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1 March 2017 - 31 March 2017
Mar 1 Wed
Women's History Month
 
Rank Schenck, randschenck@msn.com
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Hearing on Clean Energy and Jobs: March 1, Salem

A public hearing to cap and price carbon pollution is scheduled at the state legislature, on Wednesday March 1 from 3:00 to 4:45, in Hearing Room F. Wear Blue

The March 1st hearing will provide opportunity for public testimony. For the March 1 hearing, we need to fill the hearing room and overflow rooms with supporters of action on climate. A rally on the Capitol steps prior to the hearing will also be held at 1pm - please attend that if at all possible as well.
Join us for a screening of Outside the Frame's documentary, the Lost Boys of Portlandia, and a panel discussion with youth who have experienced homelessness.

The Lost Boys of Portlandia is a film where Homeless youth in Portland, OR, debate if and how to return to mainstream society while creating their own film version of the iconic story of Peter Pan.

“On its surface, it’s a film about the making of a film, but the backdrop is flooded with one of Portland’s most pressing social issues.” -KGW-TV

Hosted by the Tikkun Olam Committee of Havurah Shalom.
Free, all ages. Refreshments provided.

Trailer:vimeo.com/otfpdx/lostboyspdx
For more information visit otfpdx.org

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Welcome to the meeting.
Mar 2 Thu
Announcing PIELC 2017: One Cause, One Voice

Over the last 35 years, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference has brought together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. PIELC is a nexus for the exchange of ideas and perspectives, and strives to bolster the environmental movement’s human capital through illuminating discussion, productive debate, and collaborative workshops. Each year, the contribution of conference attendees and participants makes a meaningful, positive impact on the natural environment and the people around the world who love and depend on it. Free to the public.

More info: pielc.org
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.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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TV Show
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dr. Don Baham interviews interesting people about who they are as unique, one-of-a-kind individuals – and just about anything else that we think might make for interesting conversation. Each show features a distinct topic for discussion. Dr. Don Baham is a retired Clinical Psychologist. He can be reached at: (503) 626-1048 or friendlydon [at] aol.com Washington County, OR area: Shows are repeated on Channel 21 in Washington County at:
Friday 8:00 pm Saturday 3:30 am & 9:00 pm Sunday 3:00 pm
Mar 3 Fri
Announcing PIELC 2017: One Cause, One Voice

Over the last 35 years, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference has brought together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. PIELC is a nexus for the exchange of ideas and perspectives, and strives to bolster the environmental movement’s human capital through illuminating discussion, productive debate, and collaborative workshops. Each year, the contribution of conference attendees and participants makes a meaningful, positive impact on the natural environment and the people around the world who love and depend on it. Free to the public.

More info: pielc.org
Oregon legislators are holding seven town halls across the state to receive input about the next state budget. On January 19, the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee released an “Existing Resources Framework.” The framework outlines changes and cuts to state services that will be considered if Oregon does not increase revenue. You can read more about some potential proposed cuts in our introductory Legislative Update.

droregon.org/2017-leg-update-1/

The overwhelming issue before the legislature is the $1.8 billion projected shortfall of revenue to cover ongoing expenses for 2017-2019. About $1 billion of that budget hole is the cost of continuing Oregon Health Plan coverage for all those enrolled. Meanwhile, the new federal administration and Congress are discussing possible cuts to Medicaid and elimination of the Affordable Care Act.

Here is your chance to speak with your legislators about the state budget and impending cuts.
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Mar 4 Sat
Announcing PIELC 2017: One Cause, One Voice

Over the last 35 years, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference has brought together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. PIELC is a nexus for the exchange of ideas and perspectives, and strives to bolster the environmental movement’s human capital through illuminating discussion, productive debate, and collaborative workshops. Each year, the contribution of conference attendees and participants makes a meaningful, positive impact on the natural environment and the people around the world who love and depend on it. Free to the public.

More info: pielc.org
This experiential workshop develops insight and tools for actively integrating social justice, collective liberation, and ecological sustainability. We will explore topics of structural oppression, institutional power, white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism, within an intersectional, anti-oppression framework. Through various activities we will build cultural competency, lay the groundwork for true solidarity, and investigate the interconnection of anti-oppression and sustainability. This workshop draws from the practices of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, Generation Waking Up, Deep Culture, and Theatre of the Oppressed. RSVP

Barbara “BJ” Jefferson is a queer, black, gender non-conforming experience designer and facilitator specializing in solutionary leadership, anti-oppression, personal and community development, and collective healing. BJ thrives when creating “brave spaces” for individuals to critically and wholeheartedly nurture their purpose in service of social, political, ecological, personal, economic, and spiritual change.
BJ is a lead trainer with The Work That Reconnects, Generation Waking Up, and Young Women Empowered; and a full-time business student.
Join your friends and neighbors as well as area allies for a festival of LOve in downtown Lake Oswego! Let's show the state and country that we are in solidarity with ALL human rights!

