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A Concert to Remember

The most RADICAL Singer / Songwriters  from East and West, Together in Ashland for …

A Concert to Remember

Free Speech by Ellen Gabehart

George Mann with Mark Ross and Patrick Dodd performance to mark the 100th anniversary of the “Wobbly Walk”

Thursday, April 7th, 7 PM – 9 PM
Ashland Historic Railroad Museum
258 “A” Street, Suite 7
$10 suggested admission, no one turned away!

George Mann is a New York City-based labor activist and organizer who has toured for many years and produced the “Hail To The Thief!” anti-Bush CD compilation series.  His newest release is the veterans compilation “Until You Come Home” songs for veterans and their kin.

George will be joined by Mark Ross, Eugene Oregon’s most famous unknown folksinger, storyteller, raconteur and multi-instrumentalist.You can hear some of his work at

Also joining the celebration is Southern  Oregon’s most radical singer/songwriter Patrick Dodd writes “social justice” music from the living room to the front lines of the resistance. Patrick’s music educates, motivates and empowers the masses to stand up and resist injustice.

What was the Wobbly Walk through the Siskiyous?
In February 1911, over a hundred members of the IWW left Portland on freight trains bound for Fresno, The group consisted of young working men willing to die for free speech. They risked being beaten by strike breakers.

Nearly a hundred Wobblies made the hazardous trek south by foot through the snow-covered Siskiyous after being kicked out of the box cars in Ashland. By the end of their trek they had walked roughly 150 miles across the frozen Siskiyous.

“History forgets more heroes than it remembers…Those Wobblies warrant memory.” ~ Jay Mullen

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“We Are One” solidarity rallies honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We Are OneAnnouncing for Southern Oregon… “We Are One” solidarity rallies honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to workers rights.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union with AFSCME.

Join us in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for: the freedom to bargain, to vote, to afford a college education and justice for all workers, immigrant and native-born. It’s a time to show movement. We are one.

April 3, 2011 evening vigil for worker solidarity in Medford followed the next day with “We Are One” April 4 rallies in Medford and Ashland. April 4, 2011 worker solidarity rally in Ashland.

Beginning with a 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. candlelight vigil in Medford’s Vogel Park, and continuing April 4 with rallies in Medford and Ashland, unions, people of faith, civil and human rights activists, students and other progressive allies are standing strong in the face of incredible attacks on workers and our communities.

Candlelight Vigil
April 3, 6:30 pm, Vogel Plaza, Medford (Central and Main Streets)

We Are One Rallies
April 4, 12:00 p.m.–Noon, Ashland Plaza and Medford’s Vogel Park

April 3 and 4 “We Are One” events are organized by Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, local unions, community organizations, students and people of faith.

For more information contact Wes Brain, 541-482-6988, Jason Houk, 541-292-1168, or John Hutter, 541-326-9185,

“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr. from his speech “Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence”

CPJ Film Nite Presents: The Dark Side of Chocolate

The Dark Side of Chocolate is a documentary by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano about the continued trafficking of children and forced child labor in the international chocolate industry.

While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children.

In 2001 consumers around the world were outraged to discover that child labor and slavery, trafficking, and other abuses existed on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, a country that produces nearly half the world’s cocoa. An avalanche of negative publicity and consumer demands for answers and solutions soon followed.

Two members of US Congress, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative Eliot Engel of New York, tackled the issue by adding a rider to an agricultural bill proposing a federal system to certify and label chocolate products as “slave free”.

The measure passed the House of Representatives and created a potential disaster for Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland Mars, Hershey’s, Nestle, Barry Callebaut, Saf-Cacao and other chocolate manufacturers. To avoid legislation that would have forced chocolate companies to label their products with “no child labor” labels (for which many major chocolate manufacturers wouldn’t qualify), the industry fought back and finally agreed to a voluntary protocol to end abusive and forced child labor on cocoa farms by 2005.

The chocolate industry fought back. Ultimately, a compromise was reached to end child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms by 2005.

In 2005 the cocoa industry failed to comply with the protocol’s terms, and a new deadline for 2008 was established. In 2008 the terms of the protocol were still not met, and yet another deadline for 2010 was set.

