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05.11.2010 07:42
Sleeping Bag Drive!!
Laughing Horse Books, Red & Black Cafe, and Microcosm Publishing are hosting a sleeping bag drive to assist those who are homeless through the winter. Please donate today!!

Cold, rainy weather has arrived, with temperatures expected to dip below freezing by Thanksgiving. Each sleeping bag is someone's home this winter and essential to survival in the Oregon winter, protecting against discomfort, illness, and even death.

Over two thousand people are living either on the streets, camping, or in a car- with thousands more living without permanent housing or other conditions (Oregon Housing/Community Service).

Laughing Horse Books, Red & Black Café, and Microcosm Publishing have teamed up to collect sleeping bags and donations (which will go directly towards sleeping bags as well as weatherproof tarps to protect from the weather), to be distributed in the local area. With many homeless vulnerable to the dangerous, harsh winter sleeping in and around St. Francis Park and adjacent to our businesses, we are compelled to provide what resources we have to assist those in need.

Sleeping Bags will be picked up from each location on November 19th.

Please visit WWW.SLEEPINGBAGDRIVE.COM to donate, add your business/organization as a sleeping bag collection-point, or for more information.. or drop off new or clean bags (preferably low-temperature capable/below freezing..) to Laughing Horse Books, Red & Black Cafe, or Microcosm Publishing. Thanks for the support!!

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23.10.2010 12:29
Portland Lecture with Campaign Finance Reform Expert and Founder of Fix Congress First
Lawrence Lessig, founder of Fix Congress First, professor at Harvard Law School, and acclaimed campaign finance expert, is coming to Portland next week.

Lawrence Lessig, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Fix Congress First is currently the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. His current academic work on "institutional corruption" (relationships that are legal, even currently ethical, but that weaken public trust in our institutions) led to his founding of Fix Congress First in April, 2008. Additionally, he has worked as a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, The Industry Standard and The Huffington Post.

Thursday, October 28th, First Unitarian Church (1011 SW 13th Avenue) in Portland. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 6:45pm. Sliding scale entrance fee $5-$25 (nobody will be turned away for lack of funds)

*Proceeds will benefit the Voter-Owned Elections (Yes on 26-108) campaign and are not tax deductible for income purposes

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20.10.2010 11:22
Will Obama Meet the Resistance in Portland?
Call for Organization of Protest at the Oregon Convention Center, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

President Barack Obama has scheduled a visit to Portland on behalf of Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber. Obama will be speaking to 10,000 or more pre-registered guests at the Oregon Democratic Party-sponsored function in an attempt to bolster the Kitzhaber campaign.

There is a handful of future public school educators organizing to send a message to Obama regarding his Administration's endorsement of the recent film "Waiting For 'Superman'" and the broader agenda it promotes to further corporatize the public education system in the United States for the benefit of multinational corporations that need semi-skilled labor at ever-lower prices. We plan on posting up outside the Convention Center with signs and loud voices.

If there are any other activists who would like to join with us, regardless of your issue/reason for protest[...]

PIMC reportback with photos from event

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19.10.2010 19:10
Stop the suits: Resistance within El Salvador
El Salvador mining resistance Orlando Velasco, anti-mining leader from San Isidro, El Salvador, will give a firsthand report on the resistance to mining in El Salvador, the $200mil lawsuits filed against the Salvadoran government by North American mining companies, and the links between U.S. free trade policy and metallic mining in Central America.

Thursday, October 21 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Urban Grinds Coffee House, 2214 NE Oregon St

Un reportaje de primera mano sobre la resistencia a la mineria en El Salvador, las demandas que se han iniciado en contra del gobierno salvadoreno por $200 millones por parte de las companias mineras y los vínculos entre la politica de comercio estadounidense y la minería metalica en Centroamerica. Una peligrosa amenaza esta siendo impuesta.

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19.10.2010 19:06
National Primate Liberation Week
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 15th, 2010
Contact: Justin Kay, Portland Animal Defense League-
(503)369-4516, pdx_adl@riseup.net

Portland, OR- During the week of October 16th to the 24th activists from the Portland Animal Defense League will target Oregon Health Science University and its Oregon National Primate Research Center in recognition of National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW). NPLW is an annual week of protest, education and action to end the use of primates in laboratories.

