sunday jam

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


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



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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Happy April!!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)…if you are in the PDX area support SAAM events courtesy of Portland State University-Women’s Resource Center.

Featuring special guest speaker: Feminista Jones



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Thursday, March 30, 2017


Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

ALI WONG is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress living in Los Angeles, CA. With the recent release of her Netflix Special, ALI WONG: BABY COBRA, Ali became the first comedian to record a stand up special 7 months pregnant. Ali co-stars in the new ABC comedy, “American Housewife,” premiering this fall.


After SF Weekly selected her as “The Best Comedian of 2009″ and the SF Bay Guardian awarded her “Best of the Bay,” she decided that it was finally time to depart her hometown. In 2010, Comedy Central listed Ali Wong as one of 7 “Comics to Watch.” In 2011, Variety Magazine named her as one of the “10 Comics to Watch,” and Ali appeared in the 2011 and 2012 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, QC.

Since then, Ali has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”, and “Late Night With Seth Meyers”. She also appeared in Oliver Stone’s film, Savages and was a series regular on NBC’s “Are You There Chelsea”. In 2012, Ali hosted the Golden Globes Live Coverage on E! You can often catch her as a guest on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” She recently appeared in Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s hit film Trainwreck and is currently a writer on ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat.”


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Madison Print & Resist Zinefest

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Madison Public Library

**If you are in the Wisconsin area!!**  A day long festival of political print media, zines, and experimental publications related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action.

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Race Talks presents Engaging Democracy

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017


McMenamins Kennedy School

Focus: A community forum hosted by Race Talks with city, county, state, and federal staffers, where you will learn how to engage in civic action

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Mukasa Speaks: Why White People Were Kicked Out of SNCC

Mukasa Dada was a frontline organizer for SNCC during the iconic “March against Fear” in Mississippi where the Black Power movement was born in 1966. Mukasa was responsible for the dangerous task of heading out alone ahead of the march to prepare Africans in rural Southern towns to back the ‘Black Power’ line. Mukasa pushed Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to debut the now famous ‘Black Power’ slogan during that march. Since then, Mukasa has organized for the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) and the worldwide Pan-African movement.

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 6-8pm
Where: Vanport Room #338 – Smith Memorial Student Center Portland State University
1825 S.W. Broadway Portland, OR

Sponsored by the All African People’s Revolutionary Party – Oregon with special support by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)


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The Black: Opening Reception

Friday, February 3, 2017


University of Oregon White Box

24 NW 1st Ave

For two years, photographer-dancer-writer Intisar Abioto has traveled on a personal journey and dream project to photograph the deep, broad, infinite, and incalculable presence of people of African descent around the world. Across eighteen cities, seven countries, and three continents she’s traveled to weave a portrait of Black ubiquity through the photographic image. This installation, with portraits from across the US, Europe, and South Africa, represents the first leg of her continuing dream work.
It will also include an installation of Abioto’s “Rehearsal at Portland Art Museum: In Response to Fujikasa Satoko’s Flow #1” by filmmaker Roland Dahwen Wu. The installation runs from Feb 3-25th. Please join us for the opening reception and public release of “The Black.”

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