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Report Back from COP21 – Climate Justice Panel

Report Back from COP21 – Climate Justice Panel
WHEN: January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm WHERE: 18th Ave. Peace House 2116 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97212 USA COST:  Free Following the Paris Climate Talks, many world leaders and big green groups were quick to claim victory. But what really happened in Paris? Where is the final agreement taking us, what are the implications for climate justice and where does our movement need to go? We’ll hear from Jill Stein, Maralena Murphy, Ptery Leight and Virginia Wiseman, all of whom were in Paris, about the talks and the role the grassroots in Portland can play…

Beehive Tour this Thursday and Cascade Media Convergence Nov. 14th and 15th

Beehive Tour this Thursday and Cascade Media Convergence Nov. 14th and 15th
Join PCASC, Portland Rising Tide and KBOO at Reed College 7-9pm this Thursday for a presentation from the Beehive Design Collective! also... Many of you have heard about the 2nd Annual Cascade Media Convergence at PSU next weekend (Nov. 14th &15th).  There are a few great Latin American related events at the conference. Film maker Jessee Freeston will be in town on Friday night (November 13th) for his Portland debut of his latest film Resistencia at Annares Infoshop.  Heres the FB link! And PCASCers Rachael and Dany are presenting on radio in Honduras too! http://2015.cascademedia.cc/  

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

Join us this Thursday!

We will be having a meeting @ the office Thursday 9/17 @ 7pm open to everyone who's interested in PCASC and our work! Come and learn more about our current campaigns in Colombia, Honduras and Chile as well as community collaboration work to stop North West detention centers. If you have something you would like to bring to the meeting please send an email to coreteam@pcasc.net See you soon!

PCASC Transitions to All Volunteer Organization!

PCASC Transitions to All Volunteer Organization!
Hola Compañer@s! We are going through some exciting changes here at PCASC! After serious reflection on how to best continue our work supporting the people of Central and South America, we have made the decision to transform PCASC into an all volunteer organization in order to strengthen our commitment to this work. The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee has been home to many people in Portland’s radical community who oppose the United States’ policies of violence and repression of the people across the Americas. Beginning with the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua in 1979, we have supported struggles, from the people’s…

No to Fast Track for the TPP

No to Fast Track for the TPP
PCASC and our friends at PCHRP (Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines) On Saturday, January 3, PCASC joined with the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign and other organizations to urge Sen. Ron Wyden to abandon his support for fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Fast tracking could further limit debate and hasten the passage of the agreement, negotiated in secret and described as "NAFTA on steroids." More than 20 years later, the devastating effects of North American Free Trade Agreement are well documented. NAFTA has displaced farmers and increased poverty in Mexico. Subsequent free trade agreements (FTAs) have had…

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…

PCASC Stands with Francisco Aguirre

PCASC Stands with Francisco Aguirre
  September 29, 2014   Francisco Aguirre is a valued member of our community who has worked for many years in support of immigrants' rights and worker empowerment. Sadly, he is now being targeted by the unjust US immigration system. The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee is steadfast in standing with Francisco and fighting immigration policies that divide communities.   Days ago, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) showed up at Francisco's home without a warrant. When Francisco refused to answer their questions, the agents left and Francisco took sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church. He remains in sanctuary with…

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…