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14 June 2018 - 13 July 2018
Jun 14 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.
Jun 16 Sat
Umpqua Valley Garden Tour
 
Jun 17 Sun
Father's Day
 
Jun 20 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
Jun 21 Thu
Peace in the City film Series
 

Please join us June 21 for our series opener:
two short films about the transformative power of food.

Knife Skills is an Oscar®-nominated documentary about second chances. Following the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland, where all the staff are just out of prison, the film follows three trainees, tracing their struggle to launch new lives on the outside. (40 minutes)

America’s First Foodie is Portland director Elizabeth Federici's fascinating biography of Portland, Oregon native James Beard...and his indelible mark on America's good food movement. (55 minutes)

This double-header screening will be followed by a Q&A with director of America's First FoodieElizabeth Federici.

Purchase tickets in advance here
Doors open at 6 PM.

Jun 24 Sun
Not in Portland is a gathering of Portlanders who see ICE's actions as unjust and find their continued operations in our city to be unacceptable.
The Cuba Caravan is Coming to Town
 *Movie t Pot Luck
*Information on the Cuban Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba end of July

“Dare to Dream” is a 30-minute documentary that reveals the stories of US students who graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana Cuba. The students received full scholarships from the Cuban government. ELAM, the largest medical school in the world, is revolutionizing healthcare on a global level.

John Waller – National Caravan Coordinator for Pastors for Peace will address how in 1959, the Cuban people “Dared to Dream” a different future for their country.

Since then, the US government has been trying to destroy that dream by economic blockade. Make sure your members of Congress cosponsor legislation for normal travel and trade between the US and Cuba. How can Cuba’s accomplishments inspire us to Dare to Dream? How can we end the US blockade?

For more information call 971-205-2254. Sponsored by Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, Workers World PDX, International League of Peoples' Struggle
Jun 25 Mon
Powell’s Books presents
DAN PFEIFFER
Pod Save America Cohost and Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Portland
$38 (reserved seating)
On November 9, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. How had Donald Trump won the White House? How was it that a decent and thoughtful president had been succeeded by a buffoonish reality star, and what do we do now? 

Instead of throwing away his phone and moving to another country (which were his first and second thoughts), Pfeiffer decided to tell this surreal story, recounting how Barack Obama navigated the insane political forces that created Trump, explaining why everyone got 2016 wrong, and offering a path for where Democrats go from here.
Yes We (Still) Can
An irreverent, no-BS take on the crazy politics of our time, Yes We (Still) Can is a must-read for everyone who is disturbed by Trump, misses Obama, and is marching, calling, and hoping for a better future for the country. After all of the sex scandals, oligarchs, rhetoric, dramatic firings, and ill-advised hirings, Pfeiffer will remind us why we were desperate for "Hope and Change." In a conversation based on his new book, Pfeiffer, former Senior Advisor to President Obama and current Pod Save America cohost, gives real-world advice to Democrats in 2020. 

Price includes a copy of Pfeiffer's Yes We (Still) Can. Books distributed at event.
Jun 26 Tue
Come to our monthly meeting to find out what's new in our efforts toward 100% clean energy. Pizza at 6 pm and meeting runs from 6:30 - 8 pm. Contact Laura Stevens for more information: laura.stevens@sierraclub.org 503-238-0442 x305.
Jun 27 Wed
n January 2017, an idea on social media launched the global March for Science movement. In a few short months, more than 600 cities, 250 partners, and countless volunteers banded together to organize a historical event that drew people of all backgrounds, interests, and political leanings. On April 22, 2017, more than one million marchers worldwide took to the streets to stand up for the importance of science in society and their own lives – and each of them has a story to tell. Through signs, artwork, stories, and photographs, Stephanie Fine Sasse’s Science Not Silence (MIT Press), coedited by Lucky Tran, shares some of the voices from the March for Science movement. Science Not Silence celebrates the success of the movement, amplifies the passion and creativity of its supporters, and reminds everyone how important it is to keep marching. 
Jun 28 Thu
Most of us would agree that natural resources and our surrounding environment have value, but what that value is—and how to protect it—are usually up for debate. Given competing interests and visions of the public good, how do we protect our common resources such as land, water, and air? How are our values reflected—or not reflected—in current local, national, and global environmental policies?

