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Portland's First Renters Assembl;y
From the open publishing newswire: Ani and Lyn talk w/ Tori Abernathy and Nick Caleb about the upcoming Portland Renters Assembly
We are pleased to have The First Portland Renters' Assembly organizer, art worker and activist Tori Abernathy, plus Nick Caleb, former city council candidate, professor of government and speaker at this event. Check details of this event out at FB [Tiny URL link to FB page] Listen and join the discussion on KBOO, Friday morning 8-9 AM
The Portland Renters' Assembly is a gathering of people united by the burden of rent. The housing struggle in Portland, much like activism of our time at large, often operates in a state of emergency. There is a need to stand behind those facing foreclosure, eviction, renoviction, homelessness, and rents rising well beyond livability. It is time for these concerns to stand in solidarity with the basic injustice underlying the concept of 'rent' itself. Come and share your experience as a renter or with rent-related issues, learn about the history of rent and tenant struggles, and share resources for moving forward together.
We just know listeners, that you've got stories and questions for our guests! Call in at 503-321-8187.
Portland's First Renters Assembly 232 SE Oak St - February 24, 2015 7PM to February 26, 2015 10PM
Housing as a Human Right by Arnold Kunzli, emeritus Swiss professor, in 2003:
GLOBAL DIVESTMENT DAY ACTION! Friday, February 13th, 12-1pm
From the open publishing newswire: Start the Valentine weekend off right and show our mayor how much we "heart" him. Let's ask our mayor Charlie Hales to return the love by honoring his pledge of a fossil free future for Portland.
We'll remind him that on June 5, 2013, World Environment Day, he declared, "The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool, and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel."
When: Friday, February 13th, 12-1pm Where: In front of Portland City Hall 1221 SW 4th Ave Who: Everyone who loves Portland!
RELATED VIDEO POST: Video from the PDX event at City Hall on 2/13 is here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/02/429143.shtml#441176
From the open publishing newswire: "Just Say No"
We all knew it would be a long night; there were almost 30 people who signed up to go on the record concerning whether Portland, Oregon should join the JTTF. Our status with the Feds now seems to be, on call or as needed and the US Attorney wanted us in or out. We had to listen to the US Attorney go on forever, (30 minutes +) about how the JTTF would save our city from all invasions from ISIS and the Martians. You must look up and get the video of the hearing because you will have your mouth open most of the time Amanda Marshall was speaking, she is a very sick person, in my opinion, and should be removed as our US Attorney.
After Marshall finished, even Commissioner Fish looked worn out by her bizarre testimony and Commissioner Saltzman would have been bored to tears if he was there, but he was AWOL. We only had four people present at 5:00 PM to listen to the community tell them do not rejoin, join or even get near the FBI because our police are having their own problems and do not need this action. All but one person spoke against joining the JTTF. I was very proud of those who testified, including a very young girl who read a message she and her mom wrote about the 14th Amendment to the ACLU who gave a wonderful presentation that made me wonder what to say. All the groups were stunning; they spoke with a wonderful intelligence that made the walls move. They spoke of freedoms, they spoke of dignity, and they pointed out the terrible history both far and near of the FBI. One could see the effect it was having on the three Commissioners and the Mayor and at the end I was proven wrong, the city government seems to be heavily learning towards saying no to JTTF. Wow, it was a wonderful night for this activist; I just love to be proven wrong. We now have two weeks and a vote will happen, so if you went and offered your opinion, thank you so much, if you could not get there you can e-mail or make a phone call because the record will remain open for most of the two weeks. You do not have to live in Portland to offer your opinion and as one of our leaders said last night, "The rest of the country is watching what we do."
To contact the mayor's office go here:
Stop these fucking sweeps hales
From the open publishing newswire: what you can do
Individuals For Justice has been fighting with city hall, county and the state of Oregon for only a few years yet has shed enough tears to fill Mt. Tabor Reservoirs.