We are meeting at Millennium Park at 11:00 a.m. and then will make our Stand along State Street/Hwy 43 before returning for a celebration in the park with information-sharing, music, speakers, face painting, and fun.

Bring your rainbow garb, signs with positive messaging, balloons, a sense of humor, some snacks, and lots and LOTS of your friends and family members! Remember to dress for the weather. This event will take place rain or shine!

This is a non-violent action. We will follow a code of conduct in alignment with the values of non-violence.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1279704208784400/
We would like to invite you to a town hall meeting with Representative Kurt Schrader and Oregon State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon in Woodburn. This is an opportunity to ask Congressman Schrader and Represntative Alonso Leon questions, express your concerns and hear from them about the work they are doing in the U.S. and Oregon Legislatures.
On January 20, Portland police opened fire on peaceful protesters, spraying them with pepper spray for standing and shooting people with rubber bullets as they yelled “peaceful protest.”

Innocent protesters and KIDS were sent to the hospital by the police, the people who are sworn to protect us. Instead, they assaulted us and violated the First Amendment.

A couple of days after, we demanded that mayor Ted Wheeler fire the police chief. Of course the answer was “no” with not even a second thought, so on January 25, we took to City Hall, protesting Ted Wheeler and the police chief. We did what we warned--we shut down Portland and cut off intersections. They gave us no justice and we gave them no peace.

We call everyone out to come join us on Saturday, March 4th at Pioneer Square to protest police brutality and of course, Trump.

See you then!
#MarchonMarch

REMEMBER! This is a NONVIOLENT protest we cannot get our message through if we are violent

www.facebook.com/events/1725612151085269
Mar 5 Sun
Announcing PIELC 2017: One Cause, One Voice

Over the last 35 years, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference has brought together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. PIELC is a nexus for the exchange of ideas and perspectives, and strives to bolster the environmental movement’s human capital through illuminating discussion, productive debate, and collaborative workshops. Each year, the contribution of conference attendees and participants makes a meaningful, positive impact on the natural environment and the people around the world who love and depend on it. Free to the public.

More info: pielc.org
Mar 6 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.
In BIG FARMS MAKE BIG FLU, a collection of dispatches by turns harrowing and thought-provoking, Wallace tracks the ways influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations. Wallace details, with a precise and radical wit, the latest in the science of agricultural epidemiology, while at the same time juxtaposing ghastly phenomena such as attempts at producing featherless chickens, microbial time travel, and neoliberal Ebola. Wallace also offers sensible alternatives to lethal agribusiness. Some, such as farming cooperatives, integrated pathogen management, and mixed crop-livestock systems, are already in practice off the agribusiness grid.

While many books cover facets of food or outbreaks, Wallace's collection appears the first to explore infectious disease, agriculture, economics and the nature of science together. BIG FARMS MAKE BIG FLU integrates the political economies of disease and science to derive a new understanding of the evolution of infections. Highly capitalized agriculture may be farming pathogens as much as chickens or corn.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rob Wallace is an evolutionary biologist and public health phylogeographer. He is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota and an advisor to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on avian influenza. He is previously a co-author of FARMING HUMAN PATHOGENS: ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE AND EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS

Date/Time: Monday, March 6, 2017. Doors open at 6:30; event starts at 7 PM.
Location: Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon
Admission: Donation requested: $5-20; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy
Economic Justice Action Group
Oregon UU Voices for Justice
UU Animal Ministries

Author Event
7:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Do we belong to the earth or does the earth belong to us? The question raised by Chief Seathl almost two centuries ago continues to be the defining quandary of the wet, wild rainforests along the shores of the Pacific Northwest. In Piano Tide (Counterpoint), the breathtaking debut novel by award-winning naturalist, philosopher, activist, and author Kathleen Dean Moore, we are introduced to town father Axel Hagerman, who has made a killing in this remote Alaskan harbor by selling off the spruce, the cedar, the herring, and halibut. But when he decides to export the water from a salmon stream, he runs head-long into young Nora Montgomery, just arrived on the ferry with her piano and her dog. Nora has burned her bridges in the lower 48, and she aims to disappear into this new homeland, with her piano as her anchor. But when Axel’s next business proposition, a bear pit, turns lethal, Nora has to act. The clash, when it comes, is a spectacular and transformative act of resistance.
Mar 7 Tue
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.
DEQ Public Meeting about oil refiner APES' permit renewal & their planned expansion.

