april 2011

April 2011

Sunday, April 3rd, 6 PM, 5014 NE 24th Ave (behind Star e Rose)

Death and Taxes

Free community documentary & discussion night held each Sunday at 6pm. We show thought-provoking social/political/environmental films & talk afterward about what's stirring around in us.
Death & Taxes - a short film about tax resistors & their motivations. Discussion led afterward.

http://www.nwtrcc.org/deathandtaxes.php (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee)
Monday, April 4th, Director Park, SW 9th and Yamhill

Rally: Keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream Alive!

Join the Oregon AFL-CIO, the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, the ILWU and your fellow union members to continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Stand up against the Koch Brothers who helped put Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in office and are holding up contract negotiations for our brothers and sisters in Oregon at Georgia Pacific and at the Wauna paper mill.

And stand strong with federal workers whose jobs are uncertain so long as anti-worker elitists in Congress refuse to pass a reasonable budget. Carl Wolfson, comedian and host of the KPOJ Morning Show, will moderate this important rally.
Thursday, April 7th, 6:30 - 8PM, Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 SE Woodward St, between SE Powell and Division

Town Hall to Stop Wage Theft, Share your story, help end wage theft

Wage theft is the pervasive and illegal practice of not paying workers for some or all of their work.

It happens when employers pay less than the minimum wage, don't pay overtime, force employees to work 'off the clock' or 'under the table', issue paychecks that bounce, steal tips, deny legally required meal and rest breaks, or don't pay workers at all.

The Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft is fighting to keep cheaters from unfairly circumventing lawful employment practices and to provide workers with more tools to recover unpaid wages.

Come share your story or hear form Others.

More info 503.525.8454, www.facebook.com/protectoregonworkers
Sunday, April 10, 6 PM, 5014 NE 24th Ave (behind Star e Rose)

The Battle of Chernobyl - a film revealing the systematic cover-up of the true scope of the disaster

Free community documentary & discussion night held each Sunday at 6pm. We show thought-provoking social/political/environmental films & talk afterward about what's stirring around in us.
Discussion led afterward.
Thursday - Saturday, April 14 -16, University of Portland

Food for Thought Conference

Food for Thought begins April 14 with a multi-media discussion about meat production with Bon Appetit CEO Fedele Bauccio, a member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. The lecture will be followed by a hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat tasting.

Friday, April 15, the University of Portland will host a Food Film Festival Saturday, April 16, features four plenary sessions about food production, sustainability, and social justice with a mix of lectures, discussions, and panels. The day concludes with a keynote address by Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma,The Botany of Desire, and Second Nature. Michael will be introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

Conference registration for Food for Thought is free, and opens February 1. Tickets for Michael Pollan’s keynote speech are $20 for general admission and $25 for reserved seats; they are free for conference hosts and sponsors, University of Portland faculty and staff, and students of any college or university. Tickets go on sale February 1. Registration for free tickets also begins February 1.

More detailed info at http://college.up.edu/envscience/default.aspx?cid=10905&pid=3084
Friday April 15th, time to be determined, Oregon Zoo

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility 30th Anniversary Dinner

With keynote speaker Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Visit www.oregonpsr.org or call 503.274.2720 for more info.
Saturday, April 16, 12 Noon, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Portland Rising: Rally & March for Jobs and Benefits, Not Cuts!

With eight million jobs lost in the 2008 meltdown and more than five jobs seekers for every job, Congress needs to focus on creating jobs, not cutting the safety net!

Cosponsored by Alliance for Democracy, AFSCME Council 75, Oregon AFL-CIO, KBOO, Oregon Working Families Party, Oregon Progressive Party, ILWU, ATM local 757, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Rural Organizing Committee and lots more.

More info from Jobs with Justice, 503.236.5573, www.jwjpdx.org

Rally for Climate Justice! (and Feeder March joining Portland Rising Rally)
April 16 at Noon at NW 8th and Davis (North Park Blocks)

Bike Ride to the Rally!
11am at N Killingsworth & Commercial
Sunday, April 17, 6 PM, 5014 NE 24th Ave (behind Star e Rose)

The Corporation - a film exploring the nature & rise of the dominant institution of our time

Free community documentary & discussion night held each Sunday at 6pm. We show thought-provoking social/political/environmental films & talk afterward about what's stirring around in us.

Wednesday, April 20, 12 noon, deliversenter gym, Pacific University in Forest Grove

Prospects for Peace in the Middle East, Norm Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, one of America's most renowned political critics and linguists, will deliever an hourlong lecture on prospects for peace in the Middle East, followed by a Q & A session.

