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8 February 2018 - 7 March 2018
Feb 8 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.
Feb 10 Sat
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.
This black history month, join youth activist Llondyn Elliot as he takes us on a walk down Albina, the neighborhood he grew up in.

This tour celebrates and commemorates pieces of Portland's black history with stops at:

--> One of the few remaining black-owned businesses on North Mississippi Ave, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge
--> The only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church
--> The historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland
--> Dawson Park and the remnants of Albina’s City Hall building

The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed. This tour provides a great opportunity for visitors, and residents alike to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina, to the city Vanport and beyond.
Feb 11 Sun
Learn about the connections between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s/1970s and the social justice movements that are currently occurring - how things have changed, how they have stayed the same, and what they can do to get involved.

Hosted by Oregon Black Pioneers

Feb 12 Mon
Captain Moore discovered the floating "plastic island" in the Pacific 20 years ago - and has been fighting plastic pollution ever since. Come hear Captain Charles Moore, discuss his research and book Plastic Ocean, and how to take action to stop plastic pollution.

Learn the shocking truth about the unintended consequences of the “Age of Plastics” we got here, & what we must do to stop adding to the millions of tons of plastic choking the world’s oceans.
Feb 13 Tue
Capt. Moore speaks about "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch."
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Free event in Eliot Chapel
One of the first to sound an alert and draw attention to the growing mass of plastic pollution in the world's oceans will be here to share the latest information and discuss the options.
Author Charles Moore will be in Portland to present current research at an international science conference on ocean health, and has offered to make a free public appearance at First Unitarian.
He will discuss the history as well as the current status of what we know about the rapid accumulation of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and what we can do about this enormous problem. Moore has been a frequent guest on TV and his TED talks have been viewed well over a million times.
Come hear him in person and stay for the Q&A. This event is co-sponsored by Community for Earth and UU Animal Ministry groups, with support from the Caring for Creation group at St. James Lutheran Church.
Feb 14 Wed
Valentine's Day
Feb 15 Thu
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.

Feb 19 Mon
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Feb 20 Tue
From Earl Blumenauer:

"Throughout my career serving in Congress and local government, I’ve been critical of the disastrous impacts of the War on Drugs. This decades-long, $1 trillion policy failure has criminalized the most marginalized among us. Americans struggling with homelessness, mental illness, and addiction have been hit hardest, particularly in low-income communities of color. Here in Oregon and across the nation, we are struggling with how to address these intersecting crises, and people everywhere are realizing that incarceration is not the answer.

"Jailing those most in need of our support has only served to worsen their plight and further destabilize under-resourced communities. If we intend to make all of our communities safer, healthier, and more humane places, we need to truly address criminal justice reform, homelessness, and mental health and addiction by ending the failed War on Drugs and paving a new path forward.

"As I continue gathering information about comprehensive solutions, I want to hear from you. I'm hosting a public forum to discuss what we can do about this issue together. I want to hear your ideas and questions about ending the failed federal War on Drugs."

Earl's remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Executive Director of the Avel Gordley Center for Healing at OHSU
Bobbin Singh, Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center
Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, President & CEO of Central City Concern
Shannon Wight, Deputy Director of Partnership for Safety and Justice
Feb 21 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
\Meet the candidates BerniePDX will vote to endorse for Metro!
Ask them your questions, hear about why they're running, and their plans for the Portland Metro area. Afterwards, we'll send out an endorsement poll via email for you to cast your vote.
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.

Feb 23 Fri


February 23rd 9:30am-2pm
Oregon State Library
Rooms 102 and 103
250 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Day at the Legislature is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oregon. Angela Crowley-Koch of the Oregon Environmental Council will speak about the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, Allison McIntosh of Neighborhood Partnerships will speak about housing issues and Legislative Fiscal Officer Ken Rocco will speak about the state budget. State Treasurer Tobias Read, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner and Rep. Carl Wilson will also join us. Registration begins at 9:30, lunch at noon. Morning coffee and pastries included in ticket price.
Feb 24 Sat
Come meet our farmworker labor union workers and others who support farmworkers in the Pacific Northwest at: Farm Worker Ministry Northwest's Community Forum

We will hear from PCUN – Oregon’s Farm Worker Labor Union, United Farm Workers, Western Farm Workers Association, and Familias Unidas Por La Justicia, the new farmworker labor union in Washington State.

