Exiled to Nowhere: Rohingya Symposium in Portland
Apr
5
to Apr 7

Exiled to Nowhere: Rohingya Symposium in Portland

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April 5th - 7th at the Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University

All events are free and open to the public.

For decades, the Rohingya people of Burma have faced systematic discrimination and targeted violence by the Burmese government. They have been stripped of their citizenship, forced from their homes, and denied basic human rights. In August 2017 the Burmese military launched a clearance operation forcing over 700,000 Rohingya to flee into Bangladesh. In the face of extreme persecution, and despite the efforts of the Myanmar government to erase them, the Rohingya continue to show a face of resiliency and courage in their desire for peace, justice, and accountability.

This symposium brings together survivors, activists, and internationally renowned experts to foster a better understanding of the crisis and explore possible paths forward. The symposium will be centered around the photography exhibit Exiled to Nowhere by documentary photographer Greg Constantine. This exhibit documents not only the plight of the Rohingya and how the tactics taken over time have led to the near destruction of this community, but also shows how, in spite of all that has been done to destroy them, the Rohingya continue to find a way to survive and persevere regardless of the ground beneath their feet.

Panels and conversation over this three day event include:

Greg Constantine’s exhibit, Exiled to Nowhere, will be on display April 5-11th at the Oregon Historical Society. The exhibition continues April 15th through May 12th at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with additional events taking place during that time.

Sponsors for the event include the Oregon Historical Society, Never Again Coalition, World Oregon, Americans for Rohingya, Friends of Rohingya USA, The Immigrant Story, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland State University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Lewis and Clark Law School’s Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance, American Jewish World Service, and RAIN International. With support form Eric and Alia Breon.

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Sexual and Gender Based Violence of Rohingya Women and Girls
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sexual and Gender Based Violence of Rohingya Women and Girls

  • Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 333 (map)
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Dr. Gwen Mitchell and Aerlyn Pfeil discuss their experiences working with Rohingya women and the impact of sexual violence in conflict environments. The conversation will examine obstacles Rohingya women and girls face in seeking justice, accountability, and protection given their current status as stateless people. They will also go into the impacts that these experiences will have for generations to come and the positive role Rohingya women have as providers of support, hope, healing and resilience within their communities. 

Aerlyn Pfeil is a certified professional midwife and sexual violence program consultant from Portland, Oregon. She has been practicing midwifery since 1999 and joined MSF in 2011. She has worked in maternal health programs in South Sudan, Haiti, Senegal, the Somali region of Ethiopia, and Papua New Guinea. Aerlyn has been an active association member since joining MSF and was recently elected to the board. She holds a BA in sociology from Whitman College and a BS in midwifery and a degree in global health from the University of Manchester.

Dr. Gwen Vogel Mitchell is an Assistant Professor and Field Placement Director for the International Disaster Psychology M.A. program at the University of Denver. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Colorado where she also maintains a private practice. Dr. Mitchell has worked for many years as a trainer, consultant, and program developer for humanitarian organizations including Medecins Sans Frontiers, the Center for Victims of Torture and the Open Society Foundation in various locations including Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Myanmar, Thailand and Bosnia. She also provided support for a global evaluation of UNHCR's mental health and psychosocial support for humanitarian staff and was a member of a UNICEF technical work group focused on child protection inside Myanmar. She played a part in the development of a mental health policy for the country of Liberia and has developed programming for marginalized groups including People Living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ communities, former political prisoners and torture survivors. 

Sponsors include the Oregon Historical Society, Never Again Coalition, World Oregon, Americans for Rohingya, Friends of Rohingya USA, The Immigrant Story, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland State University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Lewis and Clark Law School’s Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance, American Jewish World Service, and RAIN International. With support form Eric and Alia Breon.

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The More Who Die the Less We Care: Confronting Genocide and the Deadly Arithmetic of Compassion
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

The More Who Die the Less We Care: Confronting Genocide and the Deadly Arithmetic of Compassion

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Most people are caring and will make an effort to assist individuals in need. These same good people, however, often become numbly indifferent when the victims are part of a large group seeking help. Why does this occur? The answer to this question will help us answer a related question that is the topic of this talk with Professor Paul Slovic: Why have good people and their governments repeatedly ignored mass murder and genocide and how can insights from psychological research provide useful guidance to address this problem.

