Historian and documentarian Rex Ziak and Colleen Works, Oregon's 2011 Teacher of the Year, are two of the powerful speakers in STAND UP! STORIES, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:00pm, at the Astoria Event Center, 894 Commercial Street in Astoria.
STAND UP! STORIES will follow the format of the entertaining international series of TEDTalks, with ten mesmerizing speakers giving talks of 15 minutes or less. Senator Betsy Johnson, renowned for her straight-talking candor, will kick off the event.
Colleen Works, a self-described "adventure junkie" who calls teaching "the most important job in the world," will speak on How To Grow A Leader. Works is currently the assistant principal at Corvallis High School, where she has taught American history, civics, sociology and government, language and theater.
Master storyteller Rex Ziak will conclude the series with “What One Man Can Do: Slaying Giants.” Rex is a local guy who has earned a living digging ditches, setting chokers, plowing fields with oxen, running a mountain still, looking through cameras, researching history, writing books, and talking. “When corporations cut 1,000 year old forests,” Rex says, “there’s only one thing a citizen can do.” Find out what at STAND UP! STORIES.
Bob Van Dyke, Forest Policy Manager at the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, will talk about the challenges of the Clatsop state forest. Margaret Frimoth, Executive Director of the Lives in Transition Program at Clatsop Community College, will speak for marriage equality. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis will illustrate the challenges of providing mental health services, and what could be done. Sean Doyle, Medix EMT, will tell us how and why Medix employees voted to join the Steelworkers Union. Greg Delgado of Causa, will illustrate the importance of immigrant rights; and attorney and musician John Orr will talk about the importance of activism. Bruce Buckmaster of Salmon For All will speak straight from the heart about gillnet fishing on the lower Columbia River.
Also on hand will be representatives from local organizations to help connect and engage attendees.
Doors to the Event Center will open at 1:15pm for engaging with these groups. The talks will begin promptly at 2:00pm.
This is a free civic engagement event, open to all, presented by the Clatsop County Democrats.
For more information about the program, contact project director Cindy Price at 503-791-1710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also: www.clatsopdemorats.org and on Facebook: Clatsop Democrats.