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1 January 2016 - 31 January 2016
Jan 2 Sat
Jan 5 Tue
The two guest speakers for this month's meeting will be
  1. Michael Shannon - new Exec Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
    Topic: Why we oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership and how we will defeat it

  2. Paige Shell-Spurling
    Topic: Human Rights conditions in Colombia
Join us and SHARE the event on FACEBOOK
For years, you have been part of a growing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest to oppose dirty, dangerous oil trains and terminals. This January, you can help us make a powerful statement against Tesoro-Savage's proposal for the biggest oil-by-rail terminal in North America.

WHAT: Public hearing on the proposed Tesoro-Savage crude oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver

WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 1 - 11 p.m. (or until the last speaker), with a rally outside the hearing during a break at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Hall B, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642 (Just outside of Vancouver, WA)

Jan 6 Wed
Welcome to the meeting.
Jan 7 Thu
Black Lives Matter Portland presents the Black Radical Film Series. Once every month we'll host a screening and group discussion of a film exploring the Black Radical tradition.

Our first film is The Murder of Fred Hampton, a two part documentary which describes the life and political assasination of iconic Black Panther Party Illinois Chapter Chairman and founding member of the Rainbow Coalition, Fred Hampton.

Light food and beverages will be provided. This space will center the voices of Black and Indigenous folks. Allies are welcome.

A sliding scale donation of $5-10 to support the work of Black Lives Matter Portland and In Other Words is appreciated but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Jan 8 Fri
With calls for both the exclusion and registration of Muslims in America, Islamophobia has become an increasingly common aspect of national conversation. And, from anti-Muslim rallies in Medford to street harassment in Portland, Oregon isn't immune.

Join us for a conversation connecting national rhetoric to local activity with a focus on lived experiences and how we can make our communities safe and welcoming for all of our residents. We'll first talk to Kayse Jama of Center for Intercultural Organizing and other local Muslim leaders about their experiences with Islamophobia in Oregon. We'll then widen the conversation to include other community members to consider how this latest upswing in anti-Muslim hate speech may be connected to other anti-immigrant commentary on the local and national stage. Stay tuned for more speakers. More info including list of speakers

Jan 9 Sat
Legislators will hear invited testimony from speakers chosen by community groups to describe our housing emergency and policies that can help alleviate the crisis. There will be a short time for the public to speak with legislators and share written comments at the end of the program.

  • Co-hosted by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer & Rep. Rob Nosse
  • Attended by Speaker Tina Kotek
  • Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, Rep. Jeff Reardon, Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson Rep. Lew Frederick, Rep. Joe Gallegos, Rep.Carla Piluso, Senate President Pro-tem Diane Rosenbaum, Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Sen. Michael Dembrow

For questions, contact Jen Corbridge at rep.alissakenyguyer.state.or.us
Jan 11 Mon
Join Portlanders calling to close down the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,exactly 14 years to the day after it opened, with a visibility action. Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group will use its 12-foot-tall "tower of peace" to call attention to the notorious prison where over 100 people still languish in a facility that undermines the supposed rule of law that separates our country from chaos.

Despite a strong signing statement indicating he still desires to close Guantanamo and vetoing the first version of the legislation, President Obama signed the 2016 defense authorization bill which continues to restrict his ability to transfer prisoners out of the facility. The prison population has been reduced from 775 to 107, but Obama has not been successful in closing down the prison in seven years in office.

Most held at the facility have been denied access to legal help; many have been exposed to harsh conditions that have been described as torture. Forty-eight of the detainees have been cleared for release. Only three were convicted of crimes. Organizers of the event believe that continuing to hold people in an off-shore prison without prosecution is an unacceptable violation of human rights, which is inspiring people to take action against the United States in acts of so-called "terrorism." It is time to shut it down.

for more info: Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group 503.236.3065 irag@pjw.info www.pjw.info/Iraq.html
Jan 12 Tue
For years, you have been part of a growing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest to oppose dirty, dangerous oil trains and terminals. This January, you can help us make a powerful statement against Tesoro-Savage's proposal for the biggest oil-by-rail terminal in North America.

WHAT: Public hearing on the proposed Tesoro-Savage crude oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver

WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 1 - 11 p.m. (or until the last speaker), with a rally outside the hearing during a break at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Hall B, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642 (Just outside of Vancouver, WA)

Join the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans, AFL-CIO, and Oregon Fair Trade Campaign ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union Address to say no to the TPP and the dangers it poses to affordable and life saving medication access. We will be meeting outside of Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenaur’s office to send a message to Oregon’s entire Congressional delegation, vote NO on the TPP!
Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will speak about the impact climate change has already had on Oregon, and discuss new initiatives to reduce the state's carbon footprint.

