Anti-Oppression Training

We are hosting an anti-oppression training facilitated by AORTA, a nationally-recognized worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy, and sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers. CLE credit is pending.

The training will take place on Friday, August 24th at Catholic Charities, located at 2740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97202 from 9am to 1:00pm for everyone and 2:00pm to 5:00pm for NLG members only. Check in will begin at 8:30am. The space is wheelchair accessible.

In order to bring in these excellent trainers, the ticket price is $150 per person, with discounted tickets for existing NLG members ($10-75), other specialty bar members ($100), students ($25), legal workers ($50), and nonprofit workers ($75). We also have a limited number of scholarships. Early registration closes on August 1, 2018. After that, ticket prices will increase by $25.

After that, ticket prices will increase by $25. Register and secure tickets at:

Please send any requests for scholarships or accommodations to the Portland NLG Treasurer, Violet Nazari at


This workshop will focus on developing shared language and a deeper analysis of how systemic oppression operates so that we can better understand how to transform ourselves and our organizations, workplaces, and communities. Together we will map what it looks like when systems such as white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, homo- and transphobia, and ableism influence and affect our day-to-day interactions, as well as organizational operations and practices. We will leave with a more comprehensive and complicated understanding of these systems, as well as action steps and resources to make concrete changes and impacts.


Using the morning’s workshop on the fundamentals of systemic power and injustice as a launching point, participants will have the chance to explore relevant scenarios about how race, gender and sexual orientation show up in NLG’s work. Participants will be challenged to look at the ways in which systemic oppression impacts NLG’s members, community constituents and culture, and what they can do to intervene.


AORTA is a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training, and planning. We base our work on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression.