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actions & protests | anti-racism 24-Jun-2015 23:04

COUNTER RALLY IN SALEM SHERIFF ARPAIO 6/27/15

From the open publishing newswire: Demo to counter the presence of AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNIsta invite you to a counter-rally we are organizing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who will be the feature speaker for a fundraiser hosted by the Oregon Republican Party and sponsored by OFIR in front of the Capitol this Saturday at 3 p.m.

Among other topics, Arpaio will be talking in support English Only and E-Verify.

For those who don't know who Sheriff Arpaio is, looking him up. He is " The Anti-Immigrant".

See you there at the State Capital Water Fountain at 2:30.
Questions: 503-302-6549 |  http://www.pcun.org

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environment | forest defense 17-Jun-2015 22:37

Float the Pipe! June 19-20

From the open publishing newswire: To help publicize the proposed LNG pipeline in SW Oregon, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and are doing a publicity float starting at where the pipeline is proposed to cross the South Umpqua River.
Cascadia Forest Defenders launches "Float the Pipe", a floating protest of the Pacific Connector LNG pipeline, at the precise location the pipe would cross the South Umpqua river.

With the fight against the LNG pipeline and export terminal heating up in Oregon, CFD has decided to lead a flotilla of activists down a threatenend stretch of the South Umpqua. They will stretch a banner across the point where the pipeline would be bored underneath the river, then set off on their 12 mile, 2 day float through the waters that would flow downstream of the pipe. They will document the watershed they see along the way.

What: Press conference at the launch of Float the Pipe

Who: Cascadia Forest Defenders and friends

When: Friday, June 19 at 10am

Where: The proposed location that the pipeline would cross underneath the South Umpqua river. Just south of the Rivers West South Umpqua campground, 1-5 exit #112, on the east side of I-5. We will be putting boats in the water on Booth Ranch Rd. Myrtle, OR 97457

Why: To protest the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove energy terminal and to get to know a threatened section of the South Umpqua river.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 14-Jun-2015 11:26

Police Body Cameras - Two Bills now in Salem | HB 2571 and HB 2704

From the open publishing newswire: The goings-on in Salem are hard to follow.
Those organizations (like police associations and district attorneys, for instance) who have paid lobbyists hanging out in our state house all the time have a huge advantage over ordinary folks.

So it's not a surprise, in many ways, that (for instance) SB 871, which was supposed to include a provision for an independent prosecutor when a police officer kills a civilian, was gutted of that provision and now only talks about having an agency not involved in the killing take lead in the investigation:
 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/sb871

On Monday, two bills relating to recording the police will be going back to the House floor to reconcile amendments made in the Senate. One is very beneficial to the public and in particular to copwatchers: It makes an exception to the "interception of communications" law for those taping police interactions in public places, it is HB 2704.

 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2704

It passed the house 51-8 the first time and the senate 23-6. Portland had been unique in allowing such recording because of a policy in place after Joe Anybody sued the cops in 2008.
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/ppr46web.pdf

The other bill is something that may be futile to try derailing, but goes against even Portland Copwatch's neutral stance on the issue of police body cameras. HB 2571 has provisions in it that will severely limit the abiilty of local jurisdictions to set their own rules on how to use the body cameras [...]

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community building | human & civil rights 14-Jun-2015 11:00

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

From the open publishing newswire: The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Video is here: https://youtu.be/GjV0xDYx\_7o (2 hrs 30 mins)
This meeting is open to the public.

Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

Public Meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.

The Portland Human Rights Commission [PHRC] website is here:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/6

Archives of previous portland Human Rights Commission meetings and more information are available on my website here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/id4.html

An ~ Out Take "public comment" video clip from this meeting is here:
http://youtu.be/M7S0qz8XT5U

This June HRC meeting video is also on Archive (dot) org where you can watch it or download it:
https://archive.org/details/HumanRightsCommissionJune32015

The June proposed agenda was never posted by the HRC, I have a pdf copy that you can download here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/hrcagenda6.3.15.pdf

Last months meeting 5/6/15 was posted on portland indymedia here:
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/05/429929.shtml

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Updated 6.12 6.19 09-Jun-2015 19:22

The Shortwave Report 6/05/15 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 6.12.15 | 6.19.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet.

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.

The latest Shortwave Report (June 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom.

Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
www.outfarpress.com
YouthSpeaksOut!-
www.youthspeaksout.net

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labor | neighborhood news 07-Jun-2015 08:30

Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers Vote Again To Unionize

From the open publishing newswire: On June 2, 2015, Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers voted to rejoin United Food and Commmercial Workers Union, Local 555.
After a 6 month organizing effort, Food Front Cooperative Grocery workers voted to rejoin UFCW, Local 555. Out of a possible 91workers eligible to vote, 75 workers voted and 64 workers voted for the union. An over 80 per cent voter turn out resulted in a 85 per cent union vote.

Food Front workers had previously been a union shop for a ten year time period. In August of 2007, Food Front workers voted to decertify and ended their association with UFCW. The discussion that appeared on Portland Indy Media about the decertification is archived at:
portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/07/362674.shtml\?discuss

The unionization effort follows a controversial 7 months for the cooperative which began last November with the public airing of staff discontents in the Northwest Examiner neighborhood newspaper.  http://nwexaminer.com/co-op-crash

The subsequent coop owners concerns about the financial stability of the coop, led to the resignation of the Board of Directors chair person, the retirement of the general manager, and the use of an interim general manager from the National Cooperative Grocer consulting group. [...]

