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Write Around Portland
01/05/2021

Write Around Portland

The arrival of a new year gives us an opportunity to pause, to set intentions, to be open to the expanse of time and space all around us. This piece by Katsumata Chieko, one of the most widely recognized women ceramists in Japan, offers a way to enter into that expanse, that openness, that empty vessel of a fresh start, while also being mindful of the many ways we are ‘contained’ right now, and may be feeling the restrictions and difficulties of our continued pandemic days. We invite you to spend some time writing today, using this piece as inspiration.

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. ⌚️ Set a timer for 10 mins and just keep your pen moving.

✍Starting now... / Looking ahead…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Portland Art Museum for the art inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the winter. Please share your work with us! Write Around Portland @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM

Katsumata Chieko (Japanese, born 1950). “Akoda (Pumpkin),” 2014. Stoneware with pigment. Gift of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, 2017.70.4 © unknown, research required

[Image descriptions: 1. Akoda (Pumpkin), Katsumata Chieko, 16 ⅛ inches x 16 ⅛ inches x 16 ⅛ inches, stoneware with pigment. The ceramic object is pumpkin-like, laying on its side at a ¾ turn to the left. It has bulbous, ridged sections that wrap around to the center, which is open and caving in on itself. The bulging sections seem to taper off to small nubs and become freed from each other as they curl inward towards the dark hollow at the center. There is a pale, minty green underlayer of pigment with bright red pigment applied here and there to the bumpy ridges that gradually increases until all around the opening is completely red. 2. The pumpkin viewed from a different angle, with the stem area terminating in the foreground, though there is no stem depicted. The texture is pale, minty green underlaid with bright red pigment. 3. The pumpkin viewed from a 3rd angle, now with the stem area pointed left and the opening not visible.]

Children Of Inmates
12/01/2020

Children Of Inmates

Well, we can't give out toys to our kids this way during the pandemic.

So we are bringing toys, directly and safely, to our children's homes across Florida.

Can you help us buy gifts for more children? Please consider a donation (any amount will help): gf.me/u/y9a82q

Children Of Inmates
12/01/2020

Children Of Inmates

It’s #GivingTuesday -- please support our efforts to help our children get through the pandemic.

Your support will help us buy food, educational resources, toys, and household essentials for their families at this time of great need.

Before the pandemic, many of our children were already struggling with poverty. Now they are getting hit even harder.

Help us help our children.

Donate here: gf.me/u/y9a82q

09/27/2020
Bikers Against Child Abuse International
08/04/2020

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

Northern Massachusetts 100 Mile Ride

Bikers Against Child Abuse International
07/28/2020

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

Praeses Chapter of the UK - 100 Mile

07/18/2020
Shay Walters-From Prison to Purpose

Shay Walters-From Prison to Purpose

Loving a drug addict or an active alcoholic is the hardest thing you will ever do. Watching someone you love, who has fought so hard to beat addiction, throw everything away and sink back into a life that will most likely lead to jail or death, is one of the hardest things you will ever do. All you wanted was to help them back to a clean and sober life but you realize by doing this, as you have before, will now just be enabling them because it will show them that you will always be there to bail them out. You want to grab and shake them and say "What are you doing?!?!" But, at some point you realize that it wouldn't make a difference. So you sit back and watch the tragedy unfold, as if you are watching a movie. Feeling helpless to stop it, feeling like you haven't done enough to help, even though you know only the addict can help themselves.
Battling a drug and/or an alcohol addiction is a beast for the person addicted and the ones who love them. So l am asking you to stand with me in prayer for every family member and friend who has lost or is losing their battle with drugs and alcohol and those who continue to conquer it! Put this on your page for one hour if you know someone who has or had an addiction. Many will be hesitant to share this. Some of you won't, but I think I know the ones who will. And thanks ❤

The UO is looking to conduct short, remote interviews with parents with conviction histories in exchange for a $30 gift ...
07/17/2020

The UO is looking to conduct short, remote interviews with parents with conviction histories in exchange for a $30 gift card!

If you know any parents with conviction histories who could benefit from this opportunity, please share this flyer with them. The interviews will help the UO build an awesome program that supports parents with conviction histories!

