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15 January 2016 - 14 February 2016
Jan 15 Fri
Three wars, millions of lives, and 25 years later, the United States continues its military and economic intervention in the country of Iraq. Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) in remembering the date that "Gulf War Part I" began in 1991 with an expanded PPRC Friday Rally on January 15, starting at a special early time, 4:30 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison (tentative location).
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While this current rental crisis is being blamed on the record low vacancy rate caused by booming population growth and the post-recession stall in new housing development, i.e. on “supply and demand”, economic forces do not explain nor justify our rents increasing without bound, nor the involuntary displacement from our homes and communities via no-cause terminations of tenancy. Our landlords and property managers claim they are not to blame for our dramatic rent increases -- that it's because there is not enough supply. That the solution isn't rent control, but more supply. But they aren'tbeing forced to raise our rent! They do it because they can.
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Jan 16 Sat
Al Shropshire and the members of UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters invite you to an open public forum concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership and how it relates to the Citizens of Oregon and the Pacific NW.

There wil be presentations by speakers and an opportunity for all who would like to be heard.

Refreshments will be served.
We are parents, grandparents, neighbors, caregivers and friends and we reject the hateful rhetoric targeting Muslims, black people, immigrants, refugees, women, Latinos, Arabs, Jews, LGBTQ communities (and on and on)! Those messages of hate do not represent us or the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who call this state home. We want to show every community in this City that we will stand up for love and interrupt the hate. Join us, your neighbors and friends, as we gather together at Portland City Hall on Saturday, January 16th at 1 pm, to show up for the communities being targeted and to send out a new message that hate doesn’t belong here—only love and respect does.

We will be hosting a rally inside City Hall with speakers from the communities who have been targeted and those who stand in solidarity with them - along with other local civil rights leaders. This event will be followed by a peaceful public demonstration in front of City Hall that will show the whole city that we stand together for love, inclusion and respect.

More info on FACEBOOK

Jan 18 Mon
World Arts Foundation, Inc. presents its 31st consecutive Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undoubtedly one of the great American heroes and world citizens. The 2016 tribute will include arts and musical tributes to local artists whose contributions have put Portland on the map and will last a lifetime.

The entire program will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by showcasing a variety of outstanding expressions in song, oration, dance and drumming. Program format will include digital media, high definition tape-delayed broadcast, and live artistic presentations commemorating Victory Beyond The Dream. Program participation will include an array of community speakers from various civic and social community organizations.

Invited guests will include a variety of talented local and regional performances by: The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Chorale (Seattle/Renton, WA), Derrick McDuffy and Kingdom Sound, local student groups and choirs from Portland Public Schools, the nationally acclaimed Jefferson Dancers and much more.

Lifetime Achievement Awards: is a program centerpiece, which recognizes the contribution of individuals and organizations for exemplary community service. They have distinguished themselves, and have gone the extra mile to give the greater Portland metropolitan community a higher quality of life. Our 2016 recipients include: Clara Peoples & Geneva Knauls (Posthumous), Minnie Bell Johnson, Matthew Barnett, Rose Mary Anderson, Jim Pettyjohn, Hurtis & Dorothy Hadley, Mel Brown and Paul Knauls.

Dreamers Village and Bazaar: complement the full day of voices, music, and purpose with a full range of arts, crafts, services, educational materials, food, photographs, films, and a cultural-rich network of arts and education advocates.

$5.00 donations or five units of non-perishable foods will be collected at the door and given to local food banks.

~ Kenneth Berry, Executive Producer, World Arts Foundation, Inc.
~ Keep Alive The Dream Tribute
Jan 19 Tue
Jan 20 Wed
Welcome to the meeting.
Following the Paris Climate Talks, many world leaders and big green groups were quick to claim victory. But what really happened in Paris? Where is the final agreement taking us, what are the implications for climate justice and where does our movement need to go?

We’ll hear from Jill Stein, Maralena Murphy, Ptery Leight and Virginia Wiseman, all of whom were in Paris, about the talks and the role the grassroots in Portland can play to bring about climate justice. The panel will be followed by a discussion/Q&A.

Co-hosted by Portland Central American Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Right 2 Survive and 350PDX.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit the FACEBOOK page!
Jan 21 Thu
Topic: A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service
Speaker: Jamie Partridge

Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier, is the national coordinator for Communities and Postal Workers United. Many national and local organizations - unions, community, and faith organizations - have joined together to fight the privatization of the US Postal Service, an institution enshrined in the Constitution and supported by the American people.

The Breakfast Forum is an informal group which meets monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways. Fee. No Registration required. For info, call 503.774.9621.

This public hearing will probably not start before 10 a.m.

