Happy Holidays!!

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Sistah Sinema – PORTLAND (The Edge of Each Other’s Battles)

Saturday, December 13, 2014


In Other Words Bookstore

14 NE Killingsworth

The Edge of Each Other’s Battles (The Vision of Audre Lorde): This award winning documentary captures the historic I AM YOUR SISTER CONFERENCE, which took place in Boston in 1990.

I AM YOUR SISTER CONFERENCE brought together 1200 activists from 23 countries. The film includes many of their speeches, footage of Audre Lorde, and candid interviews with conference organizers. THE EDGE OF EACH OTHER’S BATTLES reminds the viewer that we are each empowered to create, change, and capture history.



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*TONIGHT!* December Vigil for Keaton Otis

Friday, December 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.

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

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De-Gentrifying Portland – East Portland and North Portland Screenings 12/10 & 12/13

Join Know Your City, Portland African-American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and artist and Project Coordinator Sharita Towne for the public premiere of short films made by local youth of color that address the topic of gentrification and changing neighborhoods in Portland. In addition to the student films, there will be work screened by other artists from Portland addressing similar themes, as well as an art show of photographs by youth from Self Enhancement, Inc., clothes by local designers, and appearances by local musicians and guest speakers.

In the past decade, Portland’s communities of color have experienced a dramatic demographic shift from neighborhoods in inner northeast Portland to locations in East Portland and Gresham. This change has had negative effects, as businesses and cultural organizations have relocated, and families and neighbors have been displaced because of increased property costs and urban redevelopment. De-Gentrifying Portland is an opportunity for youth to talk about their experiences and how gentrification has affected them.

Over the course of 2 nights we will see work from the following participating youth media makers:
Hayley Bauske
Savanna Carter
Mia Charnelle
Baqi Coles
Llondyn Elliot
Diamond Ferguson
Sam Graves
Jonny Sanders
Meghan Skinner
Donovan Smith

Other artists whose work will be featured include:
B-Media Collective
BLVCK QUEEN (Mia Charnelle)
Jodi Darby
Alli DeMonico
Chris Fuzzell
Keyon Gaskin
Zachary Gough
Noah Gurevich
Mikayla Hutchinson
Grace Hwang
Ignorant/Reflections (Donovan Smith)
Sidony O’Neal
Julie Perini
The Resistance
Alex Riedlinger
Sharita Towne
Spreading Rumours
Patricia Vazquez

The program will be screened two times:
December 10th, 7pm-9pm at The Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark), a nonprofit organization located in East Portland’s diverse Rosewood neighborhood.

December 13th, 2pm-4pm at Sons of Haiti Lodge (3503 N. Mississippi), the last remaining African American-owned business on Mississippi Avenue.

This program is made possible by grants from Regional Arts & Culture Council and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.


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*Today!* Resisting Policing & Fighting for Dignity – Migrant Justice in Portland

Resisting Policing & Fighting for Dignity – Migrant Justice in Portland.
Critical Resistance Portland’s Community Conversations

This months conversation will feature a panel on migrant justice and the policing of migrant communities. We will hear from a panel of different community members doing this work as well as draw on our own understanding and experiences to discuss what policing of migrant communities and migrant justice is and can be.

We will center our conversation on these questions/themes: As abolitionists how do we address the policing of migrant communities and prioritize migrant justice in our movements? How do use a prison industrial complex abolitionist lens to view detention centers, border control, border imperialism, ICE raids, DACA, immigration reform, migrant labor, and migrant justice? What can we do to forward migrant justice?

Where: Red & Black Cafe
When: December 9th, 6:30-8:30pm
What: Moderated panel and facilitated conversation
Who: Anyone impacted by policing in Portland and specifically those from communities of color/migrant communities

Location is wheelchair accessible and there is a single accessible bathroom. Red & Black uses scent free natural cleaner. If you have any specific accessibility needs or questions, please contact us and we will do our best to address these.

