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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.

los medios de comunicación alternativos | la falta de vivienda | los jovenes 10-Dec-2014 09:07

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
Whitsell Auditorium
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

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tácticas de la resistencia 27-Nov-2014 23:59

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 us,
 http://youtu.be/MQs7CWKHM9w

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tácticas de la resistencia | los derechos de los animales 27-Nov-2014 12:57

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! [...]

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tácticas de la resistencia | el imperialismo y la guerra 10-Nov-2014 10:41

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

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los medios de comunicación alternativos | el desarrollo comunitario 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.

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tácticas de la resistencia | el desarrollo comunitario | los derechos humanos y civiles 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.

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los derechos de los animales | green scare | prisons & prisoners 06-Sep-2014 09:07

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
Room 296/8

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.

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tácticas de la resistencia | el estado policial y las cárceles 31-Aug-2014 17:34

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, [...]

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Sept 19, 20, 21 30-Aug-2014 22:32

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.

Schedule:
 http://cascademedia.cc/wp/program/schedule/

Endorse:
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/

Tabling:
We will have limited space for organizations to table during the conference, follow this link to reserve one.
 http://cascademedia.cc/wp/get-involved/tabling/

Register:
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.
 http://cascademedia.cc/wp/registration/

Promotional video:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoicybDmVBM

Facebook page:
 https://www.facebook.com/events/521466497971353/

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green scare | prisons & prisoners 25-Aug-2014 11:16

In the Face of Repression-- Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State

From the open publishing newswire: In the Face of Repression // Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State

September 6, 12:00pm

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 296/8

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.

In Portland, a coalition of groups are coordinating an afternoon of presenters and panels to discuss the AETA, and to use it as a platform to connect the more expansive processes and histories of repression that are incurred by systematically marginalized, colonized, frontlines, and resistance communities. We want animal and earth liberation activists to understand that all captivity must be ended. It is important to underscore the reality that many communities are always under state repression, not just so-called "activists" communities. It is imperative to stress the need for communities to show solidarity with each other to increase capacity and resilience against surveillance, state violence, and the prison industry. We must reject the misconception that prison or surveillance serve any sort of positive function and instead recognize repression for what it really is: a process engrained into colonial-capitalist society. [...]

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/890626027634210/

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el imperialismo y la guerra | los jovenes 14-Aug-2014 08:16

Back to School? Don't be a target for the Military!

From the open publishing newswire: Under the No Child Left Behind Act, 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 the 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

WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The September, 2009 article in MOTHER JONES by David Goodman, entitled, "A Few Good Kids?," deals with the heavy military recruitment of at-risk (low-income and/or minority and/or less academic) youth and the insidious invasion of student privacy under the No Child Left Behind Act and JAMRS (consumer) database maintained by the Pentagon.


OPT-OUT FACTS [...]
HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT? [...]

ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR OPT-OUT
 http://www.themmob.org/lmca (information, including opt-out forms, on Opt-Out and No Child Left Behind Act)
 http://www.quakerhouse.org/documents/toparents.html (Sgt. Abe the Honest Recruiter speaks to parents -- in English and in Spanish!)

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el desarrollo comunitario 05-Aug-2014 11:54

Video: Oregonians for Drone Control Event

From the open publishing newswire: Veteran for Peace Forum Public Access interview with Trudy Cooper of a local organization, Oregonians for Drone Control, announcing an upcoming event on August 7, 2014.
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, downtown Portland

[YouTube] Oregonians for Drone Control

Drones are on the cutting edge of an enormously expanding technological movement. The industry is growing faster than legislation and privacy safeguards. Many people have skin in that game, including hobbyists and the military, all pushing for total freedom for these drones.

But there are concerns, many serious concerns regarding how these drones are currently used and how they my be used in the future. Police apartments nationwide see them as tools for crowd control and possibly worse. It's the wild west out there, and our elected leaders are taking their usual sweet time attending to the problem.
[...]

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arte y cultura | el desarrollo comunitario 01-Aug-2014 00:05

Sunday Assembly Portland featuring Mic Crenshaw!

From the open publishing newswire: Sunday Assembly Portland featuring Mic Crenshaw! August 10th 11:00am - 12:30pm

Lola's Room (McMenamins Crystal Ballroom)
1332 W. Burnside ST, Portland, Oregon 97205
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
www.portland.sundayassembly.com


Sunday Assembly Portland is part of a secular global movement of wonder and good. Many people worldwide seek community, positivity, and compassion, and are looking for non-religious alternatives to provide them. We meet to sing songs, listen to inspiring talks, and generally celebrate the wonder of life.

[...]

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