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In honor of International Stop the Tar Sands day, Portland Rising Tide and The National Wildlife Federation' s Tar Free Future campaign will host the Oregon premier of SPOIL, a documentary telling the story of the Great Bear Rainforest and the threat it faces form a proposed oil pipeline.
SPOIL: Documentary Film Premiere
4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR
This Thursday, June 9th, 2011
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The showing is a benefit for Rising Tide - no one will be turned away, but please pitch in. We're asking everyone to please bring your checkbook if you can afford it. Sponsored by Portland Rising Tide, the National Wildlife Federation' s Tar Free Future campaign, KBOO Radio and Columbia Riverkeeper.
You can also join the Pedalpalooza Bike Ride to the film! This Pedalpalooza ride will meet near the swings around 5pm, wheels rolling at 5:30 @ Sunnyside Environmental School Park
3421 SE Salmon St.
Film trailer: http://www.vimeo.com/17374726
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=207249162638832
ONE NIGHT ONLY Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm. Hollywood Theater, NE 42nd and Sandy. $5 Suggest Donation, $10 Solidarity
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books, A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States, THE PEOPLE SPEAK illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.
This is a fundraiser for the International Socialist Organization- Portland District, to help us get to the Socialism 2011 in Chicago! link to www.socialismconference.org
One of the prime movers of a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the court decision that gives corporations the rights of Human Beings will be on the road in Oregon during the month of June, offering training sessions.
MOVE TO AMEND ORGANIZER TRAINING -coming to a city near you:
CORVALLIS, OR: June 11, 2011 - 9:30am
EUGENE, OR: June 12, 2011 - 5:00pm
ROSEBURG, OR: June 13, 2011 - 9:00pm
http://movetoamend.org for a complete schedule. Also, please help us keep the White House switchboard lit up between now and the Fourth of July. Hundreds more have been invited. Please invite all your Facebook friends. The correct link for the Facebook event (published with a typo previously) is: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113772435378497
MOVE TO AMEND has a very simple agenda, very similar to a handful of other groups that offer slightly different language:
Want to know what's going on at the Red and Black Cafe for the entire month of June? Check out our calendar of events! We've just updated our website with all the events for the month. The printed version of the Red and Black Communique will be available starting on June 2nd. Look for it at the cafe and in other spaces around town!
You can see the calendar online here: http://redandblackcafe.com/red-and-black-communique
In solidarity, Red and Black Cafe
The Day for Solidarity with Long-term Anarchist Prisoners is now two weeks away. June 11th is an open invitation to demonstrate support for Marie Mason and Eric McDavid, who are each serving 20 years. This date provides an opportunity to build links of affinity and solidarity towards the destruction of the prisons and prison-society.
This occasion for solidarity—as an open invitation—can to be responded to however people want, according to their own ideas and contexts. But many people have written asking for suggestions so we wanted to share a quick list of ideas for people who wish to plan events: *Organize an info-night.... * Throw a [vegan] benefit party/show/pancake breakfast/barbeque/picnic
Though Marie and Eric's cases cannot be simplified to a lack of support, we understand that the state succeeded in imposing such long sentences on Marie and Eric in part because it was able to isolate them, both politically and socially. In the wake of these long-term sentences, support for Eric & Marie—and for other Green Scare and anarchist prisoners—has relied on the consistency and commitment of their respective families and support crews. As anarchists, we think there are many ways to improve their visibility that don't rely on the mass media, but rather on organizing and face-to-face interactions in the street. Thus, in particular we encourage people to:
*Organize microphone demos and other very public events.
*Put-up posters, and drop banners (only with permission, of course!). Full-color posters were just printed that can be sent your way.
*Operas, plays, ballet, like Redbird Prisoner Support in Colombus, OH!
*Other, wholly-new and original plans that we'd be excited to promote and spread for June 11, 2012, and until every prisoner is free,
Get organized, and get in touch with us if you need to! email@example.com
[A] call out for support that emphasizes our immediate need for funds.
The long, chilly, rainy seasons are finally departing, leaving the
Black Rose far behind in our finances. We have until June 5th to catch up,
otherwise the Blackrose will be evicted. So we're calling for community
support in raising the funds we need to stay open. With a few new
volunteers and comfortable weather we're opening the shop damn near daily,
so stop by during regular hours (12noon-7pm) or, come on out for our
variety of upcoming events (which are posted on the indymedia calendar http://protest.net/pdxindymedia/ )!
We want to show as many people a good time as possible between now and June 5th!
As always no one turned away for lack of funds but, we really encourage folks
to pitch in and donate in this time of need. Tell all your friends!
support this all ages show space in north Portland! Keep D.I.Y. community
space alive on sold-out Mississippi Ave.! (insert fist-shape emoticon here) Seriously.
