Neeraja Havaligi’s Farewell Letter

Greetings, everyone. I hope this finds all of you safe and well. Consider this as a personal note of gratitude to all of you for your continued support to our organization with your readership, partnership and participation in the work we do. As I step away from GPSEN as its Executive Director,...

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Portland Declares A Climate Emergency

Hours after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly revoked their support from the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter project, a controversial freeway widening project, the council voted to adopt a climate emergency declaration. Globally, thousands of jurisdictions have declared climate...

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Racism, our Inner Pandemic

By, Neeraja Havaligi June 2020 Inner Pandemic, A fragile unyoked need for assertion and power one over the other. Fed by fear, shaped by stereotypes, grown in suspicion, evolving sight that only sees, ‘the other’. Inner Pandemic Intimidates into silence, Overlooks, un-hears, And claims it did not...

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Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park

Introducing Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park:  Major improvements complete at historic park (Portland, OR) – Portland Parks & Recreation and Mayor Ted Wheeler are pleased to announce that the former Lynchview Park (SE 167th Avenue and Market Street in east Portland) has been renamed Verdell...

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Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment

This week, amid a surge of protests over police violence against black Americans, there’s been renewed scrutiny on the links between racism and environmental degradation in the United States. To help readers understand those links, I put together a quick reading list about climate change and...

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2020 PSU Sustainability Celebration video!

We are so proud of all of the efforts that have been accomplished at PSU this year!  So many GPSEN leaders are included in this video, including former GPSEN Board President, Heather Spalding, who won the PSU Sustainability Legacy Award.  Such wonderful news, Heather! Hear from President Percy,...

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Does Art Matter?

Does Art Matter? A Reflection on GPSEN’s Sustainability Symposium Series “Arts and Activism” Webinar By, Neeraja Havaligi, GPSEN Executive Director Art, a thread A memory, of the past and the present, A reminder, for the future, Art. Art, Opens senses, Multiplies capacity finds...

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