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1 December 2015 - 31 December 2015
Dec 1 Tue
Join the Eastside democratic Club on our monthly meeting with two guest presentations. Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015; doors open at 11:30 AM. Location: Grace Presbyterian Church, 6025 NE Prescott St, Portland OR. Enter church on the church's east side.

Free and open to the public.
Not associated with the Democratic Party.
Please bring food to share if you are able.

First Presentation: Dave Twedell - Business Representative of International Cinematographers Guild) and Diane Winther - General Counsel of IBEW Local 48 representing engineers and technicians at KGW
Topic: Unprecedented Privatizing Scheme - who wins and who loses when the FCC sells the public's airwaves

Second Presentation: Rod Such - former journalist and editor for World Book and Encarta encyclopedias and currently a contributor to The Electronic Intifada
Topic: Why the City of Portland's Investment Portfolio Should Be Aligned with Human Rights. Rod will specifically address the human rights criteria of the city's new socially responsible investment policy and why it applies to four corporations--Caterpillar, G4S, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions--that are complicit in and profiting from Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.

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With only 5 percent of the world's population, the US incarcerates 25 percent of the world's prisoners. This panel seeks to reveal the racism, injustice and corruption within the criminal justice system and police force that has caused the wrongful destruction of millions of lives. Four distinguished speakers will be here to analyze the issues and help us figure out how we can stand up against mass incarceration.

  • Teressa Raiford Mazique (Portland based citizen activist and leader of Don't Shoot PDX)
  • Dean Smith (Washington County Public Defender)
  • Pancho Savery (Reed Professor of English and Humanities)/li>
  • Ron Louie (PSU Professor of Government Relations and former Hillsboro Police Chief)


Hosted by Blue Heron Collective
Free and open to the public! FACEBOOK
Dec 3 Thu
Public Benefit for 350PDX.

Eat, drink, and support 350PDX, an awesome, agile, and effective climate justice organization. Happy Hour all night, and DJ and dancing starting at 9 PM. The first 60 people who donate $10 or more will receive a $5 bar coupon good for food or drinks. Includes a confessional/photo booth to share your repentance, with special guests to bear witness. In collaboration with the Willamette Week Give Guide, donors may be eligible for gifts and incentives, including an E-Bike! Bring friends and party for climate justice!
Speaker: Wael Elasady - Palestinian-Syrian activist and member of the International Socialist Organization.

In the days following the horrific attacks in Paris, our rulers have responded with a narrative and actions that have become all too familiar. French President Hollande immediately vowed to wage "merciless war" against ISIS and launched an intensive bombing campaign in Syria. He has implemented a "state of emergency" that grants exceptional powers to the state. Meanwhile, politicians jin the US and the media are already ramping up a scapegoating campaign against Syrian refugees and Muslims.<.P> Come to this meeting of the Portland International Socialist Organization to talk about the background to the recent attacks, how we can resist the tide of war and racism, and what we can do here to contribute to the building of a genuinely internationalist alternative. More info on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/546777582136496/

Dec 4 Fri
Annual Scrooge Party 2015 sponsored by Portland Jobs with Justice

Entertainment, food, drink, celebration, and of course the crowning of our Scrooge of the Year 2015!

Scrooge of the Year is an annual award the community (you!) vote on to award to the year's worst Portland-area player. It can be a corporation, a politician, or someone completely different.

2015 Nominees:
  • World Duty Free - bad airport employer
  • Instafab - workers have been on strike, fired for months
  • Wim Wievel - pushed to arm PSU security guards
  • ATI - 3300 steelworkers locked out for months
  • Lawrence Convalescence Home - trying to decertify the union

We here at Portland Jobs with Justice think it's important that the voting process for this award is true to our American democratic system. That's right - this election is for sale! You may purchase as many votes as you wish to decide the worst boss in town.

Each ticket is good for 20 votes + 1 free drink at our annual scrooge party and can be purchased for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Portland Jobs with Justice.

Come along for the usual mix of entertaining skits, food, drink, celebration, and of course the crowning of our Scrooge of the Year 2015!

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Dec 8 Tue
Join us and trade-displaced mill workers next week on Tuesday, December 8th — the anniversary of NAFTA — to voice Oregon’s opposition to the worse-than-NAFTA Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement.

11:00 AM - Photo op outside closing Newberg paper mill - 1301 Wynooski St Newberg, OR
11:30 AM - Speaker’s panel with trade displaced mill workers - 215 N Blaine St, Newberg, OR

As a result of failed U.S. trade policies, on November 17th the Newberg, Oregon paper mill closed indefinitely, resulting in the loss of 250 family-wage jobs and the largest tax source for the Newberg community. In all likelihood, in the next few months most the paper mill closure will cause a domino effect, resulting in the loss of another jobs as families are no longer able to afford to go to restaurants, get the car fixed and more, hurting local businesses that these family-wage union jobs support. Offshoring in the private sector also means less tax revenue in the public sector, leading to budget deficits, furloughs and layoffs of public employees, as well as less money for schools, roads, libraries, fire-departments and other critical public services. All products manufactured at the Newberg mill where 100% recycled paper products made from recycled paper and wood gathered from the greater Portland, Oregon area. This mill was one of the last paper recycling facilities in Oregon and the recycled paper and wood once processed there will now likely be shipped and processed in countries with weak environmental policies. What could be worse than this?