Bradbury currently serves as one of two Oregon representatives on the NW Power and Conservation Council. Sponsors include 5th Ave. Resilient, 350PDX, and Renew Oregon

The public is invited to this monthly meeting of the Oregon Progressive Party. All are welcome, but only members get to vote on decisions.
Jan 14 Thu
Time and details to follow.

The struggle for a $15 minimum wage is at the heart of today's struggle for higher wages, for a solution to growing income inequality, and for the unionization of fast food workers and others who have been left out of the benefits of union rights

More info on FACEBOOK
FREEDOM ON MY MIND: superb film on the crucial 1961 Mississippi Voter Registration Project with a short pre-film POETIC JUSTICE open-mic poetry event with distinguished poet/emcee JOHN SLAUGHTER!
Suggested donation $7-10, no one turned away for lack of funds!!!
Bring a poem to share!

Freedom On My Mind dramatically interweaves powerful personal interviews, rare archival film and television footage, authentic Mississippi Delta blues, and vibrant Movement gospel songs. It emphasizes the strategic brilliance of Mississippi's young, black organizers. Barred from political participation, they create their own integrated party - the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). They recruit a thousand mostly white students from around the country to come to Mississippi, bringing the eyes and conscience of the nation with them.

FACEBOOK
Jan 15 Fri
Three wars, millions of lives, and 25 years later, the United States continues its military and economic intervention in the country of Iraq. Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) in remembering the date that "Gulf War Part I" began in 1991 with an expanded PPRC Friday Rally on January 15, starting at a special early time, 4:30 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison (tentative location).
More information: www.pjw.info/gw25yl.html
While this current rental crisis is being blamed on the record low vacancy rate caused by booming population growth and the post-recession stall in new housing development, i.e. on “supply and demand”, economic forces do not explain nor justify our rents increasing without bound, nor the involuntary displacement from our homes and communities via no-cause terminations of tenancy. Our landlords and property managers claim they are not to blame for our dramatic rent increases -- that it's because there is not enough supply. That the solution isn't rent control, but more supply. But they aren'tbeing forced to raise our rent! They do it because they can.
More Info: heyevent.com/event/ybvdytwbmlxjwa/against-discriminationagainst-retaliation-housing-justice-rally-and-march
Jan 16 Sat
Al Shropshire and the members of UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters invite you to an open public forum concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership and how it relates to the Citizens of Oregon and the Pacific NW.

There wil be presentations by speakers and an opportunity for all who would like to be heard.

Refreshments will be served.
We are parents, grandparents, neighbors, caregivers and friends and we reject the hateful rhetoric targeting Muslims, black people, immigrants, refugees, women, Latinos, Arabs, Jews, LGBTQ communities (and on and on)! Those messages of hate do not represent us or the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who call this state home. We want to show every community in this City that we will stand up for love and interrupt the hate. Join us, your neighbors and friends, as we gather together at Portland City Hall on Saturday, January 16th at 1 pm, to show up for the communities being targeted and to send out a new message that hate doesn’t belong here—only love and respect does.

We will be hosting a rally inside City Hall with speakers from the communities who have been targeted and those who stand in solidarity with them - along with other local civil rights leaders. This event will be followed by a peaceful public demonstration in front of City Hall that will show the whole city that we stand together for love, inclusion and respect.

More info on FACEBOOK

Jan 18 Mon
World Arts Foundation, Inc. presents its 31st consecutive Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undoubtedly one of the great American heroes and world citizens. The 2016 tribute will include arts and musical tributes to local artists whose contributions have put Portland on the map and will last a lifetime.

The entire program will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by showcasing a variety of outstanding expressions in song, oration, dance and drumming. Program format will include digital media, high definition tape-delayed broadcast, and live artistic presentations commemorating Victory Beyond The Dream. Program participation will include an array of community speakers from various civic and social community organizations.

Invited guests will include a variety of talented local and regional performances by: The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Chorale (Seattle/Renton, WA), Derrick McDuffy and Kingdom Sound, local student groups and choirs from Portland Public Schools, the nationally acclaimed Jefferson Dancers and much more.

Lifetime Achievement Awards: is a program centerpiece, which recognizes the contribution of individuals and organizations for exemplary community service. They have distinguished themselves, and have gone the extra mile to give the greater Portland metropolitan community a higher quality of life. Our 2016 recipients include: Clara Peoples & Geneva Knauls (Posthumous), Minnie Bell Johnson, Matthew Barnett, Rose Mary Anderson, Jim Pettyjohn, Hurtis & Dorothy Hadley, Mel Brown and Paul Knauls.

Dreamers Village and Bazaar: complement the full day of voices, music, and purpose with a full range of arts, crafts, services, educational materials, food, photographs, films, and a cultural-rich network of arts and education advocates.

$5.00 donations or five units of non-perishable foods will be collected at the door and given to local food banks.

