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National Day of Action for Abortion Rights- PDX
From the open publishing newswire:
MONDAY JULY 15 - 6:00PM
Rally for Abortion rights in solidarity with the women of Texas
Pioneer Square - Portland
The nation stands at the edge of a historic reversal. Hard won gains of the women's rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s are about to be turned back with devastating results for women across the country. Abortion, already a barely accessible right for most women, is now being made extinct as conservative politicians attempt to press their advantage in certain states in an opportunistic fashion.
But the problem we face is deeper. In Texas, the legislature has used every legal (and some illegal) trick in the book to make sure that the pro-choice majority is not heard. The current legislation under consideration represents some of the most draconian limits on abortion rights ever. And instead of allowing normal democratic procedures to resolve the issue, the legislature has relied on a rigged process to force the bill through. A few examples are worth mention: every procedural objection that was made to Wendy Davis's historic filibuster; the refusal to hold state-wide hearings to allow affected communities to testify about the consequences of the legislation; the intentional misreporting of how many people testified in opposition to the legislation; the years of gerrymandering which make it nearly impossible for the legislature to reflect the real wishes of the population; the organizing of "special sessions" to push through legislation.
The current legislation is too important to allow these deficits in the democratic process to go unchallenged. The bills in Texas would close down the overwhelming majority of clinics which provide abortions and thereby eliminate all of the ancillary services those clinics also provide -STD testing, family planning, health care. That some of these clinics are also the only places where low-income, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are able to get health services means that this legislation will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of society.
Panel on the origins of the Portland Women’s Movement January 24th
From the open publishing newswire: Please join us for The Portland Women's Movement, Part I: Origins, History of Social Justice Organizing's first program for 2013. The panel will feature Maureen Gray Hudson, Kathleen Saadat and Susan Stoner. Sandy Polishuk will moderate.
Find us in room 328 Smith Center at Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway on Thursday, January 24 at 7pm. The program will be free as usual.
History of Social Justice Organizing is an ongoing series of presentations by activists and scholars on a wide variety of social justice organizing both in Portland and elsewhere. A program of Occupy History
Find upcoming programs at historyofsocialjustice.wordpress.com and
Occupy the Pride!
From the open publishing newswire: Several alternative-Pride autonomous actions are planned worldwide and in Portland over the weekend to counter the commercialization and usurpation of the annual Stonewall memorial by the corporate interests.
Occupy The Pride worldwide call to action - local events
Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Pride sign-making picnic at the Couch Park (find us near the Couch Park sign at the southeastern corner of the park), NW Glisan Street at NW 19th Avenue. Make signs for Dyke March and/or Occupride. Some cardboards and markers provided; bring anything else you may need.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland - Parade-Watching Picnic and Community Outreach Action at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Ash and Pine Streets (on the open parkland between the Pride NW festival and Saturday Market). This is mostly for visibility and presence. We engage in conversation only when people approach us. Bring your favorite Occupy signs or banners, musical instruments, games, picnic stuff to share, etc.
Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland - Summer Solstice Community Assembly at Ladd Circle, SE Ladd Avenue at Harrison Street (in the middle of the Ladd's Addition between Hawthorne and Division). Network, connect and organize for future actions in a less confrontational setting as we also celebrate the arrival of summer! We also thought this would be a great idea as many people could not make it to the Sunday, June 17 Occupride due to other involvements. Moving the main Occupride action to another day would ensure a bigger turnout.
Saturday, July 7, Occupy The Pride Vancouver, Washington (maybe) at Esther Short Park, this would be a low-key visibility and dialogue action like the one on June 17 in Portland.
Other events and actions: [...]
Almost There -- Marriage Equality In Wa State
From the open publishing newswire: Next: The House
It's almost too good to be true.
Tonight [Feb 1, 2012] the Washington Senate, on a bipartisan 28-21 vote, passed a marriage equality bill -- the first time in Washington history that an equality bill has passed in either chamber of the legislature.
Our efforts are working, creating real changes in Washington's marriage policy -- and it's all due to you, and thousands of other Washingtonians who care deeply about equality. We're hearing that all the calls and emails to the Capitol are changing minds. But, while this is a historic victory, it's far from the end of the road. The next step toward getting equality signed into law is a vote on the House floor, which may come as early as next week. And it's tempting to celebrate after such an important victory, but we just don't have the luxury. If marriage equality is going to be a reality in Washington, we're going to need to keep pushing, and keep speaking out.
We can't let up. Not yet.
Washington United for Marriage
Mars Hill Mega-Church Welcome Wagon
From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday October 16th, a group of 20-30 antifascists and allies gathered at SE 32nd Avenue and Taylor Street to oppose the opening of Mars Hill's Portland branch. Demonstrators carried banners with statements of support for the LGBTQ community and maintained a presence in front of the church throughout the service. As church attendees exited the building, demonstrators held a dance party with the aid of a portable sound system and chanted, "Homophobes get out of here! Pro-Choice! Pro-Queer!"
Mars Hill is a misogynistic, homophobic, evangelical megachurch founded by Mark Driscoll in Seattle, Washington. His tiny flock first met in his living room in 1996 and swelled to a membership of 1,000 by 2003. It now boasts 12 branches in four states. The original Seattle branch alone was reported to have an attendance of 3,500 people per week in 2006, and numbers have grown since then. There are congregations of Mars Hill specifically devoted to "converting" queer people, encouraging them to suppress their sexuality and live a straight lifestyle. The newest church outpost here in Portland aims to change the sinful ways of the Rose City: namely the city's Left-wing, feminist, and pro-queer culture.
