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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.
Ever seen those painted intersections or small covered benches around Portland neighborhoods? Here's when they are made! This is a brief press release for a community-powered event happening May 25 - June 3. The Village Building Convergence is a 10-festival of ecological installations and holistic celebration!
SE 9th & Sherrett, Portland
The City Repair Project's 12th Annual
Village Building Convergence (VBC 12)
Ten Days & Nights: Friday, May 25 to Sunday, June 3
"To build the change that they wish to see in the world!"
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
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.
Small Town Endeavors to Protect its Future
The rural community of Williams in Southern Oregon is striving to prevent an imminent clear-cut on a privately owned 320 acres. This parcel is perched atop a prominent ridge in the Williams Creek watershed, located in the Applegate Valley, and serves as the headwaters for three major contributing streams. The community has united as the non-profit organization Williams Community Forest Project (WCFP) to purchase the land. The WCFP is fervently intensifying its fundraising and media campaign to procure the necessary funds and raise public awareness about the plight of our threatened woodlands. Thus far, the community has been pledged a substantial loan from a private group and raised $120,000 from grassroots fundraising.
Further information can be obtained at the WCFP website, www.williamscommunityforestproject.org, or through an inspiring ten-minute film posted at www.indiegogo.com/Wiliiams-Community-Forest-Project where direct, tax-deductible donations can be made. Donations may also be sent to WCFP, P.O. Box 36, Williams OR 97544.
There are a number of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is being celebrated this Monday, January 16.
SISTERS OF THE ROAD 19th MLK MARCH AND RALLY
OCCUPY THE DREAM!
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. March starts at noon.
KEEP ALIVE THE DREAM! 27th Anniversary Tribute
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan, Portland
Aired live on KBOO 90.7 FM.
OCCUPY JUSTICE: A Morale Booster for the Occupy Movement
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta Street, Portland
Friends, neighbors, and comrades gathered early in the morning on Saturday, December 3rd to transform a vacant lot on the south-end of Santa Cruz's main street into a vibrant community park. Folks worked throughout the day breaking up hunks of concrete, created five large raised garden beds (with plans for three more), filled them with soil, and planted dozens of plants. Curious people passed by asked questions, offered up complements, and even joined in. By the end of the day, approximately 40-50 people had helped in creating North America's newest squatted park. At the end of the day, a statement was released. It described the process of construction and explained the motivations behind it.
On Monday morning, a worker from Datum Construction came across the street into SubRosa (the anarchist infoshop) to say that if they knew the gardeners, let them know they only had a few hours to remove the plants before he bulldozed the newly erected park. He said he "didn't want to be the bad-guy," but he had orders from Datum Construction HQ to destroy the park.
Press Conference held in North East Portland as part of a National Day of Action to Resist Foreclosure.
The event was organized by We Are Oregon; Speakers include two homeowners whose families are facing eviction; a representative from Occupy Portland; a Catholic priest from a neighborhood church; and a neighbor of the family where the Conference was being held.
Video: Portland Oregon National Day of Action to Resist Foreclosure
Here are the [six] video clips on YouTube from the longer version
The Mayor and Commissioner discuss the (their) new proposal for a Human Rights and Equity Office. Filmed at the monthly Portland Human Rights Meeting on 9.9.11.
Six Parts with Mayor Adams & Commissioner Fritz discussing the new Equity department for Portland
(previous PIMC post for September HRC meeting is here)
(Portland Human Rights Website is here)
More often than not, news of local scleroderma people in any Oregon newspaper is found only in the obituaries.
Unlike most of us, I know more about scleroderma than I ever desired or imagined. This autoimmune disease that touches an estimated 300,000 in America alone comes in two forms, localized and systemic, and generally afflicts four times as many middle-age women than men. Children, however, are not immune. [...]
Scleroderma affects everyone differently. My wife Fay has lived with the misery and pain of this disease for the past 20 years, manifesting itself in several ways, [...]
Scleroderma also means Fay has to avoid direct sunlight, as well as being hypersensitive to hot and cold extremes. Gloves are a constant, even during the summer when air conditioning gets really cranked up in many public venues. [...]
Although the Oregon chapter's volunteer activists regularly have to work through their own health challenges, they rarely tire or fail to remain optimistic. Only a few weeks after her surgeries, my wife Fay found the strength to meet with US Congressman Earl Blumenauer as part of an awareness team effort. Perhaps the most striking chapter example, though, is that of Maria Rivelli of Portland, organizer of the chapter's "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" benefit walk set for this July 30 in Multnomah Village and Gabriel Park.
