PISA Forum 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Native American Student Community Center

Calling all PISA members and Pacific Islander identified students from across Oregon for a day of networking, alliance building, potluck, and an awesome educational Pacific Islander Cultural workshop. Join us for a productive day of building long-term relationships among fellow brothers and sisters across the state and build coalition to establish a strong foundation for PISA’s future!

Keynote speakers include Dr. Lani Teves, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, and Makerusa Porotesano, PISA co-founder and organizer.

There is a sliding scale of $5-$20 for donations, plus bring a side dish for the potluck! No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

RSVP REQUIRED!!! So please click on this link to RSVP online
https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50698/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=80246 or email nwpisa@gmail.com.

We hope to see you all there! Please share the event, invite fellow PI brothers and sisters, and help spread the word!

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We Are Not Dangerous

When: Monday, January 26th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Where: CIO Office 700 N Killingsworth St Portland, OR 97217

What: Join us in reclaiming our identity and community. Across the nation, we have seen cases of police brutality, use of excessive force, and in some instances, law enforcement homicide. These events have spurred a discussion and jump started action around policy accountability in New York, Ferguson, Los Angeles, and beyond. We want to highlight the historic and present efforts of persons working on these issues. We will be meeting to talk to each other about what is happening and honor those who we respect who have shaped our growth.

The event will start with a warm welcome, as well as a video showcasing clips from the civil rights era and present day showing the parallels and growth. On one wall, there will be an altar to honor those who have lost their lives to law enforcement. We encourage you to come and add names of people you know, inspirational leaders, and folks you know who are organizing for change. Participants can also opt to have their pictures taken with signage saying “We are not dangerous,” which will be added to a wall of photographs.

There will be information on tables about efforts, happening in Oregon, to demand accountability. No one should be questioned or searched because of their religion, race, national origin, LGBTQ status, housing status, or age.


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Unchaste Readers Series

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


The Knock Back

2315 NE Alberta St.

Unchaste Readers – Women Reading Their Minds presents (in alphabetical order by first name):

Elizabeth Enslin
JM Reed
Julia Laxer
Karen Walasek
Melanie Alldritt
Olivia Oliva
Polly Dugan
Venus Thrash

Please join the fun for poetry, prose, yelling, singing, etc.

21+ event.

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*Tonight* RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE: Mami Takahashi, de•mar•cate

Mami Takahashi

On view: January 12– 29, 2015
Reception: Tues, Jan 13, 5–8 pm
Performance: Tues, Jan 13, 6 pm
Artist Talk: Tues, Jan 27, 6:30–8 pm

Portland State University-Littman Gallery

“A friend of mine lived in New York his whole life, but spent that time in a Chinese American community where he only spokeChinese. After his first visit to Mexico, he was stopped by border police while attempting to return to the U.S. When communication barriers created difficulties, the guards expressed skepticism about his U.S. citizenship. His papers, which supposedly granted him the same status as any other American, ended up being a barrier because the language he uses in his experience as an American is different than theirs.

For Americans who do not use English in their everyday lives, the United States is a borderlands barricading them from full participation in citizenship. Most of us cannot imagine this ordeal and believe, deep down, if an individual speaks unconventional English, they cannot be an American.

“Sin Papeles” collects language from articles about immigration, revealing the pronunciation of words as a way to abstract terms familiar to native speakers to share the experience a non-native speaker has with them. A barrier both metaphorically and literally in the gallery space for viewers, the piece forces viewers to question their own assumption of access or highlights their experience lacking it.

A series of works, “Title Will Be Here,” uses translated and segmented text from original writings in a foreign language. These writings, made decades ago by a non-English speaking teenager, are processed into English using online translation software. By filtering these original writings, the artist attempts to revalue the initial journal by selecting segments created through the subversion of corporate products. The works monumentalize these neutralized snippets in silver leaf, transmitting the text through burning the surface.

By layering multiples of the same clip, a series of untitled videos calls to mind the subtle shifts viewers from different perspectives face when encountering a work.”


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January Vigil for Keaton Otis

Monday, January 12, 2014

Starting at 6pm

NE 6th and NE Halsey

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police four 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.

#BlackLivesMatter #Every28Hours

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

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Latin Night 2015!!!

Friday, January 9, 2015


Portland State University-Smith Memorial Ballroom

PSU Students Free/Public $7

Las Mujeres PSU is excited to announce the 3rd annual LATIN NIGHT Celebration!!! We strive to share the Latin culture and the rich diversity that exists throughout Latin America, highlighting the Latino culture at PSU!

A night of diverse entertainment, delicious cuisine, local art, and educational exhibits, with live performances by local artists Latin Night is an initiative by Las Mujeres PSU to celebrate.

Latin Night welcomes the Latino/Hispanic community and allies, to emphasize to our children and families that they belong in a place of higher education. Latin Night extends an opportunity for prominent community leaders to support Latina/Hispanic/Chicana collegiate students at Portland State University. Lastly, Latin Night is a strategy to support Latino-owned businesses in the Portland metro area during winter.

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