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Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd

5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97211, US (map)
(503) 249-3983; (888) 249-3983

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Tri-Met Bus #72 and Bus #73



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  • Tuesday
    Sep 25 2018
    Foster Parent Info Session at Kennedy School

    The need for foster parents in the Portland-metro area is great. But the rewards of fostering are even greater.

    On any given day, 8,000 youth are in Oregon's foster care system. Each year, youth enter foster care in need of stabilty, safety, and a renewed sense of belonging. As a Boys & Girls Aid foster parent, you will provide crucial support, shelter and healthy relationships.

    Our Programs

    Boys & Girls Aid welcomes dependable adults from any background, who can make long-term or short-term commitments, to apply. We serve youth aged 4-21 in placements that can range from a few weeks to a few years. Our foster parents recieve a monthly, tax-free stipend to cover the expenses of caring for youth in our foster care program.

    Our Requirements:

    • Be at least 21 years old
    • Have all persons 16 years and older in the home pass a criminal background check
    • Have at least one Oregon licensed driver in the home with a safe driving record
    • Be able to transport youth during the week as needed
    • Have a separate bedroom in the home for youth in foster care

    Our Support

    • Responsive program staff available 24/7
    • Ongoing free professional training and support
    • Knowledgeable certification staff with small caseloads
    • Paid, monthly respite care
    • Monthly, tax-free stipends

    Interested in attending and learning more? Sign up at www.boysandgirlsaid.org/fostercare.

  • Monday
    Mar 26 2018
    History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement

    Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories — as well as advice for young activists on how to get involved and what they can do to make a positive difference in their local communities.

  • Monday
    Jan 22 2018
    Portland Urban League Young Professional New Member Orientation

    Learn what it means to become a Portland Urban League Young Professional!

    Learn about the history of the ULPDX and YP chapter, the activities of each of the committees, and how you can get involved. There will be a door prize drawing for 2 100-level tickets to a Portland Trail Blazers game.

    5-5:30pm- meet and greet
    5:30-6pm- Presentation
    6:00-7pm- Networking/Social Hour

    This event is free and open to the public.
    Tickets: https://www.ulpdxyp.org/events-1/new-member-orientation

    Questions? Contact membership@ulpdxyp.org

  • Tuesday
    Dec 12 2017
    Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland
    Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd

    Priced Out is an investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices are displacing Portland's black community and reshaping the entire city. The feature-length documentary explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification and how it relates to Portland's housing crisis. The film is a sequel to the 2002 documentary NorthEast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream.

    Come early. No advance tickets. $5-$10 sliding scale. Cash only.

    Two shows each night will be followed by brief Q&A with the filmmaker.

  • Monday
    Nov 27 2017
    History Pub: The Martha Washington Hotel film screening

    The Martha Washington Hotel: Portland’s Early Affordable Housing Endeavor, Presented by Dana Plautz, filmmaker

    for more information: https://www.mcmenamins.com/events/163356-the-martha-washington-hotel-portlands-early-affordable-housing-endeavor

    About the Presentation:
    Three versions of the Martha Washington Hotel operated between 1887 and 1983. Though only two were named The Martha Washington, all three were started by The Portland Women’s Union. The first all-women volunteer organization in the state of Oregon, the PWU had a primary mission to provide a safe and respectable residence for women coming to the city of Portland.

    There were no organized social services to support women in the city at the time, so the Union also established Portland’s first night school, which offered classes in grammar, mathematics, and bookkeeping, and an industrial school, where women could learn gardening, sewing, and housekeeping skills. The PWU hired a “depot matron” to direct young women to “respectable” housing and employment and worked with social agencies to begin the travelers’ aid program.

    Enjoy an evening watching a documentary about how the residences for women came to be, and learn from the filmmaker what she learned about the beginning of affordable housing for women in the city of Portland.

    About the Speaker:
    Dana Plautz is a filmmaker with a passion for telling stories about places or industries that no longer exist in their original form. Her projects include the award-winning documentary Artist Response to 9.11 and The Martha Washington and the Women Who Built Her. Ms. Plautz also produced and researched several of the interactive media installations for the 2006 Portland Armory, which underscored the value of architectural preservation to our community.

  • Tuesday
    Nov 14 2017
    Race Talks: Don’t Shoot PDX!

    Don’t Shoot PDX!
    Presented by:

    • Teressa Raiford, Community Organizer with Don't Shoot PDX
    • Glenn Waco, Artist and local youth activist
    • Nicole Gamboa- Rose, Board Secretary of Don't Shoot Portland
    • Barbie Wu, Activist with Asians for Black Lives

    About the Presentation:
    Join us for a discussion on how connecting through grassroots events accesses a voice in community outreach with political power and influence. For information on Don’t Shoot PDX, visit: http://www.dontshootportland.com/.

    About Race Talks:
    This series deals with race in Oregon, both historically and up to the present time, to provide learning experiences that support the development of racial identity and sensitivity.

