In support of the Portland State University Student Union (PSUSU) and community efforts to Disarm PSU, 5th Avenue Cinema is co-organizing and hosting a weekend of workshops, lectures and film media pertaining to the history of grassroots organizing in Portland and beyond. Join us for archival footage, documentaries, and words from PSU professors, students, and community activists. Admission is free and open to the public.

Program agenda-
Friday, March 1st at 6:30pm- 16mm archival footage of PSU student protests of the 1970s (10 min) followed by a 10 minute documentary Red Square Revolt (2012) and Learning to Resist (2018), a 101-style primer on radical student organizing, providing examples of successful movements, tactics, and grassroots methodology. Produced by Submedia. (35 min). Lecture: Speaker TBA!
Friday, March 1st at 8:00pm- Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence (2015) in Portland, Oregon documents the history of conflict between the Portland police and community members throughout the past fifty years. The film features personal stories of resistance told by victims of police misconduct, the families of people who were killed by police, and members of Portland’s reform and abolition movements. (84 mins).

Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00- Crisis Borderlands (2017): A short documentary detailing U.S. immigration policies and policing at the Southern U.S. Border. Grassroots organizers explain the implications of restrictive immigration laws for Indigenous peoples of the Americas and the complicity of law enforcement in enacting these policies. (21 min). Lecture by Dr. Mo’e’hanhe, a scholar in PSU’s Indigenous Nations Studies department who will be connecting police violence and extractive colonialism to the long history and present of genocidal anti-Indigenous (militaristic and imperial) violence in the Americas.
Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00- Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story (2017) is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film explores actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and highlights actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events that unfolded in Standing Rock throughout 2016 and brings you the raw experience from many frontline actions to protect the water. (120 min).

Sunday, March 3rd at 3:00pm- Grassroots Organizing Workshop: This workshop was put together by student activists from the PSU Student Union and affiliated groups for the Oregon Students of Color Conference this past November. This will be an opportunity to get more information about local struggles, tactics, and coalition building. (80 min).
Sunday, March 3rd at 4:30pm- Documentary Visions of Abolition (2012), directed by Setsu Shigamatsu (UC Riverside) explores the rise of the American carceral state and the multivalent, international movement for abolition of the prison industrial complex, through interviews with academics, activists, inmates, and political prisoners. To close our festival, this film places the movement to #DisarmPSU in the context of the broader struggle for prison abolition. (97 min).

More programming TBA!