Flawless Bingo
Bingo gets even better when you’re daubing with drag queens for good causes! Hosted by local queen Kimber Shade, bingo cards cost a buck each and fund the Sweethearts of Portland, a nonprofit that raises money for other nonprofits like the Tijuana AIDS Foundation, Our House of Portland, and New Avenues for Youth. Century, 930 SE Sandy, 9:30 pm, free


Interrupting Oppressive Language
This teen-focused workshop is the first in a three-part series led in collaboration with the Village Free School and Portland State’s School of Race, Gender, and Nations. The first session will provide an overview of oppression and allyship while subsequent meetings examine how to interrupt oppressive language and pass these tools onto others. Thursday May 11, 18, and 25 at Village Free School, 1800 SE Water, 9:30-11:30 am

Pride Days: QT Movie Night—The Trans List
The Queer Resource Center hosts weekly film screenings centered on the LGBTQ+ experience. This viewing party features The Trans List, an HBO documentary with interviews by Janet Mock that captures diverse the personal narratives of trans activists, athletes, artists, and more. Queer Resource Center, PCC Cascade, 705 N Killingsworth, 4-6 pm, free

Indigenous Resurgence and Radical Anti-Colonial Struggle
With the Idle No More and Standing Rock actions, indigenous rights movements have witnessed newfound nationwide attention. Longtime activists Kanahus Freedom, Amanda Lickers, and Klee Benally will present and discuss tactics for resisting the ongoing colonization of Turtle Island land and sacred spaces. Savage Family, a hip-hop group of native artists, will perform as well. Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 26, Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, 6-9 pm, free


Brown Girl Rise PDX Open House
Cultivate community and welcome Brown Girl Rise, a budding group supporting girls of color in Portland through culturally-specific and youth-focused programming. Learn how to support their efforts in the Volunteer Spotlight section at the end of this column. Los Jardines De La Paz, 5530 NE 60th, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, free

Second Saturday Social Justice #Artists4BlackLives
Don’t Shoot Portland hosts a monthly discussion and organizing group for folks looking to get involved in art-based actions. This meeting will focus on a forthcoming event in collaboration with the Portland Art Museum and the NYC-based Museum of Impact. Earlier this year, the group started the “Ain’t I A Woman” discussion series on solidarity between women activists and the #IndivisibleWomenUnite film series through Portland State’s 5th Avenue Cinema. Revolución Coffee House, 1432 SW 6th, 11 am, free

Stand Up Against Police Targeting
Grab a giant Sharpie and make your best protest sign for this march against the Portland Police Bureau’s attacks on activists. Led by Oregon Students Empowered, the event is a direct response to the string of May Day arrests, criminal charges against Philip “Standard” Schaefer (the activist who snatched a man’s glasses at a protest against the killing of Quanice Hayes), and ongoing tension between protesters and police. Chapman Square, SW 4th & SW Main, 2 pm, free


White Guilt Work Group
Work through your white guilt at this anti-racist seminar led by white queer feminist activist Emilie Friedman. Topics include recognizing how your feelings reinforce white supremacy and sharing strategies for truly supporting racial justice. Please note: Efforts for accountability are not outlined in the event’s description. UNA Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #117, 3-5 pm, free


May Special District Election
Calling all slacktivists: May 16 marks the very last day to get your ballots in for the only regularly scheduled election of 2017. Unsure of how to vote? Consider consulting the Mercury Endorsement Strike Force’s cheat sheet or simply follow suit by voting yes on Measures 26-193, 26-189, and 26-194. Find a list of 24-hour official ballot drop boxes throughout town on the Multnomah County website and be sure to get yours in before the clock strikes eight. Various locations (see list at, until 8 pm, free


Brown Girl Rise PDX
Brown Girl Rise is a brand-new organization creating space for girls of color in Portland to thrive. Started by six activists, the program will include bimonthly meetings for students in third through fifth grade, and sixth through eighth beginning in June. Students will learn about reproductive health, gardening and cultural foodways, arts and design, social justice movements, plant medicine, and STEM.
Opportunities: Immediate need for volunteers this Saturday, May 13 at their Open House event. Roles include setup, cleanup, signing in attendees, photography, and activity table support. More opportunities to come, so get in touch now.
Email browngirlrisepdx [at] gmail to get involved.