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1 March 2018 - 31 March 2018
Mar 1 Thu
Women's History Month
 
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.
Mar 5 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.
Mar 6 Tue
“What Does Justice Look Like?” Series
Part one of this series, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Graduate School’s Center for Community Engagement, is a screening of Right of Passage. This documentary recounts the journey of a small group of disenfranchised people and their courage and strength to seek justice with the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Janice Tanaka, the film's director.
Mar 8 Thu

Feminism for the 99%          https://www.womenstrikeus.org/

The International Women’s Strike is a network of women in more than 50 different countries that emerged through planning a day of action for March 8th. International Women’s Day. We see our efforts as part of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, criminalization and policing, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.

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.
Mar 10 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.
Mar 11 Sun
Daylight Saving Time starts
 
$6 suggested donation; no one is turned away for lack of funds

This movie screening is being hosted by Liberation Literacy, a radical social justice reading group that has been meeting every Wednesday at the Columbia River Correctional Institute since October 2016. Lib Lit is led mostly by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to empower those that have been most impacted by the prison industrial complex and raise awareness about impact of mass incarceration in our community.

The goals of this fundraiser are to spread knowledge about the black freedom struggle, and use donations toward adding books to the Freedom Library and publishing our seasonal newsletter.

The film documents a conversation between three Black Vietnam war veterans intercut with footage of the 1967 Spring Mobilization anti-war demonstration, a national action taking place just one week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s delivery of “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” at Riverside Church in New York City.

The themes of King’s Riverside speech resonate throughout the film. As he spoke then:
…it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. And so we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. And so we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago.

Thank you to the Hollywood Theatre and Cinema Project for making this fundraiser possible, and to the Black Film Center/Archive for information about the film.

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Mar 13 Tue
Did you know that the City of Portland and Multnomah County have a Climate Action Plan that provides a roadmap for cutting our carbon emissions?

If successful, by 2050 we will cut our carbon emissions by 80 percent. There is a role for everyone: government, businesses, and individuals.

The League of Women Voters of Portland will present an educational panel discussion to explore how Portland is working to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will give us an overview of the plan, including the goals and our progress so far.
  • The Northwest Earth Institute will explain what individuals can do to lower their personal carbon footprint, and will offer opportunities for involvement in Earth Day activities and beyond.
  • Local businesses will discuss what they are doing to thrive and grow while lowering the carbon footprint of their businesses.

If you are interested in what our city is doing to reduce our carbon footprint and what this will mean to you, please join our March Civic Education Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), Multnomah County Building, 501 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR

The Civic Education Program is free and open to the public. 
Mar 14 Wed
Sunshine Week
 
A conversation with
Rene Denfeld, novelist nd former chief investigator at Metropolitan Public Defender

David Rogers, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon

Bobbin Singh, executive director of Oregon Justice Resource Center and member of the Oregon Civil Rights Council

Snacks and conversation  to follow

$10 general admission.  No-cost tickets available.

Minors welcome when accompancied by an adult. 

www.oregonhumanities.org />  

The uprising began on Valentine’s day 2011 in response to Governor Scott Walker’s introduction of a bill designed to destroy public sector unions, an opening salvo in his war to slash public services.  Tens of thousands of union and community members occupied the capitol and tens of thousands more engaged in a series of marches and demonstrations over a four-month period. How did the movement grow so fast? What role did unions play? What were some of the strategic choices made by unions and working people in their struggle against the right in Wisconsin?

 

Come hear Nikki Mandell (former Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Rick March (former Wisconsin state employee serving as the folk arts specialist at the Wisconsin Arts Board), both participants in the uprising, reflect on these questions and share insights relevant to building resistance to the current attack on unions and working people.


For more information, call Jobs with Justice, 971-242-8702 or visit the event facebook page

How will the rapidly accelerating introduction of autonomous, electric, and hybrid vehicles impact our lives and environment? How will they impact greenhouse gas emissions? How might they change the urban landscape? Find out when Let’s Talk Climate presents a panel discussion on strategies and effects of electric and autonomous vehicles on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the SEIU Local 49 Union Hall at 3526 SE 26th Ave, Portland, just south of Powell.

