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1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
May 1 Mon
Gather at Noon
Rally at 2 PM
March at 3 PM

This year, as we face a rising fascism and a dying imperialism, the Portland May Day Coalition calls upon every worker, every renter, every artist, every immigrant, every student, every teacher, every parent, every child, every union, every organizer, and every progressive, radical, and revolutionary organization in the city of Portland to rise up, resist, and unite with us on May 1st. More info here. here
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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.
May 2 Tue
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
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First Presentation:
Margot Black, speaking on behalf of the Portland Tenants Union 

Second Presentation: 
Greg Burrill, presenting in favor of Portland Public School bonding measure on the May, 2017 ballot

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It's that time of year again! Come fill out your May Special Election ballot with BerniePDX! We'll discuss and vote for progressive candidates and initiatives, and eat snacks (bring some food or drink if you're able)!

This is seriously one of our favorite events of the year. Never heard of that initiative on the ballot? Wondering who other Berniecrats are voting for? Come find out!

We can even drop off your ballot for you the next day!
Visit OregonVotes.gov to register to vote, last day to register is April 25!
May 3 Wed
Between upcoming elections in the UK and France, escalating tensions with North Korea, and strife in Venezuela there there is a wealth of international topics for discussion. This week, we will leave the discussion open to whichever topics the group is most interested in. Feel free to post articles and ideas on the FB page.

New to Discussion Group? This is an informal affair, no registration required. Simply come ready to listen and discuss. For more info, email us at youngprofessionals@worldoregon.org.

www.facebook.com/events/186864521819681/
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
May 4 Thu
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.
Oregon has an F grade for government integrity.1 In fact, our state scored among the lowest in the country for transparency and accountability. We need to do better - and we can.

Come to the Portland Anti-Corruption Forum to find out what you can do to fight corruption in Oregon.

The forum is co-sponsored by Sightline Institute, MAYDAY America, American Promise, Fair Vote and Represent.Us.

At the forum you'll:
  • Hear from leaders in the anti-corruption movement about the impact of political corruption.
  • Learn about ongoing efforts in Oregon to fight corruption.
  • Find out how you can get involved and make a difference.
Special guest speakers include:
  • Kristin Eberhard, Senior Researcher Sightline Institute
  • Dan Meek, Public Interest Attorney
  • Aram Andriesian, Chapter Leader, Represent Portland
  • Dan Krassner, Political Director, Represent.Us
  • Rob Booth, National Field Director, Represent.Us
  • Scott Siebel, Outreach Director, FairVote
  • Johannes Ekpe, Council, American Promise
RSVP: volunteer.represent.us/portlandforum
May 5 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
May 6 Sat
A FEW HIGHLIGHT SPEAKERS/TOPICS:

Nichoe Lichen, Secretary of the Public Banking Institute: Creating a Portland municipal bank that benefits Community Projects and Portland citizens.

Former City Commissioner Steve Novick: A New Form of City Governemnt.

A Just Energy Transition proposal that addresses climate change on a local level and its disproportionate impact on communities of color. The coalition behind this project includes organizations such as 350pdx, NAACP, Coalition of Communities of Color, etc.

Help get big money out of politics. Join the fight to bring contribution limits to the City of Portland and to the State of Oregon, just like we did with ballot measure 26-184 at Multnomah County.

Trainings on topics by local experts on effective local lobbying and advocacy, running for office, civic engagement, and others.

Opportunities for attendees to pitch their own projects for collaboration and recruitment.

More Information

May 7 Sun
Bonamici will provide an update on her work in Congress and take questions from residents.

Parking may fill quickly. Please consider carpooling or public transportation.
May 8 Mon
The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population. In Growing a Revolution (W. W. Norton), MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.
May 10 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
May 11 Thu
Fossil fuel giants want to send supertankers of coal and oil down the Columbia River for export and build the world’s largest methanol refinery to turn fracked gas into plastic. Join Riverkeeper for a workshop on how to protect our climate, our river, and our home on Thursday, May 11, 2017, doors at 7:00 pm, event at 7:30 pm, at Patagonia Portland's new location (1106 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209). More info (bit.ly/DefendColumbia)

www.facebook.com/events/406598193050199/
With rapidly growing cities and a warming planet, urban farming is a crucial key for urban health, food, community, habitat and even to help stop climate change. Local Filmmaker, Karney Hatch, takes us on a global tour as well as hopeful and inspiring US urban farms -of course here in Portland, too :)

PLANT THIS MOVIE explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world, from the incredible story of Havana, Cuba to communities of urban farmers in cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima. In the US, the story focuses on New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. The film is narrated by Daryl Hannah.

