Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Apr 3–16

School yourself on the Middle East and environmental justice, raise funds for Peru flood victims, hear stories from immigrants and refugees, and show your solidarity for survivors of sexual assault.

By Portland Monthly Staff April 3, 2017

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#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. It opens Thursday, April 6, at Blue Sky.

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.

DACA: Know Your Rights

4:30–5:30 p.m. Thu, April 6, PSU's Multicultural Student Center, FREE
A straightforward info dump for people grappling with Trump's immigration policies, this event focuses on individuals with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Topics include: What if law enforcement knocks on my door? What does it mean to be at a sanctuary campus? What happens if you are detained while protesting? Immigration and criminal defense attorneys will be on hand to provide answers and strategies. 

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's 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.

10,690 Wild Flowers Discussion + Workshop

1–3 p.m. Sat, Apr 8, C3:Initiative, FREE
As part of its Social Objects exhibit, C3:Initiative hosts a conversation about reproductive justice, as well as an artist workshop by Nicole Gugliotti. For her project "10,690 Wild Flowers," Gugliotti worked with local reproductive justice organizations on handmade ceramic flowers, currently on display and for sale at several Portland locations. Proceeds to benefit the Network for Reproductive Options, a nonprofit abortion fund.


7:30 p.m. Sat, noon Sun, Apr 8–9, Whitsell Auditorium, $9
Adam Curtis's 2016 BBC doc examines the rise of imaginary stories (hellooooo, fake news) over reality.

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. 

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.

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.

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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