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CascadiaNow! Chapter Updates: July 2013

Spokane Chapter

Spokane began and continued their Cascadia meetings throughout the month of June. The meetings thus far have been pretty informal and are mostly geared towards getting acquainted with those interested in the idea, as well as working out organizational foundations. For those interested, they meet every other Friday at the Riverside Park by the Post Street Bridge.

More information and directions can be found on our Calendar events page or contact Patrick Adams directly at patsamorionadams@gmail.com

 

Portland, PSU and PCC Chapters

Growth in the idea of Cascadia continues to grow throughout the greater Portland area and we’re excited to announce new student coordinators at both Portland State University and Portland Community College.

Those interested should contact:

PCC contact Benjamin Bricker: Benjamin.Bricker@pcc.edu PSU contact Ellona: cascadianmycelium@gmail.com or our general Portland coordinator Lumen: lumen@riseup.net

 

If you’d be interested in becoming a regional coordinator for Cascadia Now! or starting your own chapter, feel free to email cascadianow@gmail.com or our visit our http://cascadianow.org/get-involvedpage.

 

O’Cascadia New Student Documentary on YouTube:

A CascadiaNow member from Seattle University has released a great 5 minute documentary that provides a nice introduction of the Cascadia movement.

The short educational film by Kelton Sears is about the Cascadian movement, its origins, its ideas, and its presence today. The video features three interviews with members of the Seattle Cascadia Now! chapter from their May 19th meeting.

The video can be viewed at:  http://youtu.be/nB7v5TmAYp8

If you would like to get involved with the Seattle chapter, they meet biweekly on every second Saturday, and you can find more information on our calendar page here: http://www.cascadianow.org/ai1ec_event/seattle-cascadianow-meetup/?instance_id=2638

or directly from their website at: seattlecascadiaproject.org

 

Cascadia Now! Poster, Sticker and Agitprop Campaign

Beginning in Seattle and Portland and spreading wherever people are interested, Cascadia Now! has started an agitprop campaign. 11x17 black and white posters have been spreading through different neighborhoods in Seattle, while stickers, banners and color origami pamphlets have been appearing in various areas around PDX.

Since the campaign has begun, the http://reddit.com/r/cascadia group has been adding about 100-200 members per week, and pictures continue to filter across Twitter and Facebook of folks randomly stumbling across the idea.

It will be our goal to create a public agitprop and art gallery hosted through our website, where everyone will have access to original PDF’s and PSD files, alter, upload and add pictures of the final product in an open gallery. We’ll be working on this in the months to come.

 

New Cascadia flags are in!

The Doug flag is the symbol of Cascadia and a new batch of Cascadia Flags have arrived.

Those interested should send $23.50 to cascadianmycelium@gmail.com using either Paypal or Wepay.

The flags are 5′x3′ nylon and will be shipped out as soon as possible, except for between the dates of June 19th to 25th. A portion goes to supporting Cascadia Chapters.

Designed in 1994 by Portland native and professor Alexander Baretich, it can increasingly be found in cities throughout the Pacific Northwest and is becoming a common sight at soccer games, occupy protests and of course, on locally made microbrews (among our favorite, the Secession IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale).

The blue of the flag represents the moisture rich sky above and Pacific ocean along with the Salish Sea, lakes and other inland waters. Our home is of continuous cascading waters flowing from our sky and mountains back to the Pacific. Cascadia is a land of falling water from the Pacific to the western slopes of the Rockies and Cascades where water cycles as vapor and then rain and snow to run through creek and river back to the Pacific. The white represents snow and clouds and the green to represent the evergreen forests and fields of the Pacific Northwest. The lone standing Douglas Fir symbolizes endurance, defiance and resilience, named for explorer David Douglas, the first written account of the bioregion as a land of cascading waters and from where our primary mountain range takes its name. All these symbols of color and icon come together to symbolize what being Cascadian is all about.

Occupied Cascadia Documentary: Film Screening Locations and Dates for around the Northwest

Occupied Cascadia is a documentary being released by Cascadia Matters, a collective of artists, writers, educators and media activists from Bend, Oregon which explores the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim. The filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological and indigenous. Their feature length documentary is not intended to be representative of the Cascadia movement, but instead add a powerful and compelling argument about a region occupied, and a landbase under siege. The film seeks to highlight the emerging ideas, struggles and times of the Cascadia bioregion and beyond. In order to effectively provide clean air and clean water for future generations, our attention must not only shift towards the bioregions of the Pacific Northwest, but also towards stopping corrosive agendas within them. The diverse voices throughout this land have forged the way for many movements and there is a growing necessity to inspire a unified culture of resistance. This film promotes that dialogue through bioregional awareness.

Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance.  Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions.

Confirmed 2012 Fall Tour:

More information and an updated list of events can be found through the Cascadia Matters website at: http://cascadiamatters.org/events. In addition, a tentative schedule for other locations can be found at the bottom of the page. If you'd like to get involved helping set up a film screening in your city or region, you can contact them directly at: cascadiamatters@gmail.com

Trailer 1:

 

Trailer 2:

Occupied Cascadia trailer 2 from Cascadia Matters on Vimeo.

