Intisar Abioto: Contents

Thursday, April 2, 2015



Intisar Abioto, creator of The Black Portlanders, is bringing us Contents, a photography show about the stories of people and place.

Don’t miss out:
Intisar will present a short performance at 7pm

From the interview:
Story is maybe the beginning of everything for me. It’s how I process everything, like the story resonance, stories that need to be revived, or people to be revived. How you season a story or image, how a story or image or impulse is affected by the stories and images that are next to it or in context to it. Stories in physical places, in imaginative places, where all those things can meet. I’m always thinking about storytelling and man, that subject is so huge. But how stories can be more real than the physical realm, they can last longer than the physical realm. When you share them, they grow versus diminish in size. I just think it’s so powerful.

I don’t necessarily have a religion, but I do feel spiritual about storytelling and I just really believe in it. That word has so many meanings; people use it so many different ways. Thinking about what the wider story of your life is, like, I know this work of documenting or working with people of the African Diaspora is my life’s work or one of my life’s works as a contribution to whatever this weird thing we’re in together is. This is the other thing, because on the Internet you can share these projects and they’re based off of real life and they’re based on real things. They could just go on and on but you have an ending. How long does a project about something really go on?

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Make a Donation

The Women of Color Zine Workshops welcomes donations. ALL funds are used to support our community activities. We appreciate anything from $1 to $100 (we would faint if that happened :) Click the “Make a Donation” tab to make a contribution today. Thank you!!

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Happy April!

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:

Women of Color Network:

*This video is being posted in support of SAAM. Trigger warning*

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sunday jam

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Black Woman Heal


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End Profiling Legislative Hearing

Monday, March 30, 2015

Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)

House Judiciary Hearing on End Profiling Bill

Join the statewide End Profiling Coalition and attend or submit your testimony to the House Judiciary hearing on House Bill 2002. The hearing takes place Monday, March 30th from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Oregon State Capitol building in room 343! We will be in solidarity with our community giving testimony in support of an end to law enforcement profiling.



Carpools leave at 1:30 PM from all locations

If you drive on your own, please meet us at Oregon Capitol building (900 Court Street NE) in room 343 by 2:45 PM.


Multnomah County Residents – CIO Portland Office

700 N Killingsworth St.

Washington County Residents – CIO Beaverton Office

12625 SW Broadway St, Suite 200

Lane County Residents – Community Alliance of Lane Co. (CALC) 458 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR

End Profiling Campaign

Nationwide, we are all bearing witness to cases of police profiling and the dreadful escalations thereafter. In Oregon, there are no systems in place for people to report cases of profiling. There are no accurate data reflecting the realities of profiling, and accountability remains unchecked. This needs to change. Our law enforcement must serve to protect, not criminalize!

Oregon House Bill 2002 (originally three bills, but they have been combined into one) will ultimately serve as a tool for community to keep their families, friends and neighbors safe by:

Defining & Banning Profiling – Defines profiling as solely using someone’s race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national origin, language, housing status, sexual orientation or gender/gender identity as a basis to stop, question, or search them.

Data Collection – Requires Law enforcement to collect data and record when they stop an individual who belongs to a protected class highlighted in the definition.

Accountability – Gives the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) the authority to collect and house profiling based complaints on law enforcement. The Attorney General may give notice to the violating law enforcement agency and or investigate if they think an agency or individual has a systemic issue.


What is the House Judiciary Hearing?

In order for End Profiling (HB 2002) to become a law, the House Judiciary committee has a hearing then makes a recommendation to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote by the representatives. Once the House passes a bill, it goes to the Senate side for the same process to take place. When the Senate passes the bill, it then goes to the state governor to sign the bill into a state law. So this hearing is super important! The best way we can make sure it passes is if you attend the hearing with us and show these legislators how important this issue is! This House Judiciary committee hearing takes place Monday, March 30th 3:00-5:00 PM at the Oregon State Capital in room 343.

End Profiling state-wide coalition:
Urban League of Portland, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, Japanese American Citizens League, Causa Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, NAACP Eugene Springfield Oregon Unit 1119, LULAC of Lane County, Oregon, Oregon Action, Rogue Valley Oregon Action, Oregon Health Equity Alliance, Family Forward Oregon, Rural Organizing Project, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Community Alliance of Lane County, Oregon AFL-CIO, @United Church of Christ (UCC) NW Central Conference, YWCA of Greater Portland.

Oregon AFL-CIO, United Church of Christ (UCC) Central Pacific Conference,YWCA of greater Portland, and
the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO). We are also individuals personally affected by the issue of police profiling and allies who stand against the profiling our loved ones and neighbors live through.

Join our phone banks to recruit for this hearing!

Thursday, March 19th,

Tuesday March 24th,

and Thursday March 26th

6:00-8:00 PM @ CIO PDX (700 N Killingsworth St.)

RSVP with Oscar Guerra-Vera at (503) 896-2145 or


Copyright © 2014 The Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth St, Portland OR 97217

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TWERK |3.27|

Friday, March 27, 2015

Starting at 10pm

Local Lounge






Accessibility info:


Wheel chair accessible,
Front door: 80″x36″ with a ramp and handrail

The bar height is 3ft 7in
Bar stools: 2 1/5 ft tall

Tables and chairs: tables 2ft 7in, and a chairs are 1 1/3 ft tall

2 Gender neutral restroom
-both doors are 2ft 10in, and ADA compliant.

How to get to Local Lounge:
Bus 6, 4 and 24 stop near by.

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ACRL Zine Pavilion

Come out and say hi to the Women of Color Zine Workshops! We will be tabling at the ACRL Zine Pavilion event…

Wednesday, March 25, 2014

Starting at 5:45pm

Oregon Convention Center

Booth 707 in the ACRL 2015 Exhibit Hall! March 25-27, 2015

Read a zine, make a zine, talk to librarians who use zines for teaching and outreach, edit and buy zines from local zinesters. Exhibits only passes are free, so bring your friends! (near the bottom).


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March PDX Black Feminism Meetup

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Elevated Coffee

Do you want to create community with other PDX Black feminists? We chat about everything from Beyoncé/Jay Z to domestic violence in communities of color to folks limited perceptions of Black women in Portland/around the world.

Check out this article we will be discussing at the upcoming meetup:

Rich White Feminists…Us Black Girls Are Busy

*This is a Black women’s space only. Respect. Thank you!!**

Contact Tonya Jones for more info or (503) 804-0873

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Local Lounge


The night that Portland needs… A TRUE HIP-HOP Dance Party!

Im talking Hip-Hop from BEGINING to END!

And while were at it we also have the HOTTEST Performers in NW entertaining you…

Isaiah Tillman
Jayla Rose Sullivan
Kourtni Capree
CJ Mickens
Miss Sweetheart Kimber Shade AKA Henry Felton

And that’s just to name a few!

See you there Drink special happening all through out the night!

$5 Cover/ 21+ with Valid ID


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