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oregon & cascadia
Cascadia is the northwest coastal region of North America, including the area surrounding the Cascade mountain range extending from Humboldt County, Calif., to the Alaskan panhandle, and covers much of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. A narrower definition of Cascadia refers to the area influenced by the Cascade mountain range and the 100 miles of coastal lands between it and the Pacific Ocean. Cascadia is a Pacific Rim nation-state concept and a possible basis for regional autonomy, as plans are made to secede from the respective countries that envelop the Cascadia bioregion. For many residents of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia is a state of mind fostered by the lifestyle of this unique biosphere and has become a geographical identity spoken of with pride.
Cascadia is the northwest coastal region of North America, including the area surrounding the Cascade mountain range extending from Humboldt County, Calif., to the Alaskan panhandle, and covers much of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
A narrower definition of Cascadia refers to the area influenced by the Cascade mountain range and the 100 miles of coastal lands between it and the Pacific Ocean. Cascadia is a Pacific Rim nation-state concept and a possible basis for regional autonomy, as plans are made to secede from the respective countries that envelop the Cascadia bioregion. For many residents of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia is a state of mind fostered by the lifestyle of this unique biosphere and has become a geographical identity spoken of with pride.
URGENT: Olympic Nat'l Forest at risk from USN "Electronic Warfare Range" PLEASE COMMENT as
From the open publishing newswire: The Olympic National Forest (and even greater areas of eastern Washington) are slated to be converted to be used as the "Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range" by the US Navy. The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is Oct. 10th. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the Peninsula forever. The Forest Service can still say No.
Please go to the link (US Forest Service) in the forwarded message below from nbeety and send a comment objecting. People were not informed the way they should have been, and most locals are still unaware of this. We should demand a much longer comment period and public forums for local inhabitants of the areas, including Native American reservations.
The "emitters" the Navy wants to deploy, some mobile and some permanent, surround the Quinalt Indian reservation and impinge on other Native American land.
In order to find inspiration for comment writing, I went through all the public comments that had been posted as of 10/5 at the Forest Service site (see links below) . This is very laborious and time-consuming, so in order to save others that trouble, I put a collection of them into one text file that you can see at
DEMAND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION! At least 30 more days. People in eastern Washington received zero notice, and those on the Peninsula had a piece of paper stuck on the post office window for a week or two.
To ask for extension, write to Greg Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 956-2375.
Always mention negative effect on TOURISM!
--Navy did its own Environmental Assessment, how sound is that? [...]
Video: Tiny Houses for the Homeless
From the open publishing newswire: Housing should be a human right and yet is often subverted by the right to speculation. This video of Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon shows what citizens like Pastor Bryant of the First Christian Church can do. Arnold Kunzli is an emeritus Swiss professor and author of Housing as a Human Right
The cost comes down to three dollars a night per person, and one of those three dollars is paid by the villagers themselves. They all pay thirty dollars a month for their utilities, for the water, and electricity and Internet service even. So we are running this facility for two bucks a head a night.
link to www.pbs.org
A presentation on a "small house community" in Portland was given to the Portland Human Rights Commission in April 2014 by Michael Withey.
The presentation was recorded and is viewable on YouTube here:
http://youtu.be/pawRPWfW-f4 (31 minute video)
Final schedule for the Cascade Media Convergence
From the open publishing newswire: Final schedule announced for the Cascade Media Convergence, a regional gathering of community based media organizations, journalists and artists taking place September 19th-21st at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center in Portland, OR. The CMC will be a series of workshops, facilitated strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media makers to network, share knowledge and skills, and discuss ways to continue collaboration and build toward a regional media coalition.
Picket line diary from Block the Boat
From the open publishing newswire: a day by day account from the picket lines in the Port of Oakland, blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia.
BLOCKING THE BOAT DIARY - Aug 16 to Aug 20, 2014
by Daniel Borgström
Our one-day protest became a four-day blockade of an Israeli cargo ship in the Port of Oakland. This was during the Israeli assault on Gaza, in which over 2,000 Palestinians were slaughtered. We were responding to Israel's war crimes, taking this action to very graphically show the world that Israeli ships and goods are not welcome here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was one of the many people who walked the picket lines at the docks; this is my day-to-day account of events from the 16th to the 20th of August, 2014.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014
We were going to march into the Port of Oakland this morning at 5 a.m. and "Block the Boat." That is, we'd set up picket lines, asking the dockworkers not to cross, not to go and unload the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus. However, the ship changed its arrival time, presumably to avoid the picketing, so the demonstration was rescheduled for 3 p.m. This was the second time this event was rescheduled, and that was annoying. Nevertheless, I really hate getting up in the morning and so do a lot of people. It's hard to get a large number of people -- critical mass -- to come down to the port at such an hour, and in the pre-dawn darkness. There'd be a lot more people in the afternoon.
