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community building | environment 13-Nov-2015 12:18

2016 FRUIT TREE STEWARDSHIP INTERN with Portland Fruit Tree Project

From the open publishing newswire: Unpaid internship position open with Portland Fruit Tree Project
The Fruit Tree Stewardship Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Fruit Tree Stewardship programs by assisting in the coordination our Tree Care Teams program and Tree Care Workshop series, and helping us maintain our existing Community Orchard sites.
Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 312 total hours minimum) Monday January 4th, 2016 - Monday June 30th, 2016

Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland, but will be traveling throughout the City of Portland for site visits and events.
This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization

Applications due by Monday December 7th


Nov 13,14,15 10-Nov-2015 13:53

Full schedule for Cascade Media Convergence, November 14th-15th

From the open publishing newswire: Here is the full final schedule for the CMC, happening at mostly at PSU November 14th & 15th, with evening events at other local venues.

Give us an idea of how many people will be attending, and consider supporting us financially if you are able to do so. Registration is by donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Promotional video:

homepage:  http://2015.cascademedia.cc


energy & nuclear | environment 02-Nov-2015 11:23

Comment on the Portland Fossil Fuel Policy - Come to Rally!

From the open publishing newswire: The City of Portland is taking the national lead on climate policy and protecting the health and safety of its residents. This groundbreaking policy will prohibit new large-scale fossil fuel projects in Portland will be voted on by City Council on November 4th!

City Council will be voting on 2 resolutions on Wednesday. One, the Fossil Fuel Policy and the 2nd, a resolution opposing oil trains.

The rally starts Wednesday the 4th at 1:15 outside City Hall - 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. The hearing starts at 2:30.
homepage:  http://350pdx.org


animal rights | arts and culture 31-Oct-2015 08:45

Local filmmaker premieres "From Suffering to Satori" this Sunday

From the open publishing newswire: See filmmaker Courtney Scott's documenatry that was inspired by Portland's most famous elephant, Packy. This film was recently shown at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles, and now has its Portland premiere at the Mission Theater.

Seven years in the making, "From Suffering to Satori" chronicles one woman's journey to awareness about the plight of captive animals... and the healing effects of the bond between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom.

A benefit for FOZE, Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants, a 501(c) 3 organization -  http://freeoregonzooelephants.org/

Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Courtney Scott
Sunday, November 1 @ 7pm
The Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209
Doors open at 6pm


Nov 13, 14, 15 29-Oct-2015 15:46

Cascade Media Convergence Preliminary Workshop Schedule

From the open publishing newswire: The Cascade Media Convergence is a regional grassroots media gathering taking place here in Portland November 13th-15th at PSU. We are proud to announce the preliminary schedule of workshops that will be held during the conference. There are still various ways for individuals and organizations to get involved, either by endorsing, tabling or attending.


We will have limited space for organizations to table during the conference, follow this link to reserve one.

Give us an idea of how many people will be attending, and consider supporting us financially if you are able to do so. Registration is by donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Promotional video:


actions & protests | imperialism & war 06-Oct-2015 10:18

Weekend Events in PDX - Protesting War - 14 years in Afghanistan

From the open publishing newswire: This week marks the 14th anniversary of the 2001 US invasion of


"End These Endless Wars: Afghanistan 14 Years Later"
Friday, October 9, 2015, 5:00 PM - Pioneer Square

"Call Out for Justice: End the Wars"
Rally and March* - Sunday, October 11, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon St.)

*this is a permitted march

Call Out for Justice: Stop the Wars
* Overseas
* On the people
* On Human Rights
* On the Planet



community building | human & civil rights 12-Sep-2015 10:35

Vancouver Peace and Justice fair.

From the open publishing newswire: The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place.
If you're around , or might wish with some thought that you might like to be around, and a little bit of time, or all day, Vancouver for Peace gathers together people in Esther Short Park tomorrow, 9 AM through 4 PM. It's a great venue for such a thing, and a little something for almost everyone, including the kids.

There's no admission.

Just over the I-5 bridge, located at W. 8th & Columbia in Vancouver, and adjacent to the Farmers' Market.


actions & protests | animal rights 10-Sep-2015 22:42

Oct 2nd: Go to Seattle. Storm UW.

