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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.
In the Face of Repression-- Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State
From the open publishing newswire: In the Face of Repression // Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State
September 6, 12:00pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
The AETA labels animal activists as terrorists and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO. In response to new indictments under the AETA, The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has been called as a show of solidarity, to increase the visibility of ongoing counter-intelligence, and to encourage activists to organize and resist in the face of repression.
In Portland, a coalition of groups are coordinating an afternoon of presenters and panels to discuss the AETA, and to use it as a platform to connect the more expansive processes and histories of repression that are incurred by systematically marginalized, colonized, frontlines, and resistance communities. We want animal and earth liberation activists to understand that all captivity must be ended. It is important to underscore the reality that many communities are always under state repression, not just so-called "activists" communities. It is imperative to stress the need for communities to show solidarity with each other to increase capacity and resilience against surveillance, state violence, and the prison industry. We must reject the misconception that prison or surveillance serve any sort of positive function and instead recognize repression for what it really is: a process engrained into colonial-capitalist society. [...]
Back to School? Don't be a target for the Military!
From the open publishing newswire: Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may opt-out of the military database at the beginning of the school year.
"They'll know where you live... They'll have your phone number... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" -- The Full Picture, San Francisco, California
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The September, 2009 article in MOTHER JONES by David Goodman, entitled, "A Few Good Kids?," deals with the heavy military recruitment of at-risk (low-income and/or minority and/or less academic) youth and the insidious invasion of student privacy under the No Child Left Behind Act and JAMRS (consumer) database maintained by the Pentagon.
OPT-OUT FACTS [...]
HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT? [...]
ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR OPT-OUT
http://www.themmob.org/lmca (information, including opt-out forms, on Opt-Out and No Child Left Behind Act)
http://www.quakerhouse.org/documents/toparents.html (Sgt. Abe the Honest Recruiter speaks to parents -- in English and in Spanish!)
Video: Oregonians for Drone Control Event
From the open publishing newswire: Veteran for Peace Forum Public Access interview with Trudy Cooper of a local organization, Oregonians for Drone Control, announcing an upcoming event on August 7, 2014.
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, downtown Portland
[YouTube] Oregonians for Drone Control
Drones are on the cutting edge of an enormously expanding technological movement. The industry is growing faster than legislation and privacy safeguards. Many people have skin in that game, including hobbyists and the military, all pushing for total freedom for these drones.
But there are concerns, many serious concerns regarding how these drones are currently used and how they my be used in the future. Police apartments nationwide see them as tools for crowd control and possibly worse. It's the wild west out there, and our elected leaders are taking their usual sweet time attending to the problem.
Sunday Assembly Portland featuring Mic Crenshaw!
From the open publishing newswire: Sunday Assembly Portland featuring Mic Crenshaw! August 10th 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lola's Room (McMenamins Crystal Ballroom)
1332 W. Burnside ST, Portland, Oregon 97205
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sunday Assembly Portland is part of a secular global movement of wonder and good. Many people worldwide seek community, positivity, and compassion, and are looking for non-religious alternatives to provide them. We meet to sing songs, listen to inspiring talks, and generally celebrate the wonder of life.
Cascade Media Convergence September 19th-21st
From the open publishing newswire: Invitation to be part of the Cascade Media Convergence, a weekend of workshops, networking sessions and for community based media makers and artists taking place September 19th-21st. Events will primarily take place at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center at 70 NW Couch in Portland's Old Town.
The Cascade Media Convergence will be an experiment in the power of democratic community based media. Along with sharing our skills and examples of awesome media based organizing, we will look to find ways to better integrate the work we are doing as media makers and artists on a regional level and begin the discussion of how we can build a media movement. Consider this an open invitation to initiate a process, we're not looking to be the final word on alternative media organizing in the Pacific Northwest, but we want to create a space to explore the possibilities of closer collaboration.