Portland Animal Defense League has long targeted OHSU for dealing in exploitation, death, and scientific fraud. For several years, ADL has engaged in a campaign of education and exposure, illuminating the public to the torture, fraudulent science and "scientists", and wasted tax dollars that characterize the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Those efforts recently culminated in a road blockade outside of the ONPRC in late June that resulted in the arrest of five activists.

Yet activists are not done. There will be a surprise action during the week. The media will be alerted. As long as there are animals imprisoned at the primate center, OHSU will have to answer to the demands for their liberation. ADL has scheduled events for National Primate Liberation Week:

RELATED: Action Alert - Contact OHSU & ONPRC Administration and Staff!

pdxanimaldefenseleague.org


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08.10.2010 12:39
MONEY FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION, NOT WAR AND OCCUPATION Tomorrow!
Saturday, October 9 (Tomorrow)

Afghanistan: Nine Years Later --
"Money for Jobs and Education, Not for War and Occupation!"
South Park Blocks (Market and Clay)

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -- Rally (meet at South Park Blocks, between Market and Clay)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- March
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- Teach-in (at Portland State University, Smith Hall)

We demand:
End the Occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq!
Stop Funding Israeli Apartheid: Equal Rights for Palestinians!
No War on Iran or Pakistan: Stop Drone Bombings!
Stop Scapegoating Arabs, Muslims and Immigrants!
Hands Off Latin America!

For more information, please contact Peace & Justice Works
((503) 236-3065 or  http://www.pjw.info

[VIDEO'S from event on this PIMC related link]  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/10/402982.shtml

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08.10.2010 07:48
National Primate Liberation Week
Over 70,000 primates (rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, chimpanzees, etc.) are experimented on every year in the United States. Many thousands of primates are also imprisoned in labs for breeding and conditioning. Recent USDA statistics reveal that over 124,000 primates are held captive in U.S. laboratories.

National Primate Liberation Week will take place October 16th - October 24th. Please help fight for the chimpanzees, rhesus monkeys, spider monkeys, marmosets, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, owl monkeys, and all the other innocent primates confined in laboratories. Help us end their abuse!

In Portland, we will be targeting OHSU's National Primate Research Center, which houses over 4,200 primates and has been fined for numerous USDA violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

There will be various ways to get involved throughout the week, ranging from education to outreach to action. As the week nears, more details will be released.

Please join us!

homepage:  http://pdxanimaldefenseleague.org

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05.10.2010 08:57
Roll Against Coal
You're invited to Roll Against Coal in Portland on Sunday, October 10th! Join us for this huge bike rally as part of 350.org's Global Work Party and move Oregon towards a clean energy future!

RSVP to Roll Beyond Coal this Sunday!

Here are the details:

WHO: You, your friends, and family!
WHAT: 12pm - 3 pm Free Bike Repair Workshop with Backpedal Cycleworks
3-4 pm Bike Ride and Rally with 350.org photo
4-8 pm FREE PARTY with raffle
Music from Shuffleshine and Beer Provided by Alameda Brewhouse
WHEN: Sunday, October 10th
WHERE: Sierra Club office 1821 SE Ankeny St Portland. Get a map!
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM

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05.10.2010 08:48
Whose Schools? OUR Schools!
The new high school redesign now entails the complete closure of Marshall High School in outer-Southeast Portland. Benson High School will remain a four-year technical high school, but its student population will be limited to between 500 and 800 students. Jefferson will become a focus school. Help support struggling communities and their neighborhood schools. Contact the School Board NOW!

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Contact the School Board NOW by calling (503) 916-3741 or e-mail ( schoolboard@pps.k12.or.us ) Attend the following meetings:

Wednesday, October 6 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Marshall High School Campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue (The Board members will spend the first hour exploring career-related learning opportunities across the high school system and specifically Benson High School. Following, board members will hear public testimony for the duration of the meeting.)

Tuesday, October 12 Administration Building, 501 N. Dixon 5:30 p.m. School Board Meeting, at which the high school redesign plan will be voted upon.

Your support of struggling communities and their youth is appreciated.

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05.10.2010 08:40
Rosehip Medics: Oct Street Medic Training
Training Flier--Print & distribute Rosehip Medic Collective presents a Fall season Street Medic training--Oct 15th-17th (Fri 5-9, Sat/Sun 9-6). Learn basics of emergency medicine, radical support work, anti-oppression, & folk/herbal remedies. While largely focused on first aid/comfort care in urban marches & actions, this training is easily tailored to wilderness spaces, your place of work, and your home neighborhood. Registration is limited so sign up now!

