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SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main

3534 SE Main Street
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)

Southeast Uplift, SEUL

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  • Thursday
    Feb 1 2018
    Crop Diversity: Change Your Palate, Change the Future (PUGS)
    SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main

    NOTE: There is no class February 8th.

    Agrobiodiversity refers to the variety of crops and organisms that make up an agricultural system. This diversity is necessary for the system to function, adapt to a changing climate, and fight pests and diseases. It’s what keeps our food growing.

    Historically, we knew and used more crop varieties than we know and use today. A lot of that change has to do with our picky palates. In this course, we will explore why (and how) our current food system makes us vulnerable. You’ll learn how to cultivate agrobiodiversity through your palate, plate, and pocket so you're eating more sustainably and ensuring crop production and food security for the future. We’ll also learn about “gleaning,” the process of collecting leftover crops, and about gleaning opportunities in the Portland area.

    Instructor: Dr. Neeraja Havaligi is a practicing agriculturist, educator, scientist and a life-long learner of the power of growing, cooking, and sharing food. Her background is in agronomy and plant physiology and her current focus is urban agrobiodiversity.

  • Wednesday
    Jan 10 2018
    Race, Big Data, + Privilege (4 wk course, PUGS)

    SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main

    “White supremacy’s greatest trick is that it has convinced people that, if it exists at all, it exists always in other people, never in us.” - Junot Diaz

    Structural racism is insidious in two particular ways. First, it is normalized and thus difficult to see, particularly for those who benefit from it. Second, although it is ubiquitous, and most of us believe racism is uniquely and singularly bad, we also see it as separate from us. This causes us to deny or downplay its significance. Big data reveals white supremacy and brings our structural inequities to light. By analyzing data sets from various sources—from online dating sites to scholarly research on the death penalty—we can see these issues in relief.

    In this course, we’ll explore what large aggregate data tells us about criminal justice, opportunities for jobs and housing, and even hierarchies of love. We’ll explore what these mean in terms of society's structure as a whole and what they mean for us personally.

    Significant parts of this four-week course will involve class dialogue and self-examination of personal privilege. It’s meant as a safe space for people ready for uncomfortable conversations about how they benefit from, contribute to, and take steps away from structural racism.

    Instructor: Douglas Tsoi, JD, is the founder of Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS). Previous careers include teaching high school history and ethics and intellectual property law. A nationally renowned education expert called Douglas "the best teacher I've ever seen teach." At PUGS, he teaches Financial Freedom, Criminal Law: How to Think Like a Lawyer, Behavioral Economics, How to Teach, Reading Ta-Nahisi Coates, and Racial Discrimination, Big Data, and Privilege.

    Sign up: https://www.pugspdx.com/january-2018/race-big-data-privilege

    Course meetings: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM

    • Jan 10
    • Jan 17
    • Jan 24
    • Jan 31
  • Tuesday
    Jan 9 2018
    Welcoming Our Neighbors from All Over the World

    SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main

    Welcoming Our Neighbors from All Over the World

    There are some people who want to build walls. And others who want to build bridges. If you're a bridge builder, People-Places-Things (P-P-T) would like to invite you to help us make Portland a more welcoming place for immigrants & refugees, newcomers, and other non-native speakers of English. We are providing free cross-cultural facilitation training to Portlanders through Southeast Uplift.

    Are you are interested in challenging yourself to make our communities more inclusive? Would you like to know more about volunteering with People-Places-Things? To learn about volunteering as an English language tutor and increasing your own cultural competency through meeting English language learners, come to an informational session at Southeast Uplift on January 9th from 6:30-7: 30 pm. Please contact Muz Afzal for more information at muz@seuplift.org or call (503) 232-0010 ext 319. Southeast Uplift is hopeful that our community will support this effort and be involved in creating more inclusive communities through supporting our neighbors who are English language learners.

    Let's get out there and welcome our neighbors!

  • Sunday
    Jan 7 2018
    Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates (6 wk course, PUGS)

    Join us as we engage these challenges, facing our history, politics and notions of justice through the lens of America's foremost writer on race, Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read him, to think with him, is to be confronted with pressing moral, cultural, and intellectual challenges.

    Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, an urgent look at race in America, which won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the new collection We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Coates is also a national correspondent at The Atlantic and a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grant"). He writes with bracing honesty about slavery, housing discrimination, the fear and control of black bodies, and the racialized roots of American wealth.

    Instructor: Douglas Tsoi, JD, is the founder of Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS). Previous careers include teaching high school history and ethics and intellectual property law. A nationally renowned education expert called Douglas "the best teacher I've ever seen teach." At PUGS, he teaches Financial Freedom, Criminal Law: How to Think Like a Lawyer, Behavioral Economics, How to Teach, Reading Ta-Nahisi Coates, and Racial Discrimination, Big Data, and Privilege.

    We have found in previous iterations that the real power of this course is the dialogue between students, so unlike other PUGS courses, we are curating a diverse cohort. If you are interested in joining, please email pugscoordinator@gmail.com and tell us about yourself, why you want to take this course, and how you anticipate growing from it.

    Class meetings:

    • Sunday, Jan 7 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, Jan 14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, Jan 21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, Jan 28 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, Feb 4 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, Feb 11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday
    Dec 10 2017
    East Central/Montavilla Neighborhood Action Council Resource Share

    A resource and meal share hosted by Portland Assembly's Montavilla and East Central NACs.

    Please share this invitation with your houseless neighbors.

    Donations can be dropped off at the Bare Bones Cafe (2900 SE Belmont St,) any time between now and the end of December, and will be used in later resource shares and at the Montavilla emergency warming shelter throughout the winter months.

