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Friday
Mar 16
Racial Equity Exploration: A Theatrical, Interactive Experience
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97206

We invite you to continue your racial equity journey...

Drawing upon popular education, Theater of the Oppressed, and critical race theory models, we will collectively create a container for deeper learning. Together, we will unpack theoretical frameworks and gain practical tools for deepening our shared commitment to racial equity. No previous theater experience necessary.

Because we work on the intersectionality of equity, our work is heavily trauma-informed. We recognize racism as traumatic, in terms of historical trauma and internalized oppression, and as a root cause of many other inequities that result in trauma. Our co-facilitator team will strive to carry the emotional labor and burden of this work during the workshop. As people of color, we are often asked by white folks to explain equity and racism, which exploits our lived experiences and in extreme cases fetishizes those experiences; we recognize this as oppression, and do not allow for it in our workshops. However, we as your facilitators welcome your questions, welcome hard conversations, and invite you fully participate without hesitation.

In this workshop we will:

  • Recognize how racism is operationalized and baked into our laws and social policies

  • Develop a framework for understanding how race and racism operate both in our systems and our individual lives

Learning goals:

  • How to recognize moments of oppression

  • Practice interrupting oppression

  • Learn how to use equity, diversity, and inclusion language responsibly

Snacks and beverages provided. Ample free parking.

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Sunday
Jul 9, 2017
Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp
through Camp Latgawa

Hello and Welcome!

What is the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp?

The Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC) is a six day summer camp to empower youth around the state of Oregon by providing age-appropriate training and mentoring. The workshops, trainings, and activities will provide a group of young activists between the ages of 14 and 18 with the tools and information that they need in order to engage in climate justice or social justice organizing. Teens will come together to form alliances, learn from experienced mentors and frontline organizers, gain skills and have fun in an old growth forest setting.

Who should attend?

This camp is for teens ages 14-18 who are interested in social and environmental issues and want to gain hands on skills. The camp will provide information on social movement history, climate justice campaigns, how to plan and run a campaign, non-violent protest planning, media and outreach skills, protest art making, cultural sensitivity trainings, as well as know-your-rights trainings. The camp will also provide outdoor fun, such as swimming, time for sports, hiking through an old growth forest, games, team building and so much more! Camp Latgawa has volleyball courts, basketball courts, swimming holes, and natural waterfall and nearby lakes. There are cabins to sleep in and an industrial kitchen facility. Full scholarships available to anyone who can't pay tuition.

Why is this important?

The quickening climate disaster is intensifying the need for unified action and diverse partnerships more than ever before. Our present generation must be ready to confront these issues that connect the environment, economy, energy and social justice. Youth aren't learning about these issues in schools, and they are not being trained on how to stand up for what they believe in. Without these lessons, our young generation is missing an important foundation on which to base their participation in society. Throughout the week of camp, the youth will be planning a public event on a campaign of their choosing, and carrying out their plan at the end of the week. It is a great opportunity for them to practice using their skills and to build a community of activists their own age.

What skills and workshops will be offered?

Right now we will be offering trainings on campaign organizing, cultural sensitivity, media skills, demonstration planning, know your rights trainings, art for activism, drumming for demonstrations and more! We are still working on content, if you have of specific trainings you would like to see, or if you have any skills to share, let us know!

Camp in the Woods, hike in nature, sit around campfires, listen to frontline organizers speak on their lives in activism and enjoy a full week of wholesome activist education and summer camp fun.

More information with photos: www.cldc.org/camp

YOU MUST REGISTER TO COME TO CAMP Register Here: http://cldc.org/ngcjac-registration-form/ (Register even if you are applying for a scholarship)

the CLDC with questions 541-687-9180


The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a nonprofit organization focused on defending and upholding civil liberties through education, outreach, litigation, legal support and assistance.

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Friday
May 12, 2017
Justice within Reach 2017
Castaway Portland

Now more than ever, MRG is amplifying and funding the social justice movement!