We teach from our own manual, with lecture, hands-on practice, and scenarios--materials are provided. Out-of-towners will be accommodated, as will other needs to the extent possible. Some food will be provided. Childcare references are available upon request. Participants vary in level of medical background from complete noobs to doctors, nurses, experienced herbalists & paramedics--but we confer no legal certification

To register for the training, get on our email list, and/or have your questions answered, please email RIGHT AWAY.

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28.09.2010 20:11
Portland Activists Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-war and Solidarity Activists
Concerned community members are meeting for a Speakout at Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Downtown Portland, Oregon) on Friday, October 1 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

On Friday, September 24, 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out sweeps across the Midwest. The FBI raided seven houses and an office in Chicago and Minneapolis, and agents handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to eleven activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

[PIMC Link: Videos of Portland Protest]

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18.09.2010 13:52
Portland Financial Focus Week of Action Schedule
Keeping up the pressure on the vital financial targets, this week of action is for all companies linked to HLS financially - from Fortress to their subsidiary companies and more. More info on HLS: http://www.shac.net

Who is Fortress?
In 2006 the Fortress Investment Group entered into a "secret" arrangement with Huntingdon Life Sciences, and loaned them $70 million. If Fortress had not loaned them $70m, HLS would have closed in 2006. If they were to withdraw their loan now, it is highly likely HLS would be forced to close. If ever there was a time for action, it is now. If ever there was a vital target it is Fortress. More info: http://www.shac.net/action/fortress/index.html

Portland Targets and Portland Schedule REMINDER WEDNESDAY DEMO

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18.09.2010 10:44
Call to Participate in Anarchist Assembly in Seattle, September 21st
A symbol We hope that this assembly will allow anarchists, anti authoritarians, autonomists etc., to come together and talk about the increasingly hostile environment we find ourselves in and what we are doing about it. This is not a space for the planning of events but rather it is an opportunity for projects to be announced, for proposals to be stated, for connections to be made, deepened and expanded. We intend to increase the level of joint activity, coordination, and face-to-face communication among already established anarchist networks.

From Arctic Circle Collective[:]
In light of the recent escalation of violence by the police in the Puget Sound region, we call you to participate in a general assembly on Tuesday 21st.

We hope that this assembly will allow anarchists, anti authoritarians, autonomists etc., to come together and talk about the increasingly hostile environment we find ourselves in and what we are doing about it. This is not a space for the planning of events but rather it is an opportunity for projects to be announced, for proposals to be stated, for connections to be made, deepened and expanded. We intend to increase the level of joint activity, coordination, and face-to-face communication among already established anarchist networks.


Our aim is to encourage the momentum of resistance to the presence of police in our lives. We are uninterested in a discussion of better police training. Arguments for police reform are not welcome at this assembly. If you choose to express good faith in this violent and oppressive system you will be asked to leave. The only requirement for attendance at this assembly is the desire for the total abolition of the dominant social order that commits violence against us--including the police force. To this end, political parties are unwelcome --including so-called "revolutionary" ones.

The assembly will be held at the Vera Project at 5:00pm. For directions and more information please visit (www.theveraproject.org) and arcticcirclecollective.info

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18.09.2010 10:37
HELP FILL A RELIEF CONTAINER FOR HAITI!
The Society for Haitian Arts and Culture (SHAC), a Portland-based, grassroots organization composed of Haitian immigrants and their allies, is seeking help in filling a relief container that is bound for Haiti.
HELP FILL A RELIEF CONTAINER FOR HAITI!

Saturday, September 18 [today] -- 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
and
Saturday, September 25 (next weekend) -- 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CENTRAL BIBLE CHURCH
(Parking Lot)
8815 N.E. Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97220


The Society for Haitian Arts and Culture (SHAC) is particularly seeking hygiene supplies, first aid kits and food. Camping-type items and school supplies are also appreciated.
Monetary donations are always gratefully accepted and appreciated.

For further information, please contact Judith Gelin, Executive Director of SHAC, at  hasac5@aol.com

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11.09.2010 12:01
Camp Phoenix Rising Faces Eviction Again
The city wants to shut us down. Depending on what happens after today, Phoenix Rising could be no more if the police have their way. Please come out to the site around 10 am to get more info about strategy and hear the full story about what we're up against. We need your help more now than ever!

