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Bring on the “Density” – Portland’s Neighborhoods Weren't Sustainable in the First Place
From the open publishing newswire: Complaints about the new buildings in Portland are misplaced. Gentrification won't be stopped without new buildings & some of them will be large. Get over it.
Another factor that exacerbates gentrification is the Portland metro area's urban-growth boundary, which prevents suburban encroachment on farmland and so drives up the value of urban real estate. Ironically, this invention is an example of the progressive urban planning that contributed to Portland's groovy "green" reputation in the first place and helped make it a draw for new residents. Moving the boundary out and eating up green space to manufacture lower property values, however, would be a step in the wrong direction. Portland is not Reno and that should stay that way.
On the legal front, the city of Portland is not allowed to restrict rising rents due to a state-level prohibition on rent-control. Landlords can jack up rates as high as the market will bear, which, due to the above factors, is turning out to be very high. [...]
All this adds up to a bona fide housing crisis, which even the business-friendly mayor has been forced to admit (especially since an election is looming). [...]
Board, staff, and internship opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement by local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project, about current opportunities (paid & volunteer).
Portland Fruit Tree Project has some exciting leadership opportunities to share! We're currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors, a part-time staff position as Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator, and three exciting internships!
[...] Join PFTP's Board of Directors! Board Members play an important and rewarding role in PFTP's efforts to make healthy food available to all, strengthen communities, and ensure equity in access to our programs. In addition, the board openings present a valuable opportunity to build skills and experience in non-profit governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational leadership.
Candidates with ties to business communities, philanthropic communities, low income communities, communities of color, and/or communities in outer East Portland are especially encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is Sunday May 3rd.
The full position description can be found here
Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement about an internship opportunity with a local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for our Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship! The 2015 Community Orchards & Tree Care Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Community Orchards & Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 315 total hours minimum) January 12th - July 12th, 2015. Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland, but will be traveling throughout the City of Portland for site visits and tree care events. This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization. You will gain great event coordination and volunteer coordination experience; connections in the local food & urban agriculture movement, and the fulfillment of knowing that your efforts will make a positive impact for hundreds of people in the Portland area!
The application deadline is Monday January 5th
Become a Tree Scout or Harvest Leader with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement about volunteer opportunities with a local non-profit organization, Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Harvest Leader or Tree Scout with Portland Fruit Tree Project! Harvest season is right around the corner. Join Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need... Become a Harvest Leader Harvesting parties bring people together to harvest fruit that might otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need. Each harvesting party is co-led by 2 volunteer Harvest Leaders. Harvest Leaders are responsible for overseeing and leading harvest participants, distributing harvested fruit, and keeping accurate harvest records. Portland Fruit Tree Project will provide all of the necessary training, materials, and support. Each Leader is expected to co-lead at least 6 harvesting parties in the 2014 harvest season (July - November). http://portlandfruit.org/2014-harvest-leader-position-description Become a Tree Scout! As a Tree Scout volunteer, you will help to find and register fruit trees in your neighborhood whose fruit might otherwise go to waste. Tree scouts serve as a vital liaison between PFTP and tree owners, helping us to connect with people that want to share their bounty with the community. [...]
Earth Day Workshops
From the open publishing newswire: Join us for a weekend of celebration, dialogue, and action!
This year's Earth Week focuses on sustainability in its many forms. HIghlights of the week include:
Friday, April 25: PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium
Saturday, April 26: A day of workshops focused on cultural approaches to sustainability, indigenous ways of knowing, and paradigm shifts within education. Workshop attendees can receive 5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for the full day.
Saturday, April 26: Closing presentation by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
Saturday, April 26 - Day
Earth and Spirit Council + Cornel Pewewardy's Indigenous Nations Studies Department Present Workshops
Location: Native American Center, 710 SW Jackson Street | Time: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Tickets available at the PSU Box Office and online, listed under Earth and Spirit Council
$55 General Admission PSU Students FREE (show ID at door) Scholarships Available: No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Workshop Series 1 Stop Talking Workshop Series 2 Indigenous Ways of Knowing Workshop Series 3 Curricula Development
Job opportunity: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator with PFTP
From the open publishing newswire: A job posting for the non-profit organization Portland Fruit Tree Project
Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for a part-time Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator! See below for the full position description Position: Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator Employment Status: Part-time. 20 hours per week. Compensation: $14 per hour Work Location: Portland, OR Reports to: Program Coordinator Start date: May 1st, 2014 Background: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is strengthening communities, preventing waste, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways for low income families to obtain locally-grown fruit. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, cultivate community orchards on public lands, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. We currently have 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 full-time AmeriCorps member, and 1000+ active volunteers.