Join grantees, activists, artists, and community leaders to celebrate and support MRG’s important work at the social justice party of the year, Justice within Reach. Our signature fundraiser will feature food from Vibrant Table Catering & Events, dancing with the La Rhonda Steele Band, a performance from 2017 Lilla Jewel artist Tazha Williams Art, and the opportunity to contribute to Oregon’s Grassroots Social Justice movement!

Thanks to this year’s sponsors: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Doug Stamm and Jackie Gordon.

We are actively recruiting additional event partners and sponsors, please contact Development Coordinator Colin Crader at colinc@mrgfoundation.org for additional information.

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Saturday
Jun 2
Family Preservation Project Documentary Screening and "Welcome Wagon" Fundraiser
Cider Riot!

Please join us at our fundraiser and event to benefit women being released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon's overcrowded and under-served women's prison. In partnership with the Family Preservation Project, an amazing organization supporting and empowering incarcerated mothers, students from the Portland Underground Graduate School's Mass Incarceration courses are creating a "welcome wagon".

The welcome wagon will be a will serve as a mobile, volunteer-run boutique to provide women leaving prison with the clothes, toiletries, make-over, and warm welcome they deserve to re-start their lives in the community on the right foot.

Join us on Saturday, June 2 from 6-9pm at the Cider Riot Pub (807 NE Couch St) for a screening of "Mothering Inside," a 30-minute documentary about the Family Preservation Project's work directed by Bryan Lindstrom (illustrious husband of Cheryl Strayed). There will also be speakers, music, and other fun things. Bring family and friends!

Hope to see you then!

https://www.facebook.com/events/643752032631976/

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Sunday
May 7, 2017
ACLU People Power Meeting 3.0
Coffeehouse Five

We are the North Portland ACLU People Power Group and this will be our 3rd meeting.

Agenda includes the following: slack.com tutorial, group organizing and communication tools, school safe zones & immigration clinics, spreadsheet of local organizations to offer aid to, Freedom City initiative. Newcomers are welcome!

Please follow link to RSVP for event http://go.peoplepower.org/event/action_attend/5910

Saturday
Jul 29, 2017
Budding Roses! Volunteer Orientation
East Portland Neighborhood Office

Budding Roses is hosting a Volunteer Orientation, so that we can all get to know each other a little better, brainstorm our curriculum, be excited about and confident in our project, and get a sense of what the camp will look like. We will be going over our vision, camp basics, and conflict resolution, as well as getting feed back and ideas from y'all.

If you would like to volunteer, and have not had a chance to fill out the volunteer questionnaire, you can do so here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEWA9HmtSY_1QtCRb9QxRFnYidlD3_Pu2a514ZtVKd-VYReQ/viewform

Schedule:

  • [10:15 -11:00] Introductions
  • [11:00-11:45] Discussion-- Popular Assembly Component of Camp
  • [11:45-12:10] Break
  • [12:10-1:00] Curriculum Presentation and Brainstorming
  • [1:00-1:45] Group Intention Setting
  • [1:45-2:00] Resources for trainings and certifications & Conclusion

Budding Roses

A free social justice oriented summer camp for children ages 10-15 in Portland, Or.

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Saturday
Jun 9
White Ally Toolkit workshop with David Campt
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Do you struggle, as a white person, to practically advance the cause of anti-racism in your community? Many white allies are in need of effective tools to engage in honest & productive conversations about race with their white friends, relatives & neighbors. The White Ally Toolkit Project focuses specifically on helping these allies have more effective encounters with people who are skeptical that racism is a problem.

Utilizing contemporary research on persuasion, this interactive workshop leaves participants with concrete skills to advance racial equity.

Event Details: Sponsor: First Congregational United Church of Christ Dr. David Campt was an advisor on race to the White House during the Clinton Administration. He is a national speaker & expert on topics of inclusion, equity, conflict resolution & dialogue.

www.whiteallytoolkit.com

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Thursday
Sep 14, 2017
Let's Talk is back!
Grant Park Church

Let's Talk is returning after a summer off!

