Understanding Institutional Racism

Saturday, May 30, 2015

10am-1:30pm

First Unitarian Church of Portland

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Portland (YNPN Portland) invites our members and others in the social sector to: Understanding Institutional Racism, a workshop exploring institutional racism and its impact on the organizations, clients, and causes we serve.

In the wake of last autumn’s events in Ferguson, MO, YNPN National’s Executive Director Trish Tchume wrote about the notion of the nonprofit sector as the “secular conscience of society.” This is a difficult but important call to action, and our work begins with confronting the fact that none of our personal or professional lives are untouched by the pervasive, systemic reality of institutional inequity.

Join us on the morning of Saturday, May 30th for a conversation with Dr. Emily Drew, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University. During this workshop participants will begin to:

• Develop a shared language for talking with colleagues and others about racism and structural inequity
• Deepen our consciousness about how implicit bias shapes our lives, work, and community
• Consider how systemic racism influences and impacts the Portland community and the work of every part of the social sector
• Begin to apply this analysis to our personal values, and consider its implication for our own lives and work

Our facilitator, Dr. Emily Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about race, racism, immigration, and social change. Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew’s newest published work in the Journal of Urban Affairs explores how a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon responds to gentrification by raising consciousness and building “antiracist place.” She is on the Board of several organizations, most recently the National Association of Ethnic Studies.

For almost 20 years, Drew has been actively engaged in anti-racism activism and serves as a co-trainer of “Understanding Institutional Racism” workshops for Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. In that context, she works as a strategic planner, helping institutions develop and implement long-term commitments to anti-racist, multicultural diversity. Drew also works with CAUSA, a coalition for immigrant rights, and is in the process of publishing research about mixed-status families living “Under One Roof” in Oregon.

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Squeezed Out: The Experience of Diversity, Gentrification and Growth in Portland

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Anita Viewing!!Potluck!!Discussion!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

4pm-6:30pm

Portland State University-Women’s Resource Center

Your Thursday afternoon volunteers and Women of Color Action Team are holding a potluck and movie viewing/discussion. We’ll be watching Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGrWaCCVfq0

and eating potluck food. We’d be tickled if you brought a dish, but it is just as exciting if you just bring yourself. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions so we can make accommodations for you and let other volunteers know as well. We will be having an optional discussion after the movie.

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5 Year Memorial for Keaton Otis

May 12, 2015 marks the fifth year anniversary of the murder of Keaton Otis by Portland police.

In place of the monthly vigil (began by Keaton’s father Fred Bryant), we will hold a larger memorial event, to remember Keaton, and to demand justice for him, for Fred Bryant, and all victims of police violence.

Speakers include:
Alyssa Bryant, sister of Keaton Otis
Dr. Pastor Leroy Haynes
JoAnn A Hardesty
Shirley Isadore, mother of Kendra James
Joe Bean Keller, father of Deontae Keller
poetry by Emmett Wheatfall
screening of part of the documentary Arresting Power
hosted by Walidah Imarisha

We will have an altar set up – please bring items to share for the duration of the memorial that are meaningful and relevant.

Augustana Church
2710 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
6-8 pm

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.

#BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForKeaton

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

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*TONIGHT* Alternatives to Policing & The Prison Industrial Complex: a Critical Resistance Portland Community Conversation

Join us for a community conversation facilitated by Critical Resistance Portland chapter members. We hope to bring together organizations and individuals engaged in community alternatives to policing. We want to hear from you as we discuss ways to make our communities safer and how we can support one another in advancing this work.

We will center our conversation on these questions/themes: As abolitionists how do we address a reliance on the police and prison industrial complex to address harm in our communities? What kinds of alternatives do we envision? What are everyday ways we can move beyond calling the cops?

Where: Center for Intercultural Organizing
When: May 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
What: Facilitated conversation
Who: Open to all and anyone impacted by policing in Portland and specifically those from communities of color/youth/houseless/migrants/formerly imprisoned.

Location is wheelchair accessible and there is a single accessible bathroom. If you have any specific accessibility needs or questions, please contact us and we will do our best to address these.

This is part five 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.

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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Fat Fancy Zine Release Party!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

@ 6pm

1013 SW Morrison

Fat Fancy made a zine with Going Places!

We would love to celebrate & share it with you!

We will read from the zine.
You will have an opportunity to get a copy.
There will be snacks & deals, of course!

