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Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) Meeting 4.6.11
This is an out-take from the most recent monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights volunteers, (Commissioners) who are discussing the NEW department of Equity, and the impact it is having on their own commission. The city has been SECRETLY changing the way this Human Rights Commission will interact, and is creating an office of Equity.
No one know what this means or what will be the outcome. I am not pleased to say the least in the way the city council is treating this commission.. (transparent? whats that?) Here's a link to the video
The green space at 4008 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR will become yet another over priced 'mixed use' development unless we turn up the pressure on wealthy developer Chris Rogers.
For the 3rd time in recent memory a rich developer wants to make even more money by destroying an urban park. This popular park is located next to the Mississippi Ave. ballroom at Shaver. (check out 4008 N. Mississippi Ave. on Google Maps) The project would kill 3 trees in order to put in 48 small studio and 1 bedroom apartments that each cost $850+ a month! In addition to contributing to the unaffordability of the neighborhood the project would harm the low income housing next door. If built it would greatly diminish the solar access and over all livability for low income residents of a house owned by 501(c)3 non profit Portland Collective Housing. This house is an example of truly dense green development where 11 people live under one roof sharing resources, gardening and using bikes and public transportation.
We need your help! Please spread the word and stay updated on the effort to save the park. We'll need people to help us put the pressure on Chris Rogers by calling and emailing him to persuade him that this project isn't worth his time or money.
Labor, unions, workers, civil rights advocates, and citizens of Portland filled the Directors Square park [in the rain] to hear speeches, music, and rally cries for economy justice, as well as to acknowledge Martin Luther Kings dedicated work. Dr King died on this day 43 years ago. I would say the rally had around 200 people estimated in attendance. [no corporate media visible / no surprise]
Apr 04, 2011 05:30 PM
SW 9th Ave & SW Yamhill St, Portland
April 4 marks the 43rd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated while in Memphis to support a strike of city sanitation workers. Those public workers went on to win recognition of their union, along with economic justice and respect. But today, the rights for which they and Dr. King struggled are under attack.
[4 videos were recorded from this event]
Where: SW Park and Salmon (in the south park blocks) When: Thursday, April 7th @ 7pm
Bring your rage!
Report from the March Against Police Violence
Right NOW PDX -Arrests on SW Broadway and Oak!!
Court Support Today!!!
Chronology of April 7th Protest
Members of Rising Tide North America and Power Shift 2011 targeted downtown branches of Wells Faro and Bank of America for their continued financing of coal and coal infrastructure.
[Video] Portland Banks Targeted for Financing Coal
First, at Bank of America, slogans were chalked onto the sidewalk as well as outlines of people, portraying the many deaths attributed world wide to the extraction and burning of this fossil fuel. Crime tape was strewn over doorways along with signs reading "Closed for Climate Crimes," and "Closed for Crimes Against People and the Planet."
Also, the walls and windows were splattered with funny money stuck to dabs of mud.
These actions were repeated at a local Wells Fargo Bank, a few blocks away, across the street from Pioneer Square.
Today members of Portland Rising Tide and participants in a training for Power Shift 2011 set out to let major banks in Portland know it's time to pull investments from dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. About fifty people visited local branches of Wells Fargo and Bank of America, letting customers know the banks have been "Closed for climate crimes."
While some participants staged a die-in on the sidewalks, others used mud to stick "dirty money" to the walls and windows. The group drew interested looks from people on the sidewalks and bank customers using the ATMs, and activists were happy to fill in passers-by on how these banks came to deserve their dirty reputations. A good time was had by all, and it was great to see so much energy channeled into shining a light on the companies financing some of the world's most destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. Yet while actions like this are designed to be both educational and fun, there's nothing amusing about funding activities that destroy the very livability of the planet. When Bank of America and Wells Fargo customers arrive tomorrow at the branches targeted by today's action, they'll learn about the dirty dealings with fossil fuel companies these Wall Street players ordinarily try to cover up.
Related Post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/04/407517.shtml
How do we escape a system that's tearing up the world? We say `no', and do things differently
"These are days of rage. Rage in the Arab world, of course, but also on the streets of Athens, Dublin, Rome, Paris, Madrid, and now a loud clamourous rage on the streets of London.
An age of crisis is an age of frustrated hopes, frustrated life. We want to go to university but it is too expensive. We need good healthcare, but we cannot pay for it. We need homes, and we can see homes standing empty, but they are not for us. Or, for the millions of people who are starving: we want to eat, we can see that there is plenty of food for everyone, but something stands between us and the food - money, or the lack of it.