Paul Slovic is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and a founder and President of Decision Research. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University (1959) and an M.A (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Michigan. He studies human judgment, decision making, and the psychology of risk. With colleagues worldwide, he has developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals and society. His most recent work examines "psychic numbing" and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies.

He is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. In 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science. He has received honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics (1996) and the University of East Anglia (2005). He was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.

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Chocolate for Congo 2019
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Chocolate for Congo 2019

Treat yourself to a fantastic dessert while contributing to a great cause with Chocolate for Congo, returning to the Portland area for its 6th year. Mouth-watering desserts made with Theo Chocolate benefit Action Kivu - investing in the women, children and communities of Congo through vocational training and education - with $1 from each dessert sale going to the organization. Theo Chocolate, which now sources more than 70% of its chocolate from the Congo, has generously donated the chocolate for the benefit. Local organization, Never Again Coalition is also sponsoring.  

The best part? Some of Portland’s best pastry chefs and award-winning restaurants are participating! These desserts are available all of February, and with 15 locations and 28 days, you can try them all—some even twice.

Participating restaurants and bakeries include:

  • Ava Gene’s

  • Baker & Spice and The Cakery

  • Bakeshop

  • Bistro Agnes

  • Canard

  • Clyde Common

  • Coquine

  • La Neta

  • Le Pigeon

  • Little Bird Bistro

  • Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant

  • Ox

  • Pie Spot

  • Tusk

Here’s a sneak peak into what some of the pastry chefs are making:

La Neta - chocolate and corn tarts with Morita chile toasted marshmallow

Clyde Common - Victoria Hutfilz's bittersweet chocolate pecan pie, smoked vanilla bean ice cream and confit citron

Ava Gene’s - chocolate frittelle from Nora Mace

Bistro Agnes - frozen dark chocolate marquise with pistachio anglaise, candied kumquats, kumquat zested meringue and a sprinkle of Jacobsen sea salt flakes

Tusk - chocolate pistachio whoopie pies from Mace

Canard - chocolate banana cream pie

Baker & Spice and The Cakery - flourless chocolate cakes

Oui! Restaurant and Wine Bar - spiced dark chocolate pot de creme, sea salt and Willamette Valley honey meringue with brown butter graham shortbread cookies from chef Althea Grey Potter

Pie Spot - chocolate-caramel corn pie

Bakeshop - chocolate persimmon tea cakes made with a combination of buckwheat and all-purpose flour, and laced with chunks of melted chocolate and orange flecks of caramelized persimmon; available at their flagship shop on NE Sandy and with select wholesale clients.

Seattle-based Theo Chocolate has generously donated the chocolate for this event to benefit Action Kivu, and together these two organizations are making a powerful impact that you can be a part of. Theo Chocolate sources 70% of its chocolate from the Democratic Republic of Congo, supporting more than 4,600 farmers and their families as they reinvest in their community. In a country where reliable employment, education and healthcare are hard to come by, Theo also supports a maternal health initiative that has led to a dramatic difference in maternal and infant mortality rates. Action Kivu partners with ABFEC, a Congolese non-profit. Your support enables direct human to human assistance to those suffering from unspeakable violence, giving them the tools to be agents of peace and change. It also encourages homegrown and sustainable solutions by caring individuals.  Click here to read the stories of success to learn how your support is changing lives!

The eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued with violence for far too long. The path to peace is long but Theo Chocolate and Action Kivu are making a real difference in the lives of Congolese people.

For more info on the amazing work of Action Kivu and their partner in the region, ABFEC, please visit their websites: actionkivu.org

Questions? Please contact Lauren Fortgang at neveragaincoalition@gmail.com

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Mother, Daughter, Sister - Film screening with director Jeanne Hallacy
Oct
14
4:30 PM16:30

Mother, Daughter, Sister - Film screening with director Jeanne Hallacy

Please join us for a free screening of Mother, Daughter, Sister (30 minutes) followed by a short discussion with director Jeanne HallacyRandy Blazak, scholar and expert on hate and hate crimes, bias, and civil discourse; Yusuf Iqbal, president of Americans for Rohingya and Andre Heller Perache of Médecins Sans Frontières.


This film exposes the Burmese military's practice of using rape as a weapon of war and gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women activists calling for justice for these crimes. The film revolves around the stories of four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Burmese military.


Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses and activists explore the far-reaching impact of sexual violence upon women and communities, woven with stories of courageous women calling for justice and a unified stand for an end to impunity.


This film screening is sponsored by Never Again Coalition, PSU’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies and KBOO Community Radio.


Suggested donation of $5


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Mother, Daughter, Sister Film Screening
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Mother, Daughter, Sister Film Screening

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This film exposes the Burmese military's practice of using rape as a weapon of war and gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women activists calling for justice for these crimes. The film revolves around the stories of four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Burmese military.

Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses and activists explore the far-reaching impact of sexual violence upon women and communities, woven with stories of courageous women calling for justice and a unified stand for an end to impunity.

A panel discussion will follow the short film and includes filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy and Aerlyn Pfeil, a certified professional midwife, sexual violence program consultant, and board member for Medecins Sans Frontieres and Yusuf Iqbal, Rohingya community leader in Portland and president of Americans for Rohingya. This screening is co-sponsored by Portland State University's Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Never Again Coalition, and KBOO Community Radio with special thanks to Cinema 21 for hosting. 

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Intent to Destroy screening
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Intent to Destroy screening

On the eve of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, we present a screening of Intent to Destroy. 
Pulling back the curtain on genocide censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, Intent to Destroy embeds with a historic feature production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century.

Presented by Saint Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Oregon and Southwest Washington in partnership with the Never Again Coalition and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU. 

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South Sudan - How Education Can Change a Generation
Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

South Sudan - How Education Can Change a Generation

Valentino Achak Deng is an advocate for the right to universal education and sustainable development. Valentino grew up in Southern Sudan where he was separated from his family during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005). He then lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya for nine years where he received his education and began his public service
career. In 2001 he resettled to Atlanta and has since toured the US and Europe speaking about his life in Sudan, his experience as a refugee, and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on “What Is the What”, the novelized version of Deng’s life story. In 2006, Deng and Eggers established the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation to help rebuild Sudanese
communities by increasing access to educational opportunities. The foundation’s focus is on quality education, vocational training, sustainable development, and girls’ education. Despite Deng’s hardships, he maintains an unwavering, positive outlook on South Sudan and believes the solution lies in increased education and knowledge of human rights and improved
economic opportunities.
For more information about the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, please click here: http://www.vadfoundation.org/

The event is presented by PSU's University Studies and Pan-African Commons. PSU Co-sponsors include Global Diversity and Inclusion, School of Gender, Race, and Nations, Department of English and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project. Additionally co-sponsored by the Never Again Coalition.

 

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Stand Up! Lessons from the Holocaust
Apr
10
12:00 PM12:00

Stand Up! Lessons from the Holocaust

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You can now view the Stand Up: Lessons from the Holocaust HERE.

The Never Again Coalition will premiere their short documentary, Stand Up! Lessons from the Holocaustfeaturing interviews of four Holocaust survivors responding to questions from students. Can their experiences teach us to be upstanders today? Followed by Q&A. Special invitees are documentary participants and videographers.  Co-sponsored by OJMCHE, Congregation Neveh Shalom, and Kol Shalom Community for Humanistic Judaism

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The documentary will premiere as part of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education's Brown Bag Lunch Series. 12-1pm at 724 NW Davis St. Portland, OR.

Free and open to the public.

 

 

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Screening of Desert Wounds
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

Screening of Desert Wounds

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Join us for the West Coast premiere of Nili Dotan's Desert Wounds

With an international refugee crisis afflicting the entire globe, Desert Wounds follows the specific journeys of two women from Sudan and Eritrea, who are fleeing war, dictatorship, and religious persecution in their countries. Over a five-year period, they seek asylum in Israel, later in Uganda, attempting to build new lives while still remaining under the constant threat of deportation.

A Q&A will follow the film.

Co-presented by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU, Never Again Coalition, the Institute for Judaic Studies and Beit Haverim.

Tickets: $5 Members, $8 General Public, Free for Students with valid ID

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Chocolate for Congo
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Chocolate for Congo

The 5th Annual Chocolate for Congo will be taking place for the entire month of February in participating restaurants and bakeries throughout Portland. It couldn't be easier to do a little good while indulging in some of the tastiest desserts in town.

