2-14-2020–Joey Nation held ‘Make Oregon Safe Again’ rally

Joey Nations speaking to the crowd of counter protesters and his supporters.

Joey Nations organized a “Make Oregon Safe Again” rally to boost his support and run for congress on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. 

Before Nation’s event aired out, opposition to the event was posted on a Facebook page to ”drown out the hate with love,” which had people show up with little red hearts that read, “#HaveAHeart,” while others carried large hearts, signs and masks, in response to Nation’s goal of ending illegal immigration and Oregon’s sanctuary state laws.

Expectedly, as Nations began speaking, the crowd of counter-protesters surrounded the tent, chanting and screaming at Nations and his supporters in hopes to disrupt the event. 

In response to calling Oregon a “magnet to attract illegal aliens,” Nations held his ground yelling and preaching his words so that everyone could hear him as he was being heckled.

Insults were thrown, and the Oregon State Police were watching in the background to ensure everyone’s safety during the entire event.

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Counter-protestors started to arrive in front of Nation’s tent.
Counter-protestor handed Nations a paper heart with “No Walls” written on it.
Iron Front logo and “IMPEACH” drawn on the top of an umbrella.
Counter-Protestor held a “Good Night White Pride” flag in front of Nations.
Counter-protestors held giant pink hearts to “drown out the hate with love.”
Counter-protestor holds “No cages, no walls. Peace and Dignity for all” sign.
Counter-protestor holds pink heart with words reading, “No Human Is Illegal.”
Caesar the No-Drama-Llama made an appearance to the event with his handler Larry McCool.
Counter-Protestor holds “Reject Trump” sign and Iron Front Umbrella.
Trump “Keep America Great!” flag was held up at the rally.

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2-13–2020–Photos: Climate Emergency Day of Action

Oregonians gathered in front of the Oregon State Capitol in support of SB 1530, otherwise known as a climate bill to declare an emergency to modify statewide greenhouse emission reduction goals on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.

02-3-2020–Oregon residents holds rally at the Oregon Capitol

Oregon residents rallied in front of the Oregon Capitol in protest of the Carbon Tax plan that is said to be “one of the most complex and sprawling pieces of legislation,” (Oregonian) on Monday, Jan. 3.

The Carbon Tax is a bill to regulate the amount of emissions entering the environment. Forcing companies who exceeds the emission target to pay credits to the slush fund estimated to bring in $700 million in new taxes.  

Dawn Bull, Multnomah County resident and registered voter, speaks out on the matter in “opposing [the] Cap-and-trade [bill], which is under legislation as we speak,” Bull said.

Dawn Bull, Multnomah County resident and registered voter holds “No Carbon Tax” sign at the Oregon Capitol

“Bottom-line, what it will do is raise our gas prices, gasoline prices and it will raise our diesel prices. North West Capitol Gas, they are talking about 72 cents a gallon for gas in the first year. They are [also] talking about a 30% increase in your northwest natural gas bill—in the first year,” Bull said.

With both the raising gas and utility costs, the basic cost of living is expected to raise as things delivered by trucks—groceries, medicine and clothing—will begin soaring in price.

A truck honks its horn for “No Carbon Tax” ralliers.

“That is just the beginning of it, what it does to reduce emissions in the state of Oregon is virtually nothing. On the grand scale, Oregon already has one of the best emissions rates in the United States. And so, this is basically an energy tax.”

the rally goers held up signs and stood at the edge of the sidewalk, waving and showing their support for the cause to the passing cars.

The last time the Legislature tried to put through HB2020, “Kate Brown slapped an emergency clause on it…[and] basically said ‘no Oregon voters, you cannot vote on this,’” Bull said.

A “No Carbon Tax It Creates Poverty” sign

“So, I am here because I think Oregon should be able to vote on it, because it is going to affect virtually every single Oregonian in the pocketbook,” Bull said.

Oregonian holds “No Carbon Tax” sign at the Oregon Capitol Monday, Jan. 3.

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01-20-2020–2nd Amendment Rally

People gathered in front of the Oregon Capitol for a 2nd Amendment rally

Joey Nations held a 2nd Amendment Rally at the Oregon Capitol in support of Donald J. Trump and defending gun rights on Jan. 20, 2020.

Over the increasing demand for some sort of gun laws to be in effect by their counterparts, Nations and his colleagues held firm as they criticized other politicians who’d defame and bastardize everything they say or do.

