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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.



actions & protests | environment 30-Jul-2015 09:14

Activists Hang from Bridge in Portland to Block Shell’s Arctic vessel

From the open publishing newswire: A group of environmental activists have rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell's Arctic drilling fleet leaving the city's port.

"Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell's plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic," Meredith Cocks, of local green group Portland Rising Tide, told Reuters.

link to earthfirstjournal.org

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energy & nuclear 07-Jul-2015 11:41

Video: Baldock 1.75-megawatt Solar Station - Wilsonville Oregon

From the open publishing newswire: Baldock Solar Highway Project - In January 2012, PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation brought their second joint solar highway project online — the nation's largest solar highway project!

With farm fields on one side and a safety rest area on the other, the Baldock Solar Highway Project is a 1.75-megawatt solar array at the Baldock Safety Rest Area, south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. The 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres at the northbound rest area, producing about 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.

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actions & protests | anti-racism 24-Jun-2015 23:04

COUNTER RALLY IN SALEM SHERIFF ARPAIO 6/27/15

From the open publishing newswire: Demo to counter the presence of AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNIsta invite you to a counter-rally we are organizing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who will be the feature speaker for a fundraiser hosted by the Oregon Republican Party and sponsored by OFIR in front of the Capitol this Saturday at 3 p.m.

Among other topics, Arpaio will be talking in support English Only and E-Verify.

For those who don't know who Sheriff Arpaio is, looking him up. He is " The Anti-Immigrant".

See you there at the State Capital Water Fountain at 2:30.
Questions: 503-302-6549 |  http://www.pcun.org

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environment | forest defense 17-Jun-2015 22:37

Float the Pipe! June 19-20

From the open publishing newswire: To help publicize the proposed LNG pipeline in SW Oregon, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and are doing a publicity float starting at where the pipeline is proposed to cross the South Umpqua River.
Cascadia Forest Defenders launches "Float the Pipe", a floating protest of the Pacific Connector LNG pipeline, at the precise location the pipe would cross the South Umpqua river.

With the fight against the LNG pipeline and export terminal heating up in Oregon, CFD has decided to lead a flotilla of activists down a threatenend stretch of the South Umpqua. They will stretch a banner across the point where the pipeline would be bored underneath the river, then set off on their 12 mile, 2 day float through the waters that would flow downstream of the pipe. They will document the watershed they see along the way.

What: Press conference at the launch of Float the Pipe

Who: Cascadia Forest Defenders and friends

When: Friday, June 19 at 10am

Where: The proposed location that the pipeline would cross underneath the South Umpqua river. Just south of the Rivers West South Umpqua campground, 1-5 exit #112, on the east side of I-5. We will be putting boats in the water on Booth Ranch Rd. Myrtle, OR 97457

Why: To protest the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove energy terminal and to get to know a threatened section of the South Umpqua river.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 14-Jun-2015 11:26

Police Body Cameras - Two Bills now in Salem | HB 2571 and HB 2704

From the open publishing newswire: The goings-on in Salem are hard to follow.
Those organizations (like police associations and district attorneys, for instance) who have paid lobbyists hanging out in our state house all the time have a huge advantage over ordinary folks.

So it's not a surprise, in many ways, that (for instance) SB 871, which was supposed to include a provision for an independent prosecutor when a police officer kills a civilian, was gutted of that provision and now only talks about having an agency not involved in the killing take lead in the investigation:
 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/sb871

On Monday, two bills relating to recording the police will be going back to the House floor to reconcile amendments made in the Senate. One is very beneficial to the public and in particular to copwatchers: It makes an exception to the "interception of communications" law for those taping police interactions in public places, it is HB 2704.

 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2704

It passed the house 51-8 the first time and the senate 23-6. Portland had been unique in allowing such recording because of a policy in place after Joe Anybody sued the cops in 2008.
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/ppr46web.pdf

The other bill is something that may be futile to try derailing, but goes against even Portland Copwatch's neutral stance on the issue of police body cameras. HB 2571 has provisions in it that will severely limit the abiilty of local jurisdictions to set their own rules on how to use the body cameras [...]

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actions & protests | animal rights 12-Apr-2015 15:12

March on University of Washington

From the open publishing newswire: No New Animal Lab: March on the University of Washington!

When: Saturday, April 25, 2pm
Where: Meet in Red Square, University of Washington - Seattle campus
*CARPOOLS WILL BE ORGANIZED FROM PORTLAND

No New Animal Lab: March on the University of Washington!

The University of Washington and construction company Skanska are planning to build a new underground Animal Research and Care Facility. As they attempt to move forward with plans to bury the torture of thousands of animals underground, the No New Animal Lab campaign is organizing international opposition and calling on our movement to make sure this lab is never built. We have the power to stop this lab and save more animals from suffering and death at the UW.

On April 25th, join hundreds of people for a March on the University of Washington. Be a part of making history and showing the University of Washington that people from all over the country will converge on its campus to show opposition to animal research and dedication to stopping the new animal lab from being built.

The clock is ticking. The University of Washington and Skanska will continue to move forward with lab construction unless we stop them. The future of thousands of animals depends on us. The time is now to take to the streets and stop the lab.

