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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.
Discussion and film screening about Police Brutality. March 8th Red and Black
From the open publishing newswire: Police brutality discussion at the Red and Black [7:00 PM]
Come out to share your thoughts about the police and how we address brutality as a community. We will be showing a couple short films about the militarization of the police and how that inevitably affects all of us. There will be a few speakers, addressing the recent Department of Justice settlement and the "pat down"(stop and frisk) policies that are being pushed into Portland neighborhoods, and other Police violence related topics. We know this is last minute, so help us have a good conversation about transcending police violence. A serious conversation like this is long overdue. Let's start figuring this out.
Portland Human Rights Commission - Next Meeting on Housing Rights held SE Portland 3.5.14
From the open publishing newswire: FYI Update: Upcoming HRC Meeting topic will be on housing rights and displacement.
Next Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting will be:
OFF SITE in South East Portland: DAVID DOUGLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT
Exact address not known - will be posted asap here or check their website: [update] Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland
Meet Your Commissioners
[update location] Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland
DOJ Hearing in Portland 2.18.14 - Judge wants the pubics testimony
From the open publishing newswire: Judge Michael Simon wants public testimony in USA vs. City of Portland. Consult Hardesty knows your commitment to attend will have political impact. We expect your passionate testimony to influence this judge. Believing The People can be relied on to protect their civil liberties, we request your input ... to reform these perpetrators of civil rights violations.
Feb 18th 2014 @ Mark O Hatfield Federal Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Ave., Portland, Oregon 97204
The City hopes to avoid trial, having been found by the Civil Rights Div. of the US DoJ, to employ police in illegal use of force. The City held two hearings after rushed, closed-door negotiations. The Mayor limited public testimony to 120 seconds on a settlement agreement now before the judge. They released the 77-page document at the beginning of that 2012 hearing. This is really our first chance to respond to the bargain.
Simon has the authority to send a deficient agreement back to the parties. The Court invites members of the public to testify, in writing or orally, on the following topics:
Is the Agreement fair to everyone affected?
Is the Agreement reasonable?
Is the Agreement adequate to solve the problems identified in the Complaint?
REGISTER WITH THE COURT: Those who submit a Testimony Form by 31 January will be given preference, others participate 'as time permits.' Individuals will be allowed 5 minutes; groups with 3 members will receive 10 minutes each:
Related Report Back Post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/02/426511.shtml?discuss
Related Pictures Video Post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/02/426550.shtml
WEST COAST G.I. RESISTANCE COFFEEHOUSE TOUR
From the open publishing newswire: The G.I. Resistance CoffeeHouse Tour is a joint effort of Coffee Strong, Under the Hood and the Clearing Barrel, g.i. resistance coffeehouses. The West Coast tour starts on February 13 in San Diego, California, and ill make a dozen stops on the West Coast, ending in Washington State on March 2.
Friday, February 28
West Coast G.I. Resistance CoffeeHouse Tour
Multnomah Meeting House, 4312 S.E. Stark Street, Portland
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Program at 7:00 p.m.
Music by Grant Remington of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72.
Slide presentation by organizers from Coffee Strong, Under the Hood, and the Clearing Barrel, g.i. resistance coffeehouses.
Free! Donations gratefully accepted to support G.I. resistance coffeehouses.
Join the supporters behind Coffee Strong, Under the Hood and the Clearing Barrel as they come to Portland on the G.I. Resistance CoffeeHouse Tour. These G.I. Resistance CoffeeHouses are located near large military bases in Washington, Texas and Germany and provide service members, veterans and their families safe places for healing, to exchange unfiltered information, to speak about their concerns and experiences and to organize for a more just and peaceful world by standing against war and militarism.
Present-day g.i. resistance coffeehouse organizers will share more about diverse forms their organizations have taken, including cafe and outreach center, bar and coffeehouse, and military and veterans rights center. They will also share more about our plans to continue anti-war organizing in the military community, including the launch of a new radio station, community education program and more.
Sponsors are Coffee Strong, Under the Hood and the Clearing Barrel.
KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
From the open publishing newswire: KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, OR - KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM ( http://www.kboo.fm) has been awarded a five thousand dollar grant from the Fund For Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to conduct an investigation of Oregon legislation which has been influenced or created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
With this grant, KBOO volunteer investigative reporters will review Oregon state legislative activities to uncover ALEC influences on bills introduced in the Oregon state legislature between 2011 and 2014. KBOO investigative reporters have already, through their research, discovered direct links between three pieces of Oregon legislation, including the so-called 'Oregon GMO Protection Bill' passed as part of the special session in December 2013.
ALEC is an organization consisting of state legislators and corporate representatives, whose aim is to introduce legislation at the state level to advance the principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism.
The resulting data will be broadcast to KBOO's listenership through audio reports, a special section on the KBOO website http://www.kboo.fm, and included in a publication by the Center for Media and Democracy.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY MARCH
From the open publishing newswire: Sisters of the Road's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will be part of a West Coast-wide weekend of Action and Resistance coordinated by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) Coalition, calling attention to the wide-spread discriminatory and criminalizing practices against the poor and unhoused community members in our cities, towns and our state and to mobilize our community and partner organizations to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights to protect the basis civil and human rights of poor and socially-excluded communities.
Friday, January 17
DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY MARCH
in honor of the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe and Right to Survive/Right2DreamToo
Free! Donations gratefully accepted.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Drop by Sisters of the Road Cafe (133 N.W. Sixth) to celebrate with food, music, theatre/arts and speeches by leaders from the Sisters' community, labor and grassroots organizations.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- March to Right2DreamToo (319 W. Burnside) and then to City Hall. (It is anticipated that the City Hall rally will be at 3:00 p.m.)
