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First Unitarian Church, 1121 SW Main

1121 SW Main St
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 16 2018
    SOLD OUT - Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces - for PDX NAACP Members

    As tensions flare and incidents of public hate skyrocket, join us as we explore what inhibits us from interrupting hate. Learn how to overcome those inhibitions and practice skills for becoming a strong ally for all those targeted in today’s hostile climate. Using tools and methodologies proven over decades of use from the foundational text: Training Active Bystanders, we will learn how to build a culture of peace by engaging in active nonviolence.

    This course is offered for NAACP Portland Branch members. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please consider making a donation to cover facilities costs for this and future trainings.

    NAACP Portland Branch 1120B

    Organizer of Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces

    The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

    Locally, the Portland NAACP is focusing its efforts on economic equity, police accountability, and leadership development. We believe that when everyone is treated well and justly, all people benefit.

    Sign up to become a member today! http://www.portlandnaacp1120.org/

  • Tuesday
    Nov 7 2017
    ACLU of Oregon State of the Union

    ACLU of Oregon members and supporters are invited to our annual membership meeting! Gather to learn the latest about civil liberties and civil rights in Oregon.

    2017 ACLU of Oregon State of the Union Tuesday, November 7, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. First Unitarian Church, Main Street Sanctuary 1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205

    FREE to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

    Please RSVP at https://action.aclu.org/secure/aclu-oregon-state-of-the-union.

  • Sunday
    Oct 29 2017
    Shaping a Future: Life After Prison

    Look for an article about Shaping a Future: Life After Prison in the weekly Portland newspaper, Street Roots, on Tuesday, October 24th and another article in The daily Portland newspaper, The Oregonian, on Wednesday, October 25th. Six days and counting to our performance at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland on SW 12th between Salmon and Main at 1 pm. Free of charge.

    Shaping a Future: Life After Prison
    Shaping a Future: Life After Prison is a project in which ten people in reentry after having been in prison will be writing about their reentry experiences

  • Tuesday
    Sep 26 2017
    Oregon Justice Resource Center - Disrupting Mass Incarceration at the Local Level


    We're continuing to spread the word about how each of us can be part of ending mass incarceration by taking action right here in our community. While events in DC and Salem tend to draw the most attention, the local level is actually where much of the power is in the criminal justice system.

    We have an advocacy guide out now that will help you address the problems you care most about. It's called "Disrupting Mass Incarceration at the Local Level: An Advocacy Guide to Mapping Reform" and it's available free now at our website: http://ojrc.info/disrupting-mass-incarceration-at-the-local-level/

    The author of the guide, our Political Director Kate Gonsalves, and our Executive Director, Bobbin Singh, will speak at a FREE event September 26th hosted by Ending the New Jim Crow, a social justice action group at First Unitarian Church of Portland. That event will be held at 6.30 pm at First Unitarian's Eliot Chapel at 1011 SW Main St., Portland OR 97205.

    Oregon Justice Resource Center
    Nonprofit Organization · Portland, Oregon
    The mission of the Oregon Justice Resource Center is to dismantle systemic discrimination in the administration of justice by promoting civil rights and enhancing the quality of legal representation for traditionally underserved communities.

  • Sunday
    Sep 10 2017
    Families for Peaceful Protest: Answering the Call of Love



    Sunday, Sept 10th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Gather to affirm our shared values of social justice and peace. - Lift our voices against white supremacy and white nationalism. - Celebrate our shared humanity. - Sing and chant in support of LOVE and JUSTICE.

    We align ourselves with the powerful message of Portland Stands United Against Hate as they rally and march against white nationalism at the Portland waterfront Sunday afternoon. We understand that many families are hesitant to join the larger crowd. We offer a family-focused alternative. This is a call for ALL community members.

    We will provide a PEACEFUL and POWERFUL space for children and families to affirm our vision for justice, peace, and unity. We will lead by example. We will use our voices and join together as one community. We invite you to gather with us to oppose white supremacy and celebrate in the practice of love, justice, and collective strength.

