Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Mar 27–Apr 9

Take in stories of Japanese-American incarceration, hear from Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman, celebrate feminism and free speech, and learn how to laugh through revolution with Bassem Youssef.

By Portland Monthly Staff March 27, 2017

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman speaks at the Schnitz on April 6.

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 featuring 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.

Conscious Comedy Fundraiser

7:30 p.m. Wed, Mar 29, Curious Comedy Theater, $7–12
Curious Comedy launches a new quarterly series "to benefit our community non-profits and start some conversation around what we can do as individuals to build community and make a difference." Tonight, expect improv, stand-up comedy, and a screening of On the Ground, a documentary about houselessness in Portland. All proceeds benefit Sisters Of The Road. The event is sponsored by Alberta Cooperative Grocery, Food Front Cooperative Grocery, and People's Food Co-op.

Let’s Talk PDX

7–10 p.m. Thu, Mar 30, PICA, FREE (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.”

Art Auction: Don't Shoot PDX Fundraiser

5–9:30 p.m. Sat, Apr 1, UNA Gallery
The Old Town gallery hosts a silent auction featuring a variety of work by local artists, with funds to benefit Don't Shoot PDX. Expect live performances, as well as food provided by Revolución Coffee House.

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. 

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

4:30–7 p.m. Sun, Apr 2, Multnomah Arts Center, $5-50 per bowl
Purchase a beautiful ceramic bowl, then fill it with your choice of a wide array of soups—think New Seasons Market’s African Peanut, Noy Viet Lao’s Tom Kha, and Otto and Anita’s Schnitzel Haus’s Dill Pickle Soup. Proceeds benefit the emergency food box program at Neighborhood House

Eight That Can’t Wait: Wage/Wealth Gap

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Mon, Apr 3, Women’s Foundation of Oregon, $15 suggested donation
Hosted by the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, this panel discussion—featuring leaders of the Portland Housing Center, Dress for Success Oregon, the Multnomah Ideal Lab, and UO’s Labor Education & Research Center—explores our state’s wage and wealth gaps.

Bassem Youssef

7:30 p.m. Mon, Apr 3, Newmark Theatre, $40–50
The cardiac surgeon–turned–political satirist modeled his Egyptian TV program on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, promptly becoming so popular across the Middle East—he racked up as many as 30 million views per episode—and attracting such scrutiny from the government that he took the series off the air and left his home country. He now lives in California and has just published a book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring.

An Evening with Brenda Tracy

5:30–8 p.m. Wed, Apr 5, PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, FREE
After surviving sexual assault by football players at Oregon State University, Brenda Tracy became an outspoken advocate for legislative reform and helped pass several laws. She'll speak about her story and her legislative work.

Activist Training

6–8 p.m. Wed, Apr 5, Hatch Labs, FREE
Family Forward hosts a grassroots activist training aimed particularly at mobilizing women—including women of color, trans women, and gender non-conforming folks—"to advocate for bold, universal policies that benefit ALL families." The training is free, but make sure to register in advance—more info at link above.

Ervin A. Johnson and Cristián Ureta

Apr 6–30, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
#InHonor, a portrait series by young Chicago artist Ervin A. Johnson, pays tribute to victims of police brutality and racism via photographs manipulated with solvents, acrylic paint, and ink. Cristián Ureta’s Volviendo a la Tierra, meanwhile, documents a Chilean mining camp from 2003 to 2005.

White Women Activists Resisting Our Patterns of Racial Privilege

6:30–8:30 p.m. Thu, Apr 6, Hatch Labs, $50 (scholarships available)
Family Forward launches a three-part workshop aimed at helping "learn about and resist our patterns that keep us from seeing our privilege and addressing racism." Space is limited, so make sure to register in advance.

Tawakkol Karman

7 p.m. Thu, Apr 6, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $20–170
The Yemeni journalist and human rights activist, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 at age 32, gives a lecture titled “Freedom and Democracy in the Middle East.”

Survivor Speakout

6–8 p.m. Fri, Apr 7, PSU's Parsons Gallery, FREE
Portland State's Women's Resource Center opens up space for survivors of sexual assault to share their experiences, with community members welcome to show solidarity. Advocates will be present for support.

Women, Femme & Non-Binary Resistance Happy Hour

6–9 p.m. Fri, Apr 7, Northeast Portland (email [email protected] for event location and additional info)
Portland's Resistance invites women, trans, and non-binary folks who "want to be involved in direct action and anti-oppression political organizing."  

Benefit Dinner: Flood and Mudslide Victim Relief

7–9 p.m. Fri, Apr 7, Groundwork Coffee Co., $20 and up 
Help support survivors of Peru’s recent floods and mudslides by enjoying five courses of gluten-free and vegan Peruvian cuisine, plus fair-trade Peruvian coffee from Groundwork. 

Daniel McGowan

7:30–9 p.m. Fri, Apr 7, PSU Smith Memorial Student Union (Room 296), FREE
Environmental and social justice advocate Daniel McGowan will speak about his time spent in federal prison as a result of actions with the Earth Liberation Front, the importance of broadening the scope of radical movements, and the ways that the Trump administration affects the work of resistance movements and activists. 

Omar El Akkad

7:30 p.m. Fri, Apr 7, Powell's City of Books, FREE
Omar El Akkad, an award-winning journalist born in Egypt and raised in Qatar, has filed dispatches from Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantánamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. Now living in Portland, El Akkad turns to fiction with American War, a dystopian tale that begins in 2075 and features disaffected Southern states that secede after a ban on fossil fuels, amid rising sea levels. For more, check out our Q&A with El Akkad.

Urban Tellers, Immigrant & Refugee Edition

8 p.m. Fri, Apr 7, Fremont Theater, SOLD OUT; 8 p.m. Sat, Apr 8, The Old Church, $15–18
Portland Story Theater features a night of true testimonials by immigrants and refugees from Mexico, Denmark, Indonesia, Argentina, Iran, and Somalia. A portion of proceeds will benefit the United Nations Association's Adopt-a-Future program.

Sweet Bites for Civil Rights

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun, Apr 9, Woonwinkel, FREE
After raising $11,000 for the ACLU of Oregon in February, Sweet Bites for Civil Rights returns for another cash-only bake sale. Head downtown to stock up on tasty treats donated by community members, with 100 percent of sales going to the ACLU. 

Citywide Clothing Swap

12–3 p.m. Sun, Apr 9, Holocene, $8-10
This Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon fundraiser invites Portlanders of all ages and genders to revamp their spring wardrobe by trading used clothing for piles of other pre-loved fashions. 

Connecting Lines

Thru Oct 29, Portland Art Museum, FREE–$19.99
PAM’s Center for Contemporary Native Art showcases work by two artists: Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee) examines sexual violence against Native women via large-scale silk hangings, while an installation by Portlander Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation) “addresses ideas of disruption, repair, and renewal.”

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