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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.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An opportunity to get involved with the Portland Fruit Tree Project
East Portland Tree Scouting Days!
Join Portland Fruit Tree Project for our 5th annual East Portland Tree Scouting Days! We will be holding events on Saturday, July 16th and Saturday, July 30th. Volunteers will be scouting fruit trees in East Portland neighborhoods in hopes of registering lots of new trees in East Portland, to be harvested in 2016 and beyond.
Check out the link to our website for more information
Please RSVP by Thursday July 14th
Outside the Frame presents The Lost Boys of Portlandia
From the open publishing newswire: Outside the Frame presents The Lost Boys of Portlandia, a new documentary by and about the real lost children of Portland. A riff on Peter Pan, homeless youth debate if and how to return to mainstream society. Empowered to tell their own stories through film, they move from outside to inside the frame of their own lives - and ours.
Our Film Premiere Gala will feature the short documentary The Lost Boys of Portlandia. We will also screen original film shorts by homeless youth about issues such as drug abuse, gender identity, and the health care system. A Q&A with young filmmakers will follow. Watch the trailer for The Lost Boys of Portlandia: https://vimeo.com/otfpdx/teaser. Tickets are FREE; donations are welcomed. All ages show. Tickets at http://otfpdx.bpt.me/
Rally to protest the slaughter of cormorants!
From the open publishing newswire: This week, Federal Courts confirmed that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers have failed once again to address the primary cause of salmon decline on the Columbia and Snake River system, which is the operation of the hydroelectric dam system.
Join us to rally and demand that the Corp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S.D.A.'s Wildlife Services stop scapegoating cormorants to address salmon decline.
Already this year 1,494 cormorants have been killed, adding to the 2,346 adult cormorants and over 5,000 nests that were slaughtered last year. Help us stop the unnecessary slaughter now!
Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland
Tuesday, May 17th, 12:00pm
MAYDAY PDX 2016
From the open publishing newswire:
WHEN OUR HUMAN FAMILIES ARE UNDER ATTACK,
WHAT DO WE DO?
RISE UP! FIGHT BACK!
PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY 2016
SHEMANSKI PARK, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
12:00 - 2:00 PM : ASSEMBLY
2:00 - 4:00 PM : RALLY
From the Philippines to Libya to the streets of the U.S., people are rising up against injustice. In response to this, the forces of global capitalism and imperialism are working overtime to pit the masses of people on the planet against one another. Racist police murders continue while the victims are painted as criminals and thugs. Families are deported daily and immigrants are dehumanized and labeled as terrorists. Working families find it increasingly impossible to make ends meet in the U.S., while workers around the world are struggling to stay alive. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records. [...]
Solidarity March with Texas Prison Strikers
From the open publishing newswire: Prisoners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union have announced plans to enact major work stoppages in Texas on Monday April 4th if their demands are not met.
[4/9] We will be meeting at Chapman Square at 6pm where organizers with the Portland Anarchist Black Cross, IWOC and Portland General Defense Committee will share on recent organizing against Prison Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex happening nationally and in Oregon, followed by a march. We will then reconvene back at the Justice Center for a noise demo in solidarity with prisoners incarcerated at the jail.
Prisoners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union have announced plans to enact major work stoppages in Texas on Monday April 4th if their demands are not met. [...]
http://pdxabc.org | https://www.facebook.com/events/478604362332781/
Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics for Fundraiser in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: As the DOJ is looking at the Portland Police and their use of "force" and as local communities join together to bring police accountability issues to the front of the table for real change, transparency and justice the ex police chief of Portland is ratcheting up his new job promoting "police tools" at an invitation only firearms and tactical show in Portland on April Fools Day.
In the shadow of the US Department of Justice Agreement with the City of Portland to reduce unnecessary use of force, this seems an ill-advised means to attract donors who wish to support law enforcement and reduce crime. It looks more like an ad for a "Lethal Weapon" sequel.
Portland Copwatch calls upon the CCC to cancel or re-focus the event on real ways the Portland Police can help make the community safer without glamorizing the violence which we are told is only used in a fraction of all police contacts.
For more information contact Portland Copwatch:
(503) 236-3065 (office) | email@example.com
Updated article about protesting this event on April 1st:
Updated video posted from this event:
Weekly Anti-TPP Gathering
From the open publishing newswire: This is an ad hoc group with diverse attendees and supporters that has been meeting on a weekly basis for quite some time. Just across the river off I-5 and Mill Plain, the Evergreen overpass is within easy walking distance from the Senators' offices. Extra signs are likely available, as are handouts for those driving by (on the overpass, not beneath it.)
The campaign in Vancouver against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP) continues. We will meet in front of Murray and Cantwell's office, 1313 Officer's Row on Thursday March 3rd @ 2 PM. AT 3 PM we will move over to the Evergreen I-5 overpass for banner waving. Hope to see you there.
Sandy Peace Vigil Continues 3-4-16
From the open publishing newswire: Friday, March 4, 2016 4 PM until 5 p.m (PST)
We are on the shoulder of HWY 26 at 362nd Ave (in Sandy Oregon).
We welcome anyone to come and join us on March 4th. Thanks to those who are just joining in, and thank you all who live in a peaceful manner, to bring about a more peaceful world.
Other vigils in the Metro area: [...]
Job opening at Portland Fruit Tree Project: Full-time Orchard Programs Coordinator
From the open publishing newswire: A job announcement for a local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project
We've got another amazing opportunity to join the PFTP team that is dedicated to equitable access to fresh, wholesome produce and strengthening our communities. Would you like to join us\? We're seeking our next amazing Orchards Program Coordinator. The position is a full-time, benefited position. Application deadline is February 17th.
Full position description & application instructions can be found here: http://www.portlandfruit.org/opc Share this post & Apply today!
conference to end child sex trafficking, Troutdale Jan 26, 6 pm
From the open publishing newswire: Please come to Troutdale, OR city council conference on ending child sex trafficking, hosted by Larry Morgan, Tues., Jan. 26th, starting at 6 pm.
For more information, message Troutdale City COuncilman Larry Morgan via his facebook
Thursday 11AM - PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT
From the open publishing newswire: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT
Justice For Aaron Campbell
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11:30 AM, Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison
Please join the AMA Coalition tomorrow at this important demonstration! The
Coalition demands that Frashour be assigned to a job or shift at the Bureau
that requires the least contact with the public as possible, because of the
potential that he may do harm to community members.
VIDEO from press conference: https://youtu.be/WQVmywSeII4
Join or Lead a Tree Care Team with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: Join or Lead a Tree Care Team with Portland Fruit Tree Project in 2016! Learn tree care skills while improving the health & productivity of urban fruit trees.
Join a Tree Care Team and receive valuable training in organic methods of fruit tree care throughout the seasons, while caring for urban fruit trees that provide fruit for the community. 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! 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.
Click below for program overviews & position descriptions: Tree Care Team Member: link to portlandfruit.org to request an application form.
"End 25 Years of Killing: US Out of Iraq"
From the open publishing newswire: Three wars, millions of lives, and 25 years later, the United States
continues its military and economic intervention in the country of Iraq.
Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) in remembering the date that "Gulf War Part I" began in 1991 [...]
Expanded PPRC Friday Rally on January 15, 2016 starting at a special early time, 4:30 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison (tentative location).