WED 5/2: The Reluctant Radical

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Y.E.P. presents Third Annual Community Police Forum
Youth Educating Police (Y.E.P.) is a youth-led grassroots organization that seeks to disrupt the tensions and confrontations between police and teens. Each year they host a community forum and panel from a variety of perspectives to discuss action and change. Panelists include Bobbin Singh (Oregon Justice Center), Robert Day (PPB), Aaliyah Joseph (youth activist), and more. First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main, 5:30-8 pm, FREE

MMIWpdx: Honor, Awareness, and Healing
May 5 has been designated Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Day of Awareness this year across the nation after half a decade of advocacy for change. Gather for dinner and listen to several speakers including #MMIWUSA founder Deborah Maytubee. Childcare provided. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th, 5:30-8:30 pm, FREE

The Reluctant Radical
Ken Ward is willing to go to extreme lengths (albeit somewhat reluctantly) to find solutions for what he sees as the extreme problem of climate change. Learn why he’s facing criminal charges and how he, alongside other environmental activists, orchestrated a nationwide tar sands oil pipeline shutdown. Better yet, catch Ken Ward and director Lindsey Grayzel at the post-film discussion. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30-9 pm, FREE


THURSDAY, MAY 3

Science Pub Portland: Sensor Technologies
Evan Thomas and his team SWEETLab are experimenting with ways to use sensor technologies to help people around the world secure access to drinking water, sanitation facilities, and alternatives to open campfires. They’re currently running 15 projects globally to not only help the planet, but the people who live on it. Immerse yourself in their work over dinner at this installation of OMSI’s monthly Science Pub. Doors open at 5 pm. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7-9 pm, $5


FRIDAY, MAY 4

Stop the Killings: Portland Rally for Democracy in the Philippines
The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) and Malaya Movement are in the midst of a nationwide caravan and tour for justice in the Philippines. The group will stop in Portland for a family-friendly rally calling for the cessation of the Duterte regime and US-backed military presence and funding. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito, 5:30-7:30 pm, FREE

Going Beyond the Flint Water & Housing Crises
Gentrification isn’t an accident. Hear Monica-Lewis Patrick, CEO of We the People of Detroit, and Cat Goughnour, founder of Right 2 Root, discuss how decades of city planning in Flint continue to contribute to the displacement of the poor and people of color. The presenters will draw parallels to issues facing Portland’s Black residents as well. Eventbrite registration required. Humboldt Garden, 5033 N Vancouver, 6-8 pm, FREE


SATURDAY, MAY 5

Envisioning Community Safety Forum
The Portland Police Bureau’s 2018-19 budget includes a request to fund more cops—88 officers and five sergeants. Critical Resistance Portland and Care Not Cops (alongside several other partnerships) are voicing opposition. This half-day event provides time to meet other community organizers, speak to City Council members and candidates, and examine alternative methods for community safety. Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, 111 NE Failing, 11 am-3:30 pm, FREE

Club Kai Kai Selena Tribute & Fundraiser
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by relishing in elaborate drag tributes to la reina de Tex Mex, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, and by supporting radical Latinx organization Pueblo Unido PDX! Enjoy performances by Hydrangea Stangrea, Lola Coquette, Whorechatta, and more, and don’t forget to bring tampons and menstrual hygiene products for Portland Menstrual Society. Half of all proceeds benefit the grassroots organization while the other half makes sure all creators get paid. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm-2 am, $10


SUNDAY, MAY 6

Garage Sale for City Repair
Peruse traditional garage-sale items like housewares, clothing, and books, as well as plants (veggie starters, sedum) and baked goods in support of the City Repair Project. This multifaceted nonprofit advocates for placemaking through several projects including the Village Building Convergence, Pollinator Pathways, and more. Have items to donate before the garage sale? Reach out to Kirk Rea at kirk [at] cityrepair [dot] org. City Repair Project, 1421 SE Division, 11 am-5 pm, FREE

Keeping Tabs on America: Surveillance and You
Learn the ins and outs of government surveillance and why privacy concerns should matter at this conversation presented by Oregon Humanities. Scholar and writer Kristian Williams will lead a discussion about the ethics and consequences of government surveillance. (We’re looking at you, overreaching Alexas and Siris!) North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth, 2:30-4 pm, FREE


TUESDAY, MAY 8

Mamas Day Celebration: Black Mamas Revival
Mamas don’t look, act, or experience the world in one singular way. This sweet event will showcase works dedicated to Black mamas on the fringes by skilled artists. There will also be an opportunity to write cards to the mamas in your life, whether single, young, queer, or chosen. Food and beverages provided, as well as childcare. June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N Albina, 6-8 pm, FREE, RSVP required at MamasDayPDX