Volunteer spotlight: IPRC K. Marie

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Screening: Check It
Looks can be deceiving. Check It examines how a DC-based gang of Black gay femmes responds to the cycles of poverty and violence in their community by fighting back and protecting each other. All proceeds from this screening will benefit the Trans Assistance Project and ORI Gallery. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30-9:30 pm, $7-9


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Portland Science Advocates Happy Hour
If you believe in science and like meeting other humans who do, this is the happy hour for you. Collaborate with the organizers of Portland’s March for Science and learn how you can get involved in their next big project. Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum, 4:30-7:30 pm, FREE

Prisoner Letter Writing Night
After hosting their own letter writing nights, Portland ABC, Oregon Jericho, Portland IWOC, and Portland Prisoner Support are joining forces to spread the love to political prisoners near and far. No fee to attend, but donations are always appreciated in the form of cash, stamps, envelopes, and more. This event happens every second Thursday. Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th, 6-9 pm, FREE

Street Books Celebration and Fundraiser
This grassroots mobile library is celebrating seven years of slinging books for houseless folks. Enjoy tunes by Colectivo de Son Jarocho, grub by ¿Por Qué No?, and a coin-operated “Book Divination Station” at this fundraiser. Can’t make it or want to give more? Sponsor a library patron’s ticket by purchasing an extra online. Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, 6-7:30 pm, $25


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Drag Queen Bingo: CHAP Fundraiser
Hospital stays for children and families are made a little bit more colorful thanks to the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP), an organization that honors art as therapy and connects mobile teaching artists with children in crisis for empowerment. Ticket price to this fundraiser includes one drink, but subsequent beverages and rounds of drag queen-led bingo are $5 each. Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, 7-10 pm, $10


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Pueblo Unido Volunteer Meeting
Supporting immigrant rights is always important, and the recent DACA announcement only reinforces this need. Pueblo Unido is a new group helping activists of all experience levels mobilize to support immigrants in East Multnomah County. Learn how you can contribute to their efforts on a one-off or regular basis. Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark, 1-2 pm, FREE


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

BBQ Benefit for Oregon Fire Rescue
The more hot dogs and burgers you eat, the more money you raise for the Eagle Creek fire at this barbeque benefit hosted by a collection of car enthusiasts. Beyond fiscal donations, the group will also collect toiletries, bottled water, clothing in good condition, and pantry goods. For folks attending the Red Door Meet in the evening, you can wash your own car on site at no charge. Performance Race Engineering, 13339 NE Airport Way, Suite 500, 1-6 pm, FREE

Equity Matters: A Welcoming Gathering for Justice
This rally invites members of the community to meet with the local government agencies resisting inequity in Portland, including Multnomah County’s Office of Diversity and Equity and Metro’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program. Learn what each jurisdiction is doing to reaffirm their inclusion efforts and contribute to the city’s sanctuary status. Holladay City Park, NE Holladay & 11th, 2-4 pm, FREE

Slutwalk Portland 2017
When a Toronto police officer publically advised women to avoid “dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized” in 2011, worldwide rallies were sparked in response. Every year this peaceful demonstration highlights the voices of people most vulnerable to sexual assault, including LGBTQI youth, people of color, sex workers, and people with disabilities. Walk with others to make your stance against victim-blaming known, and hear from a variety of guest speakers. SW Park & Salmon, 2-5 pm, FREE


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Your Fault for Listening Live Podcast
Experience a live taping of Your Fault for Listening, the Portland-based podcast that gives comedians the chance to perform their sets before a hilarious, set-specific interview by hosts Thomas Lundy and Mercury contributor D. Martin Austin. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Black LGBT civil rights organization National Black Justice Coalition. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK, 6:45-8:30 pm, $8 adv, $10 door

How We Can Control the Rent
This workshop encourages attendees to consider how tenants can support one another to protect their rights and fight against unjust raises in rent. Kickoff the Oregon Renter Week of Action at this inaugural event, hosted in collaboration with the Community Alliance of Tenants and Momentum Alliance. Unite Oregon, 700 NE Killingsworth, 7-9 pm, FREE


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)
Since 1998, the aptly named IPRC has provided the necessary tools and resources for independent publishing at an affordable price. After surviving a second move, the organization has settled into their new Buckman neighborhood location and are seeking additional volunteers.
Opportunities and commitment: Weekly three-hour shifts staffing the front desk or supervising printmaking studios are integral to the IPRC’s ongoing services. In exchange for regular support, volunteers receive free membership and are eligible for a complimentary workshop every quarter.
For more information or to submit your application, visit iprc.org/volunteer or email volunteeriprc [at] gmail [dot] com.