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Join or Lead a Tree Care Team in 2013 Learn tree care skills while helping to improve the health and productivity of urban fruit trees!
Each Tree Care Team will care for a cluster of PFTP-registered fruit trees, visiting each tree once per season to complete the full spectrum of care. Each team is instructed & guided by two 'Team Leaders' with experience and skills in organic fruit tree care. This is a unique opportunity to develop strong skills in organic fruit tree care, meet new people, and care for trees providing food to your community!
Members and Leaders will participate in ten 3-hour work-parties over an 11-month period (January-November, 2013). Topics/tasks will include: Winter & Summer Pruning, Young Tree Training & Care, Pest & Disease Management, Fruit Thinning, and more. At the end of the program you will receive a certificate of completion.
Volunteer position descriptions for Tree Care Team Members and Tree Care Team Leaders are available on our website: www.portlandfruit.org
A group of over a hundred protesters gathered in Portland's living room yesterday to rally and march to stop cuts to public services and the Post Office in rememberance of Veterans Day.
Veterans and Portland activists from multiple organizations such as Portland Jobs With Justice, Veterans For Peace, and Communities & Postal Workers United held a large successful rally in Pioneer Square before marching in numbers over 100 to the Portland World Trade Center building to protest cuts to the Postal Service as well as deficiencies that US veterans are facing today, such as their homelessness and a lack of adequete jobs and benefits. Jamie Partridge from CPWU once again led the chants and took the reigns in organizing the event. Portlanders ended the great rally by singing along to "God Bless America" in an emotional ending. Thanks to all the great people who came out, and thanks to all our veterans and public service employees.
Veterans Day Post Office Rally & March In Portland
On November 15th there will be a joint meeting of Washington Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish an Wildlife to discuss the future of the Columbia River Salmon.
If you are concerned about Salmon on the Columbia River this is the meeting to attend. There is a working group made up of the commissions of the Washington Department of fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of ish and Wildlife that will decide the future of Columbia River Salmon at this meeting. The meeting is in Seaside the morning of November 15th but a free bus is being provided by the stop gillnets now coalition, of which the HSUS is a part.
Here is the link to sign up: http://stopgillnets.com/seaside/
The report from the coalition that claims responsibility for N3 in Portland,and some photos:"Despite police confrontations, the day of action succeeded in its aims of communicating that we do not consent to coming austerity programs," said Michel Losier of Portland Action Lab. "The 1% must pay for the crisis that they created."
8 streams, what's playing now is at http://indyradio.nu:2012
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The proposed agreement between the City Council and the Department of Justice to provide Portland with a police force which citizens can supposedly trust will no longer violate our civil rights. That agreement proposes hiring more police staff at tax payer expense - as if the fox can now be trusted to guard the hen house while the blood of chickens is still drying on his chin. To whom it may concern at the DOJ; to Mayor Sam Adams, and City Council members:
I attended Saturday's anti-austerity demonstration on November 3rd. . I was SO disgusted by the PPD's irresponsible reaction to the peaceful protest - pepper spraying some of us without prior warning or any apparent reason. The only violence was on the part of the police so it became obvious to anyone with eyes that the excessive police presence was a terrible waste of taxpayer dollars! There were far more police lining the sidewalks than were justified by peaceful protesters - there seemed to be almost as many cops as there were protesters. I was appalled by the insane waste of police man hours and of our tax money! I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to send such an excessive police presence to the event; would that have been our City Council or the PPD itself?
I have reason to think that the police are often taken at their word as to whether their presence is necessary and in what numbers. Doesn't it ever occur to anyone that the police cannot be expected to have an unbiased opinion - it is in their self interest to inflate the possibility of conflict and therefor exaggerate their own importance? OTOH, Portland is not known for its riots. - All the Occupy events and peace demonstrations I have attended were of the kind where protesters stopped at traffic lights or would stop to help an elderly person across the street. The violence I've witnessed on more than one occasion has been police violence - the theft of personal belongings I have witnessed was done by uniformed police officers. If I were to sit on the jury, a number of Portland's police would go to prison for assault. [...]
Hundreds of energetic protestors marched through the Lloyd Center area on Nov. 3 to say "Enough is Enough!" Their message was loud and clear: no more cuts to social programs and public services, including education, transit, postal service, and health clinics. The march was organized by Occupy Portland, together with many other peace, justice and workers groups. Though this was an unpermitted march, several hundred people, including many high school students, showed up to defy corporate power and a corrupt system that places profits over people.
N3 pictures from joyofreisitance
Police used pepper spray and force against #N3 anti-austerity protesters as they tried to breach police lines and head northbound from NE Halsey St to 14th Ave. Dozens of people were covered in the liberal use of the spraying of the front lines. Portland, OR, USA, 11/03/2012.
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Rose City Antifascists have uncovered the location of Holocaust-denier and neo-fascist David Irving's speaking event today in Portland, Oregon. Irving is speaking at La Quinta Inn, Portland NW located at 4319 NW Yeon. The phone number of this venue is 503-497-9044. Irving's personal cellphone number is 305-923-6779. Irving is slated to begin his Portland lecture on the topic of "Hitler & I" today, Saturday, November 3, at 3PM.