And in 2010?

Almost a decade after the chocolate companies, concerned governments and specially foundations spent millions of dollars in an effort to eradicate child labor and trafficking in the international cocoa trade, has anything changed?

Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano launch a behind-the-scenes investigation and verify if these allegations of child labor in the chocolate industry are present today.

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2nd
Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504

Free showing, open to the public

Presented by Citizens for Peace & Justice

WordPress Beginners Workshop at CultureWorks

Here is an upcoming workshop that would be ideal for folks new to WordPress content management system:

Do You:
> Currently have your website built using WordPress, but don’t understand aspects of how it works and how to update it?
> Want to build your new website within a tight budget, and need ideas for how to create a site while staying Frugal?
> Need your Questions answered about how to use a WordPress Blog or how to integrate a Blog into your site?
> Want to understand the difference between Pages & Posts, and want to underst…and what a Plugin is & how to use it?
> Want to completely overhaul and re-structure your old site using WordPress and want to see how it works before you launch the construction of your new site?
> Feel like a Technological Luddite from 1983 and need some serious hand-holding on how to do any of this Internet / WordPress stuff?
> Want to understand WordPress like a Pro so you can use it easefully without having to go to your webdesigner to pay for minor updates?

My name is Sitka, and I am a webdesigner. I work with WordPress to build websites for clients, and I can answer many of your questions about how to understand and use WordPress for your website. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS (Content Management System) available, and is easy to use – and yet still, people have many questions about how to use it. We will go over many of the basics; from website hosting, to installing wordpress, to premium or free templates, to pages & posts, and More!! I’m available and happy to be your guide to help answer your questions and help you make sense of this user-friendly CMS. Please arrive with a LAPTOP and your Questions! We will have a Projector Display to work together to answer questions from basic to advanced; for all levels of understanding – from techno geeks to luddites from the stone age!!!

It is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to RSVP for this class, as space is limited to 12 people!

When: Saturday December 4th @ 2pm – 5pm
Where: Culture Works
Cost: Sliding Scale – $20-$30 per person
in Ashland, OR

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RSVP by calling Sitka: 503.333.1242  or email:

Rogue Renaissance Fantasy Faire Starts Saturday

Rogue Renaissance Fantasy Faire in Southern Oregon, Nobles, Pirates, Peasants, Knights and more!
Rogue Renaissance Fantasy Faire in Southern Oregon, Nobles, Pirates, Peasants, Knights and more!

Pirates and peasants are gathering for the first Rogue Renaissance Fantasy Faire this weekend at the Jackson County Expo Center. Part craft fair, historical reenactment and performance art, the all ages event will feature costumes in the late Elizabethan period, jousting, Mongolian archery and childrens’ activities.

Rogue Renaissance Fantasy Faire Starts Saturday.

May 1st Caravan for Immigration Reform!!

Unete invites you to join us, along with Oregon Action and Jobs with Justice for our May 1st Caravan for Immigration Reform!!

Meet us at 1:00pm in the Bi-Mart parking lot in Ashland, (2nd Ashland exit on I5 and to the right)
We’ll travel through Talent, Phoenix, pass by large local companies that employ high numbers of immigrants, orchards, and finish the caravan in Medford. After the caravan join us for hotdogs in Hawthorne Park!!  (In front of Sears in Medford)

Yes, that all american food was brought here by immigrants!!

After the passage of anti-immigrant bill 1070 in Arizona that legalizes racial profiling, we, as a community must say NO to these tactics and move our senators and representatives to say YES to Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW!!!

Decorate your car with PRO Immigration Reform Messages!!!

Look for the red white and blue balloons!!  Please, no flags from other countries.

Participants are expected to obey all traffic laws and show courtesy to drivers not participating in the event.  The success and safety of this caravan depends on YOU!!

On March 21 we had nearly 200 cars. Let’s double that this time!!!

For more information please contact Unete at  541-840-9669  or 541-245-1625

SI Se puede SI se puede SI se puede SI se puede SI se puede

Walking the Talk – March 20 Peace Rally in Medford Oregon