Homelessness/Houselessness touches all of us, adults with jobs, children who are thrown away or run away, veterans, wives, husbands, sons, and daughters. We are still the richest country in the world and yet we still have this terrible plague with us in 2015. When oh when will you yell with us about this injustice\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\? Please stop to say hello in front of city hall each and every Wednesday, as we stand & protest for the people on the streets. We will be there about 0800, we will always go into the building and let our feelings be known. We ask/demand that the sweeps end immediately, we ask that the city council stop talking and do something like creating storage areas, and how about safe places where people can put their head down at night without being arrested by our police for being poor. Join us or call the mayor's office and ask that the sweeps be stopped now!
homepage: homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com
Volunteer Opportunity: Become a PFTP Ambassador!
From the open publishing newswire: Join Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
If you believe that everyone should have equal access to healthful food, if you believe in the power of community, enjoy talking with people and want to help promote the work of Portland Fruit Tree Project, outreach events are a great way to volunteer!.
PFTP Ambassador Overview:
PFTP Ambassadors will play a vital role in connecting community members with Portland Fruit Tree Project. Ambassadors will help spread the word about PFTP's mission, programs, and ways to get involved. This will be done primarily through info booths at community events. Good communication skills and enthusiasm are essential to this position. This will be a great opportunity to meet new people, gain experience in community outreach, and help Portland Fruit Tree Project grow and thrive!
PFTP Ambassador Responsibilities:
Attend the 2015 Ambassador Orientation on Wednesday, March 25th from 6-7:30pm If you are not able to attend, we may be able to make alternate arrangements. Represent PFTP for at least 4 community outreach events this year Attend one harvesting party at the beginning of the harvesting season (June-July) Assist in set-up and take-down of PFTP tables and outreach materials at events Assist in transport of materials to and from outreach events
Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with 'PFTP Ambassador Application Request' in the subject line. We'll send you an application right away! The application deadline is Saturday February 28th.
February 8 YOUTH and YOUNG ADULT CALL2ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACISM
From the open publishing newswire: Due to the recent events in our country of police brutality and racism, the Multnomah Youth Commission (the official youth policy body of Multnomah County and the City of Portland) is hosting a Call to Action event on Sunday, February 8, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative (16126 S.E. Stark Street, Portland). This is a free event for youth and young adults between ages of 13 and 21.
Sunday, February 8
Call2Action Against Police Brutality and Racism!
Hosted by Multnomah Youth Commission
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 S.E. Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97233
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
For youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 21
Please RSVP to: email@example.com
or Marc at (503) 793-1691
Video: Hands Up - Dont Shoot Portland - MLK 2015 March 1.18.15
From the open publishing newswire: Hands Up PDX march on Jan 18 2015
Hundred + show up in the rain to bring awareness to the police shooting people of color ...and to make the public aware that we citizens say; Black Lives Matters, and we do care about these concerns.
Tiny URL link to the YouTube video: http://tinyurl.com/py57zdy (1 hour 34 min video)
Hands Up (Don't Shoot) PDX held a march on the day before Martin Luther King's Birthday. The march was in unity with "Black Lives Matter, and police accountability, it was in Solidarity with struggles in Ferguson, NY, Portland and around the US. The march was a unified voice of the community to end racism and violence. And to gather in the streets on Dr Martin Luther Kings birthday in memory of his fight for justice as we still face the current struggles today in our own communities. [...]
Martin Luther King Celebrations in Portland 2015
From the open publishing newswire: Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr's campaign against poverty with this day of action and celebration!
Homeless Bill of Rights & MLK Action
1/18 @ 1:00PM - VFP ch 72 march w Hands Up Don't Shoot PDX
MLK DAY: The Skanner Breakfast 8:30 AM
Highland Church - Martin Luther King Day - Keep the dream alive (12 noon)
What to do On Jan 21st - MLK Jr. Holiday
[Lots More] [...]
Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement about an internship opportunity with a local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for our Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship! The 2015 Community Orchards & Tree Care Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Community Orchards & Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 315 total hours minimum) January 12th - July 12th, 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 tree care 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!
