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Black Joy: Self Care Saturday for Black Girls, Women and Femmes

Please join us for some Black Joy: Self Care Saturday for Black girls and women on Saturday, November 28th at the Center for Intercultural Organizing from 12-7:30pm +

We will be providing materials to engage in various arts and crafts. Additionally, food will be provided and children and youth welcome. No costs.

We welcome all of your #BlackGirlMagic and cannot wait to share space with you all.
History of #ForBlackGirlsOnly :
#ForBlackGirlsOnly is a safe space, unapologetically centering Black women. We share stories, information and resources to empower one another.

For Black Girls Only emerged from Cape Town, by a South African group called BlackLoveSessions and spearheaded and organized by a Black queer woman, Sivu Onesipho Siwisa (Twitter: madblackqueer).

For Black Girls Only took place in Cape Town on Sunday, August 30th at Trenchtown, OBS. FBGO engaged in a radical, unapologetic picnic-style space of various creative mediums including, music, stalls, exhibitions, book exchange and carefree, bell hooks New School format panel discussions regarding Feminism/Womanism, Organizing and Mobilizing, Health (Emotional, Psychological and Physical), Self Care, Pleasure and Erotica, Sisterhood and Solidarity coupled with dancing breaks and shopping.

A couple of must-know’s about #ForBlackGirlsOnly spaces:

– No allies, whatsoever. It is a safe space for Black women and Black women only including, Black trans, queer, non-gender conforming, mothers, non-english speaking, and differently-abled.

– No cover charge. The space will remain free and accessible in order to further avoid marginalizing anyone.

– Speakers to be diverse including different classes and/or generations on a variety of topics.

– Wear all Black (if able).

– Have fun
-#ForBlackGirlsOnly is trying to build a recognizable, worldwide collective and brand and the hashtag is intellectual property

In solidarity with Cape Town and organizer, Sivu, we are happy to bring #ForBlackGirlsOnly to the U.S. and Portland, OR.


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#YearWithoutTamir Solidarity Action and VIgil


A year ago this Sunday, 12 year old Tamir Rice was murdered by police officers in Cleveland while he was playing in a park not far from his home. His family has endured a year without justice, a year being dragged through the mud by media and supposedly independent prosecuters, and a year without Tamir.

Please join us for a vigil to demand justice for Tamir Rice on the one year anniversary of his death, Sunday November 22nd at 3:30 PM. Please arrive by 3:15pm so that we can start promptly at 3:30pm.

Meet us below the “Having Enough Police Matters” billboard on SE 11th and Madison.


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Policing Abolition Workshop: Critical Resistance Portland

Please join an exciting workshop this weekend!

Policing Abolition
Sunday, November 22nd
2:30-5pm Center for Intercultural Organization.

Snacks and light meal provided. RSVP required.

In this workshop we’ll explore how to actually engage in the work of shifting our reliance away from the police and policing to alternative ways of keeping our community safe. We’ll cover what is policing, practice what it looks like to utilize alternatives, and cover a history of policing from the lens of PIC abolition*.

We’re excited to have two staff members from the national office in Oakland here in Portland to give this training–Mohamed Shehk and Lily Haskell.

*This is not an intro workshop to the prison industrial complex or abolition–stay tuned for more info for that training that will take place in December.

Following the training we’ll be hosting a movie screening of Bastards of the Party so if you’d like to make a day of it, plan to stick around for this public screening. Help us gauge supplies needed by RSVPing at



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How to Be a Race Traitor – Historical Examples of Revolutionary White Accomplices

Saturday, November 14, 2015


In Other Words Bookstore

The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party – Portland Chapter and Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective present the third and final installment in their series of White Ally Workshops from an African Perspective: How to Be a Race Traitor – Historical Examples of Revolutionary White Accomplices.

Don’t know who Marilyn Buck is? You should. Come learn about Ms. Buck, John Brown, Naomi Jaffe and more historical examples of white folks who made great sacrifices for African Liberation. We will discuss their contributions to the struggle and how white folks today can honor the work they’ve done and model their allyship after these important figures. Having attended the prior two workshops will provide helpful context but is not required.

Food and drink will be provided. This workshop will be recorded.

In Other Words Accessability info:

Safer Space Policy:
Please help us keep IOW a fragerance free space, more info here:
Gender neutral bathroom
No steps to the door, or inside the building
Short ramp between the two areas of the building inside
Aprox 3′ width for the entrance
Variable wheelchair access to the bathroom – it’s wide, but there is a 90 degree turn from hallway to room, one rail on the wall parallel to the toilet
Ramp to the stage
Seating is pretty sturdy, slightly padded folding chairs (no arms) and some couches

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The New Orleans Comics and Zine Festival 2015!!!

The second festival celebrating alternative comics and zines is coming this November 14th, featuring countless creators, workshops, and performances! And NOCAZ is totally FREE! and ALL AGES!

And there is still time to register!

wanna volunteer?

NOCAZ is an attempt to make a space for self published artists and thinkers to put their work out in the public sphere and be able to reach other people without the constraints and expense of the commercial publishing industry. Zines are a participatory format and we hope bringing multiple perspectives together under one roof can create dialogue and inspire more people to express themselves through print. We would also like to see more of this D.I.Y. spirit in the world of comics and hopefully make space for sharing knowledge and celebrating work that is existing outside of the tired narratives of mainstream comics and pushing the medium to new limits. And all of this happening at the public library? What a dream!

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November Vigil for Keaton Otis

Thursday, November 12, 2015


NE 6th and NE Halsey

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police over 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

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