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Monday, April 14, 2008

12:37AM - Community Healing Arts & the Circle of Life

I am working to open a family healing arts center in my community to provide a spectrum of care for infants to adults, including midwifery, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, parent groups, childbirth ed, and workshops. My passion is craniosacral, doula care, teaching, and community organizing.

This will happen within the next year, and I am currently gathering resources, developing my business plan, and working with local community small business resources to create a solid plan and support system. I also have practitioners interested and a space lined up for 2009.

I am also a hoopdancer and teacher, and I am in a contest to win $10,000 for my hoopdance video: Gemini Hoops. http://www.clipstar.com/videopage.jsf?video=9_7002_159

Will you please vote for my video and help to fund the creation of my healing arts center? I am currently in 2nd place, and if I win this contest, it will go toward to creation of my family healing arts center and community healing project.

Thank you! I greatly appreciate your support! Your vote counts, please show your support!


Gratitude & Blessings, Kara

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

10:23PM - 91-year-old blind, African American author comes to Central Library

My name is Eva Fields and I'm sending this to tell you that my grandma Eva Rutland www.evarutland.com will be signing books in Portland. Mrs. Rutland wrote a memoir entitled "When We Were Colored, a Mother's Story" that tells her story of being a young black mother raising four children in California during the early days of integration of the 1950s and 1960s. Upbeat and funny, she states in her introduction "I was born in the
olden days, when pot was a cooking utensil, webs were for spiders and civil rights were for white folks." She tells stories all mothers can relate to. Stories like taking her four children all under the age of eight to the 5-and-10 (the five and dime) three days before Christmas and 5-year-old Ginger having a break down in the store because she spent all her money and forgot to buy her daddy a present. She peppers her stories with reminders of the special problems that blacks faced. She ends the Christmas story with a lament about having to walk past Woolworths during the Civil Rights era when the store was being picketed for because they would not serve blacks at their lunch counters in the South. She states "but pass it up I did. This was bigger than my pockets. These young people were bigger than me---and I couldn't let them down." This is a wonderful story for anyone interested in social justice.

Eva Rutland is now 91-years-old and blind but she continues to write. She has published over 20 novels and is currently working on her sequel to "When We Were Colored," tentatively entitled "Grandma Troubles." She will be signing books and talking about her life on:
Saturday March 15th, 1:00 PM
Central Library - Multnomah County
801 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

12:03PM - anyone?


I was wondering if any of you are attending or would want to go see Barbara Ehrenreich speak at Willamette University in Salem on Thursday Oct. 18th at 8pm??

My husband and I would like to go but our car just broke so we don't have a way to get down there and I have to be at work the next day.

If anyone is going and would like to get paid for having company, please let me know!! (I'll pay for some gas and your ticket)

If you are interested in what I am talking about, here is a recent interview discussing her new book on collective joy. and an older interview from '97 about the origins of the passion for war. She is also known for her work on poor and middle class work as well as white color corporate workers. She's also a radical feminist and an all around great thinker. She's basically my hero.

Barbara Ehrenreich, author most recently of Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy on MEDIA MATTERS WITH BOB MCCHESNEY.

DR. BARBARA EHRENREICH Political Essayist, Social Critic, Activist and Novelist. Author: "Blood Rites - Origins and History of the Passions of War" Originally aired" 11-10-97 on CONVERSATIONS WITH HAROLD HUDSON CHANNER

Monday, June 18, 2007

4:43AM - CSTS: Only 5 Days Left


"There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That's me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That's a great deal harder, and that's Equality Now. It's not about politics; it's about basic human decency."

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Remember: Last year's screening sold out, and we had to turn people away at the door. Buying your tickets in advance will ensure you don't miss out this time around.

For more information on this event, and how you can help promote and/or become a sponsor, please visit Can't Stop The Serenity.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

1:36PM - 10 Days to FatGirl Speaks in Portland, Oregon!!

(x-posted to appropriate communities)

10 Days:

- to powerhouse vocals from Nedra Johnson!
- to the Phat Fly Girls from Big Moves!
- to jam out with your ham out with Fatty & the Ham Slappers!
- to romp and stomp with the F.A.T.A.S.S. Cheerleaders!
- to drink in the sweet-voiced Jana Phoenix!
- to raise your fist with Blacque Butterfly's fierce words and Joy Nash's Fat Rant!
- to embrace your sexuality with Sahara Dunes, SweetPea and Sourpuss' Burlesque!
- to celebrate your curves with Samina and Miasia's Belly Dance!
- to defied conventions and rebellious style in the Fashion Show!

10 Days:

- to another chance to deepen your love for your WHOLE self!
- to another chance to build your community of friends and allies!
- to another chance to fly in the face of every negative message the world sends your way with defiant, powerful, beautiful and joyful SELF LOVE!!!!

