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Pioneer Courthouse Square

701 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)
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  • Saturday
    Nov 11 2017
    Reclaim and Celebrate Armistice Day with Veterans For Peace

    Pioneer Courthouse Square

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th 2017

    Reclaim and Celebrate Armistice Day (aka Veterans Day) as a Day of Peace with Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 at Pioneer Courthouse Square 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

    We will gather at 10:30 am; at 11:00, we will chime our bells 11 times to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I.

    We will then observe two minutes of silence—one minute dedicated to the many millions of soldiers who died in WWI, and one dedicated to the living—the wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.

    After a brief statement from Veterans For Peace, those present will be invited to speak or recite prose or poetry in an open mic format.

    Bring a bell!

    Ninety-nine years years ago, the world celebrated peace as a universal principal. The first World War had just ended, and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”

    After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day.
    Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.

    Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th—as a day for peace. As veterans, we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans. We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.

    This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say No To More War, No War on Korea, No to Nuclear Threats and Proliferation and to Demand Justice and Peace, at Home and Abroad.

    We know Peace is Possible and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies, and for equality for all people.

    Sponsored by Veterans For Peace Portland Ch. 72 • vfpchapter72.org • veteransforpeace.org • INFO: Contact Dan at 503-750-7649

    Five Things You Should Know About the Paris Peace Pack https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=UlSy1CuwP3k

    Also watch

    When the World Outlawed War https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A7kpzT8Sr5E

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  • Sunday
    Oct 22 2017
    Doctors Without Borders: Footsteps of a Fieldworker Tour

    The “Footsteps of a Fieldworker” tour is designed for medical and non-medical professionals interested in working with MSF in the field. Come learn how MSF staff work to provide aid to refugees around the world. Find out who we need, and register for this tour.

    Can’t make the special recruitment-focused tour? We’d love for you to come out and support refugees by attending our exhibit. https://www.facebook.com/events/730512783798197

    Presented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Forced From Home is a free, interactive, outdoor exhibition and guided tour designed to enhance visitors’ understanding of the desperate plight of the more than 65 million displaced people worldwide. With an experienced MSF aid worker as their guide, visitors navigate an outdoor installation designed to convey some of the challenges faced by individuals forced to flee from Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, South Sudan, and Syria.

    Forced From Home is free, fully accessible, and open to the public.

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  • Monday
    Oct 16 2017
    Doctors Without Borders: Forced From Home
    free
    through
    Pioneer Courthouse Square

    Join us at a free interactive exhibition designed to expose the realities of the global refugee crisis. More than 65 million people are now displaced worldwide, including refugees and asylum seekers whose lives are further endangered by policies that deny them protection.

    The Tour!
    With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers leading the tour, visitors engage with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world.

    During the one hour guided tour, participants gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing people who have been forced from home, and of humanitarian efforts to help them.

    Forced From Home is free, family friendly, fully accessible, and open to the public. School field trips are welcome. Walk in anytime between 9am and 5pm.

    HOW TO GET HERE
    Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland's living room, is located on SW 6th Avenue between SW Morrison and SW Yamhill streets.

    INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
    We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, and reliable local volunteers to help us staff the Forced From Home exhibition and associated events. Please visit www.forcedfromhome.com/volunteer/ to apply.

    2017 TOUR DATES

    • Boulder, CO – Courthouse Plaza/Pearl Street Mall, Sept. 4-10
    • Salt Lake City, UT – Library Plaza, Sept. 18-24
    • Seattle, WA – South Lake Union Discovery Center, Oct. 2-8
    • Portland, OR – Pioneer Courthouse Square, Oct. 16-22
    • Oakland, CA – Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oct. 30-Nov. 5
    • Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier, Nov. 13-19

    More information is available at www.forcedfromhome.com. Follow @ForcedFromHome on Twitter and Instagram for tour updates.

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  • Friday
    Sep 29 2017
    National Take a Knee Flash Mob

    Pioneer Courthouse Square

    Please Take a Knee at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland this Friday at noon as a peaceful, civil protest. Bring your friends. Invite out of town friends to create Take a Knee events and post them here.

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  • Sunday
    Sep 24 2017
    Rally to Stop Rohingya Genocide

    The Rohingya people in Burma need your help now!

    Please come join us for this rally to raise awareness and pressure on our Federal officials to speak out against this tragedy.

