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2012 - Not Just a Leap Year, But a Leap Forward

2012 - Not Just a Leap Year, But a Leap Forward

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Jan 11, 2012 04:56 PM |

Kelley Weigel taking a look at what's coming up in 2012 for the Center!

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"It's Been Swell" - A Note from Sarah Howell

"It's Been Swell" - A Note from Sarah Howell

Posted by amyl at Dec 16, 2011 02:00 PM |

A goodbye letter from Sarah.

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Together We Can Create Ripples of Change!

Posted by amyl at Dec 15, 2011 04:25 PM |

Join us to create ripple effects that strengthen communities, transform cultures and create lasting change.

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WILD 2011-12: What I Learned from Water Bottles

WILD 2011-12: What I Learned from Water Bottles

Posted by Ikaika Regidor at Nov 09, 2011 01:50 PM |

Ikaika Regidor of PLAN reflects on the first gathering of the WILD class of 2011-12.

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WILD 2011-12: Each Day "We" Means One More

WILD 2011-12: Each Day "We" Means One More

Posted by tash shatz at Nov 08, 2011 02:20 PM |

Tash Shatz of Basic Rights Oregon reflects on how the first gathering of the WILD class of 2011-12 is a reminder of Marge Piercy's "The Low Road."

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OCCUPY: Movement or Moment?

OCCUPY: Movement or Moment?

Posted by Kelley Weigel at Nov 08, 2011 11:00 AM |

In Portland, Occupy is moving into its second month of demanding attention to the broken systems that are worsening the inequalities that exist. Occupy reminds us that movements are not a flow chart of demands but organic and messy processes that will make us question and debate and take a lot of time.

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Critical Conversations: Race, Gender, and Class

Critical Conversations: Race, Gender, and Class

Posted by Kalpana at Nov 04, 2011 10:30 AM |

Kalpana presented at the Women Donors Network conference in Denver this week. Read more about the critical connections being made around class, gender, and race.

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A Chosen Family Deepens Connections to their Communities

A Chosen Family Deepens Connections to their Communities

Posted by amyl at Oct 25, 2011 12:51 PM |

The Center's trainer and organizer, Walidah Imarisha, is highlighted in this regular column in Street Roots, which features the organizations related to our Uniting Communities project.

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Growing from Groundwork Webinar - October 25

Growing from Groundwork Webinar - October 25

Posted by kalpana at Oct 21, 2011 11:27 AM |

This webinar is based on Growing From Groundwork: Stories and Tools from the Reproductive Justice Movement, a report that documents the lessons learned through community conducted surveys.

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Creating a Space We All Can Share

Creating a Space We All Can Share

Posted by amyl at Oct 18, 2011 03:20 PM |

National Coming Out day is an occasion for a letter of solidarity, featuring Latino Network and why they have chosen to 'come out' and support LGBTQ families.

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Five Reasons Unions Matter to the Progressive Movement - Part II

Five Reasons Unions Matter to the Progressive Movement - Part II

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Oct 10, 2011 12:00 AM |

We commemorated Labor Day with a new training tool that connects the role of unions with social and economic justice organizing. This blog entry (part II of two parts) is a companion piece to “Union and the Progressive Movement. There are many reasons to support unions.

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Coming Out About Not Being Out

Coming Out About Not Being Out

Posted by Nancy Haque at Oct 03, 2011 03:50 PM |

A new series of videos show the lives of queer people of color. Nancy Haque shares her personal story as a queer woman of color.

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Building a Fundraising Culture One Campaign at a Time

Building a Fundraising Culture One Campaign at a Time

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Sep 30, 2011 03:15 PM |

While many of our year-end fundraising campaigns are getting started, I have already begun to plant the seeds for my next campaign in 2012. Join me for a webinar that will help you plant those seeds too.

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Five Reasons Unions Matter to the Progressive Movement - Part I

Five Reasons Unions Matter to the Progressive Movement - Part I

Posted by Aimee Santos-Lyons at Sep 28, 2011 11:00 AM |

Earlier this month, we commemorated Labor Day with a new training tool that connects the role of unions with social and economic justice organizing. This blog entry (part one of two parts) is a companion piece to “Union and the Progressive Movement. There are many reasons to support unions.

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Gay Straight Alliances Raise Awareness, Courage in Youths

Gay Straight Alliances Raise Awareness, Courage in Youths

Posted by amyl at Sep 21, 2011 11:11 AM |

It's back-to-school season, and PFLAG - Portland Black Chapter's work is highlighted in helping to create Gay Straight Alliances in local high schools.

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No First Birthday

No First Birthday

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Sep 13, 2011 12:30 PM |

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Infant mortality is the death of a baby, who dies before reaching its' first birthday. There are many medical reasons for infant mortality, such as congenital abnormalities, premature birth, low birth weight, Sudden Unexplained Infants Deaths (SUID), accidents, and pregnancy-related complications. Learn how you can sponsor a "No First Birthday" commemorative event.

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CSTI 2011 - Slideshow

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Aug 10, 2011 10:30 AM |

Here is a slideshow of the CSTI 2011 Saturday Banquet

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A Title Ends, a New Tradition Commences

A Title Ends, a New Tradition Commences

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Aug 09, 2011 04:03 PM |

This year we gave out four awards to groups in our region. Read more about the work of these groups.

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The Last CSTI Banquet Ever Goes Out Strong!

The Last CSTI Banquet Ever Goes Out Strong!

Posted by NancyH at Aug 09, 2011 09:45 AM |

A recap of all the karaoke fun!

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We're AMPed for Next Summer

We're AMPed for Next Summer

Posted by amyl at Aug 05, 2011 10:30 AM |

We revealed the CSTI's new name!

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