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26 April 2018 - 25 May 2018
Apr 26 Thu

 

Coordinator: John Perona of Citizens Climate Lobby

Professor, Environmental Biochemistry, Environmental Law, 
PSU and OHSU 
Climate Reality Leader 
CCL Lobbyist 

Apr 29 Sun

Please join us for a viewing of At the River I Stand a documentary on the AFSCME Memphis sanitation workers strike in the spring of 1968. The event will start at 5:30PM with food/refreshments followed by a panel discussion at 6:00PM about workers of color and the labor movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.  Short preview of At the River I Stand at newsreel.

Apr 30 Mon
The Gig Economy and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are rapidly changing our economy and workforce. From being paid less than minimum wage to interference in states' legislative process - it's clear that TNCs are putting profits over workers. We have an opportunity to change that in Portland. Join us on April 30 to tell Portland City Council to give Uber & Lyft drivers and impacted community members a voice.

Learn more at www.transportationfairnesspdx.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/592250751158405/?active_tab=about 
 
May 1 Tue

May Day Morning Action to Call Out the Portland Business Alliance at their Annual breakfast meeting.

Why? Portland Business Alliance (PBA) claims to represent 1900 Oregon businesses in its endorsement of the Pacific Connector Pipeline/Jordan Cove fracked gas project. PBA also opposed the fossil fuel facility ban and launched an aggressive campaign to weaken the Superfund Clean-up Plan. PBA is the most reliable opposition voice to environmental progress in Portland. Few member businesses are aware; many would be aghast. Let’s inform them . . . and the general public.

Bring signs and help hold our long banner! We’ll also hand out quarter sheets to the 1000+ attendees as they enter the parking garage. *Please wear business attire if possible.*

Feel free to show up around 6:30 a.m. to help set up. Their meeting starts at 7:30AM. After party at Citizen Baker – 1 block away.

Check out the Facebook event here.

*Home-made signs – effective in large, bold letters and few words. Better to use term “fracked gas” instead of white-washed terms “LNG” or “Liquefied Natural Gas”.

LIKE us on FACEBOOK and then Invite your friends. Click www.facebook.com/events/958379144270088/

Eastside democratic Club is a member organization Annual Membership fee is only $5.00 and can be paid to Steve Elder at the meeting.

Public is always welcome at our meetings.
May 2 Wed

POLICE PEACE PDX 2018

Community Police Forum Focused on Addressing Police and the Community in Dialogue and Workshops
 

FREE; please RSVP at https://policepeacepdx.com/

We are pleased to have the opportunity to host this third-annual event planned and produced by Portland-area students.  More information: https://policepeacepdx.com/

Doors open at 6 
 
Join Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Oregon's 3rd District) for a Town Hall about the state of our public lands in the current political climate. Come to learn about the various anti-public lands bills in Congress, the ongoing efforts to expand protections for public lands, and the current status of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Free beer and light snacks will be available, as well as ways to get involved with groups fighting to protect our public lands. Learn more about the event and register here.

 
Note it is highly recommended that you register in advance.
May 3 Thu
ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS! Come join us to further the human rights work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).

Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic justice, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis.
May 5 Sat
Cinco de Mayo
 
YOU ARE NOT A LOAN!

Strike Debt/Portland Public Banking Alliance

Join Strike Debt Portland and Portland Pubic Banking Alliance in a public forum about the role of and effect of debt on our society. When student debt or medical debt or parent and grandparent debt gets to be excessive, how do we respond?

The results of debt wreaks lives, and devastates communities; an increasing reliance on credit to maintain our basic living standards reveals an economic system that enriches the few at the expense of the many.

 
Please RSVP so we know how many lunches to have ready.  RSVP Here

Debt is not just personal. It is also institutional with our governments going into increasingly large levels of debt in order to provide the basics needed to run our cities, counties and states, to provide basic services. Around the nation, cities, counties and states are examining the role that public banking can play in providing basic services like affordable housing and education and investments in the local economy.

In addition to providing space for personal stories of the effects of debt, a panel of speakers will be present to discuss the debt issue, including

In addition to providing space for personal stories of the effects of debt, a panel of speakers will be present to discuss the debt issue, including

  • Dr. Nicholas Hartlep, author/editor and Professor of Education Programs at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.

