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Video: PSU Teachers Contract Rally 2.27.14
From the open publishing newswire: The PSU faculty (and students) held a rally for a better teacher contract during mid day on Thursday. Their rally with speeches was recorded on 2.27.14 in the park blocks by Portland State University. The reasonable demands are for a student-centered budget, educator-led higher education and a stable faculty for the benefit of everyone at PSU.
2 videos in full
[video 1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycfliui75-c "The Rally Before the Speeches" (26 min)
[video 2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8KpMgO4meU "The Speeches" (28 min)
Jefferson students Walk Out in support of teachers
From the open publishing newswire: Jefferson students showed everyone today how a great walk out looks like. Full of passion, energy, determination, spirit and guts, they walked out of Jefferson High School around noon today, taking over one lane of Killingsworth. Police cars soon appeared and followed them, but fortunately, the cops remained in their cars and didn't intervene.
Jefferson students showed everyone today how a great walk out looks like. Full of passion, energy, determination, spirit and guts, they walked out of Jefferson High School around noon today, taking over one lane of Killingsworth. Police cars soon appeared and followed them, but fortunately, the cops remained in their cars and didn't intervene. Many motorists honked and waved in support of the students. For more photos, here's the link: Jefferson students showed everyone today how a great walk out looks like. Full of passion, energy, determination, spirit and guts, they walked out of Jefferson High School around noon today, taking over one lane of Killingsworth. Police cars soon appeared and followed them, but fortunately, the cops remained in their cars and didn't intervene.
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Students demonstrate their passion for education and descry the lack of progress made during contract negotiations between the teachers union and Portland Public Schools. They walk out to support their teachers and demand access to the education all children deserve.
VIDEO: Jefferson High Student Walk Out
PACK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN SUPPORT OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
From the open publishing newswire: Support Portland teachers and students in their efforts towards quality and equity in education by rallying at the Portland School Board meeting on Monday, January 13.
PACK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING!
Rally in support of Portland teachers and students
Coordinated by Portland Student Union and Portland Teachers Solidarity Campaign
Monday, January 13
School Administration Building, 501 N. Dixon, Portland
Rally at 5:30 p.m.
March into School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Please also contact the School Board at firstname.lastname@example.org demanding:
1. Smaller class sizes and workloads;
2. Wrap-around support services;
3. Rich curriculum in every school;
4. No school closures;
5. Less standardized testing; and
6. More academic freedom.
The Schools Portland Students Deserve
From the open publishing newswire: -- A Community Forum --
The Schools Portland Students Deserve
Speakers: Gwen Sullivan, president, Portland Association of Teachers; Maribel Gomez, Beach School parent; Rose Murdock, Beach School teacher; Armonda Clay, Jefferson HS student
Wed. Oct. 16 - 7 - 8:30pm
Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby (@ Killingsworth & Alberta)
Come hear about, question and discuss the teachers' bargaining proposal preamble --
"The Schools Portland Students Deserve"
which calls for
•Reduced class sizes and caseloads
•More electives, music, art, physical education, libraries, and world languages
•Wrap-around support services, including counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, second-language and special education teachers
•Equity in allocation of resources to high poverty schools
•Maintenance of enrollment rather than school closures
•Use of standardized testing as only one tool for assessment of students
•Academic freedom and collaboration for professional educators
Portland Public Schools (PPS) refuses to bargain over these issues in a meaningful way. PPS should continue negotiations without declaring impasse. PPS should settle a contract which provides for adequate compensation and benefits, fair workload and preparation time, because teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions.
*to contact PPS School Board members call 503-916-3906
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, [...]
Rally to Save Schools in the Jefferson Cluster
From the open publishing newswire: Last week, the Portland Public Schools announced its plans to close another school in Jefferson Cluster in North and Northeast Portland. Jefferson cluster has been systematically undermined by the district by the transfer policy, and constant school-closures, re-configuration, and lack of support. Last year, two schools (Tubman and Humbolt) were closed suddenly, without any discussion or community process. While the district justifies these closures by under-enrollment, it allows half the students who live in the cluster to transfer elsewhere. While most of the families who live in Jefferson Cluster are white, the vast majority of the students in our schools are of color. The district's transfer policy has created a segregated school system, and its plans for "balancing" the cluster will only intensify this problem.
