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FREE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES

8 FILMS OVER 8 WEEKS COVERING 8 MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS

 

Every Wednesday night from 6 – 8:30 beginning September 13 and ending November 1.  8-week film series exploring the experiences of community members who are marginalized.  This series is free

 

MENTAL HEALTH

In attendance: Lifeways

Film – UNLISTED, A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him.

Unlisted depicts Delaney’s journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Can she have a relationship with him that is not solely based on being his care provider, which was her role as a child. After 2 years of reconnecting, things suddenly change when Richard stops his medicine and disappears….and what starts as an emotional tale of reconciliation turns into a frantic race for survival.

 

Learn about the lives of people in our society who struggle with issues that keep them from the basic dignity all humans deserve.  In these films, there are problem solvers using new ways to tackle issues that have plagued humanity.  Are the ways we are addressing addiction, working poor, incarceration, mental health and more actually treating the problem, or masking the symptoms in our society?  The films will be followed by a period of presentation and Q&A provided by local service providers who are experts in the field.  They will share their insight into these issues and how our community is impacted by them.  We hope the films open up dialogue and interest in understanding new ways we can partner as a community to make our community society more compassionate and aware of those who are facing adversity.

 

We want people to become knowledgeable about the stress, duress, fear, and lack of safety that many people with ‘conditions’

face.  Come learn about 8 different groups of people who face real issues living in our society.  Once you become more aware of the issues these people face, you will reformulate your opinions about them, your sensitivity will increase, and you may even raise your hand in dissatisfaction with how they are treated in our society.  You may speak up on their behalf.  You may educate or correct others with malformed opinions.  You might step up and help.  THAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE.

 

SCHEDULE

September 13

UNDOCUMENTED

In attendance: Catholic Charities of Oregon

Film – PAPERS: STORIES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH In attendance – Catholic charities of Oregon “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools every year without ‘Papers’.  “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.  There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S.

and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

 

September 20

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

In attendance: WITCO

Film – EMANUEL’S GIFT

If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you’re likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you’re not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled.

This is the story of one disabled man whose mission-and purpose- is to change all that forever. In Emmanuel’s Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel’s message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational.

 

September 27

ADDICTION

In attendance – Lifeways

Film – THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like

 

OCTOBER 4

INCARCERATION

In attendance: Snake River Correctional Institute (SRCI)

Film Excerpt –  WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Michael Moore spent most of his career pointing out the often absurd moral inequities in American society, but now he has taken a different path. In this film, he travels around the world to point out various ideas that foreign countries have adopted that America should steal. That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell. The title comes from the notion that Moore is “invading” these foreign nations and “conquering” them in order to steal their “better ideas.” Moore educates and enlightens on Norway, about progressive prisons

 

Film: MAXIMUM CAPACITY, A LOOK AT HOW SHERIDAN PRISON IS REDUCING RECIDIVISM The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system’s ability to hold them all. In one startling example, California prisons hold well over 50,000 more inmates than they’re designed for, even though the state has built a dozen new prisons in the last 15 years. One of the biggest reasons is rampant recidivism.

 

This week NOW goes inside an Illinois prison that may have the answer to California’s problems. With its innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back, the Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine “tough on crime” by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country. The approach involves aggressive counseling, job training, and following the convicts after they get out.

 

OCTOBER 11

MENTAL HEALTH

In attendance: Lifeways

Film – UNLISTED, A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him.

Unlisted depicts Delaney’s journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Can she have a relationship with him that is not solely based on being his care provider, which was her role as a child. After 2 years of reconnecting, things suddenly change when Richard stops his medicine and disappears….and what starts as an emotional tale of reconciliation turns into a frantic race for survival.

 

OCTOBER 18

LGBTQ

Film: In The Life: LGBTQ Youth Experience Homelessness

In attendance: Jen Guess, Ph.D. – Oaktree Counseling & Wellness In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations such as The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The National Alliance Against Homelessness and regional agencies, including Sylvia’s Place, The Circus Project, and Family Builders. This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.