    There are over 1000 Rohingya in Oregon. Many escaped persecution by the Burmese government already. Let's make them feel welcome and make sure that they know how much we support them and their families back home. Let's show Portland that hate happening anywhere is wrong and that we stand for a world of love.

    To learn more about this tragedy watch:

    1. Who are the Rohingya? https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/1035735826567924/?hc_location=ufi
    2. Ethnic Cleansing - https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/1043456972462476/?hc_location=ufi

    Reports out of Burma have said that:

    • About 5000 people have been killed, with increasing death tolls due to lack of food, medicine.
    • 400,000 Rohingya recently have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, making it a total of 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
    • About 100,000 are trapped in Jungle without food and shelter inside Burma.

    Political Action Items:

    • Support SA 607 to 2018 NDAA - 'No Military Aid to Burma' Because of Genocide of Rohingya Muslims - https://oneclickpolitics.com/messages/edit?promo_id=3531
    • Email your federal officials and urge them to speak out against this tragedy! (*This is a big deal, as none of them have yet spoken out about this and have shown a hesistancy to do so)

    Aid Action Items:

    Recent developments:


    Oregon united For Rohingya
    Community
    Rohingya People are facing genocide at Burma.• Burma’s security forces have razed entire villages, slaughtered families, and even placed landmines.

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  • Friday
    Sep 22 2017
    12th Annual Dancing in the Park Powwow
    free

    Annually, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), a non-profit organization in partnership with other local Indian organizations hosts an “American Indian Day Celebration” at the Pioneer Courthouse Square, in downtown Portland, OR on Friday, September 22, 2017. Our Annual “American Indian Day Celebration” is a traditional showcase and celebration of American Indian cultures.

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  • Sunday
    Sep 10 2017
    Shut down white supremacy-Solidarity with Charlottesville

    Joey Gibson (Patriot Prayer) is a known group in Portland, Patriot Prayer has made many events in the Portland area in the name of "free speech", we have seen many neo-Nazis and white nationalists attend his rallies including but not limited to: Allen Pucket, Jake Von Ott, Jeremy Christian, Jeffery Hughes and lots more.

    But Gibson had possibly organized his most dangerous event yet, "Portland freedom march- southern edition", Gibson has invited the same neo-nazis, national socialists and kkk members from Charlottesville to Portland.

    We will not tolerate neo-Nazis coming to our city after the terrorist attack in Cville committed by the white nationalist alex fields jr, on September 10th we need EVERYONE who stands against nazism to #defendpdx.

    https://www.facebook.com/QLForegon/videos/727542650789423/

    If a organization you represent would like to officially endorse/ join the coalition, email us at: Queerliberationoregon@protonmail.com

    Organizations in the coalition: Metal heath providers unite Oregon Students Empowered Defend Cascadia

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  • Friday
    Sep 1 2017
    DACA Press Conference - Milenio.org and Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario will respond to Trumps Decision to End DACA

    PRESS Conference

    For Immediate Release

    Contact Persons: Juan Rogel (971) 221-8968, Brenda Karina Ramirez (971) 506-9823, and Karla Langlois (503) 498-0788

    Trump expected to announce end to Obama-era DACA.

    Milenio.org and Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario will respond to Trumps Decision to End DACA

    Date: Friday, September 1st, 2017

    Time: 11:00 am

    Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

    Portland, Oregon - As early as Friday, Trump is expected to announce plans to end the Obama administration program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young Undocumented immigrants, a senior administration official told Fox News and other media outlets.

    Ending a program which protects nearly a million, (of those 16,000 live in Oregon and 5,000 in the Portland metro area) young immigrants is against the moral and economic interests of our country, at this Press Conference we will announce actions in the coming days to urge the US Congress to pass the DREAM ACT

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  • Saturday
    Aug 12 2017
    Pan African Festival
    free

    Join us on August 12 in Pioneer Square for a day of celebration filled with food, vendors, live entertainment, fashion show and much more! The goal beyond that day is to empower, mobilize and organize the pan african community. The event is free and everyone is welcome!

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  • Thursday
    Apr 13 2017
    War Is Not The Answer: Rise Up And Resist!

    This is a call to action!

    We are tired of seeing the war mongers and profiteers pad their pockets and pat themselves on the back while children die in the streets. We are tired of their profits being more important than human life and dignity. We are tired of propping up dictators, just to tear them down again if they challenge us, defy us, or when it is most profitable. We are tired of this colonialist bullshit.

