Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, United States

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Saturday
Nov
12
2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 7-10pm
7-10pm
People’s Health Clinic is a volunteer-run clinic that hosts a walk-in clinic at Sisters Of The Road every third Friday of the month. We offer free, respectful, holsitic health care to people experiencing homelessness; services include naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage, herbalism and more. We believe that health care is a human right, and we are committed to serving those in our community who find themselves living at the crossroads of economic injustice and systemic oppression. Donations of $5-$50 will be accepted at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds. The party will feature live music, an herbal cocktail bar, food by the Rio Verde Collective, and a raffle featuring an array of delectable prizes! Mark your calendars for this sure-to-be fun event and support health justice in Portland! For more info, see http://www.peopleshealthclinicpdx.com/
Monday
Oct
17
2016
Monday, October 17, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
The Jacobin reading group meets monthly to discuss socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left. The print magazine is released quarterly and reaches over 15,000 subscribers and a web audience of 700,000. Meets every 3rd Monday of the month from 7 - 8:30 PM at the Social Justice Action Center Address: 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 Next meet up: October 17th For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/431482227017289/ Or e-mail: Outreach@JacobinMag.com
Tuesday
Oct
4
2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 5:30-8pm
5:30-8pm
Rents in Portland are rising, and long-term grassroots institutions are being forced out. But the Social Justice Action Center is bucking that trend! Join us Tuesday evening, October 4 for a special open house at the Center where we share our model for grassroots organizing in the heart of Portland, especially by and for marginalized communities and organizers of color. Learn how you can get involved in this important moment as we raise the $20,000 we need to save our building and purchase it for community movements. Contributions to SJAC are matched dollar for dollar till we make our goal! Silent auction, conversation, music. More information at www.sjacpdx.org
Thursday
Sep
22
2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm
Magical Poetics: Inhabiting the Ritual Word Taught by Megan Freshley Thursdays || September 1st - 22nd || 6:30 - 8:30 pm Social Justice Action Center || 400 SE 12th Ave. Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited. What is magic exactly, and how does it relate to poetic craft? Poets often cite a connection with with the magical imagination as a source for their work. If we look at the word as a magical unit, we can inhabit the writing rituals of poets from various traditions and explore possibilities for making more room for magic within our own writing. In this course, we’ll unpack the relationship between magic and poetry through the lenses of rhetoric, Romance, literary theory, the creation of personal rituals, digital communication, and more. Beginners and experienced poets are welcome. “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” — Keats Week 1: Romance + Rhetors What is performative utterance and how can it help us bring the "truth of imagination" into our daily lives? We'll explore the connective tissue between the mystical and the mundane via ancient thinkers, literary theorists and the Romantic poets. Week 2: Magic in 20th Century Poetics If language is a magical medium, then we can use it to experience and alter our environment. We’ll look at 20th century poets who used their craft for social activism as well as the nature poets who branched from the Romantic tradition. Week 3: Ritualizing the Creative Process How are some of the magically-inclined poets of our times operating, and how do their creative processes come into play? Why are witches having a cultural moment, and what are all those witches up to? We will brainstorm our own tailor-made poetic rituals. Week 4: Performative Utterances Share your own ritual-derived creative work generated during the course, or just observe your classmates' projects. Leave with a broadened framework for continuing your own poetic practice. Megan Freshley is a writer, editor, and witch living in Portland, OR. She taught writing at PSU and served as an editorial assistant for McSweeney’s Poetry Series. Megan’s work is published in Stay Wild, 1001, Poor Claudia: Phenome, and Witch Craft Magazine. She was a 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Thursday
Sep
15
2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm
Magical Poetics: Inhabiting the Ritual Word Taught by Megan Freshley Thursdays || September 1st - 22nd || 6:30 - 8:30 pm Social Justice Action Center || 400 SE 12th Ave. Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited. What is magic exactly, and how does it relate to poetic craft? Poets often cite a connection with with the magical imagination as a source for their work. If we look at the word as a magical unit, we can inhabit the writing rituals of poets from various traditions and explore possibilities for making more room for magic within our own writing. In this course, we’ll unpack the relationship between magic and poetry through the lenses of rhetoric, Romance, literary theory, the creation of personal rituals, digital communication, and more. Beginners and experienced poets are welcome. “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” — Keats Week 1: Romance + Rhetors What is performative utterance and how can it help us bring the "truth of imagination" into our daily lives? We'll explore the connective tissue between the mystical and the mundane via ancient thinkers, literary theorists and the Romantic poets. Week 2: Magic in 20th Century Poetics If language is a magical medium, then we can use it to experience and alter our environment. We’ll look at 20th century poets who used their craft for social activism as well as the nature poets who branched from the Romantic tradition. Week 3: Ritualizing the Creative Process How are some of the magically-inclined poets of our times operating, and how do their creative processes come into play? Why are witches having a cultural moment, and what are all those witches up to? We will brainstorm our own tailor-made poetic rituals. Week 4: Performative Utterances Share your own ritual-derived creative work generated during the course, or just observe your classmates' projects. Leave with a broadened framework for continuing your own poetic practice. Megan Freshley is a writer, editor, and witch living in Portland, OR. She taught writing at PSU and served as an editorial assistant for McSweeney’s Poetry Series. Megan’s work is published in Stay Wild, 1001, Poor Claudia: Phenome, and Witch Craft Magazine. She was a 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Thursday