While the event had small numbers in terms of people who showed up, they received praise and support from hundreds online.

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1-09-2020–No War With Iran

No War sign held by protestor during the rally

Following the recent military drone strike, killing Iran General Hossein Salami, protestors gathered throughout the states to protest US intervention in Iran on Jan. 9, 2019.

9-29-2019–Salem Zombie Walk

Salem, Ore., was infested with zombies at the Oregon Capitol on Oct. 27, 2019.

As dusk rolled around the corner, the horde began the walk from the Capitol to the Taproot Lounge And Cafe; tripping and stumbling along the way.

Video filmed by Josh Wolf

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10-23-2019 Indigenous People’s Day

Nakoosa Moreland shaking hands during the circle dance.

Passionate about education, Nakoosa Moreland, a member of The confederated tribes of Grand ronde along with five other tribes, pursued education at Western Oregon University for two years studying in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program to “hopefully one day make a difference in the lives of Native American youth.”

The Indigenous People’s Day  was held at the Oregon State Capitol on Oct. 4, 2019. The same day as Columbus Day to “acknowledge, honor and unite the first peoples of America in a consistent manner by seeking and speaking truth in order to educate and engage the community of which we are all apart.”

After placing the flags on their stands, Moreland introduced herself and discussed about how environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement for all people.” Inviting people to know what she has been throw and the worries indigenous people are facing.

As Greta Thunberg has stated, ‘I want you to act as your house is on fire, because it is, we are in the midst of a mass extinction. Where we have been told up to 200 species a day are going extinct.’ It has been said that the bee is the most precious being today. If you are skeptical of these statements, I’d ask you to think back on your summer. Did you see as many bugs as you usually see? Bugs used to coat the outside of our vehicles and I know as you are traveling down those reservation roads you see less and less

Nakoosa Moreland, The confederated tribes of Grand ronde along with five other tribes.
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“A seed of hope that change will come, and it will heal. The earth has never needed us, and it is us who needs her. We get everything from her, our water [and] our life source; all of our food comes from her. So, why have we allowed so many decades for this mass pollution and destruction to take place? The systems in place is not for freedom or Justice for all. The next generation is watching and depending on the climate impact of today. We as indigenous people has always been known as the keepers of the land. I think and I know that it is our duty to step forward, again, as the care takers of the land and practice our sovereign rights.”

“The pesticides and chemicals that are being put into the ground and our water, to me, is a type of chemical warfare on our people. We need to move away from these damaging practices.

Ron Schlitzkus bringing around a smudge to the rally goers.

People were offered a smudge, a traditional native American ceremony, to “cleanse all of our thoughts and prayers, so that when we get ready it is all clean and everything. It gets rid of all the evil or bad things that are around us and helps us to focus. So, when we are doing what we need to do, we know where we are at with everything,” Deitz Peters said.

Veterans were honored and introduced during the ceremony. Following the highest ranked Veteran to dismiss the fellow Veterans.

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After the veterans were dismissed, South American and American flutes played the Unity of The Condor. After the music and a few more speakers, everyone were invited to a circle dance to socialize and get to know each other.

More dances and speakers took place which followed into the Aztec Dancers taking the floor to take the floor.

Towards the end of the event marked the end of the ceremony. So, Veterans stood at their flags and carried them away after one last beat of the drum.

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09-29-2019–Out of The Darkness 2019

On Sep. 28, 2019, thousands gathered in front of the capitol for the Out of The Darkness event to advocate for suicide prevention in memorial for their siblings, spouses, veterans and family members.

Kylie Johnston, a 14 year-old student, spoke at the event to share her story in losing her father to suicide when she was 10.