PACK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN SUPPORT OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
From the open publishing newswire: Support Portland teachers and students in their efforts towards quality and equity in education by rallying at the Portland School Board meeting on Monday, January 13.
PACK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING!
Rally in support of Portland teachers and students
Coordinated by Portland Student Union and Portland Teachers Solidarity Campaign
Monday, January 13
School Administration Building, 501 N. Dixon, Portland
Rally at 5:30 p.m.
March into School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Please also contact the School Board at email@example.com demanding:
1. Smaller class sizes and workloads;
2. Wrap-around support services;
3. Rich curriculum in every school;
4. No school closures;
5. Less standardized testing; and
6. More academic freedom.
SISTERS OF THE ROAD CHILDREN'S TOY AND OUTERWEAR DRIVE
From the open publishing newswire:
HOLIDAY DRIVE FOR HOUSELESS CHILDREN AND CHILDREN FROM FINANCIALLY-STRESSED FAMILIES Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe
Between the cuts to Housing Assistance and SNAP (food stamp) benefits, many, many families are struggling right now just to make ends meet and the holidays will be financially-stressful and bleak for their children. Sisters of the Road will be hosting a Family Community/Kids' Day on Wednesday, December 18. They would appreciate help in providing toys and children's outerwear at this event.
Items Sought: UNWRAPPED NEW toys and stocking stuffers; GENTLY-USED OR NEW children's outerwear donations (ages 2 - 12) -- gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, wool socks, etc. Ages: Suitable for ages 2 - 12
Time Period for Acceptance of Donations: Tuesday, December 3, through the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17
Between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 N.W. Sixth Avenue (corner of N.W. Sixth and Davis).
Ask for Catherine. If Catherine is unavailable, other staff can assist
Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. -- Sisters of the Road Administrative Office, 518 N.W. Davis (between Davis and Broadway)
The donations are being collected for distribution at a Family Community/Kids' Day Party to be held at Sisters of the Road Cafe on Wednesday, December 18, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Black Friday Walmart Protest. 11:00am - respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages
From the open publishing newswire: On Black Friday in Portland Oregon, JwJ and UFCW555 are working with the "Making Change at Wal-Mart" national campaign to support wal-Mart workers in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. Meet at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.
Meet in solidarity at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.?
On Black Friday we will bring a strong message to WAL-MART "respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages!"
Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to supporting workers taking bold risks to demand better jobs and working conditions. That's why we bring together labor, community, faith, and student activists to support the courageous workers on strike at Wal-Mart
Walmart jobs don't allow workers to live better. Walmart pays its associates an average of just $8.81 an hour, so an employee who works Walmart's definition of full-time - 34 hours per week - makes just $15,500 per year, placing them squarely below the poverty line. And those full-time positions aren't the norm. To avoid having to pay employees benefits, the company increasingly hires part-time positions - subjecting associates to erratic schedules, limited job security, and even less opportunity to make ends meet. [...]
[Facebook] Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/236112673214899/
Previous PIMC Post on recent Wal-Mart Protest for Fair Wages in June 2013:
[includes 33 minute video]
Fubonn Protest on Black Friday, 29 November 2013, 13:30 - 14:30
From the open publishing newswire: Fubonn has been accused of forcing workers to work off the clock, work under dangerous condition, and refused proper breast feeding breaks. Two workers at Fubonn are owed thousands of dollars, and we demand that they be paid what is owed and that they start complying with all labor and safety regulations. A call out to protest the managements treatment will be at 1:30 to 2:30 on 11.29.13
Continuing our wage theft campaign at Fubonn, we are re-initiating the campaign with a Black Friday picket in front of the grocery store! On Black Friday we are coming out to show them that we will not back down, and that the campaign is going forward despite their attempts to silence us. We will not stand by while workers are abused and not paid fair compensation. Join us in this community picket, and stay tuned as we move forward!
You can learn more about this particular campaign below: link to wagingnonviolence.org
Location: Fubonn Supermarket and Shopping Center 2850 SE 82nd Ave, Ste #1, Portland, Oregon
Previous PIMC post from protest on September 9th:
Join or Lead a Tree Care Team in 2014 with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: Join a Tree Care Team and receive instruction in organic methods of fruit tree care throughout the seasons, while caring for urban fruit trees that provide fruit for the community.
Each 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, 2014). 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 - http://www.portlandfruit.org/2014-tree-care-team-member-position-description
Tree Care Team Leader - http://www.portlandfruit.org/2014-tree-care-team-leader-position-description
APPLY & MORE INFO: homepage: http://portlandfruit.org
ARMISTICE DAY - Monday, November 11
From the open publishing newswire: ARMISTICE DAY
Monday, November 11
"A day dedicated to the cause of world peace"
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ringing of bells at 11:11 on 11/11.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, and Women's International League for Peace and Justice - Portland.
Gather between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m.
Ringing of bells at 11:11 a.m.
Bring a bell, poem, song or photo of a fallen veteran dear to you
*VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT: "Power To The Peaceful"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6gRg0MYzKM [35 min video]
[related] video post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/11/425716.shtml#424697
PDX-Exchange @ Laughing Horse Books
From the open publishing newswire: Come down to Laughing Horse Saturday, November 9th, between 3pm-7pm to see local artists, bands and zines show off their stuff.
A meet & greet/pop-up shop with your favorite Portland-based artists & distros. Including: Because We Must, Black Mold Tapes, Entangled Roots, Friends For Life Records, Know Your City, Life During Wartime, Retirement Fund, The Taxpayers, Where Are You Press and more!
phone: phone: (503) 236-2893
address: address: 12 NE10th Ave. Portland OR