We'll have a large discussion, and break out into smaller groups to get us back into the groove of things!

  • Please bring food + drinks to share.
  • CAN SOMEONE SIGN UP TO BRING PLATES AND CUPS?!
  • Childcare may be provided - contact the event organizer.
  • Make sure you read the pinned comment about guidelines, and either comment/like this comment so I know you've read it.

Please bring $1 or more to donate to the Black and Latinx Self Care Day.

  1. Remember this space is prioritized for folks of color. Make sure that they are being heard, that you are listening to them, and that you are making sure they have seats before you do.
  2. Remember that this is a safe space, but that doesn't mean you have a pass to be cruel, inconsiderate, denying people of their experiences, or speaking over anyone.
  3. It being a safe space, know that it is okay to be uncomfortable. You will be uncomfortable. Its important that you get used to this discomfort, because it'll only continue. Yet, I can tell you as a black person, you grow used to the discomfort :) It's vital to you dismantling your own biases, and being able to help others learn how to do that as well.
  4. Please remember that by coming to this you are making a commitment to show up, to listen, and to put in work. Attending once, hoping you'll learn a quick fix isn't wise. You won't always leave feeling proud of yourself, and honestly I hope you always leave feeling stretched, more aware than before, and humbled. We are in this for the long run. You need to be as well.
  5. Above all we are a community, with a focus on building up our community. It starts here, by educating ourselves. Do not put the burden of your education on the POC though, this is something you should also be doing on your own, as your part of this community.
  6. Come willing. Come open. Come with compassion.

Let's Talk PDX
The purpose of this group, is to create a space where we all have a common goal, to see a change happen. I'd love to see this group grow into something bigger than us, to be a support system. I want us to push peaceful gatherings, facilitate discussions, and encourage bringing our facebook interactions, into real life.

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Saturday
Oct 14, 2017
CANCELLED: Solidarity March for Peace
Jamison Square

CANCELLED 10/13/2017 7:55AM

Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace will be a day for people to come together to share their love and compassion to call out the hatred and violence that is taking place in our society. This is a day for people of all political and religious affiliations, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, disabilities, ages and every other aspect of a human being.

This will be a day for everyone with a compassionate heart and open mind to come together and celebrate love and unity! This will be a non-violent march. Our hope is to give everyone a day to celebrate our differences all while uniting together. We encourage peace, no violence, and above all else: Love for one another.

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Tuesday
Aug 8, 2017
Williams Avenue's Black History Corridor
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd

N Williams Avenue is changing. A lot. What many now living, working and playing in the area don’t know is that for the majority of the 20th century, N Williams, in the Albina neighborhood, was Portland’s largest African American community. Join our speaker panel to learn how the Historic Black Williams Project highlights this chapter of Portland history through a multimedia public art project. Speakers share the history of Albina, the impetus for the RACC Project and how art can be used as an instrument for Social Justice action and reform.


Race Talks is a free series co-sponsored by Donna Maxey (Founder/Director of Race Talks), World Arts Foundation, Resolutions Northwest, and McMenamins.

RACE TALKS 2, a free series presented by Portland Public Schools Office of Equity & Diversity and Donna Maxey, Founder/Director of Race Talks, is held the first Tuesday of every month.

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Wednesday
Jul 26, 2017
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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Wednesday
Sep 6, 2017
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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Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
Interrupting Oppression in the Outdoors 101
Oaks Bottom Public House

In this workshop we will learn the basics of oppression and how it manifests in the outdoors. We will analyze how systemic oppression operates so that we can begin to transform ourselves, our organizations, workplaces, and communities. When systems like white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, homo- and transphobia, ableism, etc. are so ingrained in our society it is an important practice to learn how to stop perpetuating oppression and instead become accomplices in the movement for social justice. We will leave with a more nuanced understanding of these systems, as well as tools and resources to make concrete changes and impacts. This is about improving ourselves to improve the world. Please know that you can't take one workshop and be done with the work. This work is tireless. Peace and justice is a lifetime fight.

