NCAP and Allies Sue Department of Homeland Security

For over 125 days, anti-racist Black Lives Matter protests have taken place in the streets of Portland to demand racial justice. Protesters have regularly been subject to massive, indiscriminate deployments of teargas, pepper spray and other chemical munitions. NCAP believes that the federal government blatantly violated federal law when it flooded Portland and the surrounding communities with an unprecedented amount of chemical weapons. Continue reading

Why the West is Burning

And What We Can Do (By Laura Keir, Communications Coordinator) With much of the West coast still burning, everyone at NCAP extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families, farms, businesses and communities that have been affected by the recent wildfires. These wildfires have caused monumental pain and devastation, and we wish a speedy recovery for those impacted. Our greatest appreciation goes out to the firefighters, first responders and volunteers who have been working courageously to battle the fires, save people and property and support those in need. Continue reading

From Portland, OR to Kenosha, WI, We Repeat:

People Are Not Pests (By Dominica Navarro, Healthy People & Communities Program Coordinator) The city of Portland has exceeded its 90th night of protests after the brutal and unjust killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in late May. On August 23rd, Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin while his three children watched in the car nearby. In response to continued police violence, protestors have turned out in support of #BlackLivesMatter, calling for racial justice and to defund the police. Yet, as the demands for equity and accountability wage on, we continue to see the excessive use of chemical control agents on peaceful protesters in mass amounts.  Continue reading

Preventing Apple Maggot or Railroad Worm

If you have an orchard or apple trees on your property, you may have had the unpleasant experience of finding misshaped and disfigured apples instead of the beautiful red or yellow ones you’d dreamed of enjoying. You may have bitten into a lovely apple only to find its flesh laced with brownish grey tunnels. Now is the time to act to prevent the apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella) from similarly damaging next year’s crop so you can truly enjoy your apples (or other fruits). Continue reading

MRG Learning Day Panel

Exploring Cross-Sector Partnerships to Achieve True Inclusivity (By Dominica Navarro, Healthy People and Communities Program Coordinator) As a recent McKenzie River Gathering Foundation grantee, NCAP staff had the pleasure of joining the MRG Foundation’s Learning Day Panel last month. On the panel, we met with MRG Foundation staff, board members, grant reviewers, as well as fellow grant recipient organizations. Grantees included Beyond These Walls and HAKI Community Organization. The convening also allowed for us to share NCAP’s current programming and explore intersectional commonalities and ideas for creating “non-traditional” partnerships. To achieve true inclusivity, we must expand our minds and relationships to include all organizations working toward systems level change.  Continue reading