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Community Building

We are all working in one way or another to create the world we want to live in and pass it on to the generations to come. One of the best ways to accomplish all that we strive for is to build strong community bonds that will support us through the struggles ahead. Building community comes in all manner of actions and intentions such as neighborhood projects, small local business, free skools, crime and cop watch, alternative economics like barter and community currencies, sharing histories, Food Not Bombs, community gardens, reading groups, arts collectives, community forums, mutual aid, free trainings and skillshares; all of which can be reported, shared and read about here.

animal rights | community building 21-Mar-2014 07:15

Coalition Building event at PSU

From the open publishing newswire: Coalition Building: Organizing at the Intersections Thursday March 20, 7pm Portland State University SMSU Room 236 Free and open to the public

Event Description Dylan Powell, an animal liberation and migrant justice activist from St. Catherine's, Ontario will be presenting a workshop on the ins and outs of coalition building and intersectional organizing. What is coalition building? What is intersectionality? How do animal and environmental activists build necessary bridges with other communities, organizations, and movements? How do we work towards solidarity without appropriating the experiences and struggles of other communities? When is intersectional organizing appropriate? How do we effectively organize across movements? Why do animal and ecological movements need to approach our goals with intersectionality in mind? He will discuss these topics and more as they explore how our movement can move beyond its current stagnation and isolation by adopting an intersectional approach, cross-movement solidarity, and coalition building skills.

This workshop focuses on strategies for coalition building from an ally perspective within the animal/earth advocacy movements. Specific focus is paid to sameness/difference, diversity of scale/tactics, and a critique of consumerism. [...]


community building 21-Mar-2014 06:58

Pacific NW Social Forum Open House

From the open publishing newswire: You're invited to come to Sisters Of The Road on April 4th to learn about the planning going on for the PNW Social Forum here in Portland in September.

Y'all Come! To the Pacific Northwest Social Forum Open House, Saturday April 5th from 1-5 PM at the Sisters Of The Road Cafe at 133 NW 6th Ave in downtown Portland.

Help us build toward the Pacific NW People's Plan of Action by co-creating the Pacific NW Social Forum 3-day agenda - what we will do during that vital time together to build the people's plan to reclaim our region!

Plug In to working groups planning toward the PNWSF in September, help with outreach, program planning, facilitation, whatever you're good at.

The Pacific Northwest Social Forum (PNSWSF) will be taking place September 26th-28th in Portland, OR. The PNWSF is not a conference, it is a convergence of people's movements who's primary work & struggles take place in No Cal, OR, WA, British Columbia, MT, ID, UT, Hawaii & Alaska to build solidarity and unified action toward social, economic and environmental justice in the Pacific NW.


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:

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community building | human & civil rights 09-Jan-2014 18:31


From the open publishing newswire: Sisters of the Road's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will be part of a West Coast-wide weekend of Action and Resistance coordinated by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) Coalition, calling attention to the wide-spread discriminatory and criminalizing practices against the poor and unhoused community members in our cities, towns and our state and to mobilize our community and partner organizations to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights to protect the basis civil and human rights of poor and socially-excluded communities.


Friday, January 17
in honor of the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe and Right to Survive/Right2DreamToo
Free! Donations gratefully accepted.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Drop by Sisters of the Road Cafe (133 N.W. Sixth) to celebrate with food, music, theatre/arts and speeches by leaders from the Sisters' community, labor and grassroots organizations.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- March to Right2DreamToo (319 W. Burnside) and then to City Hall. (It is anticipated that the City Hall rally will be at 3:00 p.m.)


community building | social services 02-Dec-2013 12:55


From the open publishing newswire:


Between the cuts to Housing Assistance and SNAP (food stamp) benefits, many, many families are struggling right now just to make ends meet and the holidays will be financially-stressful and bleak for their children. Sisters of the Road will be hosting a Family Community/Kids' Day on Wednesday, December 18. They would appreciate help in providing toys and children's outerwear at this event.