The gathering place was at the West Oakland BART Station.
Fouad Kaady -- NOT Forgotten
From the open publishing newswire: Tomorrow (s/8) is the ninth anniversary of a horrible crime committed by two uniformed thugs in Oregon's clackamas county. Those who knew Fouad, & those of us who did not but feel that we did, will not forget the man, & his beautiful family. Peace!
- 2005 pimc re-posting
Cascade Media Convergence Preliminary Workshop Schedule
From the open publishing newswire: The Cascade Media Convergence is a regional media gathering taking place here in Portland September 19th-21st. We are proud to announce the preliminary schedule of workshops that will be held during the conference. There are still various ways for individuals and organizations to get involved, either by endorsing, tabling or attending.
Check out the growing list of organizations signing on by clicking http://cascademedia.cc/wp/partners/
and consider endorsing yourself http://cascademedia.cc/wp/get-involved/endorse/
We will have limited space for organizations to table during the conference, follow this link to reserve one.
Give us an idea of how many people will be attending, and consider supporting us financially if you are able to do so. Registration is by donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.
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.
Video: Oregon Rep. Blumenauer Supports Cannabis Legalization
From the open publishing newswire: Oregon Rep. Blumenauer addresses the crowd in Portland Oregon on May 2, 2014, during the Global Cannabis March.
Blumenauer hits all the important points about the failed and terribly expensive War on Drugs, or rather, the War on Some Drugs.....expensive both financially and in lives interrupted and ruined.
Rep. Blumenauer Speaking About Cannabis
Blumenauer speaks about attempts to pass more positive legislation, the hardships cannabis prohibition work on people who would benefit from this medication, and many other topics relevant to this important theme.
Earth Day Workshops
From the open publishing newswire: Join us for a weekend of celebration, dialogue, and action!
This year's Earth Week focuses on sustainability in its many forms. HIghlights of the week include:
Friday, April 25: PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium
Saturday, April 26: A day of workshops focused on cultural approaches to sustainability, indigenous ways of knowing, and paradigm shifts within education. Workshop attendees can receive 5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for the full day.
Saturday, April 26: Closing presentation by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
Saturday, April 26 - Day
Earth and Spirit Council + Cornel Pewewardy's Indigenous Nations Studies Department Present Workshops
Location: Native American Center, 710 SW Jackson Street | Time: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Tickets available at the PSU Box Office and online, listed under Earth and Spirit Council
$55 General Admission PSU Students FREE (show ID at door) Scholarships Available: No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Workshop Series 1 Stop Talking Workshop Series 2 Indigenous Ways of Knowing Workshop Series 3 Curricula Development
Videos: Coal Trains and Tar Sands - Impacts on The Pacific Northwest. Two Video Lectures
From the open publishing newswire: Two lectures filmed at WSU on the impact of the proposed oil and coal terminals and the transporting of carbon products through the Northwest to Asia:
(1) "4.10.14 Climate impacts of the proposed fossil fuel export facilities in the Pacific NW"
(2) "2.6.14 Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest WSU Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart"
Watch video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/GEKeG7qPKxA [Video 1 hour 10 minutes] Eric de Place, Climate and energy expert gives a public lecture at WSU on 4.10.14.
De Place spearheads Sightline's work on climate and energy policy and is a leading Northwest expert on strategies to cut carbon pollution. He writes extensively about coal and oil exports, and is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, railway congestion, coal dust, water pollution and economics.
http://youtu.be/ANtE6R8enJE [video 1. hour 42. minutes] "2.6.14 Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest WSU Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart"
FREE Public Lecture presented by WSU Center for Social and Environmental Justice: Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest - Canada's Tar Sands: Destination Anywhere?
WSU 2.6.14 Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart
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.
Oregon State Capitol (Front Steps)
900 Court Street NE Salem, Oregon
LNG Opponents Call on Kitzhaber to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers
From the open publishing newswire: Medford, OR - Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon... The Jordan Cove project calls for building an export terminal at Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, which would allow liquefied natural gas to be exported overseas. The terminal would be supplied by a proposed 235-mile-long pipeline, called the Pacific Connector, which would cross privately and publicly owned lands in southern Oregon and connect to existing pipelines running north-south from British Columbia to California.
Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, explained the context for the decision. "DOE did not attempt to address the myriad environmental issues with the project," she said. "Instead, other state and federal agencies will examine Jordan Cove's compliance with numerous laws, and ultimately, the federal courts will ensure that the project won't destroy the waters, wildlife, and public lands that Oregonians cherish. We believe it is clear that the LNG terminal and pipeline will harm our natural resources and that the projects should not proceed."