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Earth Week 2012

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke, a nationally acclaimed Native American and environmental writer, is coming to PCC!

  • Date: Monday, April 16
  • Rock Creek Campus: 12 noon, Events Center, Building 9
  • Cascade Campus: 6pm, Auditorium, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building

Admission is free and seating is limited. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each talk.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities, LaDuke is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves as co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women’s organization. LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth reservations. She is also the executive director of Honor the Earth where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for native environmental groups.

In 1994, she was nominated by Time Magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the BIHA Community Service Award in 1997, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women’s Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

For more information contact Kendi Esary at 971-722-5781 or kesary@pcc.edu


  • April 19: Earth Week Jam
    • 11am – 3pm
    • Larry Yes and the Tangled Mess will rock Earth Week in the Cafeteria from Noon until you can’t take it anymore. Local music mainstay and Kenton resident Larry Yes has been making music in Portland since long before the city was known as a hip place for musicians to stop and smell the roses. While you are on campus peruse the tabling in the Free Speech Hallway for Eco-updates from the likes of Blue Mountain Biodiversity, Portland’s hippest grocer: Cherry Sprout, Columbia Slew Watershed Council and so much more. Cap off a spectacular Thursday afternoon at our low cost DIY tie-dye station in the Borthwick Mall.
  • April 22: Earth Day
    • earthday.cityrepair.org
    • Through Earth Day in 2012, we are sharing strategies for our community to take part in creating a sustainable life for all of the earth’s inhabitants.
    • City Repair is collaborating this year with the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) to bring you this year’s Earth Day 2012 Interactive Event!
Earth Day Featured Speakers, MAHB 104
  • 12 noon-1:30pm: Showdown at Opal Creek
    • Presented by George Atiyeh
    • Rich in wildlife and home to the spotted owl, Opal Creek is central to the land use controversy pitting economic interests against the environment. Atiyeh is a central figure in the book Showdown at Opal Creek and will share richly detailed stories of two men on opposite sides. George Atiyeh fought to save the forest for 20 years; Tom Hirons was a logger whose livelihood in nearby Mill City is threatened. Both have presented their views on national television. In the Northwest, the logger is a cultural icon comparable to the cowboy. Atiyeh and Hirons ultimately reach a compromise and Opal Creek is permanently conserved. Here this inspiring tale from the man who fought to forever preserve Opal Creek.
  • 2pm-3:30pm We Were Here When The Pioneers Arrived: American Indians at the End of the Oregon Trail
    • Presented by Chuck Williams Cascade Indian, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon
    • Chuck Williams is a Cascade Indian and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. His great – great grandfather was Chief Tumalth, who lived at the village dug up to build Bonneville Dam. Williams is the author and photographer of Bridge of the Gods, Mountains of Fire: A Return to the Columbia Gorge. His presentation and slide show documents the mass migration of Euro-American pioneers 150 years ago on the Oregon Trail revealing insight to the many activities lost through the impact along the path of the trail. The immigrants passed through and settled on lands occupied by numerous diverse Native American communities and people who spoke many languages. This presentation is a unique opportunity to explore an often neglected aspect of ecological and cultural history here in Oregon.
  • 4pm-6pm: A History of Earth First with Slideshow
    • Presented by Karen Coulter, founder of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project
    • Earth First! was named in 1979 in response to a lethargic, compromising, and increasingly corporate environmental community. Earth First! takes a decidedly different tack towards environmental issues. They believe in using all the tools in the tool box, ranging from grassroots organizing and involvement in the legal process to civil disobedience. Coulter offers up the real dirt from the frontlines. This is an informative and exciting look at environmentalism more radical roots.


  • Monday, April 16
    • 9-11am: How to Pull Weeds Workshop (Meet in Parking Lot 10)
    • 1-3pm: How to Grow Herbs Indoors Workshop and Screening of Bag It – an eye-opening documentary about plastics! (Pine Room)
  • Tuesday, April 17
    • 1pm: Composting Workshop with the Organic Gardening Club and the PCC District Recycling Coordinator (Lower CC Mall)
    • 3-5pm: Screening of Beyond the Spill – A documentary about the Gulf Oil Spill (ST 101)
  • Wednesday, April 18
    • 1-3pm: Screening of Bag It – an eye-opening documentary about plastics! (ST 101)
  • Thursday, April 19
    • 12:30pm: Tour of the Sylvania Learning Garden. Designed to function as a therapeutic garden, a children’s garden, a science lab, a muse for artistic inspiration, a natural building showcase, a source of organic produce and flowers, a social hub, and an integration of permaculture principles, the Sylvania Learning Garden has many features that are just beginning to take form. The tour starts in the upper CC mall.
  • Friday, April 20
    • 6-9pm: Evening fund raiser for Earth and Spirit Council. (Performing Arts Center)
    • Only $5 for PCC students! Speakers include Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, oldest living member of the Takelma Indians of Southern Oregon and world renowned spiritual leader. Also, Duane Elgin, internationally recognized visionary speaker and author of Voluntary Simplicity, the Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Awakening Earth. Also speaking are: Laura Kutner, founder of Trash for Peace; Erick Gonzalez; Barbara Ford, founding member of the Columbia Eco-Village; and Larry Merculieff, former chairman of the Alaska chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The evening will close with song, drumming, and celebration.
  • Saturday, April 21
    • 9-6pm: Sylvania Campus Earth Day Conference – Free for Students!
    • 24 workshops and speakers including PCC Sylvania’s Dr. Kim Smith, Environmental Sociologist. Other presenters include: John Kallas, North American authority on edible plants; Peter Michael Bauer, founder of ReWild Portland; Sean Cruz, co-founder of Friends of Celilo Falls; and many more.