This is part three of a five-part monthly series of community conversations on the topic of policing in Portland.

Our goal in hosting these community conversations is to learn more about our communities’ experiences with policing, and to discuss our needs and the ways we can build alternatives to policing and the PIC in Portland. As members of Critical Resistance, we believe that successful movements for self-determination are those that reflect communities who are most impacted by oppression and state violence, so we seek to use these conversations to directly inform the anti-policing work that the Portland chapter is developing here.

Future monthly community conversations in this series will center on the topics of policing of youth and youth justice and alternatives to policing.

Who we are:
Critical Resistance is a national grassroots organization working to end society’s reliance on imprisonment, policing and surveillance as responses to social, economic & political problems.

Portland’s Chapter of Critical Resistance was founded last fall. Our chapter consists of primarily folks of color who are from Portland or have lived here for years and come from various organizing backgrounds. Our chapter focuses our work on those most impacted by the prison industrial complex, namely black and brown and queer and trans/GNC folks.

Our Mission
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

Our Vision:
Critical Resistance’s vision is the creation of genuinely healthy, stable communities that respond to harm without relying on imprisonment and punishment. We call our vision abolition, drawing, in part from the legacy of the abolition of slavery in the 1800′s. As PIC abolitionists we understand that the prison industrial complex is not a broken system to be fixed. The system, rather, works precisely as it is designed to—to contain, control, and kill those people representing the greatest threats to state power. Our goal is not to improve the system even further, but to shrink the system into non-existence. We work to build healthy, self-determined communities and promote alternatives to the current system.
Critical Resistance (CR) is building a member-led and member-run grassroots movement to challenge the use of punishment to “cure” complicated social problems. We know that more policing and imprisonment will not make us safer. Instead, we know that things like food, housing, and freedom are what create healthy, stable neighborhoods and communities. We work to prevent people from being arrested or locked up in prison. In all our work, we organize to build power and to stop the devastation that the reliance on imprisonment and policing has brought to ourselves, our families, and our communities.


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Happy December!!

It’s that time of year of gift giving to loved ones. Why not give the gift of zines? Check out our favorite website http://www.brownreclusezinedistro.com/ to find great zines by women/people of color ;)



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Goapele in Portland!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Doors open at 8pm/Show at 9pm

Doug Fir Lounge

839 E Burnside St.

Seamlessly blending genres while refusing to be limited by the “neo-soul” tag, the eloquent singer/songwriter completed her first release Closer in 2001 and never looked back. Embraced from the beginning by critics and fans alike, Goapele craved the perfect niche for herself as she created music that fused jazz, soul and hip-hop with her own beautiful poetry.

Yet, while the Oakland native and former Berklee College of Music student has continued to grow as artist and live performer in the eleven years since her debut, Goapele is also known as a savvy businesswoman.

Not content to be merely another singer lost in the machine, Goapele’s follow-up recordings Even Closer (2002) and Change It All (2005) were released through majors in conjunction with her own independent label Skyblaze. “I like being more hands on when it comes to my music,” Goapele says of the family owned independent label. “Establishing Skyblaze allowed me to have a more direct connection with my business as well as the music.”

While Rolling Stone magazine once called Goapele the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo,” her searing voice can be both sensuous and serious, often on the same song. After taking off six years from recording, Goapele has returned to the forefront of the music scene with Break of Dawn, a collection of sophisticated songs dealing with love, loss and all the life in between.



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Discussion About the Real History of Black People in Oregon with Walidah Imarisha

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Friendly House

2617 NW Savier St.

Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. This is the focus of

“Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History,”

a free conversation with Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha. This program is hosted by Friendly House and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Imarisha has taught in Portland State University’s Black Studies department, where she has created classes about topics as diverse as the history of the Black Panther Party, race and the history of prisons, Hurricane Katrina, and hip hop as literature. She has facilitated writing workshops for students in third to twelfth grade, in community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons.

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. This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.

FREE, $5 donation very appreciated

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