Sep
8
2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm
Magical Poetics: Inhabiting the Ritual Word Taught by Megan Freshley Thursdays || September 1st - 22nd || 6:30 - 8:30 pm Social Justice Action Center || 400 SE 12th Ave. Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited. What is magic exactly, and how does it relate to poetic craft? Poets often cite a connection with with the magical imagination as a source for their work. If we look at the word as a magical unit, we can inhabit the writing rituals of poets from various traditions and explore possibilities for making more room for magic within our own writing. In this course, we’ll unpack the relationship between magic and poetry through the lenses of rhetoric, Romance, literary theory, the creation of personal rituals, digital communication, and more. Beginners and experienced poets are welcome. “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” — Keats Week 1: Romance + Rhetors What is performative utterance and how can it help us bring the "truth of imagination" into our daily lives? We'll explore the connective tissue between the mystical and the mundane via ancient thinkers, literary theorists and the Romantic poets. Week 2: Magic in 20th Century Poetics If language is a magical medium, then we can use it to experience and alter our environment. We’ll look at 20th century poets who used their craft for social activism as well as the nature poets who branched from the Romantic tradition. Week 3: Ritualizing the Creative Process How are some of the magically-inclined poets of our times operating, and how do their creative processes come into play? Why are witches having a cultural moment, and what are all those witches up to? We will brainstorm our own tailor-made poetic rituals. Week 4: Performative Utterances Share your own ritual-derived creative work generated during the course, or just observe your classmates' projects. Leave with a broadened framework for continuing your own poetic practice. Megan Freshley is a writer, editor, and witch living in Portland, OR. She taught writing at PSU and served as an editorial assistant for McSweeney’s Poetry Series. Megan’s work is published in Stay Wild, 1001, Poor Claudia: Phenome, and Witch Craft Magazine. She was a 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Thursday
Sep
1
2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm
Magical Poetics: Inhabiting the Ritual Word Taught by Megan Freshley Thursdays || September 1st - 22nd || 6:30 - 8:30 pm Social Justice Action Center || 400 SE 12th Ave. Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited. What is magic exactly, and how does it relate to poetic craft? Poets often cite a connection with with the magical imagination as a source for their work. If we look at the word as a magical unit, we can inhabit the writing rituals of poets from various traditions and explore possibilities for making more room for magic within our own writing. In this course, we’ll unpack the relationship between magic and poetry through the lenses of rhetoric, Romance, literary theory, the creation of personal rituals, digital communication, and more. Beginners and experienced poets are welcome. “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” — Keats Week 1: Romance + Rhetors What is performative utterance and how can it help us bring the "truth of imagination" into our daily lives? We'll explore the connective tissue between the mystical and the mundane via ancient thinkers, literary theorists and the Romantic poets. Week 2: Magic in 20th Century Poetics If language is a magical medium, then we can use it to experience and alter our environment. We’ll look at 20th century poets who used their craft for social activism as well as the nature poets who branched from the Romantic tradition. Week 3: Ritualizing the Creative Process How are some of the magically-inclined poets of our times operating, and how do their creative processes come into play? Why are witches having a cultural moment, and what are all those witches up to? We will brainstorm our own tailor-made poetic rituals. Week 4: Performative Utterances Share your own ritual-derived creative work generated during the course, or just observe your classmates' projects. Leave with a broadened framework for continuing your own poetic practice. Megan Freshley is a writer, editor, and witch living in Portland, OR. She taught writing at PSU and served as an editorial assistant for McSweeney’s Poetry Series. Megan’s work is published in Stay Wild, 1001, Poor Claudia: Phenome, and Witch Craft Magazine. She was a 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Thursday
Mar
10
2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Join us for another amazing political education/fundraising community event. The event will help to promote the recent book release of Jalil Muntaqim. Jalil is a Political Prisoner and Prisoner of War from the Black Liberation Movement. He organized with the Black Panther Party in the Bay area and was underground with the Black Liberation Army. He was captured when he was 19 in 1971 and has been locked up ever since. His parole reviews (over five) continues to be slandered by the Fraternal Order of Police. Jalil has maintained his innocence and continues his legacy of activism, civic engagement, education and commitment to scholarship. He has written numerous position papers, blogs, poetry and books. This event will feature his most recent collection of essays and poetry and forwards by Walidah Imarisha and Ward Churchill. $5-10 sliding scale donation @ door! All ages and open to the public! Featuring local talent & activists: Blacque Butterfly Bretto Mic Crenshaw Walidah Imarisha Kent Ford Talilo Marfil Ibrahim Mubarek Chauncy Peltier Ahjamu Umi Co-sponsored by Portland Anarchist Black Cross, NW Alliance for Alternative Media & Education, Right 2 Survive, RLM Entertainment Escaping the Prism: Fade to Black (AK Press, 2015) akpress.org/escaping-the-prism-fade-to-black.html Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1728681900751347/