Friday, June 24, 2016

WORD - An essential reminder for Salem

Communities exist for the health and enjoyment of those who live in them,
not for the convenience of those who drive through them, fly over them, or exploit their real estate for profit.

---- Theodore Roszak, "Where the Wasteland Ends."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Important free film -- "Trapped" -- June 28, 6:30 p.m.

A free public screening and discussion of the documentary 
6:30-8 PM (doors open at 6)
at the 
Salem Public Library, 
Anderson Rooms

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the biggest abortion case in decades, which challenges a Texas law that has forced more than half of the state's abortion providers to close. We are getting a sense of the very real impact these restrictions have on women, and it's deeply disturbing: Researchers estimate that up to 240,000 Texas women already have tried to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance.

Great idea for Downtown Salem -- Nonprofit Public Tech Space Supports Learning and Economy

Nonprofit Public Tech Space Supports Learning and Economy | Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

The dead SJ press plant between the Transit Mall and Courthouse Square and the YMCA would be a perfect location.

Nonprofit Public Tech Space Supports Learning and Economy


3D Printer / Luke Jones

May 31, 2016; NPR, "All Tech Considered"

NPQ has previously covered the movement to include maker spaces in libraries. Today, we're looking at Do Space, a unique nonprofit setup housed in a former Borders bookstore in Omaha, Nebraska. The location, right in the heart of Omaha at its busiest intersection, was chosen for its proximity to a transit hub, allowing for easy access via bus. And access is the point—the goal of Do Space is to offer technology at a high level to all, but especially to those who don't have access elsewhere.

The space sees itself as a "technology library, a digital workshop, and an innovation playground." The director, Rebecca Stavick, describes it this way: "I've always thought of libraries as places full of tools. Books are tools, scrolls are tools, computers are tools."

Do Space opened last winter and is now offering its first summer programs. Membership is open to all, and is free save for the cost of printing materials. Do Space has 3-D printers, laser cutters, and powerful PCs with current software, including AutoCAD software for drafting and design. High schools students take classes in design here, and entrepreneurs use the space to run small multimedia businesses with the approval of the Omaha Public Library, which has partnered with the space but leaves it as a separate entity.

What makes this space unique is the funding behind it. Seven million dollars in donations came from a coalition of Omaha philanthropists known as Heritage Services and were used to renovate the building and pay for its high-speed Internet and cutting-edge hardware. Heritage Services created a nonprofit corporation, Community Information Trust, to oversee and run the tech space.

Do Space's partnership with OPL allows it to offer ebooks via a kiosk. Metropolitan Community College, another partnership, occupies 10,000 square feet on the second floor to offer a range of classes to meet the needs of previously underserved audiences, including older adults and job seekers. There's a mentoring program available whereby anyone can ask for aid in learning new skills; just fill out the online form and an attempt will be made to match them with a mentor.

According to those behind the idea, the success of Do Space will be measured not just by who frequents the space, but the ways it is used. Additionally, due to its innovative aspects, some city leaders hold hopes of economic development in the immediate area surrounding Do Space.—Jeanne Allen

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Undernews: Department of Good Stuff: Book bike

June 16, 2016

Department of Good Stuff: Book bike


In an effort to spread a love of libraries and the joys of reading, one Los Angeles librarian is taking books to the streets with a Book Bike. From her three-wheeled bike, which carries 250 pounds of books, Ednita Kelly has given away over 5,000 free books. The library project is a way for her to encourage kids to read and to connect the job she loves with her community.

Kelly works at the San Pedro library branch, but she travels throughout the city giving away books. She's regularly mistaken for an ice cream vendor, but she doesn't mind. Judging from the response to "the Book Bike lady," she elicits smiles, conversation and an interest in reading.

As one youngster says, "It makes me want to read more, because reading is fun."

Building on the success of the first book bike, the Los Angeles library system plans to expand the project. The Arroyo Seco branch recently got a book bike and the library says more are on the way.

Get Fired Up! (For Art)

Did you know that the potters and instructors at the Willamette Art Center volunteer their time and talent to produce over 1000 Empty Bowls every year to benefit the hungry through Marion Polk Food Share?

During the 9 years of its operation the WAC has donated over $100,000 to Food Share. The Willamette Art Center is a community resource. There are classes for everyone, and studio time can be purchased for a mere $10 a day. Plus family Clay Sunday will start again in September. Also the Willamette ARt Center produces the Artisans' Village for the State Fair. 

June 25, 2016 - June 25, 2016

Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Available Spaces: Unlimited


We are ALL FIRED UP and ready to go, for our second annual benefit auction. The event will be held on Saturday June 25th from 7 – 9 PM at the Santiam Room of the Salem Conference Center. 

All Fired UP for Art will feature 2D and ceramic art from some of the valley's finest artists. There will be ALL Fired Up hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and exciting new art for your viewing and bidding. Reservations go on sale on May 29th. 

They will be ready for you at the door with your program. Also, admission will be on sale at the door for $30. Parking at the Convention Center is free.

The All Fired Up for ART Benefit Auction helps the Willamette Art Center in providing a pottery center with classes for everyone at reasonable prices. All Fired Up for Art insures that our community outreach continues. 

These programs include the Empty Bowls project benefiting Marion Polk Food Share, Artisans' Village at the State Fair, Family Clay Sunday and scholarships for needy students.

Tickets go on sale beginning May 23th


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cap hospital CEO salaries!

This gets at the heart of things ... In addition to all the piracy of Big Pharma and medical equipment and device makers, the skyrocketing overhead burden in health care is a huge contributor to the dead weight loss that has given us the world's most expensive, unsystematic "system" of care with "bottom of class" quality and tens of thousands of medically caused deaths and injuries a year.

Capping pay for the CEO at the top of the pyramid is an excellent start.

$450K Cap Proposed on Hospital CEO Salaries in California

Are pay cuts in store for California's for-profit and nonprofit hospital CEOs?