All month long, 13 Portland restaurants and bakeries will be serving up chocolate desserts made with Theo Chocolate. One dollar from the sale of each dessert will go to Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a non-profit working on grant-making and advocacy with and for the people of eastern Congo. Theo Chocolate, which now sources more than 70% of its chocolate from the Congo, has generously donated the chocolate for the benefit. 

Participating restaurants and bakeries are Baker & SpiceBar Avignon,Bistro AgnesCoquineLe PigeonLittle Bird Bistro, Måurice, Oui! Wine Bar + RestaurantOx RestaurantPacific Pie Company, Pie Spot,  Tusk, and Quaintrelle.

Here are a few highlights - Nora Antene will be making Chocolate and Tehina Marbled Cheesecake at Tusk. Soon to be open Bistro Agnes will be offering a classic Tarte au Chocolate. Over at it's sister restaurant Ox, you can Turtle Sundae with Theo Chocolate Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce, Chantilly Cream, Roasted Pecans, and Amarena Cherry. Little Bird's pastry chef Erin Hughes has created a Chocolate Rootbeer Cake with toasted marshmallow ice cream, malt crumb, burnt meringue.

The eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued with violence for far too long. The path to peace is long but through their partnership, With the support of export partner Esco Kivu, Theo Chocolate and Eastern Congo Initiative are making a real difference in the lives of Congolese people. Theo's cocoa sourcing from Congo now supports over 4500 farmers and in turn, over 32,800 family members. Theo also supports a new maternal health initiative that has thus far eliminated maternal and newborn deaths in in these farming communities. 

Remember, there are 28 days in February and 13 restaurants and bakeries participating in Chocolate for Congo. Can you eat all 13 delicious desserts before the month ends?

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Never Again: A Jewish Response to the Rohingya Crisis
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

Never Again: A Jewish Response to the Rohingya Crisis

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Free and open to the public

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The Rohingya are a majority Muslim ethnic minority who have been ruthlessly oppressed by the Myanmar military, suffering indiscriminate killings, forced evacuations, rape, and other forms of violence. Over 620,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes since August. The UN has called it a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. Others have called it genocide. We can all agree that brutal persecution of the Rohingya people must stop.

Join us to learn about the history of the conflict and present state of affairs from Yusuf Iqbal, President of Americans for Rohingya. Rabbi Joshua Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah, will offer a reflection on a Jewish view of the crisis, and Professor Amanda Byron, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (HGS) Project at PSU, will briefly review the history of genocide. Postcards urging members of the Senate and Congress to take action to end this crisis will be available for attendees to sign.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Oregon Board of Rabbis, the Never Again Coalition, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU.

More info: http://www.ojmche.org/events/special-events-2018-01-29-never-again-a-jewish-response-to-the-rohingya-crisis

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day Special Program
Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Special Program

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Please join us for a special film screening of Scandal in Ivansk.

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Most of the Jews in the Polish town of Ivansk were killed by the Nazis, and the headstones in the Jewish cemetery were plundered for construction purposes. The film chronicles a group of descendants of Ivansk Jews who restore the town's cemetery, retrieving what headstones they can. When they commission a plaque that includes the word "collaborator," a national scandal is unleashed. This eye-opening documentary strives to understand why much of the nation won't accept "collaborator" to describe Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefitted from the genocide of Jews.

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Marta Eichelberger, OJMCHE's new Holocaust Educator will lead a brief Q&A after the film. 

Sponsored by Bincha's Fund of OJMCHE in memory of Bincha Nozyczka and in partnership with Never Again Coalition and PSU's Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project.

Ticket Info: $5 OJMCHE and Never Again Coalition Members, $8 General Public, Free for Students with Valid ID

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iACT for Refugees
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

iACT for Refugees

In partnership with the Never Again Coalition, iACT is preparing for the 2nd annual  iACT for Refugees ! The event is taking place at the Lagunitas Community Room where we'll have live music, Lagunitas beers on tap, a raffle, live auction, and a unique refugee preschool exhibit.     Get your tickets and join us for an inspiring evening!     Even if you can't make it, you can purchase raffle tickets. Check out the offerings  HERE !  iACT is on a mission to aid, empower, and extend hope to refugees facing humanitarian crises in central Africa. By connecting our community here in the Portland area with youth, women, teachers, and coaches in refugee camps in central Africa, we are creating a world where humanitarian action can impact the lives of communities living in refugee camps.  