FREE SEEDS & PLANT STARTS to all attendees! Filmmaker Q&A afterwards, with gardeners and beekeepers on hand to answer questions too.

$7-10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds
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.
May 12 Fri
Friday: 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
"We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule” Are you freaking out more than usual over these past few months about the state of our nation, and wondering whether our activism could become a LOT more effective at challenging corporate rule than it currently appears to be (and yes it certainly could!) this workshop may be for YOU. There are now more than 200 communities and counties in nine states that have successfully passed locally-enforceable Community Rights ordinances, banning a whole variety of harmful corporate activities. We could do this here too! But first we would need to build up the numbers of local people who are fluent in Community Rights strategy. There’s a very affordable sliding scale. No prior experience is necessary. Click the link for all the details, including the specific times for each day....paulcienfuegos.com/node/91
We the People 2.0 The filmmakers have dubbed the community rights movement “The Second American Revolution” - a battle not against a foreign power, but against corporate power. Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is featured

Q & A follows with Paul Cienfuegos, Portland organizer for Community Rights and Nancy Ward with the Clean Columbia County organization which has a community rights ordinance on the November ballot.
www.wethepeople2.film

Co-sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church, and Oregon UU Voices for Justice.
Admission: $5-20 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.
More Information:
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
May 13 Sat
Friday: 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
"We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule” Are you freaking out more than usual over these past few months about the state of our nation, and wondering whether our activism could become a LOT more effective at challenging corporate rule than it currently appears to be (and yes it certainly could!) this workshop may be for YOU. There are now more than 200 communities and counties in nine states that have successfully passed locally-enforceable Community Rights ordinances, banning a whole variety of harmful corporate activities. We could do this here too! But first we would need to build up the numbers of local people who are fluent in Community Rights strategy. There’s a very affordable sliding scale. No prior experience is necessary. Click the link for all the details, including the specific times for each day....paulcienfuegos.com/node/91
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.
In 1996, Amy Goodman began hosting a show called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today it is the largest public media collaboration in the United States. Goodman’s Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America (Simon & Schuster) looks back over the past 20 years of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are reshaping our world.
May 14 Sun
Mother's Day
 
Friday: 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
"We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule” Are you freaking out more than usual over these past few months about the state of our nation, and wondering whether our activism could become a LOT more effective at challenging corporate rule than it currently appears to be (and yes it certainly could!) this workshop may be for YOU. There are now more than 200 communities and counties in nine states that have successfully passed locally-enforceable Community Rights ordinances, banning a whole variety of harmful corporate activities. We could do this here too! But first we would need to build up the numbers of local people who are fluent in Community Rights strategy. There’s a very affordable sliding scale. No prior experience is necessary. Click the link for all the details, including the specific times for each day....paulcienfuegos.com/node/91
Peace and Justice Works will host a rally and march on Sunday, May 14, Mother's Day, titled "The Mother of All Protests." We will gather at 2 PM at the Walk of Heroines at Portland State University, SW Harrison St & 10th Av (note: Streets do not go through to the Walk, which is on block north of the Park Blocks).

PJW rejects the terminology and use of the "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, dropping bombs on Syria, killing civilians in Iraq, rattling the sabre in North Korea, and other warmongering by the US government. The militarism is connected to other domestic and foreign policy issues that are quickly taking us further into the World War the US started after 9/11.

This is a peaceful march and rally, to foreground women and women's roles in creating Mother's day over 100 years ago as a day for world peace. Julia Ward Howe wrote in 1870 about an international women's congress which would "promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of Peace."

Part of the reclamation is to stop using the term "the Mother of" to mean "the largest of" or "the event to end all other events." It means the origin of, or one who gives birth to-- as the origin of Mother's day gave birth to this demonstration.

On May 6, Pope Francis condemned the US' naming of its bomb, saying: "I was ashamed when I heard the name. A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?" (Reuters, May 6).

Coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group. Cosponsors include Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland, Veterans for Peace Chap. 72, Recruiter Watch PDX, Portland Fellowship of Reconciliation, War Resisters League-Portland and the Portland State University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Endorsers include Women's March on Portland and Little Light of Mine Friends Worship Group.