    We will rally at Pioneer Square and then we will march.

    Share this event on social media and invite everyone. Let's show the country and the world that Portland will not sit quietly by while our leaders in Washington praise the sensless violence.

    We will not be complacent. We will not be compliant. We will resist. Join us.

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  • Friday
    Mar 17 2017
    The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq

    Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is co-sponsoring the Friday, March 17 Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally with the theme "The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq." The rally begins at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison, with a march around downtown beginning at about 5:20 PM. The US invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. Even though most of the troops were withdrawn in 2011, they never left completely. With the US' war against the Islamic State starting in August 2014, there are now over 5000 troops in Iraq as "advisors," drone and conventional aircraft bombings, and, with the world's largest embassy, an unending occupation.

    Although March 2017 marks 14 years since the Iraq War began, one also can look at Jan. 1991-- the start of "Gulf War Part 1"-- as the start of what has now been over 25 years of US hostilities in Iraq. Meanwhile, though sanctions were put in place against the late Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990 to force Iraq to repay Kuwait for their invasion of that country, Iraq still has to make payments despite its dire financial and political situation. Making matters worse, Donald Trump told NBC on January 25: "We should've kept the oil when we got out"-- as if the US had the right to take Iraq's oil.

    For more information or to endorse or otherwise support this event contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 or iraq@pjw.info ; PPRC's weekly rally notice can be found at http://pprc-news.info/node/3. A flyer for this event can be found along with other information at http://www.pjw.info/iraq14yl.html.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 15 2017
    From the U.S. to Palestine: Together in Resistance

    From the U.S. to Palestine Join together in Resistance

    #BuildMovementsNotWalls

    Protest the Trump/Netanyahu partnership that stands for hate, Islamophobia, expansion of the Israeli Occupation, desecration of our planet, moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, denial of human rights, and violation of the US Constitution and International Law.

    February 15th, 5 to 6 PM

    VIGIL Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW corner across from Nordstrom)

    Bring a sign—see below for some message ideas

    We will protest on FEBUARY 15 as Israeli PM Netanyahu comes to DC to visit with Trump to develop their Joint Agenda. Meanwhile the Senate will start hearings on Friedman for Ambassador to Israel. David Friedman is a part of the extreme right wing Israeli Settler Movement. He supports Trump’s Muslim travel ban and wants the U.S. Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    We reject the the Trump/Friedman/Netanyahu worldview - Reject the appointment of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel - No to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and Israel’s occupation of Palestine - No to systems that displace people—from Portland’s housing crisis to the systematic erasure of the Palestinians - A permanent end to the unconstitutional Muslim travel ban - YES, to welcome refugees and immigrants - No to construction of U.S.-Mexico border wall - No to Israel’s apartheid wall and the occupation it sustains - No to militarized police forces in our cities (often trained by the Israeli military) - No to destruction and confiscation of sacred land—from Standing Rock to Palestine - No to provocative actions and rhetoric that will lead to war with Iran. Iran is NOT our enemy.

    We do not accept a world of enclosures, prisons, and bans.

    Co-sponsors:

    • Jewish Voice for Peace-PDX
    • Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR)
    • Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)
    • Holy Land Ministry at Spirit of Grace
    • Central Lutheran Church-Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land
    • Portland Chapter Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East or Portland Chapter: UUJME
    • Students United for Palestinian Equal RIghts (SUPER)
    • International Socialist Organization (ISO)
    • KBOO Community Radio
    • Occupation-Free Portland

    Bring signs—here are some suggested slogans, or make your own:

    • All Walls will Fall
    • Welcome refugees, NOT Apartheid leaders
    • We support Refugee Resettlement, NOT Israeli Settlements
    • Evict Trump, Friedman and Netanyahu, NOT Portland renters
    • Netanyahu and Trump build walls, We build bridges
    • Build a Movement and the walls will fall
    • Gentrification is wrong for Portland, Occupation is wrong for Palestine
    • Trump and Netanyahu listen up--Iran is NOT our enemy
    • Jerusalem is a City of Peace, not a piece of Trump Real Estate
    • Human RIghts from every river to every sea
    • Bankruptcy Lawyer to Bankrupt Ambassador--Oppose David Friedman
    • Water is Sacred/Land is Sacred From Standing Rock to Palestine
    • Israel: Stop Militarizing our Police
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  • Friday
    Jan 20 2017
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    Pioneer Courthouse Square

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