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1 April 2017 - 30 April 2017
Apr 1 Sat
Apr 2 Sun
Anti-racism community leader, Dana Buhl, will engage participants in understanding white privilege and patterns that protect it. This awareness can help us thoughtfully involve more people in the conversation to take effective action for humane immigration and racial justice.

Looking for ways to help? Opportunities will be available to sign up for specific immigration and racial justice actions.

Childcare provided!

Sponsored by the Ending the New Jim Crow and Immigration Justice Action Groups of First Unitarian Church
The feminist branch of Portland Democratic Socialists of America presents "Being There,” a documentary short film directed by Jan Haaken that features the work of abortion providers in Portland, Oregon, and tells the story of their ties to the larger medical community. Guided by anti-stigma research, the film shows how abortion is part of a continuum of care and how anti-abortion stigma within the health care system affects the lives of providers, many of whom are viewed as "rogue physicians" in their professional fields.

Childcare will be provided free of charge on site.

Following the screening of the film, there will be a moderated discussion featuring a panel of activists and the filmmaker to explore different feminist politics around abortion rights, some of the history of organizing around reproductive rights in Oregon, looking at reproductive healthcare through an intersectional/social justice lens, and the current campaign around Oregon HB 3391, a bill endorsed by DSA that also is part of a national movement for reproductive justice.

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Apr 3 Mon
In 2016, the Women's Foundation of Oregon released Count Her In, the most comprehensive report on the status of women and girls in 20 years. The report identified "Eight That Can't Wait" areas of urgent concern for Oregon's women and girls. Join us for a community discussion on the wage and wealth gaps in Oregon and what can be done to address them.

Panelists:
- Shari Dunn, Executive Director, Dress for Success Oregon
- Mary Li, Director, Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL), Multnomah County Department of County Human Services
- Peg Malloy, Executive Director, Portland Housing Center
- Raahi Reddy, Instructor, Labor Education & Research Center (LERC), University of Oregon

Refreshments provided $15 suggested donation

Registration is free: goo.gl/forms/xXERtDHzITv0oNVH2

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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.
Apr 4 Tue
Join the Eastside democratic Club on our monthly meeting with two guest presentations.

Day/Date/Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 2 PM; 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 that does not need to be heated to share if you are able.

First Presentation:
Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Commissioner, District 3. She will present on her experiences transitioning from being a state representative to being a county commissioner and what she sees as the pressing issues for the county.

Second Presentation:
Tom Sincic, (Bernie) Democratic Party activist. Tom's topic is the developing new progressive Democratic Party - what it looks like and how it will/is coming into being.
Free Public Event Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and allies invite you to join us in a reading of MLK's Beyond Vietnam Speech in honor of its 50th Anniversary. Following the speech, we will discuss how militarism, racism, materialism and other issues addressed in his speech are still relevant today. The reading will take place at the Miller Gallery-- first floor of the Mark Building (old Masonic temple) at the Portland Art Museum, SW Park St. at Main. This is part of a national effort by Veterans for Peace and other groups.

In confronting the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of the United States, Dr. King described the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.

Delivered to an overflow crowd at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, Dr. King's challenge to engage in a radical revolution of values encountered ferocious opposition. Fifty years later, however, it is clear that his analysis and his call to action is as relevant now as it was then.

Today the United States has a multi-trillion dollar permanent war economy, the costliest deployment of weapons and military personnel in the world and at home a vast system of mass incarceration, a hideous homicide rate and endemic violence against women and LGBTQ people.

Today as a result of our society's virulent racism, people of color are subjected to unrelenting state violence through police brutality, police murder and massive incarceration rates, while suffering gross disparities in income, education, employment, military service, housing and health care.

Today materialism dominates our culture and our economy to the peril of all life on earth. It pollutes our values, our souls and the natural world.

Today we know that the struggle against sexism and patriarchy is intrinsically linked to overcoming racism, militarism, materialism and environmental catastrophe.

Please share with friends www.facebook.com/ events/263153534154613/?ti=cl

For more information contact Veterans for Peace board member Dan Shea <djshea@hotmail.com>.