  • Ellen Brown, founder of Public Banking Institute; author of The Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution

  • David e. Delk, Chair of the Portland Public Banking Alliance

  • Lane Thompson, Family Economic Opportunity Program, Case/Innovative Changes

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 10 AM to 2 PM; doors open at 9:30 AM

Location: First Unitarian Church, SW. 12th and Salmon in the Buchan Room

Admission: $5-20; no one turned away for lack of funds

Please RSVP so we know how many lunches to have ready.  RSVP Here

Join Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, Alliance for Democracy and Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program for a screening of 2008 PBS Frontline documentary with reporter T.R. Reid


 

SICK AROUND THE WORLD
Other Rich Countries Have Universal Health Care 
Why Don't We?


 

Join documentary reporter T.R. Reid as he compares how five other rich capitalist nations are able to treat health care as a human right and ask "Why Can't We?"

T.R. Reid will be available following the screening for comments and Q & A.

Admission: $5 - 20; no one turned away for lack of funds
Doors open at 6:30 PM
RSVP Eventbright:  https://tinyurl.com/SATWorld
Facebook event page: 
  https://www.facebook.com/events/1601879806526459/

May 7 Mon

Chase, Stop Fracking with Oregon.  Move your money  action. 

Join the 350PDX Divestment/Reinvestment & Fossil Fuel Resistance Teams for an action to draw attention to one of the most destructive corporations on the planet.

J.P. Morgan Chase is the only US bank funding the proposed fracked gas pipeline to Jordan Cove, Coos Bay OR. Chase is also funding a new version of Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Oklahoma!

Street theater! Music!

This 350PDX Portland action is part of a nation-wide 350.org action. Chase is the #1 financier of extreme fossil fuels on Wall Street, increasing its investments in tar sands, coal and liquefied/fracked gas by over $4 billion last year. Chase is also asking the SEC to block a shareholder vote for a study of the financial and climate risks flowing from its investment in dirty fossil fuels.

If you bank at J.P. Morgan Chase, we urge you to MOVE YOUR MONEY! Look here for ideas of other places to bank.

If you would like to announce your decision to MOVE YOUR MONEY from Chase at the action please contact us @ the email link above—or just come and surprise us!

RSVP Here

Wear Black if you canv

The Oregon Sierra Club Beyond Gas and Oil Team (BG&O) is moving Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in the right direction -— away from dirty fossil fuel extraction, transport, and export. Here is A Summary of Ongoing Work on gas infrastructure and oil trains. Contact Gregory Monahan, BG&O Chair, for more information or to volunteer: gregory.monahan@oregon.sierraclub.org.
May 9 Wed
Come hear Mark Brenner (former director of Labor Notes) and Don McIntosh (senior staff reporter for the Northwest Labor Press) share their thoughts about the importance and challenges of doing labor journalism.
 

Workers need a source of information and analysis that they can trust that can help them build the movement necessary to advance worker rights and labor-community struggles for a just society.  And publications like Labor Notes and the Northwest Labor Press have important roles to play in that process.  This is an opportunity for us to hear Mark and Don’s thoughts about the challenges facing labor today as well as learn about how those who work as labor journalists keep abreast of current developments, understand their role in reporting for a labor audience, and decide what to highlight in their writings.  During the discussion period we can share our own thoughts about these issues.

 

Labor Notes is an independent national media and organizing project begun in 1979 that also publishes a monthly magazine of the same name that “explore(s) the trends that are keeping workers on the defensive and analyze(s) labor’s responses: what’s working and what’s not?”

The Northwest Labor Press is an independent, union-supported newspaper with a print edition that is mailed out twice a month to over 50,000 members of more than 80 unions in Oregon and Southwest Washington, with a mission “to provide accurate and timely information on the issues that matter most to union members and working people.”

May 10 Thu
The "Great Recession" financial crisis of 2007/8 brought forth the need for Americans to examine the financial institutions which came to negatively impact Americans, increasing the inequities of American society as well as the divide based on race. That examination begun with a critical look at the role of the too-big-to-fail banks and a desire to develop financial institutions which support the needs for local financing of local needs, separated from the profit seeking activities of the too-big-too-fail banks.