 

Tentative 2012 Film Screening Schedule:

  • Saturday October 6-Bend
  • Sunday October 7-Portland
  • Monday October 8-Seattle
  • Tuesday October 9 – Ellensburg
  • Wednesday October 10- Lakewood
  • Thursday October 11- Bellingham
  • Saturday October 13- Lopez Island
  • Sunday October 14- Victoria
  •  Monday October 15- Quadra Island
  • Tuesday October 16- Tofino
  • Wednesday October 17- Squamish
  • Thursday October 18- Vancouver City
  • Friday October 19- Penticton
  • Saturday October 20- Kelowna
  • Sunday October 21 – Kamloops
  • Monday October 22 – Nelson
  • Tuesday 23- Sandpoint
  • Wednesday October 24- Spokane
  • Thurdsay October 25- Polson
  • Friday October 26- Missoula
  • Saturday October 27- Pablo, MT
  • Sunday October 28- Jackson
  • Monday October 29- Bosie
  • Tuesday October 30- Ashland
  • Wednesday October 31- Yreka
  • Thursday November 1- Orleans
  • Friday November 2- Happy Camp
  • Saturday November 3 – Arcata
  • Sunday November 4- Petrolia
  • Monday November 5 – Crescent City
  •  Thursday November 8 – Eugene
  • Friday November 9- Corvallis
  • Saturday November 10- Portland
  • Sunday November 11 – Hood River
  • Wednesday November 14- Olympia
  • November 15 – Seattle
  • November 16-25- Vancouver City

Occupied Cascadia Documentary to Premier October 6th

Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic.  Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological and indigenous.  Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance.  Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions.

Cascadia Matters is a grass roots organization made up by a collective effort of writers, artists, educators and media activists. They aim to highlight the emerging ideas, struggles and times of the Cascadia bioregion and beyond. In order to effectively provide clean air and clean water for future generations, our attention must not only shift towards the bioregions of the Pacific Northwest, but also towards stopping corrosive agendas within them. The diverse voices throughout this land have forged the way for many movements and there is a growing necessity to inspire a unified culture of resistance. This film promotes that dialogue through bioregional awareness.

This specific campaign is of the utmost importance in starting the dialog needed to confront the dominate culture in our effort to move towards true sustainability.  They will be traveling throughout the bioregion, as far as the funds raised will take us. To these ends Cascadia Matters is working on a fundraiser to help put together a Pacific Northwest film screening tour in cities throughout Cascadia. Those who would like to support this idea should donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/occupiedcascadia.

The film will be screening on October 6th at 7pm in Tower Theater, Bend OR. Updates will continue to be posted here as we get more information about their developing film tour: Time: Sat, Oct 6th, 7pm Place: Tower Theater 835 NW Wall Street Bend, OR More info at http://cascadiamatters.org.

The Cascadia Monthly - July edition of our Newsletter Released

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In this July edition of the Cascadian Monthly:

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Anyone should feel free to download, print and distribute as they see fit.

The Cascadia Monthly newsletter is a free monthly newsletter. We have a completely open submission policy and welcome any and all articles related to Cascadia and the Pacific Northwest, though we ask that they not be politically affiliated. Articles that violate our mission statement will also likely not be included.

Submit related Cascadia content, pictures, articles, events or contributions to our editor Adam Munson at

desolatesorrows@gmail.com

Previous Editions:

O'Cascadia! A new student documentary featuring Seattle Cascadia Now! members

Our Cascadia Now! student coordinator from Seattle University has released a great 5 minute documentary that provides a nice introduction for the Cascadia movement.

A short educational film by Kelton Sears about the Cascadian movement, its origins, its ideas, and its presence today. The video features three interviews with members of the Seattle Cascadia Now! chapter from their May 19th meeting.

If you would like to get involved with the Seattle chapter, they meet bieekly on every second Saturday and you can find more information on our calendar page here: http://www.cascadianow.org/ai1ec_event/seattle-cascadianow-meetup/?instance_id=2638

or directly from their website at: seattlecascadiaproject.org

 

 

Occupied Cascadia Documentary Trailer Released

Cascadia Forests

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OCCUPIED CASCADIA is a documentary film exploring the emerging concept of bioregionalism throughout the Pacific Northwest.

It is widely known that we live in a world surrounded by chaos and our environment is on the brink of devastation.  While it has become quite clear to most that something must change, how do we actually come together and figure out the seemingly impossible?

What is Cascadia and what is bioregionalism?  What quality of life will be available for future generations?  Will they be able to breathe the air and drink the water?  Will we be able to overcome our fears and begin this very real and necessary dialogue?  Explore these concepts and more.

To focus on our bioregion is hardly a new concept:

"It has been the animating cultural principal through ninety-nine percent of human history and is at least as old as consciousness."  -  Jim Dodge

Every place on earth exists within a bioregion.  Cascadia is the land of falling waters located on the northeast Pacific Rim.  Resource wars are upon us, governments are more oppressive than ever, global economies are destabilizing and collapse has become a common reference, so how will humanity adapt to survive these catastrophic times?

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?