Founder, Erin Monahan, and local activist and climber, Lorena Wallace, will be facilitating. This is a FREE event! Donations will be much appreciated and will go towards funding the latest print issue! Hope to see you there!


Terra incognita Media
Media/News Company · Portland, Oregon
Founded in 2015, Terra Incognita Media is an independent media company that provides a feminist response to the outdoor industry through essays, interviews, a podcast, and community events! Help us support Indigenous Women Hike by ordering a tank or tee!

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Saturday
Dec 2, 2017
Panel Discussion of Gentrification of the Mind
PICA, 15 NE Hancock

In honor of World AIDS Day, the following programs consider the political past, present, and future of art, AIDS, social justice, and queer life, anchoring a three-day series of related events at PICA and PNCA, including a program of newly commissioned films by Visual AIDS (December 1) and a second reading and discussion event with Sarah Schulman on her new book, Conflict is Not Abuse (December 3).

3:00 PM Panel: Lisa Bates (Professor of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University); Sharita Towne (artist and educator) and manuel arturo abreu (artist and writer) will discuss Schulman’s Gentrification of the Mind and its relevance to the intersection of social justice, housing policy, and queer, POC, and artist communities in present-day Portland.

This program is curated by PICA’s Roya Amirsoleymani (Director & Curator of Public Engagement) and Kristan Kennedy (Curator of Visual Art), in collaboration with Shawna Lipton, Chair of PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies, and presented in connection with PICA’s fall exhibitions DELTA and DOOMTOWN (curated by Kristan Kennedy) which shine new light on underground art and culture of ‘80s and ‘90s Downtown New York and its Portland parallels.

Co-presented with the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College and in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MA in Critical Studies and MFA in Visual Studies Programs.

Supported in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

All proceeds benefit Esther’s Pantry.

DETAILS Sliding Scale: $0 - $20 - all proceeds benefit Esther’s Pantry (All Ages)

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Sunday
Oct 15, 2017
Lost City. Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents - screening and exhibit
Portland State University

Walking through Delta Park, you'd never guess that the second largest city in Oregon, home to over 40,000 people, once stood there. Come explore the history of Vanport, its vibrant community, and the flood that in 1948 displaced it.

As part of Portland State Of Mind 2017, please join us for an historic exhibit and screening of the latest short documentaries part of the Vanport Mosaic on-going participatory oral history project, now in its third year.

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 327/8, 1825 SW Broadway Cost: FREE. Donations gladly accepted online and at the door. Seating is limited and RSVP is recommended: goo.gl/36WrqA

Screening of LOST CITY, LIVING MEMORIES: VANPORT THROUGH THE VOICES OF ITS RESIDENTS* Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of community-produced short documentaries feauturing former Vanport residents creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.

A Vanport Mosaic initiative directed by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. Production Manager: Meredith Lawrence. In collaboration with A Fourth Act, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication - Portland, Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center

With Exhibit VANPORT: A STORY LIVED. A STORY TOLD Mixing archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former residents, this pop-up exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. It is an essential and often forgotten story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance.


Special guests: - Edward Washington, Vanport survivor, PSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion Community Liaison - James S. Harrison, professor emeritus of History at Portland Community College. Professor Harrison is currently working on a book about the wartime housing project of Vanport.

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Saturday
Jul 8, 2017
Don't be a Bystander! Second Saturday is for Social Justice
Revolución Coffee House

In 2016 Don't Shoot PDX began hosting our second Saturday gatherings. In the months following it's exciting to see how small groups gathering and sharing ideas has helped build our messaging for social justice in a way that directly influences relationships in schools, work and community!!! Thank you for working towards a better future with your HEART and TIME. This months gathering will be focused toward bridging our work in Bystander Training and Intervention, Community Safety and Organizing Safe Neighborhoods, Family Advocacy and Human Rights including Hate Crime Reporting.