New Infoshop in Eugene, Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Infoshop in Eugene being built with literature sections on ecology/environmentalism, race/racism, how-to/reference/DIY, food politics, prisons/prisoners, radical socio-political, anarchist, gender/LGBT/queer studies, and more. Magazine and Zine collection for the reading room aspect of the Infoshop.
The Bad Egg Books Infoshop (aka Eugene Infoshop) is based out of the Boreal, a volunteer-run, all-ages music venue in Eugene, Oregon. The Boreal started in January 2014 and since late May/early June, Bad Egg Books Infoshop has been a work-in-progress. We still have work to do, but we figured at this point it would be great to inform the wider community about this project.
NO MORE U.S. BOMBS ON IRAQ! Rally this Saturday
From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday, July 26, there will be a rally for peace at Terry Schrunk Plaza (S.W. Third and Madison/Jefferson) in downtown Portland. The rally will start at noon and is coordinated by Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group.
As of July 9, President Obama had sent at least 800 U.S. troops, ostensibly "advisors," to Iraq. Although it is claimed they will not engage in combat, there has already been talk of using drones, cruise missiles and Apache attack helicopters piloted by some of these "advisors." The potential for the situation to engulf a much broader conflict is heightened by the fact that Syria, Iran and Russia already have actively engaged militarily in Iraq on the same side the U.S. wishes to support, even though the U.S. position on those countries' stance in next-door Syria's civil war is completely opposite.
Creative Summers Youth Education Program
From the open publishing newswire: Community-Based Educational Camp to Provide Portland Youth with a Positive Experience of Hip-Hop Culture and Outlet to Express Themselves
"Creative Summers", the first annual youth summer camp based on the five elements of hip-hop culture, is a week long educational program, kicking off Monday, July 21 and running through Saturday, July 26, 2014. This Program is brought to you in collaboration with a local 501-C3 non-profit organization, Oregon Universal, to providing a safe, welcoming, supportive, and positive learning environment for Portland youth to be creative, express themselves and develop new skills. This program aims to raise funds and awareness to offer ongoing free gatherings and educational programs at Salmon Street Studios (109 SE Salmon Street, Portland, OR), with the intent to bring community together in the original form of hip-hop culture, in the spirit of positivity, peace, love, unity and having fun.
Further information about this program is provided on the website www.creativesummerspdx.com, and the promotional video may be seen at http://youtu.be/zTxLHkxlSDI.
Pedalpalooza Starts Now!
From the open publishing newswire: 3+ weeks of bikey fun. With 274 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.
Free fun and bikes in the streets!
The Pedalpalooza kick off ride is 6pm afternoon at Col. Summers Park. Hundreds of other great rides all starting today and culminating on June 28th with The Bike Fair.
"THE TRUTH IS, you never really know how a Pedalpalooza ride is going to play out. Sure, people will be shivering and halfway drunk at the World Naked Bike Ride, and there will be more than one Aladdin Sane costume at the Bowie vs. Prince Ride. But part of the fun of Pedalpalooza is that the tenor of these parades can vary from year to year. at the entirely pleasant, tuxedoed leader of last year's Champagne Ride) will unceremoniously pedal away from Gold Dust Meridian without you." - Bike edition from the current Portland Mercury, which also includes the print calendar.
Many Pedalpalooza rides will address freedom, justice, equality, spirituality, and humanity such as Saturday's World Naked Bike ride, the Bizarro 122nd Ride, June 9th's Gentrification Tour and more. Every ride declares that the public street belongs to the people by creating a critical mass of non-motorized human beings. Find the ride(s) that are right for you and if it's not there create your own and post it to the Shift2Bikes calendar.
Three cheers and see you in the street!
homepage: homepage: http://pedalpalooza.org/
address: address: SE 20th and Belmont
Sweepless Nights, Know Your Rights! - Pitch a Tent with Right 2 Survive
From the open publishing newswire: Right 2 Survive supporters will pitch tents along the
Rose Festival Parade route starting Friday morning
Protest/Celebration message: 'Sweepless Nights, Know Your Rights!'