In partnership with the Never Again Coalition, iACT is preparing for the 2nd annual iACT for Refugees! The event is taking place at the Lagunitas Community Room where we'll have live music, Lagunitas beers on tap, a raffle, live auction, and a unique refugee preschool exhibit. 

Get your tickets and join us for an inspiring evening! 

Even if you can't make it, you can purchase raffle tickets. Check out the offerings HERE!

iACT is on a mission to aid, empower, and extend hope to refugees facing humanitarian crises in central Africa. By connecting our community here in the Portland area with youth, women, teachers, and coaches in refugee camps in central Africa, we are creating a world where humanitarian action can impact the lives of communities living in refugee camps.  

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Heart of Nuba Screening
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Heart of Nuba Screening

  • PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge) (map)
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One Doctor. One Hospital. One Million Patients. Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American Doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom's faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.  Run time: 1 hour 32 minutes

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***We are deeply honored and excited to have Dr. Jim Peck and Sara-Christine Dallain with us for the screening. Dr. Peck is a local surgeon who volunteers with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)and recently worked at Mother of Mercy Hospital which is the focus of Heart of Nuba. Sara-Christine is the program director for iACT which provides humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. Please stay around after the film to hear from them.***

Heart of Nuba will give us a glimpse into the devastating situation in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The conflicts in Sudan are numbered and complex. The genocide in Darfur is now in its 14th year. More than 3 million people are internally displaced because of fighting. We will have experts on hand to discuss the background and the current situation in Sudan. In addition, we will have information for organizations working on the ground with Sudanese refugees in the neighboring countries of Chad and South Sudan - iACT and Operation Broken Silence. More info on the film on their website.

Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Loungemap

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Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

  • PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-8 (map)
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At age 24, Ruth Gruber became a New York Herald Tribune reporter and photographer and the same year was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic. A trusted member of the Roosevelt Administration during WWII, she was given a dangerous secret mission. A feminist before feminism, Ruth was never just an observer, she was a participant in the making of history. Run time: 1 hour 13 min

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The theme for the night is Remembering the Holocaust/Bystander Resistance. Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day is the same week as this screening. Before the film starts, Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us as we will take a moment to remember all of those lost during the Holocaust and join together to pledge to work towards "Never Again!"  We are honored to have April Slabosheski, Holocaust Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Julia Reihs, local photographer, videographer, writer and storyteller with us for an engaging talk-back after the film. Attendees will also have a chance to share a reflection for a Together We Remember (TWR) project. TWR is a global month of remembrance and activism for all victims of genocide and mass atrocities.

For more information, visit the film's website

Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-8 map

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Children of Beqaa screening
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Children of Beqaa screening

  • PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (map)
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**We are collecting laundry and dish detergent for refugees. Please bring some with you to the screening.**

Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 500,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard. Run time: 1 hour 16 minutes

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The number of Syrian refugees is staggering. In addition to Syrian refugees overseas, we also have some in Portland. Learn how you can help Syrians both here in Portland and abroad. Learn about the online tutoring program Paper Airplanes. We are collecting laundry and dish detergent for refugees. Please bring some with you to the screening.

Information and volunteers from Portland Refugee Support Group, Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, IRCO, RAIN International, Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services will also be on hand. And don't forget, you can meet with Children of Beqaa director Elias Matar who will be preparing for his next trip to the Syrian refugees camps in Lebanon.  More information about the film on their website

Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge) map

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When Elephants Fight screening
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

When Elephants Fight screening

  • PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 212 (Parsons Gallery) (map)
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Don't forget to bring your old cell phones for our e-cycling campaign!

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to one of the world's richest deposits of copper, coltan and other minerals increasingly sought after by Western electronics consumers. Rather than improving life for the world's poorest people, however, billions of dollars have been redirected to tax havens and to local militias. Fueling a war that has cost 5 million lives and counting since 1996, it may one day come to be known as the worst human atrocity in modern history. Can we stop it?                       Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Local activists, Amanda Ulrich and Rob Hadley will be speaking. They were instrumental in making Portland a Conflict Free City. We are now working on making Oregon a Conflict Free State. Legislation has just been introduced. This comes at a time when the Administration is attempting to dismantle the Conflict Minerals Act, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Join us to raise your voice! We will have an e-cycling bin. Tabling from Stand with Congo, Amnesty International, Mercy Corps and the Enough Project. Find out more about the film on their website.

Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Urban Center Building, Room 212 (Parsons Gallery) map

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Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival
Apr
6
to May 4

Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival

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April is widely recognized as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. With that in mind, we've teamed up with PSU’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project to engage people with a series of films and actions. Each Thursday night in April will feature a film, along with talk-backs and action opportunities. We want people to walk away from these films, not feeling hopeless, but invigorated and feeling like they can help make change. All films start at 7pm. View our film festival page for more information.

April 6, The Uncondemned

April 13, When Elephants Fight

April 20, Children of Beqaa

April 27, Ahead of Time - The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

May 4, Heart of Nuba

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The Uncondemned screening
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Uncondemned screening

  • Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union - Room 26 (map)
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The gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war. The documentary reveals the mystery witnesses who testified from behind a curtain to bring about the world’s first-ever conviction of rape as a war crime in Rwanda. Run time: 1 hour 21 minutes

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Our theme for the night is Fighting Rape as a Weapon of War. Following the film, we will have a discussion panel including Amy Kayon, PSU Prevention Violence Coordinator and Aerlyn Pfeil, Certified Professional Midwife and MSF Volunteer.. In addition, we will have information tables featuring Panzi Foundation, Never Again Coalition and more. More information can be found on the film's website.

Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 26 map

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Music Beyond
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Music Beyond

Treat yourself to music, art and wine at Portland's Old Church for the benefit of Music Beyond and its work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The event will feature a classical music concert with the world renowned flutist and founder of Music Beyond, Kaori Fujii, along with other musicians on cello, guitar, and piano.

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Chocolate for Congo
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Chocolate for Congo

Chocolate for Congo is a month-long event.  Visit one of the twelve participating restaurants and bakeries in Portland and treat yourself to a mouth-watering chocolate dessert created with fair trade organic  Theo Chocolate just for this event.  A dollar of each dessert sold goes to Eastern Congo Initiative, doing advocacy and grant-making for the people of eastern Congo. 

Check out our Chocolate for Congo page for more details.

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iAct for Refugees -  Beer, Food and Music for a Cause
Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

iAct for Refugees - Beer, Food and Music for a Cause

Our partner, iACT, is on a mission to empower and extend hope to refugees facing humanitarian crises in central Africa. You can make a difference in the lives of refugees by showing up to drink beer and wine, and eat award-winning food. Join us at Lagunitas Community Room for live music, Lagunitas beers on tap, Oregon wines, appetizers by Le Pigeon, Little Bird and Stella taco; a raffle; and a silent auction. This event is 21 and over.

A ticket purchase includes 2 drink tokens and complimentary appetizers.  Purchase tickets HERE: bit.ly/iACTpdx  

If you can't make it to the event, you can buy raffle tickets on the ticket page too!  Check out the bottom of this page for a list of all of the exciting raffle and silent auction items.

All proceeds from the event will support iACT education and sports programs in central Africa.

For questions about the event, please contact iACT Director of Programs Sara-Christine Dallain: scd@iactivism.org

iACT is an international organization providing humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities.  For more information on iAct, visit their WEBSITE

Check out these amazing raffle and silent auction items.  Remember, you can buy raffle tickets in advance at bit.ly/iACTpdx

RAFFLE:

SILENT AUCTION:

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Team Congo PDX in the Cause and Event Run/Walk
Oct
2
7:30 AM07:30

Team Congo PDX in the Cause and Event Run/Walk

Team Congo PDX will participate in the annual Cause & Event run/walk. Registration is closed to the event but you can still support the team.  Support here:  bit.ly/TeamCongoPDX_Fundraise

Your donation will support Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI). ECI says: A fundamental lack of good governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is preventing the development of a civil society that will lift the Congolese people out of the cycle of poverty. ECI addresses reform of the security sector, the health of mothers and children, and the creation of constructive economic opportunity.

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Friends of Minzoto Dinner Fundraiser Gala
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Friends of Minzoto Dinner Fundraiser Gala

$50 per plate / $450 Table for 10
Authentic African fare, Congolese music, Dance
Speaker:    Lisa Shannon,
Human Rights Activist & Author,
Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen:
an Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love and Survival in Congo
Sing Portland Community Choir performing African chants.