Thus a movement to form public banks was reborn. The movement today focuses on the formation of municipal banks. Movement grows coast to coast with active efforts from Seattle, San Francisco, and Santa Fe and going east to Washington DC and Philadelphia. And now the effort starts in Portland.
May 12 Sat
Inspired by a history of effective change-makers in Portland’s past who organized similar events to address the needs of their day, this event is motivated by the need to put Portlanders in charge of smart public policy that promote equity and common good.

This year, we’re taking a deep-dive into 3 subjects:
  • Local campaign-finance reform at the city and county levels, including a potential Portland-area-challenge to Citizens United
  •  Our region’s Clean Energy Transition, with a specific focus on racial justice and broad accessibility (and the Just Energy Transition initiative)
  • The growing interest in City Council Districts and what that transition might entail
We’ll get updates from experts in each fields, and open the floor to hear from you.

More Information here.
We are laser focused on working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.

We have a solid and growing chapter with 20-30 core members who are committed to our approach. We meet twice a month, on 2nd Saturdays (national conference call) and 4th Wednesdays (Social Action Night). We'd love to meet you. Come join us for a brew or some good solid action that makes a difference.

Call Tamara if you need to be let in to the church building: 503 703 7058.

In 1970, over 40 orca were brutally captured from the Salish Sea, one of the world’s richest and biologically diverse inland seas, located in northwest Washington.  The killer whales were taken to marine parks around the world. Tokitae is the sole surviving whale.

 

The Lummi Nation is working to bring Tokitae home, protect the Salish Sea, and raise awareness about a local story of resilience and healing.  
Join us in solidarity with the Lummi Nation and the Portland Harbor Community Coalition, a coalition of Native, African American, immigrant and refugee, and houseless people working to clean up a century of toxic industrial pollution in the 11-mile Superfund on the Willamette River.

 

 

 

HOSTED BY:  The Lummi Nation, The Portland Harbor Community Coalition, and the Sierra Club

WHO: All are welcome!

FACEBOOk:
www.facebook.com/events/187370902061571/

May 13 Sun
Mother's Day
 
May 15 Tue
FREE for Hatch members (learn more about Hatch membership!) $15 for non-members We will discuss types of legal entities available for social enterpreneurs.

www.meetup.com/HATCH-Workshops-Events/events/gzzpslywcbwb/
May 16 Wed
join us for a morning cup-o-joe on your way to work from 7:30-9am. We will rotate locations each month so watch out for a Coffee Club along your commute route.

Coffee Clubs are a place for women to come together, share biking experiences and get to know one another. All are welcome to stay for as long or little as you like on you way to the office. Non-commuters also welcome.

This event is open to all women, female-identifying, trans, and gender-nonconforming people who enjoy biking (or think that they might).

Join the Women Bike group and RSVP (not required) at www.facebook.com/groups/womenbikebta
Enter the church down the brick pathway midway between SW Salmon and Main St, using the right hand door at the end of the pathway. Remember that sometimes the church may be locked up at 7:15, after which access may not be possible. If you are locked out, you can try calling 503.373.4222.

May 17 Thu
A casual get together of folks, usually with a conservation program of some sort. For more information contact the club at oregon.chapter@sierraclub.org.
Forum
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Connect with and learn from people other altruistic Portlanders. Listen to speakers from completely different backgrounds speak about their shared mission to make the world a better place.

Helpers United is a monthly showcase of local projects to make a positive impact and a networking event for those interested in such things. Each month we have five speaker give a five minute presentation about what they are doing to help, followed by five minutes of Q&A with the audience.

Contact: dominickukla@gmail.com
May 21 Mon
The Oregon Sierra Club Beyond Gas and Oil Team (BG&O) is moving Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in the right direction -— away from dirty fossil fuel extraction, transport, and export. Here is A Summary of Ongoing Work on gas infrastructure and oil trains. Contact Gregory Monahan, BG&O Chair, for more information or to volunteer: gregory.monahan@oregon.sierraclub.org.
(712) 775-7031 209-508-222#
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The public is invited to this monthly meeting of the Oregon Progressive Party. All are welcome, but only members get to vote on decisions. Conference call info: (712) 775-7031 209-508-222#

For this meeting, we have Sherry Healy, running for Clackamas County Elections Officer.  also, Ben Lavine, running as Dem against Earl Bluemenauer. 
May 22 Tue
Come to our monthly meeting to find out what's new in the fight against coal.
Contact Laura Stevens for more information: laura.stevens@sierraclub.org 503-238-0442 x305.
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