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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.
PDX March to End Prison Slavery & White Supremacy: Sept. 9
From the open publishing newswire: 2PM: Teach-in at Chapman Square
3PM: March to Prison Profiteers
6PM: Reconvene at Chapman for a Noise Demo @ the Justice Center (across the street from Chapman Square)
The strike, which starts officially on September 9th, the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising, is historic. The strike is being led by groups such as the Free Alabama Movement, Free Texas Movement, Free Ohio Movement, Free Virginia Movement, Free Mississippi Movement, and many more. Prisoners have asked that supporters hold noise demonstrations outside jails and prisons, protest, disrupt, and demonstrate outside of corporations that profit from prison labor, and also support the strike that is happening across the US.
BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse – a celebration of & conversation September 17
From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday, September 17th, Cerimon House joins the Mental Health Association of Portland and members of the community to offer a memorial, a documentary screening, and a community conversation marking the occasion of the passing of Chasse, who died in police custody ten years ago.
WHAT: BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse - a celebration of & conversation about the life of James Chasse Jr. on the 10th anniversary of his death
WHERE: CERIMON HOUSE - 5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland
WHEN: Saturday, 9/17/16 - Film screening @ 5:00 PM, Community Conversation @ 7:00 PM
HOW: Reservations: bearingwitness.brownpapertickets.com [FREE]
BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse begins with a 5:00 PM screening of Brian Lindstrom's powerful documentary Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse. [ http://www.alienboy.org/]
Clandestine Occupations Book Event Announcement
From the open publishing newswire: Book reading on August 25, 2016 7 pm at Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway Portland
Diana Block will read and discuss her new radical feminist novel, Clandestine Occupations. Based on lived experience, this suspenseful novel spans two generations of activist women moving from the passions of seventies to the awakenings of the Occupy movement and even beyond - to a boldly imagined insurgency of the future.
Diana is an active member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the author of the memoir Arm the Spirit: A Woman's Journey Underground and Back.
COAB/CLCO And Your Money
From the open publishing newswire: The Community Oversight Advisory Board, known as COAB is back in business apparently without Kathleen Saadat or Dr. Capula; they have resigned. The committee is scheduled to meet on 9 June 2016 at the Portland Building at about 5:30 PM. There will be a delegation from the city of Portland to greet the new committee. A representative group will not leave until the listed demands are dealt with and Bud Fueless is told to leave the COAB meeting.
Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous June 10-13
From the open publishing newswire: We Want to Spend the End of the World with You
Cascadia Forest Defenders and the League of Extra-Ornery Cascadians are
pleased to announce the Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous, from June
10-13, 2016, in the heart of the southern Cascades. [...]
So, you wanna get up in the old-growth, trying to halt a roadless area
timber sale, or get acquainted with the kayak mob and the oil
blockaders? Come out to the woods and check us out. Stick around Monday
for a kick-ass action(s). Heck, why not just make a summer of it?
For more information, check out the Cascadia Forest Defenders at
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) | firstname.lastname@example.org
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: [...]