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"We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism" (Paul Brooks)


environment | indigenous issues 22-Feb-2017 12:45

Climate Activist Ken Ward's Trial started today January 30, 2017-He needs our support!

From the open publishing newswire: Ken Ward's trial began today January 30, 2017 in Skagit County WA.
Mr. Ward is at the front lines of courageous action to stop these pipelines. Please consider supporting him in any way you can.
Links on site to trial support, legal donations, food, interfaith
supports, and spread the word.  http://www.shutitdown.today/pr_jan302016

On October 11, 2016, five brave climate activists, determined to act commensurately with the truth of unfolding climate cataclysm in the face of the failure of adequate policy, closed safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States.

This act of climate disobedience shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day - a display of the sorts of shifts that are necessary to avoid complete cataclysm. In this light, the five valve-turners are standing by their actions, saying that they are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified to avoid the catastrophic harm caused to humanity by unprecedented climactic disruption.

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actions & protests | environment 03-Feb-2017 08:59

VIDEO: Tar Sands Valve-Turners - Five Climate Activists Speak in Portland Oregon 11.16.16

From the open publishing newswire: Five activists, three supporters and one documentary filmmaker are being prosecuted for taking direct action to avert climate cataclysm on October 11, 2016 by (safely) closing safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States (charges against the filmmaker were dropped)

Tar Sands Valve-Turners spoke in Portland Oregon
Here is the video recording from 11.16.16 - filmed in Portland
 https://youtu.be/u3jSglGtnZ4 (1 hour 32 min video)

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environment | indigenous issues 11-Nov-2016 13:50

Standing Rock Fundraiser Community Event 11-11-16 - PDX

From the open publishing newswire: Standing Rock Fundraiser Community Event:
Friday November 11th 2016 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Social Justice Action Center
400 SE 12th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214


Join us next Friday for a community fundraiser to help local folks get out and support Standing Rock! Several people who live in the Portland area will be taking a caravan the next day (Nov. 12th) to head out there. We will have speakers, political education, some film clips and potluck! The way the state is responding is disgusting and unacceptable! But it's typical for imperialist/colonial/settler counterinsurgency tactics! We need to show that we can fight and that we can build a movement! This is a fundraiser so please bring what you can to support the folks that are heading out! This will be an open potluck so everyone is encouraged to share something.

This is a Fundraiser for Standing Rock

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actions & protests | environment | indigenous issues 24-Oct-2016 19:14

Video: Water is Life Walk in Portland Oregon 10.9.16

Solidarity with Standing Rock From the open publishing newswire: This is the full video of the Walk for "Water is Life" event in Portland Oregon. [In solidarity with Standing Rock - No DAPL]

 https://youtu.be/TE_gFcRWBQU [2 hour 20 minutes]

Stops were made at four places: N. S, E. and W. sides of the Willamette river. The walk in Portland Oregon was to bring attention to the Standing Rock protest and injustice with the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This peace walk today title " Sacred Water Walk" started at noon under the Steele bridge - the walk took us along the Willamette river on the east side river bank...meeting along the way, under the Hawthorn bridge, with the Elders and those who couldn't make the walk for a prayer and ceremony and music. [...]

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environment | human & civil rights 21-Jul-2016 09:33

Video: Lac-Mégantic commemoration in Portland Oregon - Train Wreck Kills 47

From the open publishing newswire: An event was held around noon time in Pioneer Square, Portland Oregon on July 6th.
This was the third year that Portland has honored those that have lost their lives at the tragic oil train accident in 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. This event was in memory of those 47 people and also served as a reminder to what danger lies in having oil trains in our communities.

 https://youtu.be/C6TLRq4IxvM (Video 46:25 minutes)

"Tragedy struck in the wee hours of July 6, 2013, when a train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded, causing 47 deaths and the destruction of much of Lac-Megantic's downtown core."

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environment | imperialism & war 09-Jun-2016 22:44

Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Speaker

From the open publishing newswire: Helen Jaccard, crew member on the Golden Rule speaking at a Portland event, detailing a little of the history of the ship, as well as announcing current and upcoming events during the Portland Rose Festival.

 https://youtu.be/2PtRx8Sj4lc

This event was part of a few days of anti war activities sponsored by Veterans for Peace.

