Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church [feedly]

Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church
// The Guardian

Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world's poorest people and those who deny it are not using God's gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

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Monday, March 23, 2015

New Gardener Classes for Low-Income Adults

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Seed to Supper/Siembra la Cena


Learn to grow your own food during a five-session introduction to gardening course offered by Marion-Polk Food Share, the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and OSU Extension Master Gardeners. The program highlights practical, low-cost gardening techniques for building, planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting a successful vegetable garden. This class is open to low-income adults (defined as earning an income of $1945 or less per month for one individual).



Two English Courses and Two Spanish Courses:


McKinley Elementary School, 466 McGilchrist Street SE, Salem

Tuesdays from 6-7:30 PM starting March 31st

(in English, childcare and food provided)

* Filling up quickly, limited spaces still available!

Grant Community School, 725 Market Street NE, Salem

Wednesdays from 6-7:30 PM starting April 1st

(in Spanish, childcare and food provided)


Northgate Community Church, 3193 Silverton Road NE, Salem

Saturdays from 10:30-noon starting April 11th

(in Spanish, food provided)


John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Lane N, Keizer

Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM starting April 16th

(in English, snack provided)



Please sign up here: Click Here to Register 



For more information, contact Ingrid at 503-798-0457 or ievjenelias@marionpolkfoodshare.org.










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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WORD: Low-carbon fuel standard is 'phony green symbolism' (Letters to the Editor)

I wish this were not absolutely correct in every respect but, alas, it is.

People who disdain anti-vaccination hysteria as anti-scientific but then turn around and support agrofuels are like the cop who uses a powerful flashlight as a club to smash heads of protestors, making it a weapon rather than a tool of enlightenment.

Low-carbon fuel standard is 'phony green symbolism' (Letters to the Editor) | OregonLive.com
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Why Oregon should leave the death penalty in the Dark Ages where it belongs

If any other industry -- hospitals, transportation, aviation, medicine, food processing -- so regularly got their basic work task so seriously wrong with such lethal consequences, they would be stopped and the parties responsible for the problems held liable for gross recklessness at the least - and that doesn't even address the instances of intentional corruptions of proceedings with perjured testimony and failures to disclose exculpatory evidence.

The basic arrogance the law is shown not just in the hubris of prosecutors but the complete unwillingness of the key players who run the show to subject themselves to it. That prosecutors and capital trial judges have complete immunity for breakdowns and misconduct committed in prosecutions is a ringing testament to their actual views about whether the system is trustworthy and reliable:

They have absolute faith in the system, so long as they are not themselves subject to it.

‘It was fundamentally unfair.’ A prosecutor apologizes for his role in putting an innocent man on death row - The Washington Post


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Child laborers poisoned -- in the US?!

I've just signed this important petition at Avaaz demanding the US stop allowing tobacco companies to hire children to work the fields.

Join me here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/us_ban_child_labor_full_/?kiMcPdb

Great opportunity to do important paid work in Salem: Open Position at MPFS

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Hello gardeners, 


I wanted to alert you all of an open job posting here at the Food Share.  Applications are being accepted now; see below for full details.




Jared Hibbard-Swanson

Farm and Garden Program Manager



Summary of role - Agency Relations Coordinator

MPFS supports a network of over 100 partner charities that directory distribute food to the local community. The Agency Relations Coordinator is responsible for supporting our partnering food pantries and meal sites through monitoring, data tracking and other agency network coordination efforts.


Statement of Purpose:

Maximize the impact of Marion-Polk Food Share by fostering positive relationships with Partner Agencies and supporting an effective Partner Agency network.

Areas of Responsibility and Tasks:

  • Provide excellent customer service to our network of food pantry and meal site managers and volunteers.  
  • Conduct biyearly monitoring and occasional extra assessments of pantries and meal sites. Ensure adherence to network, state and federal standards and regulations.
  • Collect and compile agency network statistics.
  • Assist partners in becoming interconnected with neighborhood and regional resources to provide client referrals.
  • Assist in implementation of client-focused agency best practices, education and programming in the MPFS partner agency network.
  • Understand partner agency financial support needs and coordinate requests to obtain funding.  
  • Analyze and compile reports of client service data. Produce reports for Agency Relations Manager and other Marion-Polk Food Share Departments.
  • Proactively build positive relationships with partners that encourage a culture of trust, collaboration and philanthropy.
  • Assist with coordination of Spring Break Lunch and nutrition education programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Proficiency Requirements:


  • High School diploma or equivalent; college degree or some college preferred.
  • Comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including families in crisis, non-English speakers, seniors and faith-based organizations.
  • Able to keep up with a work environment of frequent interruptions and tight schedule while maintaining a high level of organization and communication.
  • Good oral and written communication skills required.
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and comfortable learning new computer programs.
  • One year minimum experience in customer service or social service related position preferred.
  • Experience with data entry or data collection a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish desired.
  • Must support the mission of Marion-Polk Food Share.


Posting Details:

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Wage: Starts at $13.00 - $15.00/hour. DOE.


Status:This is a .75 FTE, temporary position, with the duration of at least 1 year. Continuation of position after 1 year is possible. As a temporary position, this position does not include health benefits. Prorated sick, vacation and holiday leave are included with this position.


How to apply:


Send 1) MPFS completed general application, 2) resume and 3) cover letter to careers@marionpolkfoodshare.org or deliver to 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301. 

Emailed applications preferred.


Download the MPFS general application at http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/ContactUs/Careers.aspxs.


For questions about the position contact Megan Rivera, Agency Relations Manager, at mrivera@marionpolkfoodshare.org.  


Deadline to apply: Friday March 27, 2015, 5pm.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Global warming rates are about to hit the gas, researchers find

Global warming rates are about to hit the gas, researchers find -- science roundup (photos, videos) | OregonLive.com
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The One Comic That Explains Just How Screwed America Is

Oh, and add Germany to the list of sane countries too. While the GOP and war profiteers try to start a war with Iran, sane countries gape with astonishment at the U.S.: The Empire That Couldn't Be Beaten and So Decided to Destroy Itself Instead


Monday, March 9, 2015

Letter from witness casts further doubt on 2004 Texas execution - The Washington Post [feedly]

Reminder 28476 about "How the death penalty actually works," or "why prosecutors and judges should have no immunity in capital trials."

(Anyone who thinks the system is so good that it is reliable enough to kill with can surely have no objection to not having personal immunity from prosecution for putting a thumb on the scale to ensure the "right" result, right?)

Letter from witness casts further doubt on 2004 Texas execution - The Washington Post
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Empire Striking Back: Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar

An obscene campaign that puts electric utility execs and revolving door regulators on the same level as tobacco execs who claimed not to know smoking was hazardous or addictive.

Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar - The Washington Post
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