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1 April 2018 - 30 April 2018
Apr 1 Sun
Easter Sunday
 
Apr 2 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.
Apr 3 Tue
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Eastside democratic Club is a member organization Annual Membership fee is only $5.00 and can be paid to Steve Elder at the meeting.

Public is always welcome at our meetings.
Apr 4 Wed
The spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is calling all people who love 
democracy, freedom, justice, equality, peace, elimination of poverty and 
who desire to build the Beloved Community to respond to the "Urgent Now" 
calling us to take a stand and recommit ourselves to the Dream of Dr. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. The March will take place Wednesday, April 4, 
2018 at 5:00 P.M.

At 5:00 P.M. we will gather at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW 
Naito Parkway at Davis St.

At 5:30 P.M. we will march across the Steel Bridge to MLK Statue (At MLK 
Blvd. & Holladay St.)

At 6:30 P.M. we will Rally at MLK Blvd & Holladay.

This March & Rally is sponsored by the Albina Ministerial Alliance 
Coalition For Justice and Police Reform. Co-Sponsored by the Ecumenical 
Ministries of Oregon, The Beloved Community.

http://www.albinaministerialcoalition.org/actions.html
Apr 5 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.
Apr 6 Fri
More information here with link for registration and program.  
Apr 7 Sat

The Portland Clean Energy Fund is a story about us creating our own clean energy future, where new renewable energy and energy efficiency investments improve our homes, improve our city’s environment, train our workers, and support our businesses. Through the Portland Clean Energy Fund, we will lift up a community-led vision that builds resilience and wealth in the face of climate change and federal inaction. 

The Portland Clean Energy Fund will be a November 2018 city ballot measure that would raise $30 million per year to weatherize homes, build rooftop solar, provide job training, grow local food production, and fund green infrastructure. Right now, we cannot depend on the federal government to fund a green economy and resilience to climate change. We cannot wait: it's up to us.

We need your help! Don’t miss the Portland Clean Energy Fund kick-off event and training session on April 7th. City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly will join us as we give an overview of the initiative and explore ways you, on your own or in teams, can join us in gathering signatures and passing this historic measure.


See Facebook for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152960805400302/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1522538934939542 

Martin Luther King, Jr. called historian C. Vann Woodward’s 1955 book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, the “Bible of the Civil Rights Movement”, because it made clear that segregation was neither natural nor inevitable, but the product of a particular historical moment.

Mobilizing for anti-racist activism requires us to contend with the origins and mutations of racism.

This workshop will ground participants in the history of racist ideas and the social movements to combat them, thereby equipping us to change the future.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hatetraining series and is free and open to the public.

More info and see register, click here. 

Movie night: "Berta Didn't Die; She Multiplied", about Berta Caceres, human, indigenous, environmental rights leader in Honduras, assassinated night of March 2-3, 2016. 
Apr 10 Tue
Hosted by Oregon Justice Resource Center

Documentary screening and panel discussion on the impact of Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing law, Measure 11, on youth.

Co-presented with the Northwest Film Center

Tickets $9.

Panel members:
- Stephen Fowler
- Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia
- Kasia Rutledge 
- Noah Schultz
- Bobbin Singh (Moderator)
- Robert White

Measure 11:

In 1994, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 11, a mandatory minimum sentencing law that came into force in 1995. Anyone convicted under the law has to serve the whole of their sentence, with no reduction for good behavior. Under Measure 11, children as young as 15 can be tried, convicted, and sentenced as though they were adults. Today, Oregon incarcerates young people at a higher rate than almost every other state in the country, and our state has the second highest rate of transfers of young people to adult court in the nation.

The movie:

In 2009, at 17 years old, Noah Schultz was arrested for attempted murder, sentenced under Measure 11, and incarcerated for seven years.

Pushed to better himself and challenge perceptions of what it means to be an inmate, Noah took full advantage of rehabilitation programs, workshops, and educational services.