And so we rage. We rage all the more because we do not know what to do with our rage, and how to use our rage to make the world a different place..."
to read John Holloway's article "Today's march is a challenge to the rule of money" published in: The Guardian UK, March 26, 2011, click on
Join Portland Animal Defense League as we present our recent activities and upcoming events.
These meetings are intended to be an open space for the public to meet the organizers of ADL, learn about what ADL does and how it functions, and learn the various ways to get involved.
Red & Black Café
400 SE 12th Ave.
We will be discussing recent actions including the Seattle Fur Exchange Demo, and upcoming events like World Week For Animals In Labs and the second Fur Exchange Demo!! Come have fun and find out ways to get involved!
See you there!! :)
Announcing a regular space for checking in about the ups and downs of activism.
Need a boost in your work for social change? Want to check in with others about a strategy you are considering? Worried that you are burning out? Sensing contradictions in your life and work that need some attention? Wondering how to improve process in your group? Want to help support others by listening and sharing ideas?
The Cascadia Center, an initiative supported by Tryon Life Community Farm, draws on principles of social ecology to offer a space for addressing these needs and issues in a bi-monthly open circle group. Whether you are based in a grassroots organization, a non-profit, a co-op, a union, or a collective, we are hoping you will find this space useful. Hosted by two members of the collective that organizes Cascadia Center offerings, a typical meeting lasts about an hour and a half with social time before and after. We begin with agreements about confidentiality and how we will speak and listen to each other. Then we do check-ins and invite suggestions for topics to address. We then assess which of these are most pressing and start working on them. After an hour or more, we check out and mingle a bit. Note: this is just the first of what will hopefully be many such spaces around the city.
Dates and Times: First meeting, Monday, April 4, and first and third Mondays for April, May and June, 5 - 6:45 pm.
Location: St Francis Church (1131 SE Oak St) in the Che Room, directly across from the Red and Black Cafe on SE 12th and Oak, up the stairs to the right, then down the hall.
Suggested donation (supports Cascadia Center core operations and St Francis utilities): $2-$4. No one turned away for lack of funds.
If you can, please let us know if you plan to attend, by writing email@example.com.
At 1pm this afternoon, Palomar withdrew its proposal to build its 220-mile pipeline through Oregon's best farmland, most pristine rivers, and 47 miles of the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest!
At 1pm this afternoon, Palomar withdrew its proposal to build its 220-mile pipeline through Oregon's best farmland, most pristine rivers, and 47 miles of the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest!
For over three years Bark has tenaciously fought this threat to Mt. Hood National Forest, challenging NW Natural's (one of Palomar's backers) belief that our ecosystems should be sacrificed for more fossil fuel infrastructure. Bark is proud to say that your time and financial support has paid off. Thank you for supporting Bark during these times.
Celebrate! We saved the Clackamas River, Fish Creek, the Pacific Crest Trail, and towering old growth forests!
Stay tuned- Bark is currently speaking to media outlets, decision makers, and will be updating our website regularly this week.
Today, shortly after noon, Malcolm Chaddock, a member of Veterans for Peace, imprisoned himself in a cell outside Pioneer Courthouse Square in a direct action to raise public awareness of the torture and solitary confinement of Bradley Manning, accused of leaking government documents to Wikileaks.
[...] While he stood inside his "prison cell," protestors held signs with the names of the "Real Criminals:" CIA, FBI, UN, Halliburton, KBR, Bush, Obama, Cheney, Rice, Hillary Clinton, General James Amos, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Others also accused "Capitalism, US Empire, Corporate America, Shell Oil and Blackwater" as the real criminals.
Portland, OR March 21, 2011 An act of civil resistance to demand the freedom of Bradley Manning will take place near Pioneer Square on March 21, 2011. The Protest Rally is meeting at Directors Park at noon.
Civil Resistance in Support of Bradley Manning
Portland, OR - March 21, 2011 - An act of civil resistance to demand the freedom of Bradley Manning will take place near Pioneer Square on March 21, 2011 at noon. Meeting place is Directors Park located on: 9th and SW Taylor
Bradley Manning, alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower, is being held under brutal conditions, accused of exposing war crimes. Amnesty International has described his solitary confinement at Quantico as "unnecessarily harsh and punitive" and "... appeared to breach the USA's human rights obligations."
As people of conscience in Portland we object to his treatment, which includes forced nudity and twenty-three hour a day solitary confinement. President Obama has repeatedly said that torture would not be tolerated under his administration, but he ignores requests for humane treatment for Manning.
Portland Rally at Pioneer Square and March through Portland commemorating 8 years in Iraq, and protesting the ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of our love affair with Empire, war and death.
How Is The War Economy Working Out For You?
"According to the Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and has another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories."