Hope to see you there!
xoxo FF

Fat Fancy is a resale plus size clothing store located at 1013 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97205. The Red + Blue Max Lines and Portland Streetcar stop within less than a block of the shop. There is street parking that is metered until 7pm (free after 7pm, must pay before 7pm). There is a Smart Park Parking garage kitty corner to the store on 10th Ave.

Due to the nature of resale, plus size clothing, the space is not scent-free. The space is on the ground level and is wheelchair accessible. There is a gender neutral bathroom that is not wheelchair accessible. An accessible bathroom is available across the street at City Target. This event will be in spoken English. Written handouts available before or after event in the form of a zine. We do not have a budget for a sign language interpreter at this time. ♥

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RENT CONTROL TOWN HALL #2 – EASTSIDE

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

@ 7pm

Montavilla’s St. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church, 8147 SE Pine (at 82nd)

From Ideas to Action As East Portland Faces Extinction — Socialist Alternative Hosts a Second “Rent Control Town Hall” on May 5th

A second public discussion on housing justice issues, focused on the rent crisis in Portland and the affordable housing being demolished on the city’s East Side, will be the subject of a town hall meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM Tuesday May 5th in Montavilla’s St. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church, 8147 SE Pine (at 82nd).

Event organizers intend to frame the meeting as a “next step” in a grassroots struggle for affordable housing and specifically to promote a comprehensive, city-wide rent control law. Taking a model from the highly successful organizing of 15NowPDX, Socialist Alternative’s second Rent Control Town Hall event will be the launch of a summer-long signature-gathering campaign, targeting 2,000 signatures by Labor Day.

Voices Needing To Be Heard

In many ways Portland’s farther east side neighborhoods have become ground zero for the process of gentrification and displacement, as by now close-in districts are left with virtually no housing opportunities for working class and low-income people not on assistance. For this second event, organizers have purposely chosen to hold the town hall at an East Side location, in an effort to be more accessible to residents of what are among the last affordable areas in the city.

The East Side: Demolitions and Rent Hikes

Citizen outrage at both the widespread demolition of affordable older homes and at increasingly common rent-hikes is reaching notable proportions. Street-level activism — reflected by numerous events such as renters assemblies, forums, and the Rent Control Town Halls — is clearly showing its capacity to expand on the highly visible fight for higher wages to include the issue of justice on the housing front as well.

It is in neighborhoods around 82nd Avenue, and further east, where home demolitions are most concentrated – clearly because it is here that modest houses on sizable lots, many of them rentals, can be bought cheaply, demolished overnight, and swiftly replaced with larger or multiple houses fetching prices that are at a record high in Portland’s currently white-hot real estate market. The housing bubble has returned and prices aren’t all that has recovered: volume and speed of sales are now, breathtakingly, at levels mirroring what we saw just prior to the economic crash of 2008. Still, for many, Eastside neighborhoods like Montavilla, Parkrose, Lents, Mt. Scott or Brentwood-Darlington represent the only possibilities of finding an affordable place to live in any reasonable proximity to workplaces, grocery stores, churches and schools.

Shared Sense of Crisis

A widely shared sense of crisis exists among worried renters, working class and young people seeing diminished opportunities, and older residents unhappy with rapid changes to neighborhood character. Eastsiders concerned about these issues will have another chance to share their ideas and get resources on organizing resistance at the next Rent Control Town Hall. Admission as before will be free and refreshments will be served.

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Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon

Saturday, May 2, 2015

7pm-10pm

5th Avenue Cinema

Arresting Power provides a historical and political analysis of the role of police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland, its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class. The film features interviews with families of people who were killed by Portland police, victims of everyday harassment and intimidation, as well as local activists, historians and community organizers. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors. www.arrestingpower.com

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May Day 2015: Rise Up in Solidarity

Friday, May 1, 2015

2pm

Portland State University-South Park Blocks

We encourage everyone to Rise Up In Solidarity for social & economic justice this May Day. Together we can build a movement to take back our communities.

Originally a celebration of coming of summer, May Day became part of labor movement fighting for an eight-hour day in the 1800s. On this day, over a hundred years ago, workers organized to demand fair labor conditions.

Today, working people are still denied basic rights, as many live in poverty, endure houselessness, food insecurity, and lack of access to health care. As we approach May Day in 2015, we recognize how immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, access to education, and other personal realities intersect and affect the way workers experience a range of injustices. This year our call is to reflect on the differences, find common ground, and Rise Up In Solidarity!

We Gather – 2pm
We Rally – 3pm
We March – 4:30pm

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