What: Fourth Annual Pitch a Tent for the Right 2 Survive
When: 10am Friday, June 6th until 12pm Saturday, June 7th
Where: SW 4th and Washington, Portland Oregon
PORTLAND, OREGON - June 2, 2013 -The fourth annual public camp-out designed to raise awareness about the criminalization of homelessness in Portland and across the nation, begins at 10:00am Friday, June 6 and will continue through mid-day Saturday. Participants in 'Pitch A Tent for the Right 2 Survive' will set up tents in downtown Portland along the Rose Festival's parade route. Organizers expect hundreds of people to join them in the event that is both a protest and a celebration.
The City of Portland, Oregon permits the public to pitch tents along the Grand Floral Parade route and other parade venues. Every other day of the year camping in the city is outlawed, causing houseless people to seek shelter in doorways, under bridges and in bushes, while simply trying to get some sleep without shelter. Their sleep is often interrupted by police and security guards, who perform routine sweeps. Organizers chose "Sweepless Nights, Know Your Rights" as the theme for this year's Pitch A Tent event, highlighting everyone's need for a peaceful night's rest and the need for houseless people to stand up for their human rights. Organizers want to highlight the Oregon Homeless Bill of Rights, a legislative campaign for a comprehensive law addressing the human rights of houseless people.
"The city allows people to pitch up tents for pleasure, but they won't allow people to pitch a tent to survive. This is wrong." said Leo Rhodes. "Homeless people are just doing human things like sleeping, getting out of the rain and resting." Event organizers want to demonstrate that creative solutions that benefit the entire city can be implemented immediately to address this human rights crisis, including lifting the camping ban and promoting more solutions like Right 2 Dream Too. R2DToo has been so successful that other cities are replicating the model. The rest area has sheltered hundreds of people, allowing many to get a good night's rest and a place to make a fresh start. Over one hundred people who have stayed at R2DToo have been housed and at least 99 have gotten jobs. The non-profit operates with no government funding. [...]
NE Sunday Assembly Portland with Israel Bayer!
From the open publishing newswire: Join us this Sunday June 8 with special guest Israel Bayer.
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Matt Dishman Community Center
77 NE Knott ST, Portland, OR 97212
Sunday Assembly Portland is part of a secular global movement of wonder and good. Many people worldwide seek community, positivity and compassion and are looking for non-religious alternatives to provide them. We meet to sing songs, listen to inspiring talks, and generally celebrate the wonder of life.
This Sunday, Israel Bayer, Executive Director
Voices on the Ground Community Social Work Conference June 6th and 7th at Portland State
From the open publishing newswire: Please join us for our 4th Annual Voices on the Ground Community Social Work conference, featuring keynote speaker Cheri Honkala!
Voices on the Ground Community Social Work Conference 2014
This year's theme: Resistance and Resilience
June 6th and 7th, 2014
Portland State University School of Social Work
1800 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 600
Featuring Keynote Speaker Cheri Honkala, Co-Founder and Organizer of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and 2012 Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate
Register at: bit.ly/1gPjJbE. While this is a fee-based event, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For the past 25 years Cheri Honkala has been a leading advocate for poor and homeless in America. She co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has organized tens of thousands holding marches, demonstrations and setting up tent cities. Cheri brings her story and passion for continuing the Poor Peoples Movement in the United States and beyond.
The conference is filled with amazing workshops and presentations about innovative and critical approaches to human service work.
MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO this Saturday!
From the open publishing newswire: March against Monsanto is a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically-modified foods and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.
Saturday, March 24 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rally and March Against Monsanto
Gather at Shemanski Park, S.W. Park and Main
Why we march?
-- Protect our food supply!
-- Support local farms!
-- Protect our environment!
-- Promote organic solutions!
-- Expose the cronyism between big business and the Government!
-- Bring accountability to those responsible for the corruption!
Together we can reclaim the Commons!
Save the bees! Save the seeds!