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08.09.2010 10:11
Chris Francisco on The Longest Walk 3, Portland to DC.
Next year, Portland will be the starting point for the Longest Walk 3.
"This is a 5,000+ mile Walk Across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our diets and lifestyles! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country." "Chris Francisco on the Longest Walk 3, Portland to DC."

Where: The Red & Black Cafe - 400 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 When: Tuesday, September 21st - 6:00 PM

[Related Video Interview]

Public Access program featuring Native American issues and culture. The first guest is Chris Francisco, Dine'(Navajo), speaking about the the NorthernRoute of the upcoming LongestWalk 3, which will be leaving Portland Oregon for Washington D.C. on February 11, 2011.

VIDEO


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08.09.2010 09:58
MONEY FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION, NOT WAR AND OCCUPATION
Afghanistan: 9 Years Later
"Money for Jobs and Education, Not War and Occupation"
Rally, March and Teach-In
Saturday, October 9
Park Blocks near Portland State University (between S.W. Market and Clay)

End the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Stop funding Israeli apartheid: Equal Rights for Palestinians
No war on Iran or Pakistan -- Stop drone bombings!
Hands off Latin America!
Stop scapegoating Arabs, Muslims and Immigrants

11:00 a.m. -- rally (Park Blocks near Portland State University -- S.W. Market and Clay)
11:30 a.m. - march to teach-in at Portland State niversity
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 -- Panel Discussion and Workshops
(The event will end at approximately 3:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch.)


 http://www.pjw.info/afghanistan9yl.html

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27.08.2010 18:56
THIS WEEKEND: Beehive Design Collective's Portland Debut of "true cost of coal"!
highlander A swarm is coming! The Beehive Design Collective heads to Portland to release their long-anticipated "True Cost of Coal" graphics campaign!

Two years in the making, the "True Cost of Coal" is an elaborate narrative illustration that explores the complex story of mountaintop removal coal mining and the broader impacts of coal in Appalachia and beyond. To create the poster, the Beehive interviewed hundreds of community members throughout the Appalachia region. In their interactive picture-lectures, the Bees lead audiences through an engaging, larger-than-life banner version of the graphic, interweaving anecdotes, statistics, and history.

Several events in Portland
* Friday, August 27th, 3-5pm at the Ecotrust Building, Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, 2nd floor (721 Northwest 9th Avenue)
* Sunday, August 29th, 7pm at Autonomy (316 Northwest 4th Ave.)
* Tuesday, August 31st, 2pm - 6pm, Special Art Workshop & Presentation at Tryon Life Community Farm (details below)

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24.08.2010 16:51
Port of Portland Disposing of Contaminated Waste dRredge Material On West Hayden Island
Two weeks ago Audubon Society of Portland and Willamette Riverkeeper publicly called on the Port of Portland to immediately cease disposal of contaminated dredge materials from the Portland Harbor Superfund Site on West Hayden Island. At Audubon's request the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to hold a public hearing on this issue.
When: Monday, August 30th at 6:00 PM
Where: University of Oregon Building, Room 142/144, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon

Please attend this hearing and help us send a strong message to the Port, the City and the regulatory agencies that West Hayden Island is the wrong place to dispose of contaminated dredge materials.
Background: The Port is currently in the process of disposing of 30,000 cubic yards of dredge materials containing lead, zinc and pesticides from the Willamette River at Terminal 5 and has requested permission from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to add an additional 75,000 cubic yards of dredge material containing DDT, PCBs, PAHs and petroleum hydrocarbons from the Willamette River at Post Office Bar (river mile 2.2)

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24.08.2010 09:50
BACK TO SCHOOL? DON'T FORGET TO OPT-OUT!
Opt Out Military Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds. Students may "opt-out" of this provision by so indicating on their registration form or by submitting an opt-out form amending their registration form.

The deadline for opting-out is October 1.
WHAT IS OPT-OUT? Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds.

OPT-OUT FACTS:
* Students must opt-out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1
* Students do NOT require parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* EVERY high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors and seniors!
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.

HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT?
* At registration -- before the beginning of the school year. There is usualy a checkbox on the registration form that allows for opting-out.
* By going directly to their school main office and amending their registration form if they have not checked the box to opt-out. (If they don't remember whether they opted-out or or not, students can go to the main office to verify the information on their form.)
* By submitting an opt-out form (either that supplied by Recruiter Watch volunteers or by download at www.leavemychildalone.org/optout) to their school's main office.

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