    For Volunteers or Donors:
    We're hoping to create a supply stock, that will allow us to make more cold weather kits, and to prepare for the opening of warming shelters, as we move into more severe weather. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities at the Montavilla NAC-hosted warming shelter.

    Please refer to the list below as a starting point, and let us know if you have items to donate!

    • Sleeping mats
    • Large plastic storage totes/boxes
    • Twin/full sheets & blankets
    • Clothing
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Gloves
    • Knit Caps
    • Warm coats
    • Warm clothing
    • Shoes or boots (not dress shoes)
    • Outdoor Gear
    • Tents
    • Sleeping bags
    • Tarps
    • Ponchos
    • Garbage Bags
    • Ziploc bags
    • Backpacks
    • Blankets
    • “Space” blankets
    • Hand/foot warmers
    • Toiletries
    • Baby wipes
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Lotion
    • Soap/shower gel
    • Shampoo/conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Razors
    • Tampons/pads (menstrual hygiene products)
    • Chapstick
    • Vaseline
    • First aid supplies (Bandaids, Neosporin, etc)
    • Food
    • Granola/Energy Bars
    • Instant Oatmeal
    • Instant soup/noodles
    • Tuna Packs (Flat, not canned)
    • Applesauce packs
    • Peanut butter
    • Fruit snacks
    • Trail Mix
    • Fruit cups
    • Pudding cups
    • Misc
    • Flash drives
    • Sewing Kits
    • Batteries
    • Flashlights
    • Books
    • Diapers
    • Condoms
    • First Aid Supplies
  • Saturday
    Nov 18 2017
    A Place to Call Home: Exploring Housing in Oregon

    At the most basic level, a home is a place that gives you shelter, protecting you from the weather and unsafe situations. It’s also where you live your life, eat your meals, and raise your family. If housing is a basic human right, why do so many people struggle to find or keep housing? How do we as individuals and as a society make decisions that undermine the idea that we all have a right to a home?

    This is the focus of A Place to Call Home: Exploring Housing in Oregon, a free conversation with Cristina Palacios on Saturday, November 18th at 3 pm at SE Uplift 3534 SE Main St. Portland OR 97214. This program is hosted by SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

    Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Muz Afzal at muz@seuplift.org or call (503) 232-0010 Ext 319.

    About the Facilitator:
    Cristina Palacios was born in Tolimán, Jalisco, México, and started organizing at age fourteen. Most recently, Christina worked with Community Alliance of Tenants as a senior organizer. She is driven by a passion for housing and social justice and the belief that everyone—regardless, their income, disability, race or immigration status—deserves a safe and healthy place to call home.

  • Tuesday
    Nov 14 2017
    Real Choice Initiative Disability Independent Living Open House

    The Real Choice Initiative is an organization run by and for people with disabilities to support and maintain independent living in the community.

    Please join us for an open house to discuss: • Independent living vs. institutionalization • Housing advocacy and the creation of a Multnomah County accessible housing inventory • Person-centered service provision, peer counseling, and the mechanics of RCI

    More info: http://realchoiceoregon.com/

  • Wednesday
    Nov 1 2017
    Storytelling and Social Justice (Portland Underground Grad School course)

    SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main

    Storytelling and Social Justice: Telling Better Stories for a Better Future

    Do you want to promote justice and inspire others, but aren't sure how? It starts with telling the right story. Sharpen your communications skills to make meaningful change happen in your own community.

    Dates: Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 29 (skips 11/22) || 6:30-8:30pm
    Location: SE Uplift || 3534 SE Main St

    It's easy to feel powerless in our current climate: we hear heartbreaking stories in the media and on the streets, but don't know how to act. But what if we had the power to change the script and add our own stories to the world? In this course, we will examine how stories personally affect us and advance a better society. Cognitive linguistics research and social movements throughout history prove that stories inspire true change. By advocating for new narratives and making them visible to mainstream culture, we can call others to action.

    Over four weeks, seasoned storyteller Matt Kinshella will help students flesh out stories of their own, understand the complex roots of social movements, and challenge preconceived notions along the way. His storytelling has elevated the profile of social services and motivated people to take action in their communities. Matt will teach you to tell compelling stories, and even change the course of history.


  • Thursday
    Oct 26 2017
    Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon

    Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the perception persists that we are one of the whitest states in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. What systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for? Knowing what we do, how do we act—as individuals and communities—to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon?

    This is the focus of Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon, a free conversation with Willamette University professor Emily Drew on Thursday, October 26th at 10 am at SE Uplift Building 3534 SE Main St Portland, Or 97214. This program is hosted by SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

    Drew is an associate professor of sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses on racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. She earned her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and has published articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Television & New Media, and Tourism & Cultural Change.

  • Monday
    Aug 28 2017
    Fair Housing for Independent Living

    Affordable, accessible housing is hard to come by in the Portland area. Let's make sure disability status doesn't present another barrier to finding and maintaining housing.

    This one-hour training is intended for people with disabilities who currently live independently, those considering independent living, and family members. Topics will include:

    • Recognizing discrimination before and after signing a lease
    • Requesting reasonable accommodations
    • Record keeping to protect yourself
    • Retaliation and what to do when your rights are violated

    Food will be provided

  • Sunday
    Jul 16 2017
    General Meeting, Jewish Voice for Peace, Portland chapter

    Monthly general meeting of the Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. All are welcome.

    Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland, OR

    For more information, please visit our website at http://jvp-pdx.org/. JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.