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sustainability 21-Mar-2014 07:00

Job opportunity: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator with PFTP

From the open publishing newswire: A job posting for the non-profit organization Portland Fruit Tree Project

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for a part-time Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator! See below for the full position description Position: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator Employment Status: Part-time. 20 hours per week. Compensation: $14 per hour Work Location: Portland, OR Reports to: Program Coordinator Start date: May 1st, 2014 Background: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is strengthening communities, preventing waste, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways for low income families to obtain locally-grown fruit. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, cultivate community orchards on public lands, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. We currently have 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 full-time AmeriCorps member, and 1000+ active volunteers.

For more information about our organization, go to www.portlandfruit.org

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environment | sustainability 03-Nov-2013 11:28

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior in Vancouver WA

From the open publishing newswire: Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-5

You can board Rainbow Warrior this weekend at The Landing, in Vancouver WA, on the Columbia, just downriver from I-5 bridge. Do it!

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genetic engineering | sustainability 17-Aug-2013 23:31

Benton County Community Rights Coalition: Asserting Local Control of Food System

From the open publishing newswire: Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BCCRC) is a non-profit in Oregon formed to educate citizens about their legal rights to local community governance. The group is currently aiming to gather the needed signatures to qualify its Sustainable Food System Ordinance for the May 2014 ballot.

It's been over a year now since a small group of organic and conventional farmers, along with food advocates, came together to confront the issue of GMOs in their county. During that time, the BCCRC has built a coalition of supporters, hosted numerous public presentations as well as a community rights workshop taught by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Democracy School, and co-sponsored the Willamette Valley Farm and Food Rights Summit. [...]

The Sustainable Food System Ordinance of Benton County establishes citizens' rights to: a sustainable food system; seed heritage; and clean air, water, and soil for sustainable agriculture in Benton County. The ordinance also prohibits unsustainable practices - like the planting of GMO's - that would violate those rights.

The BCCRC believes that as free citizens, we must elevate our community's rights above the corporate "rights" and state preemptions that currently usurp our ability to decide the face of agriculture in our own community. The Coalition not only asserts its community's rights to a sustainable food system, but also asserts the inalienable rights of nature to exist, persist and flourish.

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neighborhood news | sustainability 26-Jul-2013 00:30

Occupy Mt. Tabor - The Battle For Bull Run Continues

From the open publishing newswire:

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 FROM 5-11PM
SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 60th Ave
SE Reservoir Loop Dr. - Portland

A Public Occupation of Mt. Tabor (Camp Cascadia)

Camp Cascadia assembles every Friday at 5:00pm and disbands at 10:59pm until our one simple demand is met: Mayor Charlie Hales, formally ask Senator Merkly and Representative Blumenauer to petition the EPA, on behalf of our city, for the LT2 Waiver.

As the people from Portland, who live here and who love this place and our beautiful city, we ask all who attend this public demonstration to respect Mt. Tabor and the surrounding land. This is our commons.

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environment | sustainability 25-Oct-2012 07:01

Radical Mycology Convergence 2012 Port Townsend [Documentary]

From the open publishing newswire: The second Radical Mycology Convergence was held in Port Townsend, Washington. This volunteer-run four day event attracts mycologists and fungal enthusiasts to share skills about the benefits of fungi in terms of bioremediation and human uses. Port Townsend, WA, USA, 10/22/2012.

[video]  https://vimeo.com/52069765
[homepage]  http://alexmilantracy.com

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environment | sustainability 25-Jun-2012 19:20

Tomorrow! (Tuesday, June 26): KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally

From the open publishing newswire: Tuesday, June 26 (TOMORROW)
KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
Terry Shrunk Plaza (S.W. Fourth and Madison, downtown Portland)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stand in solidarity with a diverse coalition of groups and over 30,000 Oregonians who are demanding that Governor Kitzhaber protect our water from a Nestle water bottling plant in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Join us for activities for all ages, music, special guest speakers, to add your own message to our banner and much more.

Guest speakers include:

Terry Swier,an activist involved with a group famous for fighting Nestle's damaging water bottling in Michigan; Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair; Sister Brigid Baumann, a Sister of Sisters of the Holy Names; and other locals from Cascade Locks and the Gorge who don't want Nestle bottling water in their backyard.

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community building | sustainability 07-Jun-2012 08:27

Portland Fruit Tree Project Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Harvest Leader!

From the open publishing newswire: Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...

As a Harvest Leader, you will co-lead group harvesting events in your neighborhood! It's a fun way to meet your neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.

Harvest Leader Overview: Harvest Leader Responsibilities:
- Attend Harvest Leader training (Thursday July 12th, 5pm - 9pm, or Saturday, July 21st, 10am-4pm)
- Co-lead at least 5 harvesting parties in the 2012 Harvest Season (July-November)
- Oversee harvest participants, coordinate logistics, and facilitate introductions, safety talk and wrap-up during harvesting parties.
- Coordinate delivery of 50% of harvested fruit to a local food pantry
- Keep thorough records
- Attend mid-season Harvest Leader meeting (Wednesday, August 29th, 6:00-7:30pm)
- Complete year-end survey and report (December)
- Celebrate! Attend year-end celebration and volunteer appreciation event in December 2012 (optional).

Applications are due Friday, June 29th.
homepage:  http://portlandfruit.org/
phone: 503-284-6106

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community building | sustainability 17-May-2012 18:53

Epistle to the Ecotopians

ecotopia emerging From the open publishing newswire: To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support -- a world of sustainability, stability, and confidence. A world something like the one I described, so long ago, in Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging....