SPONSORS Veterans For Peace Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group Portland Art Museum Iraq Veterans Against the War

- Come learn about a new proposal for a local tax on the 1% to fund our schools, healthcare, and more -- and what you can do to help!

- Get a recap on the Democratic Party of Oregon leadership elections (go Berniecrats!)
- Hear from progressive Scott Bailey, running for the Portland Public School Board in Zone 4 (NE PDX)! For almost 20 years, Scott has volunteered as a school activist, working for changes at the district level that improve education for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved in our schools. Learn more at scottbaileyforportland.com!

- We'll also discuss upcoming local events, and more!
Apr 5 Wed
Portland is hugely invested in DAPL funder, Wells Fargo. If we pack the hall perhaps we can encourage them to change that.
WEAR ORANGE to distinguish yourself as a fossil fuel divestment supporter
More info: 350pdx.org/event/renewal-city-portland-not-buy-list-2pm-time-certain/
> Please wear orange, if possible, to show support for Fossil Fuel Divestment. Last December’s resolution required the Treasurer to bring this resolution to Council by April 1. We expect it to recommend reinstating the former do-not-buy list, i.e. Walmart and the Carbon 200.

We’ll have orange wavers for you. Large signs are not allowed. 2pm time certain.
Come celebrate fossil fuel divestment!
Welcome to the meeting.
TV Show
David Delk 503.232.5495
9:00 PM
Weekly cable access program sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. We use a 1/2 hour interview format, talking with people involved in ending corporate domination and establishing true democracy.

Portland Metro (Portland Community Media)
Wednesday 9:00 pm Ch 23 Saturday 3:00 pm Ch 22 Tuesday 9:00 am Ch 11
Washington County (Tualatin Valley Cable Television): All are Ch 23
Sunday 4:00 pm Tuesday 4:30 am Thursday 8:30 am Friday 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am
Apr 6 Thu
George Nakata BS ’57 will discuss what it was like to be imprisoned as a Japanese American during WW II.

Place: Miller 105
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.
Apr 7 Fri
This year’s Lewis & Clark food law forum will feature informative panels on food labeling and production, environmental/animal impacts, and health policies and ethics. Registration and cost details are available online.

www.eventbrite.com/e/21st-century-food-law-whats-on-our-plates-tickets-31299630036?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=available%20online&utm_campaign=general%20events%20email%20apr%202017
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Apr 8 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.
Apr 11 Tue
Join us for a nonpartisan forum featuring candidates for Portland Public Schools Board of Directors on the May 16 special election ballot. All candidates for open positions have been invited to attend. Open positions include Zones 4, 5 and 6. Questions from the audience will be included.

This forum is free and open to the public. It will be taped and televised by MetroEast Community Media during the weeks following the forums.

Sponsored by:
League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund
Oregon Parent Teach Association
Communities and Parents for Public Schools
The public is invited to this monthly meeting of the Oregon Progressive Party. All are welcome, but only members get to vote on decisions.
Apr 12 Wed
TV Show
David Delk 503.232.5495
9:00 PM
Weekly cable access program sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. We use a 1/2 hour interview format, talking with people involved in ending corporate domination and establishing true democracy.

Portland Metro (Portland Community Media)
Wednesday 9:00 pm Ch 23 Saturday 3:00 pm Ch 22 Tuesday 9:00 am Ch 11
Washington County (Tualatin Valley Cable Television): All are Ch 23
Sunday 4:00 pm Tuesday 4:30 am Thursday 8:30 am Friday 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am
Apr 13 Thu
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
 
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.
Apr 14 Fri
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Apr 15 Sat
The forest plays a crucial role in the fate of our communities. It is time for us to take an active role in planning for the future of Mt. Hood!

The People’s Forest Forum 2017 will address the critical need to expand environmental protections for Mt. Hood National Forest in preparation for regional climate instability.

The Forum is a venue to amplify our collective aim of ecologically responsible land management for the forest. Focusing on climate change, clean water and recreation, the Forum will offer expert speakers and presentations, facilitated break-out groups and informal discussions, creating space and resources for participants to engage in defending and restoring local public lands.