This is a call out to legal professionals, photographers, writers and people who want to become active advocates against racism and hate in their communities.


Dont Shoot Portland - In August 2014 we agreed to take political action and organize at Dawson Park to be in solidarity with the growing response from Ferguson, MO #MikeBrown

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Saturday
Oct 14, 2017
Social Justice Saturdays Back 2 Revolucion
Revolución Coffee House

In 2016 Don't Shoot PDX began hosting our second Saturday gatherings. In the months following it's exciting to see how small groups gathering and sharing ideas has helped build our messaging for social justice in a way that directly influences relationships in schools, work and community!!! Thank you for working towards a better future with your HEART and TIME. This months gathering will be focused toward bridging our work in Bystander Training and Intervention, Community Safety and Organizing Safe Neighborhoods, Family Advocacy and Human Rights including Hate Crime Reporting.

Community Safety and Organizing Safe Neighborhoods, Family Advocacy and Human Rights including Hate Crime Reporting has become the evolution of our organizing and we need all hands on deck. After a dozen or so bystander trainings the feedback is showing that there is a serious GAP in community engagement!!

This is a call out to legal professionals, photographers, writers and people who want to become active advocates against racism and hate in their communities.


Dont Shoot Portland - In August 2014 we agreed to take political action and organize at Dawson Park to be in solidarity with the growing response from Ferguson, MO #MikeBrown

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Sunday
Aug 27, 2017
Beloved Community Forums - August
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton

LOCATION CHANGE! Now taking place at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton.

Former location was Muslim Educational Trust (MET)

Starting with the premise that the opposite of fear is friendship, and the opposite of "hate crime" is "building the beloved community," join a diverse cross-section of your neighbors on the fourth Sunday of each month to make new friends and deepen your community relationships. Each gathering will welcome a different community leader who will share their vision of "what are we for" here in Oregon, and offer us a chance to discern and discuss what we are for as well. Refreshments will be provided. Brought to you by the Beloved Community of Oregon.

Our August Forum will welcome Kelly Weigel, Executive Director of the Western States Center, a group dedicated to building the power of community organizations that challenge and transform individuals, organizations, and systems, in order to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice. Kelly Weigel will offer her own vision of the kind of world she is working for, and offer us some guiding questions to do the same.


Interfaith Council of Greater Portland - We, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, are a community of people who share hope for a loving, thriving, understanding and connected world...

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Monday
Aug 28, 2017
Clergy and People of Faith March for Justice
Terry Schrunk Plaza, 1200 SW 3rd

On Monday, August 28th, 2017, one thousand ministers of all denominations will convene in Washington, D.C. to reaffirm their commitment to the social justice movement and stand in solidarity with the spirit and legacy of Dr. King, on the anniversary of the March for Jobs & Justice. Our event in Portland will bring together Clergy and People of Faith of all traditions to recommit to being at the forefront of justice and civil rights, to call into accountability President Trump, Attorney General Sessions and all public officials, and to return to its rightful place in the words of Dr. King as the "headlight" in the struggle for justice. We are calling on religious leaders from ALL religions and community leaders to join us!

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Wednesday
Jan 31
Equity Evening with Cameron Whitten
The Ivy School, 26 NE Morris

An Equity Evening with Cameron Whitten (Tickets are free!)

Cameron Whitten is an dedicated community activist and equity trainer. He has lived in Portland since 2009, arriving first as a homeless youth, and later became a prominent community advocate, literary artist, and civic entrepreneur. His drive for social change has led him to be involved in a diversity of civic issues, from affordable housing, anti-racism, and government accountability.

Please join us for the first of our social justice community events where we learn, participate, and grow together!

