*TODAY* Black Lives Matter: Politics, Identity and Intersectionality

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Lewis & Clark College-Council Chamber

This event is sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), and The Black Student Union.

Black Lives Matter is arguably one of the most significant social movements of our day. The Ethnic Studies program is sponsoring a series this year to discuss various aspects of this movement. Over the course of the year, we will hold four panel discussions that bring together academics, activists and students to examine the BLM movement from the perspectives of politics, history, education and philosophy.

For the first panel, we ask what kind of political movement is BLM. What is the relationship of BLM to electoral politics, if any? Given the heterogeneous nature of BLM, is it even possible to define concrete political goals and strategies? How important is identity politics to the BLM? How does intersectionality (how race, class and gender work together) function in the BLM movement?

• Kundai Chirindo, L&C Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies

• Tessara Dudley, Black Lives Matter Poet-Activist

• Sonja Nosisa, L&C ’18

• Jasmine Reid L&C law student

• Moderator: Elliott Young, L & C Director of Ethnic Studies, Professor of History

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Happy October!!

We hope you had a good summer!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Support local organizations working to combat interpersonal violence in our communities…

PSU Women’s Resource Center

Bradley Angle House

Healing Roots Program


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Summer, summer, summertime!!

The Women of Color Zine Workshops blog is on summer break! Check back with us in the fall to stay updated about Portland events and other happenings around the country!!

We wish you a happy and safe summer :)

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Future Tense Books & The Rumpus at LitHopPDX

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Ash Street Saloon

Future Tense Books and The Rumpus come together at the Ash Street Saloon for this year’s LitHop PDX! Your first hour will be hosted by Olivia Olivia and the second and third hour will be hosted by Kevin Sampsell

Here’s the line up:
7:00 Justin Hocking
7:15 Dena Rash Guzman
7:30 Samiya Bashir


8:00 Myriam Gurba
8:15 Troy James Weaver
8:30 Zach Ellis


9:00 Laura Gibson
9:15 Olivia Olivia
9:30 Jay Ponteri

Afterparty will be at Dante’s featuring Brownish Black, starting at 10 p.m.!

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LitHop 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Old Town-Chinatown

55 Readings at 6 places in 3 hours!
It’s Portland’s big one-night literary party!

The night starts at 7pm and there are six venues hosted by various literary groups (publishers, reading series, magazines). Each venue will have nine readers. There is a 15-minute break at the end of each hour so people can buy books, order drinks, socialize, or dash off to another reading before the top of the next hour (all the readings are happening simultaneously).

The Soft Show @ Floating World Comics
Future Tense Books & The Rumpus @ Ash Street Saloon
Burnside Review @ Valentines
Street Roots & Street Books @ Mercy Corps Action Center
University of Hell Press @ Dante’s
Magic Helicopter/Noo Journal & Perfect Day Publishing @ Shanghai Tunnel

After party at Dante’s at 10pm featuring Brownish Black!
Schedules are all confirmed:


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2015 Juneteenth Oregon Celebration

Saturday, June 20, 2015

12pm to 6pm

Legacy Emanuel Hospital Field on N Williams Ave & N Graham

Celebrating 150 years of freedom
Free Family event, local vendors, entertainment, and amazing food!
Rain or shine event


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Poetry Press Week Spring/Summer 2015

June 19-June 20


Poetry Press Week

8371 N Interstate Ave.

Poetry Press Week is a showcase of new works of poetry by established and emerging poets before an audience of press, publishers, and the public. We aim to radically change the way poetry is published, presented, and perceived.

Poetry Press Week takes its inspiration from the fashion industry’s biannual showcase “Fashion Week”, wherein designers send their new work down a runway via use of models for the sole purpose of selling and publicizing the new work. Similarly, Poetry Press Week mandates that poets use “models”: instead of reading the work themselves, the poets choose the readers and presentation best suited to the new work. Publishers in the audience have the opportunity to immediately purchase the rights to the new poetry, and the press and the public are encouraged to engage with the work in real-time.

Poetry Press Week Spring/Summer 2015 will showcase the work of poets Alicia Jo Rabins, A.M. O’Malley, Andrea Hollander, Carl Adamshick, Drew Scott Swenhaugen, Robert Lashley, Stacey Tran, Timmy Straw, Tyler Brewington, and Zachary Cosby. The event is free and open to the public; however, a $3-$12 donation is encouraged. Doors at 7:00, show at 7:30 pm on the 19th and the 20th.

Photo courtesy of Mercy McNab Photography.


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*TODAY!!* Portland Octavia’s Brood Release Event

Monday, June 15, 2015

7pm to 9pm

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Come celebrate the release of the new anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements!

Featuring readings by:
Co-editor Walidah Imarisha
Contributor Gabriel Teodros
Contributor David F. Walker
Audio recording of Mumia Abu Jamal reading his essay

Onsite collaborative print making with attendees–walk away with a FREE print!

Supported by Independent Publishing Resource Center, Bitch Media, Momentum Alliance, Institute for Anarchist Studies,

Made possible in part by funding from The Oregon Community Foundation and Regional Arts & Culture Council

Light refreshments and Ninkasi beverages will be served

Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does… so what better venue for organizers to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories? Co-editors Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha offer us Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth.


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The Official Portland Trans Pride 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Starting at 2pm

Park Blocks Near Old Town

The Portland Trans Pride March organizing committee is thrilled to welcome the trans, gender-variant, genderqueer, gender-fabulous and allied communities to celebrate with us on June 13th! 

We are a diverse and non-hierarchical collective of 25+ organizers from across the trans spectrum. This has been a consensus-driven process, designed to centralize the voices of those most impacted by transphobia and racism. We aim to celebrate the incredible gains made by our community, mourn the tragic losses we’ve faced this year, and stand in solidarity with our many brethren in the struggle.

Currently, we are endorsed by the following organizations:

In Other Words
PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
Western States Center 
Portland Fat Yoga
Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
OGALLA, Oregon’s Gay and Lesbian Lawyer’s Association
Portland Two Spirit Society 
Cascade AIDS Project
Dont Shoot Portland
Pride at Work Oregon
Portland International Socialist Organization
PFLAG Portland
15 Now PDX
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Basic Rights Oregon
The Living Room, Clackamas County
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
Q Center
Portland Black Pride
HRC Portland
Ritual Arts Tattoo and Body Piercing
Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine
Transformations Electrolysis, LLC
Friendly House
Queering Sacred Spaces
NorthWest Gender Alliance
Pride Foundation- LGBTQ Community Foundation
Pride Northwest
Portland Jobs with Justice
Integrity Oregon 
AFL-CIO Pride group
PFLAG East County

Gather at 2:00 for speakers and a community rally. We will step off at 3:30 and march to the Pride Festival at Waterfront Park!

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June Vigil for Keaton Otis

Friday, June 12, 2015

Starting at 6pm

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 on the 12th, 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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