Let’s build the outrage
The negotiated deal over the debt ceiling is one more result of the most reactionary and centralized right wing wrecking crews this country has probably ever seen. Oregon’s only Republican Congressman, Rep. Walden, has voted in lock-step with an agenda that has created catastrophic hardship for the regular people of this country. Rural Organizing Project and human dignity leaders across Oregon are responding. That is why I am asking you to sign this petition to send Congressman Walden our own Notice of Foreclosure. Let’s mix our person-to-person organizing skills with the upgrades social media provides. Let’s build the outrage.
Let’s discomfort Walden. Get friends/families/neighbors and co-workers to sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/foreclose-on-congressman-walden to send Walden our Notice of Foreclosure during the August Congressional Recess. Walden has been getting news items out about his work for constituents ever since ROP did actions at his office in May. Let’s make him sweat. Read more about ROP’s Foreclose on Walden campaign here and take action this August.
Cara Shufelt- firstname.lastname@example.org for the Rural Organizing Project
[Ed. note: Let’s not forget that our own D5 Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader also voted for the debt ceiling deal.
And while we’re at it, why not send our Democratic Senator Merkley thanks for voting against it: http://merkley.senate.gov/contact. JLC]
Rep. Schrader schedules fiscal Town Halls
Our nation’s deficits and debt are growing and continue to be the biggest threat to our national security. But what caused our current unsustainable fiscal path?
There are multiple contributors to our deficits, none more important than our terribly broken tax system and irresponsible spending habits.
I hope you will join me in West Linn or Keizer for a special town hall on our fiscal future and how we can work together to make the changes necessary to strengthen our economy.
August 23, 2011
West Linn Fiscal Town Hall 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
West Linn City Hall, Council Chambers
22500 Salamo Road
August 24, 2011
Keizer Fiscal Town Hall 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Keizer Civic Center, Iris B
930 Chemawa Road, NE
Lincoln County welcomes Cindy Sheehan and her own band of brothers
Lincoln County will welcome Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan to Newport on Monday, August 22, accompanied by Oregon Squadron 13 Veterans for Justice with their Peace and Justice bus. Their Newport visit is part of a “Revolutionary Communities Road Trip,” touring the west coast with stops through Oregon and California to showcase and film community activism at the grassroots community level.
Come for the “Welcoming Community” potluck dinner at 6 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room of Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Coast Highway in Newport (just north of the PUD building). Presentations by local community peace and justice groups will follow at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Immigration Information Response Team is hosting the Revolutionary Communities stop here, co-sponsored by Interfaith Community Peace and Justice, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the Oceana Family Literacy Center. The presentations will also feature films of Peace Villages in Newport and Lincoln City and drumming by Oceana students.
Sheehan, the mother of Casey Sheehan, a soldier killed in the war on Iraq, is a dedicated anti-war advocate who camped out for months during two consecutive years in front of the vacation “ranch” of former President G.W. Bush in Texas, seeking his answer as to what her son had died for. The answer never came. In 2008 Sheehan ran for the US Congress against Nancy Pelosi. Her message for us about Recreating Revolutionary Communities will wrap up the presentations.
For more information, visit www.revcoms.wordpress.com or call 541 563 3615
The only way that we can win the ultimate overthrow of a system that cares about everything for profit and nothing for the lives of people, is to support each other, learn from each other, mourn with each other, and celebrate with each other.
— from Cindy Sheehan’s Soap Box
“Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit”
In preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month, Let There Be Arts (LTBA) and Oceana Family Literacy are hosting a Family Art Night on Wednesday, August 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. The purpose is to generate artwork specific to Latin American cultures that will be displayed in various places throughout the community during Hispanic Heritage Month in September and October. The evening will feature several instructors leading a variety of art projects for all ages. This year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit.” The public is invited to attend.
The kick-off celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Lincoln City will be held Friday, September 16, at Taft Elementary School, starting at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, call LTBA Director Kaline Klaas, 503-812-7813, email@example.com or Oceana Family Literacy Director Vickie Meneses, 541-921-1865.
PFLAG Potluck Family Picnic this Sunday
On Sunday, August 21, PFLAG will host the third annual PFLAG Potluck Family Picnic to again bring “The Family” together, from 1-4 p.m. at Big Creek Park in Newport. Old and young, gay and straight, families and friends will share great food and lots of outdoor fun on a sunny August afternoon—at least that’s what we’ve requested for the weather! Hope to see you there!
