Spect-Actors Collective invites everyone to…The State of Equity – March 1st, 4pm

The State of Equity: Right to Occupy your Health & Citizenship for Social & Economic Justice is a Community Legislative Forum Theatre

Saturday March 1st, 4pm to 8pm

FREE – All Ages – Latin Music by Bajos Salarios & !Cuba y Que!

Translation by Ivonne Rivero & George Flores

Location: Gresham United Methodist Church – 620 NW 8th St., Gresham, OR 97030


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Andreas’ Cha Chas & The-TREE Institute… present…

Wednesday December 19, 2012 – 8pm to 11pm
at The Grand Cafe, 832 SE Grand Ave., Portland 97214

!Cuba y Que!
**Cuban & Mexican Salsa & Music
**Cuban Salsa-Rhythm class
**Exoctic Afro-Cuban dance

Cuban & Brazilian food – No host bar – 21 & over
Tickets: $7 – reserve at 503-901-6285 or at The Grand Cafe

A benefit party for:
CHARLA, Collective Health Advocacy & Rights of
Latinas/os, Africans & Allies

!Gracias to our Sponsors!
Northwest Health Foundation
Andrea’s Cha Chas

CHARLA partners:
*International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Portland
*The Next Door Inc./Nuestra Comunidad Sana, Hood River
*Mano a Mano Family Center, Salem
*Latinos Unidos Siempre, Salem
*Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Woodburn
*Doula Caribe, Portland
*Portland Jobs with Justice

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The State of Equity: Right to Occupy Your Health, Citizenship & Education

September 17th, 2012 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Multnomah County Building, Board Room #100 at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland. OR 97214

Everyone is invited ~ All Ages ~ Spanish Translation ~ Child Care

5:30pm -welcoming Reception with refreshments/Latin food & !Cuba y Que! music. HCAO Photo Petition

6:15pm: Legislative Forum Theatre: theatre as politics created in 1992 by Augusto Boal inspired on Paulo Freire and his Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The community and members of audience become Spect-Actors changing the situations of oppression performance, and with the guidance of the Joker-Artist Sandra Hernandes, Ph.D.

8pm: Occupy Your Mind: a nationwide storytelling about Occupy One Year in connection with The Civilians, New York.
The Community as Policymakers: Audience make policy proposals to address all issues that are preventing Equity in Oregon.
Collective Board : JoAnn Hardesty (HCS), Liz Baxter (WCDB), Dr. Peter Mahr (PNHP), Shafia Monroe (ICTC) and invited legislators deliberates Audiences’ proposals for policy changes

8:30pm: Evaluation – group photo – HCAO Photo Petition and survey

Health Equity Dialogue, at Capitol Salem, June 13 2011

Community partners of CHARLA, Collective Health Advocacy & Rights of Latinas/os, Africans & Allies:
.International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Portland
.Portland Job with Justice
.Mano a Mano Family Center, Salem
.LUS, Latinos Unidos Siempre, Salem
.Nuestra Comunidad Sana, Hood River
.Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Woodburn
.Health Care for All-Oregon
.Mad as Hell Doctors, Corvallis
.Physicians for National Health Program, Corvallis
.Occupy Portland

.Portland Community Media, Youth Club

!Gracias! to our sponsors: Meyer Memorial Trust & Northwest Health Foundation

More information: please contact us at info@thetreeinstitute.org or at (503) 901-6285

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!Samba, Salsa y Sabor!

WHEN: Friday, December 16, 2011 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm

WHERE: Zoomtopia Building – THE-TREE Institute studio
810 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214 (corner of 8th Ave. & Belmont)

Reserve your spot at

Souls’ Checklist: are you desiring…
-to learn the enchants of Cuban Salsa?
-and crazy about the rhythms of Bahian style Brazilian Percussion?
-to express your soul, your critical voice, and/or improve your dance movements?
-to taste the special spices of Latin food?

Possible answers: Yes, Maybe, or YES to all the above?!!…then, !Samba, Salsa y Sabor! Open Mic, Open Floor is for you!
A community event to raise Souls and Funds for CHARLA, Collective Health Advocacy for Rooted Latinas/os & Africans and Colectivo MUJER, Mujeres Unidas por la Justicia Economica y Racial.

Can’t come but would like to make a DONATION to support our community programs just click on the “DONATE/QUIERES DONAR” bottom above. Thank you! – !Gracias! – Obrigada/o!

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CHARLA community members and Senate President at historical meeting!

CHARLA community members from Salem and Woodburn, together with partners organizations – LUS/Mano a Mano Family Center, Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, THE-TREE Institute, Sisters of the Road, Oregon Latino Health Coalition – met with the Senate President Peter Courtney to educate and advocate about the importance of Cultural Competence for Health Care Providers. The meeting was one of the CHARLA members’ strategy to assure that the senate members would better understand that SB 97 is just one step towards several initiatives to reduce health disparities in Oregon state. The Senate president Peter Courtney assisted by his wife Marjory were sensitive to the stories brought the community members. The bill was sent to the Senate Floor for their analysis.

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MATCH is CHARLA’s performance at the International Women’s Day

MATCH, Mother of American Teenagers & Children Health is the new CHARLA iniative to sensibilize health experts and legislators about Oregonian mothers who have no health care at all. Based on evidences that a healthy mother can grow healthy kids, CHARLA members are advocating that for 1 Healthy Mother they MATCH with 3 Healthy Kids! The paradox of being a mother of a American born children without some health care – many because they do not have yet their immigrantion documentation – is noticed and highly questioned about American current immigration laws. The CHARLA performance that took place in Salem, at the Capitol Building, on March 8, were supported by Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson (Gresham), and staff of Representive Tina Kotek (NE/N Portland). They have joined the community mothers from Hood River, Salem, Portland, and Woodburn to better understand their children and mother health needs. As Monnes-Anderson stated “this is  matter of high importance for our state and should be supported by everyone who cares about the health of our communities, and that is why I am here today. Thank you for have invited me!”

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