Why is it important to attend? In the past, local oil refinery air contamination permits were extended because not 'enough' people showed concern.

It's been almost a year since DEQ told us to "shut our windows and try not to breathe it" when residents complained about how the toxic emissions from Portland's two oil refineries affect their health.

Last August, DEQ revealed that they've known since 2011 that the required emission control devices had been removed. DEQ's lack of transparency about the oil refinery issues is negligent and has eroded our trust in their ability to protect us and the environment.

Meanwhile, APES is still allowed to release poisonous VOCs and heavy particulates 24/7 without ANY emission control devices.

Watch the 10 short educational videos at pdxnhn.org/ called 'Pulling Back The Curtain' and get fired up to speak up on March 7.

www.oregon.gov/deq/getinvolved/documents/031417americanpetrol.pdf
Mar 8 Wed
On this day we celebrate and honor the lives of Women, Women of Color, Transgender. Queer, Non-Binary people who are women aligned, indigenous and immigrant women. The Women's March on Portland recognizes the intersectionality of "womenhood and we celebrate and honor this across all communities. But on this special day, we are dedicating this day to go on strike as we work to fight against the hate rhetoric and inequality that many of us face on a daily basis. Even though we will not be hosting a rally here in portland we want to share with you some ways for you to be involved in standing in solidarity with women and women aligned people all across this nation.

1. Take the day off from paid and unpaid labor
2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small women- and minority-owned businesses)
3. Wear RED in Solidarity with A Day Without a Women

We mark A Day Without a Woman, we do so in support and solidarity of these and all efforts for equity, justice, and human rights. www.womensmarch.com/womensday
You can take action to help ensure democracy is working for all Oregonians by joining us on March 8th for our Democracy Day of Action at the Capitol! Transportation and lunch will be provided. We advocate:

~ Pre-voter registration for 16 year olds
~ Paid Postage on ballots
~ In-language tools for minority-language voters
~ National Popular Vote

When: Wednesday March 8th, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Meet at Bus office (333 SE 2nd Ave) at 7:45 am to ride the bus down to Salem with us!

RSVP here!
*Spanish below*

We invite you to a community forum with lawyers who will speak about immigration laws. We will review our rights if approached by border patrol or Immigrant Customs Enforcement. It is important for families and community to make a plan together, so we want to provide a safe space for you to begin.

Interpretation, childcare and food will be provided for those who RSVP.

Los invitamos a un foro comunitario con abogados de inmigracion quien les va a platicar sobre las leyes federales ahorita. Repasaremos informacion de como protegerse si inmigracion llega a casa. Es muy importante que familias en la comunidad tengan un plan, entonces queremos probeerles este espacio para que sepan comensar las conversaciones.

Interpretacion, cuidado de ninos y comida se proveera para los que se apunten para la reunion.

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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.
Our divestment team is the local arm of international 350.org’s divestment campaign. Our goal is to be informed about global divestment efforts and to use this information to persuade local governments, colleges and universities, foundations and other local not-for-profit organizations to drop fossil fuel investments from their portfolios.

We use various strategies: meeting with elected officials and boards of not-for-profit organizations, supporting college students and alumni who are organizing to encourage their schools to divest, circulating petitions requesting divestiture, and publicizing divestment opportunities and decisions.
Mar 9 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.
TV Show
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dr. Don Baham interviews interesting people about who they are as unique, one-of-a-kind individuals – and just about anything else that we think might make for interesting conversation. Each show features a distinct topic for discussion. Dr. Don Baham is a retired Clinical Psychologist. He can be reached at: (503) 626-1048 or friendlydon [at] aol.com Washington County, OR area: Shows are repeated on Channel 21 in Washington County at:
Friday 8:00 pm Saturday 3:30 am & 9:00 pm Sunday 3:00 pm
Mar 10 Fri
www.facebook.com/events/1383463841674347/

WHY THIS DAY?
From March 7th-10th 2017, members and water protectors in alliance with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be gathering in Washington D.C and put out a call to gather in solidarity across the country on M10.

AND AS FOR OREGON?
Portland marched on J20 against fascism, in solidarity for our women, for the Muslim ban and against hate speech. I want to see us make more beautiful intersectional ties that are inclusive across all communities. The people of this land need you.

WHO IS INVITED?
All Native American people and non-native allies from all communities and tribes. All children and youth are encouraged to come so we can celebrate them - this is family friendly.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?
You will get to hear distinguished native speakers and watch musicians, dancers and singers perform in honor of tradition followed by a solidarity walk that will end in ceremony and prayer.

