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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.

community building | human & civil rights 21-Oct-2016 08:24

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission meeting 10 5 16

From the open publishing newswire: Video recording: The Portland Human Rights Commission meeting on October 5th 2016.
Four New HRC members attended this meeting.
Standing Rock discussion has held during the public comment time frame
Discussion & planning for Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards happens at the end of this meeting.
The commission is still one person short.

This video is also available on  https://archive.org/details/HRCMeeting10.5.16 to view or download.


actions & protests | environment 26-May-2016 22:43

Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous June 10-13

From the open publishing newswire: We Want to Spend the End of the World with You
Cascadia Forest Defenders and the League of Extra-Ornery Cascadians are
pleased to announce the Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous, from June
10-13, 2016, in the heart of the southern Cascades. [...]

So, you wanna get up in the old-growth, trying to halt a roadless area
timber sale, or get acquainted with the kayak mob and the oil
blockaders? Come out to the woods and check us out. Stick around Monday
for a kick-ass action(s). Heck, why not just make a summer of it?

For more information, check out the Cascadia Forest Defenders at


actions & protests | human & civil rights 22-Feb-2016 12:44

Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages Photo Essay

From the open publishing newswire: Photo Story Essay Participants and organizations from all over Oregon came together in unison on February 18, 2016, for the Oregon SOS - Fight High Rents and Low Wages rally demonstration, outside and inside the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.

Their messages ranged from raising minimum wage, local control of rent costs and stopping Oregon Department of Transportation sweeps of the houseless.
Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages |Â Photo Essay by Mary Anne Funk

As economically repressed people we must unite in solidarity to address the laws that perpetuate and maintain this economic repression. ~ Kelsey Schomberger, Oregon SOS participant and disabled activist in Portland, Oregon.


actions & protests 24-Jan-2016 21:11

Portland Malheur Wildlife Refuge Rally and Protest

From the open publishing newswire: On January 19, 2016, Oregon citizens state wide gather to protest the ongoing armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Here in Portland the event was held at Holladay Park.



actions & protests | anti-racism 05-Dec-2015 00:51

Smash the Hammerskins

From the open publishing newswire:
Rose City Antifa and allies are calling for antifascists in the Pacific Northwest to turn out this coming Sunday December 6th to Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, WA to show the Northwestern Hammerskins that we stand united against fascism and racism. The Northwestern Hammerskins have threatened to march on Capitol Hill in Seattle, and antifascists must turn out to defend the streets. The fascist march is planned as part of the annual Martyrs Day celebrations that the Northwestern Hammerskins are hosting in remembrance of Robert Jay Mathews of the white supremacist terror cell, the Order, who died during a shootout with law enforcement at Whidbey Island on December 8th 1984. In the past this event has been a smaller affair held on private property. This year the NWHS have boasted a larger planned attendance and have announced a more public appearance, which represents a dangerous escalation of tactics. We must not allow them to be further emboldened. Particularly in light of the recent upswell of fascist violence regionally and across the nation, we must vigorously oppose any effort by fascists to claim space and spread fear.

We will gather in the north end of Cal Anderson Park, Seattle at 5pm on Sunday December 6th. Please bring flags and banners so that it is clear that we are antifascists opposing the neo-Nazis. While covering your face is not mandatory it is a good precaution to take to prevent the police or neo-Nazis from taking your picture.

People are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #defendseattle to post updates and make it easier for everyone to keep track of what is happening at and around the rally. Rose City Antifa will be posting updates throughout the weekend of the 5th & 6th on any information related to NWHS Martyrs Day activities.

If your organization would like to sign on to this effort, if you have questions, or if you have information related to white supremacist organizing in our region, please e-mail us [...]


community building | human & civil rights 12-Sep-2015 10:35

Vancouver Peace and Justice fair.

From the open publishing newswire: The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place.
If you're around , or might wish with some thought that you might like to be around, and a little bit of time, or all day, Vancouver for Peace gathers together people in Esther Short Park tomorrow, 9 AM through 4 PM. It's a great venue for such a thing, and a little something for almost everyone, including the kids.

There's no admission.

Just over the I-5 bridge, located at W. 8th & Columbia in Vancouver, and adjacent to the Farmers' Market.


actions & protests | animal rights 10-Sep-2015 22:42

Oct 2nd: Go to Seattle. Storm UW.

From the open publishing newswire: What: March on University of Washington
When: October 2nd, 2pm
Where: Red Square, UW Campus

On April 25, the grassroots animal liberation movement came together for a March on UW of 500 people. People from Seattle and across the country, people who are new to the movement and people who are movement veterans, people who answered the call to show the University of Washington that there is mass public opposition to the plans to build a new underground animal lab.

On October 2, the grassroots animal liberation movement must come together once again for a second March on UW. This second march must take the passion and energy of the first march and push it further. At the first march, we rallied under the chant of "If you build it, we will come!" We have shown that we will come to office protests, we will come to home demonstrations, we will come to the site of the lab and shut it down. And so now the chant that we rally under is "We will stop this lab!"

Be there on October 2. Show the University of Washington and Skanska USA that mass public opposition means opposition that they can't stop. Show them that we will not sit by and watch as they dig an underground grave for animals, but that we will take over the streets and we will stop the lab.



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


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.


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


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


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.


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:

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.


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.

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 [...]


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

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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