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Latin@ Heritage Month

September 24-October 8

Portland State University

Latin@ Student Organization Fair!
“Documented” Film Screening and Discussion!
Julio Salgado art workshop and lecture!

Wednesday, 9/24
Latin@ Organizations Fair
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at La Casa Latina
La Casa will be hosting an organizational fair to get new students acquainted with the various Latin@ Groups at Portland State. This is a great opportunity to meet students in different organization and learn about being a part of different groups.

Wednesday, 10/1
“Documented” Film Screening and Discussion
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Multicultural Center
Join the Multicultural Center, the Immigrant Law Group PC, and the Oregon DREAMers as we screen “Documented,” a film written and directed by undocumented journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas. The film will be followed with a discussion facilitated by the Immigrant Law Group PC.

Wednesday, 10/8
In honor of Latin@ Heritage Month and National Coming Out Day: “I Exist!” featuring Julio Salgado
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Art workshop)
6:20 pm – 7:30 pm (Lecture and Q&A)
BOTH at the Multicultural Center
Join La Casa Latina, the Multicultural Center, the Queer Resource Center, Oregon DREAMers, Momentum Alliance, Las Mujeres, and MEChA as we host nationally recognized artist and activist Julio Salgado! Lunch and dinner will be provided.

For more information please contact us at:
(503) 725-5342


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Policing in Portland–Critical Resistance Portland’s Community Conversation


Starting at 6:30pm

Matt Dishman Community Center

Policing in Portland
Critical Resistance Portland’s Community Conversations

A five part monthly series of community conversations on the topic of policing in Portland.

Our goal in hosting these 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.

First conversation:

National Flashpoints to Portland?–Police Violence, Policing and Portland’s Communities of Color.

How do we experience policing in our communities? What is the reality of police violence in our communities? How do we sustain our rage and seek change? What do we need to feel safe? Who are the Michael Brown’s of our community?

Together we’ll explore these questions as we discuss the real impact of policing in Portland.

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

Future monthly community conversations in this series will center on the topics of youth policing, migrant 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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Sistah Sinema – PORTLAND (Money Matters)

On Saturday, September 20, 2014 starting at 6pm

we will screen Money Matters The Movie – a feature length narrative film that explores many of the difficulties facing queer youth of color.

This event will be held at In Other Words Bookstore

At the heart of the picture is a strong and complicated mother/daughter dynamic. Pamela (Aunjanue Ellis of Men of Honor, Ray, Undercover Brother, The Mentalist and The Help) plays the mother, a troubled soul dealing with abusive relationships and a sordid past that was populated with drug use and prostitution. Still fighting every day, she has been committed to giving her daughter Monique “Money” Matters (Terri Abney) a better opportunity than she had. Abney plays and it is one of the more complex portraits of adolescence that you’re likely to see. Introspective and socially awkward, Abney has a defiant but loving relationship with her mother who has turned to a religious mania in the search for strength.

But her primary journey is one of self-discovery, just who is she and where does she fit in? As Abney starts to be pushed by teachers and a new bond with a local girl, her independence and confidence start to shine. But as unsavory elements that haunt the two women’s past start to surface, Abney must confront some unpleasant truths. Can these realizations set her free or might they destroy her?

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A Time to Heal-A FREE Afrocentric Breakfast

A Time to Heal-A FREE Afrocentric Breakfast

Saturday, September 20, 2014

10am to 2pm

Follow at http://www.weareblackweare.com/


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Queens of The Night will be held at the Local Lounge.

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September Political Education

Political Education Movie Night:
“The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975″

Just because the fun in the sun is over, that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down. As students head back to school, we are reminded that our continuing education isn’t over either. Join us for an evening of political education every third Wednesday of the month. This month we’ll be showing the powerful documentary “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975″:

Wednesday, September 17
at the OPAL office: 2407 SE 49th Ave.
Popcorn start poppin’ at 5:30pm
Film and discussion 6-8pm

Contact vivian@opalpdx.org to RSVP or for more information



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sunday jam

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NASCC Movie Series

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PSU Native American Student Community Center

710 SW Jackson St, Portland, Oregon 97201

3pm showtimes
Chief Joseph Room

Popcorn and lemonade will be served.
Free and open to all.

Contact Melissa Bennett for more information: melissb@pdx.edu

Upcoming Film:

Barking Water:
Stranded in the hospital, an ailing Frankie asks his former lover to spring him from the ward so he can see his daughter and grandchild one last time. Directed by Sterlin Harjo. Starring: Casey Camp-Horinek, Richard Ray Whitman


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DONT SHOOT Portland Call To Action for Solidarity with #Ferguson

The ACLU of Oregon will hold a training this Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. to train people on their basic rights when dealing with law enforcement.

The event will be held at Dawson Park

Are you confident in asserting your rights when dealing with police? Do you know when an officer has the right to search you?

Many of us do not have the knowledge and confidence to stand up for our basic rights during an encounter with law enforcement. Knowing these rights and how to assert them should be a part of our basic education but, sadly, it is not.

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