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has outpaced most expectations. In addition to passenger cars, electric transit buses and delivery trucks are on the horizon.

The technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs) is developing rapidly. It is widely expected that AVs will be electrically driven and used on demand in a shared transportation economy.

Both of these raise opportunities and concerns for urban planning. The electric grid will need to accommodate the increased demand, and there may be less need for fossil fuel infrastructure. AVs might need less lane width and travel more closely to one another, perhaps resulting in more space in existing rights of way. At the same time, perhaps AVs would encourage longer commutes if we could use the time spent on the road more productively than driving, increasing pressure on the current urban growth boundary.

The panel will address strategies to encourage adoption of EVs that enable a just rollout, the considerations of testing AVs, and some of the potential implications for urban planning.

Panelists include Ingrid Fish, Policy & Research Analyst with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Eliot Rose, Technology Strategist, Metro; and Becky Steckler, Program Manager, Urbanism Next, University of Oregon.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2012910352309985/
Website: www.letstalkclimatepdx.org
Mar 15 Thu
DeRay Mckesson will join us in Portland March 15th for a meet-and-greet and speaking event called Power, Police and Privilege.

Mckesson is noted for his civil rights activism, capitalizing on contemporary ways of reaching people and organizing them online through social media but also known for being in the streets for protests such as those in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, after the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.

MEET DERAY

DeRay was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School.

DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of joincampaignzero.org, MappingPoliceViolence.org and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity.

Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and beyond, DeRay has become a key player in the work to confront the systems and structures that have led to mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. He is also the host of critically acclaimed Pod Save The People, a weekly podcast creating space for conversation about the most important issues of the week. The podcast is also about making sure people have the information they need to be thoughtful activists and organizers. DeRay was named one of the World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Important People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION

Tickets for this event are available exclusively from our website: ojrc.info/deray/. Proceeds from this event will benefit all of our programs including free legal services for justice-involved women and immigrants and for the wrongfully convicted.

Tickets to the meet-and-greet with DeRay at 6 pm include drinks and light hors d'oeuvres as well as priority seating for the talk at 7 pm. Meet-and-greet tickets are $125 and are limited in number.

We're offering sliding scale tickets for general admission to the speaking event at 7 pm. You choose to pay $25, $45 or $65.

Entry to the speaking event is free for formerly incarcerated people. Please note that free entry is not available to the meet-and-greet.

We don't want anyone to be prevented from attending this event for financial reasons, so scholarships for the speaking event are available. Please contact Amie Wexler at awexler@ojrc.info for more information.

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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.
Forum
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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
Mar 16 Fri
This year’s symposium features some of the leading voices combating animal exploitation. Topics include how animals are used in entertainment, animal exploitation for sustenance, and the use of animals as resources. RSVPTickets cost $15–75.

Please join us as we come together to welcome, honor, heal, and celebrate. This will be a fun evening of LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES about what it means to be a refugee, immigrant, and Muslim in Portland. There will also be performances of different cultural music and dances. We hope that you will join in, but you are welcome to watch and mingle.

We will have food carts on site serving throughout the evening. We invite you to have dinner here in the outdoor courtyard. We welcome all Portlanders, of all ages, especially refugee and immigrant families. This is not a fundraiser. There is no admission price.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this event as great as possible: please contact Som Subedi at som.subedi@portlandoregon.gov.

Mar 17 Sat
St. Patrick's Day
 
Tax the Rich and save our community centers! Imagine everything else we could fund too.

Join Portland Democratic Socialists of America in supporting the Sellwood and Woodstock Community Centers Rally on March 17.

This is a super kid-friendly event! Face painting, sidewalk chalk, balloons, a marimba band and more.

Why are we gathering? Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has proposed 5% reductions to the city's budget, including cutting community centers -- despite the fact that the city is experiencing in economic boom. And not everyone is sharing in this individual wealth.

The money our city needs is already here. Tax the Rich. Save Our Community Centers.

