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Last week Governor Kitzhaber announced he was requesting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of all six proposed coal export facilities in the Northwest. Although this is great news, Oregon is firmly in the crosshairs of Big Coal's plans to export millions of tons of coal to Asia. And the state of Oregon has just a month to make a decision about a dirty coal barging project on the Columbia River.
On Monday May 7, the Sierra Club will join with dozens of other groups as a part of the Power Past Coal coalition, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and health and business leaders from across the state, to call on Governor Kitzhaber to reject dirty coal export plans in the Pacific Northwest.
Rally with RFK Jr. May 7 and protect our Northwestern way of life from Big Coal and their plans to export millions of tons of coal through our backyards.
WHO: Sierra Club activists, friends, and you!
WHAT: Power Past Coal Rally with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
WHEN: Noon, Monday May 7th
WHERE: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
|Pictures from rally on PIMC newswire by Alex
RFK Jr. speaks to anti-coal protest in Portland against Asian exports
Solidarity needed! Pigs storm anarchist house - stealing phones, computers, and personal items. 72 felony charges brought against a well-known comrade...
From Anarchist News: Police raided (Pax) Byran Michael Wiedeman's house and arrested him, detained his housemates, took their computers and cell phones and interrogated them. He has been given trumped up charges. This is a classic tactic by the police to intimidate activists and anyone who resists them. We cannot sit by while our friends are in jail and being targeted by a repressive institution. This is when people need solidarity the most so please come out to his court tomorrow! Show him, the courts, the judges and the cops that he does not stand alone!
When: 2:00PM Friday May 4th
This is where community really matters ~ Support PAX!!!
The protest will take place outside the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway in Hillsdale, beginning at 4 p.m. on April 29. Demonstrators are committed to nonviolence and oppose all forms of racism, including racism against Jews. They are asking Oregon residents and political leaders to say No to war on Iran, No to funding Israeli apartheid, and No to AIPAC and the lobbies of the 1%.
Join a coalition of peace, human rights, and Palestine solidarity organizations for a demonstration outside the annual Oregon fund-raising dinner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday, April 29.
The demonstration will protest AIPAC's role in promoting a military attack on Iran's nuclear energy facilities. The protest is also calling for an end to U.S. military aid to the Israeli apartheid government which refuses to halt the construction of illegal settlements and routinely violates the human rights of Palestinians living under Occupation.
Israel controls the lives of more than 4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but denies them the right to vote or to exercise their right to self-determination. We will be demonstrating at the start of the event and at the end when the politicians leave stuffed full of food and AIPAC talking points.
Some Oregon political leaders have regularly attended AIPAC's annual fundraiser in past years. This year the protesters are asking Oregon's leaders to represent their constituencies' opposition to another unjust war in the Middle East by boycotting AIPAC's gala. Among the groups protesting are Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Friends of Sabeel - North America (FOSNA), Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland (JVP), Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land (LJHL), Occupy Portland, Palestine Action Group--Corvallis Oregon, Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group, and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER).
Saturday April 28th
Food For Thought at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway
This a call to the anarchist and broader anti-authoritarian community to reconvene in assembly and continue to develop ourselves as members of a larger network here in Portland. In doing this we hope to establish new ties of solidarity and affinity as well as to further cement those that already exist. Consider those relevant topics and ideas that you might want to discuss with wide spectrum of anti-authoritarians.
If you are new to anarchism or anarchist organizing this will be a great place to get plugged in and meet like-minded radicals. If you've been around for a while come share what you're working on!
Disclaimer: This is a public call to an open meeting, expect to discuss topics which can be discussed without need of security, as this will not be a secure space.
Email us for childcare needs at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love our coffee? Find out more about where it comes from!
Come down to the Red & Black Cafe this Friday, 4/27, at 7:00pm for a great presentation by Santiago Paz of the CEPICAFE coffee growers co-op of Peru. CEPICAFE ( http://www.equalexchange.coop/profile-of-cepicafe-in-peru ) supplies the coffee that you enjoy everyday at the Red & Black Cafe through our fellow co-op coffee roaster, Equal Exchange.
Santiago will provide a brief presentation on the issues facing the legitimacy of the "fair trade" coffee label, including how small farmer co-ops are joining together to reinforce social democracy for this certification. If you've been hearing about how big corporate chains are compromising fair trade, and want to separate the facts from the fiction, this event is for you.
The Red & Black Cafe is located at 400 SE 12th Ave., in Portland, OR.
We are a worker-owned and operated business, and an IWW union shop
A permitted Rally & March to celebrate international worker's day.