The original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, inspired many of the subsequent peace makers and peace ships that followed. The reborn Golden Rule is voyaging once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.  http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org:

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actions & protests | environment 26-May-2016 22:43

Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous June 10-13

From the open publishing newswire: We Want to Spend the End of the World with You
Cascadia Forest Defenders and the League of Extra-Ornery Cascadians are
pleased to announce the Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous, from June
10-13, 2016, in the heart of the southern Cascades. [...]

So, you wanna get up in the old-growth, trying to halt a roadless area
timber sale, or get acquainted with the kayak mob and the oil
blockaders? Come out to the woods and check us out. Stick around Monday
for a kick-ass action(s). Heck, why not just make a summer of it?

For more information, check out the Cascadia Forest Defenders at
 http://forestdefensenow.com

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Memorial Service: 3/31 @6PM 31-Mar-2016 11:18

Stu Sugarman ...a eulogy

From the open publishing newswire: I woke up this morning to find out that an old friend of mine, an earth warrior, an activist attorney, and a truly gentle soul... has died. This man saved many of our asses in the Pacific NW during the various waves of repression and Green Scare machinations that swept through Cascadia over the past 2 decades, and I will not forget him. I don't think any of us will. We thought he would be there forever. None of us was prepared for this, it was so sudden and unexpected.

Read this full eulogy by Cat Jones on her blog here:
 https://beyondthebarbs.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/stu-sugarman-a-eulogy/

Stu passed away in his home Monday of apparent diabetes-related causes. He was 52 years old.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at Laurelhurst Park, 3756 S.E. Oak St., in Portland. A group will gather north of the pond, at picnic area" E."

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environment | sustainability 31-Jan-2016 17:10

Video: 350 PDX - Paris Climate Talks - Report Back 1.20.16

From the open publishing newswire: A Report Back on January 20 2016. Filmed at "The Peace House" in Portland Oregon.

A panel of four tell of their experiences in Paris at the Climate Talks

Introductions by: Maya Jarrad: 350PDX's volunteer coordinator
Guest Speakers: Jill Stein,Virginia Wiseman,Maralena Murphy and Ptery Leight

"Paris Climate Talks - Report Back"
 https://youtu.be/cEBAaAkpPfM [youtube video 2 hours 10 minutes]

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community building | environment 13-Nov-2015 12:18

2016 FRUIT TREE STEWARDSHIP INTERN with Portland Fruit Tree Project

From the open publishing newswire: Unpaid internship position open with Portland Fruit Tree Project
The Fruit Tree Stewardship Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Fruit Tree Stewardship programs by assisting in the coordination our Tree Care Teams program and Tree Care Workshop series, and helping us maintain our existing Community Orchard sites.
Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 312 total hours minimum) Monday January 4th, 2016 - Monday June 30th, 2016

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 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

Applications due by Monday December 7th
 http://www.portlandfruit.org

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energy & nuclear | environment 02-Nov-2015 11:23

Comment on the Portland Fossil Fuel Policy - Come to Rally!

From the open publishing newswire: The City of Portland is taking the national lead on climate policy and protecting the health and safety of its residents. This groundbreaking policy will prohibit new large-scale fossil fuel projects in Portland will be voted on by City Council on November 4th!

City Council will be voting on 2 resolutions on Wednesday. One, the Fossil Fuel Policy and the 2nd, a resolution opposing oil trains.

The rally starts Wednesday the 4th at 1:15 outside City Hall - 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. The hearing starts at 2:30.
homepage:  http://350pdx.org

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community building | environment 06-Aug-2015 11:33

Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.

From the open publishing newswire: Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a small nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently recruiting for three internship positions - [...]

Go to  http://portlandfruit.org/jobs for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions. Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd.

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actions & protests | alternative media | environment 31-Jul-2015 09:36

A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: A report from Thursday's "sHell No!" actions at Cathedral Park, with analysis.

As has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change [...] President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.

In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece that is required on site before drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days.

This bold action quickly caught the attention of the media, as Greenpeace actions are designed to do [...]

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