This is the focus of “How Do Our Values Influence Environmental Policy?” a free conversation with Monica Mueller on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 3 PM at SE Uplift 3534 SE Main St Portland, OR 97210. This program is hosted by SE Uplift and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Monica Mueller is an instructor of philosophy at Portland State University and specializes in ethical and political philosophy. She published the book Contrary to Thoughtlessness: Rethinking Practical Wisdom and is interested in discussing the seemingly overwhelming problems of living together in a world with others.

*For questions/concerns or to request accommodations please contact Muz Afzal at muz@seuplift.org or call (503) 232-0010 ext 319.

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Jun 29 Fri
 On Friday, June 29th, Portland-area groups will host an important panel
    discussion concerning the US pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive
    Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran.

The forum is free and open to the public.
 
    Speakers will include:
 
    Jamal Abdi-- VP for Policy & Incoming Executive Director for National  Iranian American Council (NIAC)
 
    Reese Erlich--Acclaimed investigative journalist and author of numerous books on Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Middle East
 
    Catherine Thomasson, MD--Former Executive Director National Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), traveled on a PSR delegation to Iran
    in 2007 to promote diplomacy
 
    Jeff Curtis-Former Peace Corps volunteer in Iran (1967-70), Attorney,Active in Portland-Shiraz Friendship Community, recently returned from
    travel to Iran
 
    In May, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)--known widely as the Iran Nuclear
    Deal. Diplomats both internationally and in the US fear that this increases the risk of war between the U.S. and Iran. President Trump
    has selected advisors (John Bolton, as National Security Advisor and Mike Pompeo, as Secretary of State) who have openly positioned
    themselves as eager to go to war with Iran.
 
    In this climate, it is imperative that community members have the
    opportunity to hear expert speakers discuss the current reality and how
    a dangerous path to war can be averted.
 
    "The Obama Administration handed Trump a nuclear deal that was working and a diplomatic framework for Iran that could have been built upon to
    secure U.S.. interests. Singularly obsessed with unraveling the accomplishments of his successor, and now surrounded by a cohort of
    advisors who have been planning for war with Iran for years, Trump's push for war with Iran is his most reckless policy for America to
    date."  From NIAC Statement by Jamal Abdi.
 
    Partial list of Co-sponsors of the Forum on Iran:
    American Iranian Friendship Council-Portland
    Portland Shiraz Friendship Community
    War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation
    Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
    Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East--
      Portland Chapter
    Veterans for Peace Chapter 72
    KBOO 90.7 FM Community Radio
Jun 30 Sat
 

Families Belong Together - Portland Rally  Sign up to Attend

GOOD NEWS! WE NOW HAVE A CONFIRMED LOCATION. Portland’s Families Belong Together Rally will be held at North Park Blocks, which are located north of Burnside in the Pearl District, and just a stone's throw from the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. After the close of the program, the Center will be open for admission during its normal Saturday hours and we encourage participants to visit its exhibits examining discrimination as a tool used against groups in Oregon’s history.
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Washington Co Unit Summer Potluck
 
 
Jul 2 Mon

Non-League, event of interest
Speakers: Rep. Margaret Doherty; Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon; Peg Cornell, Corvallis Teacher and Corvallis Education Association President
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter (Chelsea Green), environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change.
Jul 3 Tue
Public Meeting
David Delk 503.232.5495
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Join the Eastside democratic Club for our annual July pot luck picnic.
 
Day/Date/Time: Tuesday, July 3rd, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. 
Location: Backyard of Joe and Christine Meyer
                1915 SE Alder, (near 20th and SE Morrison)
                Portland, Oregon
                503-358-0938 
Not associated with the Democratic  Party.
 
