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Portland Area includes Columbia River Area

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Stop Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling: 

Protect Wildlife and Gwich'in People's Way of Life!

All

 - By Mar 13

Commit Here

The Department of the Interior is accepting public input until tomorrow, Wednesday, on their latest steps to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They are not considering the devastation to wildlife and the Gwich'in people's way of life. We must act quickly to stop them before it's too late - submit an official comment now, above.

March For Farmers, and to Save The Planet!  

All - Mar 15

Find An Action Near You, Here

     

The mistreatment of farm workers is an endemic and nearly invisible problem in the United States. Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fights for these underrepresented workers by pressuring fast-food companies to agree not to purchase food from farms with a history of labor violations. 

There is a nationwide marching tour this month to demand better working conditions for farm workers in Florida. And on the 15th, students will leave their classrooms in the first US Youth Climate Strike to get involved with this historic labor action,which also offers ways to help combat climate change. 

Diplomatic Mission to the Russian Federation 

All - Sep 17 

Sign Up Below!  

     

When official diplomacy is failing,
When both superpowers are actively preparing for nuclear war, When both political parties openly support militarism over diplomacy, When only one version of events dominates America mainstream media ...

It's time for American citizens to make their own inquiry and analysis by traveling to Russia to get additional points of view on Russia and U.S.-Russia issues.  Our task is to begin personal diplomacy and intervene in war-making efforts that could end all life on our planet.

Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) will take up to 100 Americans to Moscow to meet with a dozen Russian experts for Q&A. Next they will split up into micro-groups to travel to 30 regional cities where they will meet with Russian people to explore their interests, politics and conditions far from Moscow. The full group will reconvene in St. Petersburg to share their investigations and experiences. Data will be analyzed and You tube videos shared widely.  Our travelers will leave a spirit of diplomacy wherever they go.

Be Part of the Solution!

Request an application and approximate costs of this 17-day diplomatic mission to Russia by sending an email to sharon@ccisf.org

eventsSalemThe Wonders of Ashwagandha

Salem - Mar 13 

Friends' Meeting House

490 19th St NE

6:30 pm

     

Jeff Johnson of Portland Ashwagandha will present about the queen of the herbs of the Ayurvedic traditions of India. Find out why this is the favorite herb of many for calm strength, grounded focus and deep restorative sleep. 

There will be Ashwagandha to taste and seeds available to grow yourself. 

Learn about the farm and how we can use plants to strengthen our communities and reduce stress with this amazing plant. 

Sustainability Networking Luncheon

Salem - Mar 14 

Willamette University, Goudy Commons

Wilson Hines Room, Building 23

900 State St

11:45 am - 1 pm

     

Geoff Crook, ODOT Sustainability Program Manager, will provide a brief overview of ODOT's recent sustainability efforts and how the agency is preparing for possible legislative direction on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the transportation sector. Join us. We welcome BYO and buying in the building. All who sign the attendance list have a chance to win a free lunch at the next meeting!

 The Devil We Know:
 The Chemistry of a Cover-Up 

Salem - Mar 19

Grand Theater

191 High St NE                                        Doors Open:  6:30 pm

                                          Film:             7 pm  

THE DEVIL WE KNOW is the story of how one synthetic chemical, used to make Teflon products, contaminated a West Virginia community. But new research hints at a much broader problem: nearly all Americans are affected by exposure to non-stick chemicals in food, drinking water, and consumer products. With very little oversight on the chemical industry in this country, we invite you to learn more about the problem and how you can protect yourself and your family.

$5

eventsongoingMill Creek Riparian Repair Project 
Salem - Ongoing: Every First Saturday 

1320 A St NE

9 AM

Join the Mill Creek Riparian Repair Team! We want your help to clear ivy and other invasive plants from Mill Creek. We'll provide tools and gloves, but you're welcome to bring your own too. It's rain or shine, so dress appropriately.

North West Permaculture Institute Film  
Salem - Second Wednesday

Friend's Meeting House

490 19th St NE

6:30 pm 

Click here for the latest information on the next permaculture film. 