–Jeanne St.John, Chair OCC PFLAG
Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
The 7th annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. This year’s theme is “Coastal Classics–Working through the Decades,” and the show is highlighting commercial fishing boats. A couple of wooden commercial boats will be at the show, located on the waterfront one block off Main Street in Toledo.
This show is a family-friendly event that includes wooden boats on display from throughout the Northwest; great live music both days; Yaquina Run-Off; Poker Paddle; kid’s toy boat building; family boat building; sailboat and rowboat rides; lots of activities, food, educational exhibits, arts and craft vendors, great food and more. A silent auction will raise funds for youth boat building and boating classes held in the Port’s Boathouse.
Visit: www.portoftoledo.org for information or call 541-336-5207. Event runs from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Admission is free.
Movie night in Yachats
This month’s movie will be a departure from the normal format. Due to the length of the feature film, there will not be a documentary shown. Topsy-Turvy, the movie this month, will begin at 6:30p.m. this Thursday, August 18, at the Commons, 4th and HWY 101 in Yachats.
The short version of the plot: After bad reviews for the operetta “Princess Ida,” W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan become inspired to create “The Mikado.” This is a wonderful peek into the world of Gilbert and Sullivan and the origins of “The Mikado.” The link below will take you to the movie trailer.
–Greg Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Perpetua field trip set
Join Oregon Shores and others in the Our Ocean coalition on Saturday, Aug. 27, for a free tour of the marine reserve site recommended by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) for Cape Perpetua.
The tour will include presentations from scientists, a hike to enjoy spectacular ocean views, a lunch featuring delicious local seafood, and a chance to visit with others who love the coast and value its protection.
The tour celebrates the hard work of the Cape Perpetua marine reserve community team that spent most of 2010 developing a compromise proposal that was approved on a near-consensus vote of 15 to 1. The team’s work was then advanced to the OPAC where it received unanimous approval, along with two other sites recommended for Cape Falcon and Cascade Head. In July, the state legislature approved $1.6 million for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to work with the governor, coastal caucus, other agencies and the public to implement the OPAC recommendations for the three sites.
So, join us in this outdoor celebration of a beautiful, important ecological area on the Oregon coast and to learn how you can engage in the next steps. The tour is free, but you must RSVP. Transportation from inland communities, as well as from other points along the coast, is available.
To RSVP for the trip, visit http://ouroregonocean.org/tourRSVP_2011SummerTrips.html, and if you have questions, contact Oregon Shores’ Ocean Program Director Robin Hartmann at (541) 817-2275 or email@example.com.
City of Newport to limit use of herbicides on public property
Thanks to everyone who asked the City of Newport to refrain from using herbicide on public property. It made a difference! The city council has verbally said no herbicides on city property without express permission from the city manager or parks director, and public disclosure if permission is ever given. More details in this August 16 article: https://www.newslincolncounty.com/.
Tom Kerns and I attended Monday’s city council work session to inform the councilors that the draft policy under consideration was not strong enough, and they listened. Concerned Citizens for Clean Air will continue to monitor the soon-to-be-rewritten policy until it is passed by the council.
Maxine Centala firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Project holds open meeting tonight on adaptation efforts
You are invited to a public discussion of planning for climate change, hosted by Oregon Shores’ Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project in Newport on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Representatives from community groups in Neskowin and Port Orford will be there to talk about their experiences with recent citizen-based planning efforts that addressed potential climate change impacts. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the Oregon Coast Community College’s lecture hall (Room 62). It is free and open to the public. The college is located at 400 S.E. College Way in Newport’s South Beach area.
For more information about this event, see our website, http://oregonshores.org/climate.php5.
Volunteers are needed for the “core teams” around which the climate project is being built. If interested in participating, contact Paris Edwards, our volunteer coordinator, at (541) 414-9371 or email@example.com.
Nye Beach Writers’ Series proudly presents…an evening with Brian Doyle
Brian Doyle edits University of Portland’s Portland Magazine, “the best university magazine in America,” according to Newsweek, and “the best spiritual magazine in the country,” according to author Annie Dillard. Doyle has authored ten books: five collections of essays, two nonfiction books (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles and musics of the heart,” two collections of “proems” most recently Thirsty for the Joy: Australian and American Voices (published in Australia); and the novel Mink River, published by Oregon State University Press.
The Writers’ Series open mic will take place following intermission. Audience members are encouraged to read, sing, or recite original work for up to five minutes. Open mic slots are available to the first 10 writers who sign up. No pre-registration required.
The Series will take place this month on Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, in the second floor meeting room. The Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround) in Newport. General admission is $6 at the door; students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.