 

 

OCTOBER 25

HOMELESS

In Attendance – Community In Action

Film – HOMELESS IN AMERICA

Director/Producer and creator of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau gives us “Homeless In America,” a documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. “Homeless In America” underlines the huge hidden problem of the homeless. “Homeless In America” as it is, real people, real lives.  A documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. Don’t give the homeless a hand out; give them a hand up.

 

NOVEMBER 1

WORKING POOR

In Attendance – Department of Human Services (DHS) Film – WAGING A LIVING The term “working poor” should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans – one in four workers

– are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. Waging Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to lift their families out of poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.

Elf Jr. Musical
Enjoy this heartwarming and funny tale of Buddy finding family, that the whole family will enjoy.  Performed by our local youth at the Meyer McLean Performing Arts Theater.

Four Rivers Community Theatre performs Elf Jr.  Performances will be December 14, 15, 16.  The show will open on Thursday evening, December 14th at 7:00 PM.  Additional performances will be Friday, December 15th at 7:00 PM and on Saturday, December 16th at both 1:00 PM and 7 PM.  Tickets are $5.00 for all ages.

 

More details and ticket link coming soon.

Four Rivers Community Theater produces 4 plays and one summer theater camp serving youth ages K-24. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to explore their confidence through performing arts. We are one of the only places offering this opportunity to Ontario and our surrounding communities of Fruitland, Payette, Weiser, Vale, Nyssa, Parma, New Plymouth. Performing arts experiences have been shown to develop executive skills, leadership, verbal and language skills and self-esteem. These are undisputed benefits to any child, but especially for low-income youth who is the majority of who we serve.

 

68th Annual Buddhist Bazaar

68th Annual Buddhist Bazaar

Bazaar is held at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple at 286 SE 4th st, Ontario, OR 97914

Starts at 12:00 PM
Bingo at 1:00 PM
Auction to follow immediately

It’s our 68th Annual Buddhist Temple Bazaar! It will be held on Sunday, October 15th, starting at 12:00 noon in the basement of the temple (286 SE 4th St, Ontario, OR). There will be lots of delicious oriental foods such as sushi, teriyaki chicken, udon noodles, kakimochi rice crackers, and mochi. You can also get good old American hamburgers and fries, and choose from an assortment of homemade pastries to curb that sweet tooth.

There will be home-made items in our needlecraft booth, fresh local fruits, and vegetables sold outside, and bingo is played from 1:00 pm with an auction immediately following bingo.

If you have any questions, please call (541) 889-8691 or if calling long distance call 866-444-7838 and ask for Mary Ann or Mike.

 

Elf Jr Auditions
Please join us Sept 29th & 30th from 4pm to 7pm for the Elf Jr. Auditions. This production is open to all 7th-12th graders in the Valley. Auditions will be held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum in Ontario, Oregon.

This family-friendly production is sure to win the hearts of everyone as they follow the story of Buddy the Elf and his adventures, as he seeks to find his long-lost father.

To streamline the audition process there are a number of changes we are making for this production, so please read carefully to make sure you get all of your information in on time.

Every participant must complete the following in order to participate:

1. Online Registration Form (So I don’t lose your information by accident.)
https://goo.gl/forms/BhlOrromUruq1tRr1

2. Media Release Form (So we can take your picture for the show and share it.)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vm4aelmy4wHd_JSpDv88c-fIJGP16sIYqskKwYyJLQ4/edit?usp=sharing

3. Liability Release Form (Because our Insurance requires us to.)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MMXao0plUkCXsH4X9qFg0LaYdNBQSLTdOFbEdEv7ne4/edit?usp=sharing

4. Audition Time Slot Signup (Online so you can see exactly what is available.)
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4ea8a822aafc1-elfjr

Audition Information
This year we are going to help YOU with your audition by giving you everything you need to be successful! Every person auditioning will use the same song from the show Elf Jr. The song has several people singing in it, but you can learn all the parts and sing it as a solo for us. We are only giving each student a 5 min time slot to get up, introduce themselves, sing a song, and possibly read a little excerpt from our script. Use the links below to access the sheet music, Vocal Guide Track, and Backing Track to practice for your audition.

