Join the Women of Color Zine Workshops as they host a panel celebrating QWOC at the annual Queer Students of Color Conference!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Portland State University-Smith Student Center
Room 236 LR
Tessara is a poet and educator who uses the sharing of stories to build community, create understanding, and stimulate change. In addition to serving as the coordinator for Portland State University’s LGBTQ2+ Speaker’s Bureau, Tessara is a student at PSU, a participant in the Black Girl Dangerous Editor-in-Training Program, a story catcher for for the Vanport Multimedia Project, a freelance-writer and editor, and a social justice educator. Bringing a passion to change the world into all of this work, Tessara believes it is the poet’s job to bring out both the struggle and beauty in life.
Going Places writes an ongoing zine, entitled Going Places, that focuses on their life as a Navajo punk, Native American diaspora, and other self-interests. They hope that with their zine, they can break down stereotypes about what a Native American is supposed to be and also encourage other Natives to express themselves.
Tonya Jones is the founder of PDX Women of Color Zine Workshops. The WOC Zine group publishes a zine collective called “Women of Color: How to Live in The City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks.” The zine looks at how women of color navigate racism/sexism/heterosexism, etc., in a majority white city.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Starting at 5pm
1400 SE Morrison Street
We are hosting an (Un)Happy Hour on Equal Pay Day because we’re, well, unhappy about unequal pay for women.
In 2015, like every year, it takes women many months of extra work to catch up to what men earned the year before.
And while we gather on April 14th, it is important to dive deeper into the data and see how different women are affected by the wage gap:
* African-American women earn just $0.64.
* Latinas earn a mere $0.55.
* Mothers, when compared to fathers, earn $0.60
WHICH. IS. APPALLING.
But the good news is that there’s real forward motion to close the gender wage gap here in Oregon, with several bills pending in Salem that will contribute, like: paid sick time, pay transparency, more $ for childcare subsidies, and more.
No need to RSVP, just swing by. We’ll be glad to see you!
Oh! And you’ll get a 21% discount if you are a woman (cis or trans) because, well, your reduced earnings mean reduced buying power, right?
Looking forward to seeing you on the 14th!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
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, until justice is achieved for Keaton, for Fred, for our whole community.
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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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Women of color often face unique barriers when dealing with sexual violence in/outside of their communities. Support events/organizations that are working hard to resist rape culture.
PSU Women’s Resource Center SAAM calendar: http://www.pdx.edu/sexual-assault/sexual-assault-awareness-month-2015-events
Women of Color Network: http://www.wocninc.org/
*This video is being posted in support of SAAM. Trigger warning*