"The military high command deploys to our overseas bases some 253,288 uniformed personnel, plus an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employs an additional 44,446 locally hired foreigners. The Pentagon claims that these bases contain 44,870 barracks, hangars, hospitals, and other buildings, which it owns, and that it leases 4,844 more." Common Dreams
These are just examples of the War Economy of the United States. It reaches into the very heart of our country and exudes from every pore. In order to dominate the planet and insure our security, the U.S. allocates 59% of it's discretionary budget to the Military(Department of Defense, War, Veterans Affairs and Nuclear Weapons Programs.
Such expenditures constantly demand cuts in funding for education, health care and other social service programs, as evidenced, for example, by recent Republican attempted cuts to Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio.
Master of Ceremonies for the event was Mark Knudson, senior pastor at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland. He gave a few brief introductory comments and introduced four speakers: Ray Harris, President of Oregon Iraq Vetrans Against the War; Will Seaman, member of various Portland groups and speaking for Community Meida in general and KBOO 90.7 Radio in particular; Barbara Dudley, former director of Greenpeace USA and currently active with the Working Family Party of Oregon; and Francisco Lopez, Oregon CAUSA.
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After four weeks of informational picketing, everyday for 2 hours outside of Janus Youth Programs' main office at 707 NE Couch St, workers at the Streetlight/Porchlight shelters and at Harry's Mother finally gained the right to keep their peer review panel. Janus workers and the IWW would like to thank the members of the community who have supported them in this effort, including Portland's Jobs with Justice.
A victory for one is a victory for all.
Major Victory for Janus Workers and the Portland IWW
Today is the anniversary (protest) of 8 years in Iraq by the US military
And that means its 9 years in Afghanistan
Sat 3.19.11 - Pioneer Square
Gathering at --> 12:30 <--
Rally at 1:00PM
March at 1:30PM
HOW IS THE WAR ECONOMY WORKING FOR YOU?
The protest rally and march starts at 12:30 in Pioneer Square (Saturday 3/19)
SW 6th and Yamhill (downtown)
Gathering with music
The rally starts at 1PM
The March is at 1:30
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/4boobjf
This Portland anti war march and rally is to mark the 8th year of the 2003 invasion in Iraq
On April 7 at 7pm there will be a march against police violence. It will meet at the South Park Blocks, specifically at SW Park and Salmon. Enough is enough! Let your voice be heard! No more police murdering innocents with impunity!
Banks put on alert for direct action campaign if connections to coal corporations are not severed
Monday March 14, 2011 : Rising Tide activists delivered "Official Notice" letters to 25 banks across Portland with ties to coal financing: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, and Citi Financial.
The notices read: "We regret to inform you that this bank is being put on Notice. Effective immediately, you must begin to cease all financing of coal fired power plants and related infrastructure.' The letter went on further to name all coal related corporations that we will not tolerate and finished with a three month time line for them to address our demands.
The two dirtiest fossil fuels on the planet are moving into and up the Columbia River right past Portland. Come find out how you can help stop the TAR SANDS SHIPMENTS and the COAL EXPORT TERMINAL proposed in Longview, WA. These proposals make the Columbia River the front lines of Economic, Environmental, and Climate Justice.
WHAT: Portland Teach-in on Coal & Tar Sands
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, Buchan Hall; 1011 SW 13th Ave.; Portland, OR
WHEN: Wednesday, March 23 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Come learn what's happening and how you can get involved!
Video of the Student walkout in Portland on Friday 11th March 2011.
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Missoula, MT, March 10, 2011 - At about 2:30 am on Thursday morning, two residents of Missoula, MT, Carol Marsh and Ann Maechtlen sat down in the middle of Reserve St. in an attempt to halt the shipment of large, oversize loads of equipment heading to a ConocoPhillips tar sands oil refinery in Billings, MT. They were joined in protest with about 100 community members stopping the loads temporarily.
Conoco Phillips, the third largest integrated energy corporation in the United States, operates a tar sands refinery in Billings and has a 50 percent equity interest in the proposed Keystone XL Energy Pipeline, which would cut through the Northeastern portion of Montana, transporting large quantities of tar sands crude to Texas, a project that has sparked an outpouring of opposition from Glasgow to the Gulf
Marsh, a retired journalist and grandmother, and Maechtlen, a two-time cancer survivor, attempted three or four times to block the shipments but the police refused to arrest the two women, instead opting to forcefully remove them to the sidewalk as they were cheered on by a crowd of about 100 supporters. The police cited and released one other man who sat down with the two women.
The action was the culmination of a "welcome to Missoula" street party organized by local grassroots group Northern Rockies Rising Tide (NRRT) in an effort to take back the streets from Big Oil.
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