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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Pizza Night for Rahab’s Sisters
Devour slices of pizza in the name of Rahab’s Sisters, an organization that supports women affected by abuse, the sex industry, and homelessness. Today 20 percent of East Glisan Pizza Lounge sales will be donated to the organization, along with proceeds from a raffle for Oregon Zoo passes, a New Seasons Market gift card, and other prizes. East Glisan Pizza Lounge, 8001 NE Glisan, 4 pm-midnight, FREE


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Back to School: An Update on Statewide Education Initiatives
Last May, Oregon successfully passed Measures 98 and 99, which approved access to vocational education opportunities and drop-out prevention support, as well as a full week of outdoor learning for sixth graders. Learn what’s happened since then and what our community can expect in the upcoming year. Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th, 12:15-1:15 pm, $15-30


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Dog Adoption with One Tail at a Time
One Tail at a Time PDX is a no-kill dog rescue that serves all breeds through fostering, adoption, and assistance for low-income families. Come meet the latest batch of pups in search of their forever homes.Pets on Broadway, 2762 NE Broadway, 10 am-noon, FREE

Portland NAACP Youth Council Open House
For community members between the ages of 12 and 24, the NAACP offers membership on their Youth Council—one of the longest-established opportunities for young people to learn leadership skills, impact Portland’s future, and fight for racial justice. If you’re older than 24, consider joining the NAACP with a general membership or specialized committee. Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, 10-11:45 am, FREE

Every Worker Needs a Home
Join this march for better wages, led by the Burgerville Workers Union and the Community Alliance of Tenants (learn more in “Volunteer Spotlight,” below), in honor of the nationwide Renter Week of Action and Assemblies. Unsure why folks might want to rally? The group provides some food for thought: “Seventy percent of fast food workers are over 20. They rarely make enough to meet the rent or basic costs of living. A third of those workers have at least some college education. One in four have children at home.” Meet at the Oregon Convention Center’s MLK statue. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, 5:30-8 pm, FREE


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Rally to Stop Rohingya Genocide
Sana Saeed of Al Jazeera notes that the Rohingya are “among the most persecuted people in the world.” The stateless ethnic group are majority Muslim and are facing current genocide in Burma. Senator Jeff Merkley has spoken out against the violence, and this rally is meant to raise further awareness and call on representatives to take action. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, 2-5 pm, FREE

Tacos for Tampons
Visit the downtown Chipotle anytime this Sunday, when half of what you spend will go to the Portland Menstrual Society. Make sure you mention the fundraiser and pay in-store. Chipotle, 1948 SW Broadway, 11 am-10 pm, FREE


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Dream Act Now: Banners and Signs at the Bridge
The Dream Act is seen as a viable alternative to DACA. Stand in support of the bipartisan bill by waving signs over I-5 and gathering in solidarity. Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge, N Failing and N Missouri, 5-7 pm, $8

Gender Identity and Expression: Respect, Care, and Language
Language changes over time, and being cognizant of your ability to progress language is a crucial tool for activism. Learn about becoming more linguistically inclusive while avoiding common pitfalls at this workshop co-presented by PSU and UP instructor Mychel Estevez and transgender community member Hannah Stauffer. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont, 6:15-9 pm, FREE


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Place Justice: Making a Placefor Everyone
Placemaking is a community-based approach to the design and management of public spaces. This program is the third in a series by City Repair highlighting organizers who are continually working at the intersections of place and equity. In attendance will be Jessica Rojas, Donovan Smith, Candace Kita, and others. Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, 6:30-8:30 pm, $10-20 suggested donation



VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT)
Established in 1996, CAT is Oregon’s only statewide, tenant-controlled grassroots organization fighting for tenants’ rights. By providing the opportunity for education and action, CAT empowers low-income tenants to become leaders and advocate for fair and equitable housing protections. From September 18-23, they’re leading the Oregon Rent Week of Action, along other groups. Discover all events by visiting buff.ly/2f75JG1.
Opportunities and commitment: Team up with tenants and neighbors to fight for people—not profit. Opportunities range from short-term to long-term, and include a variety of activities including childcare, set up and clean up, and demanding fair wages on the picket line. To learn more, email organizing [at] oregoncat [dot] org.