Gathering will be followed by an official after party by NXT LVL at Jade Club starting at 9pm for 21+!!! Featuring native dj's and performers!!! Donations and proceeds go to Water Protector Legal funds and Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.

WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT?
When you stand for the Native people you stand at the root of injustice. The tone of continual oppressive systems were set when this county was invaded and built on attempted genocide, marginalization and displacement of it's people - our healing is your healing. Our bindings of oppression all look different but are put in place for the same reason. The oppression of the Native people has been widely perpetuated by erasing and silencing their voices and their existence. To exist has been to resist, but today we will rise. Here is the place, now is the time - we must stand together or fall divided.
The Student Sustainability Center with the Sustainability Leaders Network will be showing three movies Gaining Ground on Feb 24, Seed: The untold story on Mar 10, and Queen of the Sun on Apr 21.

Doors Open 6:00pm
Film Screening 6:30pm
Q&A with Activist and Filmmaker

Free for PSU Students with PSU ID
PAY 2 PLAY, Democracy's High Stakes. Driven to make the world better for hisnewborn daughter, John Ennis (Producer) looks for ways out of our system of pay-to-play politics. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY is a fun guidebook to returning the United State government to its People. PAY 2 PLAY features Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, John Nichols, Noam Chomsky, Jerry Springer, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar and more.

Co-sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church, and Oregon UU Voices for Justice.

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

More Information:

Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Dr. Naomi Oreskes
Scholar, Author

The Harvard professor and environmental scientist will share how industry-funded researchers can delegitimize scientific consensus — as in climate change — to mislead policy makers and the public.

Her 2010 book, “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming,” co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Mar 11 Sat
You are invited to the 3rd Annual CSA Share Fair, hosted by the Portland Area CSA Coalition (PACSAC). Our annual Share Fair events are a free showcase of local farmers, offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the 2017 season. This free event is an excellent opportunity to "find your farmer" at our matchmaking booth and learn more about CSAs as an affordable and healthy eating option that also supports local and sustainable farmers! This "pop-up market" will also feature fresh produce for sale, workshops, give-aways, and much more! Mark your calendars and help us spread the word! We're excited about our new location at the Hollywood Farmers Market, and we are looking for volunteers to help us make this years event another resounding success. For more information about PACSAC and Share Fair, check out our event page: www.portlandcsa.org/events/

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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.
With the inauguration of Trump, more attention is being paid to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

This amendment lays out a process for determining whether a president is able to discharge his or her duties. As I looked into it, I realized that there may need to be further actions in order to make the 25th Amendment work.

After conferring with prominent constitutional scholars, I formed a congressional working group to begin addressing these issues.

I'd like to invite you to join me at a public forum to consider some of the pros and cons of this amendment. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts. As is my tradition, we will leave plenty of time for people to offer up their opinions on any issue, ask questions, or make comments.

Please join me at a public forum.

Saturday, March 11th at 10 am; doors open at 9 am. Benson High School Auditorium 546 NE 12th Ave (ADA entry and handicapped parking can be found in the rear of the building on NE 15th Ave.)

Seated capacity will be limited at this event. Please plan accordingly.

Transportation and parking: Parking will be limited at this event – please consider taking public transportation, biking, or walking. Bus line #70 stops nearby, and the MAX stop at NE 11th Ave is a short walk from Benson High School.
In this hands on and interactive training, we will walk through identifing our personal communities, the resources and skills that we have and want to gain, and the threats we face. We will also discuss how to grow our community networks and how to act in solidarity to support the self-determination of others against present and future attacks.

We encourage people to bring a lunch with them. We will have light snacks available.

This event will include childcare and is in an accessible space. If you are planning to attend and need childcare, please email us pdxactnow@gmail.com so we can have enough childcare volunteers.

If you have any questions about the event or need more information, email us at pdxactnow@gmail.com.

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Mar 12 Sun
Daylight Saving Time starts
 
A panel discussion with advocates for landlords and tenants. We will explore the rental crisis in Portland through panel and round table discussions. This is offered in light of the Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads Program.


The book this time is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Books are available at the library and at our bookstore. Questions? Michael Wade (wade.michael@comcast.net).

Hosted by Committee on Hunger and Homelessness and Economic Justice Action Group.
Mar 13 Mon
Bonamici will provide an update on her work in Congress and take questions from residents. The town hall meetings will be held in Hillsboro, Warrenton, Scappoose, Sherwood, and Portland.

more info: bonamici.house.gov/press-release/bonamici-announces-spring-town-hall-meeting-schedule-0
Please attend a citizen meeting in Portland on Monday March 13 with
Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer,
Marge Easley of League of Women Voters, and
Dr. John Koza, Chair of National Popular Vote, originator of the National Popular Vote legislation and author of the book Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote.