Columbia Riverkeeper Needs You!  
Portland Gorge Area - Ongoing

Find The Action Which Speaks To You, Here!

Columbia Riverkeeper's mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Our strategy for protecting the Columbia includes working in river communities and protecting the people, fish and wildlife that depend on the Columbia River.

Click above to find the action/issue which you can help with. Make a difference!

A Healthy Planet Starts With You!  
Salem - Ongoing

Find A Walk Near You

 

Join 350 Salem OR at the mobile sculpture on High St NE, between Court St NE and Chemeketa NE, at 9 AM on Wednesday mornings to walk with us as part of the Just Walk Salem program. 

We'll meet at the bus terminal to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the bus. We'll walk around downtown ending at the Wednesday Farmer's Market where locally grown/made items are available for purchase. We hope to walk every Wednesday morning!   

Or find another group which meets at a more convenient time for you. Maybe you'd like to start your own Just Walk group. Go

here for details. 

Peace Vigil
Silverton - Ongoing: Every Last Monday 

Town Park, near Main & Fiske

5:30 - 7 PM

Join us every month on the last Monday. 

othercalendarWorld Beyond War - All - Events Calendar

Find An Event Near You!

Find an event here which help bring about a World Without War. 

And, let us know about any event you're planning. We'll list it on our events page, and in the calendar on the right side of this website. And we'll email everyone on our list who lives in your area asking them to attend. Go here to find Resources with which to create an event and a Calendar of important peace holidays.

Oregon Peace Calendar

All - Events Calendar

Peace!

 
Check here for the Oregon Peace Calendar. 

The Resistance  

Campaign Nonviolence National Group

All - Events Calendar

Follow Us!

 
Check here for their calendar, and upcoming events. 

Racial Justice Organizing Committee  

All Oregonians - Events Calendar

SOLVE - All Oregonians - Events Calendar

Find An Event In Your Area 

 

Become a volunteer caring for your environment and community. Dig in to take care of the parks, neighborhoods and natural areas where we live, work and play!

Click here for more information.

Straub Environmental Center  

Salem - Events Calendar

1320 A St NE
Check here for their calendar, and upcoming programs/classes/events. 

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Oregon PeaceWorks 
educating and activating people for peace, justice and sustainability since 1987.

Updated OPW web banner

Action Alert & Calendar Navigator

for Portland Area including Columbia River Area 
also  
Salem and Mid-Willamette Valley (Marion, Polk,
Benton, Linn and Lane Counties)

Coast and/or Southern Oregon

Other Ongoing Actions   Other Calendars   Help OPW

Help Make Election Day A Holiday! - All - Now

Sign the Petition Here!

                  

For decades, Republicans have used every trick in their playbook to keep Progressives away from the polls: 

             They've engaged in shady gerrymandering.

  • They've blocked efforts to adopt automatic voter registration.

And now, they're trying to crush a bill that would make Election Day a national holiday!we can't let this bill be destroyed by Republicans like Mitch McConnell. So we're collecting 30,000 signatures to demand Congress make Election Day a national holiday.
Please sign above - just remove my name and add yours.

Help Save Net Neutrality!

All

  - Now

Protect Our Health and the Health of the Planet 

All - Now 

Sign Here

     

Railroads transport millions of gallons of crude oil every week along the Columbia River in unsafe oil trains. Our communities face dire risks due to dangerous crude oil trains and Oregon's lax requirements for these "pipelines on rails." We can do better.

 

Oregon has the weakest laws on the West Coast for addressing risky oil trains. Now, your elected officials are considering several bills on oil train safety. The most comprehensive bills are Senate Bill 99 and its companion, House Bill 2858. Join us in urging the legislature to pass these bills. Sign the petition above urging the Oregon Legislature to pass meaningful laws to improve oil train safety in Oregon. 

Tell Big Grocers: 
Take Tainted Foods Off Your Shelves
 

All - Now

Sign Here!

A study shows that 20 of the top 25 US food retailers are selling us food tainted with toxic pesticides linked to severe health and environmental problems! 