For more information contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or pjw @ pjw.info. A flyer for the event can be found at www.pjw.info/mother_of_protests_flyer.pdf
May 15 Mon
Join us to tell PGE that Oregonians want #cleanenergy not #frackedgas. The Oregon Public Utility Commission is holding this public hearing to accept testimony from the general public about Portland General Electric's energy plan. Join us to speak out about their plans for fracked gas power plants. Please wear red. KEEP THE FRACK OUT. CLEAN ENERGY for OREGON. #climateaction #climatechange #actonclimate Stay tuned for details. The public hearing runs from 6 pm - 8:30 pm and we expect testimony to be limited to 2-3 minutes. There will be a rally beforehand at 5 pm at Chapman Square.

www.facebook.com/events/1668267846816322/
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.
(712) 775-7031 209-508-222#
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.

Conference call info: (712) 775-7031 209-508-222#
While media attention focuses on philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. In The Givers (Knopf), David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. The Givers offers an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists – and how they’re quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life.
May 16 Tue
FREE for Hatch members (learn more about Hatch membership!) $15 for non-members We will discuss types of legal entities available for social enterpreneurs.

www.meetup.com/HATCH-Workshops-Events/events/gzzpslywcbwb/
May 17 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
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
May 18 Thu
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.
Connect with and learn from people other altruistic Portlanders. Listen to speakers from completely different backgrounds speak about their shared mission to make the world a better place.

Helpers United is a monthly showcase of local projects to make a positive impact and a networking event for those interested in such things. Each month we have five speaker give a five minute presentation about what they are doing to help, followed by five minutes of Q&A with the audience.

Contact: dominickukla@gmail.com
The U.S. and other powerful countries continually involve working people in brutal wars over resources and spheres of influence. As Marxists see it, war is not just "bad policy" but something that is endemic to capitalism regardless of who is in power. Join us on Thursday, May 18th for an important discussion on the Marxist theory of imperialism and how it helps us understand the world today as well as its implications for how we must organize to fight for a world without war.

Speaker: New York City activist and writer Eric Ruder

**Please note that this week's meeting will be in a different building. It will be in room 102 of the University Pointe Building
1955 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

www.facebook.com/events/141001726443064/
Everything we've heard from the "new" feminist wave is dead wrong: achieving success in life is not about leaning in, working harder, or "having it all" – it's about a woman's right to pursue happiness. In The H-Spot (Nation), journalist Jill Filipovic argues that the main obstacle standing between women and happiness is a rigged system. If our laws and policies made women's happiness and fulfillment a goal in and of itself, she explains, so many contentious issues would be resolved with one fell swoop – from women's health to equal pay.
May 19 Fri
A 1.5 day bootcamp in prep for Startup Weekend Social Impact tbd at a later date

This is FREE. Plus you get to enjoy 4 delicious meals provided by local vendors.

Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/social-impact-bootcamp-tickets-30666751078

This event has a DEMOCRACY HACKATHON social impact theme. Family friendly, on-permise child care will be provided. Older children are encouraged to learn with us.

Anyone is welcome to pitch an idea to work on, and we're featuring two projects: a group working on implementing a public bank at the city level and another group working on implementing rank choice voting at the state level.

We're still providing a practical lean startup workshop with awesome mentors from non-profit, government, and social impact startup backgrounds to help you.

This is a good opportunity for you to connect with others and to turn your ideas into action. Be the agent of transformation and to create the very world in which you wish to live.

Food provided by Mekong Bistro and Delicias Chihuahuah Mexican Restaurant, coffee by Nossa Familia Coffee, ice cream by Red Wagon Creamery, and beer by Columbia River Brewing Company.

Note: It's OK to join on Saturday morning and join an existing team. However, if you want to pitch a new idea, you must start on Friday night. Also, we welcome projects that have already started outside of this event, and are looking to recruit new members (such as the rank choice voting group).

Location: Vacasa on 926 NW 13th #200, Portland, OR. Street-parking is limited. Plan on taking public transport or car pooling if you can.

Schedule:

Friday

5:30 pm registration, pizza / ice-cream / beer, social networking time
6:30 - m.c. Taylor Cass, invocation Thubten, keynote Jefferson Smith
6:45 - icebreaker / break out to small groups
7:15 pitches (who are you, what problem do you want to solve, what help do you need?)
8:15 voting
8:30 team formation
9 to 11 pm, work

Saturday

8 am registration, breakfast, work continues
8:30 am check in (what are you working on? recruit new participants)
9 - large group lean canvas business model session by Thubten
10 - 1st round mentoring sessions (Jay Bloom, Greg Anderson, Ron Buel)
11 - 1st round of market validation
12 lunch
12:30 check in (what have you learned, what are next steps, what help do you need?)
1 pm - 2nd round mentoring sessions (Mark Grimes, Greg Anderson, Ron Buel)
2 pm - 2nd round market validation
4 pm - pitch practice / tech check
6 pm dinner
7 pm presentations
9 pm closing ceremony Thubten
DEMOCRATIC SOCIABLES PDX DINNER/HAPPY HR Liberal Friends45up
Friday, May 19 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/xcqrtlywhbzb/
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
May 20 Sat
Second day of the bootcamp.

