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Saturday's Events (8/23/2014)
actions & protests | police / legal 20-Aug-2014 20:01

Video: Stop Dont Shoot. Portland Dawson Park Ferguson Solidarity 8.16.14

From the open publishing newswire: A rally in Dawson Park 1- 4pm on Saturday 8.16.14 Citizens of Portland Oregon gather in the park, out of concern for police accountability and community safety. The stood in unity and in Solidarity with the community of Ferguson Missouri in public... to demand and end to police violence and the abuse of their authority leveraged on the people they were sworn to protect and serve.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5gsvp_A-t8 [video 2hr 35min]

A rally in Dawson Park 1- 4pm on Saturday 8.16.14

Citizens of Portland Oregon gather in the park, out of concern for police accountability and community safety. The stood in unity and in Solidarity with the community of Ferguson Missouri in public... to demand and end to police violence and the abuse of their authority leveraged on the people they were sworn to protect and serve. This gathering was open to anybody who wanted to speak. The rally started slowly and eventually grew in size with over 100 people. There is a Facebook page "Stop Don't Shoot Portland" and there will be an email list anybody can join to stay in contact and to unite. [more info and links forthcoming asap]

The group intends to meet next Saturday in the same park to share food, conversations, ideas, tactics, education & facts and networking for a safer community.

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actions & protests | police / legal 17-Aug-2014 13:56

Video: Portland Rally in Solidarity With the People of Ferguson

From the open publishing newswire: Portland action on a national day of solidarity with the people of Ferguson Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was recently gunned down by the local police.

Solidarity Rally with Ferguson

This excerpt from the speakers at the Portland event is from the remarks by Jo Ann Hardesty, long time activist for human rights and opposing abuse of power by Portland Police.

Jo Ann exhorts the crowd not to be confused by the outcry against the militarization of the police. Though this is a tangential issue, the bottom line is in reality the open season on people of color everywhere in this country. "This isn't about what weapons they have; this is about a mind set. This is about a mind set that devalues black life... .when did it become okay for police in the U.S. to just willy nilly say, 'I was scared and shoot someone 28 times.'"

And further, i don't want you to get confused, because I understand they are asking the Federal government to investigate the latest killing, Michael Brown... ..who do you think gave those military weapons to the police department? Don't get confused. This about whether or not you stand for justice This is about whether or not you value every black, brown, white red, yellow life on this planet."

Hardesty eloquently continues to address the wider issue of injustice in the United States of America and what the citizens are going to have to do to shift the current to justice and respect for human life.

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16-Aug-2014 12:07

The Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp is coming! To find out how, watch our awkward video!

From the open publishing newswire: What is TWAC?
Since 2008, the Trans and/or Women's Action Camp (TWAC) has been a fierce action camp for folks who identify as trans women, female, trans men, two-spirit, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender-variant.

The Cascadia Trans and/or Women's Action Camp is coming! To find out how watch our awkward video!

What is TWAC?
Since 2008, the Trans and/or Women's Action Camp (TWAC) has been a fierce action camp for folks who identify as trans women, female, trans men, two-spirit, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender-variant. TWAC is an intentional space to learn about social and environmental justice, share campaign information, and gain direct action skills in a conscientious, supportive, empowering and encouraging environment for voices often marginalized. At the end of the camp, we take collective action on issues of importance. TWAC Cascadia will be in the forest in Washington Sept 1-8th.

From the Dine' women defending their native lands against destructive mining, to the eco-feminists defending forests from logging and development; from the immigrant and trans women defending their lives from the prison industrial complex, to the parents and midwifes defending their bodies and babies from the patriarchal medical establishment, women and trans folks have always been powerhouses of political action, and TWAC aims to support this in a safe(r) environment.

Ways you can support TWAC:
Watch our hella awkward fundraising video!
 https://www.crowdrise.com/SupportTWACCascadia2014/fundraiser/twaccascadia
For updates check our website:  http://twac.wordpress.com/twac-cascadia-2014/

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actions & protests | police / legal 16-Aug-2014 11:59

Video: Portland Solidarity w Ferguson Community - Pioneer Square 8.1.14

From the open publishing newswire: Ferguson Missouri shooting and the Portland solidarity gathering - interview / opinion

 http://youtu.be/CLr-9H3JZww [5. 1/2 minute video]

I was walking by Pioneer Square and recorded a quick interview with Teresa, who was just ending her interview w/ corporate media regarding the Ferguson Missouri police shooting, protests and police reactions to the community that is fed up with the injustice.

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imperialism & war | youth 14-Aug-2014 08:16

Back to School? Don't be a target for the Military!

From the open publishing newswire: Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may opt-out of the military database at the beginning of the school year.
"They'll know where you live... They'll have your phone number... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" -- The Full Picture, San Francisco, California

WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The September, 2009 article in MOTHER JONES by David Goodman, entitled, "A Few Good Kids?," deals with the heavy military recruitment of at-risk (low-income and/or minority and/or less academic) youth and the insidious invasion of student privacy under the No Child Left Behind Act and JAMRS (consumer) database maintained by the Pentagon.


OPT-OUT FACTS [...]
HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT? [...]

ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR OPT-OUT
 http://www.themmob.org/lmca (information, including opt-out forms, on Opt-Out and No Child Left Behind Act)
 http://www.quakerhouse.org/documents/toparents.html (Sgt. Abe the Honest Recruiter speaks to parents -- in English and in Spanish!)