Please sign the petition above now, and help supercharge a growing movement of customers like us, farmers, beekeepers and activists calling on Kroger -- one of the biggest in the business -- to pull these dangerous chemicals from their shelves, and lead the industry in protecting our health and food! Let's take back our food system from pesticide companies.

Heal The World From The Inside Out 

All - Feb 23-24

Green Lake, Seabeck, WA 

9:30 am - 5:45 pm Both Days

Come learn skills, develop tools and experience support to become a more compassionate listener and peacemaker in your life - at home, with friends and in the world. 

Masters throughout the ages recognize that listening is one of the most precious gifts we can give to another human being. The practice of Compassionate Listening builds trust, connection, understanding, respectful dialogue, and sustainable solutions. It is ideal for those involved in conflict transformation and peace building in a professional or personal context, and for those who are passionate about building bridges and healing relationships in our world. 

This two day session will introduce and strengthen the practices of:
-Cultivating compassion - towards ourselves and others.
-Developing the fair witness - honing our ability to go to the balcony during stressful interactions and combine cognitive awareness with the wisdom of the heart.
-Respecting self and others.
-Listening and speaking from the heart...as well as the opportunity to put these into practice within a safe environment.

Cost:
This workshop is being offered on a sliding scale of $175 - $300 (no questions asked). Pre-register here, required with your $50 deposit. The remainder will be due at the end of the workshop, according to your ability to pay and your perceived value.

Time: 9:30am to 5:30pm both days, Sat 2/23 and Sun 2/24

Facilitators: You can see more about your Facilitator, Susan Partnow, at the Compassionate Listening website - https://www.compassionatelistening.org/meet-our-facilitators . 

Then, attend the advanced training Mar 15, 11 am to Mar 17 at 5 pm. Register here.

eventsSalem Resilience:
 The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope 

Salem - Feb 19

Grand Theater

191 High St NE                                        Doors Open:  6:30 pm

                                          Film:              7 pm  

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. 

Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress-and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Guest Speakers: 

Shaney Starr, MS, CFRM, joined CASA of Marion County in May 2016. Ms. Starr has extensive public relations and community health experience. 

Alison Kelley, JD, is the Chief Executive Officer of Liberty House. She holds          a B.A. in history with a minor in political science from Willamette                        University (cum laude), and a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Dispute                    Resolution from Willamette University College of Law.

Michael Polacek, MSn, RN-BC, is nurse certified in the Psychiatric-Mental Health and Nursing Professional Development specialties and is currently a Professional Development Specialist at Salem Health in Salem, Oregon.

$5

Sustainability Networking Luncheon

Salem - Feb 21 

Willamette University, Goudy Commons

Building 23, Wilson Hines Room

(Left past Cashiers)

900 State St

11:45 am - 1 pm

     

We host monthly networking lunches to help build community among regional businesses, government agencies, non-profits, higher education, and community groups advancing solutions to environmental, social justice, and allied issues.  

You are welcome to bring your own, though we now offer a $10 vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free-friendly buffet. Please RSVP for the buffet by Monday 2/18, here

 

Buffet Menu:


Fresh fruit and garden vegetable salads with dressings

Lemon Oregano Chicken Breast                                                                   Vegan Eggplant Rolls with Charred tomato

Aglio e Olio with Sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil

Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Assorted Mini Cheesecakes and vegan dessert bars

Starbucks Coffee Service and Numi Hot Tea assortment

Seasonal Spa Water and Iced Water

Please join us! 

eventsongoingMill Creek Riparian Repair Project 
Salem - Ongoing: Every First Saturday 

1320 A St NE

9 AM

Join the Mill Creek Riparian Repair Team! We want your help to clear ivy and other invasive plants from Mill Creek. We'll provide tools and gloves, but you're welcome to bring your own too. It's rain or shine, so dress appropriately.

North West Permaculture Institute Film  
Salem - Second Wednesday

Friend's Meeting House

490 19th St NE

6:30 pm 

Click here for the latest information on the next permaculture film. 

