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13 February 2018 - 12 March 2018
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.
We discuss public issues and how to get things done.
Feb 14 Wed
Valentine's Day
Feb 15 Thu
A casual get together of folks, usually with a conservation program of some sort. For more information contact the club at
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
Public holiday in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
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:
(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#
Feb 20 Tue
FREE for Hatch members (learn more about Hatch membership!) $15 for non-members

We will discuss the legal and tax rules applicable when a non-profit organization engages in revenue generating activity.
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 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 the fight against coal.
Contact Laura Stevens for more information: 503-238-0442 x305.
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.
Mar 5 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:
Mar 6 Tue
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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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 11 Sun
Daylight Saving Time starts
$6 suggested donation; no one is turned away for lack of funds

This movie screening is being hosted by Liberation Literacy, a radical social justice reading group that has been meeting every Wednesday at the Columbia River Correctional Institute since October 2016. Lib Lit is led mostly by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to empower those that have been most impacted by the prison industrial complex and raise awareness about impact of mass incarceration in our community.

The goals of this fundraiser are to spread knowledge about the black freedom struggle, and use donations toward adding books to the Freedom Library and publishing our seasonal newsletter.

The film documents a conversation between three Black Vietnam war veterans intercut with footage of the 1967 Spring Mobilization anti-war demonstration, a national action taking place just one week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s delivery of “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” at Riverside Church in New York City.

The themes of King’s Riverside speech resonate throughout the film. As he spoke then:
…it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. And so we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. And so we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago.

Thank you to the Hollywood Theatre and Cinema Project for making this fundraiser possible, and to the Black Film Center/Archive for information about the film.

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