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Civics for Adults, St. Helens Public Library

St Helens Public Library will be hosting a series of Community Workshops on Civics for Adults.  The Moderator for the workshops will be Donna L. Cohen, a Teacher and Librarian.  This Thursday will be the first of three planned workshops.


Misinformation, Fake News,and Political Propaganda
Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Saint Helens Library
We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources, and other media. Learn to distinguish truth from fiction using critical thinking strategies. The workshop uses real world examples of political ads, news headlines, logical fallacies, graphs/charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data, and other types of information in a “what do you see here?/what is missing?” type of format. The last part is about finding accurate information. The goal is to help people become their own “factchecker.”

Citizen Activism 101—Making Change Happen
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Library
Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more: Examples of successful advocacy Brief historical perspective Choosing your battles What matters to you? Who makes the rules? Getting heard: tools for change “Tracking” civic/political issues State legislature is in session. Discuss what is going on and how to make your mark.

The Influence of the Constitution on Political Conversation
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Library
By looking back at the creation of the Constitution we puncture some myths and develop a broader perspective on its significance – perspective that helps us evaluate current political events more thoughtfully.

First Annual Columbia County Pride Parade and Festival

UPDATE: Because of the oppressive heat and horrible breathing conditions, the planning committee has decided to cancel this year’s Pride. It WILL happen, just not this year.

The First Annual Columbia County Pride Parade and Festival will be held on August 12, 2017!(Flyer is attached). The goal is to create an event that promotes solidarity and equality in our community. The Pride movement has been one of extreme importance across the nation, and we want to bring the benefits of this celebration to Columbia County. This event will increase awareness, support, and healing for LGBTQ people who have been marginalized, discriminated against, and harmed in this and neighboring areas. It will provide an opportunity for allies to identify themselves as supporters to the LGBTQ community. And, of course, it will provide a safe atmosphere for people to connect and build new friendships. Columbia County Pride will bring an influx of people into the community, increasing revenue for local businesses. The benefits of this event are endless for everyone!

Columbia County Pride envisions a community in which LGBTQ people and allies are affirmed, respected, and included in the full social and civic life of the place they call home, free from fear of any discrimination, rejection, and prejudice. The goal is to foster diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; creating a safe, family-friendly environment in which everyone can commune and raise their kids.

Weekly community meetings for event planning, volunteer sign-up, information, etc. will be held on Thursdays at 6:30pm at Medicine Wheel Recovery Services 58147 Columbia River Highway, Suite C, St. Helens, OR. 97051

Pam Daniel

Port Westward Rezoning

A few years ago the Port of St. Helens attempted to re-zone over 800 acres in Clatskanie from agriculture to industrial land.  Although our county commissioners approved the rezone, an appeal to LUBA (Land Use Board of Appeals) stopped the rezone.  Now an amended application attempts this rezoning again!  There are many reasons to oppose this.  If Global expands their existing terminal, they could work towards their maximum throughput that equal approximately 3200 trains per year.  That would average out to about 9 trains going and 9 empty trains returning EVERY DAY!  Whatever the result, industrializing prime farm land is a bad idea.


I ask you to spread the word.  This is important.  We need agricultural land to remain.  Here is information about this meeting.

Riverkeeper Information:

Thanks!  I hope to see you there.

-Annie Christensen

CCCHD Co-hosts Conversation Project

On Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.  CCCHD will co host a Conversation Project with the  St. Helens Public Library.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon

A Conversation led by

Manuel Padilla

An Oregon Humanities Project Program

Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities.


Manuel Padilla has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University and an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace. He has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees. Currently he implements reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service, works with youth through restorative justice frameworks, and volunteers with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Circles of Support and Accountability program. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes and dialogue to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability to transform conflict and build civil society. An Oregon native, he is happy to be back, rediscovering roots and enjoying all life has to offer here.

What is the Conversation Project?

The Conversation Project offers Oregon non-profits free, humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. In the first four years of the program, more than 170 nonprofits across the state hosted almost 400 Conversation Project programs as stand-alone events, parts of a series, and supplements to their regular programming. Programs last sixty to ninety minutes and engage participants in thoughtful and inspiring discussions that are designed to improve understanding of diverse perspectives on a given subject. All discussions are led by humanities experts who have been trained as conversation facilitators, connect the subject to participants’ experiences and to the local community, and model critical thinking without advocating a particular political agenda.

 Oregon Humanities

Stroud’s program is made possible by funding from Oregon Humanities, which connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.