Poke Mon benefit for Never Again Coalition
Jun
1
Jun 30

Poke Mon benefit for Never Again Coalition

  • Poke Mon

Visit Poke Mon anytime during the month of June and support Never Again Coalition. As part of the Poke Mon Chef Series, order a bowl by guest chef Gabriel Rucker and a portion of the proceeds will go to Never Again Coalition!

 

 

 


Heart of Nuba Screening
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Heart of Nuba Screening

  • PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge)

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

See the trailer

***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

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

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

See the trailer

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

Children of Beqaa screening
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Children of Beqaa screening

  • PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

**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

See the trailer

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

When Elephants Fight screening
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

When Elephants Fight screening

  • PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 212 (Parsons Gallery)

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

See the trailer

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

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

Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival

  • Portland State University

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

The Uncondemned screening
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

The Uncondemned screening

  • Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union - Room 26

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

See the trailer

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

Music Beyond
Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

Music Beyond

  • Portland's Old Church

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.

Chocolate for Congo
Feb
1
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.

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

  • Lagunitas Community Room

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:

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.

Friends of Minzoto Dinner Fundraiser Gala
Sep
24
6:00 pm18:00

Friends of Minzoto Dinner Fundraiser Gala

  • IRCO

$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  

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

Mar
1
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.

Film Screening of When Elephants Fight
Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

Film Screening of When Elephants Fight

  • Lewis and Clark College, Council Chambers

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!