An Safer/Sober Space - 4038 N Mississippi Ave
Join Bark in a Day of Action to Protect Mt. Hood from NW Natural's plans to resurrect the Palomar Pipeline. This Day of Action coincides with the annual NW Natural Shareholders Meeting where we've had a presence for the past three years. This year we'll have all day on-line actions at bark-out.org.
Help Bark on Thursday, May 26th to send NW Natural the message that we will never allow this pipeline to go through Mt. Hood! Mark your calendars and get ready to take a stand for Mt. Hood on Thursday, May 26th! To plug in to our in-person actions contact Olivia (firstname.lastname@example.org), otherwise just visit bark-out.org on May 26th.
In March of this year Palomar withdrew its application to construct the 220-mile pipeline through Oregon, but NW Natural is scheming to bring the project back as early as next year including its 40-mile long clearcut through Mt. Hood National Forest. Visit this link to learn more about NW Naturals plans to resurrect Palomar.
Event: The Fifth Annual International Social Uprising Resistance & Grassroots Encouragement Film Festival is taking place now! It runs from May 17th through May 23rd, 2011. Admission is free and snacks are free... because everything in the world should be free!
Mission Statement: Peace, Equality and Solidarity. Although political protests give us the opportunity to unite our thoughts in opposition to the route which our governments are taking us, many of us all over the world have come to the realization that the lack of peace in the world and the problems that we see increasing every day have a foundation deeper than the Republicans, the Democrats, or a few select multinational corporations. What we face are institutionalized problems, problems which can only be confronted at the root, researched and solved by imaginative and broad based, non-violent social movements - not ballot boxes.
Please visit: http://www.WeSurge.org and click on "Calendar of Events (Downloadable)." Love and Solidarity!
From BARK: The City of Portland will decide on May 18th @ 10:15 am whether to waste $500 million to treat our Bull Run drinking water, recently confirmed as pure and free from harmful bacteria. Location is at: Council Chambers, Portland City Hall (between Jefferson and Madison on SW 4th Ave)
This issue seems to be not very well covered locally, but enforcing EPA regulations and building a UV treatment plant will seriously affect Portland's drinking water, and utility rates. No harmful cryptosporidium has ever been found in this water. Yet for some reason the city is going along with the supposition that open reservoirs should be covered to comply with EPA recommendations/requirements. Covered reservoirs have more risk of microorganisms historically across the nation.
Contrary to what BARK (and Friends of Reservoirs) are putting out on their websites, instead of pursuing a (temporary) "variance", the council should be pursuing a (permanent) "waiver" from compliance with these regs on the basis that this treatment facility is unwarranted and will actually increase the contamination of our now clean water with chemicals like radon and chloroform which build up if not allowed to off-gas, as well as mercury and other pollutants that will increase toxicity due to the other pollutants required for this kind of "treatment"...
foresttofaucetpdx.blogspot.com | Past Portland IMC Coverage & links | Video: Rally to Save Portland's Drinking Water | VIDEO: Growing Concern Cable Access coverage of the issue w/ Scott Fernandez |followup report of the hearing
Please join Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and our partners at Heart of America Northwest in protecting our communities from 12,000 truckloads of extremely radioactive waste, which would go through Portland and Spokane to Hanford under a US Department of Energy proposal.
Attend and speak out at next week's public hearing on the US Department of Energy's proposal to use Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a national radioactive waste dump for extremely radioactive (GTCC) waste.
When: Thursday, May 19th beginning at 6:30PM*
Where: Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center (1000 NE Multnomah Street) in Portland
*Pre-hearing workshop at 5:45 PM in the Ross Island Room, 1st Floor
To learn more: http://www.hoanw.org
PFTP is looking for volunteers to become tree scouts during the 2011 harvest season to help register fruit trees in the Portland community.
Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
As a Tree Scout, you will identify and register fruit trees in a designated neighborhood area, and conduct follow-up with tree owners that want to share the bounty. It's a fun way to meet neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.
TREE SCOUT OVERVIEW: All the necessary materials and information will be provided. You can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on this volunteer position, which begins June 18th and ends October 30th, 2011. Attend Tree Scout training (Saturday, June 18th, 9:30am-1:00pm)
If you're unable to attend the June 18th training, we can arrange an alternate training date.
Fill out the attached application form. Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to katy[at]portlandfruit[dot[org, with 'Tree Scout Application Request' in the subject line. We'll send you an application right away. Applications are due Friday, June 3rd.
You are invited to participate in a study tour to study food sovereignty, social movements and social change in Venezuela, July 10 to 22. The tour will examine issues of land reform, urbanization issues, rural development and food sovereignty within a dynamic political context. Venezuela is an outstanding example of a country that strives to ensure its citizens' right to food while bolstering its domestic agriculture sector, with an emphasis on organic practices and agroecology. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process.
We will start and end in Caracas: Tentative Itinerary. We will visit the states of Portuguesa, Barinas, Lara and Amazon. Activities will include visits to social programs, farms, community sites, and media outlets (with opportunities for radio and TV appearances); meetings with farmers, community leaders, and government officials; and trips to beaches, parks, and other sites of interest.