    Each month, Kennedy School hosts a presentation on a different topic of ethnicity and racial elements in Oregon history, given by educators and/or experts in the topic at hand. The aim is to provide educational and learning experiences that support the development of intercultural sensitivity and racial identity.

  • Sunday
    Nov 12 2017
    Activism in Art panel (Siren Nation Festival)

    Join us for this FREE panel. Can art help change the world? Women who work in diverse art forms, media, and communities discuss the intersection of art and activism. Come ask questions and get inspired! Moderated by Katie Proctor. This event is part of the 2017 Siren Nation Festival. sirennation.org

    PANELISTS (scroll down for bios): • A’misa Chiu (librarian, Portland Zine Symposium organizer) • Katie Proctor (Books With Pictures owner) • Dawn Jones Redstone (filmmaker, Hearts+Sparks Productions) • Melanie Stevens (artist, Miss Anthology, Nat Turner Project) • Andi Zeisler (Bitch Media founder)

    McMenamins Kennedy School
    Mina Parsons Room
    5736 NE 33rd Street
    Portland, OR 97211

    TIME: "Activism in Art" panel 1:30-2:30 PM Nov. 12, 2017


    A'MISA CHIU is a Japanese American college librarian and zinester who publishes weird art under the label Eyeball Burp Press. This is her third year organizing the Portland Zine Symposium, and she is a community worker in the Asian American Pacific Islander community. amisachiu.com

    KATIE PROCTOR founded and owns Books With Pictures, a comic book shop in Portland, Oregon. Katie’s mission is explicitly inclusive: she strives to make Books With Pictures a space that is welcoming to people who love good stories without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disability status. She believes representation of diverse perspectives is crucial to that mission, and stocks content reflecting that belief. The shop carries a wide range of books, including superhero comics, indie comics, kids’ picture books, all-ages comics, LGBT comics, and small-run handmade comics. bookswithpictures.com

    DAWN JONES REDSTONE is an award-winning filmmaker whose work centers stories that lift the experiences of women and people of color. Her work has screened around the world, but she is perhaps best known for her multi-award–winning short film, Sista in the Brotherhood, about a black apprentice carpenter who experiences discrimination. The narrative film is currently being purchased and used as a tool for training within the construction industry. Additionally, Dawn directed the soon-to-be-released short film We Have Our Ways about reproductive justice in a dystopian near future, as well as Nonprofit, a web series about a woman of color working at a nonprofit in the whitest city in America. In 2016, Dawn received the Lilla Jewel Artist Award from MRG Foundation and was also named a Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce. heartsandsparksproductions.com

    MELANIE STEVENS is an artist, illustrator, and writer. She is the creator of the graphic novel Black Picket Fences and the co-founder, editor, and an instructor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or genderqueer. She is also the co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a migratory, radical gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree for political science from Yale University and her Masters of Fine Arts degree for visual studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. . Melanie investigates narrative as a site of reflection or reinforcement of societal power structures and overdetermined norms, specifically the manner in which stories (both real and fictional) supposedly centering people of the African diaspora have a long history of appropriation and erasure. Her intent is to research and seek out these marked narratives, based on a predetermined set of rules and criteria, and to re-appropriate them, using a variety of media. In doing so, she illuminates the destructive resonance of these flawed narratives by juxtaposing a reimagined version which centers a nuanced and oft-ignored humanity in such a way as to appear irreverent or banal, as if itself the norm. She also empowers herself with these stories by reclaiming them as her own and resolving the dissonance of cultural amnesia, while encouraging opportunities for meditation and discourse. www.melaniestevensart.com

    ANDI ZEISLER is the co-founder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, Utne, BUST, Bitch, San Francisco Chronicle, Women's Review of Books, and Hues. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives' Tales and Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships. She is the author of Feminism and Pop Culture and We Were Feminists Once, as well as the co-editor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine. She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism and the media. www.bitchmedia.org

  • Tuesday
    Oct 10 2017
    White America: Become an Ally - Race Talks

    "WHITE AMERICA: Become an Ally through Education & Help Dismantle Racism"

    "HATE, NOT IN OUR TOWN" posters for sell by Emily's Fund Foundation

    Our panel features speakers who are navigating their own path to understanding racism in the USA. These pioneers welcome you to join them as they embark on the challenging journey of learning from mistakes, self-realization, study, and healing


    • Cameron Whitten, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant
    • Rebecca Greenidge, Equity Consultant
    • Sam Sachs, Founder, NO HATE Zone
    • Randy Blazak, Chair, Oregon's Coaltion Against Hate Crimes, CAHC

    McMenamins Kennedy School
    5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland
    Phone: 503-249-3983 Kennedy School events
    Free/All Ages

    Newcomers' Welcome: 6:45 pm

    Doors open at 6 p.m.; 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm;:

    Next month's program:
    Tuesday, NOVEMBER 14, 2017


    Donna Maxey, Founder/Director

    Tim Hills, McMenamins historian

    Race Talks
    Public & Government Service · Portland, Oregon

  • Friday
    Sep 29 2017
    Wake Of Vanport Movie Screening

    Stories told by Vanport survivors and others closely related to the era, along with archival photo backdrops, will be screened at Kennedy School Theatre on Friday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m. The stories focus on life in Vanport and the 1948 Memorial Day flood when a dike broke on the Columbia River. The rising waters completely destroyed Vanport, Oregon, the city built by industrialist and ship builder Henry J. Kaiser.

