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To be aware of all the problems facing the world can be empowering and liberating. Yet at times, this awareness seems a burden because with so many issues it can be difficult to know where to put one's energy. This page is meant to be a resource for all of us who want to know "what we can do", or "where can we help", or "how can I become more involved". Whether you want to attend a benefit or other event to become more educated or entertained, learn more about upcoming marches, demonstrations, or other actions, find reasons and ways to contact a government or corporate representative, join a collective which shares your interests, go to a local meeting for an organization, help out other members of the community, or to simply look for inspiration for your own ideas we hope that we will all be able to find that information here.

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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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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actions & protests | animal rights 12-Apr-2015 15:12

March on University of Washington

From the open publishing newswire: No New Animal Lab: March on the University of Washington!

When: Saturday, April 25, 2pm
Where: Meet in Red Square, University of Washington - Seattle campus
*CARPOOLS WILL BE ORGANIZED FROM PORTLAND

No New Animal Lab: March on the University of Washington!

The University of Washington and construction company Skanska are planning to build a new underground Animal Research and Care Facility. As they attempt to move forward with plans to bury the torture of thousands of animals underground, the No New Animal Lab campaign is organizing international opposition and calling on our movement to make sure this lab is never built. We have the power to stop this lab and save more animals from suffering and death at the UW.

On April 25th, join hundreds of people for a March on the University of Washington. Be a part of making history and showing the University of Washington that people from all over the country will converge on its campus to show opposition to animal research and dedication to stopping the new animal lab from being built.

The clock is ticking. The University of Washington and Skanska will continue to move forward with lab construction unless we stop them. The future of thousands of animals depends on us. The time is now to take to the streets and stop the lab.

For more information about the No New Animal Lab campaign, visit: NoNewAnimalLab.com

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education | prisons & prisoners 12-Apr-2015 15:03

PORTLAND BOOKS TO PRISONERS NEEDS A NEW SPACE! Earn good Karma!

From the open publishing newswire: The Red and Black cafe that has been so generous to donate us a space is closed :-( and Books to Prisoners is in need of a new space. We would need about 200 or so square feet, in a dry basement, garage, or extra room in the house---also open to office space or space in a church, community room etc. Because we are a non-profit, the space could be considered an "in kind" donation for a tax write off.
We would need about 200 or so square feet, in a dry basement, garage, or extra room in the house---also open to office space or space in a church, community room etc. Because we are a non-profit, the space could be considered an "in kind" donation for a tax write-off. Please CALL (503) 249-6343 if you might know of an available space. We would need the space twice a month for our mailing nights (first and third Weds of every month) and occasional access to drop books off. Close-in east side would be ideal but we are open to (most!)anything. Thanks!!

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technology | youth 11-Apr-2015 07:11

Cascadia Cypherpunk Convergence - April 11th

From the open publishing newswire: Through this conference [today] we hope to increase how networked our movement is and raise public awareness about issues of privacy, technology and social change in the digital age.

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takes place on April 11th, 10am-7pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union

Time Schedule:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429357.shtml#442360

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actions & protests | economic justice 08-Apr-2015 09:10

Rally protest TPP outside Wyden and Blumenauer's office Wed.

From the open publishing newswire: WHAT: Portland Rallies Against Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (worse than WTO and NAFTA)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8 at 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: Courtyard outside the offices of Sen. Wyden and Rep. Blumenauer
911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland (map)

RSVP:  http://sc.org/ORStandsAgainstFastTrack

Questions: Contact Morgan Gratz-Weiser at  morgan.gratzweiser@sierraclub.org.

Together, we'll call on Senator Wyden and Congressman Blumenauer to stand with Oregonians to ensure trade agreements protect the environment. We must keep the pressure on our representatives to reject fast track legislation that seeks to rush the TPP and similar trade deals through Congress.

We'll have great speakers and some fun chants, and will deliver letters to the members. Please feel free to write a personal letter to the representatives telling them specifically why you are opposed to fast track. If you'd like, ride your bike (or bring it!) to show our representatives we're committed to a clean, green future!

4/9 Salem Rally Information:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429566.shtml#442335

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education | prisons & prisoners | social services 17-Mar-2015 21:02

Volunteer with Portland Books to Prisoners!

From the open publishing newswire: Books to Prisoners is needing a few more volunteers! Help inspire and educate our brothers and sisters behind bars!
Portland Books to Prisoners is an all volunteer group meeting twice a month for "mailing nights". We could use some volunteers to help with answering letters, filling orders, wrapping packages and sending them out (U.S. postal service). Any kind of fund-raising ideas are also appreciated, as are tax-deductible donations, and book donations--mostly paperbacks as hardback are expensive to mail out. Paperback dictionaries are always a big request. We are also open to being in a new space if anyone knows of a space we could use that is close-in east side (dry basement or garage, church basement, etc.)

The next mailing night is this Wednesday, March 18th from 5:30-8:00!

WHAT: B2P mailing nights
WHERE: in the basement of the Red and Black Cafe (400 S.E. 12th, and Oak) come through the gate around back--look for the sign...
WHEN: First and third Wednesdays of every month
Contact: (503) 249-6343 for more info.

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actions & protests | energy & nuclear 11-Mar-2015 10:10

Anything for 3/11\?

From the open publishing newswire: Know of anything planned to celebrate 4 full years of Fukushima\?

NO NUKES - meet @ Pioneer Square @ Noon

Earth Lover:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429330.shtml#441769

3.11.15 @ 12-noon

"Meet at Pioneer Square at Noon to remember all who have died from Fukushima's ongoing radiation releases, from the people of Japan to the ocean animals and plant life, to the people across the world to those of us here on the West Coast who are being sickened and killed by radiation from Fukushima.

People should bring poster size photos and puppetry of ocean and river friends. Please bring the kids. Drummers welcome! To those who have gas masks, bring those. [...]

Related Video Post from the event: Video: Remembering Fukushima
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429330.shtml#441846

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technology | youth 11-Mar-2015 09:50

Cascadia Cypherpunk Convergence - April 11th

From the open publishing newswire: A cypherpunk is someone who uses cryptography and similar methods to achieve societal and political change.

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Over the last two decades we have seen the Internet transformed from a tool of emancipation to the most insidious threat to human liberty the world has ever seen.
But amidst the seemingly intractable rise of a transnational surveillance society, there is a small spark of hope endowed on us through the power of mathematics.
It is possible to formulate a math problem (an algorithm) so difficult that even the mightiest superpower cannot decipher it. It is this fundamental property of our physical universe that provides some measure of hope in what otherwise seems to be very dark times.

Through this conference we hope to increase how networked our movement is and raise public awareness about issues of privacy, technology and social change in the digital age.

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takes place on April 11th, 10am-7pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union

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