PSU 37th Annual African Cultural Night!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

4pm-9pm

Portland State University/Student Center

The Association of African Students of Portland State University presents the 37th annual African Cultural Night..
Journey to the Motherland!

Join us on a cultural journey celebrating the arts, attire, and cuisine of the Original Land. There will be special appearances from Fefafae Performance Group, Wildlife Safari, Craig Martin the Magician and more!

Plus delicious catering by Cuisine d’Afrik!!

This is a FREE event for ALL!!!

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Open Forum with Ebony the Women of Color Leadership Coordinator

Thursday, May 25, 2017

12pm-1:30pm

Portland State University/Women’s Resource Center

Join the Women’s Resource Center in welcoming Ebony Oldham, the new Women of Color Leadership Coordinator! Ebony will be hosting an open forum to create space to get to know eachother a bit more and share what the community needs from the Women of Color Leadership Program!

A bit about them:

Ebony Oldham (She/They), homegrown in Portland, Oregon is an organizer, writer, poet, womanist and socio-political agitator regarding topics such as, colorism, misogynoir, anti-blackness, ableism, patriarchy, black joy, pain and liberation. They are currently a student at Portland State University in the Educational Leadership and Policy program and engaging in course work with the School of Gender Race and Nations. They are an Advocate at New Avenues For Youth and they also work at Portland State University, as the Research Assistant for the Pan-African Task Force. In their spare time, they organize with the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party and Black Lives Matter Portland Chapter and write as a Campus Editor At-Large for the Huffington Post.

You can now find Ebony in the Women’s Resource Center, as the new Women of Color Leadership Development Coordinator.

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Black Community Preview of the Historic Black Williams Project

Saturday, May 20, 2017

3pm

Billy Webb Lodge 1050

Williams Ave. was once the vibrant heart of Portland’s Black community. Formerly known as the “Black Broadway,” the corridor included a concentration of Black churches, businesses, social service organizations and nightclubs that were thriving and active community institutions.

Although the landscape has changed, there is much to remember, celebrate and build upon. In 2012, the Williams Ave. Safety Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee recommended to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that these stories be honored through an art history project that could be visible on the corridor. Thus, the community-led Honoring History of Williams Ave. Committee and the Historic Black Williams Project were born.

Since then, local artists Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton Davis have been collecting stories, memories and histories from Black community members. Their artwork is now complete and ready for installation. We hope that this project will serve as both a visual archive and an inspiration for future community efforts. Please join us on My 20th and June 3rd as we honor this history and project contributors. These events will be a “homecoming” for longstanding and displaced community members; include a preview of the art collection; speak the names of those community members and institutions that came before; and provide opportunities for other stories to be collected for the project archive.

RSVP + Community Survey
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe36LNWYhVE4vllPM9YxOk-21Di2QR1_TJYntQVQSVpsuR_8A/viewform

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Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

The WOC Zine Workshops wishes women of color caregivers a Happy Mother’s Day. Check out a great book Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines that centers the experiences of women of color mothers, particularly those who are professional activists or just everyday folks concerned about their community 🙂

“Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that many mothers face every day. Oppressed mothers create a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits, activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present, move beyond individual narratives of choice toward collective solutions, live for more than ourselves, and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see. Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.” http://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=746

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Queer Students of Color Conference: Decolonizing Queerness

April 28-April 30

12pm

Portland State University/1825 SW Broadway

Join us for the seventh Queer Students of Color Conference, organized by students at Portland State University to convene students and community members together and create intentional communities around the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, culture, and nationality.

Keynotes Confirmed: Caleb Luna, Karolina Lopez, Kay Barrett, Taylor Amari Little

The theme of QSOCC this year, Decolonizing Queerness, looks to the process of decolonization as an interwoven, communal, and consistent push to actively resist the pervasive politics of colonization. It is a push to resist the cruel and oppressive structures we have created, existed within and to which we have been indoctrinated. To queer is to decolonize. Queerness at its true form has always been active resistance to a privileged narrative; a critique of the constructs that rule our current social location. We feel a responsibility to continue this tradition. Our intention for this year’s conference is to go beyond spotlighting our people that came before us. Our intention is to learn from their strength and resilience of active resistance and to invite ourselves and our QTPOC communities to come together to continue their legacy and co-create our future.

For more information on the conference, how to submit a workshop, and how to be a vendor, visit pdx.edu/queer/qsocc

To register, visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/pdxQSOCC

With questions, contact Brianna at qsoc@pdx.edu
For accessibility requests, contact Craig at cleets@pdx.edu

 

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What Is May Day? (POC Only)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

6:30pm

Unite Oregon/700 Killingsworth St

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The Zeitgeist: Being a Writer of Color in Today’s Portland

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6pm-8:30pm

PICA (Downtown Office)

In 2015, according to the recent U.S. Census Bureau data, 87.6% of people living in Portland were White. If you Google “Best Literary Cities” you’ll frequently find Portland on those “Best of…” lists both nationally and internationally.

What does it mean to be a writer of color in such a white space?

If we believe that art and language reflect culture, that art in response can influence culture, even, make culture, than what does it mean to live in a city where people of color have been historically missing from that conversation?

What does it mean to be a writer of color in Portland, OR, today?

Event Details:

• This event is FREE, all ages, and is ADA accessible.

• Everyone, whether you identify as a writer or not, is welcome to attend (please see below for specific details)

+ If you identify as a “person of color” (please look it up if you don’t know what this means), you are welcome to share your experiences and to speak-out in the salon-style conversation.

+ If you are a “person of color,” please feel free to bring books or articles you want to reference or share during the conversation, materials you want to give out about literary projects or reading series, books you have written and are selling, flyers, pamphlets, a typed-up list of books written by authors of color ¬– basically anything you want to share that will forefront and celebrate the literary and creative work by people of color!

+ If you identify as a “white person” or a “white ally” (please look it up if you don’t know what being an “ally” means) your participation consists of listening and holding space respectfully and silently for people of color to share their experiences.

• The conversation will start promptly at 6:30 pm, and will run for 1.5 hours. For the last 15-30 minutes, people of color will have a chance to promote their books, to highlight various projects led by people of color, and to make book and author recommendations to the group – anything that forefronts and celebrates the literary and creative work by people of color.

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Yellow Accomplice: How Asian-Americans Aid White Supremacy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2pm-3:30pm

*****THIS WORKSHOP IS PART OF THE TWO-DAY ANNUAL DAY OF ABSENCE/DAY OF PRESENCE EVENT AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/2240072412884080/

Do Asian Americans aid in White Supremacy? If so, how does that look like? Why does it matter for Asian Americans to challenge the concept of model minority, and how is it linked to anti-Black racism? Learn the ways in which our Asian-American history & positionality has conditioned us to be complicit in systems of violence hindering our ability for solidarity that we need and deserve. We will discuss examples of this as well as present key figures that challenge the ‘Model Minority’ narrative. In the end, there will be resources and information shared to aid in the struggle.

#ModelMinorityMutiny #YellowPerilForBlackPower #AsiansForBlackLives #AsianAmericanSolidarity

Workshop facilitated by Amira Caluya (Trans & Queer Resource Center) and Arianne Aquino (The Flaming Eggplant Cafe)

 

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