The worse-than-NAFTA TPP threatens to offshore more Oregon jobs, further drive down wages and further harm the environment. Enough is enough. Click here to urge Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to vote against the TPP and click here to RSVP for the December 8th rally in Newberg against the TPP.

RSVP to Carpool from Portland - Departing from downtown Portland at 10 am

Author Steven Hill talks about his new book, Raw Deal. Raw Deal is an exposé that challenges conventional thinking about the Sharing Economy, and the hype celebrating this new economy, by showing why the vision of the "techno sapien" leaders and their Ayn Rand libertarianism is a dead end. Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fraud: the so-called "sharing economy," with companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit allegedly "liberating workers" to become "independent" and "their own CEOs," hiring themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages while the companies profit.

Date:Time: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 7 PM with doors open at 6:30 PM

Location: First Unitarian Church, Buchan Reception Room, SW 12th and Salmon, Portland OR

Admission: $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds

Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, KBOO Community Supported Radio
Dec 9 Wed
Lecture
Amber Morrrison, amorrison@worldforestry.org or 503.488.2122
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The World Forestry Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the Pinchot Institute will hold a public lecture reporting on the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Paris, France. Dr. Steven Running was a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He received his M.S. in Forest Management at OSU and his Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology at CSU (Colorado). He is now a Regents Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Montana, where he has been since 1979.

Dr. Running will be "on the ground" at the World Forestry Center while the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will be taking place in Paris. He will talk about the latest climate negotiations, and the specific role global forests have in the Earth climate system.

tickets: $5 student; $10 General
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Contact Amber Morrison Send Mail or 503.448.2122 with questions.

Dec 10 Thu
This December, leaders from around the world are decending on Paris to forge new climate agreements that will inevitably be written and supported by the fossil fuel industry. We need system change, not climate change!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the ultimate example of the a capitalist system that seeks to subvert democracy with corporate control of our communities. Land and people around the world will be impacted by the erosion of human rights and natural rights while increasing the rights of the 1% to profit at all costs.

Join us on the week of NAFTA's anniversary to say NO to new free trade agreements that threaten people and climate. We will have a short rally followed by an action to go after a local champion of the TPP right here in our own backyard. Wear blue!

For more info on the TPP: www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/oregon/orftc-campaigns/the-trans-pacific-free-trade-agreement/
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/events/720356791432359/
Dec 12 Sat
December 12th, the day after the UN Paris Climate Talks end, people all across the world are taking to the streets to make sure the people, not the politicians, have the last word. Regardless of what gets decided in Paris, we know that climate leadership is coming from the ground up with the grassroots and cities leading the way.

In Portland, we’ll gather at the base of the Tilikum Bridge, the Bridge of the People, for a short rally with music and speakers, before marching across in a call for climate justice.

  • 11:30 AM - Gathering starts with music
  • 12:00 PM - Short rally featuring Kathleen Dean Moore & other local leaders for climate justice
  • 12:30 PM - March across Tilikum Crossing

More info on FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/events/558850330947283/
Dec 15 Tue
Join Portland Rising Tide to support land defenders working at the front lines of the climate movement. We are hosting a film screening and discussion about the threats facing the Unist'ot'en in Northern British Columbia, and to raise funds to support their efforts to resist big oil and gas. As we watch world leaders juggle with our climate future this week in Paris, the story of the Unist'ot'en serves as powerful inspiration and demonstrates the strength of a community who takes matters into their own hands. The films document the creation and ongoing success of the Unist'ot'en Camp, as well as recent confrontations between the police and Chevron. $5-20 sliding scale, (all money donated to Unist'ot'en Camp) Plus, everyone is entered in a raffle!

RSVP on Facebook and help us spread the word by sharing! RSVP on Facebook and help us spread the word by sharing!
Dec 16 Wed
Portland is in a Renter State of Emergency.

No-cause evictions and rent increases are at record levels.

Landlords and developers are forcing responsible and reliable tenants out of their homes and communities, into one of the worst and most aggressive rental markets in history, without consideration of the impacts on our tenants.

It’s time for tenants and working Portlanders to come together and say enough.

join Know Your City and Portland Tenants United (Portland’s new tenant union) for a community dialogue about how these skyrocketing rents impact our communities, and what we can do about it.

Speakers include
  • Katrina Holland, Community Alliance of Tenants
  • Margot Black, Portland Tenants United
  • Vahid Brown, Hazelnut Grove
  • Josh Alpert, Chief of Staff for Mayor Charlie Hale
  • Meg Guerra, Hacienda CDC
Moderator: Michelle DePass, Portland Housing Bureau

We will also be engaging in group breakout sessions after the panel so that every attendee can have their voice heard.

More info: heyevent.com/event/7nwm25jn5boxea/the-rent-crisis-a-peoples-perspective?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email
Dec 17 Thu
Nicholas S. Reed, a volunteer who worked on "The Innocence Project while a student in the University of Washington's School of Law, will talk about his experiences. This program has found hundreds improperly convicted of crimes, and for some, has enabled reversal of their convictions and release. Some were on death row. There will also be discussion about bills supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon in the 2015 legislative session.

Free and open to public. Breakfast not served.
Dec 19 Sat
Dec 22 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.
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