Multnomah County juvenile farmers market offers youth offenders a second chance | OregonLive.com

She and six other youth on probation in Multnomah County spent Thursday afternoon hawking veggies outside the county’s Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard headquarters. The youth, ages 15-18, are members of the Department of Community Justice’s Hands of Wonder Garden, a restorative justice program that helps young offenders re-establish trust within the community.

The kids do so while learning job skills and earning a paycheck — $599.99 for eight weeks, two days a week.

The program has been around for five years, but the kids only began selling their harvest in a farmers market-style atmosphere last year at the Juvenile Justice Center, 1401 N.E. 68th Ave. This year, the group has moved to a more visible location outside the county building.

via Multnomah County juvenile farmers market offers youth offenders a second chance | OregonLive.com.

Feministing Jamz Video of the Week: Ana Tijoux ft. Shadia Mansour – Somos Sur

The always amazing Feministing Jamz favorite Ana Tijoux is back with a new video for her track “Somos Sur” featuring Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour. Talking global south unity and making connections between sovereignty for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Palestinian sovereignty, this video is both visually and intellectually stunning. Don’t miss it.

via Feministing Jamz Video of the Week: Ana Tijoux ft. Shadia Mansour – Somos Sur.

On Not Taking The Neocon Bait

The Dish

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David Harsanyi sees few good options for salvaging the outcomes of the Iraq War:

Some will, no doubt, argue that doing nothing (and we might very well be doing something soon) means that more than 4,400 U.S. troops and over $700 billion had been wasted in a war that ended but was not won. Perhaps. But a more important matter is this: would the death of another 4,000, or 400, or four, bring about a preferable outcome or a set of conditions that allow the United States to convincingly declare victory? If a decade of nation building brought us this, what could we possible gain by seriously reengaging? Clearly, to make it work the American people would need to be prepared to make a generational commitment – and polls don’t tell us that we’re in the mood for an open-ended conflict in the Middle East.

These are horrible choices, indeed…

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Japan kills 30 whales in first hunt since international court halted its Antarctic whaling – “survey” indicates no one feels more patriotic or manly!

Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic, officials said Friday.

The Fisheries Agency said a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales during the April-June season as part of Japan’s northwestern Pacific research hunt. Another group of whalers is still at work in a more distant area of the Pacific.

via Japan kills 30 whales in first hunt since international court halted its Antarctic whaling.

President & First Lady Make Historic Trip to Standing Rock Sioux Reservatio Today

Presidential visits to Indian reservations are extremely rare. President Bill Clinton was the last sitting U.S. president to visit an Indian reservation when he did so in 1999 to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Prior to President Clinton’s visit, President Franklin Roosevelt visited the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina in 1936.

via President & First Lady Make Historic Trip to Standing Rock Sioux Reservatio Today.

High Tunnel Hoop House Construction Guide – free download

This publication is the product of 17 years of experience in hoop house (high tunnel) design, construction and utilization. As an educator and consultant, I have been asked numerous times by work associates and growers to produce a ‘how to’ resource on hoop house construction.

via High Tunnel Hoop House Construction Guide.