Columbia Riverkeeper Needs You!  
Portland Gorge Area - Ongoing

Find The Action Which Speaks To You, Here!

Columbia Riverkeeper's mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Our strategy for protecting the Columbia includes working in river communities and protecting the people, fish and wildlife that depend on the Columbia River.

Click above to find the action/issue which you can help with. Make a difference!

A Healthy Planet Starts With You!  
Salem - Ongoing

Find A Walk Near You

 

Join 350 Salem OR at the mobile sculpture on High St NE, between Court St NE and Chemeketa NE, at 9 AM on Wednesday mornings to walk with us as part of the Just Walk Salem program. 

We'll meet at the bus terminal to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the bus. We'll walk around downtown ending at the Wednesday Farmer's Market where locally grown/made items are available for purchase. We hope to walk every Wednesday morning!   

Or find another group which meets at a more convenient time for you. Maybe you'd like to start your own Just Walk group. Go

here for details. 

Peace Vigil
Silverton - Ongoing: Every Last Monday 

Town Park, near Main & Fiske

5:30 - 7 PM

Join us every month on the last Monday. 

othercalendarWorld Beyond War - All - Events Calendar

Find An Event Near You!

Find an event here which help bring about a World Without War. 

And, let us know about any event you're planning. We'll list it on our events page, and in the calendar on the right side of this website. And we'll email everyone on our list who lives in your area asking them to attend. Go here to find Resources with which to create an event and a Calendar of important peace holidays.

Oregon Peace Calendar

All - Events Calendar

Peace!

 
Check here for the Oregon Peace Calendar. 

The Resistance  

Campaign Nonviolence National Group

All - Events Calendar

Follow Us!

 
Check here for their calendar, and upcoming events. 

Racial Justice Organizing Committee  

All Oregonians - Events Calendar

Racial Justice Organizing Committee

Click here to learn more about how you can participate. 

Find An Event In Your Area 

 

Become a volunteer caring for your environment and community. Dig in to take care of the parks, neighborhoods and natural areas where we live, work and play!

Click here for more information.

Straub Environmental Center  

Salem - Events Calendar

1320 A St NE
Check here for their calendar, and upcoming programs/classes/events. 
HelpOPWTWO Ways to Support OPW If You Shop Online! 

If you shop online, you can help Oregon PeaceWorks and it won't cost you a cent!

If you shop online, you'd probably prefer to make Shopping = Giving to OPW.  Using the iGive button means it's completely free; all costs are paid by the stores. Over 1,000 online stores participate.  

All you have to do is install the iGive Button on your browser. (Full instructions are given when you click the link.) It only takes a moment. In fact, Oregon PeaceWorks (which iGive calls PeaceWorks - Oregon for some reason) will get $5 for every person who tries the button, even if you don't wind up using it! 

   

Share now by forwarding this e-mail, posting on Facebook, or even tweeting. 

Here's the special link you must use: http://iGive.com/welcome/lp2/wr15.cfm?c=2917&m=15785 

The iGive Button makes it really, really simple.

  

It automatically makes sure that a portion of your purchases at over 1,000 stores becomes a free donation to Oregon PeaceWorks.  Shopping = giving year 'round.  The Button makes sure every purchase counts, even if you forget. Pretty easy!  

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Here's another way to help OPW through your online shopping and even google searching: 

Get a GoodShop widget installed on your browser by visiting http://goodsearch.com/goodto-go/. It will do about the same as the iGive button if you shop at any of 2,500 online stores, but at the same time, you can set GoodSearch as your default search engine. It's the same as Google or Yahoo search, but every time you search, OPW will get a small donation. It's only a penny or two per search, but it definitely adds up over the course of a year and a bunch of members. When you install the widget (which is dead easy, by the way), just select Oregon PeaceWorks as the recipient of the donations you generate. Convenient and it costs you nothing!  

Thank you for taking the time to do this for Oregon PeaceWorks! 

Oregon PeaceWorks 
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OPW Board Secretary

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