This is FREE. Plus you get to enjoy 4 delicious meals provided by local vendors.

Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/social-impact-bootcamp-tickets-30666751078

This event has a DEMOCRACY HACKATHON social impact theme. Family friendly, on-permise child care will be provided. Older children are encouraged to learn with us.

Anyone is welcome to pitch an idea to work on, and we're featuring two projects: a group working on implementing a public bank at the city level and another group working on implementing rank choice voting at the state level.

We're still providing a practical lean startup workshop with awesome mentors from non-profit, government, and social impact startup backgrounds to help you.

This is a good opportunity for you to connect with others and to turn your ideas into action. Be the agent of transformation and to create the very world in which you wish to live.

Food provided by Mekong Bistro and Delicias Chihuahuah Mexican Restaurant, coffee by Nossa Familia Coffee, ice cream by Red Wagon Creamery, and beer by Columbia River Brewing Company.

Note: It's OK to join on Saturday morning and join an existing team. However, if you want to pitch a new idea, you must start on Friday night. Also, we welcome projects that have already started outside of this event, and are looking to recruit new members (such as the rank choice voting group).

Location: Vacasa on 926 NW 13th #200, Portland, OR. Street-parking is limited. Plan on taking public transport or car pooling if you can.

Schedule:

Friday

5:30 pm registration, pizza / ice-cream / beer, social networking time
6:30 - m.c. Taylor Cass, invocation Thubten, keynote Jefferson Smith
6:45 - icebreaker / break out to small groups
7:15 pitches (who are you, what problem do you want to solve, what help do you need?)
8:15 voting
8:30 team formation
9 to 11 pm, work

Saturday

8 am registration, breakfast, work continues
8:30 am check in (what are you working on? recruit new participants)
9 - large group lean canvas business model session by Thubten
10 - 1st round mentoring sessions (Jay Bloom, Greg Anderson, Ron Buel)
11 - 1st round of market validation
12 lunch
12:30 check in (what have you learned, what are next steps, what help do you need?)
1 pm - 2nd round mentoring sessions (Mark Grimes, Greg Anderson, Ron Buel)
2 pm - 2nd round market validation
4 pm - pitch practice / tech check
6 pm dinner
7 pm presentations
9 pm closing ceremony Thubten
General Meeting – For Active 350PDX Members
Saturday, May 20th 3-5p, Potluck 5-6p

All active members of 350PDX are invited to attend. This will be a space for us to come together to share what each team has been working on, look forward to what’s next, and to build on what was discussed in the first General Meeting of 2017, back in February.
 
We can provide childcare in the playroom downstairs if you want! Please email maya@350pdx.org with the subject “Childcare” if you anticipate using this so we can ask sitters and reserve the space.
The building is wheelchair accessible.
May 23 Tue
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.
May 24 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
May 25 Thu
Join NLC Portland for an exciting night of trivia at Lucky Lab! We will have dinner and prizes to support a great cause!

To buy a ticket, donate $25 here: newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/support_portland
(Please allow up to 3 days for an email ticket to follow.)

NLC is the nation’s leading training program for emerging progressive leaders. New Leaders Council focuses on identifying high potential leaders from outside traditional power structures, from across all sectors, and empowering them to affect change in their local communities.

We need to invest in the leaders of tomorrow. Not just future candidates and politicos, but educators, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and philanthropic advocates. Real lasting change will come not just from winning elections, but from leaders in every sphere working together to create the inclusive, equitable, and just society we fight for. That is what NLC is doing.

This fundraiser is going to be the Portland political event of the spring. Tickets are $25 per person, and trivia teams can be up to 5 people per team.

We only have 90 tickets, so buy a ticket today!---->

tinyurl.com/NLCTRIVIA

www.facebook.com/events/243145702821905
May 26 Fri
ALMOST SUNRISE is a story of resilience and recovery. A feature-length documentary by director Michael Collins and producer Mart Syjuco, the film follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, as they struggle with depression upon returning home from military service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they both seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation.