With determination and spirit he has gone from gang member, drug dealer, and prisoner, to college graduate, author, and TEDx speaker.
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and a "heroine of the resistance" (Vogue), Cecile Richards has spent a lifetime fighting for social justice and women's rights. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time in her eagerly anticipated memoir, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead. Richards presents a timely and important message: To make change, you have to make trouble. In a conversation based on her book, Richards illuminates the people and the lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and the experiences that taught her how to stand up, speak out, and find the courage to lead. Richards will be joined in conversation by Andi Zeisler, cofounder of Bitch Media and author of We Were Feminists Once. Price includes a copy of Richards's Make Trouble. Books distributed at event.
Apr 11 Wed

The state legislature convened for a "short session" in February, during which OSPIRG advocated for free credit freezes for consumers, transparency for pharmaceutical companies when they hike the price of prescription drugs, and more.

Join OSPIRG staff and members for a briefing at Laurelwood Public House on how our priorities fared and what our plans are going forward.

 

Space is Limited. RSVP Now!

 

When: Wednesday, April 11th, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Laurelwood Public House, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

I hope you can join us for a cold beer and a discussion of our work to stand up for the public interest.

Apr 12 Thu

Standing Rock to the Bundy Standoff: Occupation, Native Sovereignty, and the Fight for Sacred Landscapes

The lens through which we see “our” America and our understanding of history often excludes lived and historical experiences of other peoples. It is this “exclusivity of viewpoint” that the two “standoffs” Illustrate: how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe understands its history and its rights as a nation versus that of the Bundy family and their armed supporters who faced off against their own federal government while carrying copies of the U.S. Constitution in their shirt pockets. Both groups resist the threat of “imperial power,” though viewed differently, and both are defined by perceptions of their roles in the story America tells itself about itself.  And so it is, that “cowboy” versus “Indian” meet with starkly different degrees of success.

Jacqueline Keeler is a Diné (Navajo) and Dakota writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the editor of the new anthology “Edge of Morning:Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears” and the author of the upcoming book “Standing Rock to the Bundy Standoff: Occupation, Native Sovereignty, and the Fight for Sacred Landscapes.” Her articles and essays can be found in The NationHigh Country NewsYes! Magazine and many other publications.

Tickets at the door $5 – $20 sliding scale (no one turned away).

Reception to follow in Fuller Hall.

Childcare available by advance reservation by April 2Please click here to submit a request for childcare. 

For more information contact Dana Buhl, dbuhl@firstunitarianportland.org or 503-228-6389 ext. 442.

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 Sat

Free: Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frontline-communities-on-environmental-climate-justice-a-just-transition-tickets-44418157906

One-hour informational fair, followed by a panel discussion “to explore the environmental issues most pressing to these communities and learn about how the Just Transition model for environmental and climate justice is being and can be applied…”  Panelist include representatives of Organizing People/Activating Leaders (OPAL), Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), as well as Sewell lecturer Jacqueline Keeler.  More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1007682506066402/

Join us for a one-day community forum to explore Participatory Budgeting. We will learn from PB innovators with experience in Seattle, Oakland, & Boston and discuss the possibilities for our communities.
 
Cost:  Free, with lunch provided (child care and interpretation availalbe upone request)
Registration Required!    Register at healthydemocracy.org/pb2018

Participatory Budgeting is one of the fastest-growing municipal democratic reforms in the world. But what is it, and how does it work? What are the potential benefits for increasing government accountability, making participation more meaningful & equitable, and building trust & community?

Questions? Contact Jim Labbe — (503) 475-7052 / jlabbe@urbanfauna.org

Co-Sponsors: City of Portland, City of Gresham, Oregon Community Fndn., Metro, Multnomah County
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 the Portland metropolitan area, a municipalist movement is also taking shape. In 2016, a vibrant tenants rights movement galvanized voters to defeat an incumbent City Commissioner. This victory demonstrates an opportunity for grassroots forces to change Portland for the better.

Our goal is to create a Portland metro area that’s a healthy and nurturing place for everyone and every community who calls it home, and not just an enclave of the 1%. Toward that end, the Portland Metro People’s Coalition (PPC) is organizing a People’s Convention to ratify a Bill of Rights and platform for collective action.

The March for Science PDX and Expo is a public event put on by Portland Science Advocates.

Follow here for important news and the latest updates on the march's day-of events!

