Our Critical Climate: Trends Impacts and Solutions

Rogue Basin Summit – October 13 & 14

Everyone loves where they live. We are no exception! The answer to why this area is so beautiful, is revealed in a trip to Grants Pass: “It’s the Climate.” The forests, woodlands, agriculture, wineries, and rivers we enjoy are maintained by our climate.


But the Rogue Basin has been experiencing four decades of troubling climate trends. Data from Medford reveal the city has warmed nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the last century, with 2014 4 degrees F above the rising trend. The area is also experiencing decreasing snowfall, advancing snowmelt, reduction in late summer stream flow and water availability for domestic and agricultural use.

To explore trends and seek remedies, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now is organizing a two day fall conference: “Our Critical Climate: Trends, Impacts & Solutions – A Rogue Basin Summit” for October 13 and 14. It will explore current trends and projections, their consequences, and what we can do to address these issues.

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Bernie Sanders supporters rally in Ashland


Bernie Sanders

Rogue Valley residents support Bernie Sanders campaign.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has been energizing the 2016 election  with his ‘dark horse’ campaign, pledging to fight for universal health care, living wages and to stand against the corruptible influence of big money on American politics.

On July 29 Bernie Sanders will speak to over 80,000 supporters at more than 3000 grassroots meetings around the Country.

In Ashland, there will be a community meeting and public viewing of Sanders’ message to supporters beginning at 5 pm at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road.

“Here in Ashland, four people opened their homes for the meetings, and within 24 hours, all were full, so a couple of us, recognizing the need for a larger venue, made other arraignments.” explains event organizer David Hyde.

“His message will be about a new beginning. He is not tied to the Washington D.C. establishment, nor the Multi-national Corporations that dominate the decision making process.  He is the people’s candidate, who’s concerns are for we the people.” said Hyde.

In Southern Oregon there are similar events scheduled for Talent, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls.

For more information call David Hyde at 541-892-1999.

“Crying Earth Rise Up” looks at human cost of uranium mining


The featured film “Crying Earth Rise Up” will kickoff year’s Rogue Valley Hiroshima Nagasaki Vigil.

Tuesday, July 14, the film starts at 7 pm, in the Medford Library, Large Community room.

Crying Earth Rise Up” is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on Great Plains water. A Lakota mother seeks the source of water contamination that caused her daughter’s critical health problems. Meanwhile, a Lakota grandmother fights the regional expansion of uranium mining. Learn about in situ leaching, the most common method of mining uranium in the US. Anyone who supports nuclear power should especially see this film.

View the trailer HERE.

Rogue Valley candlelight vigil for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

On the evening of the summer solstice, around 200 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the 9 people killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the plaza in Ashland, Oregon. Rogue Valley neighbors sing and pray for the innocent victims.

Project Community Connect – May 29th

Project Community Connect is an amazing day where local nonprofits and agencies all come together and provide free services for anyone who needs it. Folks who have issues with lost ID, old unresolved court cases, questions about health care… whatever the problem is, there will be someone there who can help you find an answer. This years Project is on May 29th in the Medford Armory, 1701 Pacific Highway.


What’s happening in the Legislature? Fair Shot Town Hall May 23

Fair Shot Town Hall
What’s happening in the Legislature?


Saturday, may 23 • 2:00 pm
SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, Room 132 in Medford

Get the latest updated on Fair Shot for All legislative priorities including:
  • Raise the Minimum Wage
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Ban the Box
  • Retirement Security
  • End Profiling
These laws have the power to address economic inequality in Oregon, focusing on addressing the disproportionate negative impacts on communities of color and women.
We can help:
Learn how you can advance these important issues in the Oregon Legislature. Let’s improve the lives of Oregonians in real, practical ways and make our state and our communities stronger for everyone.

Sponsored by Southern Oregon Strong Voice.

For more information please contact

re-Occupy Ashland Potluck and General Assembly

occupyBack by popular demand… There will be a free community potluck and General Assembly of Occupy Ashland at Noon on May 17, 2015 in open space at the entrance of Lithia Park.

