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actions & protests | corporate dominance | labor 19-Apr-2014 11:39

May Day 2014 PDX

From the open publishing newswire: Rally at 3:00 PM | March from 4:00-5:30 PM
May 1 2014 - South Park Blocks PDX
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"

We want to encourage everyone to come out this May Day and stand united for social & economic justice. Together we can build a movement to take back our communities .

As we approach International Workers Day in 2014, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services including education, street and park maintenance, social services, unemployment insurance and much more. As a result we are seeing a rapid increase in symptoms of poverty including houselessness and food insecurity. Along with all of this we continue to experience attacks on people of color, immigrants, working families, women, students and our right to organize.

Our response to this onslaught against humanity is to organize and FIGHT BACK!!

People Over Profit!

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actions & protests | immigration 15-Apr-2014 11:10

Annual May Day March and Rally at the Oregon State Capitol on May 1st

From the open publishing newswire: Join us on Thursday, May 1st at 10:30am for the annual May Day March and Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem!

On Thursday, May 1st, organizations and businesses will host the annual May Day March & Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The event will begin at 10:30am with thousands expected to turn out.

Topics will include the Oregon Driver Card -- Oregon Safe Roads Campaign, Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship, Healthcare for All Children, Workers Rights and Stopping Wage Theft, and Equality for All.

May Day 2014 March & Rally
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2013 - Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location:
Oregon State Capitol (Front Steps)
900 Court Street NE Salem, Oregon

homepage:  http://www.oregonmayday.com

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actions & protests | education 05-Apr-2014 22:08

FREE War Tax Resistance Workshop

From the open publishing newswire: Just in time for tax day! The Portland chapter of the War Resisters League will be hosting a free war tax resistance workshop, where you can learn strategies (and risks) of putting your money where it can do some good----if you work for peace, why pay for war? Also find out about other tax day ( or tax season) events in the Portland area that you can participate in.

Free resources and packets to each attendee!

Just in time for tax day! The Portland chapter of the War Resisters League will be hosting a free war tax resistance workshop, where you can learn strategies (and risks) of putting your money where it can do some good----if you work for peace, why pay for war??

Location:First Unitarian church; on S.W. 12th, between Main and Salmon
room: B201
when: Sunday, April 6th | time 1:30

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animal rights | community building 21-Mar-2014 07:15

Coalition Building event at PSU

From the open publishing newswire: Coalition Building: Organizing at the Intersections Thursday March 20, 7pm Portland State University SMSU Room 236 Free and open to the public

Event Description Dylan Powell, an animal liberation and migrant justice activist from St. Catherine's, Ontario will be presenting a workshop on the ins and outs of coalition building and intersectional organizing. What is coalition building? What is intersectionality? How do animal and environmental activists build necessary bridges with other communities, organizations, and movements? How do we work towards solidarity without appropriating the experiences and struggles of other communities? When is intersectional organizing appropriate? How do we effectively organize across movements? Why do animal and ecological movements need to approach our goals with intersectionality in mind? He will discuss these topics and more as they explore how our movement can move beyond its current stagnation and isolation by adopting an intersectional approach, cross-movement solidarity, and coalition building skills.

This workshop focuses on strategies for coalition building from an ally perspective within the animal/earth advocacy movements. Specific focus is paid to sameness/difference, diversity of scale/tactics, and a critique of consumerism. [...]

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sustainability 21-Mar-2014 07:00

Job opportunity: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator with PFTP

From the open publishing newswire: A job posting for the non-profit organization Portland Fruit Tree Project

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for a part-time Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator! See below for the full position description Position: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator Employment Status: Part-time. 20 hours per week. Compensation: $14 per hour Work Location: Portland, OR Reports to: Program Coordinator Start date: May 1st, 2014 Background: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is strengthening communities, preventing waste, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways for low income families to obtain locally-grown fruit. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, cultivate community orchards on public lands, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. We currently have 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 full-time AmeriCorps member, and 1000+ active volunteers.