Remember that the most important thing is that you HAVE FUN! Do your best, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Link to Sheet Music
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0pfc_yZsUveT01Nb2QyUE50MmM/view?usp=sharing

Link to MP3 Vocal Guide
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0pfc_yZsUvebzc0bFBTMGpiVzg/view?usp=sharing

Link to MP3 Backtrack
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0pfc_yZsUvecU1uSEgzRW82RTA/view?usp=sharing

Refugees in Oregon- Padilla
FREE DISCUSSION ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN OREGON

The October 24, 2017 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.

 

Ontario OR September 22, 2017-Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change.  Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods.  How might we build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities?

 

This is the focus of “The Space Between Us:  Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon,” a free conversation with Manuel Padilla on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW Fifth Ave, Ontario, OR 97914.  This program is hosted by Oregon Rural Action and Four Rivers Cultural Center and is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

 

Padilla has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees.  Currently, he implements reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service, works with youth through restorative justice frameworks, and volunteers with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Circles of Support and Accountability program.

 

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.  For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Oregon Rural Action at 541-975-2411 or info@oregonrural.org .

 

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.  More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Addiction Social Justice Film
 

ADDICTION-“Anonymous People”

Presenter-Lifeways

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like

FREE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES

8 FILMS OVER 8 WEEKS COVERING 8 MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS

 

Every Wednesday night from 6 – 8:30 beginning September 13 and ending November 1.  8-week film series exploring the experiences of community members who are marginalized.  This series is free

Learn about the lives of people in our society who struggle with issues that keep them from the basic dignity all humans deserve.  In these films, there are problem solvers using new ways to tackle issues that have plagued humanity.  Are the ways we are addressing addiction, working poor, incarceration, mental health and more actually treating the problem, or masking the symptoms in our society?  The films will be followed by a period of presentation and Q&A provided by local service providers who are experts in the field.  They will share their insight into these issues and how our community is impacted by them.  We hope the films open up dialogue and interest in understanding new ways we can partner as a community to make our community society more compassionate and aware of those who are facing adversity.

We want people to become knowledgeable about the stress, duress, fear, and lack of safety that many people with ‘conditions’

face.  Come learn about 8 different groups of people who face real issues living in our society.  Once you become more aware of the issues these people face, you will reformulate your opinions about them, your sensitivity will increase, and you may even raise your hand in dissatisfaction with how they are treated in our society.  You may speak up on their behalf.  You may educate or correct others with malformed opinions.  You might step up and help.  THAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE.

SCHEDULE

September 13

UNDOCUMENTED

In attendance: Catholic Charities of Oregon

Film – PAPERS: STORIES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH In attendance – Catholic charities of Oregon “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools every year without ‘Papers’.  “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.  There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S.

and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

 

SEPTEMBER 20

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

In attendance: WITCO

Film – EMANUEL’S GIFT

If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you’re likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you’re not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled.

This is the story of one disabled man whose mission and purpose is to change all that forever.  In Emmanuel’s Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel’s message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational.

SEPTEM BER 27

ADDICTION

In attendance – Lifeways

Film – THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like

OCTOBER 4

INCARCERATION

In attendance: Snake River Correctional Institute (SRCI)

Film Excerpt –  WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Michael Moore spent most of his career pointing out the often absurd moral inequities in American society, but now he has taken a different path. In this film, he travels around the world to point out various ideas that foreign countries have adopted that America should steal. That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell. The title comes from the notion that Moore is “invading” these foreign nations and “conquering” them in order to steal their “better ideas.” Moore educates and enlightens on Norway, about progressive prisons

Film: MAXIMUM CAPACITY, A LOOK AT HOW SHERIDAN PRISON IS REDUCING RECIDIVISM The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system’s ability to hold them all. In one startling example, California prisons hold well over 50,000 more inmates than they’re designed for, even though the state has built a dozen new prisons in the last 15 years. One of the biggest reasons is rampant recidivism.

This week NOW goes inside an Illinois prison that may have the answer to California’s problems. With its innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back, the Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine “tough on crime” by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country. The approach involves aggressive counseling, job training, and following the convicts after they get out.