Cost to participate in the delegation: $1,100 - This covers 11 full days
STUDY TOUR TO VENEZUELA:
Headsup. There is going to be an International Oil Spill Conference here next week sponsored by the oil lobby group API. Cant find much about it online. Any action on this?
API is right now trying to bribe Congress not to cut its tax subsidies. "At a briefing Monday, a senior tax adviser for the American Petroleum Institute (API), the industry's main lobbying arm, said efforts to repeal the oil and gas tax breaks were a "vindictive use of the tax code." Johnson said oil and gas companies were being singled out by lawmakers because gasoline prices were high. He noted the industry would be willing to support changes to the tax code, as long as the changes were done in the context of comprehensive reform and applied to all industry sectors."
**It's on May 22. A four-day conference.
**try this for info: http://www.environmental-expert.com/events/international-oil-spill-conference-2011-10526 ]
This Friday at 2:30, People will gather in pioneer square to protest the proposed coal export terminal in Longview Washington. At 3, a coal train will proceed to visit some of the banks that fund companies like Arch Coal.
Stand in solidarity with the people of Longview who face the real environmental hazards of the coal exports. Do not allow the Northwest to be a resource colony for Chinese power plants. Stand up for Climate Justice!
Eugene food not bombs will be serving food at Kesey square (intersection of Broadway and Willamette st) at 2:00 p.m on Friday, May 6th. We plan to do this weekly. We could really use some help getting donations/dumpstering, etc. Our first event may be small, but we are committed to getting the ball rolling and having this on a consistent basis.
Contact us for organizing information or general questions. See you out there!
eva golinger, foreign policy adviser to the venezuelan government
attorney and best-selling author,
comes to portland may 6, discusses wikileaks
(1 min video)
Author and adviser to the Venezuelan government Eva Golinger will stop in Portland on May 6 as part of her US tour. The First Unitarian Church at 1011 SW 13th Ave. will host her appearance, beginning at 7 p.m. She will talk about her gleanings from the 250,000 diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.
Her discoveries include how the US government financed opposition media in Venezuela and how, for years, the US State Department and aid agencies have tried to develop youth opposition in Cuba and Venezuela to provoke "regime change."
The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee has been the principal organizer for the Golinger's US tour, which will start in New York and wind up in Los Angeles. [...]
PROTEST Portlandia's rejoining the
J.T.T.F. Thursday April 28th 2101
12:30 pm at City Hall LATER
Public Hearing 2:00 pm at City Hall
What You Might Want to Know About the JTTF & Police in CA. | Response to Sam Adams' JTTF Proposal | Video: Say No to Portland Police Joining the FBI JTTF - 3.10.11 Protest at City Hall | Mayor Sam Adams: Joint Terrorism Task Force Review | Portland City Council Suppressed Citizen Input on JTTF Issue
On the Last Tuesday of every month, the Red and Black Cafe, Portland Animal Defense League, and Oregon Jericho host this letter writing night. Folks in jail really need to know they've not been forgotten.
Materials will be provided, including a list of prisoners, AND, write a letter, get 10% off your purchase! How's that for a bribe?
Tuesday, April 26 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Red And Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Ave.
This night often focuses on animal liberation and environmental political prisoners, but all prisoners need letters.
Who: Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and supporters
What: Demonstration in Solidarity with Packy the Elephant
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011 from noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Oregon Zoo, front gates
Why: Because Packy was promised his freedom years ago, because he deserves it, and because it's the right thing to do.
Joining the call for "Good Jobs for All" are public and private sector workers from nine local unions who are supporting each others drive for a decent contract.
br> When: April 16, 2011 at 12:00 noon.
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, at the corner of SW 6th and Morrison
Special Guest Speaker: Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin
On April 16, 2011, hundreds of community members from all walks of life will join together in downtown Portland to call for "Good Jobs for All" and for Congress to protect the safety net including Social Security and Medicare. Joining the call for "Good Jobs for All" are public and private sector workers from nine local unions who are supporting each other's drive for a decent contract. The march and rally will be in the spirit of Wisconsin - family friendly and strong in spirit with excellent visuals.
Appearing direct from the front lines of the battle in Madison, will be Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. When talking about why he led the firefighters into the capitol to protest Scott Walker's attacks on working people, Mitchell explained, "When firefighters see an emergency, we respond."
With millions of Americans unemployed, underemployed and underpaid, the need for a national public works program to put people back to work is becoming increasingly apparent. There is a growing demand for federal programs that will serve to rebuild the crumbling infrastructure and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by using energy efficiency programs and technologies and expansion of public transportation systems. At the same time communities are recognizing the need to protect vulnerable families from homelessness, hunger and other symptoms of poverty by strengthening rather than cutting programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
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