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Motherhood: An Exercise in Fear Management

Motherhood: An Exercise in Fear Management

Posted by aimee at May 08, 2012 05:39 PM |

Aimee Santos-Lyons tells her motherhood story to launch the 2012 Mama's Day story series.

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Washington Parents Organize to Reunify Families

Washington Parents Organize to Reunify Families

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Apr 24, 2012 12:10 PM |

Catalyst for Kids set its goals to change Washington's Child Protection Services by working toward the passage of the Family Assessment Response (FAR). Implementing FAR means changing CPS from a system that disrupts families to protect children, to one that supports and protects families where children can thrive. FAR differentiates families where a child is in imminent danger from families that are in need of support and social services. In the latter case a plan would be developed to address the welfare of the children by connecting families to services they need.

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How the Gem State Beat Back a Nasty Attack on Women

How the Gem State Beat Back a Nasty Attack on Women

Posted by Amy Herzfeld at Apr 05, 2012 12:11 PM |

Western States Center's board chair, Amy Herzfeld, reflects on the ultrasound bill for women seeking abortion in her home state of Idaho.

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Catalyst for Kids on the cusp of CPS reform: Act Now!

Catalyst for Kids on the cusp of CPS reform: Act Now!

Posted by nina at Mar 29, 2012 09:30 AM |

Help Washington pass SB 6555, a bill that redesigns the Washington State Child Protective Service system allowing state workers to partner with parents to mobilize the resources and services they need to keep their families healthy and together.

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I Am a Person, Not a Mascot

Posted by Se-ah-dom Edmo at Mar 14, 2012 09:25 AM |

Se-ah-dom Edmo recalls the painful history of Indian mascot in her family and community. And calls for action to ban the use of Indian mascots, logos and imagery in Oregon Public Schools.

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Two Spirit People Work to Keep Traditions, Respect Alive

Two Spirit People Work to Keep Traditions, Respect Alive

Posted by amyl at Feb 03, 2012 12:05 PM |

Se-ah-dom Edmo, of Idigenous Ways of Knowing, talks about the issues concerning Two Spirit Native people are not just about inclusivity, but also honoring traditions.

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The Politics of Breast Cancer

The Politics of Breast Cancer

Posted by Kalpana at Feb 02, 2012 10:05 AM |

Is the Susan G. Komen for the Cure decision to pull money from Planned Parenthood racist? How will this decision affect the Northwest? What does this decision mean for the state of the women's movement? Kalpana ponders these questions in the her latest blot post.

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Survey of Black Mothers and Their Birthing Experiences Highlights Disparities

Survey of Black Mothers and Their Birthing Experiences Highlights Disparities

Posted by walidahi at Jan 25, 2012 02:10 PM |

Recently, International Center for Traditional Child-bearing (ICTC) shared their survey findings about the birth experiences of Black women.

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Taking Our Message to the Capitol

Taking Our Message to the Capitol

Posted by NancyH at Jan 24, 2012 12:10 PM |

A report from our visit to Salem, where we presented every member of the Oregon Legislature with Facing Race: 2011 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity, the first ever report of its kind in Oregon.

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A Farewell for Walidah Imarisha

A Farewell for Walidah Imarisha

Posted by amyl at Jan 17, 2012 12:25 PM |

A goodbye letter for Walidah.

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We Can Do Better Than Average

We Can Do Better Than Average

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Jan 11, 2012 05:40 PM |

Release on MLK Jr. Day, Oregon's 2011 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equality for Oregon examines how 23 pieces of legislation addresses racial equity in the areas of civil rights and criminal justice, education, economic justice, health, immigration and refugee issues as well as institutional racism.

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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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