Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church

Location

1011 SW 12th Ave
Portland
,
OR
97205
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US

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Past Events

Tuesday
Nov
15
2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 7-10pm
7-10pm
Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base, A One Percenter Makes The Case For Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing To The Common Good will speak at this public event. Chuck Collins, great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer, was born into the 1% but gave up his inheritance at ago 26. He is a researcher, campaigner, storyteller, and writer based at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He has written extensively on wealth inequality in previous books like 99 to 1, Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.), and Economic Apartheid in America as well as in The Nation, The American Prospect, and numerous other magazines and news outlets. In Born on Third Base, Chuck argues that the people's movement of disadvantaged communities and communities of color needs to engage with the 1% community and the 1% needs to step up and get involved. Chuck Collins tells the story of how he came to understand the privilege of inherited wealth. From his unique perspective he presents a case for the richest of the rich to fight against inequality. From interest-free loans to being white in a housing market that refused federal mortgages to black people, Collins writes that politicians and businesspeople who admit their advantages and the role of society in enabling their wealth creation are more likely to make public investments. In his book, Collins invites the wealthy to come home, make a commitment to place, and work for an economy that benefits everyone. He calls on his peers to share the wealth, pay their fair share in taxes, and move their capital into a relocalized economy – including moving investments out of the fossil fuel economy and into regional food and energy systems.
Wednesday
Jun
8
2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Join us in welcoming the Golden Rule Peace Boat to Portland! In 1958 a crew of Quaker peace activists attempted to sail the Golden Rule to the Marshall Islands to interfere with US nuclear bomb testing. This bold nonviolent direct action inspired a worldwide movement leading to the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963. After five years of restoration by Veterans For Peace and many friends, the Golden Rule is once again sailing for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future! We have an exciting line-up of speakers for this panel presentation and discussion: REV. GENKO RAINWATER, of Dharma Rain Zen Center, will lead a five-minute meditation HELEN JACCARD, Golden Rule crew member HARVEY WASSERMAN, Solartopia, Solar Energy proponent and vocal opponent of nuclear power KIANNA JUDA-ANGELO, Living Islands Marshall Islanders support organization MIMI GERMAN, Founder of No Nukes NW/RadCast TERESSA RAIFORD, Don't Shoot Portland FRED SCHAFER, National Commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans CHUCK JOHNSON, Physicians for Social Responsibility, works to close the Columbia Generating Station Music by DAVID ROVICS Suggested donation: $10, nobody turned away Organization website: vfpgoldenruleproject.org Event website: http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org/event/welcome-the-golden-rule-and-panelists-in-portland/ Sponsoring organization: Veterans For Peace Portland Chapter 72 (Primary) and No Nukes NW, Alliance for Democracy of Oregon, an Education WithOut Borders
Friday
Mar
18
2016
Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
Join us Friday March 18th at the Unitarian Church to hear from the farmworkers yourself and learn how you can support this historic movement to transform the food system! FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/557924567714698/?active_tab=highlights
Sunday
Nov
8
2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
Climate destabilization, resource privatization, cultural genocide, forced migration, repression, gentrification, incarceration, displacement, struggle, survival: while we live in this storm of crises, the connections between them can sometimes feel subterranean, veiled by the shadowy machinations of capitalism. Join us as Harsha Walia and Luz Rivera Martinez, both deeply skilled anti-capitalist organizers with decades of experience, articulate these crises as interconnected and escalating symptoms of a system rooted in neo-liberalism and neo-colonization. Harsha and Luz will speak about their work and experiences cultivating fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, and how “climate change” threatens to or is already compounding the forces of state and corporate violence against which they struggle. Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer, and popular educator rooted in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, antiracist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anticapitalist movements and communities for over a decade. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism and works with No One Is Illegal – Vancouver/Unceded Coast Salish Territories. http://www.akpress.org/undoing-border-imperialism.html https://noii-van.resist.ca/ Luz Rivera Martinez has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women’s, peasant and labor movements. She works with the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjADc2HT_j0
Sunday
Oct
18
2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2-5pm
2-5pm