Friends of Minzoto is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 46-5236865,   dedicated to empowering the community of Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo as it recovers from destruction imposed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and works to build a new and vibrant future.

Friends of Minzoto forms partnerships with local leaders and other aid groups in order to support community-led projects that are key to recovery and development.  We strive to connect the people of Dungu—and thousands of internally displaced people who fled to Dungu from less stable parts of the region—with resources and expertise to increase access to education, improve community health and facilitate economic growth.

Please RSVP and order your tickets:
To purchase tickets online, click the DONATE NOW icon at the top of their home page, and include “Dinner Ticket(s)” along with the number of tickets you wish to purchase, or “Table, Dinner Fundraiser” in the message section of the donation form.  We can mail your ticket(s) if you provide your mailing address, or hold at the door in your name.
 
Venue:  IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland OR 97220

 All funds raised will go directly to build or refurbish wells, improving thousands of lives for decades to come. 

or more information, see: our
Current Projects page for specific details on the well project), visit our crowdfunding site: www.youcaring.com/wellsfordungu, or email us at friendsofminzoto@gmail.com  

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Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

Good Deeds Day

Young Families and Little Ripples

The Never Again Coalition is partnering with Shoreshim (young family activities at Congregation Neveh Shalom) and PJ Library to create a Good Deeds Day experience geared to families. 

Little Ripples is a preschool program that takes place in Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad. 

Children will be able to experience a mini version of what the preschools in the camp are like, enjoy a story from PJ Library and create art projects that will later be shared with the children of Little Ripples.  

Families will have the opportunity to bring donation items that will help refugee children who are being resettled in Portland.

Register at http://jewishportland.org/gooddeedslist?page=2

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Mar
1
to Mar 31

Chocolate for Congo

3rd ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FOR CONGO BENEFIT RETURNS THIS MARCH

11 Portland restaurants and bakeries to feature chocolate desserts all month long to raise funds for the Eastern Congo Initiative

This March, indulge in a chocolate dessert at one of your favorite bakeries or restaurants and help people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 3rd Annual Chocolate for Congo Benefit will be taking place for the entire month of March.  This year, there are eleven restaurants and bakeries participating to raise money. Dine at any or all participating locations in March and help cultivate a brighter future for the DRC.  One dollar from the sale of select chocolate desserts will be donated to Eastern Congo Initiative, the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. Theo Chocolate is donating chocolate for the benefit and local non-profit Never Again Coalition is also sponsoring the event.

Dine out at any of these locations to support Chocolate for the Congo in March: Bar AvignonBaker & SpiceThe CakeryCaffe MingoCoquineDOCLe PigeonLittle Bird BistroOxPie Spot and SE Wine Collective.

Here’s a sneak peak into what some of the pastry chefs will be making; 

Nora Antene of Le Pigeon will be making a truffled chocolate chip ice cream sandwich with butterscotch pudding and fresh Oregon truffles. Baker & Spice and The Cakery will be serving flourless chocolate cakes & cake-lets according to founder Julie Richardson. Althea Potter, chef at SE Wine Collective will be making warm gooey chocolate chip cookies for two with sea salt caramel and cream.  Bar Avignon’s Eric Joppie will be serving up mud pie sundaes. Not to be missed are the milk chocolate chess pie holes at Pie Spot.

For more details, visit our Chocolate for Congo page.

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Film Screening of When Elephants Fight
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening of When Elephants Fight

  • Lewis and Clark College, Council Chambers (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lewis and Clark's Conflict Free Mineral Committee is hosting a screening of When Elephants Fight

Director of the Political Economy Department Professor Elizabeth Bennett will be speaking! Popcorn will be provided :) 

Lewis & Clark College
Council Chambers
December 2nd @ 7:00pm

LC for Conflict Free Minerals Committee promotes the awareness of conflict minerals in our electronics and aims to make an impact on the conflict mineral trade by pressuring our technology companies to track their supply chains and not import minerals from conflict mines in Eastern Congo. LC4CFM uses our role as consumors in the West to create a demand for conflict free electronics by using Universities as to help change company policies. 

Come learn about this powerful grassroots movement sweeping Universities across the country!

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