We are all workers!
2 PM - Tabling, music, celebration!
3:30 PM - Rally w/ speakers & prepare to march!
4:30 PM - March!
This year's celebration and protest on International Workers Day, May 1st, will be the effort of a broad swath of the 99%, from the Occupy Movement, existing May Day organizations, and new groups that are forming all around us..
It is the intention of all of our groups to build solidarity, grow the movements against injustice of all kinds, heal the divisions among us and attract more people into our organizing.
Join us! Mayday Rally starts & ends in South Park Blocks and March leaves at 4:30pm.
Sat. Apr. 14, 7pm - Inner City Blues Festival - to benefit Health Care for All Oregon, Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder. Come support the new Health Care is A Human Right Campaign and the new coalition for universal health care! There's a great lineup of amazing blues musicians coming back together to heal the Health Care Blues!!! Tickets are $15 and doors open at 6:30.
Sunday, April 15, 10am, 99% Spring Training for Labor & Community, 345 NE 8th Ave, at Portland Association of Teachers. Join thousands of others across the country in a training designed to more deeply understand the economic crisis we are in and prepare to engage to take creative, peaceful direct action for economic justice. Sign up here"
Full Mobilization: April 17 Tax Day of Action
MAYDAY 2012: The Light of Hope March & Rally with an important announcement about Driver's Licence Access Restoration
Speaker: Governor John Kitzhaber
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Rally: 6 p.m. | March: 7 p.m.
Location: Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE
in english: http://causaoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/May-Day-2012-POSTER-ENG.pdf
en espanol: http://causaoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/May-Day-2012-POSTER-ESP.pdf
April 9, 2012 7:00 pm @ Red and Black Cafe - 400 SE 12th Avenue
scott crow, author of Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective (PM Press, 2011), will read from the book and speak about anarchist organizing!
This presentation will show what ordinary people can do to change their own worlds when governments fail. This workshop draws from experiences of an organization called the Common Ground Collective which formed after hurricane Katrina in response to the disaster. It was an organization based on the ideas and practices of the Black Panther Party, the Zapatistas and anarchism which sought to build/rebuild infrastructure to address the immediate problems (creating medical clinics, free schools, women's centers, and eviction defense to worker coops and other service programs) as well as offering long term support to marginalized communities to build their own community based power.
*This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, actors and writers. The conference invites panels and workshop on all aspects of social change from the revolutionary to the academic.
*The 3rd Annual Law and Disorder Conference will take place April 6-8th, 2012 at Portland State University.
[my hero] Ralph Nader is coming to P town 4.9.12
Up in Arms: The Future of Military Force in International Peace and Security
Panel: Ralph Nader, political activist, author and attorney; Jamie Fly, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative
Keynote Symposium Session - The 2012 International Affairs Symposium
Lewis & Clark College
Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Agnes Flanagan Chapel 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road Portland, Oregon
Related: Ralph Nader Speaks at 2 Events in in Portland on Monday, April 9
Next Sunday, April 1, 2012, Street Roots, Right 2 Survive and Sisters of the Road invite you to join us in a national day of action to stand up against the ongoing criminalization of people experiencing homelessness and poverty! "No Fooling Day" will also serve as the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP's) launch date for a national campaign to protect the basic civil and human rights of people without housing and to ultimately stop the inhumane and wasteful process of criminalization. Over fourteen cities will have simultaneous actions to bring people together to say we must change how we treat those in our communities who have nowhere to go.
WE WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN! Fighting for our Right to Exist! This is also the day that the fines being leveraged against Right 2 Dream Too double. Stand with the Dreamers at Fourth and Burnside who are working to keep people safe and dry!
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Leafletting the Public (Gather at S.W. Sixth and Morrison) 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square
Sponsored by Street Roots, Right 2 Survive and Sisters of the Road
Local contact: email@example.com 0r (503) 222-5694 (x 16)
Join us at the St Francis Dining Hall at SE 10th and Oak this Friday starting at 8 PM
B Media Collective's 5th Variety Show "Occupation Nation" slams the new era of global uprising into a 1/2 hour episode of political remix videos and documentary shorts that plays Jung to the mycelia mind of the Occupy Movement.
Remixing interviews with the anti-leader of the Occupy Wall Street movement, David Graeber, with the historical perspective of Darryl Mitchell and the Black Revolutionary Auto Workers, it ties together national actions like #F29 with the Eros effect, Obama in Disney World, music videos, and a special guest appearance with Corporal Savage that is hotter than mace in your face.