Federal judge: San Quentin COVID-19 outbreak result of 'significant failure'
06/24/2020
Federal judge: San Quentin COVID-19 outbreak result of 'significant failure'

Federal judge: San Quentin COVID-19 outbreak result of 'significant failure'

A federal judge wiped away tears Friday as he addressed an increasingly disastrous coronavirus outbreak at San Quentin prison, calling the recent transfer of infected prisoners to the facility a “significant failure of policy and planning.”

Bikers Against Child Abuse International
06/23/2020

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

Minnesota - Bluff Valley Chapter 100 Mile Ride. Visit www.bacaworld.org for local chapters and contact information.

06/17/2020
Represent Justice

https://www.facebook.com/werepjustice/videos/588831421725381/

#REPRESENTJUSTICE Ambassador Jarrett Harper spent the first 16 years of his life in multiple abusive foster homes as a troubled, at-risk foster youth that experienced unimaginable trauma by an abuser who befriended him as a little boy. That toxic encounter consumed Jarrett with shame and anger, which led him to take the life of his abuser in an attempt to protect himself and his younger brother. At the age of just 17-years-old, Jarrett received a life sentence without the possibility of parole plus ten years.

Here in America, we treat children, particularly youth of color, who get entangled with legal issues cruelly, casting aside their situations, youthfulness and human rights. We are the only country that sentences children to die in prison by sentencing people under 18 to life-without-parole.

We stand with Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in continuing to fight for the abolishment of life without parole for juveniles and more fairness and mercy in sentencing overall.

Visit the link in our bio to check out the full #ProjectWitness series.

06/11/2020
Abraham Valdez has been a guest on our show. He has continue to grow his life and now he is making these shirts to show ...
05/28/2020

Abraham Valdez has been a guest on our show. He has continue to grow his life and now he is making these shirts to show "strength and courage" and help to make a change.

Bikers Against Child Abuse International
05/28/2020

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

July 18th - Wisconsin Child Abuse Awareness Ride. Visit Wisconsin.bacaworld.org for contact information.

Bikers Against Child Abuse International
05/26/2020

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

July 18th 2020 - Niagara Falls 100 Mile Ride. Visit www.bacaworld.org for contact information.

Oregon State Penitentiary inmate with COVID-19 dies
05/21/2020
Oregon State Penitentiary inmate with COVID-19 dies

Oregon State Penitentiary inmate with COVID-19 dies

SALEM, ore. – An inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary died in the hospital Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, the state Department of Corrections (DOC) said. The inmate was between 50 and 60 years old. As of Thursday, corrections officials say 38 employees and 148 in-custody adu...

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
05/18/2020
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there m...

05/16/2020
Blue October

Blue October

Blue October are excited to announce the release of the documentary film Get Back Up on Thursday, May 21st on GetBackUp.tv. Six years in the making; hitting every hurdle put in front of us, but it is here. On May 21st we are featuring 4 different livestream events plus you'll be able to rent or purchase digital versions of the film.

Gain access here: www.getbackup.tv

If you have previously ordered a physical DVD/BluRay through either PledgeMusic or our Get Back Up store, you will receive an email this week with direct updates on your order.

Note: Livestream events are not a rental or purchase of the film. The livestream event will start with a live introduction from Justin, a single screening of the film and end with a live Q&A session with Justin.

Oregon to give $384 per child to families who get free or reduced-price school meals
05/06/2020
Oregon to give $384 per child to families who get free or reduced-price school meals

Oregon to give $384 per child to families who get free or reduced-price school meals

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon plans to give money to families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals - even if they have continued to receive meals from their school since campuses closed in March. The Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits will give the families of 351,000 students...

05/06/2020
VICE

VICE

The ex-cons and former addicts of the Disciples Motorcycle Club have kicked their bad habits, swearing off a life of crime and substance abuse.

Now, they ride for Jesus: http://bit.ly/2ohAKt4

Finding Balance as We Try to Make Sense of These Pandemic Days — Native News Online
05/04/2020
Finding Balance as We Try to Make Sense of These Pandemic Days — Native News Online

Finding Balance as We Try to Make Sense of These Pandemic Days — Native News Online

Tweet   Opinion Published May 4, 2020 In traditional American Indian teachings, our elders instruct us to find balance in life so that we may live in harmony. They teach us we should find balance between our natural environment and the fulfillment of our sustainable needs—so that we can leave eno...

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