OCTOBER 11

MENTAL HEALTH

In attendance: Lifeways

Film – UNLISTED, A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him.

Unlisted depicts Delaney’s journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Can she have a relationship with him that is not solely based on being his care provider, which was her role as a child? After 2 years of reconnecting, things suddenly change when Richard stops his medicine and disappears….and what starts as an emotional tale of reconciliation turns into a frantic race for survival.

OCTOBER 18

LGBTQ-Homeless Youth

Film: In The Life: LGBTQ Youth Experience Homelessness

In attendance: Jen Guess, Ph.D. – Oaktree Counseling & Wellness In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations such as The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The National Alliance Against Homelessness and regional agencies, including Sylvia’s Place, The Circus Project, and Family Builders. This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.

OCTOBER 25

HOMELESS

In Attendance – Community In Action

Film – HOMELESS IN AMERICA

Director/Producer and creator of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau gives us “Homeless In America,” a documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. “Homeless In America” underlines the huge hidden problem of the homeless. “Homeless In America” as it is, real people, real lives.  A documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. Don’t give the homeless a handout; give them a hand up.

NOVEMBER 1

WORKING POOR

In Attendance – Department of Human Services (DHS) Film – WAGING A LIVING The term “working poor” should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans – one in four workers are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. Waging Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to lift their families out of poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.

Hometown Hero Mario Sifuentez
 

Please join us for a discussion by one of our own, long time Ontario resident Mario Sifuentez will give a presentation on Thursday, October 5 at 6 pm.  Mario graduated from Ontario high school in 1997.  His parents have moved to California but his grandmother and aunts and uncles still live in this surrounding area.  Please join us.  Mario will discuss his life here in Ontario, his path through education to get his PhD, the Bracero program which many of our local Mexican farmers were a part of, and his extraordinary award winning book “of Forest and Fields”.

Dr. Mario Sifuentez is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Merced. He received his BA, as well as his MA, from the University of Oregon in Ethnic Studies, and History. He completed his Ph.D. at Brown University in American Studies with a focus on immigration and labor. His book Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest (Rutgers University Press, 2016) analyzes the factors that brought ethnic Mexican immigrants to the Pacific Northwest and the ways in which immigrants responded to the labor conditions by demanding both labor rights and citizenship rights. He is also the co-author of The Foundations of Modern Farm Worker Unionism:  From UFW to PCUN” in Labor’s New World: Essays on the Future of Working-Class America.  He is currently at work on his second project on water, food, and farmworkers in the California’s Central Valley.

Mario grew up in Ontario.  He was the son of – and – Sifuentez and he graduated from Ontario High School in -.  As a PhD, professor and author, Mario has worked prolifically on many projects.  He helped to author the Smithsonian Exhibit “The Bracero Program – Bittersweet Harvest” that was exhibited at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in 2014.

Mario’s book Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest tells the story of Mexican immigrants contribution to the construction of modern day agriculture.  Just looking at the Pacific Northwest’s many verdant forests and fields, it may be hard to imagine the intense work it took to transform the region into the agricultural powerhouse it is today. Much of this labor was provided by Mexican guest workers, Tejano migrants, and undocumented immigrants, who converged on the region beginning in the mid-1940s. Of Forests and Fields tells the story of these workers, who toiled in the fields, canneries, packing sheds, and forests, turning the Pacific Northwest into one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country.

Employing an innovative approach that traces the intersections between Chicana/o labor and environmental history, Mario Sifuentez shows how ethnic Mexican workers responded to white communities that only welcomed them when they were economically useful, then quickly shunned them. He vividly renders the feelings of isolation and desperation that led to the formation of ethnic Mexican labor organizations like the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos Noroeste (PCUN) farm workers union, which fought back against discrimination and exploitation. Of Forests and Fields not only extends the scope of Mexican labor history beyond the Southwest, it offers valuable historical precedents for understanding the struggles of immigrant and migrant laborers in our own era.