Check out the trailer here: http://youtu.be/edxCPbIL2Qo
On Wednesday, March 21st at 12 noon, members of the community and the Portland Solidarity Network, with and on behalf of Gary and Julie Frost, will be holding another picket outside the Home Forward offices at 135 SW Ash Street.
The picket is part of the Solidarity Network's current campaign, Home Forward is Home Backward ( http://www.HomeForwardisHomeBackward.org), which is fighting to stop Home Forward from unfairly evicting the Frosts from their apartment in the Humboldt Gardens. This week's picket is one in a series of actions designed to tell Home Forward's management' that their residents and the community at-large will not accept mistreatment and retaliatory evictions.
Campaign volunteers, alongside individual community members, have been working overtime - on their own time - since the Frosts were given a ninety-day eviction notice in January. This is the third consecutive weekly picket at the downtown offices, and just one of many escalating actions that will be taken until Home Forward withdraws the eviction and allows the Frosts to remain in their apartment and/or provides them alternative suitable Section 8-compliant housing.[...]
Portland Solidarity Network - Home Forward is Home Backward
Join the Student Animal Coalition for a screening of Lords of Nature: Life in the Land of Great Predators!
Friday March 16th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Check out the trailer
This screening will be accompanied by a short panel discussion after the film. Join Brooks Fahy, the executive director of Predator Defense, Wally Sykes of Trapfree Oregon and North-Eastern Oregon Ecosystems and Karin Coulter, a long time activist who founded the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project as we all discuss the importance of predators in Oregon's ecosystems, our delicate relationships with these predators as well as the political significance of their existence and the repercussions of their removal from the endangered species list.
Portland General Electric is hosting an open house in downtown Portland to promote their proposed Cascade Crossing project. This 209 mile energy transmission corridor spans from Boardman, Oregon to the Salem area, and traverses private land as well as both the Willamette and Mt Hood National Forests. Join Bark at the open house on Tuesday, and make sure PGE knows we think this project is a bad deal for ratepayers and our public forests.
Tuesday, March 13th, between 4PM and 7PM (stop by any time)
Find us there for questions or ideas about what you can say to PGE.
The video is an excerpt from the August 2010 Bark Hike to existing Portland General Electric (PGE) transmission lines near Mt. Hood in order to familiarize folks with what the proposed PGE Cascade Crossing Energy Corridor will look like.
See you there! Contact Bark with questions at 503-331-0374. bark-out.org
"A group of workers, now called New Seasons Market Workers' Voice, have been campaigning for a more democratic workplace for over 3 years now. When management made the decision to fire Ryan they weren't just getting rid of a 9 and half year committed staff member, they were attempting to silence the voices of their workers. New Seasons drew that line, now we are responding."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 9, 2012
New Seasons Market Workers' Voice
Rally to Restore Friendliness at New Seasons
Date: Saturday, March 10
Location: 1954 SE Division St., Portland, OR
RELATED: REPORTING BACK
NSM Workers' Voice; Press Release | Video: New Seasons Market Rally
bybee the bug judge
Judge j. bybee came to Portland and we were there to meet him.
We, of noble intentions were there, we stood for an hour starting about 0800 and left after court started. Malcolm flew his VFP flag with the stars and stripes and we told our story of the "Bug" Judge to be repeated during the time he is in Portland, March 5-9. You all know of the water boarding, the way he got his name by saying it is ok and legal for the President to order torture but you must not call it torture.
We will be there tomorrow at 1130-1:00 PM, stop by for a bit to join byee for lunch. We did not see him today, he is hiding from us---fits with his personality of cowardice. We will decided each day what time we will take up our watch the next, I will try to get word out to you each day. This person of shame who calls himself j. bybee, we call "The Monster of the Desert." Come join us or just stop to say hello.
Jenna Peters-Golden of Philly Stands Up and AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance) Collective presents a workshop on capacity building for radical organizations.
How do you sustain your vision for change? How do you connect the dots when there is so much to get done? How do you zoom out and look at the big picture? How do you stay strong, keep building power and maintain effective sustainability as an organization? In this popular education style workshop we will break down the elements of transformative organizing — concepts, structures and tools to strengthen your campaigns, craft coalitions and specifically, create meaningful organizations built to thrive. Participants should come with questions, ideas and ready to participate.
New Location - same time of day Wednesday March 7, 2012 4:00-6:30 PM 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204
Human Rights Commission Proposed Meeting Agenda
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 (open to the public)
Video Post: Human Rights Meeting 3.7.12.
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