The meeting is from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Mar 14 Tue
Sunshine Week
 
The public is invited to this monthly meeting of the Oregon Progressive Party. All are welcome, but only members get to vote on decisions.
Kent Nerburn’s Voices in the Stones (New World Library) is a rare combination of personal memoir, cultural insight, and spiritual teaching that shines a light on our American past while offering us lessons in our quest for a more humane American future. The genius of the Native Americans has always been their profound spirituality and their deep understanding of the land and its ways. For three decades, Nerburn has lived and worked among the Native American people. Voices in the Stones is a unique collection of his encounters, experiences, and reflections during that time. In his deeply touching work, Nerburn reveals the spiritual awareness that animates all of Native American life, and shows us how we have much to learn from one another if only we have the heart to listen.
Mar 15 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.

Welcome to the meeting.
Mar 16 Thu
We are excited to invite you to Unite Oregon's Legislative Action Day in Salem on Thursday, March 16, an empowering opportunity for community members to raise their voices at the state capitol during the formative 2017 Oregon Legislative Session. This year Unite Oregon is continuing our work on ending profiling by law enforcement, and you'll have a chance to talk with elected officials about an important bill that will implement the End Profiling Law we passed in 2015. We are also supporting other critical bills like Cover All Kids, which would ensure that all children in Oregon have healthcare coverage, and a housing bill that would protect tenants from no-cause evictions.

We'll provide lunch and great trainings, hear from some of our legislative champions, rally on the Capitol steps, and show our collective power in the halls of the Capitol. With your support, we can make a real difference in Salem on issues that impact our communities, and our collective action will help make sure these important bills become law. And it will be really fun, too!

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 3rd, so please let us know you will join us at Unite Oregon's Legislative Action Day by clicking on link below. We'll be in touch to confirm and to let you know about transportation, interpreting, childcare, and dietary needs for the day.

We can't wait to see you on March 16th!

In solidarity,

www.facebook.com/events/405537499793919/
Creating a Social Justice Giving Plan During Turbulent Times
A Cross-Class Workshop sponsored by the Social Justice Fund NW

In this challenging political climate -- a right-wing backlash, xenophobia and white supremacy on the rise, and social justice movements poised to fight back -- many of us are ready to step up our engagement with organizations on the front lines of resisting, protecting, and laying the groundwork for progressive change. One way to engage is by donating to grassroots, social justice organizations. But how do you decide how much and to who? Should the urgency of the current moment change the way we give? This interactive, cross-class workshop will help you begin to think through these questions and get you started with creating a giving plan that aligns with your values.

Whether you are trying to figure out how to start giving, or you are struggling with aspects of your current giving, this workshop will help you think about the big questions that can lead to a greater sense of purpose. We'll have plenty of time for discussion and offer resources that can help you move you towards action, taking time to reflect, learn from others, and come out ready to plan your giving for the year ahead.

portland.activatehub.org/events/95701
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. To RSVP, go to the Portland-Vancouver Sierra Club Events Calendar
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.
Let’s Talk Climate will host Mayor Ted Wheeler in a Climate Action Town Hall. Climate stability and preparedness were key topics during the 2016 election campaign and Portland citizens elected a mayor who has made climate action a top priority. Portland’s Climate Action Plan calls for significant commitment from many of the city bureaus in order to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Hotter summers, more flooding, new levels of uncertainty – these are some of the predictions for the coming decades in Portland. This town hall offers an opportunity to hear from city officials as they consider climate action steps in the immediate future. How will the bureaus meet these new goals? How will the mayor set priorities? How can citizens contribute to help mitigate climate impacts? The mayor will speak briefly, followed by comments by senior staff, with plenty of time for questions and answers in a town hall format. Guests include: Ted Wheeler, Portland City Mayor; Michael Armstrong, Senior Climate Planner, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Nathan Howard, senior policy advisor to the mayor.