For more information, contact: Rev. Connie Yost, FWM-NW President, 503-885-0155, *(enter double glass doors off of 14th Ave., go right to the Fellowship Hall directly beneath the Sanctuary) Snacks provided. Free will offering goes directly to support farmworkers.

Feb 26 Mon
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would cut across Southern Louisiana to bring fracked-oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline system to export facilities. Construction recently began on the pipeline, but frontline communities are resisting. The hub of this resistance is the L'eau Est La Vie Camp.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is being proposed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline and other harmful projects across the continent. ETP is one of the most reckless corporations in the world and they must be held accountable.

Organizers are calling for solidarity actions targeting the major financial institutions that are backing ETP.

#NoBayouBridge #PipelieResistance #weekofaction #LeauEstLaVie #waterislife #resistancestartshere #NODAPL

Feb 27 Tue
Candidate forum for City Council position #2. Featuring candidates Julia Degraw, Nick Fish, Nicholas Sutton & Philip Wolfe

Sponsored by Portland Resistance, Democratic Socialist of America, Working Families Party and Democratic Party

Join us to hear from the candidates, voice your concerns and values with audience questions, and learn more about the political races happening where you live!
Being politically informed and active is crucial to bring about the social change we want to see in our communities - that’s why we do our best to educate voters.

We are happy to announce that ASL interprets will be provided for this event.
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: 503-238-0442 x305.
Feb 28 Wed


Wednesday 2/28, 7-9pm: Meet the candidates BerniePDX will vote to endorse for County Commissioner!
We will be hearing from candidates for County Commissioner. Ask questions, hear about why they are running and their plans for the future. Afterwards, we'll send out an endorsement poll via email for you to cast your vote.

BerniePDX will welcome county commissioner candidates who have completed our questionnaire and been invited to speak. Bring your questions! Find out what their vision of the future is and how they align with your values. An endorsement poll will be sent out after the meeting.

Mother, business owner, social justice activist, Co chair of the New Portlanders Policy Commission and dedicated advocate to communities of color.

Susheela was born in India, and grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. She came to the United States in 1979, at the age of 16, to attend college. Her parents believed that a good education was the cornerstone of a good life, and they used all of their extra income and savings to make sure Susheela received that education. Susheela is an attorney and a community advocate. As an attorney, Susheela represented the government in taking on corrupt and negligent bank officers during the fiscal crisis of the 1980s, provided free legal services to people seeking political asylum in the U.S., and worked on improving labor conditions at factories in Southeast Asia. As a community advocate, she has supported our public schools; worked to improve access to reproductive healthcare; and has challenged the power structure in our local arts institutions to ensure that public dollars are invested in communities of color. She will bring to the Multnomah County Commission her personal experience as an immigrant, a woman of color, and a mom; and her professional experience moving large institutions to make things better for those with the least power.

I’m excited to launch my campaign for County Commissioner, District 2, as a champion of everyday people and those who have been historically left behind, discounted, marginalized, and not represented.We can do better and we will do it together. You can’t lead people or work with people where you haven’t been willing to go yourself, I’m the candidate that has lived in the neighborhood, built the buildings, run the business, housed the homeless, worked with the young adults to achieve brighter futures, given jobs to the overlooked, and reached out to our entire community.

Authentic leadership that is not beholden to for-profit interest is what I want to bring to the leadership of Washington County. As someone who has experienced most of the pressing issues in the county, I bring the perspective of not only understanding the issues but a deeper insight that allows me to feel the urgency for a resolution. My key issues that I want to tackle are Affordable housing, County services, and sustainable growth. I believe that investing focus and energy into the things that county citizens need is the best way to keep our community growing at a healthy pace. I envision a future where leadership is there to promote the welfare of the community, leadership that is not bought, and elected leadership that understands that they are the servants to the people’s best interest.

Mar 1 Thu
Women's History Month
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.
MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
Mar 6 Tue
“What Does Justice Look Like?” Series
Part one of this series, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Graduate School’s Center for Community Engagement, is a screening of Right of Passage. This documentary recounts the journey of a small group of disenfranchised people and their courage and strength to seek justice with the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Janice Tanaka, the film's director.
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