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Volunteer Orientation at In Other Words

March 5, 2015
Are you interested in giving back to your feminist communities through a volunteer commitment? In Other Words Feminist Community Center is entirely guided and operated by volunteers! We have a volunteer leadership spot for YOU in our feminist volunteer family!

If you’re a new volunteer, please plan to attend the March volunteer orientation!

  • When: March 14th at 4:30PM (orientations usually last about 45 minutes)
  • Where: In Other Words Feminist Community Center, 14 NE Killingsworth St.
  • FB: Facebook event link
  • Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Send an email to volunteer[at]inotherwords[dot]org with your name, preferred pronouns, contact information and your general weekly scheduling availability for shifts, and any special interests/skills you might like to contribute to In Other Words.

Feel free to contact volunteer[at]inotherwords[dot]org with any questions.

Featured Artist: Sabrina Harris

February 28, 2015

Artwork by Sabrina Harris has been on display at In Other Words this past month and will continue to be featured through the end of March.  Please stop by In Other Words to check out her pieces, which are also for sale.  See below for a description of the artist and her work.

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Sabrina Harris is a mixed media artist who lives in North Portland. Her artwork explores the depths of human experience and life cycle. She seeks to display this depth through the use of layers, texture and symbolic imaging.  Her artwork is process driven, emotive, and not premeditated. In this series she explores interconnectivity and healing using plant fossils as her muse.

Art Show: Shelley Stefan, “B is for Butch”

February 23, 2015


Shelley Stefan is on her university Sabbatical in 2015 and comes to PDX Q Center to exhibit her work entitled “B is for Butch,” a series of paintings and drawings formerly shown in Harlem, New York City, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver, BC, and recently lectured on in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, China.

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Here’s a video clip from when “B is for Butch” debuted in New York City:

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Shelley Stefan is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.  She was born in 1974 in the Chicago area, and received her BFA from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and her MFA from Maine College of Art in 2006.  Between academic degrees, Stefan spent several formative years as a resident of Portland, Oregon, living and working as an artist in the SE, NE, and North Portland communities. Stefan’s artwork involves themes of love, emotion, protagonism, and self-reflection, and for 2 decades has incorporated topics about introspection and contemporary queer culture. Shelley Stefan has exhibited, taught, and lectured in Canada, the US, and China and has engaged several public projects on the topic of art for social change.

You’re Invited: Alberta Main Street Community Check-In

February 15, 2015

Nearly five years ago, almost 100 people with a stake in the Alberta Street business district gathered at the Alberta Rose Theatre to develop a community vision for Alberta Street. Together, we developed our mission, twenty-year vision, five-year goals and guiding principles. It is now time to determine what is working, what is not and where we go from here. You’re invited to share your ideas, insights and imagination!

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Join us on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 for an opportunity to gain historical perspective and to help identify priority projects, programs and events that you would like to see implemented in the future. It is our mission to advance efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, equitable, and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community. All are welcome – please join us! Diverse community-wide participation is critical to our success.

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30 – 9 PM
  • St. Andrew Catholic Church Community Center, Oscar Romero Room, 806 NE Alberta Street
  • RSVP online:

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Alberta Main Street is a community and economic development nonprofit organization engaging residents, business and commercial property owners, and anyone with a stake in the future of Alberta Street utilizing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The four points (design, promotion, business development and organization) work together to build a sustainable and inclusive commercial corridor.

Volunteer-driven committees and the Alberta Main Street Board of Directors plan and implement projects, programs and events that draw people to the district (promotion), create a functional and welcoming physical environment (design), support the economic vitality of the district (business development and engage volunteers and raise funds to ensure capacity to achieve our goals (organization). In addition to the four points, Alberta Main Street’s equity committee works to ensure our efforts support and engage everyone within the district.

Vibrant communities don’t just happen – they need a vision, they need leadership, they need coordination and they need participation by all members of the community. Alberta Main Street will only be as strong as the community investment in it. We want your ideas, insights and imagination! Please let us know you are coming, RSVP online at, email or call (503) 683-3252.

A Wall is Just a Wall – Breaking Down Barriers as a White Ally

February 9, 2015

10931206_10153021642529487_477497576019154627_n Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and members of the local activist community are pleased to collaborate on a workshop for all white allies in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This is a first in what we hope will be an ongoing series. – – –

  • When: February 15, 2015 from 2PM – 4PM
  • Where: Center for Intercultural Organizing 700 N Killingsworth St Portland OR 97217
  • Facebook event link

This workshop was planned by white and Native American facilitators at the request of and in collaboration with local Black activists. The curriculum has been designed to recognize the many layers of white privilege and is intended to challenge white people to continually strive for better knowledge and awareness in regards to racial justice and following the leadership of People of Color.

There is a place for white allies with a genuine and selfless desire to support People of Color in the fight for their dignity and lives. With that comes the ever-growing process of personally identifying and refining what it means to be a white ally in the new Civil Rights movement. This workshop is an intentional space to discuss aspects of that process, including recognizing white privilege. The workshop is intended to help white people develop their capacity to apply a racial justice lens to their activism and everyday lives. It will cover a basic definition of white supremacy, encourage reflection on historical and current social justice movements with an eye to developing awareness of the way race plays out in activist settings, and provide a starting point to think about how white allies can do better in the future.   People of Color are welcome to attend and provide feedback. Please come with a notebook & pen/pencil and be ready to add to the conversation. Whether new to the movement or an aged activist, your presence and input are valuable! $5 suggested donation (for space and materials) 50 people max, so please arrive early if possible Snacks provided Can’t make it on February 15th?  There is a second event scheduled! February 18th at 6PM, and possibly a third.  Please join the facebook event to learn more information about getting involved in this process. – – – Interested in organizing a feminist event at In Other Words? Drop us a line at events[at]inotherwords[dot]org to request an application! In Other Words Feminist Community Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is entirely run by volunteers and survives from individual financial gifts from generous feminists like you!

Super Bowl cheerleaders pitch something really sexy: Ph.D.s

February 1, 2015
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Originally posted on Fusion:

When a group of cheerleaders gather in Arizona on Friday in preparation for the Super Bowl, they’ll come armed with something far more attractive than hot pants and pom-poms: advanced degrees in math and sciences.

Cheerleaders from the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will perform in front of the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, replacing standard cheers with stanzas promoting normally musty academic subjects.

“1, 2, 3, 4 … Science opens many doors! 5, 6, 7, 8 … Let’s dance! Arms straight!” — that’s just a sample.

The event is organized by Science Cheerleader, is an association of around 300 current and former professional football and basketball cheerleaders that work or study in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The crowd won’t be rowdy Pats or Seahawks fans; they’ll be young women who could potentially make up the next generation of groundbreaking scientists or mathematicians.

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Will NFL domestic violence dominate Super Bowl talk?

February 1, 2015
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Originally posted on Fortune:

Only days before the Super Bowl, a feminist group called UltraViolet has released a provocative ad focusing on domestic violence in the National Football League. It also calls for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and will be running on web sites through the Super Bowl Sunday.

The ad shows a fully padded football player preparing for a tackle. He charges ahead, but rather than run down an opponent, he attacks a woman standing alone on the field. “Let’s take domestic violence out of football,” a voiceover says while on-screen text reads “55 NFL abuse cases unanswered.” The ad ends with the hashtag, #Goodellmustgo.

The ad already has sparked discussion because initially, Sports Illustrated’s website (which, like Fortune, is owned by Time Inc.) turned it down. Sports Illustrated then said it mistakenly rejected the ad. It and the Huffington Post plan to run both the ad and…

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