From the open publishing newswire: What: March on University of Washington
When: October 2nd, 2pm
Where: Red Square, UW Campus

On April 25, the grassroots animal liberation movement came together for a March on UW of 500 people. People from Seattle and across the country, people who are new to the movement and people who are movement veterans, people who answered the call to show the University of Washington that there is mass public opposition to the plans to build a new underground animal lab.

On October 2, the grassroots animal liberation movement must come together once again for a second March on UW. This second march must take the passion and energy of the first march and push it further. At the first march, we rallied under the chant of "If you build it, we will come!" We have shown that we will come to office protests, we will come to home demonstrations, we will come to the site of the lab and shut it down. And so now the chant that we rally under is "We will stop this lab!"

Be there on October 2. Show the University of Washington and Skanska USA that mass public opposition means opposition that they can't stop. Show them that we will not sit by and watch as they dig an underground grave for animals, but that we will take over the streets and we will stop the lab.



human & civil rights | police / legal 26-Aug-2015 13:57

Citizen (police) Review Committee - Community Input Wanted on August 26 [today]

CRC From the open publishing newswire: City of Portland, Independent Police Review Division City Auditors Independent Police Review

Information and Community Engagement Session Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm IRCO Asian Family Center @ 8040 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213


2 out take video clips from the Human Rights Commission meeting on 8.5.15

(1) CRC - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission Meeting (police accountability / oversight) - 23:14 min video

(2) Directors Report - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission meeting (Human Rights and Equity Director) - 6:38 min video

{full meeting here}  https://youtu.be/I7gygnuhjog


8.28.@6pm 18-Aug-2015 15:34

Housing Rights For All Rally & March!

From the open publishing newswire: Housing Rights For All Rally & March Friday August 28th, 6pm @ City Hall

The Portland Renters Assembly is calling for a rally and march to demand housing as human right and in protest of the many injustices that define our housing system, especially in rapidly gentrifying Portland. We will meet at the 4th Street entrance to Portland's City Hall in downtown. After hearing from some speakers, we will march across the Hawthorne Bridge to the Multnomah County Building just on the other side, where we will hold an assembly for individual stories, group discussion, and music making.

This event is two days after the 4th Portland Renters Assembly at the Midland Library:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1623285144595291/ To find out more go to our website: www.portlandrentersassembly.info


actions & protests | human & civil rights 13-Aug-2015 19:35

Blackout America protest headed to downtown Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Blackout PDX,in solidarity with the nationwide Blackout America protest, will take place at 11 am, Saturday Aug. 15, downtown Portland. The protest will be peaceful, and will be followed by a rally.

Aug.10, 2015 was the 1-year-anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, and the discussion of police brutality and racism in America has been reignited — though really the conversation never stopped. To increase awareness for these issues a national protest movement called Blackout America has recently emerged. Its goal is to help "educate the public on racial issues in the United States as well as pressure authorities to respond to the cry for racial equality," says the Blackout America founder who goes by Indigo(@\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\_indigomoon on Twitter). The movement has branches in at least 27 cities, including Portland and even London. The different Blackout America branches will hold simultaneous protests on Aug. 15 with Portland's Blackout PDX protest joining in.[...]

Attendees will meet at the Battleship Oregon Memorial at 11 am and march to O'Bryant Square for the rally. The event should last about 90 minutes, Shelley says. Local protest group Don't Shoot Portland also supports the event and will be attending. Black Lives Matter Portland did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment. .


community building | environment 06-Aug-2015 11:33

Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.

From the open publishing newswire: Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a small nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently recruiting for three internship positions - [...]

Go to  http://portlandfruit.org/jobs for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions. Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd.


police / legal 29-Jul-2015 08:35

Police Accountability Discussions - Portland Public Invited to Share on July 29th

From the open publishing newswire: July 29th *today the "Independent" Police Review Division will hold its third community outreach meeting to hear from the public what kind of oversight system YOU would like to see in Portland. This time it will be at the Q Center in N Portland at 5:30 PM

City Auditor's Independent Police Review
Information and Community Engagement Session
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Copwatch [June Meeting] Analysis

The June meeting wasn't as well attended as the May one, and the IPR and
CRC took way too much of the time explaining how the "Byzantine" system
works. The professional facilitator they hired ended up cutting off one
person who was trying to tell her story. I expect this time will be better
organized as a result.

Here again are some suggestions we (Portland Copwatch) put out before; lots more ideas can be
found in the Stakeholders report from 2010 and the original Mayor's Work
Group report from 2000 (which led to IPR being created)[...]

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