Full article is available at: rosecityantifa<dot>org
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Call to Action: In Opposition of Mars Hill, Anti-Gay Megachurch
From the open publishing newswire: Last month Mars Hill--an evangelical megachurch with nine branches in Washington and one in New Mexico--postponed its first public meeting after a dance-in and kiss-in was organized by LGBTQ folks in Portland to protest the church's hateful message equating homosexuality with cancer. Mars Hill claimed the postponement was a result of parking concerns due to the Belmont Street Fair scheduled to take place the same day.
Let's show them they won't have a free pass to spread bigotry and hatred here in Portland! Spread the word!
Portland Walk for Choice 2011
From the open publishing newswire: On [Saturday] February 26th, from noon to 3pm, there will be a Walk for Choice in support of women's rights Join us to help stop the national assault on women's rights and women's reproductive health. You have a voice, WALK FOR CHOICE!
Walk for Choice 2011 was created directly in response to the events in Congress surrounding H.R. 3. Women and allies around the world will peacefully protest against limiting a woman's right to choose and the right to have a safe, legal abortion. Abortion is a legal procedure that saves the lives of 70,000 women each year.Walk for Choice will take place in multiple cities on February 26th, 2011. The official Walk for Choice website is walkforchoice.tumblr.com.
Walk for Choice PDX is a peaceful walk in support of women's and men's access to reproductive rights. While this event is short-notice, we can still make an impact. Your attendance is greatly appreciated!
We will meet at a central location at 12:00 and walk until 3:00. Exact location and route to be announced closer to date of walk.
homepage: link to www.facebook.com
Blow Pony April 2009 Gay Bashing Case Botched By DA Office Incompetence/Negligence
From the open publishing newswire: The verdict for the trial of a gay bashing on Wed was a huge disappointment in a long line of disappointments. City officials have been telling the queer community that if we want something done about gay bashings we must report. This case, in particular was brought up in a press conference with the mayor. Airick Heater (the victim & well known local DJ for Blow Pony) was encouraged to prosecute. This trial was to showcase the effectiveness of reporting hate crimes in Portland. I think you'll have a clear opinion on that after reading what happened.
Video: The Clothesline Project
From the open publishing newswire: Event organized by the Portland Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, featuring a large number of shirts decorated by female victims of abuse and rape. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
The Clothesline Project
This local Clothesline Project, the 19th annual exhibition of this project in Portland Oregon, was exhibited on August 26th, the 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
Some of the victims were as young as 4 years old; other shirts said 10 years of age, and 12 years of age.
Some referred to sexual abuse and rape by family members. Another stated, "the only time I was ever accepted was when they could touch my body."
Another, "October 1, today I want to kill my dad."
Against Patriarchy, Beyond Feminism July 9th-July 17th
From the open publishing newswire: 9 days of events for Our Bodies, Ourselves... at the M11, 1212 S. 11th St. Suite 24 Tacoma
Factors of our society such as patriarchy -a family, community, or system that is governed and dominated by men- and the concept of human capital places each one of us in a submissive position in our daily lives. Whether woman, queer, person of color, or poor we are either victimized, criminalized, or pacified by the dominant culture. Most of the time this goes unnoticed, and is acknowledged as "just the way it is." There is no solution in perpetuating this sentiment, or merely replacing those who are dominant over others. There is no satisfaction in relying on politicians and the police. Within their existence and infrastructure, they will always be at the top and we will keep sinking lower into the their trenches.
In participating in this week of events, we want to build relationships with those around us that are ready to take an assertive position in taking control over our lives and how we are treated as human beings. There is no expectation of things changing over night, but this is a beginning... This is about communication, mutual respect, and having fun. We hope to see you there, and in the streets.
Countering the Westboro Baptist Church
From the open publishing newswire: Today,[6/3] over 200 people of all ages, genders, races and sexualities met hate head on as they confronted the Westboro Baptist Church during their protest of Grant High School.
Around nine or ten followers of the WBC arrived at Grant High School at 7am this morning. Their website (godhatesfags.com) said that they were going to be there until 8am.
Vancouver WA Overwhelms Kansas Hate Group
From the open publishing newswire: Westboro Baptist Church Religious Ministry is planning on holding a local protest on June 1st, 2010. The protest is scheduled to occur at Heritage High School (7825 NE 130th Avenue) from 2:15 pm until 2:45 pm. Theme will be concerns of homosexuality.
Nonviolent Counter-protest in Portland Oregon
Thursday, June 3
Grant High School
2245 N.E. 36th Avenue
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (prime arrival time of students)
Addition Info From The Vamcouver Washington Protest: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/06/399949.shtml
The GLBTQQ Community Discusses Bashings in Forum
From the open publishing newswire: In a response to the gay bashings in the Portland area this weekend, a community forum was held tonight at the Q Center (4115 N Mississippi) by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Questioning (GLBTQQ) community to ask questions, get answers and come up with solutions.
On 5/30/10, three members of the Portland GLBTQQ community were attacked. Two of the three men attacked came to the Q Center to give their account of what happened over the weekend. Around 2am, a group left Red Cap and were walking past Living Rooms Theater including 3 drag queens and 3 queer men. They were attacked by an undetermined group of men. The men yelled, "Faggots" and advanced upon the group. One queen got hit three to four times in the face. The queer group fought back but were continually attacked, not only physically but with remarks like, "I hope you die of AIDS." One man, Birch, was completely knocked out.