This picnic is free and open to the public.
 
Please note. No grill will be available, but food can be warmed with the stove top or the oven inside.
 
Please bring a chair 

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.
Jul 4 Wed
Independence Day
 
Jul 5 Thu
On Thursday, July 5, I am hosting a town hall at the Camp Withycombe in Clackamas. I invite all Clackamas County residents to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.

Join OFNHP members at Kaiser Permanente who are standing up for good jobs and quality care for our community.

Friday July 6 from 12-1pm at the Kaiser Interstate Campus (3704 N Interstate)
WEAR RED!!!!


Nurses and other healthcare professionals at Kaiser who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals are currently negotiating a new contract that put Kaiser caregivers and patients first, and they are asking for community support. Come join us and rally for a fair contract!

Click Here for more info and to share this even on social media.

MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
Jul 9 Mon
Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse – all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female president? Why aren’t more women heads of Fortune 500 companies? As Karen L. Garst’s Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith – And for Freedom (Pitchstone) explores, it would be hard to find a bigger culprit than religion when identifying the last cultural barriers to full gender equality.
Jul 10 Tue

The environmental committee of the One Oregon immigrant rights coalition would like to invite you to a workshop on the intersection of environmental advocacy and immigrant rights.

 

Where: 222 NW Davis Street, 2nd Floor, Portland

When: July 10th, 10am-12pm

RSVP here

 

As members of the Environmental Committee of One Oregon, we have been working hard to fight against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that poses grave threats to our communities. We are committed to continuing to spread awareness of these issues within the environmental community and fostering collective action.

 

The connection is especially important to address as IP 22, an anti-immigrant ballot measure seeking to repeal Oregon’s 30 year old sanctuary law, is expected to make the ballot in November.

 

Join us as we discuss IP22, the extremist hate group spearheading the effort, and the historical context in Oregon that makes the initiative a credible threat.

 

Bagels, pastries, and coffee will be provided!

Jul 11 Wed

Sierra Club produced a short documentary about clean energy that we are showing across the country. This is a good event to invite friends and family to that may be new to clean energy organizing.

 

Join us for a night of family friendly fun and action for clean energy!  

 

We’ll have pizza and watch Reinventing Power, a documentary that tells the backstory of clean energy from innovation to installation. Over 50 minutes, we’ll hear directly from the people around the country whose lives were changed because of the clean energy economy.

 

What: Reinventing Power film showing, pizza, and family friendly fun!

Where: Sierra Club, 1821 SE Ankeny St, Portland, 97214

When: Wednesday July 11th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

 

RSVP NOW!

 

Following the film we’ll discuss the latest on clean energy in Oregon, including how you can take action to help Oregon transition off of fossil fuels and onto clean energy.  

 

We’ll have kids activities in the room adjacent to the film showing.  All ages are welcome.

In her groundbreaking and timely book, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Beacon), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In her in-depth book, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
Jul 12 Thu

- Live music by music from "Sierra Club Hot Club" and Porch Revival
- Grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers, snacks and cake
- Basecamp beer on tap (donated!) + non-alcoholic beverages
- Childcare
- Campaign update and inspiration from Khanh and Tony - @ about 6:45
- The unveiling of our brand new Pledge to Vote kits!

 

Anthony Alvarado’s D.I.Y. Resistance: 36 Ways to Fight Back! (Seven Stories) celebrates the power of the people and shows how readers can take inspiration from the actions and words of leaders, activists, and historical heroes, and how we can learn to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally in troubled times, and do our part to look after the larger community around us. Our fight is not a new one. It has been going on continuously for thousands of years, as individuals and movements have stood up to despots and demagogues. D.I.Y. Resistance lays out the successful tactics people’s movements use to defeat tyrants: defend free speech, look after your community, fight racism and misogyny, organize, protest, network, and publish.
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.
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