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The Last of the First Days of CSTI

The Last of the First Days of CSTI

Posted by amyl at Jul 30, 2011 10:35 AM |

A look into the preparation into and the beginning of the "last" CSTI.

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People before Profits

People before Profits

Posted by Kalpana at Jul 30, 2011 10:20 AM |

Morning plenary at CSTI featured Leslie Frane of SEIU. Leslie talked about the importance of unions in progressive movements.

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Coming Home (from To the Left and Write zine)

Coming Home (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Guy Archibald at Jul 19, 2011 12:05 PM |

A story about how even when are friends pass, they are still with us.

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Family Matters (from To the Left and Write zine)

Family Matters (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Suzanne Luepke at Jul 13, 2011 10:05 AM |

An aunt struggles with what it means to have a nephew at war.

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My First Camping Trip (from To the Left and Write zine)

My First Camping Trip (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Nitika Raj at Jul 06, 2011 02:05 PM |

An essay about a childhood spent in a Kuwaiti refugee camp.

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A Friendship Shares a Path to Different Lives

A Friendship Shares a Path to Different Lives

Posted by amyl at Jun 28, 2011 09:48 AM |

The Center's trainer and organzier, Aimee Santos-Lyons, is highlighted in this regular column in Street Roots, which features the organizations related to our Uniting Communities project.

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Back Down Memory Lane (from To the Left and Write zine)

Back Down Memory Lane (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Mira Johnson at Jun 07, 2011 09:05 AM |

In response to the following writing prompt: Your memories of childhood will be surgically removed next Friday. Write a poem listing some of your childhood memories.

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The First of Many (from To the Left and Write zine)

The First of Many (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Zeke Spier at Jun 01, 2011 02:05 PM |

" I learned that we can’t abandon anyone as we struggle for true justice and equality, even if we can’t see their faces."

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The Road to Basic Rights for all Oregonians

The Road to Basic Rights for all Oregonians

Posted by amyl at May 31, 2011 11:30 AM |

Basic Rights Oregon's work is highlighted in this regular column in Street Roots, which features the organizations related to our Uniting Communities project.

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Margy at the Park (from To the Left and Write zine)

Margy at the Park (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Katy Riker at May 24, 2011 09:05 AM |

A mother tells the story of her daughter's journey through motherhood.

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Crossroads (from To the Left and Write zine)

Crossroads (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Laurel Collier Smith at May 18, 2011 09:05 AM |

An essay about how we can struggle with our personal histories.

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Unbound: A Mother's Day Gift

Unbound: A Mother's Day Gift

Posted by Aimee Santos-Lyons at May 06, 2011 09:55 AM |

All mothers deserve dignity in childbirth. Read this story about how Idaho's Women of Color Alliance helped shape policy to ban shackling of incarcerated mothers during childbirth.

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Why Reproductive Justice is a Black Thing

Why Reproductive Justice is a Black Thing

Posted by walidah at May 04, 2011 06:20 PM |

Organizing by the Urban League of Portland, a 100-year-old historic civil rights organization, around Black birth disparities offers important lessons to other civil rights and racial justice organizations about reproductive justice.

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Uniting Communities Highlight: CAUSA

Uniting Communities Highlight: CAUSA

Posted by amyl at Apr 29, 2011 02:05 PM |

CAUSA's work is highlighted in this regular column in Street Roots, which features the organizations in the Uniting Communities project.

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Crossing Borders, Uniting Communities

Crossing Borders, Uniting Communities

Posted by Joy Hunt at Apr 26, 2011 03:59 PM |

A guest blogger writers about the recent Basic Rights Oregon & CAUSA workshop addressing the struggles of LGBTQ immigrants.

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No Woman Should Have To Go It Alone: Black Birth Experiences in Oregon

No Woman Should Have To Go It Alone: Black Birth Experiences in Oregon

Posted by walidah at Apr 22, 2011 10:05 AM |

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing releases their survey about Black women's experiences giving birth in the Portland Metro area, which highlights some shocking disparities. ICTC then joins with other organizations to lobby for better birth outcomes for all Oregonians.

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Invisible Walls (from To the Left and Write zine)

Invisible Walls (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Camillian at Apr 18, 2011 12:34 PM |

A story about how we are sometimes very hopeful in the decisions we make, but may not be able to see it come to fruition.

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Empty (from To the Left and Write zine)

Empty (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Erica Spaet at Apr 06, 2011 10:15 AM |

A night out brings forth thoughts about how it must feel lonely for those who are formerly-incarcerated and are readjusting back to the 'real world.'

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Grandma's House (from To the Left and Write zine)

Grandma's House (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Terry Kendrick at Mar 16, 2011 09:15 AM |

Although it was tough having a Reagan-loving Grandma, it was worth it when she finally came around to Terry's side.

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When I was eleven I did a very bad thing (from To the Left and Write zine)

When I was eleven I did a very bad thing (from To the Left and Write zine)

Posted by Jenn Siegel at Mar 08, 2011 02:07 PM |

A story about the small and large events that shape the winding paths of who we become.

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