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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 | 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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No LNG! 26-Mar-2014 10:48

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."

Send YOUR opposition letter to Gov. Kitzhaber
http://rogueriverkeeper.org

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energy & nuclear | environment 16-Feb-2014 20:48

Crude oil terminal on the Willamette?!? URGENT.

From the open publishing newswire: "The Arc Logistics website lists the Portland site among its terminals and describes it as "capable of receiving, storing, and delivering heavy and light petroleum products," by both rail lines and marine vessels"

""The hope would be that short of unforeseen accidents they wouldn't be a concern for the river," "

Yep - that "unforeseen accidents" thing - like spills, de-railed train fires, leaks, explosions...who could have guessed any of that stuff would happen? [...]

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imperialism & war | media criticism 16-Feb-2014 20:37

Why Portland's concentration camp remains nearly forgotten: the paper that supported it.

Rose City concentration camp. From the open publishing newswire: Will The Oregonian one day formally acknowledge its role in the local ethnic cleansing campaign that imprisoned and exiled Americans of Japanese descent? I'm betting against that since it can't even bring itself to mention the camp in recent stories that deal with former internees.

This week, on February 19, marks the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's infamous Executive Order 9066 in 1942 which lead to the imprisonment of 100s of thousands of innocent American men, women, and children of Japanese descent for the duration of World War II.

The internments occupy a special place in Portland history, though you couldn't tell it by today's media.

Nearly 4,000 innocent men, women, children and seniors from Portland and beyond were imprisoned behind the barb-wire and the armed guards of a concentration camp called the Portland Assembly Center - located on the present-day site of the Expo Center - from May through September in that first full year of U.S. involvement in the Good War.

Only there was no Expo Center back then. It was, in fact, the Pacific International Livestock Exposition. That's right, a cattle yard. The camp facilities were hurriedly constructed atop manure-laced soil that reeked throughout much of that long hot summer of '42.

Executive Order 9066 set off a series of actions ultimately forcing more than 110,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese descent into isolated military-style camps in Western desert areas for the duration of the war. Prior to their final destinations, the internees from California, Oregon and Washington State were first ordered into temporary Assembly Centers, a total of 16 locations up and down the West Coast. The Portland Assembly Center was one of those feeder camps. [...]

(Also see my earlier article focused on the camp conditions and internees at  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/04/375164.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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alternative media | corporate dominance 03-Feb-2014 22:11

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.

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alternative media | gender & sexuality 03-Feb-2014 22:05

Video: History of the Gay Press in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: History of the Gay Press in Portland.
Sharing their memories Rupert Kinnard & Renee LaChance both tell of their struggles with being editors and graphic journalist with the gay press in its early days in the Portland area.
Presented by History of Social Justice Organizing on 1.23.14

The History of the Gay Press in Portland

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kaUcgQ5hyk [Video 1hour 18 minutes]

Also available to watch & download on Archive dot org:

 https://archive.org/details/GayPressSocialJusticeHistory1.23.14


Positive coverage of LGBT issues and events was non-existent in Portland's mass media until 1970 when the alternative paper, Willamette Bridge, began printing some articles. The next year, Oregon's first specifically gay newspaper, The Fountain, was launched. Some Portland LGBT publications that followed included NW Gay Review, the Oregon Gay Rights Report, The Northwest Fountain, Cascade Voice, Rag Times, Just Out, Lavender Network and PQ Monthly. These publications and others helped organize Portland-area LGBT people in their attempts to build community, gain equality, counter anti-gay political measures, and respond to AIDS.

All our panelists were involved in one or more of the above publications.

Rupert Kinnard's extensive career in publication design began with Just Out as one of the original staff members where he helped the publication win the National Gay Press Association award for best overall design in 1983. In 1996, while working as art director for the Skanner, Rupert won an award for best graphic and typographical excellence by the West Coast Black Journalist Association.

Renee LaChance covered lesbian events as the women's editor for The Northwest Fountain and served as the editor of The Cascade Voice and was co-founder and publisher of Just Out. Pride Northwest has presented her with two awards: the 2000 Spirit of Pride Award and the Pioneer Award both for her work with Just Out.

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community building | homelessness | social services 03-Feb-2014 22:02

VIDEO: Exploring the Sanctuary Concept

From the open publishing newswire: Thanks for this Jeremy and Brent, and best of luck in Santa Cruz!

watch the incredible 27 min video focusing on Eugene, Right2Dream in Portland and Santa Cruz, Jan 6, 2014,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBWhgjXrKaY

Santa Cruzan Brent Adams and I explore various styles of homeless encampments along the West Coast of the US.