With You on the Journey: Family Members of People in Prison Tell Their Stories. With You on the Journey is a performance of monologues written by family members of people in prison. The performance is the culmination of a summer writing workshop and at will be held at: The First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. The performance is in the Elliot Chapel at the church accessed via S. W. 12th ave between Salmon and Main (enter through the breezeway in the middle of the block) Sunday, October 18th, 2 p.m. Free of charge. Donations accepted. Reception will follow It’s not generally understood that when someone goes to prison that experience is a huge upheaval not just for him or for her, but also for that person’s family. Ten family members of people in prison tell their stories in this unique performance, including • the joys and difficulties of prison visits and of being a loving presence to a family member in prison • the challenges of interactions with legal and prison personnel • the complexities of “co-parenting with the state” when a juvenile is incarcerated • navigating the intersections of substance abuse and/or mental illness and incarceration • the excesses of Measure 11 sentencing in Oregon • what’s been learned about the criminal justice system and the ways in which it must change This project, which is funded by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council, was conceived of by Carol Imani, a college writing instructor who has taught creative writing in juvenile detention facilities and adult prison. The project began with a series of six writing workshops, enabling participants to write monologues about their experiences and is culminating in the staged reading of the monologues at the First Unitarian Church on October 18th. It would not have been possible without the help and support of the church and also of the social action group at the church, Ending the New Jim Crow. The performance will conclude with a question and answer session. A reception at the church with the cast will follow the performance. For more information contact Carol Imani, kfbaguette@gmail.com, 503 935-1399 or Barbara Dow, bdowpdx@gmail.com, 503 569-2865 http://www.facebook.com/events/920639324676897/
Saturday
Jun
20
2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
Join Dr. Jonathan Simon, author of Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century Maintaining a democratic form of government, including being able to correct Supreme Court (mis)interpretations by amending the Constitution, depends on votes being counted, openly and honestly, as cast. Unfortunately, we have a problem of corruptibility and actual corruption in the way we as a nation count our votes. Casting votes is a very private act, but counting them must be public and observable. It's critical to recognize that what happens inside a computer is neither public nor observable. As proud as we are of our democracy, why have we outsourced its core function --counting our votes -- to a few highly partisan corporations using proprietary software that even our elected officials are forbidden to examine?
Thursday
Jun
18
2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
Date line: Democracy Convention - 2011 Center for Media and Democracy reveals during this workshop the hidden efforts of major American corporations working through the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance their interests by undermining the democratic process. ALEC presented itself as a public interest gathering of legislators working for the public good while, in fact, they were writing and voting on legislation that would then get submitted in legislatures throughout the nation without disclosing the source. This workshop was designed for people who knew enough to be alarmed, people who knew nothing, and people who understood what was happening and how serious this assault had been.  The assault continues. Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to a panel of experts: ● Kate Titus, Executive Director of Common Cause Oregon  In 2012 the national Common Cause office filed a complaint against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Office. The complaint charges misuse of charity laws, extensive underreporting of lobbying, and obtaining improper tax breaks for ALEC's corporate funders. ● Lauren Regan, AAL- Founder & Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center Ms. Regan operates a public interest law firm, The Justice Law Group, specializing in constitutional law, civil rights, and criminal defense. ● Don Merrill - KBOO Lead Investigator A team of KBOO reporters carried out a six-month investigation researching, cataloging and analyzing Oregon legislation which has been influenced, or created by, the American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC) ● Hyung Nam teaches social studies at Wilson High School Hyung is a active member of Portland Area Rethinking Schools, NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference Committee, Portland Social Equality Educators and a former member of the editorial board of Rethinking Schools
Thursday
May
14
2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
PDX Permaculture Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 PM Donation requested but not required. Co-sponsored by CommunityRightsPDX.org, Economic Justice Action Group of 1st Unitarian Church, 350PDX.org, Allia... Details: http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/222522902/
Friday
Apr
24
2015
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 7:30-9pm
7:30-9pm
#Earth Day in Music and Song 2015# ##Friday, April 24, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.## ##First Unitarian Church (SW 12th & Salmon, Portland)## *Featured Music:* **Missa Gaia PDX Chorus,** Directed by Susan Peck, with Lauri Jones and Mary Ellen Grace *Guest Artists:* **Sky in the Road** **Madrona Viola Duo** with Guest Pianist, Gary Skye We invite you to set aside this special time to celebrate our remarkable planet. The program includes instrumental and vocal performances, meditative singing, poetry, and candle lighting. This year some non-human species will be in our midst! Refreshments and conversation following in the Buchan Room. Donations accepted. *Sponsored by:* Center for Earth Leadership, First Unitarian Church, Unity Church of Beaverton, & New Thought Center for Spiritual Living **RSVPs appreciated at 503-244-0026 or Jeanne@earthleaders.org.**