We live in the declining years of what is still the biggest economy in the world, where a looter elite has fastened itself upon the decaying carcass of the empire. It is intent on speedily and relentlessly extracting the maximum wealth from that carcass, impoverishing our former working middle class... As Karl Marx darkly remarked, "Capital has no country," and in the conditions of globalization his meaning has come clear....

We all need to learn, or relearn, how we would keep the rudiments of life going if there were no paid specialists around, or means to pay them.... survival is a team sport.

[This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.]

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economic justice | sustainability 25-Apr-2012 15:06

The Facts on Fair Trade, Friday at Red&Black Cafe

From the open publishing newswire: Love our coffee? Find out more about where it comes from!

Come down to the Red & Black Cafe this Friday, 4/27, at 7:00pm for a great presentation by Santiago Paz of the CEPICAFE coffee growers co-op of Peru. CEPICAFE (  http://www.equalexchange.coop/profile-of-cepicafe-in-peru ) supplies the coffee that you enjoy everyday at the Red & Black Cafe through our fellow co-op coffee roaster, Equal Exchange.

Santiago will provide a brief presentation on the issues facing the legitimacy of the "fair trade" coffee label, including how small farmer co-ops are joining together to reinforce social democracy for this certification. If you've been hearing about how big corporate chains are compromising fair trade, and want to separate the facts from the fiction, this event is for you.

The Red & Black Cafe is located at 400 SE 12th Ave., in Portland, OR.
We are a worker-owned and operated business, and an IWW union shop

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environment | sustainability 29-Sep-2011 20:26

Video: Climate Justice Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Break out session at the Portland Moving Planet event, September 24, 2011. Session is about the failure of governments to deal with Climate Change and how the people, including people in Portland are stepping up to the plate.
Climate Justice Portland[9 min. Video]

Climate Justice Portland was established from members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, who in April 2010 had attended the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba Bolivia

Inaugurated by Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Conference was attended by more than 20,000 attendants from over 125 countries. The meeting, supported by numerous grassroots organizations, was designed to act as an alternative to the United Nations' continuing discussions on climate change.

The Rights of Mother Earth

Here locally, Climate Justice Portland is working on several fronts to implement necessary changes in our relationship with the planet.
First, the group insists that we need to be addressing the root causes of climate change, and move beyond expecting that merely life style changes will be sufficient to solve this problem.
"We need to be addressing industrial pollution, we need to be addressing what role our nation is playing, and U.S. based corporations are playing, in changing the ecology of the planet.

The second aspect of strategy is to determine "who is being most affected by this. Who are the people in the front lines of climate change. We look to the global south, people whose islands are disappearing, entire populations of people are migrating, whose agricultural communities are completely being devastated by climate change and look for solutions from them."

Related PIMC Video Links

[Nissan Leaf tour...] | [Decentralizing Our Energy Grid] | 350oregon Speeches- montage, main stage ...]

[350.oregon.org]

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sustainability 10-Jul-2011 10:33

Memetic Cascadia: A knowledge sharing course on building a contagious Cascadia

From the open publishing newswire: We will examine ways to transform the abstract idea of Cascadia, the bioregion, into a contagious idea associated with our regional identity. The class will consist of knowledge-sharing as well as creating a functional workspace from which to spread the meme of being "Cascadian." The intent of the class is to eventually become a "think tank." This course is FREE as it is part of Portland Free School. The goal is to create a bioregional awakening (Cascadia) that becomes widespread and very contagious and then create a "culture of active social change."

Time: Mondays (starting July 11th) 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: In front of Millar Library at PSU - [future locations TBA]
1875 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

library.pdx.edu

MEMETIC CASCADIA part 2 Monday July 18th

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community building | sustainability 14-May-2011 08:57

Portland Fruit Tree Project : Tree Scout volunteers

From the open publishing newswire: PFTP is looking for volunteers to become tree scouts during the 2011 harvest season to help register fruit trees in the Portland community.
Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
As a Tree Scout, you will identify and register fruit trees in a designated neighborhood area, and conduct follow-up with tree owners that want to share the bounty. It's a fun way to meet neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.

TREE SCOUT OVERVIEW: All the necessary materials and information will be provided. You can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on this volunteer position, which begins June 18th and ends October 30th, 2011. Attend Tree Scout training (Saturday, June 18th, 9:30am-1:00pm)
If you're unable to attend the June 18th training, we can arrange an alternate training date.

TO APPLY:
Fill out the attached application form. Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to katy[at]portlandfruit[dot[org, with 'Tree Scout Application Request' in the subject line. We'll send you an application right away. Applications are due Friday, June 3rd.

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community building | sustainability 20-Dec-2010 12:34

Portland Fruit Tree Project announces expanded Fruit Tree Stewardship programs

From the open publishing newswire: This is an announcement of Portland Fruit Tree Project's 2011 Fruit Tree Stewardship and includes opportunities for interested individuals to get involved. Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is a non-profit organization that increases equitable access to healthy food and strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of city-grown food resources. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops.

 http://www.portlandfruit.org

In 2011, PFTP will continue to expand its year-round Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. The goals of this program are to increase the health and abundance of registered fruit trees through volunteer-powered tree care services, and to engage tree owners and interested community members in hands-on opportunities to build skills and knowledge in fruit tree care. To accomplish these goals, we will offer an expanded series of Tree Care Workshops, and our unique Tree Care Teams program, now in its second year! More details below...

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