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We are all working in one way or another to create the world we want to live in and pass it on to the generations to come. One of the best ways to accomplish all that we strive for is to build strong community bonds that will support us through the struggles ahead. Building community comes in all manner of actions and intentions such as neighborhood projects, small local business, free skools, crime and cop watch, alternative economics like barter and community currencies, sharing histories, Food Not Bombs, community gardens, reading groups, arts collectives, community forums, mutual aid, free trainings and skillshares; all of which can be reported, shared and read about here.
Video: Tiny Houses for the Homeless
From the open publishing newswire: Housing should be a human right and yet is often subverted by the right to speculation. This video of Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon shows what citizens like Pastor Bryant of the First Christian Church can do. Arnold Kunzli is an emeritus Swiss professor and author of Housing as a Human Right
The cost comes down to three dollars a night per person, and one of those three dollars is paid by the villagers themselves. They all pay thirty dollars a month for their utilities, for the water, and electricity and Internet service even. So we are running this facility for two bucks a head a night.
link to www.pbs.org
A presentation on a "small house community" in Portland was given to the Portland Human Rights Commission in April 2014 by Michael Withey.
The presentation was recorded and is viewable on YouTube here:
http://youtu.be/pawRPWfW-f4 (31 minute video)
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.
Video: Community Forum On Drones
From the open publishing newswire: Speakers address various aspects of rapidly growing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) commonly known as drones, including military, commercial and hobby applications. The event is introduced by local attorney Jason Kafoury and moderated by local author and Oregonian columnist, Steve Duin.
Community Forum On Drones
Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright addresses the use of drones - domestically and internationally, in war and in peace, by police and civilians, by the state and by private corporations. Col Wright famously resignes as a US diplomat in protest of the Iraq War in 2003. She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.
Brian Whiteside, industry leader and Vice President of the award-winning Cascade Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Peter Lumsdaine, researcher and frequent speaker on the use of robotics in warfare and social control; and founder of ARROWS, Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare.
Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative for House District 36, and Assistant House Majority leader. She co-chairs there Joint Ways and Means SubCommittee on Public Safety, and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee & the Joint Committee on Ways & Means.
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.
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
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.
New Infoshop in Eugene, Oregon
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.
NE Sunday Assembly Portland with Israel Bayer!
From the open publishing newswire: Join us this Sunday June 8 with special guest Israel Bayer.
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Matt Dishman Community Center
77 NE Knott ST, Portland, OR 97212
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.
This Sunday, Israel Bayer, Executive Director
Farm Animal Rights Movement's Grand Opening
From the open publishing newswire: Farm Animal Rights Movement has a Portland office now and we would love for you to come to our grand opening! [15 May]
Eat tasty food, get a chance to win free prizes, check out the 10 Billion Lives truck, and meet some of FARM's staff! Stop by to check out our new office space!
After 30 years operating solely out of the DC area, Farm Animal Rights Movement has opened our National Campaigns Office in Portland, OR! We are thrilled to be here and look forward to contributing to Portland's fantastic local vegan community while continuing to work on our national campaigns, like the highly successful 10 Billion Lives Tour.
FARM's local staff will be joined by Executive Director Michael Webermann, who will be in town from the main office in DC. The 10 Billion Lives truck will be parked right outside, screening a short documentary about the tour produced by Portland's Burning Hearts Media.
Coalition Building event at PSU
From the open publishing newswire: Coalition Building: Organizing at the Intersections Thursday March 20, 7pm Portland State University SMSU Room 236 Free and open to the public
Event Description Dylan Powell, an animal liberation and migrant justice activist from St. Catherine's, Ontario will be presenting a workshop on the ins and outs of coalition building and intersectional organizing. What is coalition building? What is intersectionality? How do animal and environmental activists build necessary bridges with other communities, organizations, and movements? How do we work towards solidarity without appropriating the experiences and struggles of other communities? When is intersectional organizing appropriate? How do we effectively organize across movements? Why do animal and ecological movements need to approach our goals with intersectionality in mind? He will discuss these topics and more as they explore how our movement can move beyond its current stagnation and isolation by adopting an intersectional approach, cross-movement solidarity, and coalition building skills.
This workshop focuses on strategies for coalition building from an ally perspective within the animal/earth advocacy movements. Specific focus is paid to sameness/difference, diversity of scale/tactics, and a critique of consumerism. [...]
Pacific NW Social Forum Open House
From the open publishing newswire: You're invited to come to Sisters Of The Road on April 4th to learn about the planning going on for the PNW Social Forum here in Portland in September.
Y'all Come! To the Pacific Northwest Social Forum Open House, Saturday April 5th from 1-5 PM at the Sisters Of The Road Cafe at 133 NW 6th Ave in downtown Portland.
Help us build toward the Pacific NW People's Plan of Action by co-creating the Pacific NW Social Forum 3-day agenda - what we will do during that vital time together to build the people's plan to reclaim our region!
Plug In to working groups planning toward the PNWSF in September, help with outreach, program planning, facilitation, whatever you're good at.
The Pacific Northwest Social Forum (PNSWSF) will be taking place September 26th-28th in Portland, OR. The PNWSF is not a conference, it is a convergence of people's movements who's primary work & struggles take place in No Cal, OR, WA, British Columbia, MT, ID, UT, Hawaii & Alaska to build solidarity and unified action toward social, economic and environmental justice in the Pacific NW.
VIDEO: Exploring the Sanctuary Concept
From the open publishing newswire: Thanks for this Jeremy and Brent, and best of luck in Santa Cruz!
watch the incredible 27 min video focusing on Eugene, Right2Dream in Portland and Santa Cruz, Jan 6, 2014, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBWhgjXrKaY
Santa Cruzan Brent Adams and I explore various styles of homeless encampments along the West Coast of the US.
For more information on what Brent is proposing for Santa Cruz, check here:
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY MARCH
From the open publishing newswire: Sisters of the Road's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will be part of a West Coast-wide weekend of Action and Resistance coordinated by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) Coalition, calling attention to the wide-spread discriminatory and criminalizing practices against the poor and unhoused community members in our cities, towns and our state and to mobilize our community and partner organizations to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights to protect the basis civil and human rights of poor and socially-excluded communities.
Friday, January 17
DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY MARCH
in honor of the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe and Right to Survive/Right2DreamToo
Free! Donations gratefully accepted.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Drop by Sisters of the Road Cafe (133 N.W. Sixth) to celebrate with food, music, theatre/arts and speeches by leaders from the Sisters' community, labor and grassroots organizations.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- March to Right2DreamToo (319 W. Burnside) and then to City Hall. (It is anticipated that the City Hall rally will be at 3:00 p.m.)