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SISTERS OF THE ROAD CHILDREN'S TOY AND OUTERWEAR DRIVE
From the open publishing newswire:
HOLIDAY DRIVE FOR HOUSELESS CHILDREN AND CHILDREN FROM FINANCIALLY-STRESSED FAMILIES Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe
Between the cuts to Housing Assistance and SNAP (food stamp) benefits, many, many families are struggling right now just to make ends meet and the holidays will be financially-stressful and bleak for their children. Sisters of the Road will be hosting a Family Community/Kids' Day on Wednesday, December 18. They would appreciate help in providing toys and children's outerwear at this event.
Items Sought: UNWRAPPED NEW toys and stocking stuffers; GENTLY-USED OR NEW children's outerwear donations (ages 2 - 12) -- gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, wool socks, etc. Ages: Suitable for ages 2 - 12
Time Period for Acceptance of Donations: Tuesday, December 3, through the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17
Between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 N.W. Sixth Avenue (corner of N.W. Sixth and Davis).
Ask for Catherine. If Catherine is unavailable, other staff can assist
Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. -- Sisters of the Road Administrative Office, 518 N.W. Davis (between Davis and Broadway)
The donations are being collected for distribution at a Family Community/Kids' Day Party to be held at Sisters of the Road Cafe on Wednesday, December 18, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Black Friday Walmart Protest. 11:00am - respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages
From the open publishing newswire: On Black Friday in Portland Oregon, JwJ and UFCW555 are working with the "Making Change at Wal-Mart" national campaign to support wal-Mart workers in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. Meet at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.
Meet in solidarity at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.?
On Black Friday we will bring a strong message to WAL-MART "respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages!"
Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to supporting workers taking bold risks to demand better jobs and working conditions. That's why we bring together labor, community, faith, and student activists to support the courageous workers on strike at Wal-Mart
Walmart jobs don't allow workers to live better. Walmart pays its associates an average of just $8.81 an hour, so an employee who works Walmart's definition of full-time - 34 hours per week - makes just $15,500 per year, placing them squarely below the poverty line. And those full-time positions aren't the norm. To avoid having to pay employees benefits, the company increasingly hires part-time positions - subjecting associates to erratic schedules, limited job security, and even less opportunity to make ends meet. [...]
[Facebook] Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/236112673214899/
Previous PIMC Post on recent Wal-Mart Protest for Fair Wages in June 2013:
[includes 33 minute video]
Fubonn Protest on Black Friday, 29 November 2013, 13:30 - 14:30
From the open publishing newswire: Fubonn has been accused of forcing workers to work off the clock, work under dangerous condition, and refused proper breast feeding breaks. Two workers at Fubonn are owed thousands of dollars, and we demand that they be paid what is owed and that they start complying with all labor and safety regulations. A call out to protest the managements treatment will be at 1:30 to 2:30 on 11.29.13
Continuing our wage theft campaign at Fubonn, we are re-initiating the campaign with a Black Friday picket in front of the grocery store! On Black Friday we are coming out to show them that we will not back down, and that the campaign is going forward despite their attempts to silence us. We will not stand by while workers are abused and not paid fair compensation. Join us in this community picket, and stay tuned as we move forward!
You can learn more about this particular campaign below: link to wagingnonviolence.org
Location: Fubonn Supermarket and Shopping Center 2850 SE 82nd Ave, Ste #1, Portland, Oregon
Previous PIMC post from protest on September 9th:
Join or Lead a Tree Care Team in 2014 with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: Join a Tree Care Team and receive instruction in organic methods of fruit tree care throughout the seasons, while caring for urban fruit trees that provide fruit for the community.
Each team will care for a cluster of PFTP-registered fruit trees, visiting each tree once per season to complete the full spectrum of care. Each team is instructed & guided by two 'Team Leaders' with experience and skills in organic fruit tree care. This is a unique opportunity to develop strong skills in organic fruit tree care, meet new people, and care for trees providing food to your community!