~ Kenneth Berry, Executive Producer, World Arts Foundation, Inc.
~ Keep Alive The Dream Tribute
Jan 20 Wed
Welcome to the meeting.
Following the Paris Climate Talks, many world leaders and big green groups were quick to claim victory. But what really happened in Paris? Where is the final agreement taking us, what are the implications for climate justice and where does our movement need to go?

We’ll hear from Jill Stein, Maralena Murphy, Ptery Leight and Virginia Wiseman, all of whom were in Paris, about the talks and the role the grassroots in Portland can play to bring about climate justice. The panel will be followed by a discussion/Q&A.

Co-hosted by Portland Central American Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Right 2 Survive and 350PDX.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit the FACEBOOK page!
Jan 21 Thu
Topic: A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service
Speaker: Jamie Partridge

Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier, is the national coordinator for Communities and Postal Workers United. Many national and local organizations - unions, community, and faith organizations - have joined together to fight the privatization of the US Postal Service, an institution enshrined in the Constitution and supported by the American people.

The Breakfast Forum is an informal group which meets monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Fee. No Registration required. For info, call 503.774.9621.

This public hearing will probably not start before 10 a.m.

R.3 RESOLUTION Opposing Oil Shipment by Rail, and Endorsing Comments on the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Sponsor: Commissioner Jules Bailey, D-1. Presenters: Tim Lynch (Senior Policy Analyst), Allyson Boyd (Continuity and Resilience Planner), Elizabeth Clapp (Senior Research Analyst), Dr. Patrick O’Herron (Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, President), Jared Smith (ILWU Local 4, President), Dan Serres (Columbia Riverkeeper, Conservation Director), Michael Lang (Friends of Columbia Gorge, Conservation Director), and others (60 min)

See Multnomah County Commission Agenda: multnomah.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=3&event_id=515

Chair Deborah Kafoury (503) 988-3308 mult.chair@multco.us
Commissioner Loretta Smith (503) 988-5219 district2@multco.us
Commissioner Judy Shiprack (503) 988-5217 district3@multco.us
Commissioner Diane McKeel (503) 988-5213 district4@multco.us
Jan 22 Fri
At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

Speaker: Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Political Science and International Studies, Portland State Univesity
Jan 23 Sat
Public Meeting
Jo Ann Hardesty or Cynthia Harris
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
General membership meeting
Jan 24 Sun
This documentary film by Matthew Pillischer is the first showing in Ending the New Jim Crow (a Social Justice Action Group of the 1st Unitarian Church) monthly film series, New Visions for Our Justice System. The panel discussion following the film will feature David Rogers (American Civil Liberties Union) and Kasia Rutledge (Metropolitan Public Defenders).
Free, all welcome
Visit the documentary's website
Jan 25 Mon
On Monday, January 25th, Know Your City and Renew Oregon are hosting a community dialogue with speakers who organize in very different communities for a clean Oregon future. Topics include carbon pricing, equity and environmental justice, grassroots coalition building, and creating green jobs for working Oregonians.

Join us at SEIU Local 503 (6401 Southeast Foster Road). Speakers include:
State Representative Lew Frederick, District 43
Mark Gamba, Mayor of Milwaukie
Barbara Byrd, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO
Nik Blosser, CEO of Celilo Group Media
Laura Stevens, Field Organizer for Sierra Club

Moderator: Maggie Tallmadge, Environmental Justice Manager for the Coalition of Communities of Color

More info
Jan 26 Tue
Come to our monthly meeting to find out what's new in our efforts toward 100% clean energy. Pizza at 6 pm and meeting runs from 6:30 - 8 pm. Contact Laura Stevens for more information: laura.stevens@sierraclub.org 503-238-0442 x305.
Jan 27 Wed
Bruce Elison was a member of the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Comittee during the 1970's and has represented Indigenous activist and Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier for nearly 40 years. He witnessed specific incidences during the Pine Ridege Reservation "Reign of Terror" and has researched, studied and documented the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Pine Ridge, as well as the FBI's activities against the American Indian Movement (AIM). Ellison has represented environmental activists including Tre Arrow and Rod Coronado. More recently, as a co-founder of the Black Hills Alliance, Ellison has been part of the legal fight to stop the uranium mining in the Black Hills, as well as block construction of the Keyston XL Pipeline. Please support Leonard Peltier! The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee is asking President Obama to release Peltier after 40 years of incarceration.
Event is free and open to the public.
Jan 29 Fri
As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: how can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

Speaker: Jamie Surface, PSU Middle East Studies Center
Jan 31 Sun
The Seventh Annual Earth Care Summit will explore the interrelationships of soil, food, faith and climate. This yearly event provides opportunities for networking among congregations, community agencies and businesses that are involved in the greening process; sharing best practices; and celebrating the many creative ways of caring for creation. The event is organized by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, and co-sponsored by the University of Portland and other local faith communities, organizations and businesses.

Summit with Keynote by Randy Woodley

Tickets available here
Sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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