More Info

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the American people he would release his tax returns and come clean about his business dealings, as presidential candidates and presidents have done for decades. Despite intense public pressure, President Donald Trump has not yet done so. In refusing to release these tax returns, he is able to hide his business dealings, financial ties, and conflicts of interest.

Within days of his inauguration, the White House petition calling on Trump to release his tax returns garnered the most signatures on a White House petition, ever. The Trump administration's response? "People don't care."

On April 15th, Oregonians from all political backgrounds are taking to the streets of Portland to show that we do care. Thousands of Oregonians will join people all across the country to send a clear message to Donald Trump: The president is accountable to the American people. He must answer to us.

More Info
Bonamici will provide an update on her work in Congress and take questions from residents.
Apr 16 Sun
Easter Sunday
 
Apr 17 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.
Bonamici will provide an update on her work in Congress and take questions from residents.
In preparation for Earth Day on April 22, this panel discussion will feature members of the science community discussing the importance of science and its contributions to understanding our environment and include:

Julie Sifuentes, Oregon Health Authority. ‘The Science of Protecting Community Health.”
Antonio Baptista, Ph.D., Director, Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction, OHSU. “Can Science Tell: Tales of a Changing Estuary.”
Paul Manson, Center for Public Service, Hatfield School of Government, PSU. “A Two-Way Street: Communication Between Scientists and the Public.”

Presented by the League of Women Voters Education Fund and Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society engaging Portland area scientists for over 60 years (www.sx-cw.org)

The program will be recorded by MetroEast Community Media for rebroadcast and online viewing.
Apr 18 Tue
FREE for Hatch members (learn more about Hatch membership!) $15 for non-members

We will discuss the legal and tax rules applicable when a non-profit organization engages in revenue generating activity.

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As climate change warms the planet, cities are warming at a faster pace due to dark, heat- absorbing roads and roofs. In Portland, as in other cities, such heat impacts tend to fall disproportionately on vulnerable populations such as the elderly, the low income, and communities of color. This forum will feature recent research on Portland’s high heat zones and high stress neighborhoods, with new approaches to building neighborhood resilience.

Speakers include: Dr. Vivek Shandas, Research Director, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions; Eric Hesse, Strategic Planning Coordinator, TriMet; Jim Labbe, urban tree canopy advisor; and others to be confirmed.

This event is free and open to the public; it is made possible in part through through support from Oregon Environmental Council and 350PDX and funding from the City of Portland and SE Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. Please sign up at https://urban-heat-island.

More information

A Chinese backed enterprise, Northwest Innovation Works, is planning to build the world's largest methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama just 30 miles north of Portland. If this refinery is built it will be a major source of air pollution in the northwest for decades to come. And yes, a pipeline will be needed to supply adequate amounts of fracked gas to the refinery for conversion into methanol. The methanol will be shipped to China to be used for making plastics.

Featured speaker: Tarika Powell, senior research associate at Sightline Institute. Her work focuses on energy policy and infrastructure

The proposed methanol refinery is currently going through the permitting process. This event is free an open to the public. Come support the efforts to defeat this fossil fuel fiasco!
Heat Islands are areas where the temperatures are unusually hot in hot weather. Often they overlap with communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. Our panel will discuss this phenomenon and its impacts in Portland, as well as what might be done to mitigate them.
Participants will include Vivek Shandes, Founder of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab at Portland State University; Jim Labbe, Urban Tree Canopy; and Eric Hesse, Urban Climate Planner.
Free and open to the public
news.streetroots.org/2016/09/01/portland-s-hot-spots-urban-heat-islands-pose-threat-lower-income-residents
Apr 19 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
Join members of the School of Social Work and community partners, Momentum Alliance, Oregon Queer Youth Summit, and Social Justice Fund, for a workshop and panel focused on social movement skill building. This event will highlight the radical resistance strategies of diverse community partners. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop plans for community action.

About the series:

The School of Social Work at Portland State University is proud to present "Culture & Conversation," a month-long series of events designed to spark campus and community dialogue around identity, equity, and community. Now entering its sixth year and scheduled throughout the month of April, the series welcomes thinkers, activists, and community leaders in lively discussions around topics impacting communities in Oregon. All events are free and open to the community.