    JOIN US! It will be empowering.

    LOCATION: SW Main between SW 12th & 13th ave. in front of First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205)

    BRING: your signs, banners, balloons, bubbles, voices and love. We can make a change when we are united in vision and love!


    ~ Families For Peaceful Protest engages families in social justice through activism and awareness.

    ~ First Unitarian Church of Portland affirms the worth and dignity of every person and works to build a just and peaceful society.

    • A big thank you to First Unitarian Church of Portland for hosting and sponsoring this event. When communities collaborate, wonderful things are accomplished!

    Please share with your family and friends!

    ~Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Friday
    May 12 2017
    We The People 2.0 - Doc screening

    The documentary, presented by Tree Media and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), tells the story of people across the U.S. who have faced decades of environmental assaults – such as oil trains, coal trains, pipelines, fracking, and sludging of farmland – and what they are doing about it. These communities recognize that ecosystems at home and around the globe are collapsing under inherently unsustainable laws and governing structures – what many have called a ‘corporate state.’ They have come to understand that the system is stacked against them and the natural environment. The film shares how they are working with CELDF and organizing to stop these assaults in their own communities through rights-based laws, which ban the harms as a violation of the rights both of the communities and their ecosystems.

    Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Paul Cienfuegos, (http://paulcienfuegos.com) Portland based community-rights based activist, and Nancy Ward, Columbia County Sustainable Action For Green Environment. (http://ccsage.org)

    Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of the 1st Unitarian Church, Oregon UU Voices for Justice, KBOO

    Admission: Donation requested: $5-20; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
    Doors open on 6:30 PM

  • Sunday
    Apr 30 2017
    Holding the Center Sunday Service

    We are living in a time of political polarization and terrorism masquerading as religious extremism, our liberal religious ideals of truth and reason are now in question. In these confusing and anxious times, how can we recommit to our own "center," defining the unshakable core of own personal faith? How can our Unitarian Universalist congregations and institutions uphold our most cherished faith commitments and values?

  • Tuesday
    Feb 28 2017
    Mass Incarceration and the Oregon Legislature

    We will review the legislative agendas of the organizations in our community leading efforts to reform our justice system. Learn how these issues affect the lives of real people and how you can become engaged in the reform effort.

  • Saturday
    Feb 25 2017
    Stand Together: A Day of Action Workshops

    Join us on February 25 for a day of workshops for people new to social and political action and for those upgrading their skills. We'll have a full day of sessions in Non-Violent Direct Action, Legal Basics/Know Your Rights, Digital Security, Peacekeeping, Non-Violent Communication, Positive Energy for Resistance, Photography for Actions, Strategic Planning, and more.

    Concurrent skills sessions will be available all day. Gain practical ideas for effective dissent and target messaging within a non-violent framework. Support and implementation of the workshops comes from a variety of Portland-area communities and issue advocacy groups promoting Immigrant and racial justice, gender rights, fair housing, healthcare-for-all, and climate action.

    9:00am Doors 9:30am Panel: "Beliefs In Action-Our Own Stories--Personal Tales of Resistance" 11:00 am-5:15 pm Workshops

    Organizations will be tabling throughout the day. Please bring a sack lunch and your own beverage container.

    Childcare provided, but limited. Please make your childcare reservation(s) to tfitzgerald@firstunitarianportland.org by Thursday, February 19th@NOON.

    Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect: https://actionnetwork.org/events/stand-together-a-day-of-action-workshops

    This event is free and open to the public. Contact goto350pdx@gmail.com or 503-705-1943 with questions.

    Sponsored by the Climate Action Coalition and the Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Church. Co-Sponsors include 350PDX, Alliance For Democracy, Bernie PDX, Beyond Fossil Fuels, Center for a Sustainable Economy, Climate Jobs PDX, HCAO, HOPE, KBOO, Milenio, OPSR, Portland Assembly, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Portland Raging Grannies, Portland Rising Tide, WILPF.