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1 February 2016 - 29 February 2016
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
KBOO COMMUNITY RADIO & INTERNATIONAL LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE COMMITTEE PRESENT

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!www.oregonjericho.wordpress.com
Feb 9 Tue
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

Learn more about the event

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.

More info.

Feb 13 Sat
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Feb 14 Sun
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Feb 15 Mon
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
President's Day - LWVOR Office Closed
 
It has been 10 years since the launch of the Oregon Working Families Party. Come celebrate with us.

Children welcome. Donations to the WFP are welcome but not required!
Just come and eat, drink and DANCE!

Please share with any and all.
Feb 16 Tue
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Our Faith Labor Breakfast is an event that aims to unite participants from Faith Institutions and Labor organizations. Worker speakers and leaders from diverse faith traditions come together to share their stories and encourage community members to support justice and dignity for all workers. The goal of this breakfast is to raise awareness of labor issues and motivate participants to take action on behalf of worker justice.

A highlight of the morning is the presentation of the Lucinda Tate Award, which is given to a faith or labor leader who embodies her wonderful spirit and her tireless effort in search for social, racial, and worker justice.

The event is hosted by Portland Jobs with Justice ‘s Faith Labor Committee which exists to forge relationships and alliances of people of Faith with people from worker justice campaigns, both through organized labor and workers attempting to obtain justice in their workplace. We welcome all faiths and all people.

If you would like to volunteer at the breakfast please call 971-242-8704 or email andrea@jwjpdx.org
Feb 17 Wed
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Welcome to the meeting.
Feb 18 Thu
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Our politicians should answer to people, not Super PACs or big money donors. It's a simple principle, but it's going to take a big effort to put it back at the heart of our democracy–where it belongs.

A handful of big-money donors are dominating the 2016 election, giving them outsized influence over ordinary people.

We and some forward-thinking elected officials have several ideas to put average people back in our democracy's driver's seat. [1] That's why I'm asking you to take the next step – come to a panel with U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici on Thursday, February 18th at 5:30 pm in Portland to learn what we need to do to win.

We'll have some light refreshments and it will be a lively discussion. Here are the details: Thursday 2/18, 5:30-6:30 PM; Doors open at 5

Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway) Room 327/8

Unless we keep pushing for change, the Super PACs and mega-donors will likely keep pouring massive amounts of money into our democracy.

This event is free and open to the public. Come join the fight. RSVP for the event today.
Feb 19 Fri
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Feb 20 Sat
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
The Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry invites you to this premiere by Portland filmmaker, Courtney Scott.

Courtney will introduce the film and answer questions afterward.

In this documentary, the Oregon Zoo becomes a stage where questions about our relationship to animals are pondered. World-famous resident elephant, Packy, plays a central role as Scott leads us through her growing awareness and concern about all we take for granted in our nature-dominant culture. The film is a conversation with two dozen specialists who bring focus to the disparity between our assumptions and the realities of how we treat the other residents of this world.
(doors open at 6 p.m., 73 min. film). Free and open to public Visit the From Suffering to Satori website
Feb 21 Sun
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
THE 1968 MEMPHIS SANITATION WORKERS STRIKE AND THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.

Sponsored by Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and Portland Jobs with Justice's PSU Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) for 2 free screenings.

Feb 22 Mon
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Day at the Legislature
 
Feb 23 Tue
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
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.
Jeff Halper is an Israeli peace activist. He is a great and engaging speaker. He co-founded and for many years directed the group Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)--where Israelis and Palestinians actually put their bodies on the line to try to stop demolitions of Palestinian homes.
Now he is writing and talking on how Israel is globalizing their military technology--selling trainings, equipment and all kinds of technology to places like DHS, local US police forces, prisons, etc.

His presentation here will talk about both the current situation with regard to the occupation and also the globalization of the Occupation.

Jeff Haper's book will be for sale. Visit our FACEBOOK page
Feb 24 Wed
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Has the time come for creating a public bank in Portland?

Too-Big-To-Fail banks are tied to high risk speculative investing for the benefit of the bank's major stock holders.

Currently, the city's deposits are held by private banking establishments. What could happen if, instead of supporting those banks via our city's use of those banks, we created a locally owned public bank to cycle city revenues back into the local economy? How much additional revenue from such a cycling of city revenues into a city public bank would be generated for investment in affordable and low-income housing, infrastructure and community-based economic development?

Walt McRee, chair of the Public Banking Institute, will address how public banking is being explored around the nation, including in Seattle and Santa Fe, and how Portland could benefit from exploring the options and opportunities presented by formation of a municipal public bank.

Sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church, Alliance for Democracy
Admission: $5-20 donation requested, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Feb 25 Thu
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Keeping Portland, PORTLAND and Preserving character and livability while embracing growth and density

The current demolition epidemic and the tensions between preserving the character, affordability, and livability of Portland's neighborhoods while also increasing density to accommodate population growth, is a hot and complex topic. The top mayoral candidates will present their strategies for tackling this pivotal issue that will determine what Portland will look like for generations to come.

Restore Oregon's moderator is Mike Lindberg, a former Commissioner for the City of Portland, former Chair of the Oregon Arts Commission, past President of the League of Oregon Cities, and a consultant on matters of urban development and livability. Audience Q&A will follow.

Free to the public. See restoreoregon.org/event/mayoral-forum-2016-pdx.
Feb 26 Fri
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) reveals how the deadly economic hit man cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the U.S. and everywhere else — to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it. Economic hit men (EHM) are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. The heart of this expanded edition of Perkins’s bestselling classic is a completely new section that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools — false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power — are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago. But as dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers a detailed list of specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.
Feb 27 Sat
Dozens of independent films at several different theaters
Public Meeting
Jo Ann Hardesty or Cynthia Harris
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
General membership meeting
Feb 29 Mon
The Oregonian tried to cancel this debate. It announced at 8 pm February 28 that this debate is cancelled because of the expected presence of protestors. But the debate will apparently happen anyway, without the Oregonian. Instead, Revolution Hall itself will conduct the debate, and it is open apparently to all candidates. Sean Davis, Jessie Sponberg, and David Schor have said they'll attend. See http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2016/02/29/17715023/activists-have-forced-the-o-to-cancel-its-two-man-mayoral-debate

ORIGINAL POSTING:

This debate includes only 2 candidates and excludes other credible candidates, such as David Schor.  See http://www.mayorschor.com

See The Protest of this Debate organized by Paul Cienfuegos, Alex Anderson Beaulieu, Naga Nataka, and Sara Long. To find out more about participating in the nonviolent civil disobedience action on February 29 at Revolution Hall: OpenTheDebatePDX@gmail.com

Topics

Affordable housing
Clean, safe streets
Economic growth
Elevating small business 
Infrastructure & funding
Taxes & where they’re spent

Registration is required for this free event.

Held at the newly renovated Revolution Hall, a no-host bar will be open.

Send your questions and comments via Twitter to @oregonianstump, using hashtag #PDXMayorDebate.  Questions such as why other candidates are excluded and why the audience should be drinking alcohol at a candidate debate.

For details and registration: EventBrite
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