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community building 14-Aug-2014 08:12

Video: Community Forum On Drones

From the open publishing newswire: Speakers address various aspects of rapidly growing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) commonly known as drones, including military, commercial and hobby applications. The event is introduced by local attorney Jason Kafoury and moderated by local author and Oregonian columnist, Steve Duin.

Community Forum On Drones

Panelists:

Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright addresses the use of drones - domestically and internationally, in war and in peace, by police and civilians, by the state and by private corporations. Col Wright famously resignes as a US diplomat in protest of the Iraq War in 2003. She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.

Brian Whiteside, industry leader and Vice President of the award-winning Cascade Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Peter Lumsdaine, researcher and frequent speaker on the use of robotics in warfare and social control; and founder of ARROWS, Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare.

Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative for House District 36, and Assistant House Majority leader. She co-chairs there Joint Ways and Means SubCommittee on Public Safety, and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee & the Joint Committee on Ways & Means.

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actions & protests | immigration 07-Aug-2014 09:45

Video: Portland Rally to Support Immigrant Children Refugees

From the open publishing newswire: Rally in Portland Oregon supporting immigrant children refugees. Features testimonials from "dreamers" who have grown up in the United States.

Rally was held in front of the Portland Federal Building in downtown Portland, sponsored by a number of organizations, including religious groups. Prominent among these was Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
The event was moderated by Marco Mejia of Portland Jobs with Justice, who introduced the music as well as the three young people giving testimony regarding their status in this country.

These youth spoke about their experiences in this country and their desire to remain and continue being productive citizens of this country.
Video is about 19 minutes in length.

Video: Portland Rally to Support Immigrant Chidren Refugees

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community building 05-Aug-2014 11:54

Video: Oregonians for Drone Control Event

From the open publishing newswire: Veteran for Peace Forum Public Access interview with Trudy Cooper of a local organization, Oregonians for Drone Control, announcing an upcoming event on August 7, 2014.
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, downtown Portland

[YouTube] Oregonians for Drone Control

Drones are on the cutting edge of an enormously expanding technological movement. The industry is growing faster than legislation and privacy safeguards. Many people have skin in that game, including hobbyists and the military, all pushing for total freedom for these drones.

But there are concerns, many serious concerns regarding how these drones are currently used and how they my be used in the future. Police apartments nationwide see them as tools for crowd control and possibly worse. It's the wild west out there, and our elected leaders are taking their usual sweet time attending to the problem.
[...]

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actions & protests | immigration 05-Aug-2014 11:40

Video: VIGIL TO STOP DEPORTATIONS AND END THE CRISIS! - PDX 7.31.14

From the open publishing newswire: Around 75 people gathered in front of the Federal Building. The vigil participants shared music and speeches and personal stories with a common demand for the US government to end this growing deportation crisis.

Vigil at the Portland Oregon Federal Building; for Immigrations Rights and to demand that President Obama take immediate action to keep families together and STOP the humanitarian crisis at the border!

 http://youtu.be/RAB04udAMQE [Video 30 minutes]

Filmed on Thursday, July 31 2014
5:00 PM at the Portland Federal Building

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arts and culture | community building 01-Aug-2014 00:05

Sunday Assembly Portland featuring Mic Crenshaw!

From the open publishing newswire: Sunday Assembly Portland featuring Mic Crenshaw! August 10th 11:00am - 12:30pm

Lola's Room (McMenamins Crystal Ballroom)
1332 W. Burnside ST, Portland, Oregon 97205
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
www.portland.sundayassembly.com


Sunday Assembly Portland is part of a secular global movement of wonder and good. Many people worldwide seek community, positivity, and compassion, and are looking for non-religious alternatives to provide them. We meet to sing songs, listen to inspiring talks, and generally celebrate the wonder of life.

[...]

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imperialism & war | media criticism 31-Jul-2014 23:56

The Shortwave Report 08/01/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: 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 Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and The Voice Of Russia.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (August 1) 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} )

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

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police / legal 31-Jul-2014 08:03

PORTLAND COPWATCH GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR 7/23/14

From the open publishing newswire: NEWS ITEM: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2014

LONG-TIME POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR

Portland Copwatch, an organization promoting police accountability since 1992,
has been denied a meeting with Mayor/Police Commissioner Charlie Hales after
three months of back-and-forth with his scheduler and police liaison. Although
the group has met with every Chief and Mayor since its creation, the current
Commissioner seems to be shutting out the organization, after meeting with them
a year ago on July 22, 2013

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Convergence Sept 19-21 26-Jul-2014 21:57

Cascade Media Convergence September 19th-21st

From the open publishing newswire: Invitation to be part of the Cascade Media Convergence, a weekend of workshops, networking sessions and for community based media makers and artists taking place September 19th-21st. Events will primarily take place at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center at 70 NW Couch in Portland's Old Town.

The Cascade Media Convergence will be an experiment in the power of democratic community based media. Along with sharing our skills and examples of awesome media based organizing, we will look to find ways to better integrate the work we are doing as media makers and artists on a regional level and begin the discussion of how we can build a media movement. Consider this an open invitation to initiate a process, we're not looking to be the final word on alternative media organizing in the Pacific Northwest, but we want to create a space to explore the possibilities of closer collaboration.

Website: www.cascademedia.cc

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