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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. [...]
Video: Portland Rally in Solidarity With the People of Ferguson
From the open publishing newswire: Portland action on a national day of solidarity with the people of Ferguson Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was recently gunned down by the local police.
Solidarity Rally with Ferguson
This excerpt from the speakers at the Portland event is from the remarks by Jo Ann Hardesty, long time activist for human rights and opposing abuse of power by Portland Police.
Jo Ann exhorts the crowd not to be confused by the outcry against the militarization of the police. Though this is a tangential issue, the bottom line is in reality the open season on people of color everywhere in this country. "This isn't about what weapons they have; this is about a mind set. This is about a mind set that devalues black life... .when did it become okay for police in the U.S. to just willy nilly say, 'I was scared and shoot someone 28 times.'"
And further, i don't want you to get confused, because I understand they are asking the Federal government to investigate the latest killing, Michael Brown... ..who do you think gave those military weapons to the police department? Don't get confused. This about whether or not you stand for justice This is about whether or not you value every black, brown, white red, yellow life on this planet."
Hardesty eloquently continues to address the wider issue of injustice in the United States of America and what the citizens are going to have to do to shift the current to justice and respect for human life.
Link to full video from rally: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/08/427933.shtml
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.
PORTLAND COPWATCH GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR 7/23/14
From the open publishing newswire: NEWS ITEM: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2014
LONG-TIME POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR
Portland Copwatch, an organization promoting police accountability since 1992,
has been denied a meeting with Mayor/Police Commissioner Charlie Hales after
three months of back-and-forth with his scheduler and police liaison. Although
the group has met with every Chief and Mayor since its creation, the current
Commissioner seems to be shutting out the organization, after meeting with them
a year ago on July 22, 2013
VIDEO: A die in protest in front of Sen Wyden's office - PDX 7.21.14
From the open publishing newswire: A large group of people gathered outside of Sen. Wyden's office on Monday in Portland to protest the US involvement and support of Israel. After a couple speeches many folks laid down on the sidewalk (Die In) to simulate all those being killed in Gaza with US taxpayers money.
A die in protest in front of Sen Wyden's office in NE Portland Oregon on Monday at 1:30 in the afternoon.
This protest was to demand and end to US aiding Israel in attacking the people of Palestine.
Sen. Wyden and 100 other Senators approved a bill to help fiancé the recent attack on the Palestinian people with US taxpayers money.
http://youtu.be/5y0GlRA7Luw [video 17 min]
Video - No Immigration Amnesty is protested at Portland Ore. Mexican Consulate, July 18
From the open publishing newswire: A protest by March for America attracted a couple proponents in front of the Mexican Consulate on July 18 2014 in Portland Oregon. Only a couple people were there to protest the No Amnesty idea. The couple dozen other people who were at the Consulate were anti-protesters who were there in solidarity of immigrants rights and human rights and to stand united against the rise of unjust immigration laws.
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.
Video: Portland Stop Bombing Gaza Rally
From the open publishing newswire: July 12, 2014, Portland Oregon rally in support of the people of Gaza. Rally at Pioneer Square featuring four speakers and music by David Rovics.
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.