FatGirl Speaks isn't just a show. FatGirl Speaks is a revolution. FatGirl Speaks is a respite. FatGirl Speaks is your chance to refill your tanks with enough love to fuel you for another year of bravebody battle!!

Join us!
Saturday June 9th
Doors and vendors at 6pm
Fashion show at 7pm
Main show at 8pm
PSU Smith Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway

Tickets available by calling 503-725-3307
by going to any ticketmaster outlet:
online at http://www.ticketmaster.com (this is the most expensive way -- avoid if possible)
or at the door, day of. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2007


i am desperately seeking information regarding any persons arrested for terrorism inside the united states after enactment of the patriot act.

any info, links?

preferably i could get information on all persons arrested for terrorism.  the fbi webpage presents a nice publication regarding terrorism during 2000/2001 but after that nothing.  no information on arrests, type of terrorism, amount of persons, nothing. 

over half of the terrorists during that 2000/2001 time period were activists for either animal rights or anti-deforestation.

(xposted in my own journal)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

4:32PM - FatGirl Speaks 2007!!

Please repost!!!!

FatGirl Speaks 2007 is happening Saturday, June 9th, 2007 in the Smith Ballroom on the Portland State University campus. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

4:41PM - Blasphemy Ball - Seeking Artists/Info

(x-posted a fair bit - but I promise not to be tooooo much of a pain in the arse.)

Hey y'all --

in light of recent personal events that call for a good old-fashioned bout of acting out, I'm gearing up to throw the biggest, baddest most blasphemous ball ever... tribal drummers for pagany goodness, fire dancers, suspension piercing scenes, fetish artists, and I'm going to tell people to come as their favorite perversion of faith. Any faith. All faiths. A big EFF YOU to zealotry, bigotry and other oppressive bullshite. One big night of heresy and hedonism, one night of focused, therapeutic (if mildly childish) rebellion.

So I'm seeking info on fire dancers, drum corps, DJs, suspension and other acts that lend themselves to the lewd and lascivious.

Also seeking info on large venues that are down with fire and suspension. Ideas? Wanna get involved?

In love and lechery - TD

(half-hearted apologies to offended religious parties)

Friday, June 23, 2006


where are the best places that a non-art student could show thier work around this city?

preferably some place that has a low cover charge.

I'm an abstract expressionist painter and sculpter.... half of my work is socio-political- so i figured this community might know of a place where political art is welcomed.

i'm about 2 months new to this place and i really only have a list of galleries in the pearl district- which i have called a few places and they've been rude to me and very unhelpful.

one person reccomended- the attic? anyone know anything about this place?

are there any places around here that are tiny venues that have art galleries inside of them...... or just a cool venue?! i really miss the smell and was wondering if there is a place like that up here??

is there any place up here for experimental local bands? any non-profit venues/galleries?

x-posted in other places

Friday, November 11, 2005


Excerpt from the Dignity Village Website.

The Katrina evacuees seem more deserving of relief than Portland's poor as the unused Washington Monroe High School building is quickly transformed into a shelter for hurricane victims and just as quickly returned to its former vacant condition when the Red Cross is ordered to stand down. Here's Helter Shelter from this week's Willamette.

At Dignity Village with the approach of cold weather we continue to build housing as per our mission and our Dignity Village Proposal, 2004-.

As images are popular on this site, we post a vintage photo of pipe-smoking Villagers and delegate Comrade K of the Association of Poor People in Nagai Park. Comrade K, incidentally, is digitally masked in this photo for his own safety as his organization frequently comes up against unscrupulous labor contractors and the Yakuza.


Love for the people,


Friday, October 28, 2005

3:58PM - Freedom of Speech Rights Contradiction? THREE SEALED INDICTMENTS NOT REPORTED BY MASS MEDIA

Question:  Do you think a sealed indictment and gag orders are a contradiction of freedom of speech rights?


Cloak News Toronto POSTED OCT.28/05 12:30pm cdt- Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald under National Security guidelines sealed three Grand Jury Indictments today. Cloak News... has learned that VICE-PRESIDENT CHENEY and White House NSC Advisor STEVE HADLEY have been indicted of high crimes against the U.S . Constitution. If convicted both men could be subject to capital punishment!  If convicted both men could be subject to capital punishment.......

Friday, October 28th, 2005 [4 hours ago]
Suspense Mounts as Indictments for CIA Leak Case Expected Today, Spotlight on VP Chief of Staff Libby Leads to Questions About Cheney’s Role

More from Amy Goodman of Democracy Now found here............

