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actions & protests | immigration 15-Apr-2014 11:10

Annual May Day March and Rally at the Oregon State Capitol on May 1st

From the open publishing newswire: Join us on Thursday, May 1st at 10:30am for the annual May Day March and Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem!

On Thursday, May 1st, organizations and businesses will host the annual May Day March & Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The event will begin at 10:30am with thousands expected to turn out.

Topics will include the Oregon Driver Card -- Oregon Safe Roads Campaign, Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship, Healthcare for All Children, Workers Rights and Stopping Wage Theft, and Equality for All.

May Day 2014 March & Rally
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2013 - Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location:
Oregon State Capitol (Front Steps)
900 Court Street NE Salem, Oregon

homepage:  http://www.oregonmayday.com

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updated post 4.11.14 05-Apr-2014 22:14

The Shortwave Report 04/04/14 Listen Globally!

shortwaveradioreportpic From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 4.11.14

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.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (April 4) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

This week's show features stories from the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Spanish National Radio, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From RUSSIA- The UN released a comprehensive, scientific report on the impacts of global warming. The conclusions are severe and point out that continued governmental inaction will be catastrophic.
From JAPAN- The International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must cease whaling in the Antarctic, which Japan agrees too, though it may continue whaling in other regions. North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire in a disputed area this week, which the North blames on huge US South Korea military landing drills. More than 100,000 people in Taiwan protested a current trade pact proposal with mainland China. Der Spiegel reported that a US court allowed the NSA to spy on 11 countries including Japan.
From CUBA- In Venezuela violent anti-government groups set fire to the Ministry of Housing in Caracas- 1200 workers were safely evacuated. The Colombian government and FARC rebels reached agreement on the issue of illegal drugs- new policies will be implemented in light of the farmers needs and the failure of the so-called "War on Drugs."
From SPAIN- The Spanish central government rejected a proposal by the mayor of Madrid to ban all demonstrations in the downtown area. In Egypt attacks on the Muslim brotherhood continue with 3 demonstrators killed. Ousted Ukrainian President Yankovich called for referendums on independence in the former Ukraine.
From GERMANY- NATO warned that Russian military presence on the Ukrainian border is a grave concern, and that it is suspending all military and civilian cooperation with Russia. The US and EU announced that they will help supply gas to Ukraine. Venice is the latest European region to pursue independence from its national government- it joins Crimea, Scotland, and Catalonia.

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actions & protests | education 05-Apr-2014 22:08

FREE War Tax Resistance Workshop

From the open publishing newswire: Just in time for tax day! The Portland chapter of the War Resisters League will be hosting a free war tax resistance workshop, where you can learn strategies (and risks) of putting your money where it can do some good----if you work for peace, why pay for war? Also find out about other tax day ( or tax season) events in the Portland area that you can participate in.

Free resources and packets to each attendee!

Just in time for tax day! The Portland chapter of the War Resisters League will be hosting a free war tax resistance workshop, where you can learn strategies (and risks) of putting your money where it can do some good----if you work for peace, why pay for war??

Location:First Unitarian church; on S.W. 12th, between Main and Salmon
room: B201
when: Sunday, April 6th | time 1:30

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actions & protests | corporate dominance 26-Mar-2014 21:07

Video: Fast Track Is A Flop!

From the open publishing newswire: Rally at the offices of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, encouraging him to not introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.

Fast Track Is A Flop! [video] Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!

Organized by Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, the rally was moderated by Elizabeth Swagger and featured two speakers who spoke about TPP from the perspective of small business and displaced high tech workers.

Following the rally, Elizabeth and others entered the building and sought to deliver thousands of floppy disks signed by citizens opposing both the TPP and Fast Track.
During that interval various citizens took the bull horn and addressed the crowd addressing the Trans Pacific Partnership effects on national sovereignty, jobs, the environment, cost of life saving medicines, as well as several others.

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No LNG! 26-Mar-2014 10:48

LNG Opponents Call on Kitzhaber to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers

From the open publishing newswire: Medford, OR - Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon... The Jordan Cove project calls for building an export terminal at Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, which would allow liquefied natural gas to be exported overseas. The terminal would be supplied by a proposed 235-mile-long pipeline, called the Pacific Connector, which would cross privately and publicly owned lands in southern Oregon and connect to existing pipelines running north-south from British Columbia to California.

Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, explained the context for the decision. "DOE did not attempt to address the myriad environmental issues with the project," she said. "Instead, other state and federal agencies will examine Jordan Cove's compliance with numerous laws, and ultimately, the federal courts will ensure that the project won't destroy the waters, wildlife, and public lands that Oregonians cherish. We believe it is clear that the LNG terminal and pipeline will harm our natural resources and that the projects should not proceed."

Send YOUR opposition letter to Gov. Kitzhaber
http://rogueriverkeeper.org

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animal rights | community building 21-Mar-2014 07:15

Coalition Building event at PSU

From the open publishing newswire: Coalition Building: Organizing at the Intersections Thursday March 20, 7pm Portland State University SMSU Room 236 Free and open to the public

Event Description Dylan Powell, an animal liberation and migrant justice activist from St. Catherine's, Ontario will be presenting a workshop on the ins and outs of coalition building and intersectional organizing. What is coalition building? What is intersectionality? How do animal and environmental activists build necessary bridges with other communities, organizations, and movements? How do we work towards solidarity without appropriating the experiences and struggles of other communities? When is intersectional organizing appropriate? How do we effectively organize across movements? Why do animal and ecological movements need to approach our goals with intersectionality in mind? He will discuss these topics and more as they explore how our movement can move beyond its current stagnation and isolation by adopting an intersectional approach, cross-movement solidarity, and coalition building skills.

This workshop focuses on strategies for coalition building from an ally perspective within the animal/earth advocacy movements. Specific focus is paid to sameness/difference, diversity of scale/tactics, and a critique of consumerism. [...]

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sustainability 21-Mar-2014 07:00

Job opportunity: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator with PFTP

From the open publishing newswire: A job posting for the non-profit organization Portland Fruit Tree Project

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for a part-time Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator! See below for the full position description Position: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator Employment Status: Part-time. 20 hours per week. Compensation: $14 per hour Work Location: Portland, OR Reports to: Program Coordinator Start date: May 1st, 2014 Background: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is strengthening communities, preventing waste, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways for low income families to obtain locally-grown fruit. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, cultivate community orchards on public lands, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. We currently have 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 full-time AmeriCorps member, and 1000+ active volunteers.

For more information about our organization, go to www.portlandfruit.org

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community building 21-Mar-2014 06:58

Pacific NW Social Forum Open House

From the open publishing newswire: You're invited to come to Sisters Of The Road on April 4th to learn about the planning going on for the PNW Social Forum here in Portland in September.

Y'all Come! To the Pacific Northwest Social Forum Open House, Saturday April 5th from 1-5 PM at the Sisters Of The Road Cafe at 133 NW 6th Ave in downtown Portland.

Help us build toward the Pacific NW People's Plan of Action by co-creating the Pacific NW Social Forum 3-day agenda - what we will do during that vital time together to build the people's plan to reclaim our region!

Plug In to working groups planning toward the PNWSF in September, help with outreach, program planning, facilitation, whatever you're good at.

The Pacific Northwest Social Forum (PNSWSF) will be taking place September 26th-28th in Portland, OR. The PNWSF is not a conference, it is a convergence of people's movements who's primary work & struggles take place in No Cal, OR, WA, British Columbia, MT, ID, UT, Hawaii & Alaska to build solidarity and unified action toward social, economic and environmental justice in the Pacific NW.

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actions & protests | corporate dominance 18-Mar-2014 07:00

Fast Track Is A Flop: Petition Delivery to Ron Wyden's Office

From the open publishing newswire: When: Thursday March 20th, 12pm to 1pm
Where: The Federal Building Plaza at Ron Wyden's Office, 911 NE 11th Ave

We need to tell Senator Wyden that Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!

Thanks to massive grassroots resistance, we have derailed the recent Fast Track bill for the Trans-Pacific Partnership! But we are not safe, yet. Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, is deciding right now whether to introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing TPP through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.