On Friday, November 2nd, Eugene anti-fascists made their presence known in response to David Irving's event "Hitler and I", hosted by local fascist organizer Jimmy Marr. David Irving is recognized worldwide as a holocaust denier and fascist sympathizer, whose events are frequently held in private with strictly screened attendees. Despite our repeated attempts, we were unable to find their location. There is an equal possibility that Irving cancelled the meeting, as he is known to do when resistance is expected.
Events like this recruit people to white supremacist ideology and hate groups, and often lead to an upswing in violence against people of color, LGBTQ people, Jewish people, women, people with disabilities, the homeless, etc. Events like this also make local hate groups feel energized and empowered. It is important to confront these events to make a statement that we don't want this in Eugene.
Eugene has continually grappled with it's own racially motivated conflicts. In light of this, we believe that communities should unite in opposition when fascist organizers attempt to target sections of the population with violence and hate speech. Some critics of anti-fascists defend fascist organizing as a free speech issue. The First Amendment and related free speech laws protect citizens from state intervention, not from criticism by the public.
In response to this threat, Eugene anti-fascists held a public rally and dropped several banners to inform the public. We extend our solidarity to Portland anti-fascists and others who have opposed David Irving in their cities.
Please attend this very important meeting--the indigenous Columbia river sea lions lives are at stake here and so are 13 runs of endangered salmon--they depend on our voice to save them from being scapegoated by a greedy fishing industry--Sea Lions are being killed for eating only 1% of the fish while human's currently kill 17% of the fish and are asking for more. Please do not let sport fishing weaken and destroy the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1972 (MMPA) more than they already have. True conservation of our iconic endangered salmon starts with lowering human predation not raising it. The very survival of marine mammals and endangered species are at stake here---Please attend and let David Hunt know that marine mammals and endangered species survival on the Willamette /Columbia rivers are important to you. A healthy ecology coupled with indigenous marine mammal and endangered salmon survival should have higher priority than killing for sport.
Please bring the family, make signs if you like,
carpooling can be arranged--please share this message
Town hall on sea lions is Nov. 8
Oregon Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas) will be holding a town hall about California sea lion/fish conflicts on Nov. 8 in Oregon City.
The free meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Banquet Room, Rivershore Hotel, 1900 Clackamette Drive.
The Montavilla Food Co-op is looking for new volunteers and allies to continue our efforts to open a grocery co-op in Montavilla! For the last three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been working to open a grocery co-op in the Montavilla neighborhood, but we need the support of the surrounding neighborhoods and more volunteers to continue the effort. It has been a tremendous summer of growth for the co-op. Our membership has reached ~120 but our aim is to have 500 - 800 members before opening the store. If you would like to help, please continue reading to see how you can get involved and help build our membership.
*Film screening with Scott Crow Q & A.
*Saturday November 3 7 - 9 P.M.
*Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Avenue Portland OR
*Event is free
Screening of the Jamie Meltzer documentary "informant." Scott Crow provides commentary in this film which follows one time fellow activist Brandon Darby and Darby's transition from anarchist activist to FBI informant.
Scott Crow is an anarchist community organizer and writer based in Austin, TX. As co-founder of the Common Ground Collective, he worked with Common Ground co-founder Brandon Darby, who later became an informant for the FBI. "informant" chronicles the actions of Darby with commentary by Crow and others who describe the impact that Darby had on their lives.
Darby was known as a hero of radical activists organizing in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but later he allied himself with rightwing forces helping to entrap protestors at the 2008 Republican convention (depicted in the documentary Better This World). Participating in re-enactments in "informant" Darby opens up to explain his motives.
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On November 3rd Portland community and labor groups will declare "enough is enough" by organizing a first for the U.S. — a large demonstration against government austerity cuts.
The protest takes aim at the governmental policy of austerity — where public deficits on a city, state, and federal level are being addressed by "cuts only" budgets, resulting in continued de-funding of education, health care, transportation, and other vital public services, combined with an attack on public sector workers. [...]
If the Portland protest is large enough, it will have succeeded in educating the community about the special interest, pro-corporate agenda behind the national and local austerity cuts, while also showing practical alternatives to austerity: making the rich and corporations pay for the crisis they created.
Ideally, the Portland demonstration will be the beginning of a working-class coalition of labor and community groups with the potential of growing into a powerful European-like movement capable defeating not only city and state austerity budgets, but working with other cities to change social policy on a national level.
The protest begins 1pm, at Portland's Holladay Park on November 3rd.
RELATED INFO: http://www.solidarityagainstausterity.org/
The second Radical Mycology Convergence was held in Port Townsend, Washington. This volunteer-run four day event attracts mycologists and fungal enthusiasts to share skills about the benefits of fungi in terms of bioremediation and human uses. Port Townsend, WA, USA, 10/22/2012.
On monday a crowd of over 70 protesters assembled at the Multnomah building in southeast Portland to rally and show Sheriff Daniel Staton that they are disappointed that he is honoring ICE (INS) holds on what is mostly latino detainees. A group of delegates entered the building and proceeded to Sheriff Statons' office to deliver a message. Inydmedia was exlusive in filming and photographing this amazing action which was a success!
