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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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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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