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Love for the people,


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

2:58AM - 2006 A World Beyond Capitalism Conference Volunteer Meeting And Call for out-of-state volunteers

.Dear friends,
I would like to invite everyone to the Volunteer Meeting for the 2006 A World Beyond Capitalism Conference,
An Annual International Multiracial Alliance Building Peace Conference.  Time and Date: 7pm-9pm, Wednesday, October 19th, 7-9 PM, 2005, Location: Laughing Horse Bookstore, 3652 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202. No charge.  Free, light vegan refreshments.  Detailed driving directions with maps (for local or out of state origins) are found on the website.  The conference greatly welcomes the help of not only face-to-face volunteers but also volunteers who can only help from out-of-state, or out of country who work-from-home with or without the internet.  Workshop proposals will also be accepted.  More details on today's entry of my journal.  Thank you,...
Love for the people.

"There comes a time when the operation of the machine is so odious that you cannot even tacitly participate, You’ve got to place your bodies on the gears, the wheels, all the mechanism. And you’ve got to indicate to those who own it and those who run it, that unless you are free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - "Unless You Are Free" Song Lyrics by Utah Phillips/Ani DiFranco

[Moderator: If you would like me to link back to your community in the user info of our community, please comment on this post.]

Current mood: cheerful

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

5:33PM - Volunteer meetings for International Peace Conference - Local and out of state volunteers needed

Volunteer meetings for International Peace Conference - Local and out of state volunteers needed

We greatly welcome the help of people of all backgrounds.

Updates for 9/14/2005 -

Thursday, Sep 15, Oct, Nov, and December 2005 Volunteer Meetings for planning the AWBC 2006
Volunteer Meeting on 9/15/2005 for AWBC

The next volunteer meet-up for the A World Beyond Capitalism conference:
Time and Date: 7pm-9pm, Thursday, September 15th, 2005
Location: Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy. Portland, OR 97202. Free vegan refreshments.

The volunteer meet-ups for the 2006 AWBC conference will be on the third Wednesdays of every month:

Time and Date: 7pm-9pm, Wednesday, October 19th, 7-9 PM, 2005
Location: Laughing Horse Bookstore, 3652 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202.
Free, light vegan refreshments.

Time and Date: 7pm-9pm, Wed. November 23rd, 7-9 PM, 2005
Location: Laughing Horse Bookstore, 3652 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202.
Free, light vegan refreshments.

Time and Date: 7pm-9pm, Wed., December 21st, 7-9 PM
Location: Laughing Horse Bookstore, 3652 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202.
Free, light vegan refreshments.

Bike maps with directions, bus information and detailed driving directions with maps (for local or out of state origins) are found on our website by clicking on the ‘volunteer’ link. We are coming together to volunteer for conference positions, submit conference proposals and to help make the conference as community inclusive and productive as possible. All meetings are suitable for the entire family. The bookstore has a children’s play area so you are welcome to bring your infant or children. We greatly welcome people of all races, ethnic groups and marginalized groups.

We greatly welcome the help of not only face-to-face volunteers but also volunteers who can only help from out-of-state, or out of country who work-from-home with or without the internet.

Love and Peace,

AWBC 2006 Organizing Team Members

A World Beyond Capitalism 2006
An Annual International Multiracial Alliance Building Peace Conference
The Common Unity Peace Conference

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Thank you everyone!

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

11:17PM - Please Join Us ...

Tired of this illegal war and the pathetic amount
of help that our "President" is offering Louisiana?
Please join us in our fight for peace.

Every Wednesday in Vancouver at 6:30 PM on the corner
of 164th and Mill Plain (Target Shopping Center).We
are getting a good response to this and want to keep
it going. We wou;d love more people out there with us.

Also, every Thursday in Vancouver at 6:30 PM across
the street from Vancouver Public Library. We've had
about 75 people out there every Thursday consistently
and want to double that number. Come join us.

We hope you will help us send the message of peace.

(X-Posted In Other Portland Communities)

Current mood: hopeful

Sunday, August 21, 2005

10:22PM - Vigil For Cindy ...

Members of Vancouver for Peace and others that participated in the vigil in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan on Wed 8/17 will continue our call for Mr. Bush to explain his war policies to Cindy Sheehan, the Gold Star Moms for Peace and all of America. We will gather Wed 8/24 from 7 PM to 8 PM across the street from the Vancouver Community Library and simply vigil on the street with signs. We realize that we need to be persistent. Everyone is welcome. Bring signs. We will have banners. We hope to have you join us on Wednesday!

Current mood: peaceful

Friday, July 8, 2005

2:50PM - Show Your Support for London Victims

Just before dusk tomorrow, Saturday, July 9 (8pm), on the Waterfront near the Morrison Bridge, Portland, OR, there will be an impromptu vigil. This is an unstructured gathering--a call to anyone who can to show support in any way they can.

