors are multi-generational writers, poets, activists, teachers, students, and public officials, each with a strong tie to landscape and a particular story to tell. Willie Grayeyes, chairman of Utah Diné Bikéyah, shares his ancestral ties to the Bears Ears. Klee Benally, Diné activist, musician, and filmmaker, asks, "What part of sacred don’t you understand?" Morning Star Gali, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Pit River Tribe, speaks to the fight for cultural preservation. The contributors speak for the Bears Ears and elevate the conversation around tribal sovereignty and sacred places across the United States.


Torrey House Press

Voices for the Land ~ We publish stories that connect you with landscape, wild places, and awe. Follow us: Twitter Instagram @TorreyHouse

Minnecoujou Oyate rising against KXL

We, the Lakota Advocates for the Rights of the People, are preparing to stand against the KXL Pipeline which will cross Tribal and Treaty Lands!!

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Wednesday
Sep 6
Incite: Queer Writers Read
Literary Arts

INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

Come listen to Qwo-Li Driskell, Vinnie Kinsella, Stephanie Adams-Santos and Ashley Brittner-Wells as they read on the subject of abundance (or the lack thereof). Join the community discussion afterwards.

Come early to grab a seat and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and fizzy water. Because what's a queer reading event without fizzy water?


Incite: Queer Writers Read - A curated reading series for Queer writers.

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Saturday
Sep 9
Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers at Another Read Through
Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi

A celebration of female literary role models!

Another Read Through will be host to a bunch of strong women—many of them fictional. The event, Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers, encourages girls and women to choose strong female role models, especially in their books.

Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers will include book-related fun for all ages, including:

  • A literary scavenger hunt
  • On-the-spot portraits with favorite books
  • Art projects
  • Photo opportunities in the literary tree
  • Readings and interviews with local authors Cindy Brown (The Ivy Meadows Mysteries), Kate Ristau (Clockbreakers), Suzy Vitello (The Empress Chronicles), Sally Stember (Cate Darringer)
  • And of course, lots of recommendations for books that feature strong female protagonists.
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Saturday
Sep 16
Latin America in the Beaverton Farmers Market
Beaverton Farmers Market

September 16 8am -1pm: Latin America in the Market: A Celebration of Mexico and Central American Independence Day

16 de Septiembre 8am – 1pm: Una celebración del día de independencia de México y Centroamérica en el mercado

ABOUT THIS EVENT: Browse for fresh fruits and veggies and celebrate Mexico and Central American Independence Day with Mexican fresh-from-the-market food demos and tastings, authentic Latin American music, heritage crafts, a curated mini marketplace of Latin American merchandise, piñatas and a special bilingual children’s book reading from author Patricia Morrissey!

Compra frutas y verduras frescas y celebre el Día de la Independencia de México y Centroamérica con demostraciones y muestras de comida mexicana frescas del mercado, auténtica música latinoamericana, manualidades culturales, un mini-mercado de artesanía latinoamericanas, piñatas y lecturas bilingües para niños por la autora Patricia Morrissey!

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Sunday
Sep 24
The Disneyification of our Cities: a run rip city reading group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Last month, we discussed Foucaultian concepts of space and particularly in urban centers. This month, we discuss more tangibly how that occurs: Urban Planning – more specifically, the contemporary trend that any municipalist or local activist should have a confident understanding of : New Urbanism. This reading group will uplift and develop how we understand the city as connected to these world systems and the domineering forces of global capital, even down the Biketown "Disneyification" of our streets and greenwashing Eco-CapitalistUtopian vision that developers peddle for our city of Portland.

The Run Rip City is a reading group designed to analyze how space is shaped, and in turn, shapes us. To understand how the city is controlled by the forces of globalization and urban planning; institutionally controlled by the military and the bank. And a syllabus that leaves ample time to discuss where we go from here – The Right to the City, Portland’s very own history of neighborhood organizing, and the theory behind the burgeoning worldwide interest in Municipalism. We meet monthly at the social justice action center, organized under Demand Utopia and supported in part by various Portland Assembly neighborhood action councils.

Reading is here: http://bit.ly/fuckbiketown Full syllabus is here: http://bit.ly/runripcity

Join us afterwards for beers + corn dogs at the nearby Hungry Tiger

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Tuesday
Oct 10
In the Province of the Gods at World Affairs Council of Oregon
World Affairs Council of Oregon

Join Kenny Fries as he reads from his new memoir, IN THE PROVINCE OF THE GODS, at the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

In IN THE PROVINCE OF THE GODS, Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

Kenny Fries is the author of Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and is the recipient of a prestigious Creative Capital grant.

For more information about the book, please visit: https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5638.htm

For more information about the event and the World Affairs Council of Oregon, please visit: http://worldoregon.org/events/programs/headline-and-cultural-forums/kenny-fries-in-the-province-of-the-gods

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