Members and Leaders will participate in ten 3-hour work-parties over an 11-month period (January-November, 2014). Topics/tasks will include: Winter & Summer Pruning, Young Tree Training & Care, Pest & Disease Management, Fruit Thinning, and more. At the end of the program you will receive a certificate of completion.
Click below for program overviews & position descriptions:
Tree Care Team Member - http://www.portlandfruit.org/2014-tree-care-team-member-position-description
Tree Care Team Leader - http://www.portlandfruit.org/2014-tree-care-team-leader-position-description
APPLY & MORE INFO: homepage: http://portlandfruit.org
From the open publishing newswire: Is it possible to cry and laugh at the same time?
When I am speaking to the Portland City Council I am in crisis mode and as I smile at them tears are flooding my body. These local politicians are the worst of the worst; they operate in a parallel universe. [...] I sat down feeling good, happy and there was nothing on the agenda that perked much interest, it looked boring; I was very wrong. Commissioner Fish started the action after my passionate plea about how they were going to use money to help the homeless. After my 3 minutes he used my name and speaking in a very condescending voice about their intention of spending 1.7 million dollars and not one cent of that for the people who are on our streets. They are going to once again waste money by giving it to the same people who have failed us for so long. [...]
I like Thursdays because I go to the County Board and the people there may be problematic but I always have the feeling they care, all five of them. This visit was going to be hard for me because I was hurt during last Thursday's, (11/07/2013) meeting and I wanted to take them on but did not want to alienate them; it was hard but Patty said I did not come across hostile, just hurt. What happened was last Thursday the board wanted to celebrate Veterans Day and the way they decide to do it caused me a lot of pain and I needed to tell them why. They had ROTC from PSU march in with the American flag and the flag from Oregon in formation. They were in uniform and marched in military style, all stood and then proceeded to the front of the auditorium and did another military maneuver. They stood at attention while the national anthem was played. Everyone in the room stood and had their hand over their hearts except me. Since I was sitting alone it was very hard to not get up, but I was not going to celebrate Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, by an exercise in super patriotic nonsense [...]
Updates: Report Back: Nov 24 2013 Nov 24 2013 | Dec 1 2013
ARMISTICE DAY - Monday, November 11
From the open publishing newswire: ARMISTICE DAY
Monday, November 11
"A day dedicated to the cause of world peace"
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ringing of bells at 11:11 on 11/11.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, and Women's International League for Peace and Justice - Portland.
Gather between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m.
Ringing of bells at 11:11 a.m.
Bring a bell, poem, song or photo of a fallen veteran dear to you
*VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT: "Power To The Peaceful"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6gRg0MYzKM [35 min video]
[related] video post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/11/425716.shtml#424697
PDX-Exchange @ Laughing Horse Books
From the open publishing newswire: Come down to Laughing Horse Saturday, November 9th, between 3pm-7pm to see local artists, bands and zines show off their stuff.
A meet & greet/pop-up shop with your favorite Portland-based artists & distros. Including: Because We Must, Black Mold Tapes, Entangled Roots, Friends For Life Records, Know Your City, Life During Wartime, Retirement Fund, The Taxpayers, Where Are You Press and more!
phone: phone: (503) 236-2893
address: address: 12 NE10th Ave. Portland OR
Mercy for Animals Pro-Vegetarian Demo in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Here's the [video] link
Mercy for Animals brought it's traveling demonstration that asks the question: Why Eat One and Not the Other? to downtown Portland on Thursday, Ocotber 17. A giant blow up hot dog stuffed with a puppy drew the lunch crowd over to find out what it was all about and get some information on how/why to change their diet.
Mercy for Animals has done an enormous amount of undercover video to highlight the abuse that farm animals face every day in factory farms. These "farms" routinely mutilate pigs and chickens, without anestheaia. They are stuffed into tiny cages where they are forced to live their entire lives. Dairy cows are left broken and exhausted on the ground, to be slaughtered as "downer cows." In its effort to bring awareness about the animals' plight, Mercy for Animals staged a peaceful demonstration in downtown Portland, and handed out veg guides to help people make more compassionate choices.
