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PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Presents: A Family Feast!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)

Join us for food, prizes and fun! Main entrees provided, please bring your favorite side dish, dessert or drinks to share! Please RSVP via :

Family Feast brings together biological and chosen family to share food and laughter together at a time of year where being our full selves can be extremely difficult and challenging.

Join us for our Family Feast on November 22nd!

Where: Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N. Killingsworth Street)

When: 11/22 1pm-4pm

What: Main entrees provided! Please bring side dishes and desserts to share!

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***This Friday*** Dear Sister: Stories of Survival and Struggle


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Mia Mckenzie

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

@ 7pm

Reed College Multicultural Resource Center

The MRC in conjunction with the Black and African Student Union and the Feminist Student Union bring you Black queer writer, feminist, activist and creator/editor-in-chief of the online web magazine Black Girl Dangerous, Mia Mckenzie!

Mia is a self-described “writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian (now living in the bay area) with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which are literary and lyrical and hella quirky, and which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (‘09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (‘11). Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. It has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as “a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety”. Her second book, Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender is being taught at colleges and universities across the country. You can read her short stories in The Kenyon Review and make/shift. She travels and speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and the intersections of all of these”.

Free and open to the public.

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Tell Powell’s that Thug Kitchen is Racist!

November 7 – February 7, 2015

Powell’s Books, Inc.

1005 W Burnside St.

Several organizations and local businesses recently emailed Powell’s Books, Inc. reminding them why “Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck: The Official Cookbook” is a problem and asking them to pull it from their shelves. Please read our letter here:

Whether you live in Portland or not, we’re asking you to please call and/or email Powell’s Books, Inc. and kindly express your concerns– that “Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck: The Official Cookbook” perpetuates racist and violent stereotypes against black men, that the authors need to answer for their appropriation and ignorance, and that Powell’s should no longer host events with the authors.

Powell’s City of Books is the world’s largest, locally-owned, independent bookstore, located in Portland, OR and needs to be an inclusive community space.

Powell’s Media Representative:

Customer service: 800-878-7323, Press 3

Thanks. Please share this event and spread the word.

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“The Wake of Vanport”: Oral History screening

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church of Portland

3138 N Vancouver Ave

“The Wake of Vanport” is so named to honor the death of a city and the viewing of its history through the collection of Vanport stories told by the voices of those who lived there. It is also a celebration of life after loss. Vanport is a lost city of Oregon with a rich history for all Oregonians.

Join us for this screening of multimedia works produced during the 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project dedicated to collecting and preserving Vanport survivors’ stories. Community members, local historians, artists, media makers and educators collaborated to turn oral history interviews into short and powerful pieces of digital audio and visual narrative.

Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion with survivors and producers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

The Vanport Multimedia Project is an ongoing project of The North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) to collect and archive oral history from individuals in the Portland African American community. Thanks to the generous support of Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and The Skanner Newsgroup for supporting the 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project. NPMTC is a project of The Skanner Foundation.


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Justice System: Knowing Your Rights


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November Vigil for Keaton Otis

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


NE 6th and NE Halsey

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police four years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.” They shot him 23 times after tazing him while he sat in the driver’s seat.

Keaton’s father Fred Bryant held a monthly vigil on the 12th of every month since his son’s murder on the spot where Keaton’s life was taken. Fred Bryant did this for over three years, fighting for justice for his son. Fred Bryant passed away October 29, 2013. His family and community have committed to continuing the vigils every month, until justice is achieved for Keaton, and for Fred.

Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

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The 11th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lewis & Clark

0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.

The question at the center of this year’s symposium title invites us to consider both how we look at others and how they see us. How we wear our hair, how we adorn our bodies, how we style ourselves, what we consider to be beautiful or desirable in ourselves and others—these are not only questions of personal taste and self-expression but also issues of power and politics.

Please join us November 12-14th, 2014 when students, faculty, activists, community leaders, and artists will come together to address these topics from different professional and personal perspectives.

All symposium lectures and panels are free and open to the public.

For information regarding the event including the schedule, speakers and art show, visit:

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