Sifuentez supplements his extensive archival research with a unique set of first-hand interviews, offering new perspectives on events covered in the printed historical record. A descendent of ethnic Mexican immigrant laborers in Oregon, Sifuentez also poignantly demonstrates the links between the personal and political, as his research leads him to amazing discoveries about his own family history.

www.mariosifuentez.com

 

Event Coordinator Wanted
Four Rivers Cultural Center

 

TITLE:    EVENTS & SALES COORDINATOR                                         FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt   

 

GENERAL SUMMARY: 

The Events & Sales Coordinator is the frontline position responsible for contracting the use of the convention center; soliciting to businesses, government agencies, and private organizations.  Provides exemplary customer satisfaction and builds sustainable relationships with customers and community partners to the benefit of the Four Rivers Cultural Center.  When sales are closed, ensure customer satisfaction before, during and after contractual use of the facility.  As the primary client contact, this position negotiates the needs of the clients, guarantees delivery of services with requested accessories and submits confirmation schedules to accounting for invoice preparation.  The Events & Sales Coordinator is responsible for mailing the initial contract and invoice to the client.  The Events & Sales Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director of the facility, and along with the Executive Director, communicates and coordinate customer expectations to the set-up staff.

 

DUTIES:

            Services

  • Solicits businesses, government agencies and private organizations in person and cold calls.
  • Attends community events to learn about upcoming events and possible business: Chamber Luncheons, After Hours and participates in local Trade Shows.
  • Responsible for achieving a monthly revenue sales goal.
  • Compilation of reports such as weekly sales reports for staff meetings, monthly reports for the Board of Directors and quarterly sales action reports.
  • Maintain the master event schedule
  • Complete confirmation forms for clients.
  • Confirm customer service needs and complete request forms regarding room set-up, A/V package, catering  service, telephones, message boards, stage, dance floor, pipe and drape and other related services.
  • Responsible for locating special equipment requests or equipment not currently in the Center inventory.
  • Provides a hand-written thank you for each customer upon completion of their event.
  • Provide tours of the Theater and Conference areas to potential customers.
  • Generate customer contact for facility use; creates confirmation schedule, submits to accounting for invoicing.
  • Develops contract, secures deposit, prepares for client payment before each event.
  • Responsible for ensuring set-up is completed prior to an event and clean-up prior to and following each event.
  • Responsible for ordering supplies, preparation, and set-up relating to coffee bars and water service.
  • Works with a caterer to formulate required menus and cost for food service and schedules for kitchen use.
  • Provide for last minute customer requests during an event.
  • Responsible for fulfilling closure with the client through thank you letters and evaluation surveys.

 


 

General

  • Assist in providing reception coverage as needed and with staff and volunteer coverage during absences.
  • Other duties performed as necessary to open and close the museum and the building and provide for a safe, clean, and presentable facility for the customer of Four Rivers Cultural Center.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of three years’ experience in sales and customer service.  Bilingual a plus. Experience with CRM procedures and leading a sales strategy.  Ability to coordinate and organize public events.  Good communication skills both verbally and written. Leadership skills with an ability to be a team player.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Publisher, Windows 7+, Excel and computer skills necessary to implement software specific to bookings and convention services.  Ability to deal with the public and maintain customer service in times of multiple demands.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The convention services department occupies an office in the Center lobby.  It is accessible to the public and works in coordination with both operations of the facility and sales and marketing.  Because of its location, this office frequently receives drop-ins and excessive foot traffic on a daily basis.  The employee in this position is required to be constantly in the public eye, therefore it is essential that a professional look and professional behavior be maintained always.  As part of a small staff, working as constructive and contributing team member is a must.

 

 

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

LGBTQ Social Justice Film

FREE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES

8 FILMS OVER 8 WEEKS COVERING 8 MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS

 

Every Wednesday night from 6 – 8:30 beginning September 13 and ending November 1.  8-week film series exploring the experiences of community members who are marginalized.  This series is free

 

Learn about the lives of people in our society who struggle with issues that keep them from the basic dignity all humans deserve.  In these films, there are problem solvers using new ways to tackle issues that have plagued humanity.  Are the ways we are addressing addiction, working poor, incarceration, mental health and more actually treating the problem, or masking the symptoms in our society?  The films will be followed by a period of presentation and Q&A provided by local service providers who are experts in the field.  They will share their insight into these issues and how our community is impacted by them.  We hope the films open up dialogue and interest in understanding new ways we can partner as a community to make our community society more compassionate and aware of those who are facing adversity.

