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20 February 2018 - 19 March 2018
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 www.facebook.com/groups/womenbikebta
\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, fwm-nw@nfwm.org *(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.

www.nobayoubridge.global/

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

DETAILS ON FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/events/1526083624172099/
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: laura.stevens@sierraclub.org 503-238-0442 x305.
Feb 28 Wed

BERNIEPDX EVENT

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.

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

ABOUT SUSHEELA JAYAPAL
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.

ABOUT SHARON MAXWELL
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.

ABOUT SHABBA WOODLEY
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.
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: gregory.monahan@oregon.sierraclub.org.
Mar 6 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.
“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.
Mar 8 Thu

Feminism for the 99%          https://www.womenstrikeus.org/

The International Women’s Strike is a network of women in more than 50 different countries that emerged through planning a day of action for March 8th. International Women’s Day. We see our efforts as part of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, criminalization and policing, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.

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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Mar 13 Tue
Did you know that the City of Portland and Multnomah County have a Climate Action Plan that provides a roadmap for cutting our carbon emissions?

If successful, by 2050 we will cut our carbon emissions by 80 percent. There is a role for everyone: government, businesses, and individuals.

The League of Women Voters of Portland will present an educational panel discussion to explore how Portland is working to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will give us an overview of the plan, including the goals and our progress so far.
  • The Northwest Earth Institute will explain what individuals can do to lower their personal carbon footprint, and will offer opportunities for involvement in Earth Day activities and beyond.
  • Local businesses will discuss what they are doing to thrive and grow while lowering the carbon footprint of their businesses.

If you are interested in what our city is doing to reduce our carbon footprint and what this will mean to you, please join our March Civic Education Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), Multnomah County Building, 501 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR

The Civic Education Program is free and open to the public. 
Mar 14 Wed
Sunshine Week
 
A conversation with
Rene Denfeld, novelist nd former chief investigator at Metropolitan Public Defender

David Rogers, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon

Bobbin Singh, executive director of Oregon Justice Resource Center and member of the Oregon Civil Rights Council

Snacks and conversation  to follow

$10 general admission.  No-cost tickets available.

Minors welcome when accompancied by an adult. 

www.oregonhumanities.org />  

The uprising began on Valentine’s day 2011 in response to Governor Scott Walker’s introduction of a bill designed to destroy public sector unions, an opening salvo in his war to slash public services.  Tens of thousands of union and community members occupied the capitol and tens of thousands more engaged in a series of marches and demonstrations over a four-month period. How did the movement grow so fast? What role did unions play? What were some of the strategic choices made by unions and working people in their struggle against the right in Wisconsin?

 

Come hear Nikki Mandell (former Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Rick March (former Wisconsin state employee serving as the folk arts specialist at the Wisconsin Arts Board), both participants in the uprising, reflect on these questions and share insights relevant to building resistance to the current attack on unions and working people.


For more information, call Jobs with Justice, 971-242-8702 or visit the event facebook page

How will the rapidly accelerating introduction of autonomous, electric, and hybrid vehicles impact our lives and environment? How will they impact greenhouse gas emissions? How might they change the urban landscape? Find out when Let’s Talk Climate presents a panel discussion on strategies and effects of electric and autonomous vehicles on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the SEIU Local 49 Union Hall at 3526 SE 26th Ave, Portland, just south of Powell.

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has outpaced most expectations. In addition to passenger cars, electric transit buses and delivery trucks are on the horizon.

The technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs) is developing rapidly. It is widely expected that AVs will be electrically driven and used on demand in a shared transportation economy.

Both of these raise opportunities and concerns for urban planning. The electric grid will need to accommodate the increased demand, and there may be less need for fossil fuel infrastructure. AVs might need less lane width and travel more closely to one another, perhaps resulting in more space in existing rights of way. At the same time, perhaps AVs would encourage longer commutes if we could use the time spent on the road more productively than driving, increasing pressure on the current urban growth boundary.