For more information on what Brent is proposing for Santa Cruz, check here:

Follow opportunity village at
 https://www.facebook.com/OpportunityVillageEugene

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human & civil rights | police / legal 01-Jan-2014 11:08

MOMS: A Mother's 40 Day Hunger Strike!

From the open publishing newswire: A Mother's 40 Day Hunger Strike! Culminating on Christmas Day!
by Cindi Fisher

Day 1of my Hunger Strike was and is dedicated to Seattle's Dominique Jamerson, age 23!
His court hearing is Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Please call today and leave a message. The contact info is below. It will take a Village Effort to Save Dominique Jamerson, age 23...Please Join Me!

Recent developments in Dominique's case, my son SIddharta Fisher's case, Hector ilias's case and other cases were key in catalyzing me to begin a Hunger Strike! It was a positive way to empower myself while channeling my outrage and also hopefully inspiring you to actively participate in being apart of the VIllage. Today's focus is on Dominique! It will take a Village Effort to Save Dominique Jamerson, age 23...Please Join Me!

Today, please call
1. Seattle's Chief Pros. Attorney, Daniel Satterberg 206-296-9000 and tell him to FREE DOMINIQUE JAMERSON!
2. Washington State Senator Patty Murray 206-553-0891 and leave a message: Tell her to Free Dominique Jamerson and investigate Washington State's Competency Restoration Process

You can read more on my website at:  http://www.mentalhealthrightsyes.org/

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alternative media | environment 14-Dec-2013 14:12

Video: Discussion Regarding Portland Water Public Utility District

From the open publishing newswire: Public Access program, " A Growing Concern," featuring an interview with Travis Williams, Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper regarding an Initiative attempt to take the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services away from the City Council and put it in the hands of a Public Utility District.

Discussion Regarding Portland Water Public Utility District

Program features an interview with Travis Williams, Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper regarding an Initiative attempt to take the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services away from the City Council and put it in the hands of a Public Utility District.
Signatures are currently being gathered for a May 2014 election.

Willamette Riverkeeper, as well as many local environmental organizations, vehemently oppose this effort.

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environment | forest defense 03-Nov-2013 15:24

Senator Wyden's BLM Clear-Cut Scheme Exposed

Billboard on I-5 Exposing Senator Wyden's BLM Logging Scheme From the open publishing newswire: Senator Wyden is proposing to dramatically increase logging on 2.6 million acres of Oregon's BLM O & C lands across Western Oregon. One local group is exposing this scheme to Oregonians via a commercial billboard on Interstate 5 in Eugene, Oregon.
Please consider sending this image to Senator Wyden's offices once a week, once a month, or whenever you have a few moments to spare.

U.S. Senator Wyden in an attempt to appease the wealthy timber barons of Oregon and big timber dependent local governments in Lane, Douglas, Jackson, and other O & C counties, is publicly proposing to introduce legislation that would dramatically increase native forest and clear-cut logging by adopting the "Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin Pilot Projects" as his preferred BLM management regime across 2.6 million acres of publicly owned BLM O & C forest lands.

The "Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin Pilot Projects" are regeneration harvests or a clear-cut. Their Orwellian term used to describe these clear-cuts is "variable retention harvest" or "VRH". Several Norm and Jerry Show Projects have already been auctioned and awarded to Oregon timber barons. To View pictures of a logged Norm and Jerry Pilot Project "Buck Rising" from May 2013 go to  https://picasaweb.google.com/112037980213765028264/BuckRisingUnits1And2Cut#5920273007004695746

There are several more "Norm and Jerry Projects" in the works for the Eugene and Salem BLM Districts.

If you want to help keep this billboard on I-5 or help out any other way, contact us.  http://https://sites.google.com/site/ecosytemadvocates/Home/blm

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environment | sustainability 03-Nov-2013 11:28

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior in Vancouver WA

From the open publishing newswire: Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-5

You can board Rainbow Warrior this weekend at The Landing, in Vancouver WA, on the Columbia, just downriver from I-5 bridge. Do it!

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alternative media | genetic engineering 02-Nov-2013 07:35

Video: Yes on Washington Initiative 522

From the open publishing newswire: An interview with Elizabeth Larder, Communications Director for Washington State Yes on 5232 Campaign, the campaign to label genetically engineered foods.

Larder discusses the reasons and needs for the ballot measure and debunks many of the lies put forth by the campaign to defeat it, financed mainly by Monsanto and pesticide companies.

About nine minutes in length. Yes on 522

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