This holiday season community members are organizing a variety of events to support those in need and provide alternatives to corporate greed and demonstrate what people over profit really looks like. On Nov. 30th, Occupy Portland gave away 110 free Christmas trees
in less than 3 hours. On Saturday, Dec. 8th, there will be a Holiday Free Store
from 1pm to 5pm in the basement of the Occupy Portland office.
for more information or if you want to volunteer or have things to donate.
Overpass Light Brigade:
Inspired by a group from Wisconsin, called the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB), a group of individuals in Portland have come together to form their own brigade of lights. Maybe you’ve seen them on your commute to or from work? Shining messages in the night, the OLB provides a creative way for groups to get their messages out to the community. On Black Friday, OLB-PDX stood in solidarity with the striking Wal-Mart workers.
To contact the OLB-PDX to display a message or to learn more about what they are up to, “like” their Facebook page
Don’t Move Out!:
On Saturday, December 15th, We Are Oregon
(WAO) and Dill Pickle Club
(DPC) partner to release “Don’t Move Out! Foreclosure resistance in Portland”
. 5,000 of the full-color over-sized posters (35″ x 22.5”) will be distributed for free to property owners facing evictions, as well as made available in libraries, small businesses and community gathering places. The poster, which unfolds in a map-style layout, is intricately illustrated by comic artist Jesse Reklaw, and is translated in Spanish on the back.
For more information about the event, visit the Dill Pickle Club website
. To learn more about the continued resistance against foreclosure in Portland or to volunteer to help people stay in their homes, call the foreclosure and eviction defense hotline: 971-266-4311
Occupy the Shelters:
Occupy The Shelters is one of the many projects to have come out of the Occupy Portland movement. We began this project last year and are now in our second year of helping to keep overnight winter shelters open to those in need. Recently, due to the increase in need, several churches in the Portland area have opened their spaces as shelters for the houseless. To continue to offer their spaces as shelters, these churches are asking the community to join them in responding to the needs of the houseless.
Please connect with Elmira to get involved in this outreach project at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Common Cup Shelter, please visit http://commoncupshelter.org/.
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