"The bottom line is that we wish to be respected, heard, treated equally and most of all supported," said Kira Davis, a store worker. "I believe that creating our union can help strengthen us. As a union, we will empower everyone through education, communication and action."

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labor | political theory 30-May-2015 11:52

Political Disobedience

From the open publishing newswire: "Crisis children" can't find a job despite study, four foreign languages and four hundred applications. They are the house cleaners, hair stylists and nurses without their own health insurance who earn one-thousandth what atop manager rakes in. Youth unemployment has reached unbearable levels in Greece and Spain. The top one percent of Americans earns a quarter of the total income and owns half of all securities and national wealth.

POLITICAL DISOBEDIENCE
Rage Grows with its Challenges [...]

THE IDIOTS WITHDRAW INTO THEIR SHELLS
The danger is withdrawal into the private, not falling voter turnout [...]

[translated from the German on the Internet.]

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Updated 5.8 - 5.14 - 5.22 - 5.29 02-May-2015 13:24

The Shortwave Report 05/01/15 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 5.8.15 | 5.14.15 | 5.22.15 | 5.29.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.

The latest Shortwave Report (April 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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actions & protests | community building 01-May-2015 11:05

MAY DAY 2015

From the open publishing newswire:
GATHER 2:00pm

RALLY 3:00pm

MARCH 4:30pm


Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr

South Park Blocks Map: Google Map

Post your pictures, first hand stories and videos on indymedia!

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actions & protests | community building 29-Apr-2015 12:03

MAY DAY 2015

From the open publishing newswire: [T]he current info for May Day this year in Portland is to gather [in the South Park Blocks] at 2pm, rally at 3pm, and march at 4:30pm from the South Park Blocks for social & economic justice.

via FB event:

links to flyers b&w:

color:

Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr. in solidarity with "protestors around the globe fighting back against excessive force by Americas trained Law Enforcement". Bring the noise! Wear red and black or only black or red to signify the bloodshed of Americas black women, men, and children.

Info via FB again:

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alternative media 25-Apr-2015 13:02

The Portland Radicle is Looking for Contributors

From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Radicle is look for contributors.
The Portland Radicle* is looking for community members who would like to join other clever and talented ass-kickers in our project of collective liberation.

The Radicle is an anarchist print project that kicked off in 2012. We once had a good rhythm for solicitation and publication, as well as a robust editorial collective. At present, we're down to four people, and we've struggled to publish consistently. While the paper is in no danger of being discontinued, we believe that we would be stronger with more participation and more ideas. [...]


*"Radicle" means the embryonic root growth of a plant from a seed. It is from the Latin word "radix," meaning "root" or "origin". Radix is the word that "radical," one who seeks fundamental change, is also derived from.
If you are interested in applying your talents to destroy that which harms us and build a world which sustains us, we would love to have you. We will work with contributors at any level; no previous experience in media is necessary.

To learn more about our project, send an email to:  portlandradicle@riseup.net.

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environment | sustainability 25-Apr-2015 12:54

Board, staff, and internship opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project

From the open publishing newswire: An announcement by local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project, about current opportunities (paid & volunteer).

Portland Fruit Tree Project has some exciting leadership opportunities to share! We're currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors, a part-time staff position as Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator, and three exciting internships!

[...] Join PFTP's Board of Directors! Board Members play an important and rewarding role in PFTP's efforts to make healthy food available to all, strengthen communities, and ensure equity in access to our programs. In addition, the board openings present a valuable opportunity to build skills and experience in non-profit governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational leadership.

Candidates with ties to business communities, philanthropic communities, low income communities, communities of color, and/or communities in outer East Portland are especially encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Sunday May 3rd.
The full position description can be found here
homepage:  http://www.portlandfruit.org

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alternative media | animal rights 19-Apr-2015 13:13

A Growing Concern: No New Animal Labs

From the open publishing newswire: Recent Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," interviewing a member of the No New Animal Lab Campaign.

No New Animal Lab is a new pressure campaign to stop the University of Washington from building a proposed underground Animal Research and Care Facility, which would expand the number of animals that the UW can torture and kill by thousands. The No New Animal Lab campaign's primary target is Skanska, a multi-billion dollar international construction firm and the general contractor of the project.

A Growing Concern: No New Animal Labs

[...] Skanska is one of the biggest construction firms in the world; it operates internationally with billions in revenue from its projects. The construction budget for the lab is $90 million, which makes it a comparatively minor project. This is small change to them.

Skanska is also not new to controversy. They have a track record of terminating contracts and canceling projects when their image is on the line. Their long-term branding matters more to them than short-term small cash flows. They know that this lab does not fit their desired image. They even neglected to issue press releases about it, despite a tradition of boasting about their projects to the media.

The No New Animal Lab campaign revealed their dirty secret. Consistency will make them fold. It all hinges on our commitment to animal liberation. The lab will not be built if we sustain enough pressure. So what are you going to do\\\\\\\?

http://nonewanimallab.com

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