The students and families of Jefferson cluster have been underserved by our school district for decades, and it is time for this to stop. https://www.facebook.com/events/571009122928362/
Please come to rally for Jefferson Cluster Schools!
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm
Jefferson High School,
N Killingsworth and Kerby
Bring signs, make noise! Tell your friends!
UPDATE:[Related video report-back]
Defend Oregon rally held to restore public funding for education
From the open publishing newswire: Teachers, parents, students, and children rallied in Grant Park in NE Portland against budget cuts to K-12 education. Many people held signs against Measure 84 spearheaded by Kevin Mannix which would implement a tax break for millionaires. Portland, Or, USA, 09/21/2012.
Video: "Solidarity With Quebec Students" Action With Speech By Montreal Native 6.11.12
From the open publishing newswire: StreetNews Report
On 6.11.12, a protest rally was held at Pioneer Square in solidarity with Canadian students who are protesting extreme tuition hikes and interest rate increases in Universities across Canada.
What an inspiring action presented by Occupy Portland in Portlands' living room, Pioneer Square. Around 250 people showed up for the Facebook event created to bring solidarity with the students in Canada who are protesting in the thousands for education reform, as tuition rate increases are three times ours and interest rates are insane. This local rally showed the world and Canada that we are in support of the universal mission to lower the cost of higher education and increase the worth of degrees to actually make the academic investment worth it.
Great speeches were given by students and former students who were heavily affected by the debt they incurred while attending school. A contest was held to see who had the highest student debt, and a woman with 111,0000 dollars of debt took the crown. The frustration was seen in the faces of the many that decided to get up, grab the bull horn and tell their story. A visiting student from Montreal Canada just happened to be in Portland and spoke of how appreciative he is of all the solidarity that Portland is bringing to this issue.
Quebec Student Solidarity Action - Portland Oregon
Teachers on strike in East Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Teachers have gone on strike In a high poverty district on the East edge of Portland. The school board and district have been stalling and delaying for 11 months. The Reynolds Board and School District has walked away from negotiations at 11:30am May 21st on the first day of the strike. This puts a huge burden on many low income parents who must find child care for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
How to help:
Keep in touch with the Teacher's Union
Call (503) 661-7200 and ask the district office to go back to the table sooner.
Here is what the media leaves out when reporting on this:
UPDATE PIMC NEWSWIRE POST 5/24/12 Mobile T VIDEO:
Reynolds School District Contract Agreement Partial - Strike Is On
Activism Refined: A Mini-Conference
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Animal Defense League and the Student Animal Liberation Coalition are co-hosting a mini-conference at Portland State University! This is a must for experienced and inexperienced activists.
Portland State University [Saturday June 2, 2012]
THREE WORKSHOPS TO REFINE YOUR ACTIVISM!
*11:00 AM-12:15 PM- Campaigning Research and Strategy
This event is free and open to the public. Please share widely and invite your friends!
VIDEO: Parkrose School District Votes Against PFA Contract 4/17/12
From the open publishing newswire: StreetNews Report: Early on the morning of 4/17, a board meeting was held at 8:45am at the Parkrose District Office concerning teacher union negotiations between the school board and the Parkrose Faculty Association (PFA). The reentered contract was given a unanimous "No" vote and the board asked for a ten day extension under overwhelming opposition. With much media coverage and a large attendance of the public, outrage ensued. A strike is "inevitable" according to organizers.
Law & Disorder Conference at PSU this weekend in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: *This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, actors and writers. The conference invites panels and workshop on all aspects of social change from the revolutionary to the academic.
*The 3rd Annual Law and Disorder Conference will take place April 6-8th, 2012 at Portland State University.
Oct 17th Student Loan Rally - Audio and Photos
From the open publishing newswire: Here is a 15 minute audio piece and a few photos from the Oct. 17th Student Rally at 5th and Main. About 75 people gathered. One person had a megaphone and people took turns describing their own experience. People described their search for jobs, how much money they owe, how the level of debt is going up even as they make some payment and the general sentiment that they were unlikely to ever be able to pay off their student loans. The point was also made that unlike other loans, student loans are not included in a bankruptcy filing.