Video: Human Rights Commission Meeting 10.2.13
From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATEs: NEW BROADCAST POSTED TO PIMC ON: VIDEO: Meeting 11.6.13
The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission This months topics at the meeting were on police training, IPR introduction and proposed changes, also there is the Director's Report Back, HRC leadership roles, Memorial Awards and Portland Housing Board information.
The monthly meeting for the Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) filmed on October 2 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwcE_I55O64 (Video: 2 Hours 35 Minutes)
The commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 4PM. 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204 Mission:
The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen intergroup relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. In doing so, the Human Rights Commission is guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
[Related Post] Video Out-Take: Video: Report Back by Human Rights Director regarding Police Training Scenarios
A full Archive of their past meetings is here:
From the open publishing newswire: Group forming to deal with the issue of nuclear radiation in Portland.
Portland is radioactive, especially when it rains. Using a geiger counter, I've measured radioactive contamination in rainwater 10 times over normal background levels. Nuclear radiation is accumulating over time from decades of industrial and military activity. Some of it comes from Hanford 200 miles up the Columbia River, and some of it has found its way here from Fukushima. We're forming a group called Radioactive Portland to respond. We'll conduct monitoring, share knowledge and take direct action. We'll meet weekly. Visit http://radioactivepdx.org and join the discussion.
The Schools Portland Students Deserve
From the open publishing newswire: -- A Community Forum --
The Schools Portland Students Deserve
Speakers: Gwen Sullivan, president, Portland Association of Teachers; Maribel Gomez, Beach School parent; Rose Murdock, Beach School teacher; Armonda Clay, Jefferson HS student
Wed. Oct. 16 - 7 - 8:30pm
Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby (@ Killingsworth & Alberta)
Come hear about, question and discuss the teachers' bargaining proposal preamble --
"The Schools Portland Students Deserve"
which calls for
•Reduced class sizes and caseloads
•More electives, music, art, physical education, libraries, and world languages
•Wrap-around support services, including counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, second-language and special education teachers
•Equity in allocation of resources to high poverty schools
•Maintenance of enrollment rather than school closures
•Use of standardized testing as only one tool for assessment of students
•Academic freedom and collaboration for professional educators
Portland Public Schools (PPS) refuses to bargain over these issues in a meaningful way. PPS should continue negotiations without declaring impasse. PPS should settle a contract which provides for adequate compensation and benefits, fair workload and preparation time, because teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions.
*to contact PPS School Board members call 503-916-3906
Videos: October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families
From the open publishing newswire: Video Report Back: October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families in Portland
Over 300 hundred people attended the speeches, music and dancing at Directors Park on Oct 5th joining in solidarity with communities across the country. This action was to bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families and to send a message to the House of Representatives to: "Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country!" Portlander's joined with 14 organizations at Director Park at 3pm for the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families. The complete event was documented by Portland Indymedia.
The Oct 5 Immigrant Rights Dignity Rally in Portland Oregon was attended by over 300 or more participants.
The event was held in the Directors Park in downtown Portland.
One cop and one security officer was observed at this permitted "National Rally for Citizenship and Family Respect"
The event consisted of music, dancing, information, speeches and singing
The complete full video is available on YouTube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIYRKjNzdfU (2 hours and 19 minutes)
October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: On October 5th, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families and to send a message to the House of Representatives to: "Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country!" Join over 14 organizations in Portland at Director Park on October 5th at 3pm for the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families.
Immigrant rights organizations and allies nationwide will continue escalating pressure on members of Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill by holding more than 100 events nationwide on Oct. 5 as part of the "Day of Dignity and Respect" for all immigrant families.
In Portland, people will gather for the October 5th National Day of Action by holding a rally for immigration reform in Director Park at 3pm.
"The Day of Dignity and Respect will show House Republicans why they must act quickly on passing an immigration reform bill that contains a path to citizenship and keeps families together," said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon. "We will continue to put pressure on members of Congress until immigration reform is won."
October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 3:00pm
Director Park (SW Taylor and SW Park) Portland, Oregon