Event: Jan 31st 6-8:30pm Community Room, Morris Campus, (enter via Morris St at doors by garden)

  • History of Oregon’s social foundation
  • The physiological and psychological impact of historical trauma
  • The Ivy School's Equity Code: owning and mobilizing

  • There will be food!

  • Childcare will be available for currently enrolled Ivy students (unenrolled siblings must stay with parents)
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Saturday
Oct 14, 2017
Green Empowerment's Passport to Empowerment fundraiser
The North Warehouse

Green Empowerment is celebrating 20 years of creating positive change for rural communities abroad with Passport to Empowerment 2017! We will be connecting Portland's international development, sustainability, and social justice leaders for an event of reflection on the impact we have made together. It's a 2-part event VIP and "Party". VIP ticket includes ticket to "The Party".

5-8pm: VIP - $100 (includes food & cocktails, live auction, speaker, VIP Tour of projects, and entrance to "The Party")

7:30pm-12am Party - $40 (includes speaker, snacks and beer, fun-filled rooms, Peruvian musical performers, dancers, speaker, and dancing till late).

Passport to Empowerment will showcase our achievements through a visual timeline of significant events since our establishment. We invite members from our sustainability community to reflect on the community-based renewable energy and clean water projects we have successfully completed in developing villages throughout the Phillipines, Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Malaysian Borneo, and Myanmar.

The event begins at 5pm when guests will be offered country specific food and cocktails and later be invited on a VIP tour to hear more in depth stories from our field staff. This portion of the event will be wrapped up with guest speakers and musical entertainment from a local Peruvian band.

Finally, the Party phase of the event will feature live music, a raffle, and performances as we celebrate the positve change we have created together and look forward to the next 20 years!

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit: http://www.greenempowerment.org/passport/

Thank you to our generous sponsors! KBOO Community Radio XRAY.FM NW Natural Veritas Design Group Sunbridge Solar, LLC Green Hammer


Green Empowerment
Charity Organization · Portland, Oregon
Renewable energy and rural community development organization based in Portland, Oregon.

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Sunday
Oct 22, 2017
What is the American Dream? (Beloved Community Forums)
Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N Vancouver

What is the American Dream in 2017?

Once upon a time immigrants came to this country in search of better jobs and a better life. But what has happened to this dream in an era when so many vilify and criminalize the very workforce of new arrivals that props up our economy? Join a diverse cross-section of your neighbors to discuss these basic questions of American identity, all while making new friends and deepening your community relationships. As with each Beloved Community Forum, we will welcome a community leader to share their vision of "what they are for,” and offer us all a chance to discern and discuss what we are for as well. Refreshments will be provided.

Our October gathering will be led by Ramon Ramirez, President of PCUN- Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), Oregon’s farmworker union and the largest Latino organization in our state. Ramon has lived in Oregon for over 40 years, and has dedicated his life to immigrant rights and social justice.


Interfaith Council of Greater Portland
Community
We, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, are a community of people who share hope for a loving, thriving, understanding and connected world...

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Thursday
Mar 15
Social Justice Training: Disability & Equity
YWCA of Greater Portland

CLASS DESCRIPTION This presentation will engage participants in learning from life experiences of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement. Presenters will discuss where the gaps lie in the inclusion of people with disabilities, centering on those with identities that are underrepresented or systemically marginalized. With that background in mind, presenters will share recommendations for including people with disabilities in equity conversations such as the ten principles of disability justice. Participants will work in small groups to talk about these issues and begin to make plans on how to address them in their organizations and advocacy work.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES. PARTICIPANTS WILL:

  • Understand disability rights history and the ways communities of color have been underrepresented in the disability rights movement and disability services.
  • Learn practical steps of how to include disability as part of the equity conversation, including recommendations from the - presenters and ideas from fellow participants. Be equipped with a plan of how to move forward in including people with disabilities.