Call for anarchists of all stripes to assemble on Saturday July 30th at 6pm at the BlackRose infoshop. General assembly from 6-8 followed by capture the flag in the park!
For the past year there has been a lack of discussion throughout the body of the Portland anarchist community. Without the intensity of events to propel us toward gathering and communicating we have let our cohesion whither and return to a state of disinterested and fractional friend groups. This meeting is being called to reaffirm our interest in a broader anarchist community, and cooperation within it.
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
[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
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.
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!
The green space at 4008 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR will become yet another over priced 'mixed use' development unless we turn up the pressure on wealthy developer Chris Rogers.
For the 3rd time in recent memory a rich developer wants to make even more money by destroying an urban park. This popular park is located next to the Mississippi Ave. ballroom at Shaver. (check out 4008 N. Mississippi Ave. on Google Maps) The project would kill 3 trees in order to put in 48 small studio and 1 bedroom apartments that each cost $850+ a month! In addition to contributing to the unaffordability of the neighborhood the project would harm the low income housing next door. If built it would greatly diminish the solar access and over all livability for low income residents of a house owned by 501(c)3 non profit Portland Collective Housing. This house is an example of truly dense green development where 11 people live under one roof sharing resources, gardening and using bikes and public transportation.
We need your help! Please spread the word and stay updated on the effort to save the park. We'll need people to help us put the pressure on Chris Rogers by calling and emailing him to persuade him that this project isn't worth his time or money.
Announcing a regular space for checking in about the ups and downs of activism.
Need a boost in your work for social change? Want to check in with others about a strategy you are considering? Worried that you are burning out? Sensing contradictions in your life and work that need some attention? Wondering how to improve process in your group? Want to help support others by listening and sharing ideas?
The Cascadia Center, an initiative supported by Tryon Life Community Farm, draws on principles of social ecology to offer a space for addressing these needs and issues in a bi-monthly open circle group. Whether you are based in a grassroots organization, a non-profit, a co-op, a union, or a collective, we are hoping you will find this space useful. Hosted by two members of the collective that organizes Cascadia Center offerings, a typical meeting lasts about an hour and a half with social time before and after. We begin with agreements about confidentiality and how we will speak and listen to each other. Then we do check-ins and invite suggestions for topics to address. We then assess which of these are most pressing and start working on them. After an hour or more, we check out and mingle a bit. Note: this is just the first of what will hopefully be many such spaces around the city.
Dates and Times: First meeting, Monday, April 4, and first and third Mondays for April, May and June, 5 - 6:45 pm.
Location: St Francis Church (1131 SE Oak St) in the Che Room, directly across from the Red and Black Cafe on SE 12th and Oak, up the stairs to the right, then down the hall.
Suggested donation (supports Cascadia Center core operations and St Francis utilities): $2-$4. No one turned away for lack of funds.
If you can, please let us know if you plan to attend, by writing email@example.com.
February 16, 2011 Portland Oregon Press Conference by religious community opposing outrageous bloated military budget and inhumane cuts in social service in the recent Obama Budget for 2012.
Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Obama's 012 Budget
Clergy from various Portland denominations each spoke briefly, condemning the U.S. misplaced priorities and blatant disregard for human life worldwide.
First to speak was Rev. Bill sinkford, Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church; The Reverend was followed by Rabbi Joseph Wolf of the Havurah Shalom Community; Mark Knudson, Senior Minister of Augustana Lutheran Church; and Lynne Smouse-Lopez, Senior Pastor at Ainsworth United Church of Christ.
Fundamental to the Press Conference was a long graphic demonstrating the values inherent in the 2012 budget. Taking up over half of the graphic was a large red area portraying the 59% of the budget reserved for military spending.
At the other end of the graphic were the various other areas of expenditures provided for in the budget: 6% for Health and Human Service; 6% for Transportation; 4% to the States; 4% for Education; 4% for Other Programs; 3% for Department of Homeland Security; 3% for Housing and Urban Development; 2% for Justice; 2% for Agriculture; 1% for NASA; 1% for Energy(excludes nuclear weapons program); 1% Labor; 1% Treasury; 1% Interior; 1%Interior; 1% Environmental Protection Agency; 1% Commerce.
The opinion came through loud and clear from all who spoke that the U.S. is not fulfilling it's democratic obligations to it's citizens and also is a force encouraging and fostering violence world wide.
These unsavory characters have recently been spotted frequenting the Wandering Goat Coffee Company, a local counterculture hangout. Other white supremacists have been harassing people in the Whitaker neighborhood. There have also been multiple accounts of Neo-Nazis stopping outside of the Wandering Goat and giving the Nazi "Roman Salute" to customers.
