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Theater of the Oppressed 1/8/12

Saturday January 8th, 2012

1:30-3:30 @ People’s Co-op community room (upstairs)

3029 Southeast 21st Avenue  Portland, OR 97202

come prepared to move, play, and have fun

free! open to all ages!

 

Theater is a channel for knowledge; it is the art of looking at our selves and can be a means of transforming society. Brazilian theater activist, Augusto Boal, created Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.) in the 1960’s out of a belief that “we can make this world a place where we can be happy in rather than just a vast market place in which we sell our goods and our souls”. In Theater of the Oppressed there are no spectators. The fourth wall of traditional theater is abolished and spectators become ‘spect-actors’. The spect-actors are the participants in the creation of the drama – it is their conflict, their worlds, and their life experiences that we wish to address.

By giving the participants power in the creation of the action, they are being transformed and prepared to participate in the theater of life. Using the various techniques and activities outlined in the Theater of the Oppressed doctrine, spect-actors uncover the root causes of problems and what internal and external factors block them from effective action. They are able to “see” their problem, “analyze” it and “act” to change the situation.

More about Theatre of the Oppressed and our workshop presenter: http://lebendig.org/to/to.htm

 

11/13 Keep Coal Out of the Northwest! A Teach In/Strategy Session

Sunday, November 13 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Tabor Space, Muir Hall
5441 Southeast Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215
As the market for coal in the US falls, Big Coal threatens to open the Northwest as a gateway for coal export. The town of Longview, WA, 60 miles north of Portland, is facing a proposal from Millennium Bulk Logistics (a subsidiary of Big Coal giants Ambre Energy and Arch Coal) to become the second largest coal export terminal in the world, exporting up to 80 million tons of coal annually. Boardman, St. Helen’s and Coos Bay, OR as well as Bellingham, WA are all at some stage of talks with Big Coal companies.Coal is the most carbon intensive fuel on the market and responsible for 80% of global warming emissions in the US.Coal companies have destroyed the American landscape through dangerous mining practices and labor violations.

Each of the open air coal cars on the mile long trains headed to the export terminals would release 500 pounds of coal into the air, land and water during transit. Current export proposals would require up to 50 coal trains each day coming from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.

Come enjoy coffee and snacks with Portland Rising Tide as we discuss these and other dirty tricks that Big Coal has in store for us. Share your vision for a coal-free existence and strategize with us on how we can stand up to dirty energy and keep coal out of the Northwest!

Rising Tide Portland Undead Army Descends on BOA

One Arrested at Anti-Coal Zombie March Targeting Bank of America

 

Portland Rising Tide, a direct action environmental group confronting the root causes of climate change resurrected the first ever undead zombie army against coal. On Monday October 31st, the zombie army against coal marched from Occupy Portland at 3:00 PM to two Bank of America branches in downtown Portland. One protestor, Tim Swenson, was arrested in the protest for allegedly putting red corn syrup on the exterior of the Bank of America on 2nd and Morrison. Nearly 100 zombies participated in the march.

 

Twenty police officers in partial riot gear arrived at the Bank of America as the protestors were leaving. Police grabbed Swenson as the protestors were leaving the site.

 

A spokes-zombie for Portland Rising Tide, David Osborn, stated, “The connections between Bank of America, coal and climate change are too strong to ignore and too devastating to our future to not act against. We call for the immediate release of Tim Swenson and for Bank of America, the true criminal, to be held to account for its actions.

 

Currently, the cities of Longview and Cherry Point, Washington, are facing proposals to export up to 140 million tons of coal annually. Six other ports across the Northwest are in talks with coal export companies. If constructed, the export terminals will bring up to 26 mile-long trains through the Columbia River gorge, releasing 500 pounds of coal dust per car.  Bank of America is the highest lender to coal companies across the nation. Portland Rising Tide will continue to oppose any coal export terminals in the Northwest and other destructive fossil fuel projects.

 

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Dance Party Shakes Bank of America

Protesters from Occupy Portland and Portland Rising Tide confront Bank of America with a dance off in the lobby of their corporate office tower in downtown Portland.

A march left Occupy Portland Monday afternoon and headed for the Bank of America tower and financial building which houses corporate offices of this thieving corporation. Thirty five protesters entered the building and kicked off a rowdy dance party in the lobby, playing on bucket drums and rhythm sticks. The Bank of America branch immediately locked its doors, preventing protesters from bringing the dance party inside

As this debauchery disrupted business as usual in the tower lobby and the bank branch and mortgage center, a small group of individuals took the elevator to the seventeenth floor to deliver letters to corporate employees demanding that Bank of America cease and desist its funding of coal mining across the country and coal export projects in the northwest. Copies of the letter were also taped all over on the bottom floor of the building, and educational fliers handed out to passers-by and bank customers, urging them to mover their money to local credit unions.

Climate activists have been targeting Bank of America branches over the past year in Portland and beyond for the company’s financing of coal. Proposed coal export terminals threaten the Northwest in Longview and Bellingham, Wahington, as well as St. Helens and Coos Bay, Oregon. These terminals seek to export up to 80 million tons of domestic coal annually to growing Asian markets, in stark contrast to the recent achievements Oregonians have made in moving away from dirty coal fired power plants. While Bank of America gets the profits off of their investment in the world’s most dirty energy source, the rest of the world gets the devastating side effects such as natural disasters fueled by climate change, health problems from living near coal plants, rail-lines or export facilities, and forced removal from our homes and land to allow for coal mining.

Activists told left the bank, saying they would keep coming back as long as they continued to finance coal and profit off of the destruction of our health, climate, and communities. The march continued to the Wells Fargo tower where activists were no allowed entry, but an employee from inside came out to discuss issues of corporate power with protesters.

Facilitation Workshop

Facilitation Workshop: How to Have Effective, Empowering Meetings

Date: 12/4/11
Time: 2:00-6:00
Place: TBD

Are you a local activist or organizer who would like to hone your facilitation skills? Are you tired of leaving meetings feeling drained or like you just wasted hours of your life? Looking for some new tools to make group process work more efficient and enjoyable?  Join us on 12/4/11 for a four-hour training in how to facilitate a good group process that makes space for everyone’s voice to be heard while keeping the process rolling. This training will focus on what drives an effective, efficient group process, including anti-oppression principles and tools for facilitators in various challenging situations. All are welcome!

Please also check out our other future events and workshops!


Facilitation Workshop: How to Have Effective, Empowering Meetings

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Are you a local activist or organizer who would like to hone your facilitation skills? Are you tired of leaving meetings feeling drained or like you just wasted hours of your life? Looking for some new tools to make group process work more efficient and enjoyable?  Join us on XXXXXX for a two-hour training in how to facilitate a good group process that makes space for everyone’s voice to be heard while keeping the process rolling. This training will focus on what drives an effective, efficient group process, including anti-oppression principles and tools for facilitators in various challenging situations. All are welcome! 

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