BASIC OUTLINE

  • Social justice and disability – history of disability, challenges of the disability rights movement relating to race.
  • Individual stories – presenters Allison and Keirsi share their personal stories about living with disability.
  • Recommendations – ideas for how to be allies and practical suggestions for including disability in equity conversations.
  • Group discussions – participants add their ideas to the recommendations, prioritize where they want to start, and create a basic plan to get started in this work.
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Thursday
Mar 22
Social Justice Training: Effects of Trauma & Domestic Violence on Youth
YWCA of Greater Portland

In this interactive session, participants will learn about how exposure to domestic violence specifically impacts children, youth, and family dynamics. Importantly, participants will also learn how children and youth heal through restorative and transformative safe attachment, culture, and connection to community, and exactly how you can support children recovering from the trauma of family violence – no matter what your role is. This session is built on an intersectional, anti-oppression foundation which is woven in to all content.

Presented by: Erin Fairchild, Multnomah County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordination Office

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Friday
Mar 30
Social Justice Training: Domestic Violence in Russian-Speaking Communitites
YWCA of Greater Portland

Serving immigrant/refugee communities requires knowledge and understanding of their culture and language, and barriers that people from these communities are facing. This training addresses the provision of culturally competent services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault based on the experience of working with Russian–speaking and other immigrant communities.

Presented by: Tamara Burkovskaia, Russian Oregon Social Services

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Thursday
Apr 5
Social Justice Training: Developing Inclusive Practices
YWCA of Greater Portland

COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • Power Dynamics, Race and Culture
  • Internalized Racism and The White Gaze
  • Inclusive Practice – Pragmatic answers to Organizational Issues
  • Effective outreach models, partnerships, other alternatives

Regarding each topic we will go down to very specific topics, like perceived microaggressions, tokenism, appropriation, and other manifestations of structural power dynamics that play out daily in our workplace with co-workers and when working with clients/service users. The first two parts outline the specific dynamics that occur in non-profit and other practices, and the last part addresses questions raised in the beginning about practice.

Instead of traditional outreach and organizational models, the training discusses alternative ones like accessibility, and collaborative partnerships that are culturally appropriate.

Presented by: Anna Vo Anna Vo (they/their/theirs) has lectured on inclusion, race, and social justice on four continents, with the outcomes of affecting institutional and organizational change. A native Vietnamese speaker, experienced youth worker, programmer and educator focusing on the empowerment of young people, students and People of Color. In the three years they have resided in Portland and the USA, they have professionally trained staff from over 100 organizations in Oregon around Inclusion, Trauma-Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Inter-cultural Communication, and STEM and Art Practices. In the past they have lived in 8 countries. and previously taught workshops regarding cultural inclusion and working with asylum seekers at the Alice Salomon University for Social Work in Berlin, Germany.

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Thursday
Apr 19
Social Justice Training: Intersectional Equity; Intersectional Privilege 101
YWCA of Greater Portland

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This workshop introduces participants to the concept of intersectional equity which explores how systemic inequities accord privilege and marginalization to virtually all social identities. In this interactive and participant-driven workshop, attendees will improve their understanding of intersected identities and learn to leverage the aspects privilege held to dismantle systemic inequities and encourage authentic inclusion.

Participants will be able to discern the supra-narratives which contribute to systemic inequities. They will have a better understanding of the areas in which they hold more privilege than others as well as the areas in which they might hold less privilege. In addition, participants will be able to determine how they might use their aspects of privilege to create and support a more equitable environment for all social identities.

