Friday, October 21, 2016

Social Justice Action Center: HOLDING GROUND 10/4/16

*Update, they made their fundraising goal! Hooray!

FB Event Write up:

"SJAC presents: Holding Ground
or, How community organizations can resist rent spikes, together!

Speakers: Margot Black, Portland Tenants United; Robert Van Pelt, Tututni Siletz & Umatilla (SJAC board); Mic Crenshaw, hiphop artist & organizer (SJAC board), Grant Neal, Casa Wovoka Native NA; Jonny Cool, local musician, and more!

Music: Jonny Cool; Sam & Hector Romero

Rents in Portland are rising, and long-term grassroots institutions are being forced out. But the Social Justice Action Center is bucking that trend!

Join us for a special open house at the Center where we share our model for grassroots organizing in the heart of Portland, especially by and for marginalized communities and organizers of color. 

5:30p doors open, 6:30p program

We'll have a silent auction, friendly music, and timely conversation about how to build long-term places for grassroots groups to share. View silent auction items here:

Learn how you can get involved in this important moment as we raise the $20,000 we need to save our building and purchase it for community movements. Contributions to SJAC are matched dollar for dollar till we make our goal!

It's a commonplace that rents in Portland -- for housing and for organizations -- are through the roof, with landlords and developers making bank on affluent incomers, and the rest of us pushed to the brink.

Many community groups that have played a vital role in creating the Portland that has attracted so many, are now forced to move or close. From radical bookstores to artists' co-ops, from underground publishers to alternative cafes, many of those that don't hew to the Division St. veneer (and have deep pockets) are being pushed out.

This won't last forever. But to keep community organizing strong -- whether among marginalized communities that are increasingly forced to the perimeters of the city, or among creatives and radicals scrapping to keep the spark alive closer in -- we need places in the heart of Portland as permanent homebases.

Our conversation will feature people who've experienced the recent changes firsthand, and will discuss various approaches to keeping community places open and available. We'll especially look at opportunities for our movements to own properties, protecting them from speculation, and how we can best get there -- showcasing SJAC's own current campaign to buy its building."

Keep Portland Housed Rally 9/17/16

A soggy day of housing justice.


"Join us on the one year anniversary of the city's declaration of a housing emergency to demand a REAL response with REAL impact to our housing crisis.

The kids have just started another school year, yet no-cause evictions and enormous rent increases continue to threaten their security and educational success. And the shorter days are a reminder that winter is around the corner .... will we let our lack of tenant protections continue to add our families, our sick, and our elderly to the growing homeless population this winter?

We cannot wait for more supply. We cannot wait for the state to act. How many more of our residents are forced to choose between rent and food, financially destabilized by rent increases and forced displacement, pushed into homelessness, or further and further out of the city (only to add to the growing traffic congestion by driving back in for work) before we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! How many more waves of gentrification do we have to powerlessly watch before we say WE WILL NOT BE MOVED!?

Together we can control the rent. But only if we do it together. WE NEED EVERYONE there to show our city that this is a problem we can ignore no longer. We won't settle for any more excuses -- but that goes for all of us too. YOU need to be there to show that renters aren't just a special interest group -- that we are Portland. And being able to have safe, stable, secure, healthy, affordable housing in the communities we built and mutually depend upon is good for everyone, good for the city, and vastly more important than an entitlement to profit."

RED CRY Film 9/19/16

Powerful film screening hosted by Tryon Life Community grateful for those in attendance. <3

FB Event Details

"Directed by the Lakota Cante Tenze Okolakiciye - Strong Heart Warrior Society in 2012 and 2013, Red Cry chronicles the history of the Lakota Nation's struggle and resistance to colonialism. Traditional Lakota elders and warriors from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation risk their lives to share their stories of resistance and tradition in the face of corruption, abuse, theft, and oppression under genocidal policies and behaviors on the part of the US government, its entities, and white America and her little brothers.

Please join members of the Lakota Solidarity Project at Tryon Life Community Farm in SW Portland this Monday evening for a screening followed by a brief update on the situation that grassroots Lakota people are facing...the pipeline is just one face of the beast! And learn about new directions of resistance in the name of Indigenous independence and opportunites to be in solidarity with Lakota Oyate and the Independent Lakota Nation. "

Full Film below:

Prisoner Strike Rally PDX 9/9/16

I was there in solidarity with many folks, in the streets for justice-much respect all around.

More links covering the action.:

I spent $300 in 2 years.(sans rent)


*Sans rent($150/month) and some EBT(Food Stamp) usage. With rent factored in, I am sitting at about $3,800 over 24 months of living in Portland,

**As I learn more about the framework of intersectionality, I also want to note my privilege as middle-class raised, college-educated, white-cis-male-able-bodied-childless person living in an abundant. radical friendly city(i.e. lots of waste stream products; free boxes, dumpstering etc) in the USA.

Last year's post total $150.

Since 2015 I haven't kept quite as detailed accounts of my spending, but I am rounding it up to another $150 just to keep it could actually be more like $270.

When I moved last September, I bought a used pc monitor($30), a new bottom bracket for my bike ($60), and several MAX tickets(approx $30). The res($30 is miscelaneous(e.g. pitching in TP supply for house)