    Together, this touching collection of truly heartfelt remembrances paint a poignant portrait of a short-lived, idyllic oasis ­—Movie Critic Kam Williams

    Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion. Admission is FREE, but space is limited and reservation is required.

    Sponsors and partners: The Oregon Lottery, Hood to Coast, Sweet Jam, The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works and The Regional Arts and Culture Council for project funding. Partners Portland Community Media, The Oregon Historical Society, and The Skanner Newsgroup have made this project possible.

    PHOTO: Survivors gather on high ground to watch the destruction of Vanport. May 30, 1948. Photo by Allen deLay (1915-2005) ©Thomas Robinson.

  • Tuesday
    Sep 12 2017
    Experienced Women of Color in the Workplace

    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.


    • 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

  • Tuesday
    Aug 8 2017
    Williams Avenue's Black History Corridor

    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.

  • Monday
    Jul 31 2017
    History Pub: Edith Green: Champion for Education and Equality

    Much of what can be seen today in federal support of education, equal access for women to academic programs and faculties, and the current range of women’s athletics -- indeed the expanded role of women in the workplace -- began more than a half century ago with Oregon’s Edith Green. In her 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, she was the acknowledged leader on landmark education legislation, and before the advent of the Feminist Movement, she also was an early advocate for equal treatment of women in employment and education. Among many other laws, those two interests led to her role in creating what became known as Title IX, which prohibited discrimination against women by educational institutions receiving federal funds and led, among other important impacts, to a revolutionary expansion in women’s sports. This talk looks at the notable career and achievements of this pace-setting lawmaker in promoting the causes of education and women’s equality in the male-dominated Congress of her time.

    This talk looks at the notable career and achievements of this pace-setting lawmaker in promoting the causes of education and women’s equality in the male-dominated Congress of her time.

    Phil Cogswell retired in 1999 after a 32-year career at The Oregonian, including positions as reporter, op-ed page editor and deputy editorial page editor. He worked as a Congressional intern in the office of Rep. Edith Green in the summer of 1963 when she was securing passage of the Higher Education Facilities Act. As The Oregonian's Washington, D.C., correspondent (1972-74) he covered Rep. Green's last three years in Congress.

    He has also written on Oregon history, including the Oregon Encyclopedia article on Edith Green and the book Capitol Names—Individuals Woven into Oregon History. He is the current president and long-time member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, an affiliate of the Oregon Historical Society.


    About History Pub

    Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

    The Oregon Historical Society is a scholarly resource dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone's hands & advancing knowledge worldwide.

  • Tuesday
    Jul 11 2017
    Protecting Yourself Physically and Emotionally in Trying Times

    [DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM]

    Recent events have made personal safety an issue of importance for everyone, but especially for Women of Color. Have you ever felt frightened or intimidated when out walking alone? Wondered what you should do if approached by an attacker? Worried about becoming yet another home invasion statistic?

    Women need not view themselves as helpless victims. Join our speaker panel for a discussion focusing on identifying personal risks; assessing situations for elements of danger; and exploring options for dealing with the threat of violence. Learn how women can develop a sense of empowerment through emotional and physical safety by connecting with resources in our community.

    Race Talks


  • Monday
    Jun 26 2017
    NOT CANCELLED: History Pub: The Rise of the KKK in Southern Oregon


    In 1921, Luther Powell, a recruitment officer for the Ku Klux Klan, arrived in southern Oregon to recruit new members for the Klan. His visit marked the beginning of a short, but disturbing, period in Oregon’s history. Historian Jeff LaLande will speak about the Klan’s influence in southern Oregon during the 1920s, the 1923 Alien Property Act prohibiting immigrants from owning or leasing land, and more about this turbulent time.

    Jeff LaLande, a retired U.S. Forest Service archaeologist, has lived in the Rogue Valley for over 45 years. He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oregon in 1993. LaLande has taught at Southern Oregon University and is the author of a number of several books and numerous articles.

    About History Pub: Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.


  • Monday
    May 22 2017
    History Pub: Portland's Black Belt

    In 1960, Portland was the second-most segregated city on the West Coast, behind Los Angeles. Four of five Black residents lived in the Albina District. This presentation explores how the real estate industry, public officials, and citizens justified that spatial segregation. It traces the private- and public-sector mechanisms utilized to confine and re-shape Black settlement within Albina. A major motive for segregation was to enable financial exploitation of Black homeowners and renters, allowing housing-industry manipulators to extract wealth from the Black community.

    Dr. Karen J. Gibson is an Associate Professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her scholarship seeks to answer questions about the political economy of racial economic inequality in the urban setting. Her publications have appeared in Cities, Feminist Economics, Transforming Anthropology, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

    About History Pub: Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.