 

We want people to become knowledgeable about the stress, duress, fear, and lack of safety that many people with ‘conditions’

face.  Come learn about 8 different groups of people who face real issues living in our society.  Once you become more aware of the issues these people face, you will reformulate your opinions about them, your sensitivity will increase, and you may even raise your hand in dissatisfaction with how they are treated in our society.  You may speak up on their behalf.  You may educate or correct others with malformed opinions.  You might step up and help.  THAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE.

 

SCHEDULE

September 13

UNDOCUMENTED

In attendance: Catholic Charities of Oregon

Film – PAPERS: STORIES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH In attendance – Catholic charities of Oregon “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools every year without ‘Papers’.  “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.  There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S.

and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

 

September 20

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

In attendance: WITCO

Film – EMANUEL’S GIFT

If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you’re likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you’re not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled.

This is the story of one disabled man whose mission-and purpose- is to change all that forever. In Emmanuel’s Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel’s message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational.

 

September 27

ADDICTION

In attendance – Lifeways

Film – THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like

 

OCTOBER 4

INCARCERATION

In attendance: Snake River Correctional Institute (SRCI)

Film Excerpt –  WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Michael Moore spent most of his career pointing out the often absurd moral inequities in American society, but now he has taken a different path. In this film, he travels around the world to point out various ideas that foreign countries have adopted that America should steal. That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell. The title comes from the notion that Moore is “invading” these foreign nations and “conquering” them in order to steal their “better ideas.” Moore educates and enlightens on Norway, about progressive prisons

 

Film: MAXIMUM CAPACITY, A LOOK AT HOW SHERIDAN PRISON IS REDUCING RECIDIVISM The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system’s ability to hold them all. In one startling example, California prisons hold well over 50,000 more inmates than they’re designed for, even though the state has built a dozen new prisons in the last 15 years. One of the biggest reasons is rampant recidivism.

 

This week NOW goes inside an Illinois prison that may have the answer to California’s problems. With its innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back, the Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine “tough on crime” by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country. The approach involves aggressive counseling, job training, and following the convicts after they get out.

 

OCTOBER 11

MENTAL HEALTH

In attendance: Lifeways

Film – UNLISTED, A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him.

Unlisted depicts Delaney’s journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Can she have a relationship with him that is not solely based on being his care provider, which was her role as a child. After 2 years of reconnecting, things suddenly change when Richard stops his medicine and disappears….and what starts as an emotional tale of reconciliation turns into a frantic race for survival.

 

OCTOBER 18

LGBTQ

Film: In The Life: LGBTQ Youth Experience Homelessness

In attendance: Jen Guess, Ph.D. – Oaktree Counseling & Wellness In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations such as The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The National Alliance Against Homelessness and regional agencies, including Sylvia’s Place, The Circus Project, and Family Builders. This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.

 

 

OCTOBER 25

HOMELESS

In Attendance – Community In Action

Film – HOMELESS IN AMERICA

Director/Producer and creator of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau gives us “Homeless In America,” a documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. “Homeless In America” underlines the huge hidden problem of the homeless. “Homeless In America” as it is, real people, real lives.  A documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. Don’t give the homeless a hand out; give them a hand up.

 

NOVEMBER 1

WORKING POOR

In Attendance – Department of Human Services (DHS) Film – WAGING A LIVING The term “working poor” should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans – one in four workers

– are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. Waging Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to lift their families out of poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.