The panel will address strategies to encourage adoption of EVs that enable a just rollout, the considerations of testing AVs, and some of the potential implications for urban planning.

Panelists include Ingrid Fish, Policy & Research Analyst with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Eliot Rose, Technology Strategist, Metro; and Becky Steckler, Program Manager, Urbanism Next, University of Oregon.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2012910352309985/
Website: www.letstalkclimatepdx.org
Mar 15 Thu
DeRay Mckesson will join us in Portland March 15th for a meet-and-greet and speaking event called Power, Police and Privilege.

Mckesson is noted for his civil rights activism, capitalizing on contemporary ways of reaching people and organizing them online through social media but also known for being in the streets for protests such as those in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, after the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.

MEET DERAY

DeRay was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School.

DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of joincampaignzero.org, MappingPoliceViolence.org and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity.

Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and beyond, DeRay has become a key player in the work to confront the systems and structures that have led to mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. He is also the host of critically acclaimed Pod Save The People, a weekly podcast creating space for conversation about the most important issues of the week. The podcast is also about making sure people have the information they need to be thoughtful activists and organizers. DeRay was named one of the World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Important People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION

Tickets for this event are available exclusively from our website: ojrc.info/deray/. Proceeds from this event will benefit all of our programs including free legal services for justice-involved women and immigrants and for the wrongfully convicted.

Tickets to the meet-and-greet with DeRay at 6 pm include drinks and light hors d'oeuvres as well as priority seating for the talk at 7 pm. Meet-and-greet tickets are $125 and are limited in number.

We're offering sliding scale tickets for general admission to the speaking event at 7 pm. You choose to pay $25, $45 or $65.

Entry to the speaking event is free for formerly incarcerated people. Please note that free entry is not available to the meet-and-greet.

We don't want anyone to be prevented from attending this event for financial reasons, so scholarships for the speaking event are available. Please contact Amie Wexler at awexler@ojrc.info for more information.

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

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

Contact: dominickukla@gmail.com
Mar 16 Fri
This year’s symposium features some of the leading voices combating animal exploitation. Topics include how animals are used in entertainment, animal exploitation for sustenance, and the use of animals as resources. RSVPTickets cost $15–75.

Please join us as we come together to welcome, honor, heal, and celebrate. This will be a fun evening of LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES about what it means to be a refugee, immigrant, and Muslim in Portland. There will also be performances of different cultural music and dances. We hope that you will join in, but you are welcome to watch and mingle.

We will have 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: please contact Som Subedi at som.subedi@portlandoregon.gov.

Mar 17 Sat
St. Patrick's Day
 
Tax the Rich and save our community centers! Imagine everything else we could fund too.

Join Portland Democratic Socialists of America in supporting the Sellwood and Woodstock Community Centers Rally on March 17.

This is a super kid-friendly event! Face painting, sidewalk chalk, balloons, a marimba band and more.

Why are we gathering? Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has proposed 5% reductions to the city's budget, including cutting community centers -- despite the fact that the city is experiencing in economic boom. And not everyone is sharing in this individual wealth.

The money our city needs is already here. Tax the Rich. Save Our Community Centers.

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Mar 19 Mon
The Oregon Sierra Club Beyond Gas and Oil Team (BG&O) is moving Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in the right direction -— away from dirty fossil fuel extraction, transport, and export. Here is A Summary of Ongoing Work on gas infrastructure and oil trains. Contact Gregory Monahan, BG&O Chair, for more information or to volunteer: gregory.monahan@oregon.sierraclub.org.
(712) 775-7031 209-508-222#
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The public is invited to this monthly meeting of the Oregon Progressive Party. All are welcome, but only members get to vote on decisions. Conference call info: (712) 775-7031 209-508-222#

For this meeting, we have Sherry Healy, running for Clackamas County Elections Officer.  also, Ben Lavine, running as Dem against Earl Bluemenauer. 
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