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To be aware of all the problems facing the world can be empowering and liberating. Yet at times, this awareness seems a burden because with so many issues it can be difficult to know where to put one's energy. This page is meant to be a resource for all of us who want to know "what we can do", or "where can we help", or "how can I become more involved". Whether you want to attend a benefit or other event to become more educated or entertained, learn more about upcoming marches, demonstrations, or other actions, find reasons and ways to contact a government or corporate representative, join a collective which shares your interests, go to a local meeting for an organization, help out other members of the community, or to simply look for inspiration for your own ideas we hope that we will all be able to find that information here.
Martin Luther King Celebrations in Portland 2015
From the open publishing newswire: Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr's campaign against poverty with this day of action and celebration!
Homeless Bill of Rights & MLK Action
1/18 @ 1:00PM - VFP ch 72 march w Hands Up Don't Shoot PDX
MLK DAY: The Skanner Breakfast 8:30 AM
Highland Church - Martin Luther King Day - Keep the dream alive (12 noon)
What to do On Jan 21st - MLK Jr. Holiday
[Lots More] [...]
Federal Government Releases Environmental Activist Eric McDavid From Prison
From the open publishing newswire: Federal Government Releases Environmental Activist Eric McDavid From Prison
On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, United States District Judge Morrison C. England granted a joint request by defense attorneys and the Dept. of Justice and ordered Eric McDavid released from prison with time served, because the government withheld documents from the defense at trial. [...] - Earth First! Newswire 1/8/15
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
(A-Radio) Art and Anarchism
From the open publishing newswire:
Updated Post: 1.10.15.
As Anarchist Radio Berlin we made an interview on Art and Anarchism. This little exchange of ideas with a local comrade was made in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana in September 2013 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the autonomous, cultural and political center Metelkova.
Length: 10:32 min You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here: http://aradio.blogsport.de/2014/12/19/a-radio-in-english-art-and-anarchism/
PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING - 12/10/14 - Wednesday 5pm
From the open publishing newswire: 2014 PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING PORTLAND
Wed, Dec 10, 2014
5:30 PM -- FREE
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Homelessness is, and is not, what you think. This series of poignant short films, created by local young adults transitioning from struggle to hope and self-sufficiency, uses personal experience to reveal some of the causes and possible solutions to this important problem in our community. The youth are participants in the School of Film's Project Viewfinder, now in its second year, which partners with area community organizations to teach the tools of filmmaking to disadvantaged populations. Join us for this uplifting testimony to the power of filmmaking to change young lives, and for film to spark a collective sense of community compassion. Thanks to New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, p:ear, SMYRC, BCCTV and the Wheeler Foundation for helping to make this project possible. (100 mins.) [...]
"Project Viewfinder gives youth a chance to draw out their individual talents. They are motivated to believe in themselves after so many others have given up on them."
- Sue Hays, New Avenues for Youth
A busy Fur-Free Black Friday, March Against Gresham Police, & Opsafewinter! (11/28)
From the open publishing newswire: We also encourage peeps to join the multiple events going on tomorrow, including the Black Friday rally demanding justice for walmart workers (10am), the Fur Free Friday march (10:30am), the Evolve PDX Opsafewinter event (4pm), and the Gresham March Against the Police in Solidarity with Ferguson (6pm).
* For the Black Friday rally we demand $15 and full-time hours for Walmart workers! Join us at the SE 82nd St. Walmart from 10am until 12pm to stand in solidarity with community members and workers ready to strike!
* The plan for this Opsafewinter event is to meet at Elephant Park at 4pm, hand out sack lunches to the homeless and hungry in downtown, then we will all walk to Pioneer Square for the tree lighting. "We will demonstrate against corporate entities and educate the public about how they can help their neighbors in need right here in Portland."
* The March Against Police will Rally at Plaza Del Sol in Gresham at 6pm. We will march to the new police station located at 675 NE 181st Ave. Plaza Del Sol is a park straight ahead of you on 187th after getting off the MAX at the Rockwood/188th MAX Station.
Join the Fur Free Friday march, Friday November 28th
From the open publishing newswire: Fur Free Friday is the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement and the largest animal related free speech event in Portland. Don't miss this opportunity to join with thousands of other activists worldwide for this international day of action.
When: Friday, November 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm (march starts at 11:00am sharp)
Where: South Park Blocks near SW Salmon St. and SW Park Ave
Signs and literature will be provided, but folks are encouraged to make and bring their own, too. Dress for the weather and come rain or shine to speak up for the animals.
The City of Portland requires us to have at least 200 participants to march in the street, so mark your calendars, and please share this event and help spread the word.
Come celebrate Fur Free Friday with us! [...]
Armistice Day, November 11
From the open publishing newswire: Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
Armistice Day, November 11 2014 (this coming Tuesday)
Ring out War; ring in Peace!
Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
More commonly known as "Veterans Day" in the United States and as "Remembrance Day" in Great Britain, many in the world peace movement prefer to remember November 11 as "Armistice Day," a day that was to commemorate the end of war.
The day marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, calling for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect on the eleventh day and on the eleventh month in 1918. The World War I Christmas Truce, which centenary Veterans for Peace plans to celebrate this December, happened in the first year of the War.
RELATED VIDEO POST FROM THIS EVENT: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/11/428509.shtml#437282
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.
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.
In the Face of Repression-- Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State
From the open publishing newswire: September 6, 12:00pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
The AETA labels animal activists as terrorists and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO. In response to new indictments under the AETA, The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has been called as a show of solidarity, to increase the visibility of ongoing counter-intelligence, and to encourage activists to organize and resist in the face of repression.
Labor Day of Rage
From the open publishing newswire: Monday (9/1) at Holladay Park, 1pm.
Large scale civil disobedience in solidarity with Ferguson & all who are harassed, harmed, and brutalized by the police.
As part of a series of continuing actions in solidarity with Ferguson, MO, [...]
Cascade Media Convergence Preliminary Workshop Schedule
From the open publishing newswire: The Cascade Media Convergence is a regional media gathering taking place here in Portland September 19th-21st. We are proud to announce the preliminary schedule of workshops that will be held during the conference. There are still various ways for individuals and organizations to get involved, either by endorsing, tabling or attending.
Check out the growing list of organizations signing on by clicking http://cascademedia.cc/wp/partners/
and consider endorsing yourself http://cascademedia.cc/wp/get-involved/endorse/
We will have limited space for organizations to table during the conference, follow this link to reserve one.
Give us an idea of how many people will be attending, and consider supporting us financially if you are able to do so. Registration is by donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.