For more information about the No New Animal Lab campaign, visit: NoNewAnimalLab.com

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arts and culture | community building 05-Mar-2015 22:45

Video Instruction for "What is Cascadia\?" Zine

From the open publishing newswire: How to assemble the "What is Cascadia\?" Zine

double sided single sheet zine:
[pdf download]  http://media.portland.indymedia.org/media/2015/01/429041.pdf

We now have a simple video explaining how to cut and fold (assemble) the booklet "What is Cascadia\?"

Please go to link, print out the double sided single sheet of the booklet and follow the video instructions (2 cuts and 4 folds and then staple on the spine of the your newly assembled "What is Cascadia\?" Zine)
[  link to freecascadia.org is to be mass printed hand distributed at events, gatherings, public places or handed to friends and the bioregionally curious.

Previous post on pimc:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/01/429040.shtml

homepage:  http://freecascadia.org/media/cascadia-booklets

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actions & protests | health 03-Mar-2015 13:28

Video: Health Care for All Oregon Salem Rally 2.11.15

From the open publishing newswire: Filmed in Salem Oregon on 2.11.15 on the steps of the State Capital
Health Care For All Oregon
This video is the complete rally and speeches

There was a gathering a few blocks away prior to the rally for organizing and workshop.

The video starts with a group from the workshop heading to the rally

The event had music provided by The Raging Grannies, Norman Sylvester, David Rovics, Dr. Atomic, Peter Bergel, Bob Wickline, Bajo Salario/Collective. and others

The video is 2 hours and 35 minutes:  http://youtu.be/wenyi216uDQ
The speeches start around 59:54 in the video.
Around 1:45:49 Sen Demral announce the new bill SB 631 for "Single Payer"

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21-Feb-2015 12:24

Spring-Summer Internship Opportunity with Portland Fruit Tree Project

Fruit Tree Project From the open publishing newswire: Announcement for an internship opportunity with a local non-profit organization, Portland Fruit Tree Project. Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Harvest & Stewardship Intern position! The Harvest & Stewardship Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Harvesting, Fruit Tree Stewardship & Community Orchards programs by assisting in the coordination our Tree Care Teams program and Tree Care Workshop series, helping us maintain our existing Community Orchard sites, co-lead harvesting events, and assist in the coordination of our harvesting program in general. Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 312 total hours minimum) Wednesday April 1st, 2015 - Wednesday September 30th, 2015 Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland, but will be traveling throughout the City of Portland for site visits and events. This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization. You will gain great event coordination and volunteer coordination experience; connections in the local food & urban agriculture movement, and the fulfillment of knowing that your efforts will make a positive impact for hundreds of people in the Portland area! http://portlandfruit.org/2015-harvest-and-stewardship-intern-position-description

The application deadline is Sunday March 8th

homepage: http://www.portlandfruit.org

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actions & protests | labor 09-Feb-2015 19:04

Video: 15 Now! rally and march in Salem 1.24.15

From the open publishing newswire: A rally with speeches and songs on the Capital steps. A skit with 2 clowns: Wallie Walmart & Ronnie Mac D. A march to nearby McDonald's for a protest call for 15 Hour, fair wages for the workers Then into the streets for an unpermitted march to a nearby meeting / lunch area

The organizers, 15 Now Portland, protest income inequality and say they are dedicated to making Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage. Rally on the Capital steps Jan 24 at noon. 15 Now Portland is fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the City of Portland. We are also helping to lead a coalition of almost 50 other 15 Now chapters, labor unions, and community organizations across the state that are dedicated to making Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage.

https://www.youtube.com/ [1 hour 15 min]

Oregon Needs a Raise! Rally at the Capitol Building

Saturday, Jan. 24, Noon—1 pm in Salem, OR

Bills for a $15 minimum wage are being introduced in the State House and Senate for the 2015 session. Low-wage workers, union members, faith and community allies — ALL OUT for $15 !

-video out take-
15 Now! Salem Capital Rally with Ronnie and Wallie https://www.youtube.com

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human & civil rights 31-Jan-2015 17:58

FEBRUARY COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS ON RACE AND POLICING

From the open publishing newswire: A series of free, facilitated conversations on race and policing will be happening in Portland in the month of February at Multnomah County Libraries.

Portland has a long history of antagonism between police and communities of color, including the deaths of unarmed black men and women -- Kendra James, Aaron Campbell, James Jahar Perez and Lloyd D. Stevenson, among others -- at the hands of the police.

Join members of our community for an opportunity to talk about the challenges built into how we protect ourselves in a series of community discussions on race and policing led by trained facilitators and hosted in libraries and community spaces in Portland during the month of February.

Tuesday, February 3 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Central Library, 801 S.W. Tenth Avenue

Saturday, February 14 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Avenue

Saturday, February 28 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark Street

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environment | forest defense 16-Oct-2014 19:07

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
 http://soula.org/files/OlympicForestComments.txt

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  gtwahl@fs.fed.us or call (360) 956-2375.

Always mention negative effect on TOURISM!
--Navy did its own Environmental Assessment, how sound is that? [...]

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Video: Michael Withey Tiny Houses presentation to Human Rights Commission 16-Oct-2014 18:23

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
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266635.shtml

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)

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