This event is free and open to the public; please reserve a space on Eventbrite:(mayortownhall.eventbrite.com). Carpooling recommended, bike and car parking available, Trimet bus 15.
Tickets: mayortownhall.eventbrite.com
Author Event
7:30 PM - 11:59 PM
As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (St. Martin’s Press) – a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. In the tradition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time – short, emotional, literary, powerful – this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.
TV Show
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dr. Don Baham interviews interesting people about who they are as unique, one-of-a-kind individuals – and just about anything else that we think might make for interesting conversation. Each show features a distinct topic for discussion. Dr. Don Baham is a retired Clinical Psychologist. He can be reached at: (503) 626-1048 or friendlydon [at] aol.com Washington County, OR area: Shows are repeated on Channel 21 in Washington County at:
Friday 8:00 pm Saturday 3:30 am & 9:00 pm Sunday 3:00 pm
Mar 17 Fri
Rally/march marking 14 years since the US invasion
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is co-sponsoring the Friday, March 17 Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally with the theme "The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq." The rally begins at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, with a march around downtown beginning at about 5:20 PM. The US invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. Even though most of the troops were withdrawn in 2011, they never left completely. With the US' war against the Islamic State starting in August 2014, there are now over 5000 troops in Iraq as "advisors," drone and conventional aircraft bombings, and, with the world's largest embassy, an unending occupation. Although March 2017 marks 14 years since the Iraq War began, one also can look at Jan 1991-- the start of "Gulf War Part 1"-- as the start of what has now been over 25 years of US hostilities in Iraq. Meanwhile, though sanctions were put in place against the late Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990 to force Iraq to repay Kuwait for its invasion of that country, Iraq still has to make payments despite its dire financial and political situation. Making matters worse, Donald Trump told NBC on January 25: "We should've kept the oil when we got out"-- as if the US had the right to take Iraq's oil. He also said, "Maybe we'll get another chance" to "take the oil."
Special flat rate buffet for this event. $15 will include an alcoholic beverage/wine ticket an...
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Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST, the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson, offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future.

The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, DO NOT RESIST puts viewers in the center of the action, from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments. Ultimately the film explores a vast evolution of the culture of policing in America, highlighting a dire need for change.

Watch Trailer:www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zt7bl5Z_oA

Directed by: Craig Atkinson
Produced by: Laura Hartrick
Year: 2016
Please join us as we come together to welcome, honor, heal and celebrate.

This will be a fun evening of Bollywood, African, and Middle Eastern performances and dancing. We hope that you will join in, but are welcome to watch and mingle.

We will have Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern food carts on site serving throughout the evening. We invite you to have dinner here in the outdoor courtyard.

We welcome all Portlanders, of all ages, especially refugee and immigrant families.

This is not a fundraiser. There is no admission price.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this event as great as possible. We hope to have volunteers who can set up, starting at 2:30, volunteers for during the event, as well as tear down which would be approximately until 9:30. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these time slots, please contact Som Subedi at Som.subedi@portlandoregon.gov.

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Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Mar 18 Sat
This experiential workshop develops insight and tools for actively integrating social justice, collective liberation, and ecological sustainability. We will explore topics of structural oppression, institutional power, white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism, within an intersectional, anti-oppression framework. Through various activities we will build cultural competency, lay the groundwork for true solidarity, and investigate the interconnection of anti-oppression and sustainability. This workshop draws from the practices of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, Generation Waking Up, Deep Culture, and Theatre of the Oppressed. RSVP

Barbara “BJ” Jefferson is a queer, black, gender non-conforming experience designer and facilitator specializing in solutionary leadership, anti-oppression, personal and community development, and collective healing. BJ thrives when creating “brave spaces” for individuals to critically and wholeheartedly nurture their purpose in service of social, political, ecological, personal, economic, and spiritual change.

BJ is a lead trainer with The Work That Reconnects, Generation Waking Up, and Young Women Empowered; and a full-time business student. In Seattle, you can find them hosting Black Folk’s Dinner – a monthly potluck dinner party for people of the African Diaspora.
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Mar 19 Sun
Refinery Town - Big Oil, Big Money, and The Remaking of an American city
Meet and talk with author Steve Early

The People vs. Big Oil—how a working-class company town harnessed the power of local politics to reclaim their community

Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California, was once a typical company town, dominated by Chevron. This largely nonwhite, working-class city of one hundred thousand suffered from poverty, pollution, and poorly funded public services. It had one of the highest homicide rates per capita in the country and a jobless rate twice the national average.

But in 2012, when veteran labor reporter Steve Early moved from New England to Richmond, he discovered a city struggling to remake itself. In Refinery Town, Early chronicles the fifteen years of successful community organizing that raised the local minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, challenged home foreclosures and evictions, and sought fair taxation of Big Oil. Here we meet a dynamic cast of characters—from ninety-four-year-old Betty Reid Soskin, the country’s oldest full-time national park ranger and witness to Richmond’s complex history; to Gayle McLaughlin, the Green mayor who challenged Chevron and won; to police chief Chris Magnus, who brought community policing to Richmond and is now one of America’s leading public safety reformers. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 19, 2017. Doors open at 6:30; event starts at 7 PM.
Location: Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon
Admission: Donation requested: $5-20; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsors:
Alliance for Democracy
Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church
Oregon Progressive Party

Mar 20 Mon
Join Commissioner Fritz to discuss how to spend $20 million in Phase 2 of the Bond.