Items Sought: UNWRAPPED NEW toys and stocking stuffers; GENTLY-USED OR NEW children's outerwear donations (ages 2 - 12) -- gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, wool socks, etc. Ages: Suitable for ages 2 - 12

Time Period for Acceptance of Donations: Tuesday, December 3, through the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17

Drop-Off Locations:
Between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 N.W. Sixth Avenue (corner of N.W. Sixth and Davis).
Ask for Catherine. If Catherine is unavailable, other staff can assist
Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. -- Sisters of the Road Administrative Office, 518 N.W. Davis (between Davis and Broadway)

The donations are being collected for distribution at a Family Community/Kids' Day Party to be held at Sisters of the Road Cafe on Wednesday, December 18, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.



community building | environment 17-Aug-2013 11:58

2013-2014 Outreach & Communications Internship with Portland Fruit Tree Project

From the open publishing newswire: The Outreach and Communications Intern will assist with outreach to spread the word about PFTP and bring diverse participants into our programs. The intern will also help to create and distribute informational and promotional materials aimed at engaging diverse community members in supporting the work of PFTP as volunteers, partners, and donors. This will be an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a vibrant nonprofit organization, while making a difference for PFTP and the communities we serve.
Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 6 months (schedule is somewhat flexible, 312 total hours minimum). Start Date: Oct 1st, 2013. End Date: March 31, 2014.
Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland.
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.

Preferred Qualifications: (not required)
Experience with community outreach
Interest in community involvement / volunteer engagement
Passion for urban agriculture, community food security and/or sustainable food systems
Experience with diverse communities, particularly low income populations
Proficiency in Spanish, or other language common to Portland

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Katy Kolker at:  katy@portlandfruit.org
Application deadline is September 6th.


community building | neighborhood news 08-May-2013 17:19

Become a Tree Scout with Portland Fruit Tree Project!

From the open publishing newswire: Announcement of a community volunteer opportunity
Volunteer opportunity: Become a Tree Scout with Portland Fruit Tree Project!

As a Tree Scout volunteer, you will help to find and register fruit trees in your neighborhood whose fruit might otherwise go to waste. Tree scouts serve as a vital liaison between PFTP and tree owners, helping us to connect with people that want to share their bounty with the community. It's a fun way to meet neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all. Good record-keeping and reporting are essential to this position. All the necessary materials and information will be provided. You can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week (on average) on this volunteer position, which begins June 22nd and goes through October.

Click here for more information on this position and how to apply:

homepage:  http://www.portlandfruit.org


community building | human & civil rights 11-Feb-2013 18:57

Social Justice Real Justice Conference-Eugene-2/14-2/16

From the open publishing newswire: There is a social justice conference happening at the University of Oregon on the dates 2-14 thru 2-16.


Featured attendees include Cornel West, Dolores Huerta, Dead Prez, Winona LaDuke, and many more!

Info and registration at- https://sites.google.com/site/sjrj2013/

Facebook Event page- https://www.facebook.com/events/146912615455731/?fref=ts


community building | education 09-Feb-2013 10:48

Internship opportunity with Portland Fruit Tree Project

From the open publishing newswire: Announcement of internship posting with local non-profit

Portland Fruit Tree Project is now accepting applications for our 2013 Harvest and Stewardship Intern Position The 2013 Harvest & Stewardship Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Fruit Tree Stewardship, Community Orchards & Harvesting programs.

Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 315 total hours minimum) April 2nd - September 30th, 2013. 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. Intern responsibilities: [...]

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge/experience with fruit trees Interest or experience in urban agriculture and/or community food security Experience working with volunteers and/or leading groups Experience with low-income communities Familiarity with Portland geography and local communities To apply, [...]


community building | environment 16-Nov-2012 10:21

Join or Lead a Tree Care Team

From the open publishing newswire:
Join or Lead a Tree Care Team in 2013 Learn tree care skills while helping to improve the health and productivity of urban fruit trees!

Each Tree Care Team will care for a cluster of PFTP-registered fruit trees, visiting each tree once per season to complete the full spectrum of care. Each team is instructed & guided by two 'Team Leaders' with experience and skills in organic fruit tree care. This is a unique opportunity to develop strong skills in organic fruit tree care, meet new people, and care for trees providing food to your community!

Members and Leaders will participate in ten 3-hour work-parties over an 11-month period (January-November, 2013). Topics/tasks will include: Winter & Summer Pruning, Young Tree Training & Care, Pest & Disease Management, Fruit Thinning, and more. At the end of the program you will receive a certificate of completion.

Volunteer position descriptions for Tree Care Team Members and Tree Care Team Leaders are available on our website: www.portlandfruit.org


anti-racism | community building 03-Nov-2012 10:53

Eugene Anti-Fascists resist David Irving’s event.

From the open publishing newswire: On Friday, November 2nd, Eugene anti-fascists made their presence known in response to David Irving's event "Hitler and I", hosted by local fascist organizer Jimmy Marr. David Irving is recognized worldwide as a holocaust denier and fascist sympathizer, whose events are frequently held in private with strictly screened attendees. Despite our repeated attempts, we were unable to find their location. There is an equal possibility that Irving cancelled the meeting, as he is known to do when resistance is expected.

Events like this recruit people to white supremacist ideology and hate groups, and often lead to an upswing in violence against people of color, LGBTQ people, Jewish people, women, people with disabilities, the homeless, etc. Events like this also make local hate groups feel energized and empowered. It is important to confront these events to make a statement that we don't want this in Eugene.

Eugene has continually grappled with it's own racially motivated conflicts. In light of this, we believe that communities should unite in opposition when fascist organizers attempt to target sections of the population with violence and hate speech. Some critics of anti-fascists defend fascist organizing as a free speech issue. The First Amendment and related free speech laws protect citizens from state intervention, not from criticism by the public.

In response to this threat, Eugene anti-fascists held a public rally and dropped several banners to inform the public. We extend our solidarity to Portland anti-fascists and others who have opposed David Irving in their cities.


community building | economic justice 20-Sep-2012 22:06

Portland Solidarity Network Has WON Our Campaign!

From the open publishing newswire: Portland Solidarity Network Wins Campaign!
We fought with our friend Beth to force her landlord to return a stolen deposit!
Join Us For a Victory Celebration this Friday (9/21) at 6 PM at the Alberta Street Pub!

Great news! The Portland Solidarity Network (PDX Sol) has won our most recent campaign! Our friend Beth received a check for her full deposit from Brian Wannamaker, the target of our campaign, and it has been confirmed that the check has cleared, thereby meeting our campaign's demand! Brian, the owner and landlord of the Falcon Art Community building where Beth briefly lived, initially refused to return Beth's security deposit after she was forced to move out because of black mold in her apartment. Brian only relented and returned the deposit after PDX Sol spent several weeks engaging in direct action. Our victory proves that a network of community volunteers and supporters committed to solidarity with tenants and workers CAN produce real victories!

Beth initially got in contact with us after seeing our posters, and we took on her campaign with Beth as a member and active participant. We began by delivering a letter to the Falcon Art Community offices that demanded the return of her deposit in full. Thirty-four people came out to support Beth by crowding into the Falcon Art Community's office and handing over the demand letter. (Watch a video of the event here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj2kqiDDr7o&feature=youtu.be) We continued our fight after the demand delivery by engaging in a campaign of direct action - a strategy that empowers individuals and their communities to directly confront those responsible for their exploitation without relying on lawyers or bureaucratic institutions. In the case of our campaign, PDX Sol and our supporters persisted in confronting Brian until he did the right thing and returned Beth's deposit. We relied on nothing more than the strength of our unified voice and the power that comes from public pressure.

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homepage:  http://pdxsol.wordpress.com
phone: (503) 446-6065


actions & protests | community building 29-Aug-2012 06:28

Video: Portland Citizens Protest Water Fluoridation

From the open publishing newswire: Demonstration at Portland City Hall protesting City Council's intention to add fluoride to the pristine Bull Run water. Interviews with many of the well informed and passionate citizens who want this put to a vote. The community has already voted this down three times in recent decades.

Video OF No Fluoride Rally

Posted this over the week end before I left town and forgot to include the link)

About a dozen people came forth to give their views on this subject. They attended the demonstration to make a point to City Council and they welcomed the opportunity to voice their opinion. Many chimed in from the side lines as I finished an interview. All were well educated on the issue of forced fluoridation and all were angry and frustrated with City Council's intention to by-pass the democratic process and mandate our water be fluoridated.

Numerous studies are cited, from EPA and Harvard, for example. The biggest thing I took away from this was the fact that the problem can be solved or mitigated by proper diet and dental hygiene. Fluoride is an attempt at a quick fix, which, as with most quick fixes, creates unintended consequences sometimes more egregious than the original problem.

Video oF No Fluoride Rally


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