Monday, April 13, 2015

A must read: Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instruction for young children

We're definitely letting schooling interfere with their educations ... 

Report debunks 'earlier is better' academic instruction for young children - The Washington Post
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The sugar lobby’s sour tactics

Like the other great industry built on slavery (tobacco), sugar has no intention of letting the fact that its product harms users get in the way of its profits.

The sugar lobby's sour tactics - The Washington Post
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

After the Rally Against Fast-Track Corporate Takeover, 7 p.m. Salem Progressive Film Series!

The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers... until now.

Tomorrow, at 5 p.m. Rally against the Fast Track to Hell, with Foreign Corporations Trumping US Laws

Thanks to Wikileaks, we got a peek into the secret 'investment chapter' of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It's just as bad as we expected.

One particular clause regarding disputes between corporations and governments would establish courts that would allow corporations to sue for loss of "expected profits” if a government passed any laws to regulate dangerous products or business practices. This would effectively allow corporations to circumvent environmental standards, labor laws, and product safety protections established by governments to protect its citizens. We can already see the harm this could cause in places like Australia and Togo, where Phillip Morris sued the governments for millions as a result of stricter laws on tobacco packaging.

It's easy to see other areas where corporations would love to sue governments. McDonald's filed suit in Washington State in reaction to Seattle's groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law. Imagine how many companies could try to spin things like sick leave or maternity leave as policies that cut into their profits.

The TPP is a dangerous deal that will erode our democracy. We have to ensure that Oregon legislators stand with working families, when it comes time to vote.

Join us for a rally to ensure that Rep. Kurt Schrader is on the right side of this deal.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 5PM
Rep. Kurt Schrader’s Salem office
544 Ferry Street, S.E., Ste. 2, Salem, OR 97301

In a recent poll by Public Policy Polling, a whopping 73% of Oregonians were opposed to fast tracking TPP. We’re going to make sure that all of Oregon’s Congressional delegates know that Oregonians won’t stand for secret trade deals that hurt our economy, our environment, and our families.

Meet us April 9th to get the word out about the fast track.

Oregon Innocence Project: This is Innocence event on May 14th

Please join me in supporting an important cause:  the Oregon Innocence Project's  This is Innocence event.  It's on Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 pm, at the Mercy Corps Action Center.  Tickets are $125 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer.  The ticket sales go towards supporting the critical work of exonerating the innocent in Oregon's prisons and training the next generation of public interest lawyers.  Tickets can be purchased here:
OIP is hosting guest speaker Jennifer Thompson, a rape victim who wrongly identified her attacker and sent the wrong person to prison.  DNA later freed that man, Ronald Cotton, and the two wrote a book together about the unreliability of eyewitness identification and the beauty in forgiveness called  Picking Cotton .
Also speaking will be Rep. Jennifer Williamson from House Dist. 36 and Steve Wax, OIP's Legal Director.  More about the event can be found at their website:
I hope you can join me in supporting this worthwhile cause and come out for a great evening.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Oregon Innocence Project's Associate Director, Amie Wexler, at

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Appalling - Rep. Kurt Schrader sells out Oregon, Signs on with Monsanto

Last week, Rep. Pompeo (R-Kansas) introduced a bill that would prohibit state efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs), and unfortunately your member of Congress,
Rep. Schrader, is co-sponsoring the bill.

This is Monsanto's dream bill — it would prohibit states from requiring labels for GMO foods, and even states that have already passed GMO labeling laws would be prevented from implementing their laws. Your Representative needs to hear from you that their support of this bill is not acceptable.

Rep. Schrader is siding with corporate interests instead of the more than 90% of Americans who support the labeling of GMOs. This is an impressive consensus, one that we don't see on many issues in the U.S., and it should be a clear sign to your legislator that they are on the wrong side of this issue!

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an industry group that represents corporations like Monsanto, Nestlé and Dow, has put a lot of pressure on representatives to support this bill. This is just one of the many ways that these corporations are trying to keep GMO labeling from becoming the law. In states that had labeling laws on the ballot, the industry has spent over $80 million to oppose labeling efforts.

It's not too late for your representative to withdraw their support. There's a chance that they weren't aware of the full impact this bill could have, and if they hear from enough of their constituents, they could do the right thing to give us the right to know what's in our food.
Make sure Rep. Schrader hears from you: don't listen to Big Food, listen to your constituents and withdraw from Monsanto's dream bill.

Thanks for taking action,

Sarah Alexander
Deputy Organizing Director
Food & Water Watch

New favorite! Patty's Off-Center Cafe -- 5 Stars easy

Where the old one was, in the strip on the NE corner of 17th and Center. Amazing food, friendly folks, clean and bright, nothing pre-cooked.

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

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

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 



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