*Tonight!!* RACE TALKS

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Free/All Ages
7pm – 9pm; Doors open at 6pm
McMenamins Kennedy School Gym

“Using Social Media for Social Justice”

Julie Falk , Executive Director, B*tch Media
Carlos Covarrubias, Social Justice Blogger, RACE TALKS Volunteer
Adrienne Cabouet, Black Lives Matter PDX

There will be small group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers and an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

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

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Slave or Rebel? Why Black Feminists Are Calling IN Meryl Streep & The Cast Of Suffragettes

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3pm-4:30pm EDT

RSVP HERE https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1497105297710650370

In a disturbingly cheerful editorial photoshoot published this week featuring Meryl Streep and her Suffragettes cast (http://www.timeout.com/london/film/meryl-streep-on-feminism-family-and-playing-pankhurst-in-suffragette), we see the all-white women crew proudly posing in t-shirts that brazenly bear the words of Emmeline Pankhurst from a 1913 voting rights rally in Great Britain: “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” In her HuffPo response, writer Zeba Blay dismisses the centrality of historical context in order to focus on current consequences of the use of the term ‘slave.’ Blay notes that “gender oppression is toxic and terrible but it is just not the same thing as slavery.”

For Zeba and many other feminists in our own ranks, the only reasonable reaction is to recoil (with rage, sorrow, confusion) at such a scene which dismisses our ancestors’ pain and violation. But if there is any conceivable benefit of Streep’s muddled mess, it’s that it exposes the rifts between White feminists seeking to situate themselves in their own foremother’s flawed but heady tropes and supporting Black feminists’ resistance to state racism, violence, and erasure.

How does Streep’s recycling Pankhurst’s declaration today ignore centuries of Black women’s struggle for full accessibility to citizenship?

Was the same invisibility perpetuated by the use of the phrases like “wage slavery” at labor protests by the Lowell Mill girls or the usage of the moniker “modern-day slavery” by anti-sex trafficking campaigners?

There is no doubt that too many media campaigns and White feminist movement spaces are mired in the foggy swamps of historical amnesia, wherein Black women’s herstories as American citizens are perpetually trivialized and lost.

Black Women’s Blueprint seeks to respond to this erasure in conversation with you!

How can we bring back the intersectional language of our herstories?

How have Black women historically wrestled with the complicated interconnectedness of sexism and racism in the United States context?

Join us for next week’s webinar Slave or Rebel to consider these risks, rewards, and reclamations in light of this recent firestorm.

Price: $5

Facilitators: Sevonna Brown, Human Rights Projects Manager, Ashley J. Hobbs, Communications and Campus Program Coordinator and Kaitlyn Newman, Director of Strategic Development (Black Women’s Blueprint)

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October Vigil for Keaton Otis

Monday, October 12, 2015

6pm to 7pm

NE 6th and NE Halsey

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police almost five years ago, May 12, 2010. 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. Later police said Keaton had a gun, but have yet to produce it.

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, every single month in the rain, the dark, the heat, the snow. Fred Bryant passed away October 29, 2013.

His family and community have committed to continuing the vigils every month on the 12th, until justice is achieved for Keaton, for Fred, for our whole community.

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

#BlackLivesMatter #Every28Hours

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Keaton-Otis/127054844033835?ref=ts&fref=ts

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ABQ Zine Fest Five!

Saturday, October 10, 2015


The Tannex in Albuquerque, New Mexico

ABQZFV is ALMOST HERE! Eleven days until folks get to hang out at the Tannex and Graft Galley read, buy, trade and sell zines all day long! ABQ Zine Fest is FREE to ATTEND!

In the evening, at the Tannex, ABQZF will host zine readings and live music from Sara Century, Costal Doom and Ivy & Associates! ($5).

See you at ABQ Zine Fest FIVE!

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RenterStateofEmergency Public Hearing

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Portland City Hall

This is a #RenterStateofEmergency ACTION ALERT. Repeat. This is a #RenterSOS ACTION ALERT:

October 7th, 2015 we are calling all #RenterStateofEmergency supporters to flood city hall for a hearing on proposals submitted to address the housing crisis.

We are looking for tenants who want to publicly testify at the hearing. Please email displacement@oregoncat.org if you are interested.


We must get relief now! Your attendance adds to the collective voice and pressure we all need to demand immediate relief in this #RenterStateofEmergency crisis!

This has been a #RenterSOS Alert.

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Trigger warning…This video is being posted in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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*TODAY* Black Lives Matter: Politics, Identity and Intersectionality

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Lewis & Clark College-Council Chamber

This event is sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), and The Black Student Union.

Black Lives Matter is arguably one of the most significant social movements of our day. The Ethnic Studies program is sponsoring a series this year to discuss various aspects of this movement. Over the course of the year, we will hold four panel discussions that bring together academics, activists and students to examine the BLM movement from the perspectives of politics, history, education and philosophy.

For the first panel, we ask what kind of political movement is BLM. What is the relationship of BLM to electoral politics, if any? Given the heterogeneous nature of BLM, is it even possible to define concrete political goals and strategies? How important is identity politics to the BLM? How does intersectionality (how race, class and gender work together) function in the BLM movement?

• Kundai Chirindo, L&C Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies

• Tessara Dudley, Black Lives Matter Poet-Activist

• Sonja Nosisa, L&C ’18

• Jasmine Reid L&C law student

• Moderator: Elliott Young, L & C Director of Ethnic Studies, Professor of History

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Happy October!!

We hope you had a good summer!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Support local organizations working to combat interpersonal violence in our communities…

PSU Women’s Resource Center

Bradley Angle House

Healing Roots Program


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Summer, summer, summertime!!

The Women of Color Zine Workshops blog is on summer break! Check back with us in the fall to stay updated about Portland events and other happenings around the country!!

We wish you a happy and safe summer :)

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