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Five Days of Opportunity! Saturday April 15th – Wednesday April 19th

We are very pleased to share that our community will be welcoming two guests in the coming week from Colombia and Cuba.  Please join in the learning and sharing!   SATURDAY, APRIL 15th, 6-9pm PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 338, Vanport Room. We are pleased to welcome Carmenza Tez-Juagibioy: Solidarity: “For the Earth, For Life, For Our Existence” Indigenous Colombian Defender of Waters, Land, Communities, the Amazon. Plus Defenders of international and local peoples, waters, human rights. Sponsored by: Colombia Support Network and PSU Sustainability Leadership Network. Assistance by PSU Students United for Nonviolence, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, and…

January Calendar: PCASC Mtg 1/17, Immigrant Support: Sat 1/14, Sun 1/15, Tue 1/17, Sat 1/28, United Front Sat 1/21

January Calendar: PCASC Mtg 1/17, Immigrant Support: Sat 1/14, Sun 1/15, Tue 1/17, Sat 1/28, United Front Sat 1/21
When: Saturday, January 14th, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM What: United for Immigrant Rights March & Rally Who: Causa Oregon Where: Oregon State Capitol 900 Court St. NE, Salem When: Sunday January 15 at 3 PM - 5 PM What: Oregon Sanctuary Assembly: Faith Institutions & Members Who: Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice Where: 1314 SW Park Ave, Portland Note: RSVP requested http://tinyurl.com/h3e384m When: Tuesday January 17 at 5 PM - 7 PM What: Rally & March for Hillsboro Sanctuary City Status before City Council Meeting at 7 Who: Hillsboro Community organized for Sanctuary Where: Shute Park, SW of library,…

Join us Tuesday October 4th for Board Meeting!

There's a lot going on in the next few weeks and PCASC wants YOU! WHO: The Core Team (board) and all interested WHAT: Planning for the next few weeks of visitors and events, and what comes next WHERE: PCASC office, 2249 E Burnside WHEN: Tuesday, October 4th, 7-9pm See you there!

Bike trip in solidarity with injured Colombian GM workers!

If you haven't heard, we're escalating our solidarity campaign in support of the injured Colombian GM workers of ASOTRECOL with a summer of bicycle-powered fun! That's right, we're visiting the GM Board of Directors in the towns that they live in, to bring this issue to the lives of the decision-makers with the power to resolve the issue! We can use your support every mile of the way! Our first ask? Like the facebook page we have set up to chronicle our adventure! https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ceelo%20defender%20of%20the%20underdog. Fuel our trip at https://www.youcaring.com/solidarity-bike-trip-601764.

Tell Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Don’t Evict Injured GM Workers!

Tell Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Don’t Evict Injured GM Workers!
Please have your organization send a letter to Enrique Penalosa, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, print, sign, scan it, and email it to us. Please tell him that you’ve heard the injured, workers of ASOTRECOL, fired by General Motors, will be removed from peacefully protesting across from the US Embassy. They are there rightfully under Article 37 of the Constitution. They are there because the US govt owned most of GM and allowed them to abuse their workers this way and not treat them fairly or as legally required. You and many others have learned about GM’s exploitation of them and…

Thank you to visitors from El Salvador and Cuba!

PCASC and our Portland community were lucky to share with two visiting groups in recent weeks.  Stay tuned for more events in the fall, and please contact the Core Team to get involved or join our email list! June 3rd - Moises Gomez from the University of Central America (UCA) - El Salvador Moises toured the US with CISPES for the spring of 2016.  He spoke to: • The root causes of migration and forced displacement • The impact of US-sponsored border militarization in the region • How people in the US can join the fight to defend the lives and…

Support Honduran Community Radio!

In 2013 PCASC members brought a radio transmitter to a rural community fighting to protect their land from mining companies. This is a video about the project. Today we are working on raising support for another radio project this one located in an urban center that is organizing against ZEDE’s or “Model Cities”. For more information on how to support this project please contact: coreteam@pcasc.net

Third Hunger Strike Begins at the Tacoma Detention Center

Third Hunger Strike Begins at the Tacoma Detention Center
For Immediate Release Monday, November 3, 2014 - 2:15pm Third Hunger Strike Begins at the Tacoma Detention Center At least 200 people stopped eating on Fri. Oct. 31st, and more people will join today Tacoma, WA - Immigrant detainees are putting their bodies on the line for the third time this year, to call attention to the inhumane treatment in the GEO Group detention center. Geo Group, a corporate giant that profits off the unnecessary suffering of those it imprisons for the convenience of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while their civil immigration status is investigated. Advocates are concerned that…

Injured GM workers intensify fight for just settlement; are joined in appeal to CEO Mary Barra by autoworkers’ Union

Injured GM workers intensify fight for just settlement; are joined in appeal to CEO Mary Barra by autoworkers’ Union
​Former GM worker Manuel Ospina dramatized his quest for a fair settlement with GM with a renewed hunger strike and burial to his neck, in full view of the Colombian U.S. Embassy. (El Tiempo photo) BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA― On August 26, 2014, a group of autoworkers dismissed from General Motors after developing permanent disabling injuries on the job, dramatized their appeal for justice by burying injured worker Manuel Ospina in the ground, up to his neck. Ospina's companions, Jorge Parra and Carlos Trujillo - also former assembly line workers at GM Colmotores, sewed their lips shut and vowed to not eat…

Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniv. of End to Family Detention

Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniv. of End to Family Detention
Five years ago immigration advocates praised the Obama administration for closing down the only large-scale detention center for immigrant women and children. Now, in response to the surge of Central American migrants caught at the border after seeking asylum, it has quietly opened two new family detention facilities that have more than 1,200 beds, and cribs. While unaccompanied migrant children have largely been placed with family members already in the country, those who were stopped at the border with their mothers are being treated differently. Democracy Now! has documented how more than 650 women and children, some as young as 18…