Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union


1825 SW Broadway


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Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 11am-4pm
On Sunday, January 31, 2016, join over 2,000 attendees at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union for a New Year celebration of Japanese American traditions! Mochitsuki is, in its strictest sense, the pounding of rice into tasty, sticky rice cakes, or mochi, that symbolizes starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. The 20th annual Mochitsuki event is a family-friendly festival offering a feast for the senses, with food, art, performances, and many exceptional hands-on cultural experiences for all ages. New features this year include food and flower arranging demonstrations, and a Japanese vegan food vendor.
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7pm through Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 6pm
7pm through Sunday, June 14 at 6pm
Resistance Ecology is back for the third year in a row! SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.resistanceecology.org/conference/schedule (please see below for other details) We are excited to invite you to the 3rd Annual Resistance Ecology Conference. The conference will be held once again at Portland State University in Portland, OR (on the occupied territories of the Multnomah Chinook), the weekend of June 12-14, 2015. For two years, the Resistance Ecology Conference has served as a beacon on the path to grassroots animal liberation. We aspire to create a forum to unite animal liberationists, land defenders, and organizers to share skill sets and resources, to report and recruit, to coordinate campaigns, and to promote solidarity, coalition organizing and mass movement building against the structures that underpin animal use and ecological destruction on the continent— Euro-settler colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, neoliberalism, and border imperialism. We challenge the professionalization, corporate assimilation, consumer-orientation, and one-dimensional analysis of the so-called animal “rights” movement in the west that is founded in positions of social power and is made possible through colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy. The goal of the conference is to identify these analytical and structural barriers within the animal liberation movement as barriers that prevent us from creating the radical analysis, solidarity, and mass movement necessary to affect meaningful change for animals. If you are interested in presenting or tabling, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH SOONER RATHER THAN LATER so we can make arrangements. If you are interested in volunteering, get in touch! We can plug you in! We will be adding more information on speakers, sponsors, workshops, etc. as we get confirmations. Please remember we are a small group of students and volunteers that are organizing this so please be patient. PLEASE HELP PROMOTE, INVITE, and SHARE!! THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Past conference videos can be found here: http://burningheartsmedia.com/workshops/ *************************************************************** CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: (this list is subject to change) A. Breeze Harper – Editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society / Organizer of the "Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter" conference. Mai Farsakh – Activist with Palestinian Animal League Amanda Lickers -- Member of the Turtle Clan, Seneca (Onondowa’ga) nation of the Haudenosaunee confederacy, curator of Reclaim Turtle Island Bina Ahmad – Public Defender with the Legal Aid Society of New York and Vice President of the National Lawyer's Guild. Dylan Powell – Organizer of Marineland Animal Defense / Author Eric McDavid – Sacramento Prisoner Support / Former political prisoner George Guimaraes - Founder and president of VEDDAS (Ethical Vegetarianism, Animal Rights Defense and Society) in Brazil Jake Conroy – Organizer with Animal Defense League San Francisco / Former SHAC 7 Jacqueline Morr - Project Intersect / Author / Educator / Activist Jonathan Paul – Longtime earth and animal liberation activist / Former Operation Backfire political prisoner lauren Ornelas – Founder and executive Director of Food Empowerment Project / Longtime activist Lauren Regan - Founder and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) Ryan Shapiro – Longtime animal rights activist / MIT doctoral candidate researching the use of the rhetoric and apparatus of national security to marginalize animal protectionists Tommy Knowles – Organizer with Wildlife Defence League, a BC-based hunt sabotage group doing indigenous solidarity Victor Puertas - Member of the Yagua nation, Anti-colonial land defender and organizer of Utah Tar Sands Resistance, Peaceful Uprising, and moderator of Reclaim Turtle Island. *************************************************************** PARTICIPATING & TABLING ORGANIZATIONS: (more will be added to this list as we confirm tabling requests. Get in touch with TIM@RESISTANCEECOLOGY.ORG if you want to table. Space is limited) Resistance Ecology Student Animal Liberation Coalition Portland Animal Liberation No New Animal Lab Food Empowerment Project Project Intersect Utah Tar Sands Resistance The Sistah Vegan Project VEDDAS - Vegetarianismo Ético, Defesa dos Direitos Animais e Sociedade (Ethical Vegetarianism, Animal Rights Defense and Society) Sacramento Prisoner Support Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) T.O.F.U Magazine Felinarchy Distro Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) Portland Rising Tide Wildlife Defence League PSUSU - the Portland State University Student Union NARN ( Northwest Animal Rights Network ) Stop the Cormorant Slaughter *************************************************************** STUDENT ORGANIZATIONAL SPONSORS: Student Animal Liberation Coalition (SALC) Students For Unity (SFU) Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) PSU Environmental Club (E-Club) http://www.facebook.com/events/363267847173396/
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from noon-3pm
In the Face of Repression // Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State September 6 Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Room 296/8 SPONSORED BY: Resistance Ecology Civil Liberties Defense Center Oregon Jericho Food Fight! Grocery Blossoming Lotus Portland All-African People's Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) (Portland Chapter) Portland Vegans of Color The Bunny Alliance Portland Rising Tide Portland Animal Liberation Portland Central America Solidarity Committee Hunt Saboteurs NW (please get in touch if you would like to co-sponsor) The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is September 5-7. https://www.facebook.com/events/803468656341400/ The AETA labels animal activists as terrorists and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO. In response to new indictments under the AETA, this weekend of action has been called as a show of solidarity, to increase the visibility of ongoing counter-intelligence, and to encourage activists to organize and resist in the face of repression. In Portland, a coalition of organizations are coordinating an afternoon of presenters and panels to discuss the AETA, and to use it as a platform to connect the more expansive processes and histories of repression that are incurred by systematically marginalized, colonized, frontlines, and resistance communities. We want animal and earth liberation activists to understand that all captivity must be ended. It is important to underscore the reality that many communities are always under state repression, not just so-called “activists” communities. It is imperative to stress the need for communities to show solidarity with each other to increase capacity and resilience against surveillance, state violence, and the prison industry. We must reject the misconception that prison or surveillance serve any sort of positive function and instead recognize repression for what it really is: a process engrained into colonial-capitalist society. In the Face of Repression: Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State will be a day of workshops, history lessons, strategy sessions, and solidarity. We invite you to join us and take part! CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Lauren Regan - Civil Liberties Defense Center Kent Ford- Founder of Portland Black Panther Party and father of Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford Saed Bannoura- Editor-In-Chief of the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) Peter Bohmer- Activist scholar and former COINTELPRO target Jonathan Paul- Longtime animal and earth liberation activist and former Green Scare prisoner http://www.facebook.com/events/890626027634210/