About the community partners:
Momentum Alliance's mission is to inspire young people to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders.

Oregon Queer Youth Summit(OQYS) is an annual conference held by and for queer & trans identified youth and their allies.

Social Justice Fund is a foundation working at the frontlines of social change. SJF leverages the resources of members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

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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.

Welcome to the meeting.
TV Show
David Delk 503.232.5495
9:00 PM
Weekly cable access program sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. We use a 1/2 hour interview format, talking with people involved in ending corporate domination and establishing true democracy.

Portland Metro (Portland Community Media)
Wednesday 9:00 pm Ch 23 Saturday 3:00 pm Ch 22 Tuesday 9:00 am Ch 11
Washington County (Tualatin Valley Cable Television): All are Ch 23
Sunday 4:00 pm Tuesday 4:30 am Thursday 8:30 am Friday 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am
Apr 20 Thu
Join Health Care for All-Oregon Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a Senate Committee on Health Care hearing on our single payer bill and the RAND study, legislative visits and a rally on the West Capitol steps in Salem in support of universal, publicly funded health care.

Tentative Schedule:

9 a.m, to 4 p.m.: Registration and Legislative Packet pick up, Room 243 Oregon State Capitol
9 a.m, to 4 p.m.: Legislative Visits (set visits with your Senator and Representative in advance.)
Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Rally on the WEST Capitol steps (by the circle of state flags); wear t-shirts, bring signs and banners (no signs or banners allowed inside Capitol).
1 p.m.: Senate Committee on Health Care Hearing, Hearing Room E, (we will have scheduled individuals to testify).
We expect several hundred statewide HCAO activists carrying signs and banners while they listen to inspiring speakers at a noon West steps rally. There will also be the opportunity for you to organize visits with your legislators. There is nothing like sharing your personal story with your legislators to educate and move them on this issue!

Carpooling available.
More info:hcao.org/senate-hearing-and-rally-april-20
We all know that our democracy is skewed.

Big money and special interests have too much influence. It's harder for people like us--who don't have networks of wealthy donors--to run for office. And Oregonians are losting faith in elections.

But we can put democracy back in balance. Join us in Salem to meet with your lawmakers--face to face--and lobby them to pass reform. Make sure that your representatives are hearing directly from you about why we need open and transparent elections. And join us to advocate for getting big money out of politics and making democracy work for all of us.

We will be announcing more details soon. If you would like to meet with your legislator personally, we will be following up soon with information about how to register.

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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.
Speaker: Wael Elasady is a Syrian-Palestinian co-founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and long time member of the International Socialist Organization

Trump slaughtered 100 Syrians last week when he bombed Raqqa. He has whipped up the most racist Islamophobic campaign against Syrian refugees. The idea that he or the American state, which has devastated the region, care in any way about the butcher Assad's crimes against Syrians would be laughable if what has befallen the Syrian people was not so tragic.

A dangerous escalation of more bombs by the US (let's remember the US has been bombing Syria for two years, today it's just a different target) will do nothing but compound the misery the Syrian people have faced at the hands of Assad and his allies and the hands of ISIS and other reactionaries. We need an antiwar movement in this country that understands that opposing US imperialism does not mean whitewashing the crimes of Assad or his Russian backers.

Syrians Need Solidarity, Not Bombs. Let the Refugees In. Say no to war on Syria. No to Trump's bombs, No to Russian Bombs, No to Assad's Brutal repression. Neither Washington Nor Moscow but International Solidarity from Below!

This week's meeting will be a presentation and discussion on the crisis in Syria. It is vital that we educate ourselves and organize in solidarity with the people of Syria as we fight for their right to self-determination.

The meeting will be held in room 026, which is in the basement of the Smith Memorial Student Union. All are welcome.

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Apr 21 Fri
DEMOCRATIC SOCIABLES PDX DINNER/HAPPY HR Liberal Friends45up
Friday, April 21 at 5:45 PM

Democratic Sociables Meetup 2nd Fridays at Cerulean Winery Bistro for Friends fun food or Happy Hour prices (if you arrive and order by 6)also FOLLLOW...

www.meetup.com/DEMOCRATIC-SOCIABLES-PORTLAND-Fun-Food-Democratic-Friends/events/237820572/
NATIONAL BIRD follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

Watch Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9kBDjT6Jr8

Directed and Produced By: Sonia Kennebeck
Year: 2016
$5 Suggested donation. Donations benefit the work of Know Your City.