Local Portland activists held a large rally to stop the ICE immigration holds that are now enforced by not only Portland, but cities and states nationwide. This early rally was held at the Multnomah Building in southeast Portland, the hub of operations for the Multnomah County Sheriffs Office and over 70 people were present with no presence of the mainstream media.
Sheriff Staton: Stop The ICE Holds - Rally
Yesterday over four dozen community supporters led by Portland Solidarity Network activists advanced upon a house owned by Patricia Williams and her husband to bring attention to another case of banks trying to evict homeowners and pocket revenue.
On Sunday a surprise solidarity event took place in southeast Portland. Yet one more desparate family came forward to the community with their story of being wrongly evicted from their home. Portland Solidarity Network, Occupy Portland members, and community neighbors met with upstanding citizens Patricia Williams and her husband at Raymond City Park to hear her story and bring some support. She addressed the crowd of 50+ people and told them of how she has been ordered to evict by a judge in favor of her mortgage brokerage firm. Williams and her husband have lived in their home for some time, paying off eight years in good faith on their mortgage and they believe the eviction is unfair. Dealing with sickness and financial problems, the couple say they are staying right where they are. Supporters signed a large banner and a neighbor gave a great speech, saying that the couple is well respected within the community where they live. Just like Alicia Jackson and Annette Steele, this woman and her family will not be moved.
Patricia Williams Will Not Be Moved!
In this 3 1/2 minute video clip, Bark announces a four-day-long camp out in Mt. Hood National Forest! We hope to provide Bark volunteers, both new and not so new, with a variety of skills in field work and timber sale monitoring, as well as opportunities to put those skills to work to protect the forests of Mt. Hood.
Bark Extravaganza Camp Out!COLOR>
You are welcome to attend one or all of these events. Barkers will have a camping arrangements set up in the forest, and will arrange a carpool meet up on Thursday the 18th and Saturday the 20th. Thursday, October 18th: Groundtruth Training and Blitz Friday, October 19th: Survey and Manage in Lichen and Fungi Saturday, October 20th: BMP Squared: Post Logging Monitoring Training Sunday, October 21st: Field Work Blitz: Put your new skills to work Location will be announced soon. If you have RSVPed we will send you an e-mail with location details once they are finalized. Click here for more details and to RSVP. Email Meredith at bark-out.org to RSVP; or, for more information, call 503-331-0374. homepage: http://www.bark-out.org phone: 503-331-0374
On October 11, 2012, Clean Water Portland turned in 43,236 signatures to Portland City Hall, more than twice the required number and one day early. The referendum campaign was a response to Portland City Council pushing through an ordinance mandating the fluoridation of the pristine Bull Run water.
Portland Fluoride Referendum a Success!
Several boxes of signatures were triumphantly carried in to City Hall by the three Chief Petitioners, Clean Water Portland Executive Director Kim Kaminski, Frances Quaempts-Miller and Malgosia Cegielskik,PhD. Following turning in the signatures, each of the three Chief Petitioners spoke briefly to the press gathering.
Kim thanked all who participated in the successful effort and upbraided City Hall for their back door dealings which led to their approving water fluoridation without broad public participation.
"These are public servants, and it's their job to serve the public, not special interests, not do this behind closed doors......we don't want any more chemicals in our water."
Frances also thanked all those who contributed to the monumental effort that many said was an impossible task. She stressed the point, "not one of us got any money from any big corporations, not a single one of us took any money to do this work."
"What we care about are direct, real solutions to dental issues. We don't want to throw chemicals into the water and call it done....we want clean water; we want democracy and we will fight to get it."
Malgosia, a psychologist and a child psychologist, spoke last, emphasizing the toxicity that fluoride "contributes to children's brains that are already way over loaded with neurotoxins, and can't think, and can't learn, and can't pay attention."
The Story, Last Night, Wasn't the Broken Windows.
By Jess E. Hadden
Yesterday afternoon, via Facebook, I heard about a solidarity march, being organized by an autonomous group. The reason: Leah from the Red & Black Cafe was being imprisoned for refusing to testify before a Grand Jury. I didn't personally know Leah, but philosophically I supported the stand she was taking against the Federal government's witch-hunt, targeting activists.
So, I hit "share," passing the invitation along.
I observed the march as it approached SE Hawthorne Blvd, via 35th Ave. Since I did not recognize the people in the march (it's hard to recognize a black bloc, especially at night, without my glasses) — and since I myself wear very bright colors — I decided to watch while maintaining a distance. Technical difficulties prevented me from livestreaming, but I still wanted to be able to report the real story.
As the marchers took the east-bound lanes of Hawthorne, I watched a growing crowd of curious people, in regular attire, following the march along the sidewalk, and inquiring about this unexpected sight.
Then, I heard, rather than saw, the sound of glass shattering. [...]
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People are outraged over billboards projecting marijuana in a negative light in Portland, a city with nearly 10,000 legal medical users. Clear Channel will allegedly remove the billboards from the city due to pressure through Facebook organisers. Portland, OR, USA, 10/11/2012.
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