Learn about our proposed projects and give feedback.

Contact Maija Spencer at 503-823-5593 or maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov

www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=26000&a=630919
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.
Mar 21 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.

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Do you want to help mobilize our community around the People’s Climate Mobilization?

This year, the frontline communities of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) are taking a central, leading role in the Portland People’s Climate Movement (PCM). 350PDX is joining in solidarity, led by those who are most impacted by ecological injustice, to advance the Portland PCM Platform.

Join our kick-off Environmental Justice 101 workshop as the first step to be involved in all aspects of planning and organizing our community for the People’s Climate Mobilization!
Frontline leadership does not diminish the valued participation of 350 PDX and other organizations who have led and participated in PCM in years prior. This year’s PCM supports the vision and leadership of people who haven’t been centered, from planning to implementation, with the full partnership of allied organizations and individuals. The proper role of mainstream groups in climate justice is to uplift and support the vision of frontline communities.

Organizations and individuals who want to participate are encouraged to come to this workshop to learn OPAL’s analysis and prepare to take on a role of support in planning Portland PCM.
We’re stronger together, guided by those who are hurt first and worst by injustice.
This is one of hundreds of planning meetings happening around the county dedicated to organizing, planning, and recruiting for the April 29th People’s Climate March in Washington D.C.
At the meeting, you’ll get plugged in to all the work happening in our city. Topics will be wide ranging including what’s in the works, how you can get involved, and why we’re taking an environmental justice approach to PCM.
Join Commissioner Fritz to discuss how
to spend $20 million in Phase 2 of the
Bond.

Learn about our proposed projects and give feedback.

Contact Maija Spencer at 503-823-5593 or
maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov

www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=26000&a=630919
Bernie PDX is bringing in experienced progressive lobbyist and trainer Terry Ann Rogers to teach us how to effectively talk to elected officials about the issues we care about!

Terry Ann Rogers practiced law in the United States for 23 years, 10 of which she spent as a legal aid lobbyist for poor people in the Oregon State Legislature. She lived abroad in six countries (Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Palestine, Bosnia, Serbia and India) over 11 years, working in the development of the rule of law. Since 2010, she has worked as a consultant, teaching women how to lobby women’s issues at various levels of government in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Maldives, Cambodia, Afghanistan, India, Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, and the Republic of Georgia.

The two hour lobby training will focus on how you can become an effective public interest lobbyist and feel comfortable doing it! We’ll cover why you should lobby, some lobbying tactics and the nitty-gritty of an in-person meeting with your legislator (or a government official at any level).

You'll also leave with next steps about local upcoming progressive lobbying opportunities so you can make use of your new skills!

You won't want to miss this training! Please join for what promises to be both a fun and empowering experience!
Mar 22 Wed
TriMet's General Manager, Neil McFarlane, went on record in February advocating for state transportation funding to prioritize four big projects, three of which are interstate-widening projects (I-5 & I-84 at Rose Quarter, I-217, and I-205) and would cost nearly one BILLION dollars.

It is completely inappropriate for the head of TriMet to advocate for scarce state transportation funds to be directed to highway widening.

More info here
An evening of folk and protest songs from the Road Sodas, Gary Furlow & the Loafers and Woodlander.

$15 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Sponsored by 350PDX-SW Team and SW HOPE.
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2889459.
Mar 23 Thu
The environmental community will come together at the Oregon State Capitol to hold our elected leaders accountable and ensure Oregon is taking the lead on fighting climate change and protecting our natural legacy.

Join 350PDX and allies for a rally to let our State Senators & Representatives know we want bold climate action and we want it now! 

Let us know you plan to join for the rally! Carpools will be leaving from Portland at 10:30am
Come join us for an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country where unlikely allies - farmers, shippers, scientists, fishermen and conservationists - are working together to sustain the sea and our ocean economies.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. 6:50 Brief intro. Free admission

ABOUT THE FILM

Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy is a powerful film that chronicles efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. It explores the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing, and recreation, plus expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture, coupled with scientific discovery. The film tells the story of how ocean planning helps us manage and balance all the uses of our ocean to keep it thriving for generations to come.