If you see them, or any other boneheads, let them know that Fascists are not welcome in our community. Together we are strong.
If you have any information about Jimmy Marr or other Fascist activity in Eugene, please contact the Eugene chapter of the Anti-Racist Action Network: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three video clips from the recent Single Payer Health Care Conference held in Portland Oregon.
Dr. Margaret Flowers Interview
Representative John Conyers Keynote Presentation
Labor Session at the Single Payer Health Care Conference
Dr. Margaet Flowers is the Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program
Interview conducted by Lisa Stiller.
From Bill Moyers Journal
"While many in Congress, the press and the public have given up on the idea of even a limited public option in health care reform, Flowers and her group, Physicians for a National Health Program, are standing firm for a single-payer plan. Specifically, they want to extend the Medicare program, which they see as a functioning single-player plan, to the nation as a whole.
Flowers has testified before Congress and penned Op-Eds and she has been arrested three times in her attempts to get Congress and the White House to pay attention to single-payer."
Dr. Margaret Flowers Interview
Rep. John Conyers has been the Representative from Michigan since 1965.
"He is currently the second-longest serving incumbent member of the House (just after fellow Democrat from Michigan, John Dingell) and the third-longest incumbent member of the entire Congress by length of service (after Dingell and Daniel Inouye). The district includes most of northwestern Detroit, as well as Highland Park, Hamtramck and part of Dearborn."
Representative John Conyers Keynote Presentation
The Labor Session featured two speakers: Tom Leedham, Principal Officer, Teamsters Local 206 in Oregon; and Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator, National Campaign for Single Payer.
This was an excellent workshop on the relationship between Labor and Health Care.
Workers at the Red & Black Cafe are teaming up with a newly forming low-income housing non-profit to own the cafe's current building at 400 SE 12th St in Portland. A fundraising drive was launched at the beginning of this month to raise the $50 thousand dollar down payment. Loans and donations to the project bring the current total raised to over $43,000! We have until the end of January to raise the money to make this project successful. The plan for the building is that the main floor will remain the Red & Black Cafe. The upstairs, which is currently offices, will become income restricted affordable housing.
With ownership comes the security of knowing that space costs can't be pushed out of reach by a future landlord. This is especially reassuring news for the Red & Black Cafe which faced this very issue when it was forced from its original location. This is also important due to the Red & Black's controversial reputation — owning the building ensures that there will be no future landlord who is tempted to not renew the lease.
On Sunday afternoon, December 19, 2010, the local Portland community Rallied in Pioneer Square to condemn acts of violence and support the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center and the Muslim community of Corvallis, who have recent suffered acts of terrorism at their mosque.
Both Muslims and Non-Muslims were invited to attend and stand up next to each other, showing unity and solidarity against any form of violence against anyone, regardless of faith, race, nationality or gender.
Each spoke of the need for love and unity, and as emphasized by Hajji Mikal Hammad Shabazz, director of the Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization, standing for Justice, rather than merely opposing injustice.
Speakers on hand were from the Portland City government, the Jewish and Christian Communities, the Tigard Police Department and the Japanese-American Citizens League.
This is an announcement of Portland Fruit Tree Project's 2011 Fruit Tree Stewardship and includes opportunities for interested individuals to get involved. Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is a non-profit organization that increases equitable access to healthy food and strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of city-grown food resources. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops.
In 2011, PFTP will continue to expand its year-round Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. The goals of this program are to increase the health and abundance of registered fruit trees through volunteer-powered tree care services, and to engage tree owners and interested community members in hands-on opportunities to build skills and knowledge in fruit tree care. To accomplish these goals, we will offer an expanded series of Tree Care Workshops, and our unique Tree Care Teams program, now in its second year! More details below...
The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever! On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days!
For more information, pictures, videos and to share your thoughts please check out Long Island Food Not Bombs
The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever! On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days! It was solidarity, it was incredible and it was inspiring. So we invite you to learn more about what happened, watch videos, see photos, read thoughts, see our special thanks, check out media coverage and share your thoughts. What the 2010 Thanksgiving Bonanza Looked Like: At 1:30pm a caravan of nearly 40 vehicles overflowing with groceries, hot vegan meals, clothing, books and other goodies pulled into the Hempstead Train Station parking lot and was greeted by hundreds of excited community members.
A line of vehicles stretched across the quarter mile lot. One car at a time would pull up, hundreds of volunteers would help unload it, that car would pull away, another would pull up in its place and the unloading process would start all over again. After about 45 minutes of this we were ready to begin [cont...]