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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.

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.


community building | environment 06-Aug-2015 11:33

Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.

From the open publishing newswire: Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a small nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently recruiting for three internship positions - [...]

Go to  http://portlandfruit.org/jobs for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions. Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd.


actions & protests | community building 29-Jul-2015 08:27

Code Pink Portland Peace Calendar PDX. July - August

From the open publishing newswire: Upcoming Events in Portland Oregon - July and August 2015.
This (email) list is for women in Portland Oregon to organize Code Pink gatherings in favor of peace and justice. The (email) list is moderated, and is limited to actions directly involving Code Pink Portland.

Code Pink Portland Peace
Calendar for the Week of
July 25th 2015


In this digest
Upcoming Events-

July 25th Peace Park Cleanup 9:30am
July 25th VFP Summertime Garden Party with David Rovics 2pm
July 26th Jobs More Justice Performing 10am
July 27th HCAO Forum: Universal Health Care, Why Oregon Won't Be First 6pm
July 28th NW Interfaith Peace Walkers 9am
July 30th Medicare 50th Anniversary Rally Noon
August 2nd 5th Annual Arab Festival
August 2nd Willamette River Revival Festival
August 5th This War We Are Living 1pm Film
August 6th Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil 6pm
August 7 Iraq War III One Year Later March and Rally 5pm


community building | human & civil rights 14-Jun-2015 11:00

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

From the open publishing newswire: The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Video is here: https://youtu.be/GjV0xDYx\_7o (2 hrs 30 mins)
This meeting is open to the public.

Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

Public Meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.

The Portland Human Rights Commission [PHRC] website is here:

Archives of previous portland Human Rights Commission meetings and more information are available on my website here:

An ~ Out Take "public comment" video clip from this meeting is here:

This June HRC meeting video is also on Archive (dot) org where you can watch it or download it:

The June proposed agenda was never posted by the HRC, I have a pdf copy that you can download here:

Last months meeting 5/6/15 was posted on portland indymedia here:


actions & protests | community building 01-May-2015 11:05

MAY DAY 2015

From the open publishing newswire:
GATHER 2:00pm

RALLY 3:00pm

MARCH 4:30pm

Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr

South Park Blocks Map: Google Map

Post your pictures, first hand stories and videos on indymedia!


actions & protests | community building 29-Apr-2015 12:03

MAY DAY 2015

From the open publishing newswire: [T]he current info for May Day this year in Portland is to gather [in the South Park Blocks] at 2pm, rally at 3pm, and march at 4:30pm from the South Park Blocks for social & economic justice.

via FB event:

links to flyers b&w:


Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr. in solidarity with "protestors around the globe fighting back against excessive force by Americas trained Law Enforcement". Bring the noise! Wear red and black or only black or red to signify the bloodshed of Americas black women, men, and children.

Info via FB again:


arts and culture | community building 05-Mar-2015 22:45

Video Instruction for "What is Cascadia\?" Zine

From the open publishing newswire: How to assemble the "What is Cascadia\?" Zine

double sided single sheet zine:
[pdf download]  http://media.portland.indymedia.org/media/2015/01/429041.pdf

We now have a simple video explaining how to cut and fold (assemble) the booklet "What is Cascadia\?"

Please go to link, print out the double sided single sheet of the booklet and follow the video instructions (2 cuts and 4 folds and then staple on the spine of the your newly assembled "What is Cascadia\?" Zine)
[  link to freecascadia.org is to be mass printed hand distributed at events, gatherings, public places or handed to friends and the bioregionally curious.

Previous post on pimc:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/01/429040.shtml

homepage:  http://freecascadia.org/media/cascadia-booklets


community building | neighborhood news 09-Feb-2015 18:55

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

To Apply:
Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to ximena@portlandfruit.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.


community building | sustainability 29-Dec-2014 15:11

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


Video: Michael Withey Tiny Houses presentation to Human Rights Commission 16-Oct-2014 18:23

Video: Tiny Houses for the Homeless

From the open publishing newswire: Housing should be a human right and yet is often subverted by the right to speculation. This video of Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon shows what citizens like Pastor Bryant of the First Christian Church can do. Arnold Kunzli is an emeritus Swiss professor and author of Housing as a Human Right

The cost comes down to three dollars a night per person, and one of those three dollars is paid by the villagers themselves. They all pay thirty dollars a month for their utilities, for the water, and electricity and Internet service even. So we are running this facility for two bucks a head a night.

 link to www.pbs.org

A presentation on a "small house community" in Portland was given to the Portland Human Rights Commission in April 2014 by Michael Withey.

The presentation was recorded and is viewable on YouTube here:
 http://youtu.be/pawRPWfW-f4 (31 minute video)


alternative media | community building 18-Sep-2014 18:27

Final schedule for the Cascade Media Convergence

From the open publishing newswire: Final schedule announced for the Cascade Media Convergence, a regional gathering of community based media organizations, journalists and artists taking place September 19th-21st at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center in Portland, OR. The CMC will be a series of workshops, facilitated strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media makers to network, share knowledge and skills, and discuss ways to continue collaboration and build toward a regional media coalition.


actions & protests | community building | human & civil rights 13-Sep-2014 12:20

Peace and Justice Fair in Vancouver

From the open publishing newswire: The 11th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair on Saturday Sept 13, 2014 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.

Admission is free! Bring the family! During the day, there will be many activities going on at the same time. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, dance and poetry. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children's activities will be happening throughout the day.

Ester Short Park is a great venue in downtown Vancover with a stage and bandshell. The park is well-shaded and beside the farmer's market.


community building 14-Aug-2014 08:12

Video: Community Forum On Drones

From the open publishing newswire: Speakers address various aspects of rapidly growing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) commonly known as drones, including military, commercial and hobby applications. The event is introduced by local attorney Jason Kafoury and moderated by local author and Oregonian columnist, Steve Duin.

Community Forum On Drones


Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright addresses the use of drones - domestically and internationally, in war and in peace, by police and civilians, by the state and by private corporations. Col Wright famously resignes as a US diplomat in protest of the Iraq War in 2003. She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.

Brian Whiteside, industry leader and Vice President of the award-winning Cascade Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Peter Lumsdaine, researcher and frequent speaker on the use of robotics in warfare and social control; and founder of ARROWS, Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare.

Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative for House District 36, and Assistant House Majority leader. She co-chairs there Joint Ways and Means SubCommittee on Public Safety, and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee & the Joint Committee on Ways & Means.


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