Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Apr 10–23

March for tax transparency, learn how to protect Mt Hood, catch comedy for Planned Parenthood, and watch films about refugees, coral reefs, and Wendell Berry.

By Portland Monthly Staff April 10, 2017

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Elias Matar's documentary Children of Beqaa, about Syrian refugees in Lebanon, screens Thursday, April 20 at Portland State.

Revolution Comedy Presents Stand Up for Planned Parenthood

7 p.m. Mon, Apr 10, Curious Comedy Theater, $12–15
Local comedian Andie Main organizes a night of comedy to benefit Planned Parenthood, featuring stand-up from headliner Curtis Cook (who's wildly smart and hilarious and recently ditched us for LA), and supporting sets by Marcus Coleman, Amanda Arnold, and Kirsten Kuppenbender. Brannon Rockwell-Charland provides an opening musical set.

We Can Listen: The Power of Being Heard

7 p.m. Tue, Apr 11, The Old Church, FREE
This new series aims for “a cultural intersection of storytelling, documentary, music, and personal expression where all voices have the right to be heard.” The first installment will feature a conversation between Portland Women’s March organizer Margaret Jacobsen, musician Moe Lincoln, and Solange Impanoyimana, a Rwandan-born “facilitator of storytelling as an agent for change.” Recording artist and theater performer Julianne Johnson moderates.

Race Talks: U.S. Refugee & Immigration Policy Update

7­–10 p.m. Tue, Apr 11, McMenamins Kennedy School, FREE
This McMenamins History event invites an expert panel of speakers to explain how the Trump administration’s policy changes and executive orders affect the lives, plans, and legal statuses of immigrants and refuges.

Take Back the Night

5 p.m. Thu, Apr 13, PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, FREE
Since 1999, Portland State has held this student-led event to raise awareness of sexual assault and show solidarity with survivors. Expect a resource fair starting at 5 p.m., with a keynote address by mental health social worker and activist Feminista Jones to follow.

Portland Sustainability: Equity & Diversity in the Workplace

6–8 p.m. Thu, Apr 13, PSU’s Native American Student Community Center, FREE
In the shadow of Trump’s anti-everything policies, panelists gather to talk “opportunities and barriers for building a diverse workforce” and strategies for supporting marginalized people. Get an earful from panelists including Nakisha Nathan (Climate Justice Organizer at Sierra Club and Board Member for Neighbors for Clean Air), Asena Lawrence (Office Manager, Scheduler, and Community Liaison for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish), Virginia Luka (Student Activities and Leadership Programs Advisor at Portland State University), and Desiree Williams-Rajee (Equity Specialist at City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability).

Don’t Shoot Portland: We Do Matter! Stand Up Against Racism in Schools

7 p.m. Thu, Apr 13, David Douglas High School conference room, FREE
Don’t Shoot Portland hosts a community awareness gathering event aimed to demand the resignation of David Douglas School Board member Bryce Anderson, under fire for his comments about undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities during a school board vote in March. So many details here and here.

The People’s Forest Forum for the Future of Mt. Hood

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat, Apr 15, Sunnyside Community House, FREE
Bark hosts an all-day bonanza of speakers, presentations, and planning sessions aimed at
addressing the “critical need to expand environmental protections for Mt. Hood National Forest in preparation for regional climate instability.” Bonus: onsite childcare provided for breeders who, like, want to work to ensure the mountain will still be around for everybody’s future grandkids to enjoy.

The Tax March 

1 p.m. Sat, Apr 15, Terry Schrunk Plaza, FREE
Remember when Trump said the American people didn’t care about his tax returns? Join marchers who do care, and add your voice on tax day to demand the President release those returns.

Fight Toxic Prisons!

5–9 p.m. Wed, Apr 19, In Other Words, FREE
Attendees will spend the first 90 minutes of this event writing letters to prisoners with Critical Resistance Portland. This will be followed by a talk by anti-prison organizers Rose Harriot and Panagioti Tsolkas.

Children of Beqaa

7 p.m. Thu, Apr 20, PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, FREE
Catch a free screening of this new documentary about Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. Director Elias Matar will be in attendance.

Resistance Talks! Candidate Forum on Public Education

6–8 p.m. Fri, Apr 21, PCC Cascade Auditorium, $5 suggested donation
Hosted by Know Your City and Portland’s Resistance, this forum will cover an array of education topics, including school vouchers, DACA, school funding, and the school to prison pipeline. Speakers will include candidates for Portland Public Schools zones 4–6 and PCC zone 5.


7:30 p.m. Fri–Sun, Apr 21–23; 7:30 p.m. Thu–Sun, Apr 27–30, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, $12–20
Spoken-word poet Dahlak Brathwaite performs a verse-fueled exploration of race, drug addiction, and the criminal justice system.

Robin Romm in Conversation with Camas Davis

7:30 p.m. Fri, Apr 21, Powell's City of Book, FREE
Local writer and editor Robin Romm has gathered thinkers from Roxane Gay to playwright Sarah Ruhl to talk about glass ceilings, leaning in, and feminism in Double Bind: Women on Ambition

Inaugurada La Primavera

Fri–Sat, Apr 21–22, Melody Ballroom/Crystal Ballroom, prices vary
The creators of the Beloved Festival partner with Voz Workers' Rights Education Project for two nights of food, music (including Edna Vasquez and Las Cafeteras), live art, and ecstatic dance. All Saturday proceeds go directly to Voz, an organization that works to empower migrants and day laborers.

Portland EcoFilm Festival

7:30 p.m. Fri and 6:30 p.m. Sat, Apr 21–22, Hollywood Theatre, $9
Celebrate Earth Day with screenings of two eco-minded documentaries. Friday brings Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, a documentary about the farmer-activist, and Saturday features Chasing Coral, a Sundance Audience Award winner about the planet's rapidly disappearing coral reefs.

March for Science

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat, Apr 22, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, FREE
Portland joins marchers all over the country to celebrate science and call for evidence-based policy from America’s elected officials.   

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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