At a time when our nation is seriously divided and reports of discrimination are rising as a result of the 2016 election, 2017 is going to be the most important year yet for Know Your City’s mission of sharing stories of humanity. Because of this, we’ve entered into a partnership with Portland’s Resistance and other community partners to host Resistance Talks. Resistance Talks will be a series of monthly events that will discuss some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time and call our community to action.

Our second Resistance Talks is focused on Public Education, hearing specifically from candidates for Portland Public Schools and PCC Zone 5. Our forum will cover a diversity of education concerns, including the school to prison pipeline, school vouchers, DACA, and school funding.

Portland PS Zone 4
Rita Moore
Jamila Singleton Munson
Portland PS Zone 5
Scott Bailey
Virginia La Forte
Portland CC Zone 5
Valdez Bravo
Moses Ross
David Squire
Portland PS Zone 6
Julia Brim Edwards
Josie Simonis
The Student Sustainability Center with the Sustainability Leaders Network will be showing three movies Gaining Ground on Feb 24, Seed: The untold story on Mar 10, and Queen of the Sun on Apr 21.

Doors Open 6:00pm
Film Screening 6:30pm
Q&A with Activist and Filmmaker

Free for PSU Students with PSU ID
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Apr 22 Sat
NOT My President
Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 AM

Hello fellow Science Marchers! The March is taking shape quickly now – lots of new info to share, starting with the agenda for the big day itself! We’...

www.meetup.com/NOT-My-President/events/239247381/
Come celebrate with the city's greatest blues festival. All proceeds benefit Health Care for All Oregon, advocating for single payer health care system, "Everybody In, Nobody Out"

Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

971.277.8485 for more info
Apr 23 Sun
Portland Film Premiere with Director, Regis Tremblay

Three threats to life on the planet: nuclear technology, nuclear war, climate change

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Apr 24 Mon
REDISTRICTING IN OREGON: DEFENDING OUR VOTING RIGHTS
Hosted by 2017 Spring Organizing for Action Fellows: Sarah Bodian, Leslie Mason, Teddy O'Connor, and Dave Pierson

Join us on Monday, April 24th, in Salem, to confront Sec. Dennis Richardson and his Independent Redistricting Task Force at their next public meeting. Let them know that Oregonians will vehemently fight to keep our Voting Rights fair!

We will meet at 4:00 p.m. in the Oregon State Library conference room to learn about the Task Force. At 5:00 p.m., we will walk across the street to the Oregon State Capitol to attend the Task Force's meeting, where we will voice our ideas, questions, and concerns.

Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, and his Independent Redistricting Task Force (which is made up primarily of Republican members of congress) are trying to change the way Oregon's congressional district lines are drawn after the 2020 census. If districts are drawn unfairly or gerrymandered, it could have a lasting, damaging impact on Voting Rights and politics in Oregon. Currently, Oregon’s districts are drawn by the State Legislature through a bipartisan process, and approved by the Supreme Court. Richardson believes partisan politics cloud the process, and can lead to gerrymandered districts favoring one party over another. He thinks an Independent Commission (similar to those in California, Washington, and Arizona) would work better. However, leading experts do not necessarily believe Independent Commisions are the solution to gerrymandering. We are concerned that Richardson's efforts are at best misguided, and at worst, an attempt to disenfranchise voters in Oregon. Our goal is to fight for voter equity by asking the hard questions of Sec. Richardson and the Task Force, and by demanding our progressive leaders join the conversation, too. If the process for Redistricting is going to change in Oregon, progressives and Democrats must be included.

We must fight to make sure our voices are heard, and to make sure Dennis Richardson and his Task Force know that we are holding them accountable.

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Apr 25 Tue
The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform will hold a public forum to update the community on the status of the Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice, and specifically to take input on the latest draft Compliance Report on the City's progress in implementing reforms. Two members of the Chicago compliance team will be in attendance.

The Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (COCL) released the semi-annual draft report on April 3, and comments are due by May 2nd. A copy of the report, which covers progress on Use of Force, Training, Accountability, and other aspects of the Agreement in Quarters 3&4 2016 can be found here: www.cocl-coab.org/news/q3-q4-2016-draft-cocl-compliance-report-released

For more information contact Chair Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr, or co-chair Dr. T. Allen Bethel at 503-288-7242.
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.
Kathryn Scotten
503.284.5009 home
503.234.1297 mobile

Join us as we review the legislative agendas of the organizations in our community that are leading efforts to reform our justice system. Learn how these issues affect the lives of real people, and learn how you can become engaged in the reform effort.
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.
Apr 26 Wed
Portland General Electric can help Portland meet our climate commitment or they can lock us into 30 years of toxic pollution with their proposed Carty Fracked Gas power plants. Tell PGE shareholders we need wind and solar today!

On Wednesday, April 26th at 9am at the World Trade Center downtown, we are rallying to tell PGE shareholders that we need renewable energy. As PGE’s top decision makers are filling into their Annual Shareholders Meeting, we will send a crystal clear message that two new fracked gas power plants are not an option.

Event Details:
When: April 26th, 2017, 9-10:30am. Arrive on time, PGE will.
Where: World Trade Center, 25 SW Salmon street, Portland, OR
What: Speakers, a Flash Mob, and, You directly telling PGE’s top decision makers that PDX wants to run on Wind and Solar not Dirty Fracked Gas!

RSVP Here: 350pdx.nationbuilder.com/rally_for_renewables
Want to know how you can keep your money where you live? Interested in creating prosperous communities in Oregon, and supporting small business?

Come along to your local InvestOR meetup to learn how to make it happen. Oregon’s new securities crowdfunding rules were published in early 2015, making it legal to invest in local businesses. but where do you start? What’s a security? How do you know if you should invest? What’s due diligence? Come along and engage in this practical discussion using a toolkit developed by Hatch Innovation, the nonprofit that led the way for local investing in Oregon.

www.meetup.com/HATCH-Workshops-Events/events/mpsjllywcbhc/
City Club of Portland's Environment Issue Forum will host a discussion exploring the results of the Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report

Speakers:

Angus Duncan is Chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Angus has served as President and CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation since its formation in 1998. The Foundation is a non-profit business venture that generates revenues from regional and national sales of renewable energy and carbon-offsetting Green Tags. Prior to BEF, Angus served on the Northwest Power Planning Council from 1989 to 1995. Angus previously worked on energy development in the private sector and as Director of Energy Policy for the US Department of Transportation. In 2004, Mr. Duncan chaired the Drafting Committee that wrote Oregon’s Climate Change Strategy for Governor Kulongoski. In 2006 he chaired the Governor’s Drafting Committee designing an Oregon load-based carbon emissions cap and trade mechanism.

Kathie Dello is the Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service, which is the state climate office for Oregon. She works at the science/policy interface, and frequently visits and consults with local, state, and federal agencies around the region on a variety of climate and water issues. She received a Bachelors in Atmospheric Science and Masters in Geography from the University at Albany (SUNY). She has completed most of the requirements toward a PhD in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University.

This event is free. However, it's not a huge room--if you want to go it would be a good idea to register ASAP
www.eventbrite.com/e/taking-oregons-temperature-issue-forum-tickets-32911703792?ref=emma2f622ebz269c0aeb
TV Show
David Delk 503.232.5495
9:00 PM
Weekly cable access program sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. We use a 1/2 hour interview format, talking with people involved in ending corporate domination and establishing true democracy.

Portland Metro (Portland Community Media)
Wednesday 9:00 pm Ch 23 Saturday 3:00 pm Ch 22 Tuesday 9:00 am Ch 11
Washington County (Tualatin Valley Cable Television): All are Ch 23
Sunday 4:00 pm Tuesday 4:30 am Thursday 8:30 am Friday 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am
Apr 27 Thu
Hearing on a new resolution for a rapid transition off of fossil fuels: 100% clean by 2050, electric clean by 2030

Huge turnout is important! Keep our Mayor and Commissioners strong!
Wear RED!