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Mar 19 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.
(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#
 
Mar 20 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/
Mar 21 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.

Mar 22 Thu

Coordinator: John Perona of Citizens Climate Lobby

Professor, Environmental Biochemistry, Environmental Law, 
PSU and OHSU 
Climate Reality Leader 
CCL Lobbyist 

Mar 23 Fri
This year’s symposium takes a critical, intersectional, and interdisciplinary look at the environmental and food justice impacts of our food systems, the public health implications of our food choices, and business of food in our modern world. $75 general admission.
March 23, 8:15 a.m.–6 p.m., Law Campus
Mar 24 Sat

With your help, we were able to pass Multnomah County Measure 26-184 in 2016 and take a big step towards having Multnomah County elections be more open and honest.  (See theHonest Elections Multnomah County website for that info.)  Measure 26-184 passed with an 89% "yes" vote.

We’re excited to announce that we’re building on that victory by pursuing a similar measure for City of Portland elections.  Our paperwork has been filed, we’ve been granted a ballot title, and we’re now ready to start gathering signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.

With Portland Mayoral campaigns routinely costing over $1 million and mere City Council races over $650,000, getting laws in place that limit the influence of big donors in Portland elections is essential. With 89% of voters supporting Measure 26-184 just 16 months ago, we’re hoping to have a similar level of support for this measure.  So getting enough signatures to get the initiative on the ballot is critically important

Here is an opportunity to get involved:

  1. Please join us for our first major signature gathering event at Portland's March for Our Lives on Saturday March 24th at 9:30am at the Peet’s Coffee at 508 SW Broadway.  We will provide training and materials for gathering signatures and then go out as a team and let the citizens of Portland know about our new effort.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. 

On March 24, we will meet in Salem Oregon and join the voices of the March For Our Lives movement. We will be heard. We will update as details are finalized. 

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!

If you would like to purchase merchandise supporting the National effort you can do so here: 

https://represent.com/store/marchforourlives

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. 

On March 24, we will meet in Salem Oregon and join the voices of the March For Our Lives movement. We will be heard. We will update as details are finalized. 

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!

If you would like to purchase merchandise supporting the National effort you can do so here: 

https://represent.com/store/marchforourlives

Mar 27 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.

Film Screening & Director Q&A

 

FREE — Donations Appreciated

“Priced Out is an investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices are displacing Portland's black community and reshaping the entire city.  The feature-length documentary explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification and what neighborhood life means after the era of ‘The Ghetto.’”  Portland filmmaker Cornelius Swart, director of Priced Out, will answer questions following the screening. 

For more information about the film and to view the trailer: https://www.pricedoutmovie.com/

Sponsored by Ending the New Jim Crow

Committee on Homelessness and Hunger

Economic Justice Action Group

First Unitarian Church of Portland

Mar 28 Wed

The 350PDX Northeast Team will be showing Clean Disruption: Energy and Transportation with Tony Seba, Stanford futurist who has spent decades studying technological disruptions,

 This documentary film is one hour long and will review how exponentially improving technologies such as solar, electric vehicles, and autonomous cars will disrupt and sweep away the energy and transportation industries as we know it.

After the film, join us at Great Notions Brewery a few blocks away on Alberta for discussion of the film and other climate topics.

Clean Disruption: Energy and Transportation
7-8:30pm, Wednesday, March 28th

Mar 30 Fri

Eugene City Club975 High St., Eugene ($ admission; broadcast Monday after, KLCC)

3/30, 12 noon, Friday- Eugene City Council contested races

Join People's, the Clinton Street Theater, and PCUN (Oregon's Farmworker Union) for a screening of Dolores, a documentary chronicling the life and impact of farmworker rights advocate Dolores Huerta. Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucked 1950s gender conventions to co-found the country's first farmworkers union.

We'll be joined by farmworkers from PCUN for a panel discussion after the film.

$5-15 suggested donation, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will be donated to PCUN to support their critical work.

Mar 31 Sat
This months event will have a focus on music with a series of performances by musicians who care about net neutrality and municipal broadband.
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