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Resistance in Bloom - Community Brunch

On Sunday, June 24th, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC) will host our annual brunch at the SEIU 49 union hall. We've got something special planned this year that you won't want to miss!
Our theme is Resistance in Bloom. From the Arab Spring student strikes and reclamations of foreclosed homes, we are seeing new openings in our political discourse and new avenues for powerful collective action. How are community-based organizations responding to this in our work? How is this political moment changing our strategies, tactics, and perspectives? Join us for this very important conversation!

The program will feature a strong line-up of activists and organizers from our community doing necessary and inspiring work. Our guests will speak in a "fishbowl" format, engaging with each other and answering questions from attendees. This dialogue will highlight the current work that's being done, the strategy behind that work, and how it moves us closer to our long-term vision of deep systemic change.

We are excited to host this dialogue with:
Ibrahim Mubarak, Right 2 Dream Too
Megan Hise, PCASC (Portland Central America Solidarity Committee)
Ahjamu Umi, Black Working Group and PLOC (Portland Liberation Organizing Council)
Lorene Scheer, We Are Oregon and SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
David Osborn, Rising Tide and Portland Action Lab
Ramon Ramirez, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste)

Our facilitator for the conversation will be Amanda Shank, an organizer with the Rural Organizing Project.

In years past, our brunches have featured keynote speakers from out of town. This year, we're drawing on the experience and expertise of some of the most active, passionate, and strategic organizers right here in Portland. The brunch will be a platform to exchange ideas about the huge strides in movement building that are taking place in our communities and around the world.

We will be serving delicious food prepared by our excellent chefs, featuring a variety of options. The menu will accommodate most every dietary restriction and will be the perfect source of fuel for the active program we have in store.

Show your support of PCASC & the work that we do! Purchase a seat and enjoy this powerful event with your community.

Can't make the date? But a scholarship ticket so someone else can attend. -  https://pcasc.net/civicrm/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=12

About our panelists:

Ibrahim Mubarak is an activist with Right 2 Survive, and a founder of Right 2 Dream Too. He has inspired many in Portland with his resolve to defend the rights of the houseless community.

Megan Hise has been a supporter of PCASC since 2003, exposing her to inspiring Latin American social movements. She lived, worked, and studied in several countries including Ecuador, Venezuela, and Brazil before moving back to Portland to work for PCASC in 2009. She now works as a union communicator for Laborers' Local 483.

Ahjamu Umi has spent his entire adult life living and organizing within inner-city communities within the U.S., Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean for Pan-Africanism, justice, and forward human progress.

Lorene Scheer is a long time labor organizer, with a focus on immigrant communities. She is a Teamster reformer, and was one of the founders of Portland Jobs with Justice. Currently, Lorene is engaged in workers' rights organizing and movement-building work with We Are Oregon.

David Osborn is an instructor at Portland State University and is both a student of and participant in social movements. He is involved in the climate justice movement with Rising Tide North America and in the Occupy Movement with the Occupy Portland Facilitation Team, the Action Lab and the Portland Liberation Organizing Council.

Ramon Ramirez is a founding member of PCUN, Oregon's Farmworker Union. Ramon is currently President of CAUSA, a statewide immigrant rights coalition in Oregon, and is involved nationally and internationally in the efforts to obtain a legalization program. He is an advisor on free trade to US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, Center for Social Inclusion, Farmworker Justice, Alliance for a Just Society and the United Farmworkers of America Foundation.

Our facilitator for the event is Amanda Shank, an organizer with the Rural Organizing Project.

Please join us for this incredible opportunity to eat together, question together and evolve together. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for supporting PCASC!
June 24th, 2012 11:00 AM
3536 SE 26th ave
Portland, OR 97206
United States
Phone: 503-475-1019
Email:  craig@pcasc.net
Brunch Seat
Basic Brunch Ticket $ 35.00
Low income brunch ticket $ 25.00
Organization Table (8 seats) $ 250.00
Scholarship Ticket $ 25.00