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Afternoon Breakout Sessions for MLK’s Beloved Community: Exploring Black Activism, Creativity, and Resilience in Portland

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

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Please use this event to sign up for your choice of afternoon breakout session as part of the event MLK’s Beloved Community: Exploring Black Activism, Creativity, and Resilience in Portland. (If you haven't registered for the larger event, please do so here: https://givepul.se/fvoxqu -- once you've registered for the main event, you will be sent the code to register for one of the breakout sessions below)

All afternoon breakout sessions will take place between 1:25pm - 3:30pm at Portland Community College Cascade Campus or nearby. We encourage you to pre-register for your breakout session of choice so that you can attend the session most interesting to you! 

Breakout sessions are a mixture of activism workshops, panels, discussion, and teach-ins and take place simultaneously -- please only register for the breakout session of your choice. (Scroll down to register or hit the green "register" button on the righthand side of this page)


Breakout Session A: Art for Direct Action
With Leila Haile of ORI Gallery

WTF is direct action? How does art shift culture? How can my personal creative drive fit into the struggle for justice? Join Ori Gallery organizer Leila Haile in exploring how art directly affects social change and how to apply your personal practice to community organizing.

Ori Gallery is the brain child of the creative duo Maya Vivas & Leila Haile. Together they seek to reclaim and redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts. In addition to rotating exhibitions;  Ori Gallery also offers classes and workshops to the community for free or low-cost such as PoC figure drawing, Grant Writing for the People, Arts for Direct Action and meet-ups for Queer and Trans creatives of color.


Breakout Session B: Know Your Rights
With Tai Carpenter and Fyndi Jermany of Don't Shoot PDX 

Don’t Shoot Portland is comprised of members who are committed to seeing systemic social change. We use art and civic engagement as tools to deconstruct and liberate our most marginalized and oppressed communities.  This workshop will highlight Don’t Shoot Portland’s existing and upcoming programming. Students who participate will receive a know your rights training in conjunction with the importance of legal recourse, and engage with various art mediums to discuss its intersectionality with politics.

Facilitators: 

Tai Carpenter - Director of communication. Journalist, photographer, entrepreneur, Freelance writer.Artist.  

Fyndi Jermany- Vice President. Public Speaker. Trauma-informed consultant and movement director. Social Activist. Artist.



Breakout Session C:  Black & Resilient: Self-Care from a Social Justice Perspective
With Tamia Deary of PDX Self Care Alliance

Join us for a breakout session exploring the historical context of trauma and epigenetics, current barriers to resiliency and creative ideas for improving self-care, community care, and resiliency in Black communities.

Facilitator: 

Tamia Deary, Executive Director, PDX Alliance for Selfcare. Tamia Deary’s cancer journey opened her eyes to the importance of self-care and inspired her to improve access to resources for her community. She believes in collaborative processes and works with Campus Compact of Oregon as the chair of their Advisory Council and sits on the Community Health Council as a member-at-large.



Breakout Session D: Abolition of Policing 
With Critical Resistance PDX

The goal of the workshop, developed by Critical Resistance, is to give participants an understanding and historical overview of policing in the US, and to provide abolitionist ways to resist and not rely on the cops in a range of situations.

Critical Resistance PDX is a small group of dedicated prison industrial complex abolitionists who decided to start a CR chapter in Portland to help magnify and spread the work of CR and local prison industrial complex abolitionists. We have a strong focus on working with people most affected by the PIC. Learn more: http://criticalresistance.org/chapters/cr-portland/


Breakout Session E: Settle the Past, Engage the Present, and Hope for the Future
With African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO)

The African Youth and Community Organization is a non-profit organization in Southeast Portland, driven by MLK’S beloved dream and serves resilient Pan-African communities within the Portland Metro Area. Since 2009, AYCO has served more than 15,256 refugees and immigrants in Oregon. We help families transition through youth mentoring, advocacy and empowerment, providing language support classes, and inclusionary programming for people with disabilities. We are a dedicated and diverse team that fosters education, empowerment, and independence.

This session will include a presentation addressing the needs of the refugee and marginalized population that AYCO serves, as well as an interactive workshop on how to preserve your identity within dominant culture. How can we function in a world where the system may not be in our favor? Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer or intern with AYCO in our programs which include: youth services, health and disability services, psycho-social support, and family services.

Presenters: Jamal Dar, Executive Director and founder of AYCO, Hamdi Ali, Grant Coordinator at AYCO, Aisha Awo, Volunteer, Senior at PSU, English Major, Balkhis Noor, Volunteer, Sophomore at PSU, Psychology Major



Breakout Session F: From Brownfield to Black-owned: The Revitalization of a Gas Station to a Sustainable Building 
with June Key Delta Community Center & Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

The June Key Delta Community Center is a "green" living building project developed, owned, and operated by the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Portland’s first Black Greek sorority. The community center provides and sustains the needs of the multi-cultural neighborhood it serves, encouraging sound and healthy social, educational, artistic, economic, and environmental development and awareness. 

In this session, join 3-4 members of the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for a panel discussion and building tour to learn more about the renovation and revitalization of the June Key Delta Community Center, and the community effort and engagement it took to turn a former gas station into an environmentally sustainable community space. You’ll get to see the building, learn more about the goal and purpose behind its transformation, and learn more about the sorority behind this community effort.

*Note: This session takes place at June Key Delta Community Center, a short 4-block walk from PCC Cascade Campus. Group will meet at PCC to walk/travel over together.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Location: PCC Cascade Student Union, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

Shifts (6)

ShiftStartEndDescriptionPositions
 
1:25pm (PT)3:30pm (PT) WTF is direct action? How does art shift culture? How can my personal creative drive...14/30Over
1:25pm (PT)3:30pm (PT) Don’t Shoot Portland is comprised of members who are committed to seeing systemic social change....22/30Over
1:25pm (PT)3:30pm (PT) Join us for a breakout session exploring the historical context of trauma and epigenetics, current...12/20Over
1:25pm (PT)3:30pm (PT) The goal of the workshop, developed by Critical Resistance, is to give participants an understanding...15/20Over
1:25pm (PT)3:30pm (PT) The African Youth and Community Organization is a non-profit organization in Southeast Portland, driven by...12/20Over
1:25pm (PT)3:30pm (PT) The June Key Delta Community Center is a "green" living building project developed, owned, and...7/20Over