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Portland United Against Hate Civic Dialogue Workshops


The Portland United Against Hate Coalition is pleased to partner with the Office of Community and Civic Life and SE Uplift to provide the following five trainings between October 2019 and June 2020. The trainings all elevate awareness of the prevalence and danger of hate in our city and offer practical guidance on how to safely interrupt hate and provide trauma-informed care. All the trainings are free and open to the public, you are welcome to sign up for a single program or sign up for the whole series. Due to limited seats please inform Muz Afzal if you are unable to make it to a program that you have signed up for. Please contact Muz Afzal for further inquiries.


  1. (Nov 19th) Hate, Housing, and the Landscape of our City (2.5-3 hours) Participants will understand and acknowledge our shared history; embrace our common values as neighbors and gain knowledge about our rights and responsibilities in housing. From racial exclusion laws in Oregon’s constitution and racially exclusionary housing practices such as “redlining” and restrictive deed covenants, to continuing involuntary economic displacement from neighborhoods, we must learn and acknowledge the history of racial discrimination, segregation and displacement to understand the different experiences of and disparate outcomes for our most vulnerable community members. Our history consciously intended to divide us by race and class. We must find our way forward to more open and inclusive communities in a way that unites us. Offered by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. Tuesday, November 19th at 6 PM @ People’s Food Co-op 3029 SE 21st Ave Portland, OR 97202. RSVP 

  2. (Dec 3rd) Understanding and Addressing Islamophobia (2 hours) Anti-Muslim bigotry and racism including institutional and individual prejudice against American Muslims have been on the rise in the US affecting millions of individuals and families. This workshop teaches the causes and effects of Islamophobia as well as the knowledge, tools, and strategies to address and effectively combat Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice. Participants will leave understanding how to combat Islamophobia, be an ally to Muslims, and create healthy, safe environments free from the effects of Islamophobia. Offered by the Muslim Educational Trust. Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM @ St Philip Neri Church 2408 SE 16th Ave Portland, OR 97214. RSVP

  3. (Feb 4th) Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces (3 hours) Ensuring the safety of our communities is paramount. Yet public vitriol is skyrocketing, tensions flare at a moment’s notice and Oregon is consistently ranked in the top five states of per capita hate incidents. Participants will learn how to identify, understand and overcome the inhibitions that prevent them from supporting targets of hate. They will learn and use tactics for interrupting verbal hate; while centering and empowering the target. They will understand the risks involved in intervention and how to de-escalate a situation. Offered by As the Spirit Moves Us. Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30 PM @ Brentwood Darlington Community Center 7211 SE 62nd Ave Portland, OR 97206. RSVP

  4. (Apr 16th) Transgender in America (3 hours) Culturally enforced binary gender role stereotypes have erased the inclusive and expansive understandings of gender identity and expression embraced by indigenous cultures and customs. This oppression has marginalized and silenced the voices of gender expansive children, youth and adults for more than 400 years. “Transgender in America” facilitates conversation and reconsideration of a binary gender understanding through greater awareness of historical events, laws, ideology and personal stories at this time when violence against Transpeople is on the rise. Offered by Lewis and Clark’s TransActive Gender Center. Thursday, April 16th from 5:30-8:30 PM @ SE Uplift 3534 SE Main St Portland, OR 97214. RSVP

  5. (Jun 2nd) The Trauma of Hate Incidents: Impact and Intervention from a Trauma-Informed Perspective (3 hours) This workshop offers a trauma-informed perspective on the communal impact of hate incidents and explores trauma-informed psychological and social interventions. Hate based incidents intend to instill trauma not only in individual victims but also entire communities. Anxiety, fear and social alienation therefore operate on both individual and communal levels. The workshop focuses on experiences of communal traumatization as well as communal reactions and responses to hate incidents from a global perspective. Offered by Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Tuesday, June 2nd Time & Location TBA RSVP

    *For more information about this free workshop, please contact Muz Afzal at (503) 232-0010 ext 319 or SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition values meaningful access to all programs, services, and activities. The program space has parking on-site and an accessible entrance. Refreshments will be provided with reasonable accommodations to dietary restrictions. Translation services are available upon request. Please contact Muz Afzal at least 48 hours prior to attending to request accommodations.

    Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these workshops do not necessarily represent those of the City of PortlandFunding for the Portland United Against Hate Civic Dialogue Workshop Series has been made possible in part by a grant from the City of Portland, Office of Community & Civic Life.

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