Here is a copy of the resolution:
www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/636842
This is a film benefit for “The Reluctant Radical,” directed/produced by Lindsey Grayzel and co-produced by Deia Schlosberg. They were both recently arrested and charged with felonies while filming the Climate Disobedience Action Fund’s valve-turner activists’ actions in WA and MT. Charges against both filmmakers have been dropped/suspended.

They will be showing clips from the “The Reluctant Radical,” Deia Schlosberg will be in attendance and showing her work as well.

“The Reluctant Radical” is a documentary following climate activist Ken Ward. Ken spent 20 years as a professional organizer for environmental organizations. Beginning in 2000, Ken became a stay at home dad and read all the scientific articles on climate change. His research led him to become increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change, and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. His efforts to push for a crisis level response from environmental organizations have been ignored. Ken now finds himself on the edge of the environmental movement, a reluctant radical who embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool. He breaks the law as a last resort, putting himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to fulfill what he sees is his personal moral obligation for future generations.

This event is co-sponsored by 350PDX and KBOO.
Apr 28 Fri
Jim Lockhart and guests discuss local, national, and worldwide issues from an Oregon perspective.
See many of these shows on the Growing Concern Youtube Channel.
videoactivepdx@gmail.com
Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
Apr 29 Sat
Part One: Fishing boat parade on the Columbia River on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am. Participate from shore at the Port of Kalama; to join with your fishing boat please email (jasmine@columbiariverkeeper.org)!

Part Two: Eat lunch and attend workshops to learn tips and techniques for effective involvement in your community’s campaign against the coal, oil, and methanol terminals on Saturday, April 29, 2017, Lunch: noon-1:00 pm; workshops 1:00-4:00 pm, Kalama Community Building (216 Elm Street, Kalama, WA).
Family-friendly vigil in Multnomah Village on SW Multnomah Blvd. & SW 35th – across the street from Marco’s from Noon-1:30. Bring signs, dogs, children and rain gear as needed. We also have extra signs to borrow. Stay for as long or short a time as you like. Planned by the SW Team of 350PDX. See you there!
On April 29th, we mobilize! OPAL and our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon's Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color and low income people to join the movements for racial, social, and economic justice as pathways to climate action.

All individuals are invited to join to show solidarity. Grassroots organizations, nonprofits, faith communities, academic institutions, and other groups can formally endorse and support this day of action: click here:

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6RbDzdq5-romjZRPYexYckrkyNE_EZhQNqNKQfvxLv0wG4Q/viewform

Individuals who want details as they emerge, join the action email list. Click here: eepurl.com/cCfXE9

AGENDA:

12:00-12:30 Gather
12:30-1:30 Spoken Program
1:30-4:00 March! (Route TBD)
4:00-5:00 Tabling and Cleanup
Apr 30 Sun
Stories told by Vanport survivors and others closely related to the era, along with archival photo backdrops, will be screened. The stories focus on life in Vanport and the 1948 Memorial Day flood when a dike broke on the Columbia River. The rising waters completely destroyed Vanport, Oregon, the city built by industrialist and ship builder Henry J. Kaiser.

Together, this touching collection of truly heartfelt remembrances paint a poignant portrait of a short-lived, idyllic oasis ­—Movie Critic Kam Williams

Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion about possible plans for a Vanport memorial.

Admission is FREE, but space is limited and reservation is required:
www.eventbrite.com/e/wake-of-vanport-tickets-33261030638
Discuss the decline of the Democratic Party, its history, what happened to it, and where it should go next. Will they ever be the party of the people or have they sold out to the big moneys? Here are some books on the subject or select your own on the subject (put in comments). You only need to read one, but overachievers are welcome to read more.

*The Democrats: A Critical History - Lance Selfa

*Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? - Thomas Frank

*A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America - Michael McGerr

Can't make it to the Hillsboro Library?! You may join remote into the discussion via Google Hangouts (very easy to set up, loads of youtube tutorials). Here's a link to join Remote Club Hangout then at the top of the chat channel click on the video button: hangouts.google.com/group/F0gOph3VTitdfen62

www.meetup.com/Portland-Move-to-Amend/events/237210651/
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