This is a callout to everyone involved in the fights for equity, peace and social justice. Together we are a force for good and change. Please join and participate in this community-building assembly.

Members of Occupy Medford and Klamath Falls will join us for our potluck, GA and “vibe check” to see the viability of reengaging Occupy Ashland as an organizing hub for all our community social justice campaigns.

You are encouraged to bring food and drink and prepare to help us engage in a productive community assembly to identify the ways we can be most effective organizers this spring and summer. How we can reengage our core members and to inspire and recruit students and new organizers.

There we be some organizing efforts before Sunday. Stay tuned for these updates.

In solidarity!

Independent Media Week Schedule

roguevalleyimwThis year’s Independent Media Week will run April 26 through May 2nd.  Independent Media Week  showcases independent media producers, students, local activists and community groups organized around the theme “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”.

Among the highlights, Austin Powell (Managing Editor of the Daily Dot) and Deb Van Poolen (artist and activist) will address the topic of Local Roots, Global Reach in their keynote presentations on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7pm. They will speak in the Rogue River Room at SOU’s Stevenson Union.

Indy Media Week is also held in conjunction with the Emerging Media Convention, a two-day workshop series and showcase of creative work by students and for students at SOU.

Keep up with Indy Media Week activities on Facebook and Twitter, check out the full agenda of Indy Media Week events below, and look forward to promoting a vibrant and healthy media ecosystem in the Rogue Valley and beyond.

Independent Media Week  – Schedule of Events

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Rogue Valley Celebrates 11th Annual Independent Media Week

Films, workshops and a proclamation from the State of Oregon will all be part of Ashland’s 11th annual Independent Media Week. Running April 26 through May 2nd, Independent Media Week  showcases independent media producers, students, local activists and community groups organized around the theme “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”.

Celebrating our communities rich, diverse local media, Independent Media Week is a grassroots campaign to showcase local media producers, how groups are using independent media in their campaigns, and to expand and inspire more local media production.  This year will feature films, workshops and a keynote event leading into EMCOM, the emerging media convention at Southern Oregon University

In April 2005, the City of Ashland officially proclaimed its first Independent Media Week.  With a goal to broadcast “Democracy Now” citizen media activists launched KSKQ, our local low-power FM radio station, and brought Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” to speak in Ashland. Every year since, a coalition of local independent media organizations have asked the City of Ashland to proclaim one week in April as “Independent Media Week” .

This year, Representative Peter Buckley delivered our proclamation to Salem where the legislature is expected to declare Independent Media Week statewide.

Along with the city proclamation, we celebrate by awarding a local media producer the “Hal Jamison Independent Media Award.”  Jamison was a long-time Ashland resident and supporter of independent, community media.  This award is dedicated in his honor and showcases a community member who is dedicating their time and energy to support our independent media resources.

The week will include a “Media Circus” in the Ashland Plaza, films at the Grange, Medford library and Southern Oregon University, workshops on how to produce media and a keynote event featuring Debra Van Poolen and Austin Powell.

Powell is a managing editor at the Daily Dot, an online newspaper that covers internet topics and aims to be the “hometown newspaper” of the internet.

Van Poolen has been a watercolor artist for 20 years, more recently, Van Poolen’s artistic projects have focused on social, environmental, and foreign policy matters which the US mainstream media neglects or misrepresents.

Organizing sponsors include KSKQ 89.5 FM Community Radio, UN Club of Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley TV, Rogue Valley Messenger, Rogue Valley Community Press, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, Chamber of Commons, Occupy Medford, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now and Citizens for Peace and Justice.

For more information call 541-622-9483 or email

Get involved! Ashland Independent Media Week

Ashland Oregon’s 11th annual Independent Media Week  showcases  a coalition of independent media producers, local activists and community groups organized around the theme “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”

Traditionally running the third week in April, Independent Media Week is a grassroots campaign to inform and empower citizen by showcasing local efforts and to expand and inspire hyper-local media production.

This year’s Independent Media Week will be celebrated in the Rogue Valley the last week of April from April 26th to May 2nd.

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