Free lecture, open to the public; doors open to public at 11 AM; no advance tickets will be available. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit.
Friday, April 22, 7PM (doors open at 6:30 PM) 1st Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon

GasLand, the documentary film by Josh Fox

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

Sponsored by Community for Earth, 1st Unitarian Church.
$5-15, no one turned away. Printable flier here.
Saturday, April 23, Washington High School field at SE 12th and Stark

Earth Day 2011- Incorporated "We need You"

This year’s theme has been chosen to spark a conversation about incorporation being a positive attribute. In essence the word means to build bridges and close gaps. To incorporate everyone is the intention. We want to celebrate sustainable business models big and small, organizations gathering momentum in the green movement and anyone who is ready to take steps toward creating a healthy future for our children. Sustainability is an idea that will need incorporation of all parties, coming together and succeeding!

Mission Statement: The Earth Day Celebration is organized by a coalition of organizations and community members celebrating and activating environmental and social sustainability in the Portland, Oregon metro area. We encourage community service projects, citizen participation, emphasis on local economy and the restoration of a culture of cooperation. In our 12th year, we have built this event to highlight local organizations and businesses that demonstrate social and environmental sustainability in their own unique way for Portland area residents. Along with organizations & vendors at the celebration, there will be music, dance, a Kids’ Village, Health and Wellness area, Food, the Reware Upcycle Market and the T-horse.
Sunday, April 24, 6 PM, 5014 NE 24th Ave (behind Star e Rose)

The Shock Doctrine - a film about the origins & rise of disaster capitalism (government & big business exploiting vulnerable countries in a time of crisis).
Free community documentary & discussion night held each Sunday at 6pm. We show thought-provoking social/political/environmental films & talk afterward about what's stirring around in us.
Monday to Sunday, Apr 25 - May 1. OREGON CONVENTION CENTER , HALL E, 777 NE MLK JR BLVD

Northwest Solar Expo & Clean Technology Showcase

The solar industry is one of the few beacons of light in today's economy. While employment figures remain stagnant, particularly in the real estate, construction, and manufacturing sectors, solar continues to inspire new business ventures and create a wide array of professional opportunities and green collar jobs.

Add to this the fact that solar technologies offer a renewable energy path for businesses and homeowners, and you've got one powerful combination!

In its 6th year, the NW Solar Expo is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, featuring five full days of technical training, professional seminars, and workshops; and coupled with a 3-day exhibitor showcase.

Professional Conference (April 25-29)
Manufacturer & Dealer Training (April 29-30)
NW Solar Expo (April 29 - May 1)

Registration is at http://www.nwsolarexpo.com/registration2011.php
Additional information at http://www.nwsolarexpo.com/index.php
Monday, April 25th, 12 noon, Sen Wyden's Portland Office, 911 NE 11th Ave

Worker Solidarity Action Against the Korea Free Trade Agreement

Call on Senator Wyden and Congressman Blumenauer to Oppose "Race to the Bottom" Trade Pact

Join fair trade advocates, displaced workers and others outside the offices of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer as we say "NO WAY" to the Korea Free Trade Agreement. The pending FTA is the biggest trade deal of its type since NAFTA, and threatens to hurt working people in the United States, South Korea and beyond.

We'll deliver petitions to our Members of Congress, urging them to oppose policies that ship Oregon jobs overseas. We'll also get an update on the heroic opposition to the FTA that's taking place in South Korea. The perfect lead-up to May Day, this action will demonstrate cross-border solidarity against Washington policies that cause a "race to the bottom" in labor, environmental and human rights standards.

The demonstration is readily available via public transportation, less than a block away from the Lloyd Center MAX Stop. Come on your lunch break, and join us in saying that enough's enough! For more info, call the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign at (503) 736-9777. RSVP and spread the word via Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175188399199442Sign the Petition Now!

Don't wait! You can sign the petition we'll be delivering during this action today at:http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1034/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6379
Sunday, May 1st, more details later.

May Day Celebration

Friday/Saturday, May 13/14, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12effectiver />
Rethinking Psychiatry Two-Day Symposium

Friday, May 13 7 - 9 PM
Creating a New Paradigm of Mental Heath Care: What Needs to be Done? And Why?

Saturday, May 14, 8 Am to 5 PM
Building Strong Communities: New Tools for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health

Friday evening will feature Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, facilitating a conversation with the audience and a panel of mental health providers and peers on the current national movement to move our mental health care to a more holistic, supportvie and human system.

Saturday will be a day of sharing the wealth of resources and knowledge that supprt mental, emotional and spiritual health of all members of our communities. You will be invited to take part in and present workshops, presentations and conversations highlighting the array of ideas, actions and activities that are helping create the new paradigm of mental health care for all.

Additional Info: Marcia Meyers marciajmeyers@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 14th, 9:30 to 3:15, First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St.

Climate Ethics and Equity Forum

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