Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Mar 13–26

From films about women protecting wild places to intersectional climate justice workshops to blues dance parties, here's how to get engaged right now.

By Portland Monthly Staff March 13, 2017

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Women Working for the Wild—an evening of films about women protecting wild places—features Water Farmer, a profile of a Peruvian farmer named Máxima Acuña who stopped the Conga gold mine.

Creating a Social Justice Giving Plan

6–8 pm. Thu, Mar 16, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, FREE
Sponsored by the Social Justice Fund NW, this interactive workshop aims to help folks of all classes and backgrounds plan their donations to grassroots social justice organizations. Dinner is provided, and childcare is available.

Portland Activist Training

6–8 p.m. Thu, Mar 16, HatchLabs, FREE
This grassroots training session will share ways for women and gender non-conforming folks to become community organizers and advocate for family-forward policies.

LOFI at Hifi

7 p.m. Thu, Mar 16, McCormick Mansion, $12
A co-production of storytelling show Back Fence PDX and cannabis cultivation company Hifi Farms, this quarterly variety show promises "comedy, music, stories, poetry, video, and weird stuff." Beer and nibbles (but no marijuana) provided, with all proceeds to benefit the YWCA of Greater Portland.

NXNE: The Skanner Photography of Julie Keefe, 1991–2008

Thru Mar 17, Emerson House, FREE
Julie Keefe started working as a photographer for the Skanner, Portland’s African-American newspaper, in 1991. This exhibit gathers nearly two decades’ worth of her work of North and Northeast Portland.

Radical Resistance: Intersectional Climate Justice

9 a.m.­–4 p.m. Sat, March 18, Central Lutheran Church, FREE
Explore topics like structural oppression and institutional power at this experiential workshop, which aims to provide tools to integrate ecological sustainability and anti-oppression social justice work.

PoC Power Happy Hour

5–8 p.m. Sat, Mar 18, Location TBA, FREE
Gather with other people of color to discuss local politics and anti-oppression organizing opportunities. 

Resist! The Variety Show!

7 p.m. Sun, Mar 19, Clinton Street Theater, $5–10 sliding scale
This monthly variety show aims to teach tools for effective resistance through music, theater, comedy, poetry, and skill sharing. Tonight's theme is intersectional activism, and proceeds will benefit Don't Shoot Portland. 

Women Working for the Wild/Portland EcoFilm Festival

7:30­–10:30 p.m. Sun, Mar 19, Hollywood Theatre, $9
Grab some popcorn and settle in for an evening of films that feature women protecting wild places, from a Peruvian farmer who stopped the Conga gold mine (Water Song) to a photographer who documents the environmental impact of the Mexico/U.S. border wall (Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries).

No! to ICE: Community Letter Writing, Zine Swap, and Raffle

8–11 p.m. Mon, March 20, Black Water Bar, FREE
This drop-in event encourages community members to write letters of support to local immigrant youths and families facing homelessness and ICE-related anxiety. Pick up a free copy of the No! Borders zine to learn more about immigration, and buy a raffle ticket to win a guitar. Snacks provided. 

Environmental Justice 101 - People's Climate Movement Kickoff

6–8 p.m. Tues, March 21, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, FREE
The People’s Climate Mobilization—think Women’s March, but for global warming—is scheduled for April 29. Help shape the Portland iteration of this nationwide event at this workshop and planning meeting, led by 350PDX.

Coffee with Elected Officials

8–9 a.m. Tues, March 21, City Hall, FREE
Bring your best questions for Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who will co-host a one-hour coffee chat inside City Hall.

Resistance Talks: The Rise of Corporate Rule

6–8 p.m. Fri, Mar 24, People's Food Co-Op, $10 suggested donation
Know Your City and Portland's Resistance partner on a new series of monthly Resistance Talks about social justice issues. This first installment will focus on "how financial elites have gained new positions to influence public policy, and provide examples of how local efforts are empowering the community and economy."

Global House Party

Sat, Mar 25, various locations, prices vary
Today, in cities all over the world—from Barcelona to Bristol to Boston—people will take part in dance parties to raise money for causes of racial justice. Many will be soundtracked by the same online stream of blues music. Portland will host several opportunities to boogie down for the cause, including at Ragtime PDX (where funds go to Self Enhancement Inc—and the ice cream is free).

Allied Arts: A Social Justice Social

7 p.m. Sat, Mar 25, Lagunitas Community Room, $12
Local performing and visual artists join forces to raise money for the Social Justice Fund, a nonprofit that helps "fund movements for progressive social change." Your ticket nets you admission, a drink ticket, and a raffle ticket for the chance to win some Portland-made art.

We the People

Thru Mar, Wieden & Kennedy, FREE
This gallery show features demonstration signs from recent social justice marches. The evolving exhibit—community members are welcome to donate their signs—will run through March before traveling around the world to Wieden & Kennedy’s international offices. For each item received, Wieden & Kennedy has pledged to give $10 to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, promising a minimum contribution of $10,000. Read more about it here.

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