Please join us in signing floppy discs and delivering them to Senator Wyden's Portland office during the Senate Recess! We will have discs to sign on the day of the delivery. Your participation in pressuring our congresspeople to do the right thing is the only way to fight to the TPP. Thank you!

To sign the petition, click here

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two updated video report backs 3.23.14 12-Mar-2014 10:12

Police Brutality March 15th, flyers

From the open publishing newswire: Two flyers for the [March 15th 8:00 PM] event.

Related post:
un-related International Day Against Police Brutality PDX event 4:30 PM:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/03/426662.shtml#428467

[Updated video report backs 3.23.14]
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/03/426662.shtml

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actions & protests | labor 12-Mar-2014 10:06

March 14 - Protest -call out- 4:30pm | Justice for Fubonn Workers Coalition

From the open publishing newswire: The Justice for Fubonn Workers Coalition is announcing an action for Friday, February 14th. We are supporting Norma and Marisal - two former Fubonn grocery workers, and their demand for deserved money due to mistreatment and forced "off the clock" work


THIS PICKET FOLLOWS THE FIRST COURT DATE FOR THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FORMER FUBONN WORKERS AND PORTLAND SOLIDARITY NETWORK ORGANIZERS. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT PICKET TO ATTEND, AND WILL BE LARGER THAN PREVIOUS ONES.

We meet at 4:30pm in front of USA Pawn(8001 SE Powell blvd) Shortly after we will march to Fubonn grocery. (SE 82nd Ave)!

Disclaimer: this campaign is against Fubonn Grocery solely; we are not targeting other stores in the shopping center.

After six months of aggressive campaigning, Fubonn responded by filing a lawsuit against Norma and Marisal and two community organizers. A clear attempt to silence dissent amongst workers, who would speak out about terrible conditions, as well as an attack on the right of workers and allies to organize in their community. We have continued our campaign, forcing Fubonn to the negotiating table.

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updated 3.28.14 06-Mar-2014 17:03

The Shortwave Report 03/07/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 3/14/14| 3/21/14 | 3/28/14

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. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, and the Voice of Russia.

The latest Shortwave Report (March 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From GERMANY- The UN has formally accused Syrian rebels groups of crimes against humanity. The new Egyptian Prime Minister has outlined his priorities in the run up to presidential elections. The head of the Egyptian military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, announced his candidacy. A court in Egypt has banned the Palestinian movement Hamas from operating in the country. The Israeli government has plans to force ultra-orthodox Jews into military service. The Israeli military seized 300 rockets that they claimed were from Iran destined to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip- Iran denies involvement. Venezuela has broken all political and diplomatic ties with Panama.
From CUBA- There were large public gatherings in Venezuela to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez- during the ceremonies President Maduro and Bolivian President Morales denounced the attempted coup. A US drone strike killed at least 3 people in Yemen- last week the European Parliament voted overwhelming to condemn drone strikes and to ban extrajudicial killings. More than 14,000 Afghan troops have been killed in the US-led war.
From JAPAN- North Korea fired 7 rockets into the Sea of Japan while South Korea and the US carried out joint military exercises. The US Defense Department says it will shift its army-centered structure to air and naval power with an eye on China and Iran. Japan and France plan to work together to advance breeder technology nuclear power plants, despite strong public opposition.
From SPAIN- First a Spanish Press Review on the prospects for war in Ukraine. Then hosts discuss the events in Ukraine.
From RUSSIA- An interview with Professor Jack Rasmus from St Marys College in California about the influence of Ukraine's economy on the events leading up to the political turmoil- and how the bailout money will go to Western banks, not Ukrainians.

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police / legal 06-Mar-2014 16:54

Discussion and film screening about Police Brutality. March 8th Red and Black

From the open publishing newswire: Police brutality discussion at the Red and Black [7:00 PM]

Come out to share your thoughts about the police and how we address brutality as a community. We will be showing a couple short films about the militarization of the police and how that inevitably affects all of us. There will be a few speakers, addressing the recent Department of Justice settlement and the "pat down"(stop and frisk) policies that are being pushed into Portland neighborhoods, and other Police violence related topics. We know this is last minute, so help us have a good conversation about transcending police violence. A serious conversation like this is long overdue. Let's start figuring this out.

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