Incarceration Social Justice Film

FREE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES

8 FILMS OVER 8 WEEKS COVERING 8 MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS

 

Every Wednesday night from 6 – 8:30 beginning September 13 and ending November 1.  8-week film series exploring the experiences of community members who are marginalized.  This series is free

 

Learn about the lives of people in our society who struggle with issues that keep them from the basic dignity all humans deserve.  In these films, there are problem solvers using new ways to tackle issues that have plagued humanity.  Are the ways we are addressing addiction, working poor, incarceration, mental health and more actually treating the problem, or masking the symptoms in our society?  The films will be followed by a period of presentation and Q&A provided by local service providers who are experts in the field.  They will share their insight into these issues and how our community is impacted by them.  We hope the films open up dialogue and interest in understanding new ways we can partner as a community to make our community society more compassionate and aware of those who are facing adversity.

 

We want people to become knowledgeable about the stress, duress, fear, and lack of safety that many people with ‘conditions’

face.  Come learn about 8 different groups of people who face real issues living in our society.  Once you become more aware of the issues these people face, you will reformulate your opinions about them, your sensitivity will increase, and you may even raise your hand in dissatisfaction with how they are treated in our society.  You may speak up on their behalf.  You may educate or correct others with malformed opinions.  You might step up and help.  THAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE.

 

SCHEDULE

September 13

UNDOCUMENTED

In attendance: Catholic Charities of Oregon

Film – PAPERS: STORIES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH In attendance – Catholic charities of Oregon “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools every year without ‘Papers’.  “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.  There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S.

and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

 

September 20

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

In attendance: WITCO

Film – EMANUEL’S GIFT

If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you’re likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you’re not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled.

This is the story of one disabled man whose mission-and purpose- is to change all that forever. In Emmanuel’s Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel’s message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational.

 

September 27

ADDICTION

In attendance – Lifeways

Film – THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like

 

OCTOBER 4

INCARCERATION

In attendance: Snake River Correctional Institute (SRCI)

Film Excerpt –  WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Michael Moore spent most of his career pointing out the often absurd moral inequities in American society, but now he has taken a different path. In this film, he travels around the world to point out various ideas that foreign countries have adopted that America should steal. That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell. The title comes from the notion that Moore is “invading” these foreign nations and “conquering” them in order to steal their “better ideas.” Moore educates and enlightens on Norway, about progressive prisons

 

Film: MAXIMUM CAPACITY, A LOOK AT HOW SHERIDAN PRISON IS REDUCING RECIDIVISM The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system’s ability to hold them all. In one startling example, California prisons hold well over 50,000 more inmates than they’re designed for, even though the state has built a dozen new prisons in the last 15 years. One of the biggest reasons is rampant recidivism.

 

This week NOW goes inside an Illinois prison that may have the answer to California’s problems. With its innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back, the Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine “tough on crime” by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country. The approach involves aggressive counseling, job training, and following the convicts after they get out.

 

OCTOBER 11

MENTAL HEALTH

In attendance: Lifeways

Film – UNLISTED, A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him.

Unlisted depicts Delaney’s journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Can she have a relationship with him that is not solely based on being his care provider, which was her role as a child. After 2 years of reconnecting, things suddenly change when Richard stops his medicine and disappears….and what starts as an emotional tale of reconciliation turns into a frantic race for survival.

 

OCTOBER 18

LGBTQ

Film: In The Life: LGBTQ Youth Experience Homelessness

In attendance: Jen Guess, Ph.D. – Oaktree Counseling & Wellness In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations such as The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The National Alliance Against Homelessness and regional agencies, including Sylvia’s Place, The Circus Project, and Family Builders. This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.

 

 

OCTOBER 25

HOMELESS

In Attendance – Community In Action

Film – HOMELESS IN AMERICA

Director/Producer and creator of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau gives us “Homeless In America,” a documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. “Homeless In America” underlines the huge hidden problem of the homeless. “Homeless In America” as it is, real people, real lives.  A documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. Don’t give the homeless a hand out; give them a hand up.

 

NOVEMBER 1

WORKING POOR

In Attendance – Department of Human Services (DHS) Film – WAGING A LIVING The term “working poor” should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans – one in four workers

– are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. Waging Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to lift their families out of poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.

Generous Support of this project comes from:
OREGON HUMANITIES
NATIONAL JAPANESE AMERICAN CITIZEN’S LEAGUE

Four Rivers Cultural Center

Four Rivers Cultural Center