R.3 RESOLUTION Opposing Oil Shipment by Rail, and Endorsing Comments on the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Sponsor: Commissioner Jules Bailey, D-1. Presenters: Tim Lynch (Senior Policy Analyst), Allyson Boyd (Continuity and Resilience Planner), Elizabeth Clapp (Senior Research Analyst), Dr. Patrick O’Herron (Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, President), Jared Smith (ILWU Local 4, President), Dan Serres (Columbia Riverkeeper, Conservation Director), Michael Lang (Friends of Columbia Gorge, Conservation Director), and others (60 min)

See Multnomah County Commission Agenda:

Chair Deborah Kafoury (503) 988-3308
Commissioner Loretta Smith (503) 988-5219
Commissioner Judy Shiprack (503) 988-5217
Commissioner Diane McKeel (503) 988-5213
Jan 22 Fri
At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

Speaker: Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Political Science and International Studies, Portland State Univesity
Jan 23 Sat
Public Meeting
Jo Ann Hardesty or Cynthia Harris
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
General membership meeting
Jan 24 Sun
This documentary film by Matthew Pillischer is the first showing in Ending the New Jim Crow (a Social Justice Action Group of the 1st Unitarian Church) monthly film series, New Visions for Our Justice System. The panel discussion following the film will feature David Rogers (American Civil Liberties Union) and Kasia Rutledge (Metropolitan Public Defenders).
Free, all welcome
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Jan 25 Mon
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Limited seating; please register or email or
On Monday, January 25th, Know Your City and Renew Oregon are hosting a community dialogue with speakers who organize in very different communities for a clean Oregon future. Topics include carbon pricing, equity and environmental justice, grassroots coalition building, and creating green jobs for working Oregonians.

Join us at SEIU Local 503 (6401 Southeast Foster Road). Speakers include:
State Representative Lew Frederick, District 43
Mark Gamba, Mayor of Milwaukie
Barbara Byrd, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO
Nik Blosser, CEO of Celilo Group Media
Laura Stevens, Field Organizer for Sierra Club

Moderator: Maggie Tallmadge, Environmental Justice Manager for the Coalition of Communities of Color

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Jan 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: 503-238-0442 x305.
Jan 27 Wed
Bruce Elison was a member of the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Comittee during the 1970's and has represented Indigenous activist and Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier for nearly 40 years. He witnessed specific incidences during the Pine Ridege Reservation "Reign of Terror" and has researched, studied and documented the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Pine Ridge, as well as the FBI's activities against the American Indian Movement (AIM). Ellison has represented environmental activists including Tre Arrow and Rod Coronado. More recently, as a co-founder of the Black Hills Alliance, Ellison has been part of the legal fight to stop the uranium mining in the Black Hills, as well as block construction of the Keyston XL Pipeline. Please support Leonard Peltier! The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee is asking President Obama to release Peltier after 40 years of incarceration.
Event is free and open to the public.
Jan 29 Fri
As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: how can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

Speaker: Jamie Surface, PSU Middle East Studies Center
Jan 31 Sun
The Seventh Annual Earth Care Summit will explore the interrelationships of soil, food, faith and climate. This yearly event provides opportunities for networking among congregations, community agencies and businesses that are involved in the greening process; sharing best practices; and celebrating the many creative ways of caring for creation. The event is organized by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, and co-sponsored by the University of Portland and other local faith communities, organizations and businesses.

Summit with Keynote by Randy Woodley

Tickets available here
Sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Feb 2 Tue
Author Derek Cressman speaks about his new book,When Money Talks. Americans know that the corrupting influence of special interest money is destroying our democratic process. And now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, they want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back.

Cressman points out that in fact there’s nothing inherently unconstitutional in limiting the amount of speech. We do it all the time—for example, cities control when and where demonstrations can take place, or how long people can speak at council meetings. Moreover, he argues that while you choose to patronize Fox News, MSNBC, The New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal, political advertising is forced upon you. It’s not really free speech at all—it’s paid speech. It’s not at all what the Founders had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment.

Cressman examines how courts have foiled attempts to limit campaign spending , what a constitutional amendment limiting paid speech should say, and explains how concerned citizens can use an overlooked political tool to help gain its passage. Seven times before in our history we have passed constitutional amendments to overturn wrongheaded rulings by the Court—there’s no reason we can’t do it again.

Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy; cosponsored by Economic Justice Actiom Group of the First Unitarian Church, Oregon Common Cause, Oregon Progressive Party, Oregon Independent Party

Admission: $5-20, no one turned away for lack of funds
Feb 3 Wed
Welcome to the meeting.
Feb 5 Fri
From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of ongoing conflicts have shaken the traditional alliances in the Middle East to their core. As alliances between state and non-state actors in the region are constantly shifting, the U.S. has found itself between a rock and a hard place. In a series of conflicts that are far from being black-and-white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption? Speaker: Dr. Thomas Bartlett, who is:
  • former Chancellor Higher Education of Oregon, New York, and Alabama
  • former President of American University of Cairo and Colgate University
  • former President of the Association of American Universities
PSU's Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC), Room 001, 1800 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR
Feb 6 Sat

Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier
$5-10 sliding scale donation

Co-sponsored by Oregon Jericho, Portland Anarchist Black Cross, NW Alliance for Alternative Media & Education

Join us for a special film screening of this documentary about Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier. The film features special interviews with Leonard himself, activist and experts on the caseof his wrongul and political incarceration. Leonard's son Chauncy Peltier will hold a Q&A after the film so you can find out how to get involved. Leonard's artwork will also be on display and for sale!
Feb 9 Tue
Progressive Party
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.
Feb 11 Thu
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Join the Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Coalition and the Local Water Alliance at this benefit screening of TAPPED at the Patagonia store in NW Portland. Attend this benefit screening of TAPPED to learn more about the issue of bottled water and find out what you can do to help protect Oregon's water

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Feb 12 Fri
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police over five years ago, May 12, 2010. The police admitted they stopped him for "looking like a gangster." They shot him 23 times after tazing him while he sat in the driver's seat. Later police said Keaton had a gun, but have yet to produce it.

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Feb 13 Sat
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Feb 14 Sun
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
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