WHAT TO BRING: Signs of support, flowers, candles, donations in the form of check or money order to mail yourself, photographs, anything that you feel represents the collective sympathies of the Portland Community.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Please leave any protesting materials at home. This is a solemn occasion to commemorate the tragic events in London, and we do not want to send the wrong message to those who are in mourning. Please do not come bearing anger, ill will, hatred, or prejudice.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD: If you would like spread awareness via phone, we have lists of churches, synagogues, and mosques, news organizations, and radio stations that you can contact. Please email bassoonchic@hotmail.com if you would like to receive a list. (to avoid duplicates) You are invited to post this to any community in which it has not yet been posted. Please email this invitation to Portlanders in your email address book.

Here is a link to contact information for the Mayoral Staff, if you would like to plead with the mayor to support this activity and represent the city: http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=38511

The British Red Cross is accepting donations for the The London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund online at http://www.redcross.org.uk/

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP: We need help with preparation, ideas, floral donations, letter writing supplies, etc. Please email us at bassoonchic@hotmail.com if you would like to help in any way.

Thursday, May 19, 2005


Taken from http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/18/domestic.terrorism/index.html


Please Read the Full Article..

FBI, ATF address domestic terrorism

Officials: Extremists pose serious threat

From Terry Frieden


Wednesday, May 18, 2005 Posted: 10:24 PM EDT (0224 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Violent animal rights extremists and eco-terrorists now pose one of the most serious terrorism threats to the nation, top federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Senior officials from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and Explosives told a Senate panel of their growing concern over these groups.

Of particular concern are the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

John Lewis, the FBI's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, said animal and environmental rights extremists have claimed credit for more than 1,200 criminal incidents since 1990. The FBI has 150 pending investigations associated with animal rights or eco-terrorist activities, and ATF officials say they have opened 58 investigations in the past six years related to violence attributed to the ELF and ALF.


Inhofe alleges PETA link

Senate Environment Committee Chairman James Inhofe estimated the cost of damages from militant environmental and animal rights supporters at more than $110 million in the past decade.

"Just like al Qaeda or any other terrorist movement, ELF and ALF cannot accomplish their goals without money, membership, and the media," the Republican senator from Oklahoma said.

Inhofe said there was "a growing network of support for extremists like ELF and ALF," and he singled out People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for giving money to members of both groups.

PETA claims more than 800,000 members. Its president, Ingrid Newkirk, declined to appear at the hearing, but general counsel Jeffrey Kerr denied Inhofe's allegation in a written statement.

"PETA has no involvement with alleged ALF or ELF actions. PETA does not support terrorism. PETA does not support violence," Kerr said.

"In fact PETA exists to fight the terrorism and violence inflicted on billions of animals annually in the meat, dairy, experimentation, tobacco, fur, leather, and circus industries."



Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Perhaps this is a bit of a long-shot, but I'm hoping to find a non-profit organization that I may be able to work/volunteer for in exchange for a housing stipend? I'm going to be living in Portland for a while this summer, and I really want my time and energy to go toward making a positive impact on the community, but I also want to make sure I can pay rent! I'm especially interested in working for peace, sustainable communities, human and animal rights, alternative transportation, independent media, etc. If anyone has any ideas of organizations to contact, please let me know! Thank you!


Wednesday, May 4, 2005

10:09PM - Youth Bill of Rights

I'm co-organizing this... It's going to be a huge opportunity to promote youth voice in our local government! COME COME COME! (cross posted to every community in the world.)

Our Bill of Rights :: for Children + Youth
Creation Summit

Join us in authoring a bill of rights that will guide decision making process around youth issues!

Everyone's Invited!
Young people -- children and youth, in school or not
parents :: teachers :: school staff :: service providers

Matt Dishman Community Center
77 NE Knott, Portland Oregon
Tuesday :: May 17 :: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Bring friends :: Bring ideas :: Bring passion
Snacks + Refreshments! Childcare and Bus Tickets Provided!

RSVP to office of Mayor Potter:
Call 503-823-4790 or icarpenter@ci.portland.or.us

Hosted by Mayor Tom Potter and County Chair Diane Linn
Sponsored by the Success Academy and the Multnomah Youth Commission

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

10:24PM - WESTCO

If you're in a co-op out west, or just in this area of the country, Westco, a conference of western cooperatives is happening this weekend, at the houses of the Students Cooperative Association in Eugene, Oregon.

Even if you aren't living in a co-op, if you are interested in attending or holding a workshop, come check the event out. We ask for a $15 donation for food but no one will be turned away because of lack of funds.

A schedule of workshops is here:

1670 Alder St
Eugene, OR 97401

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