The application deadline is Monday January 5th
An Open Letter To Mayor Charlie Hales
From the open publishing newswire: An Open Letter To Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:
Last week you released a statement addressing the Ferguson protests in Portland. Of the several concerns you have for future demonstrations you seem fixated on demonstrators blocking streets, intersections and highways. You add that blocking highways is "foolish and dangerous." There seems to be some confusion on your end in this regard. Blocking traffic is a sign of civil disobedience. It is illegal and it can also be dangerous but the reason demonstrators are doing it, and have been since the struggle for civil rights, is because it brings attention to your everyday, perhaps apathetic, citizens. It inconveniences them and therefore gets their attention. Many people standing on a highway making it clear they will not be moved easily could be seen as dangerous because motorists could decide to run them over or hit them with their vehicles. But which is more dangerous, standing with many citizens on a highway making a statement or allowing citizens to continue to live a country where police kill without reason or impunity? Is it more dangerous to jaywalk or be charged at by bicycles, motorcycles and horses for standing on a sidewalk?
I think you're relinquishing, yet again, your responsibility for keeping your citizens safe. When thousands of Portlanders are taking to the streets and highways without laying a finger on police or personal property, the statement is clear: You will see to it that demonstrations will be violently suppressed by police outfitted in military wear and equipment. You will see to it that "those who do not disperse immediately will be subject to [internationally banned] chemical or less lethal weapons." [...]
One of the other concerns expressed in your statement is about vandalism. Where is this coming from? What property has been damaged during the Ferguson protests? The answer again seems clear: You are vilifying those engaged in civil disobedience to serve your own agenda. Your reasons for doing so are publicly evident. The citizens of Portland have known you are more concerned with rampant commercial development then protecting the people.
Here's the evidence: [...]
PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING - 12/10/14 - Wednesday 5pm
From the open publishing newswire: 2014 PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING PORTLAND
Wed, Dec 10, 2014
5:30 PM -- FREE
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Homelessness is, and is not, what you think. This series of poignant short films, created by local young adults transitioning from struggle to hope and self-sufficiency, uses personal experience to reveal some of the causes and possible solutions to this important problem in our community. The youth are participants in the School of Film's Project Viewfinder, now in its second year, which partners with area community organizations to teach the tools of filmmaking to disadvantaged populations. Join us for this uplifting testimony to the power of filmmaking to change young lives, and for film to spark a collective sense of community compassion. Thanks to New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, p:ear, SMYRC, BCCTV and the Wheeler Foundation for helping to make this project possible. (100 mins.) [...]
"Project Viewfinder gives youth a chance to draw out their individual talents. They are motivated to believe in themselves after so many others have given up on them."
- Sue Hays, New Avenues for Youth
Jesse is live streaming the Garner demo [12.4.14]
From the open publishing newswire: Live at 7:16...Pioneer square
Rally tonight @ 6:00 @ the justice ctr. [12.4.14]
All are welcome to join in the Portland response to the Eric Garner killing non-indictment
blazer game ending 9:02 PM (chanting) "I Cant Breath"
police are there (inside and out) - protesters move closer to doors
A busy Fur-Free Black Friday, March Against Gresham Police, & Opsafewinter! (11/28)
From the open publishing newswire: We also encourage peeps to join the multiple events going on tomorrow, including the Black Friday rally demanding justice for walmart workers (10am), the Fur Free Friday march (10:30am), the Evolve PDX Opsafewinter event (4pm), and the Gresham March Against the Police in Solidarity with Ferguson (6pm).
* For the Black Friday rally we demand $15 and full-time hours for Walmart workers! Join us at the SE 82nd St. Walmart from 10am until 12pm to stand in solidarity with community members and workers ready to strike!
* The plan for this Opsafewinter event is to meet at Elephant Park at 4pm, hand out sack lunches to the homeless and hungry in downtown, then we will all walk to Pioneer Square for the tree lighting. "We will demonstrate against corporate entities and educate the public about how they can help their neighbors in need right here in Portland."
* The March Against Police will Rally at Plaza Del Sol in Gresham at 6pm. We will march to the new police station located at 675 NE 181st Ave. Plaza Del Sol is a park straight ahead of you on 187th after getting off the MAX at the Rockwood/188th MAX Station.