Presented by: Alison Allen-Hall, LynxSE

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Thursday
Apr 26
Social Justice Training: Sexism 102
YWCA of Greater Portland

CLASS DESCRIPTION

An understanding of gender-based oppression is vital for everyone invested in ending violence. During this training, we will discuss how sexism is a form of power-based violence, as well as the ways it intersects with other systems of oppression. We will explore examples of contemporary and historic strategies that have been used to resist sexism – including skills that can be used by individuals and communities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES. PARTICIPANTS WILL:

  • Understand patriarchy and the various levels at which it exists
  • Identify how experiences of sexism vary depending on factors such as race, class, gender identity, age, ability, etc.
  • Gain tools for solidarity and interrupting sexism
  • Become familiar with examples of women-led community activism and resistance

Presented by: Michelle Polek & Jessie Spinney, YWCA Clark County

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Thursday
May 10
Social Justice Training: Trauma Informed Care
YWCA of Greater Portland

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Outlines adverse childhood experiences, short-term and long-term effects of trauma, PTSD and other analyses of trauma and how it psychologically, socially and developmentally affects children, adults and most plausibly our clients. We run through the importance and modes of Trauma-Informed care and possible triggers in our workplaces. We compare models of delivery in elementary and middle school settings with a trauma-informed lens vs. a non-informed lens. We will also learn what a trauma-informed inclusive practice might look like.

Presented by: Anna Vo – Impact NW Anna Vo (they/their/theirs) has lectured on inclusion, race, and social justice on four continents, with the outcomes of affecting institutional and organizational change. A native Vietnamese speaker, experienced youth worker, programmer and educator focusing on the empowerment of young people, students and People of Color. In the three years they have resided in Portland and the USA, they have professionally trained staff from over 100 organizations in Oregon around Inclusion, Trauma-Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Inter-cultural Communication, and STEM and Art Practices. In the past they have lived in 8 countries. and previously taught workshops regarding cultural inclusion and working with asylum seekers at the Alice Salomon University for Social Work in Berlin, Germany.

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Thursday
Dec 14, 2017
YW ACT Meeting: Healthcare & Measure 101
YWCA of Greater Portland, 4610 SE Belmont

Join YW ACT for our December meeting! YW ACT is a community driven, advocacy focused leadership program designed to give community members the skills and opportunity to lead, organize and plan advocacy efforts of the YWCA of Greater Portland.

Measure 101 protects healthcare coverage for one in four Oregonians, including 400,000 kids. A representative from the Yes for Healthcare campaign will be presenting on the importance of Measure 101 and leading us in a direct action during the meeting.

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Thursday
Jan 11
YW ACT Meeting: Criminal Justice Reform and ACLU Presentation
YWCA of Greater Portland, 4610 SE Belmont

Join YW ACT for our January meeting! YW ACT is a community-driven leadership program, designed to give members the skills and opportunity to lead, organize and plan advocacy efforts on behalf of the YWCA.

This month we will be joined by Daniel Lekow from the ACLU. Daniel is the Campaign Manager for They Report to You: A Campaign for District Attorney Accountability and will be presenting on the campaign and how you can get involved.

Contact allisonc@ywcapdx.org with questions!

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Thursday
Mar 8
Resolve to Resist: A Civic Engagement Series (Session 2)
YWCA of Greater Portland:

DOES YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION INCLUDE MAKING CHANGE?

Start by attending Resolve to Resist: a two-part series to encourage women and others who don’t see themselves represented in the political arena to take the lead. Hear how others have done it: how they started and what their journeys looked like. Learn about culturally and gender-specific resources and leadership programs available to help you GET READY to RUN! Both sessions are informative and interactive. So let’s get started! Because we all have to be the change to see the change.

SESSION 2: RUNNING THE RACE Get the run-down on elected positions, running for office, and how you can become involved. Panelists will address what it means to be a candidate, how to get started, and how to bring attention to the needs and issues too often overlooked in our political system.

This session will cover:

  • Elected positions & how to get started in running for office
  • What does it mean to be a candidate for office?
  • How to bring attention to overlooked needs and issues

Panelists Include:

  • Sami Alloy, Oregon Women’s Campaign School
  • Becca Uherbelau, Metro Senior Communications Manager
  • Jillian Schoene, Co-Executive Director of Emerge Oregon
  • Joy Alise Davis, Executive Director of PAALF

Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

If you need childcare, please contact Allison Cohen at allisonc@ywcapdx.org.

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