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Egypt: Seeds of change

February 9, 2011 – People & Power reveals the story behind the unprecedented political protests in Egypt. Over the course of a remarkable fortnight, People & Power has been filming exclusively behind the scenes with a core group of young activists.

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People & Power reveals the story behind the unprecedented political protests in Egypt. Over the course of a remarkable fortnight, People&Power has been filming exclusively behind the scenes with a core group of young activists.

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The Empowered Voices Media Project tells the truth!

Almost a year ago, Sisters Of The Road partnered with Portland Community Media to bring trainings to the café centered around learning how to use media technology to tell stories and share truth around homelessness and poverty. These stories are available on EVMP’s Youtube Channel!

At the time 5 community members elected to take the trainings and over this last year, they created 12 amazing short documentaries and photo journals touching on subjects ranging from access to bathrooms and criminalization of people who are sleeping outside to how Sisters sources it’s food and the effects of the calamity of homelessness on women and children living on the streets of Portland.

The EVMP culminated in a Film Festival on December 12th that brought together not only EVMP shorts but also films by other local organizations working with youth and immigrant workers as well as more established film makers like Brian Lindstrom (Finding Normal and the upcoming Alien Boy: the life and death of James Chasse).  The festival drew over 160 people and the overwhelming response was “We need more of this!”

Well, here we are about to embark on phase two and we are going strong and growing!  Over the next year, 12 new EVMP members will receive the same trainings and begin working on photo projects, covering community events and actions, and documenting the stories of people experiencing homelessness and poverty.  While the new members receive the core trainings around using video editing software (Final Cut Pro) and Hi-def cameras, the first class of 5 will receive more advanced trainings such as lighting techniques and how to compress videos to share them more effectively through social networking sites and other online resources like Vimeo and Youtube.

The EVMP already has a list of upcoming events and a plan to gather stories, experiences and truths from the Sisters community that will be used in projects highlighting health, housing, and civil rights issues.  Participants in the EVMP will compliment their technical prowess with training centered around understanding messaging and how the mainstream media works (or doesn’t work) to “spin” its views and the views of its corporate sponsors.

The EVMP will also be creating a documentary on Sisters Of The Road that will begin the process of putting in one place the milestones, voices, successes, struggles and philosophies of an organization that has existed for over 30 years.

ALL of the EVMP members are from the Sisters community and they are being joined by cross class allies who bring skills and abilities to the table that will expand the reach and accessibility of all the projects created by EVMP members.  This includes partnerships that we are building with other local grassroots media organizations like the B-Media collective.

The EVMP will host another film festival in December 2011. It will create powerful media and share that work with communities far and wide.  You are invited to see all the work to date on EVMP’s Youtube Channel!  Subscribe to our “channel”, post comments,  and ask questions! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Despite the ecological, social and cultural benefits community gardens produce, many such garden spaces around the United States face the threat of eviction. 


 The Henderson Community Garden, tended by about 25 Hmong families for 20 years, is located on land owned by the city of Eureka and cyclically faces the threat of being taken over by the city to be developed for other more capital intensive purposes. There are a number of community gardens that have dealt with the same threat of dispossession of the land they have been tending.  


We have recently launched a campaign to bring these communities together to find solutions through zoning changes or other creative avenues to change this pattern.  Our first event was a movie screening – of The Garden, a documentary about a similar drama that unfolded in Los Angeles on a 13-acre community farm.  We screened the movie in English, with Spanish subtitles and Hmong interpretation.  


How can you get involved???  Help us doorknock in the neighborhood; help us learn about zoning laws to figure out what we should ask for; interpret in Spanish or Hmong for our meetings; help us do outreach for the movie night. For more information call Elena 499.4659 or e-mail elenamor13@yahoo.com

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The Icarus Project will be meeting this Saturday, March 26th in the little back room in Has Beans from 4-5pm. We will be discussing the topic what radical mental health means to you.

Love Madly,
Northcoast Icarus

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Crooked Beauty
Just as a heads-up, we’ll be watching/discussing the film Crooked Beauty at the Community Wellness Center (908 7th Street, Eureka) at 5:30 on March 24. We can plan details at our next meeting, but for now, put it on your calendars and start inviting your mad friends and allies to come with you!

Raven Project
We’ll be doing a brief, informal presentation at Raven on March 17th. For those who want to help, let’s get together and plan! I’ll contact people who I know were interested to set up a time, or let me know if you want to be included and we haven’t talked yet.

Other Exciting Things
We’re making plans for an art show, talking about a potential tabling/workshop opportunity, putting up fliers for March meetings (I’ll make you copies for you if you need some to distribute), and doing other things I’m forgetting about!

This Month’s Meetings
They’re still the 12th and 26th at 4:30 p.m. in the little back room at Has Beans.

Feel free to email with questions–and we hope you show up for whatever interests you so we can share creativity, plans,and support! nc.icarus@gmail.com

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