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Monday, April 11, 2011

News from the Oregon Progressive Party


Hope to see you out there!!  



Town Hall to Stop Wage Theft, Share your story and Help End Wage Theft

April 7th (Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Waverly Heights United Church of Christ

3300 SE Woodward St., Portland, OR (between SE Powell and Division)


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 to share your story or hear from others.


More info 503.525.8454



Whitefeather Peace House will be hosting the following events the next two Fridays:  


Located in North Portland, one mile west of I-5 and one block north of North Lombard, behind Sterling Savings Bank. 

#75 bus - runs on Lombard (one block north of Russet)...get off at US Bank, one stop after Greeley/Peninsular (Walgreen's). Look for the white house with green trim.


April 8 (Friday)  6:00 pm

Danielle Filecia leads a discussion of the connections between the law and peace, law and conflict resolution, law and justice. Danielle has a doctorate in law and is a masters candidate in the graduate program of Conflict Resolution at PSU.


Paloma Ayala Vela and Patrick Hiller will present a talk on the state of nonviolent civil society movements in Mexico, where they have done work and which is Paloma's homeland. Children and friends are welcome. All refreshments are vegetarian (that means no fish as well, please), and no alcohol. Thanks!


Contact:  Tom H. Hastings

Director, PeaceVoice Program, Oregon Peace Institute

peace education notification list sign-up:



Alliance for Democracy Film Screenings:  EVERY Sunday at 6:00 pm

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.


April 10:  The Battle of Chernobyl - a film revealing the systematic cover-up of the true scope of the disaster


April 17:  The Corporation - a film exploring the nature & rise of the dominant institution of our time.


April 24:  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.



Al-Andalus Ensemble: Legacies 711-2011

April 9 (Saturday)  7:30 pm at Reed College


Uniquely relevant in today's world, this award winning performance masterpiece by world renowned professional artists offers a different view of Middle Eastern cultures, employing approaches that counter negative and distorted stereotypes. 


The "Al-Andalus Ensemble: Legacies 711-2011" event marks the 1300th anniversary of Tarik ibn Ziyad’s crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 711.  It is a timely and emotive musical tribute to the 1,300 years of interaction between the East and the West.  Featured in the event with be Award winning Moroccan oudist, Tarik Banzi; Palestinian-American violinist Charlie Bisharat and Abu Dhabi born flamenco/andalusian dancer Laura Dubroca.  There will be a number of songs sung in Arabic including pieces by Fairuz as well as historical classical Arabic pieces.


CONTACT:   Al-Andalus Events: (503) 230-2379  

TICKET HOTLINE: 1-800-838-3006  

Advance Tickets:  Tickets may also available at the door.

(A) Reserved $25.00  (B) General $15.00  (C) Students, Green Card Holders $10.00. 


Assistance with access: This event is wheelchair accessible.  If you require reasonable accommodations or assistance with access, please call conference & events planning, 503/777-7522, or send an email to They are sure to make it as easy as possible!



Food for Thought Conference

April 14 -16 (Thursday - Saturday)  at the University of Portland


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.




Citizen Rally Called to Protest Corporate Welfare

Cesar Chavez Blvd (39th Ave) and Sandy Blvd by Bank of America



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

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland


8 millions jobs were lost in the 2008 economic meltdown.  Today, only one job exists for every five job-seekers.  Even so, Congress is not offering concrete job-creation solutions; instead, it is focused on deficit reduction, meaning cuts to the social safety net -- social security, medicare, medicaid, education, early childhood development -- but not the bloated military.  We need to stand up together to demand JOBS & BENEFITS, NOT CUTS (except to the military)!


Sponsors:  AFSCME Local 3135, Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of the First, Unitarian Church, Jobs with Justice, Oregon Progressive Party




Rally for Climate Justice! (and Feeder March joining Portland Rising Rally)

NW 8th and Davis (North Park Blocks)

Bike Ride to the Rally! 

Meet at 11am at N Killingsworth & Commercial


Prospects for Peace in the Middle East, Noam Chomsky

Pacific University in Forest Grove


The Stoller Center is located on the north side of campus between Main Street and Sunset Drive.


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


Free lecture, open to the public; no advance tickets will be available. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit.



 GasLand, a documentary film by Josh Fox

First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, Portland, Oregon


"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 and the First Unitarian Church.

$5-15, no one turned away.



Worker Solidarity Action Against the Korea Free Trade Agreement

April 25 (Monday) 12 Noon at Senator Wyden's Portland Office


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:!/event.php?eid=175188399199442


Sign the Petition Now!

Don't wait! You can sign the petition we'll be delivering during this action today at:



Northwest Solar Expo & Clean Technology Showcase

April 25 - May 1 (Monday - Sunday) at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall E


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)


Additional information at



MAY DAY 2011


The Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition is organizing a huge May Day Rally and March in Portland. Details will be made available as planning progresses. Since May Day is International Workers Day all over the world, we will be emphasizing workers' rights and immigrant rights.


Please contact Peter at, if you would be interested in helping plan for May Day.





Climate Ethics and Equity Forum

May 14 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 3:15 pm at the First United Methodist Church

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