Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Mar 20–Apr 2
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.
Sabal Trail Pipeline Water Protectors Benefit
8 p.m. Mon, Mar 20, Star Theater, $10
This benefit helps fund travel expenses for the NW Council of Water Protectors as they head to resist the building of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, which is set to cross the Miccosukee Tribe's treaty lands in Florida. Your $10 ticket covers a full lineup, including Blue Flamez—winner of Best Music Video at the Native American Music Awards, and Native elder speakers John Sanchez and Rose Looking.
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.”
Decolonize: The Mapuche Struggle for Land and Language
6:30–9 p.m. Fri, Mar 24, Reed College Performing Arts Building, FREE
Celebrate International Mother Language Day by attending a screening of Zuguleaiñ: We Will Speak and Weichanmu: We Are Going to War, two films about Mapuche land and language reclamation in Chile. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Kelly Baur.
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.
Scapegoat Tattoo Flash Day
12–8 p.m. Sun, Mar 26, Scapegoat Tattoo, FREE
Head to Portland’s all-vegan tattoo shop for a new flash tattoo, with 10 percent of proceeds benefiting the ACLU. Snacks provided.
Stories of Resistance to Japanese American Incarceration
7–9 p.m. Mon, Mar 27, McMenamins Kennedy School, FREE
This year marks the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps until WWII concluded. Hear personal stories from Portlander George Nakata and his experience of being incarcerated in Minidoka as a child, along with tales of Hood River residents who ardently supported their Japanese American neighbors, as well as excerpts from letters Oregonians sent to then-Governor Sprague in 1941 and 1942.
PUGS Happy Hour: Viva Las Vegas
6–8 p.m. Wed, Mar 29, The Slide Inn, FREE
Portland Underground Graduate School invites stripper, writer, and all-around badass Viva Las Vegas to "talk about the connection between women's bodies, artistic freedom, and the resistance."
Free Speech - Live Storytelling ft the F-Word Part II
6:30–9 p.m. Wed, Mar 29, Wildfang West, $10 or free with Wildfang purchase within last 30 days
Wildfang puts on an evening of stories about all things beginning with the letter F, "whether that's feminism or fanny packs, first dates or fuck ups, Freddie Mercury or fallopian tubes." Ten percent of proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.
Let's Talk PDX
7–10 p.m. Thu, Mar 30, PICA, FREE (please bring $1 or more for All African People's Revolution Party)
This biweekly discussion group brings folks together to talk about racial equity, LBGTQI issues, police reform, activism tools, and other related issues. Catch up on the discussion guidelines here.
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.
Self Care for Activists Workshop
2–4 p.m. Sat, Apr 1, Broad Space, $30 (scholarships available)
Smashing the patriarchy can be exhausting. This workshop, led by health and wellness coach Jill Morris, aims to help activists better care for themselves. Expect meditation and exercises geared toward "building your own self care menu."
Mama C: Warrior Woman of Peace
6–9 p.m. Sat, Apr 1, In Other Words, $10
Attend an evening of performances and videos by Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal, a poet, musician, artist, former Black Panther, and cofounder of Tanzania’s United African Alliance Community Center. After four years living in exile in Tanzania, O’Neal returns to share her work with the youth of East Africa.