Four years ago, I lost my dad to suicide. When I turned 10, I made my first seat at the Out of The Darkness walk in Portland, I spoke out at two other survivor walks and spoken to students at Lucina park college. I have also been interviewed by a few trusted articles about suicide. When I lost my dad, I was still going to school; it was my 4th grade year. When I first found out my dad has taken his own life, I never told anyone until my 5th grade year. Now, I am in seven grade and, as I grieve and accepted my dad’s suicide, I had to deal with the stigma of suicide that still sticks in society. I had many people say that I make these speech’s, or even talk about losing my dad, for attention; but believe it or not, I make these speeches to spread the word about suicide and the outcome so that, everyone knows, especially those who are struggling with mental health, that they are not alone and someone cares. I never thought it would hurt to lose someone more, my dad’s suicide left me guilty and angry because I did not see the signs. If anyone here today is thinking about ending their lives, the people in your life care. They may seem like they do not, but it will only leave your loved ones with a hole in their hearts; there are resources to help you. I encourage anyone who may be personally struggling or dealing with losing someone to suicide to start counseling if they haven’t already. If it was not for counseling, I do not believe I would be where I am today. You can believe you were not affected, and you can say you are okay, but it is okay to not be okay. We all go through different grief journeys, but you shouldn’t have to go through it alone. My dad and I had a rocky relationship, he was loud but deep down he was a kind, creative, smart and strong person. In his final months, he would always tell my brother and I that he was fighting the fight. How he felt alone, and how he was still struggling with my parent’s divorce. He would always deny that he needed help. Which is why I want you all to know that mental health is a battle worth fighting. I want you all to know that you can talk to myself, the wonderful volunteers or someone who is standing beside you. You choose to…share stories, help each other through different stages of grief

Kylie Johnston

We all have our own struggles to beat, and sometimes it is hard for us to admit it because of our stubbornness. Though, just as Johnston said, “it is okay to be not okay.” It is not meant to be easy, but help is out there.

Towards the end of the event, they raised multi-colored beads up in the air to symbolize those they lost. Banding together to help each other through loses that are already hard to deal with and marching to the streets to make their message loud and proud.

Video courtesy by Josh Wolf

I encourage you to give the Suicide Prevention Hotline a call if you are struggling. You will never know what happens if you do not try.

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9-11-2019–A Hearty Thank You

From Myers Elementary of a kindergartener on September 9, 2019.

Life is weird. Especially when unexpected things and friends just pop into existence, usually without knowing how or when it occurred. Sure, it has always been difficult to handle, but with time and acceptance anything is possible.

A moth-like creature wreaking havoc on that poor piece of food from the last workshop I attended.

I am grateful to be put in the position I currently am. While I may not be following my intended goal of becoming a baker, it feels amazing to finally find something that I have a passion to pursue.

Continuing to make my parents proud, I will push myself to the limits and show people that I am not to be taken for granted. Even going far as to developing myself into a new and better person.

Working for the multiple different outlets really helped me gain enough confidence to work with people. While there is no doubt in my mind that I will ever stop, there is, of course, hurdles to pass before I can officially say that I have made it.

While on the trial at Cascade Forest near Neskowin and Lincoln City.

Going forward, I hope to continue to learn. Even stepping out of my comfort zone to receive assistance and help from those willing to teach and guide me through this career of mine. All-the-while, exploring new places and meeting new people on the way.

So, if those of you who is reading this, thank you. Especially for those who stuck with me even through a rocky year. Though, the stress and anxiety I felt helped me express and develop what I currently know.

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9-10-2019–KŪ Kiai Mauna Protest 30-meter Telescope

On August 10, 2019. Protesters gathered in front of the Oregon State Capitol to protest a 30-meter telescope being built atop Mauna Kea. Gathering support that is much needed with their battle against private companies and Governor David Ige, who keeps pushing construction through despite the people’s calls for the project to not go through.

TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) that is being pushed through. Credit to Forbes for the photo.

They are trying to build a 30-meter telescope, which they are bringing it as TMT, and they are trying to build it atop mount Kea. Mauna kea is a mountain on the island of Hawaii in the state of Hawaii. It is a very sacred place to Hawaiians, and the area they are trying to build in is the area specifically is a sacred place for also a native habitat for certain things. In order for them to build this 30-meter telescope, they are going to have to dig 18 stories down into the mountain and it is going to be about a football stadium sized. So, it is going to be so big they will have to drill into the island’s aqua source, the water source, and it is going to contaminate the water, not to mention the construction they are going to do with the vehicles going up and down is going to pollute the area. So, it is going to cause a lot of desecration. That is why we are trying to protest is that it should not be there, there is already 15 telescopes up there, but 7 of those are inactive. They are going to build another one, and it is not necessary, it is not safe for our environment and it Is going to desecrate a lot of our sacred grounds and temple grounds. One of the things we want to make clear is that with our protest, and even as Hawaiians, we are not against science; this is not a protest against science, it is a protest against the destruction of land and natural resources. We are not only battling with the private company, but also against the state. The governor continues to ignore the people’s call and he is also trying to push this thing through. So, that is what this is all about.

Koa Lyu, Organizer and Videographer from Ki ‘Oni Productions
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