A cinematic experience that juxtaposes the internal struggles of its characters against the wide-open spaces of America’s heartland, ALMOST SUNRISE is also the first film to explore “moral injury:” the profound shame that many veterans feel when their experiences of war violate their moral beliefs, and a possible critical factor in veteran suicide.

Watch Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkzrFfoli8

Directed by: Michael Collins
Produced by: Marty Syjuco
Year: 2016
A Benefit for KBOO Radio

Are you outraged yet? Since the November general election, human rights have been under attack and our communities of color are the first targets. Corporations have further infiltrated government to divert federal dollars into the pockets of a few. Paramilitary forces like ICE, radical right pundits, and hate groups have reinforced systems of division and control.

The US has a long history of white supremacy and disparity — and recently, more people have been uprooted from our imaginary past of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

KBOO Community Radio is proud to host Chris Hedges in a provocative look at the current state of revolt in the United States. Hedges will recount the US’s continuing history of domestic terrorism while outlining ways for communities to resist before it’s too late.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Princeton University professor, author, and activist, as well as a columnist for the news and commentary website Truthdig. He also hosts a weekly interview show called ‘On Contact,’ which airs “dissident voices” currently missing from the mainstream media. He has written 11 books, including “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt,” (2015) and the New York Times bestseller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with Portland-based comics journalist Joe Sacco.

This event is a benefit for KBOO Community Radio, and all proceeds go to one of the region’s longest running independent media outlets. We serve communities through our free broadcast training programs — including the Youth Collective: a youth mentorship program, media co-sponsorships for grassroots groups, local citizen-produced news, live in-studio music program, remote broadcasts from community events, and more.

General Admission Tickets: $20

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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.
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Channel 11        
Fridays 7 pm (live show)
Channel 23
Saturdays 8 pm
Channel 22
Thursdays 7 pm
May 27 Sat
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!
Gather with our community for a peaceful candlelight vigil to honor the upstanders who were attacked and murdered on a MAX train Friday for trying to intervene as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women.

We ask that our community come together in love and solidarity in the face of this horror to honor the memory of the victims and in support of those in our city and nation who feel terrorized and targeted.

Please help us spread the word and we're asking that attendees bring their own candle to the event.

www.facebook.com/events/1677996529174006/
All are welcome!
$9 General admission | $7 Senior (65+), Children (12 & under) & Students with ID
Tickets available here

8:15 PM | Post film discussion with Chinook Indian tribal members | Q&A

ABOUT THE MOVIE

The documentary film Promised Land is a deep look at whose land we inhabit. The film centers on the Chinook and the Duwamish Tribal Nations, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights still legally denied to them by the US government. It's an exploration of the inseparability of identity and place, and the ways society and government view tribal sovereignty.

PS. Please help us pack the house! Share our Facebook page with your friends and family!
May 28 Sun
The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 presents

*PRICED OUT*

An excerpt of the new documentary *Priced Out: Gentrification in Portland, Oregon, An Upcoming Film* that gives an investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices displace Portland’s black community and reshape the city.

This will be followed by a facilitated dialogue on community and housing hosted by Oregon Humanities.

Screening:
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 11 am-12:30 pm

Admission:
Suggested - $5

Location:
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
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This event is part of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there.
We've heard about a lot of exciting campaigns these past couple of months. There are so many reforms coming that could help Oregonian democracy. But what can you do, personally, to help those campaigns?

Come out to meet some other Representers, eat some tasty snacks, and find out what you can do right now to make democracy better for everyone!
May 29 Mon
Memorial Day
 
Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the coveted "Top Gun" award. When not so occupied, Mitchell carries on a romance with civilian consultant Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Shaken up by the death of a friend, Mitchell loses the Top Gun honor to Kasansky. Worried that he may have lost his nerve, Mitchell is given a chance to redeem himself during a tense international crisis involving a crippled US vessel and a flock of predatory enemy planes.

Tonight's nonprofit recipient is Feed The Hungry, Inc. Founded in 1991, Feed the Hungry, Inc. is a community based, non-profit, non-denominational organization that provides a hearty meal once a week for as many as 165 people. Meals are served every Sunday at 2:15 p.m. in the parish hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2036 SE Jefferson St., in downtown Milwaukie, Oregon.

Those who are homeless, hungry or simply looking for companionship, are received with understanding and respect.
May 30 Tue
This workshop provides a framework for how to organize and create momentum for social justice in their community. It’s for anyone, from the curious beginner to the established organizer. The content is an overview of activism and organizing in America, including what worked or didn’t work, where we are now and what we see both locally and nationally. The workshop includes an interactive lecture and also discussion.

