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Join us at our annual Statewide Action Summit in Corvallis!

As part of our Statewide initiative this all-day event will be your opportunity to meet with LGBTQ and ally Oregonians from around the state, attend community-led workshops, and get the skills you need to advance your leadership in your community.

You’ll hear inspiring speeches from national leaders, rising activists in our state, and updates from our executive director Nancy Haque.

We’re at a critical moment in history: right now, we are facing challenges from the federal government and at the local level. Join Basic Rights Oregon as we continue to build a movement that will truly build justice in our communities.  

Register today!

Basic Rights Oregon Statewide Action Summit

Saturday, November 16

Location:  Corvallis United Church of Christ, 4515 W. Hills Road, Corvallis, OR 97333

Registration at 9 a.m.

Event from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Scholarships are available for the summit. If you require financial assistance regarding registration, travel, or lodging, email actionsummit@basicrights.org for more information. 

We’re also asking folks who can afford it to become community sponsors of the scholarship fund which you can do so here

Interested in volunteering at the Summit? Contact dominic@basicrights.org.

There will be two blocks of workshops to choose from, in the morning and afternoon. On the day of the event, you’ll have the chance to choose which workshops you’d like to attend.

The full list of workshops is below, and we are excited for the keynote address, Resisting White Supremacy From the Inside Out, with Evangeline Weiss, the Leadership Programs Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force and someone who brings a wealth of anti-racist social change work to the table, setting leaders on a path towards intentionality, purpose, and impact.  We’ll also be joined by Malo Ala’ilima who brings extensive experience in community organizing and nonprofit leadership. Join in these vital conversations and purchase your tickets to the summit here.

If you have dietary or accessibility needs, or if you would like to carpool or can carpool others in your area, please let us know in the registration.

A huge thank you to our sponsors! 

Workshops and Presenters:

Prioritizing Indigenous Communities in Climate Justice

– Simeon Jacob and Kevin Aipopo of Pacific Climate Warriors Portland Chapter

This workshop will explore the ways in which the Pacific is being affected most deeply by climate change through the lens of Pasifika youth living in American diaspora.

Using Human-Centered Design to Create Better Systems

– Max Western, Cambia Health Solutions & Catalyst

When designing systems and products, marginalized communities’ needs are often overlooked and not met. This workshop will focus on helping people understand what human-centered design is.

Visionary Activism: Trans & Queer Futurity

– Grace Piper, Portland State University Queer Resource Center

In this workshop we will practice envisioning, imagining, and daydreaming as an act of resistance. This workshop serves as a means to center trans and queer futurity in our work.

Know Your Rights for Queer Protesters and Activists

– Judah Largent of Umpqua Valley Public Defenders, and Lorena Reynolds of Reynolds Law Firm

This workshop is designed for non-violent Queer protesters and activists who want to know their rights and what to expect while engaging in public demonstrations and protest actions.

Reaching Out: Building Relationships in Rural and Conservative Communities

– Aryn Zanca and Youth Advisory Council, The Living Room

LGBTQ+ youth living in more rural areas face unique challenges in finding support and building strong peer connections. In this workshop, youth leaders will share their experiences and provide insight into the challenges and needs of rural LGBTQ+ youth.

The Philosophy of NVDA (Non-Violent Direct Action): When to Fight!

– Madeleine Oiseau, Catalyst

In this workshop, trainees will begin to identify the most vulnerable or movable targets, people and institutions opposing them, the stakeholders who might become the most useful allies in their efforts, and how to engineer a successful campaign to win change.

Addressing Youth Mental Health: Engaging Youth on Their Own Terms

– Tyler Perkins-Clark & Panel from YouthLine

This workshop is a teen-led panel discussion with YouthLine Volunteers surrounding their views on mental health including crisis intervention, social media, resources, support, and building around suicide prevention.

Battling Burnout: How Can We Stop Fueling the Fire?

– Christina Dynamite, Mental Wellness Coach

This workshop starts with the presenter’s cautionary tale that set her on the path to learn more about burnout in order to heal herself and support others to do the same. We will learn the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout, identify internal and external factors that can increase the risk of burnout, and explore solutions to prevent and treat compassion fatigue and burnout.

Housing First as a Trauma-Informed Care Model for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

– Kennedy Sparrow, Catalyst

Many models for providing shelter and support services to youth experiencing homelessness operate on a cultural context that is no longer relevant. We will discuss why Housing First and preventive initiatives are vital models to truly provide Trauma-Informed Care.

How A Small Community Reacted to Anti-transgender Violence

Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Hall, and three pastors from Lincoln County: Bob Barrett, Gavin Shumate, Brett Pinder

After a transgender woman was attacked while visiting a Newport state park in September 2019, the panel will explore these questions:

How did the medical and legal systems respond?

How was local, state and ultimately national media engaged?

How did the local faith community come together to coordinate a strong local show of support for the victim and zero tolerance for hatred? 


Keynote Presenters Include:

Evangeline Weiss

As a white queer anti-racist social change instigator with a twinkle in my eye, I sustain leaders and organizations on their desired path towards equity and purpose. Working on racial justice based change, I am passionate about building more effective multiracial coalitions, campaigns, and organizations. My journey as a white anti- racist began in the 90’s, in New York City, in ACT UP, the Women’s Action Coalition, and as a public health educator working on HIV prevention and treatment. From curriculum development, to civil disobedience, I have supported a range tactics for bringing about a more just world. As a founding member of the Harm Reduction Coalition, I helped organize needle exchanges to reduce the number of HIV transmissions. Presently, I serve the movement as the Leadership Programs Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, where I am honored to have worked on non-discrimination and marriage campaigns and now full time on the Creating Change conference. In January of 2020, the Creating Change conference will welcome over 3,500 community leaders and activists, students and policy makers to Dallas Texas where we will consider the most pressing issues of our movement. I am an artist and a poet, a community builder and a justice worker. I live in Greensboro, NC with my beloved soulmate, our soon to be 12 year old son, and our most adorable dog, Sherlock.

Manumalo “Malo” Ala’ilima

Manumalo “Malo” Ala’ilima, a Samoan American butch lesbian, queer, gender expansive and “fa’atane”, Samoan for “the journey between the feminine and masculine”, has extensive experience in community organizing and nonprofit leadership and has been in Portland for five years. Malo uses all pronouns. Malo co-founded and is the co-chair for UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Portland), which provides sacred spaces for QTPIs – Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders – through community organizing, political engagement and cultural stewardship. He serves as Vice President for the Samoan Pacific Development Corporation (SPDC), is an official voting member for the Pacific Islander Coalition – a culturally specific advisory board for the Multnomah County Health Department, and a former board member of UTOPIA Seattle and Q Center. They are a director for APANO’s (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) 501©3 board and are the Board President for Pride Northwest, the organization responsible for coordinating the Portland Pride festival and parade for the past 25 years.

Last year, Malo was honored to be a Queer Hero in 2018 by GLAPN (the Gay Lesbian Archive of the Pacific Northwest). This year, they are honored by Q Center as the 2019 recipient of the Nebula Award for their commitment and on-going work in the community.

Malo was educated at the University of Southern California and majored in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy and Management. Malo has been employed by the American Red Cross for over 13 years, lived in three geographic regions, worked in five functional areas, and has been on their West Division Quality Assurance team in Portland for the past five years. When she’s not busy trying to save the world, karaoke is a welcome diversion, being a foodie around town, visiting family, is about to get married to their lovely fiancé Elizabeth and is the happy “Pop Pop” to their energetic and bright grandkid, iily.

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