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arts and culture | youth 19-Jul-2014 08:28

Creative Summers Youth Education Program

From the open publishing newswire: Community-Based Educational Camp to Provide Portland Youth with a Positive Experience of Hip-Hop Culture and Outlet to Express Themselves

"Creative Summers", the first annual youth summer camp based on the five elements of hip-hop culture, is a week long educational program, kicking off Monday, July 21 and running through Saturday, July 26, 2014. This Program is brought to you in collaboration with a local 501-C3 non-profit organization, Oregon Universal, to providing a safe, welcoming, supportive, and positive learning environment for Portland youth to be creative, express themselves and develop new skills. This program aims to raise funds and awareness to offer ongoing free gatherings and educational programs at Salmon Street Studios (109 SE Salmon Street, Portland, OR), with the intent to bring community together in the original form of hip-hop culture, in the spirit of positivity, peace, love, unity and having fun.

Further information about this program is provided on the website www.creativesummerspdx.com, and the promotional video may be seen at  http://youtu.be/zTxLHkxlSDI.



human & civil rights | youth 01-May-2014 12:18


From the open publishing newswire: Saturday, May 17
Youth and Young Adult Summit on Transit Justice
Open to youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 21.
Free! Registration required.

Learn about Youth Pass and transit justice, inform policy makers on ideas and experiences, build voices and a community movement!

David Douglas High School, 1001 S.E. 135th Avenue, Portland
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in and breakfast start at 10:15 a.m.

Multnomah Youth Commission is hosting our first ever Youth Summit on Transit Justice.

Our goals:
1. Provide young people with an understanding of what Youth Pass is and how it relates to Transit Justice.
2. Inform policy makers with young people's experience with transit and the importance of transit justice for the success of young people in Portland and Multnomah County and provide Trimet with recommendations to expand service east of 82nd Avenue.


imperialism & war | youth 16-Aug-2013 13:37

Back To School? Don't Be A Target For The Military!

From the open publishing newswire: Under No Child Left Behind, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may "opt-out" of this military database at the beginning of the school year.

"They'll know where you live.... They'll have your phone number.... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" -- The Full Picture, San Francisco, California

* Students must opt-out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1.
* Students do NOT need parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* Depending upon the School District, potentially every high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors or seniors.
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.

Opt Out! Form


May 1st 6:00 PM - Free Admission - Video Premiere 26-Apr-2013 12:40

Video Premier Free Showing 5.1.13: Project Viewfinder - homeless young adults sharing

From the open publishing newswire: (PORTLAND, OR) - THE NORTHWEST FILM CENTER proudly presents the premiere screening of PROJECT VIEWFINDER, the culminating work of a four-month mentorship program for homeless young adults. The film will be screened on Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm in the Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum. Admission is free to the public.

The Northwest Film Center announces:
The Free Premiere Screening of "Project Viewfinder"
May 1, 2013 @ 6PM - In the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.

May Day Evening - come see these videos after the march -

PROJECT VIEWFINDER began in January 2013 after the Film Center sought out young adults transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency that were interested in learning media production techniques. Working three days per week and led by School of Film lead faculty member Bushra Azzouz and supporting filmmakers, the project empowers participants to tell their stories using the medium of film. PROJECT VIEWFINDER is endeavoring to engage the Film Center's School of Film with underserved members of our community, seeking to enact change on a direct level.

[Watch] 1:00 minute Promo clips: [Attached]


human & civil rights | youth 11-Feb-2013 19:16


From the open publishing newswire: The future of Youth Pass is in jeopardy! Right now there is a $25 million deficit in the City's budget. This means that a lot of programs are in jeopardy, specifically the Youth Bus Pass. If we don't have Youth Pass, many families will be left with the burden of trying to scrape up money for kids to get to school. [...]

If Youth Pass is cut, many of Portland's youth will not be able to get to school and/or jobs.

Youth Pass is important because transit connects students to education, jobs, housing, healthy food options, social services and recreation. Youth Pass means that, regardless of where you live, the color of your skin, or how much money your family has, you have the freedom of mobility and opportunity.


Sign the petition at:

For youth under the age of 21:
Support Multnomah Youth Commission and OPAL's efforts to save Youth Pass.
Attend free youth-led workshops.
Tell everyone you know about Youth Pass and get your friends involved.
Contact: Nicole, Youth Organizer at OPAL Environmental Justice - Oregon at  nicole@opalpdx.org


human & civil rights | youth 08-Oct-2012 19:08

Video: Youth Ending Slavery "Walk to End Slavery" speeches - march Portland 10-6-12

From the open publishing newswire: Walk to End Slavery is a youth organized group from St Marys High School. These high school girls have organized YES (Youth Ending Slavery) and a march with speeches that is bringing awareness and educating our community by publicly exposing the human slavery, trafficking and exploitation is in our town and around us.

This video is only of the speeches by the five organizers and county commissioner Diane McKeel.
 http://youtu.be/vNo02EJoGVI (22 min video).

