Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Apr 24–May 7

Give Wikipedia entries a feminist overhaul, march for workers' rights, hear from Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, strip for Planned Parenthood, and learn how to decolonize queerness.

By Portland Monthly Staff April 24, 2017

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This installation by Portlander Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation), part of PAM's Connecting Lines exhibit, “is inspired by a rereading of Cherokee history, and addresses ideas of disruption, repair, and renewal.”

Men's Assembly 2: How to Support Survivors

6:30 pm Mon, Apr 24, SEIU Local, FREE (with registration)
Portland's Men's Assembly for Collective Accountability group hosts femme activist of color Lydia, in an evening devoted to tackling best practices for supporting survivors.

Modern Calligraphy for Designers

6:30–9:30 p.m. Tue, Apr 25, The Cleaners, $55
Paperfinger’s Bryn Chernoff leads a workshop promising a fun, informative introduction to contemporary calligraphy covering tools, stylistic effects, and digital manipulation. All profits go to the ACLU, with attendees encouraged to exercise their new calligraphy skills while writing letters to Congress.

Free Speech: Believe It or Not

6:30–9 p.m. Wed, Apr 26, Wildfang West, $10 (free with Wildfang purchase in last 30 days)
For the first time ever, Wildfang’s monthly female-focused live storytelling event will feature non-binary speakers—and be hosted by Portland Monthly’s own Poison Waters. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

LGBTQ+ Self & Community Care Night

7 p.m. Wed, Apr 26, Anarres Infoshop and Community Space, FREE
North Portland anarchist community space Anarres hosts an all-ages evening of self care for LGBTQ+ folk, potluck-style, with astro-readings, a tarot workshop, and a raffle.  

Pop-Up Strip Club for Planned Parenthood

8 p.m. Thu, Apr 27, Paris Theatre, $20
The " two strippers and a sex therapist" of Unzipped PDX hosts a live podcast taping followed by a volunteer "pop up" strip show, with all stage tips earmarked for Planned Parenthood. Organizers note: "Amateurs, pros, singles, couples, thrupples; everyone is welcome to dance."


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. Plus, check out our Q&A with Brathwaite and local hip-hop artist Mic Capes.

Queer Students of Color Conference: Decolonizing Queerness

Fri–Sun, Apr 28–30, Portland State University, $10-25
PSU’s seventh annual Queer Students of Color Conference will feature keynote speakers Caleb Luna, Karolina Lopez, Kay Barrett, and Taylor Amari Little.

Pochas Present: Nalgona Positivity Pride!

6–7:30 p.m. Fri, Apr 28, 3520 SE Yamhill St, $10–20
This talk by Nalgona Positivity Pride founder (and Xicana/Indigenous body positivity advocate) Gloria Lucas will focus on the connections between historical trauma, social oppression, and eating disorders. For more, check out our event preview.

Exploring Race and Class Intersections

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat, Apr 29, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, $25–150
Class Action, Social Justice Fund NW, and the Oregon Food Bank co-sponsor an interactive, experiential workshop exploring intersections between race and class in the United States. The day will begin with a look at the history of racism and classism, moving into a discussion of personal experiences and steps we can take going forward.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat, Apr 29, PNCA Library, FREE
Want to help close Wikipedia’s gender gap? A 2011 survey found that less than 10 percent of the online encyclopedia’s contributors identify as female, which has led to the spread of these edit-a-thons, where folks gather for in-person, communal editing jams to expand Wikipedia entries on art and feminism. Computers are available, but bring your laptop if you have one. Tutorials and reference materials provided.

Craft and Cookie for NRO

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun, Apr 30, Food Fight Grocery (Stark), FREE
Local maker Panda with Cookie will be selling stuffed toys, baby onesies, cat toys, and baked goods; 50 percent of craft sales and 100 percent of baked good sales will be donated to the Network for Reproductive Options. Food Fight will also donate 10 percent of sales that day to the NRO. 

May Day 2017 - All Power to the People: Rise Up, Resist, Unite

Noon–5 p.m. Mon, May 1, Shemanski Park, FREE
Mark International Workers' Day by joining a broad swath of local organizations—including Black Lives Matter PortlandVoz Workers' Rights Education ProjectPortland Tenants United, the Oregon Working Families Party, and many more—to stand up for labor rights. The rally is at 2 p.m., with the march kicking off at 3 p.m. 

Shaun King

7 p.m. Thu, May 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $20–170
The New York Daily News columnist and Black Lives Matter activist—one of the country’s strongest voices on racism and police brutality—gives a lecture titled “The New Civil Rights and Global Justice.”

Women Writers Against Trump

7 p.m. Fri, May 5, Ford Food + Drink, FREE
This reading series, founded by sisters and poets Chrys and Allison Tobey, aims to "stick it to the man (with the flaming orange head carpet) by drawing attention to the voices and ideas he and his administration attempt to silence." Tonight features readings from five women writers: Andrea Hollander, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Natasha Sajé, Stephanie Adams-Santos, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. The event is free, but donations will go towards No More Deaths / No Más Muertes.

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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