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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.

17-Jul-2014 15:51

Problems with Pictures / Articles

There were some problems with an update to pictures in articles which forced a roll-back of some updates. You may notice a few articles removed for the last 2 days. They will come back ASAP, but new articles should work.

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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Convergence Sept 19-21 26-Jul-2014 21:57

Cascade Media Convergence September 19th-21st

From the open publishing newswire: Invitation to be part of the Cascade Media Convergence, a weekend of workshops, networking sessions and for community based media makers and artists taking place September 19th-21st. Events will primarily take place at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center at 70 NW Couch in Portland's Old Town.

The Cascade Media Convergence will be an experiment in the power of democratic community based media. Along with sharing our skills and examples of awesome media based organizing, we will look to find ways to better integrate the work we are doing as media makers and artists on a regional level and begin the discussion of how we can build a media movement. Consider this an open invitation to initiate a process, we're not looking to be the final word on alternative media organizing in the Pacific Northwest, but we want to create a space to explore the possibilities of closer collaboration.

Website: www.cascademedia.cc

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los medios de comunicación alternativos | el desarrollo comunitario | la educación 23-Jul-2014 22:46

New Infoshop in Eugene, Oregon

Eugene Infoshop (Bad Egg Books Infoshop) From the open publishing newswire: Infoshop in Eugene being built with literature sections on ecology/environmentalism, race/racism, how-to/reference/DIY, food politics, prisons/prisoners, radical socio-political, anarchist, gender/LGBT/queer studies, and more. Magazine and Zine collection for the reading room aspect of the Infoshop.

The Bad Egg Books Infoshop (aka Eugene Infoshop) is based out of the Boreal, a volunteer-run, all-ages music venue in Eugene, Oregon. The Boreal started in January 2014 and since late May/early June, Bad Egg Books Infoshop has been a work-in-progress. We still have work to do, but we figured at this point it would be great to inform the wider community about this project.

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tácticas de la resistencia | el imperialismo y la guerra 23-Jul-2014 22:42

NO MORE U.S. BOMBS ON IRAQ! Rally this Saturday

From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday, July 26, there will be a rally for peace at Terry Schrunk Plaza (S.W. Third and Madison/Jefferson) in downtown Portland. The rally will start at noon and is coordinated by Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group.

As of July 9, President Obama had sent at least 800 U.S. troops, ostensibly "advisors," to Iraq. Although it is claimed they will not engage in combat, there has already been talk of using drones, cruise missiles and Apache attack helicopters piloted by some of these "advisors." The potential for the situation to engulf a much broader conflict is heightened by the fact that Syria, Iran and Russia already have actively engaged militarily in Iraq on the same side the U.S. wishes to support, even though the U.S. position on those countries' stance in next-door Syria's civil war is completely opposite.

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arte y cultura | los jovenes 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.

 http://www.creativesummerspdx.com

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