Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I know it's not even Black Friday yet...

But it is about time to start thinking about some holiday season events!  Time can fly fast.

  • Occupy Christmas PDX 2: Along with Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25 are often the worst days of the year if you are unhoused, single, or a college student who cannot afford traveling back home. Last year we coordinated a home-matching program of sorts and placed several people with local Occupiers' homes.  This year it could be similar or different, but we should keep our minds on the needs.
  • Nightly Hanukkah light (hanukiyah) lighting at St. Francis Park
  • Interfaith Forums during Advent/Hanukah weeks: A series of weekly forums and conversations.  One of the forums will feature the Catholics for social justice, most likely including parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi parish.
  • Anything else?

Friday, November 16, 2012

What’s Next in Faith Based Community Organizing: A Rolling Jubilee

Occupy Faith and part­ners are launch­ing a Rolling Jubilee, a people’s bailout to help elim­i­nate debt—and make a stand in the face of our moral cri­sis of money, debt, and power. Rolling Jubilee may sig­nal an impor­tant, and long needed, shift in how we do faith-based com­mu­nity orga­niz­ing: one that might save not only the peo­ple, but also the church.

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Smaller, leaner organization

Beginning today, this website is the home of the combined Interfaith Solidarity Cascadia.  We are adapting to the current reality of the organization and community needs.

Our new address is www.interfaithsolidaritycascadia.tk.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Seed for world change #16

November 11, 2012

Unfathomable as the sea, wondrously ending only to begin again, informing all creation without being exhausted, the Tao of the perfect man is spontaneous in its operation.

- Zhuangzi

Friday, November 9, 2012

#OccupyThanksgivingPDX 2 is just around the corner

This year's (second annual) Occupy Thanksgiving PDX 2 will be focused on community and family, and be intentional about being a celebration that is friendlier to women and children.

It will be held in Lake Grove near Tualatin at a private residence, on Thursday, November 22, 2 to 9 p.m.  Carpool and rideshares are also arranged, as there is no direct TriMet service to the area on Thanksgiving Day.

This is a potluck; bring some food/dessert/beverages to share.  Maximum capacity for event: 40.

RSVP is requested no later than Tuesday, November 20 especially if you need a ride (otherwise you'll need to find your way there).
Rideshare board: http://pdxsis.referata.com/wiki/SIS_Rideshare_Board  
IMPORTANT: We are organizing a carpool between southeast Portland, downtown Portland, and Lake Grove, but seats are limited. If you require a carpool from Portland, please register as soon as possible.  Another carpool is available from Vancouver, Washington and North Portland.    Additional rides may be arranged to/from Bridgeport Village (76), Lake Oswego TC (35) and/or Tigard TC (12/76/78).

The nearest TriMet stop (1.5 miles)
From Beaverton TC: Stop ID 11945, 17000 Block SW 72nd Southbound
From Tualatin: Stop ID 11944, 16800 Block SW 72nd Northbound

76 runs every 30 minutes
Nearest TriMet stop with active services on Thanksgiving Day: Boones Ferry & Kerr Pkwy, 3.0 miles away. Stop ID eastbound 3127 (from Beaverton/Tigard to Lake Oswego), westbound 1220 (from Lake Oswego to Tigard/Beaverton; stop on Country Club Road). 

Tigard Transit Center is 5 miles away.

This year's Occupy Thanksgiving PDX is co-sponsored by Sisters In Strength.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Seed for world change (belated) #15

Let the past go.
Should some good friend present you with material for a lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing it aside and describing the beautiful garments you had worn out in past times?
The new year has given you the fabric for a fresh start in life, why dwell upon the events which have gone, the joys, blessings and advantages of the past!
Do not tell me it is too late to be successful or happy. Do not tell me you are sick or broken in spirit, the spirit cannot be sick or broken, because it is of God.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Your invitation to #OccupyThanksgivingPDX 2

The second annual (!) Occupy Thanksgiving PDX!

This year, the theme is community and family.

It has been a year since we have left our magnificent community on the parks in downtown Portland. Whether you still are actively involved in the Occupy movement, or have already gotten tired of it and moved on, one thing is certain: we built a remarkable community that was previously unthinkable, and we all have many friends that we never made if not for Occupy Portland. This year we would like to celebrate that, and build on the authentic relationship to inspire and drive future change.

We are having this celebration this year in Lake Grove (97035) near Boones Ferry Road. If you require a carpool or be able to provide rideshare, we are setting up a rideshare board at http://pdxsis.referata.com/.

Directions will be sent out to people who will be attending during the week preceding the event. Note: There is no TriMet service nearby on holiday schedule. The nearest major transit centers are at Tualatin P&R (76 only) and Tigard TC (12, 45, 76, 78), from which you may either arrange for a ride or ride your bicycle.


Rideshare board: http://pdxsis.referata.com/wiki/SIS_Rideshare_Board