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BINGO for Autism Society of Oregon
Get your dab on for the Autism Society of Oregon, where rounds are $1 each and give you the chance to win prizes while raising money for a good cause. Night owls can top off the evening with a round of karaoke. Twenty First Ave Kitchen & Bar, 721 NW 21st, 7 pm, FREE


International Women’s Strike
Intersectional feminism or bust! That’s what the network of womxn around the world are calling for on this international day of action. This march is organized by Don’t Shoot Portland and endorsed by several local orgs, including Jewish Voice for Peace. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, 4 pm, FREE

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night
There are many ways to support folks who are incarcerated across the country, and if penmanship is your thing, a letter-writing night with Portland ABC can go a long way. This event emphasizes connection and community with political prisoners and prisoners of war. All you need to bring is “spirit of solidarity.” Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th, 4-7 pm, FREE

Seed: The Untold Story Screening and Conversation
While Food, Inc. put a spotlight on the perils of farming in the era of Monsanto, Seed digs deeper into the impact that preserving organic seeds can have in fighting climate change and feeding the world. Although two-thirds of today’s global seed market is controlled by 10 companies, smaller farmers aren’t giving up. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 7 pm, $7-10 suggested donation


Talking About Suicide: Building Skills, Reducing Stigma
Discussing death shouldn’t feel taboo. The Death Talk Project regularly hosts workshops, movie nights, and events about mourning and what it’s like to remember folks who have passed. Join in on the conversation and learn how you can help reduce the stigma of suicide. The Eliot Center, 1226 SW Salmon, 9-10:30 am, FREE

Bowling for Braille Books Funraiser
This fundraiser is also a funraiser, where 30 bucks gets you two hours of bowling, shoe rental, a T-shirt, snacks, and access to a silent auction all in the name of the National Federation of the Blind and their call for Braille books for blind children and their parents. No teams or turkey scoring skills necessary. Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, 808 SE Morrison, 11 am-2 pm, $30

International Women’s Day Art Show and Silent Auction
Peruse the works of more than 40 super talented artists at this silent auction for Portland women’s shelter Rose Haven. Artists include Nagini Reddy, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Seth Bogart, Will Bryant, and many more. Bidding closes at 9:15 pm! Jolby & Friends, 1810 SE 10th, Unit D, 5-10 pm, FREE

Empty Bowls for Self-Care
Self-care can be as simple as taking a stroll, drinking mint tea, writing in a diary, or indulging in massage. PDX Alliance for Self-Care seeks to connect marginalized communities with self-care resources. Their inaugural fundraiser will feature dinner, drinks, dancing, and raffle prizes galore. Local potters donate handmade bowls which you purchase and fill with local soups. Vegan and kid-friendly meal options, and childcare provided. Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark, 6-10 pm, $13-34


Vegan Bake Sale for Elephants
Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants is a grassroots organization that envisions a future where zoo and circus elephants will live out the rest of their days in sanctuary instead of confinement. This bake sale will help raise money to cover the costs of a three-day conference and film festival to be held in April. Bring your own container for baked goods. Cherokee Rose Inn, 2924 SE Alder, 1-4 pm, FREE

Luck of the Pug Drag Queen Bingo
This triple threat of a fundraiser features drag queens, pugs, and bingo with plenty of chances to win prizes. Pacific Pug Rescue focuses exclusively on supporting smoosh-faced pups throughout the Pacific Northwest. Buy tickets in advance. Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park, 4-7 pm, $20-25

Volunteer Orientation for BGR
Brown Girl Rise is “a radical sisterhood of girls of color” that invites facilitators of color to lead workshops with youth about things like plant medicine, STEM, and social justice. Learn more about how you can support their work. Unite Oregon, 700 N Killingsworth, 1-3 pm, FREE


Feminist March Presents Chisholm ’72
The Hollywood Theatre is celebrating Women’s History Month by screening tons of womxn-focused films. Watch Chisholm ’72 and immerse yourself in the world of political pioneer Shirley Chisholm. She was the first Black person of any gender to seek presidential nomination from a major party and the first Black woman elected to Congress! Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, $7:30-10


In Other Words (IOW)
IOW opened its doors in 1993 and is one of the last independent feminist bookstores in the United States. IOW seeks to strengthen resistance against a culture of oppression and operates as a safe community center for women, people of color, queer, trans, gender variant folks, and more so that folks can organize for self-determination and build a sustainable, intersectional movement for liberation.

Opportunities and commitment: IOW is looking for volunteers who can contribute skills in computer and technology, fundraising, grant writing, and folks looking to organize or host meetups and events. Email questions to info [at] inotherwords [dot] org and sign up to volunteer by emailing scheduling [at] inotherwords [dot] org.