After the rally, the estimated 200 headed to waterfront and then back to Directors Park.


actions & protests | human & civil rights | youth 10-May-2012 23:02

TOMORROW! UPSET Uprising -- Occupy Education Funding

From the open publishing newswire: "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
UPSET Uprising -- Occupy Education Funding!
(UPSET = Underfunded Parents, Students, Educators, Together!)

Friday, May 11 (TOMORROW!)

3:30 p.m. -- March from Rose Quarter to Pioneer Courthouse Square
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Pre-event activities at Pioneer Courthouse Square
4:30 p.m. -- Rally with speakers and performances at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Spearheaded by a teacher and students at Grant High School, this is a mass demonstration and rally against education budget cuts which impact the future of our youth who are our future.

Gather at the Rose Quarter shortly before 3:30 p.m. for a march that begins at 3:30 p.m. The march will be across the Broadway Bridge, down Broadway to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

If you cannot march at 3:30 p.m. -- due to school, work, mobility or other life commitments -- please head directly to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Pre-event activities will take place between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. when the rally starts.


education | youth 26-Oct-2011 22:58

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.



youth 26-Oct-2011 22:51


From the open publishing newswire: Recruiter Watch PDX wants to thank Military & Draft Counseling Project - War Resisters League (Portland), and its coordinator John Grueschow, for diligently pursuing the "equal access" concern for at least the last five years. As many of you may already be aware, the "equal access for counter-recruiters" (NOT anti-war protesters in general, as originally portrayed in THE OREGONIAN article) successfully passed last evening with a unanimous 7-0 vote! Congratulations, Military & Draft Counseling Project! It was a pleasure collaborating with you on this issue.

There have been a number of articles in corporate media and a plethora of comments to said articles. For the reality, please refer to the actual text of the Equal Access Resolution which can be found at:


education | youth 05-Oct-2010 08:48

Whose Schools? OUR Schools!

From the open publishing newswire: The new high school redesign now entails the complete closure of Marshall High School in outer-Southeast Portland. Benson High School will remain a four-year technical high school, but its student population will be limited to between 500 and 800 students. Jefferson will become a focus school. Help support struggling communities and their neighborhood schools. Contact the School Board NOW!


Contact the School Board NOW by calling (503) 916-3741 or e-mail ( schoolboard@pps.k12.or.us ) Attend the following meetings:

Wednesday, October 6 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Marshall High School Campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue (The Board members will spend the first hour exploring career-related learning opportunities across the high school system and specifically Benson High School. Following, board members will hear public testimony for the duration of the meeting.)

Tuesday, October 12 Administration Building, 501 N. Dixon 5:30 p.m. School Board Meeting, at which the high school redesign plan will be voted upon.

Your support of struggling communities and their youth is appreciated.


imperialism & war | youth 24-Aug-2010 09:50


Opt Out Military From the open publishing newswire: Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds. Students may "opt-out" of this provision by so indicating on their registration form or by submitting an opt-out form amending their registration form.

The deadline for opting-out is October 1.
WHAT IS OPT-OUT? Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds.

* Students must opt-out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1
* Students do NOT require parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* EVERY high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors and seniors!
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.

* At registration -- before the beginning of the school year. There is usualy a checkbox on the registration form that allows for opting-out.
* By going directly to their school main office and amending their registration form if they have not checked the box to opt-out. (If they don't remember whether they opted-out or or not, students can go to the main office to verify the information on their form.)
* By submitting an opt-out form (either that supplied by Recruiter Watch volunteers or by download at www.leavemychildalone.org/optout) to their school's main office.


community building | youth 23-Nov-2009 12:51

Portland Families In NE

From the open publishing newswire: lets get together and build a community. its takes a village! for a long time i have been wanting to build a community of families that do child care exchange. potlucks, carpooling,free schooling/un-schooling support groups, community gardening, grocery exchange and more. i know it is so important to have support and love from a community of friends when raising a child. it is not an easy task and not one that anyone should do alone. i feel it is about time that we come together and start supporting one another. childcare is outrageous the school systems are failing us and lets face it we all need someone to give us a hug here and there. if anyone out there is interested in getting together for playgroups, trading childcare, staring a homeschooling collective then lets get together! for now
here is a list of events and happenings that happen and resources for families in the inner NE/N/E ( becasue that is where i live and if i included all of Portland it would be an endless list) and close biking/busing distance from there. FEEL FREE TO ADD THINGS as long as they are ongoing for that day and have fun!


actions & protests | imperialism & war | youth 20-Nov-2009 15:27

Children's Peace Fair This Saturday

From the open publishing newswire: This Saturday, there will again be the annual Children's Peace Fair sponsored by a number of local anti-war activists and peace groups. This event is particularly important in light of the increased attempt to militarize youth. It offers families a chance to celebrate peace in community. The Children's Peace Fair has been a Portland tradition for at least a decade and traditionally takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.


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