Agenda:

5:30 - 6:00 Networking
6:00 - 7:30 Workshop

Natalie Sundeleaf Sept is a sixth generation Oregonian with broad ties to the political and art communities of Portland. Her work includes time with Congresswoman Bonamici and Commissioner Fish, as well as President Obama’s 2008 campaign. She was most recently an advance staffer for Hillary Clinton. She is a trained painter and splits her time at community events and in the studio. Her art maintains a civic lens and received local fame for the Dishwasher Project in 2013. When she's not painting or organizing, she's running, hiking or watching basketball.

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.
The Portland Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is hosting a video conference with Seth Ackerman, author of A Blueprint for a New Party published in Jacobin Magazine. With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in the working class. Join us as Seth dives deeper into the ideas outlined in the article.

www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/bernie-sanders-democratic-labor-party-ackerman/

www.dsausa.org/dsa_chapters_propose_national_candidate_endorsements_by_june_1_here_s_why_dl
Join Congressman Blumenauer for Public Forum on Universal health care. Medicare for all. Single-payer.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Guest speakers will include:

- T.R. Reid, Author of New York Times Bestseller, “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care”
- State Senator Michael Dembrow
- State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
- Dr. Samuel Metz, Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program
- Dr. Paul Gorman, Health Care for All Oregon (moderator)

**Seated capacity will be limited at this event. Please plan accordingly.**

**Event is free. Getting advance tickets is recommended**

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At this monthly meeting in InFARMation, we'll be exploring the question of Your Daily Cheese - Can it be Socially Responsible?

We'll have a panel of cheesemakers and dairy farmers talking about the decisions they face as they uphold environmental and social values while maintaining viable businesses and meeting customer demand. Our panel this month includes:

Greg Drobot - Face Rock Creamery
Steve Pierson - Sar-Ben Farms and Organic Valley
Lise Bueschen Monahan - Fraga Farmstead Creamery
Liz Alvis - Portland Creamery
Oregon is home to dairy farms and cheesemakers of all scales, sizes and management practices. But in recent decades, Oregon has seen a growth in larger and larger operations as smaller and mid-sized dairy producers have struggled to stay in business.

At this InFARMation, we'll be looking at questions like: How do cheese companies meet growing customer demand while maintaining core environmental and social values? How can small and mid-sized family dairy farms stay viable with the current trend towards bigger and bigger operations? How do consumer choices contribute to challenges for small and mid-sized family farms, or alternately, create solutions that promote and protect them?

Join us for an informative and interesting discussion of these and other questions.
So much to talk about!

Looking for help to set up and work the sign-in table
Join SAGE to learn about opportunities to mentor or host a PolitiCorps fellow this summer. PolitiCorps is a political organizing and leadership bootcamp for young adults (aged 18-25) who are ready to commit themselves full time to working in public service. The 10-week fellowship teaches fellows how to create and manage their own campaign strategy.

At our information session, you can learn more about the program and opportunities to support young adults who are dedicated to the public interest and the political process. As a mentor or host, you can help a fellow talk about their career goals and how to achieve them.
May 31 Wed
This training will help participants define poverty and explore its causes and effects. We will review national and local data on the demographics of people living in poverty as well as risk factors that can make one more vulnerable to economic instability (such as race, gender and subjective social status). We will also explore the significance of the federal poverty line and social attitudes toward the poor and their implications for people living in poverty.

Tags: YWCA of Greater Portland
Join others renters and community leaders for free dinner, a workshop, and a chance to demand an end to no-cause evictions and extreme rent hikes.

Everyone needs to be on board this year to demand an end to no-cause evictions and repeal the state-wide ban on rent control here in Oregon. Put your best forward and hold your lawmakers accountable! Demand support for #HB2004!

What we need: your bodies, your voice, your fist in the air
What you need: to keep yourself housed and create an environment that allows others to stay housed with you

What we can do: Come together in numbers and expand the Community Alliance of Tenants. When we go down to Salem, when you go to knock on the mayor's door, you need #TenantPower behind you. Only in solidarity can the people's will be done.

Dinner will be provided. A workshop to understand tenant rights will allow you to meet fellow renters and residents, and use that knowledge to empower yourself and those in your community

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All ages welcome. Childcare and interpretations will be available, please call (503)460.9702 ex. 2 for Jensi for requested services.
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/
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
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