Along we will learn about the monumental changes that are coming to America, by way of the sea. They come by way of larger vessels and heavier maritime traffic shipping the nation's cargo. They come by expanding forays into offshore energy and aquaculture. They come by the heightened urgency to restore and protect coastlines and ocean habitats. And from the mounting needs of our armed forces to defend them all. From Maine to Virginia, seaward 200 miles, an unprecedented collaboration of state and federal agencies and Native American tribes are working with new ocean data and extensive stakeholder input to keep national security strong, the economy growing, and to protect vital ocean habitat.

Bring something to share if you are able. We will provide pizza and beverages.

Mar 24 Fri
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
POLITICAL POEMS TO INSPIRE CLIMATE ACTION!

Poetry as Insurgent Art ( & Other Political Poems)by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Read by Hester Schell

Valve Turner & Climate activist Ken WarD reads Seattle Poet Emily Johnston and speaks about his recent and pending Washington re-trial.

$20. Donation(suggested)

Cash at the door or bring your online donation receipt.

Donate online at SHUTITDOWN.ORG
RESERVATIONS: valveturnerdefense@yahoo.com
Mar 25 Sat
Family-friendly vigil in Multnomah Village on SW Multnomah Blvd. & SW 35th – across the street from Marco’s from Noon-1:30. Bring signs, dogs, children and rain gear as needed. We also have extra signs to borrow. Stay for as long or short a time as you like. Planned by the SW Team of 350PDX. See you there!
Mar 27 Mon
In Response to ICE arrest of Francisco Rodriguez 'Dreamer' on Sunday

Join to Milenio.org, Voz Hispana to show your support to Francisco Rodriguez and to be confirmed one more person. Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez is a 25-year-old and a DACA recipient who was detained by ICE agents without a warrant at his Portland home on Sunday morning. It was reported that Francisco entered into a DUII diversion program which he completed all the program requirements. We condemn these actions! Friends of Francisco will be speaking at the rally.

Action Sponsored by: Milenio.org and Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario, Friends and of Francisco Rodriguez.

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Mar 28 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.
Kathryn Scotten
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Join us as we review the legislative agendas of the organizations in our community that are leading efforts to reform our justice system. Learn how these issues affect the lives of real people, and learn how you can become engaged in the reform effort.
Eggs: Going Beyond the Carton will include a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts on the differences between conventional, cage-free, free-range, and pasture-raised eggs and why these distinctions matter to you.

Panelists are:

Mark Anderson, Champoeg Farm
Laura Ohm, Grand Central Bakery
Andrew Gunther, Animal Welfare Approved

and, the evening's moderator, Kathleen Bauer, freelance writer and author of 'The Future of Our Food' series and other items at the blog GoodStuffNW.

Panelists will address:

What are the benefits of pasture-raised eggs to you, the chickens, and the environment? They can cost more, but are they worth it?

Why would farmers want to do the extra work of pasturing their hens, and what are the consequences of not letting chickens outside, on grass?

What do you need to know about egg carton labels when purchasing eggs?
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.
Mar 29 Wed
*** Meeting rescheduled for Wed. April 5, 2 PM Please wear orange, if possible, to show support for Fossil Fuel Divestment. Last December’s resolution required the Treasurer to bring this resolution to Council by April 1. We expect it to recommend reinstating the former do-not-buy list, i.e. Walmart and the Carbon 200. We’ll have orange wavers for you. Large signs are not allowed. 2pm time certain. Come celebrate fossil fuel divestment!
Want to know how you can keep your money where you live? Interested in creating prosperous communities in Oregon, and supporting small business?

Come along to your local InvestOR meetup to learn how to make it happen. Oregon’s new securities crowdfunding rules were published in early 2015, making it legal to invest in local businesses. but where do you start? What’s a security? How do you know if you should invest? What’s due diligence? Come along and engage in this practical discussion using a toolkit developed by Hatch Innovation, the nonprofit that led the way for local investing in Oregon.

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TV Show
David Delk 503.232.5495
9:00 PM
Weekly cable access program sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. We use a 1/2 hour interview format, talking with people involved in ending corporate domination and establishing true democracy.

Portland Metro (Portland Community Media)
Wednesday 9:00 pm Ch 23 Saturday 3:00 pm Ch 22 Tuesday 9:00 am Ch 11
Washington County (Tualatin Valley Cable Television): All are Ch 23
Sunday 4:00 pm Tuesday 4:30 am Thursday 8:30 am Friday 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am
Mar 30 Thu
Come talk with Represenative Alissa Kenny-Guyer, Senator Lew Frederick, Senator Michael Dembrow, and Represenative Tawna Sanchez about the current legislative session, the budget and more
Mar 31 Fri
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
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