For more information about our organization, go to www.portlandfruit.org
Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior in Vancouver WA
From the open publishing newswire: Saturday 10-5
You can board Rainbow Warrior this weekend at The Landing, in Vancouver WA, on the Columbia, just downriver from I-5 bridge. Do it!
Benton County Community Rights Coalition: Asserting Local Control of Food System
From the open publishing newswire: Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BCCRC) is a non-profit in Oregon formed to educate citizens about their legal rights to local community governance. The group is currently aiming to gather the needed signatures to qualify its Sustainable Food System Ordinance for the May 2014 ballot.
It's been over a year now since a small group of organic and conventional farmers, along with food advocates, came together to confront the issue of GMOs in their county. During that time, the BCCRC has built a coalition of supporters, hosted numerous public presentations as well as a community rights workshop taught by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Democracy School, and co-sponsored the Willamette Valley Farm and Food Rights Summit. [...]
The Sustainable Food System Ordinance of Benton County establishes citizens' rights to: a sustainable food system; seed heritage; and clean air, water, and soil for sustainable agriculture in Benton County. The ordinance also prohibits unsustainable practices - like the planting of GMO's - that would violate those rights.
The BCCRC believes that as free citizens, we must elevate our community's rights above the corporate "rights" and state preemptions that currently usurp our ability to decide the face of agriculture in our own community. The Coalition not only asserts its community's rights to a sustainable food system, but also asserts the inalienable rights of nature to exist, persist and flourish.
Occupy Mt. Tabor - The Battle For Bull Run Continues
From the open publishing newswire:
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 FROM 5-11PM
A Public Occupation of Mt. Tabor (Camp Cascadia)
Camp Cascadia assembles every Friday at 5:00pm and disbands at 10:59pm until our one simple demand is met: Mayor Charlie Hales, formally ask Senator Merkly and Representative Blumenauer to petition the EPA, on behalf of our city, for the LT2 Waiver.
As the people from Portland, who live here and who love this place and our beautiful city, we ask all who attend this public demonstration to respect Mt. Tabor and the surrounding land. This is our commons.
Radical Mycology Convergence 2012 Port Townsend [Documentary]
From the open publishing newswire: The second Radical Mycology Convergence was held in Port Townsend, Washington. This volunteer-run four day event attracts mycologists and fungal enthusiasts to share skills about the benefits of fungi in terms of bioremediation and human uses. Port Townsend, WA, USA, 10/22/2012.
Tomorrow! (Tuesday, June 26): KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
From the open publishing newswire: Tuesday, June 26 (TOMORROW)
KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
Terry Shrunk Plaza (S.W. Fourth and Madison, downtown Portland)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Stand in solidarity with a diverse coalition of groups and over 30,000 Oregonians who are demanding that Governor Kitzhaber protect our water from a Nestle water bottling plant in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Join us for activities for all ages, music, special guest speakers, to add your own message to our banner and much more.
Guest speakers include:
Terry Swier,an activist involved with a group famous for fighting Nestle's damaging water bottling in Michigan; Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair; Sister Brigid Baumann, a Sister of Sisters of the Holy Names; and other locals from Cascade Locks and the Gorge who don't want Nestle bottling water in their backyard.
Portland Fruit Tree Project Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Harvest Leader!
From the open publishing newswire: Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
As a Harvest Leader, you will co-lead group harvesting events in your neighborhood! It's a fun way to meet your neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.
Harvest Leader Overview: Harvest Leader Responsibilities:
- Attend Harvest Leader training (Thursday July 12th, 5pm - 9pm, or Saturday, July 21st, 10am-4pm)
- Co-lead at least 5 harvesting parties in the 2012 Harvest Season (July-November)
- Oversee harvest participants, coordinate logistics, and facilitate introductions, safety talk and wrap-up during harvesting parties.
- Coordinate delivery of 50% of harvested fruit to a local food pantry
- Keep thorough records
- Attend mid-season Harvest Leader meeting (Wednesday, August 29th, 6:00-7:30pm)
- Complete year-end survey and report (December)
- Celebrate! Attend year-end celebration and volunteer appreciation event in December 2012 (optional).
Applications are due Friday, June 29th.
Epistle to the Ecotopians
From the open publishing newswire: To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support -- a world of sustainability, stability, and confidence. A world something like the one I described, so long ago, in Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging....
We live in the declining years of what is still the biggest economy in the world, where a looter elite has fastened itself upon the decaying carcass of the empire. It is intent on speedily and relentlessly extracting the maximum wealth from that carcass, impoverishing our former working middle class... As Karl Marx darkly remarked, "Capital has no country," and in the conditions of globalization his meaning has come clear....
We all need to learn, or relearn, how we would keep the rudiments of life going if there were no paid specialists around, or means to pay them.... survival is a team sport.
[This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.]