For more information about our organization, go to www.portlandfruit.org

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community building 21-Mar-2014 06:58

Pacific NW Social Forum Open House

From the open publishing newswire: You're invited to come to Sisters Of The Road on April 4th to learn about the planning going on for the PNW Social Forum here in Portland in September.

Y'all Come! To the Pacific Northwest Social Forum Open House, Saturday April 5th from 1-5 PM at the Sisters Of The Road Cafe at 133 NW 6th Ave in downtown Portland.

Help us build toward the Pacific NW People's Plan of Action by co-creating the Pacific NW Social Forum 3-day agenda - what we will do during that vital time together to build the people's plan to reclaim our region!

Plug In to working groups planning toward the PNWSF in September, help with outreach, program planning, facilitation, whatever you're good at.

The Pacific Northwest Social Forum (PNSWSF) will be taking place September 26th-28th in Portland, OR. The PNWSF is not a conference, it is a convergence of people's movements who's primary work & struggles take place in No Cal, OR, WA, British Columbia, MT, ID, UT, Hawaii & Alaska to build solidarity and unified action toward social, economic and environmental justice in the Pacific NW.

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actions & protests | corporate dominance 18-Mar-2014 07:00

Fast Track Is A Flop: Petition Delivery to Ron Wyden's Office

From the open publishing newswire: When: Thursday March 20th, 12pm to 1pm
Where: The Federal Building Plaza at Ron Wyden's Office, 911 NE 11th Ave

We need to tell Senator Wyden that Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!

Thanks to massive grassroots resistance, we have derailed the recent Fast Track bill for the Trans-Pacific Partnership! But we are not safe, yet. Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, is deciding right now whether to introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing TPP through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.

Please join us in signing floppy discs and delivering them to Senator Wyden's Portland office during the Senate Recess! We will have discs to sign on the day of the delivery. Your participation in pressuring our congresspeople to do the right thing is the only way to fight to the TPP. Thank you!

To sign the petition, click here

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two updated video report backs 3.23.14 12-Mar-2014 10:12

Police Brutality March 15th, flyers

From the open publishing newswire: Two flyers for the [March 15th 8:00 PM] event.

Related post:
un-related International Day Against Police Brutality PDX event 4:30 PM:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/03/426662.shtml#428467

[Updated video report backs 3.23.14]
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/03/426662.shtml

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actions & protests | labor 12-Mar-2014 10:06

March 14 - Protest -call out- 4:30pm | Justice for Fubonn Workers Coalition

From the open publishing newswire: The Justice for Fubonn Workers Coalition is announcing an action for Friday, February 14th. We are supporting Norma and Marisal - two former Fubonn grocery workers, and their demand for deserved money due to mistreatment and forced "off the clock" work


THIS PICKET FOLLOWS THE FIRST COURT DATE FOR THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FORMER FUBONN WORKERS AND PORTLAND SOLIDARITY NETWORK ORGANIZERS. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT PICKET TO ATTEND, AND WILL BE LARGER THAN PREVIOUS ONES.

We meet at 4:30pm in front of USA Pawn(8001 SE Powell blvd) Shortly after we will march to Fubonn grocery. (SE 82nd Ave)!

Disclaimer: this campaign is against Fubonn Grocery solely; we are not targeting other stores in the shopping center.

After six months of aggressive campaigning, Fubonn responded by filing a lawsuit against Norma and Marisal and two community organizers. A clear attempt to silence dissent amongst workers, who would speak out about terrible conditions, as well as an attack on the right of workers and allies to organize in their community. We have continued our campaign, forcing Fubonn to the negotiating table.

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police / legal 06-Mar-2014 16:54

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.

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updated 3.8.14 02-Mar-2014 23:33

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
 http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/62221

Community Invited
Food Provided
Meet Your Commissioners

[update location] Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland

[video update]- from 3.5.14 meeting: VIDEO RECORDING:
Human Rights Commission Meeting - in SE Portland on 3.5.14
 http://youtu.be/GXcPw4g1Ic0 [video 2.5 hours]

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human & civil rights | police / legal 16-Feb-2014 20:40

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.
 http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=424449

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:
 http://ord.uscourts.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1046

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

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imperialism & war 15-Feb-2014 12:36

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.

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