STAY INFORMED:
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarchforSciencePDX/

Donate: http://marchforsciencepdx.org/donate/

Shop: http://marchforsciencepdx.org/shop/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sciencemarchpdx?lang=en

National Website:
https://www.marchforscience.com/
Tax Day Resistance to War and Militarism.

Hold Burma Shave style signs. War Resisters League and War Tax Resisters: "
for those of us who understand that federal taxes support WAR (in many forms, not just military violence).  We've been doing this for years now, and it's a lot of fun - even when the weather does not cooperate!"
Apr 16 Mon
Come to a free screening of the documentary Tomorrow on Monday, April 16th at 5:30pm at Wilson High School (1151 SW Vermont St). Tomorrow (Demain) provides a comprehensive look at ways in which activists, organizers and everyday citizens are trying to make the world a better, greener, more sustainable place.” - Jordan Mintzer for The Hollywood Reporter (read the full article here). Doors open at 5:00pm for pizza and an info fair. The film will begin at 5:30p and run for about an hour and a half and will be followed by four breakout discussion groups. This event is sponsored by Wilson High Students for Environmental Action, SW HOPE and 350PDX-SW Team. Grant provided by Southwest Neighbors, Inc.
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#

For this meeting, we have Sherry Healy, running for Clackamas County Elections Officer.  also, Ben Lavine, running as Dem against Earl Bluemenauer. 
The NW 350PDX neighborhood team and the Havurah Climate Action Team will co-sponsor Everything You Don’t Know About Electric Vehicles at Havurah Shalom (825 NW 18th Ave., Portland) on April 16 at 7pm. After a brief history of electric cars, Paul Reno, a retired faculty member of the Marine Science Center of Oregon State University will talk about what you need to know about electrical vehicles, their environmental impact, and more. A Q&A will follow his talk. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Kahler Martinson.
Apr 17 Tue
Tax Day
 

The forum, moderated by Ken Boddie (KOIN News 6) and Sharon Gary-Smith, will feature candidates for City Council Position 3 and County Commissioner District 2.  We'll hear from candidates about issues impacting our community and what plans they have for elected office.  

There is much at stake here in Portland. We are facing increasing challenges in a time of unprecedented growth for the Rose City.  This year’s election comes at a critical moment for our communities as we confront a housing crisis, job insecurities, police accountability, immigrant issues, and education challenges in our schools. Make sure our future elected officials hear your voice--please join us on April 17th.

Click here to RSVP.

Unite Oregon, along with co-sponsors CAUSAMomentum Alliance, OPAL, and Portland Harbor Community Coalition
featuring Mike German of the Brennan Center for Justice
  and a local panel speaking on FBI spying and Portland's local efforts
  to keep the police from dedicating full-time officers to the Task Force.
  The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
 
  Mr. German formerly worked for the FBI and quit after trying to
  blow the whistle on "deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations."
 
  The April 17 event is free and open to the public. For information on
  the event write to info@aclu-or.org .
 
    Cosponsors include (as of 3/17/18): 
    ACLU of Oregon
    Portland JACL
    Portland Copwatch
    Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform
    League of Women Voters of Portland
    Portland Democratic Socialists of America
    Peace and Justice Works
    Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland
    Council on American Islamic Relations - Oregon
    Portland Network Against Racism and Islamophobia
 
  The organizers of this event are engaged in a campaign to get Portland
  back out of the Terrorism Task Force. For more information see
  and watch the video of a November 8 news conference at
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCuSMXv27iU.
Apr 18 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.

Apr 19 Thu
Strategize on next stage of work toward 2019 passage.
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
Apr 21 Sat
9:00 AM
PSU Farmers Market (gather signatures on Portland Initiative for Campaign Finance Reform)
 
In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize cannabis, and in 2015, recreational cannabis was legalized in both Oregon and Washington. 

We propose an OPEN CARRY WEED MARCH to celebrate the economic, industrial, medical, and social benefits of the herb's legalization. We do so in gratitude of those who have worked to contribute to our local cannabis culture & to defy the enemies of cannabis in the DEA and DOJ. 
this is a benefit for Health Care for All Oregon
We are so excited to have another Star-Studded line~up of talent for the 2018 Festival!!!
This is the party of the year in support of
Better Health Care to More People for Less Money~
 

ADVANCE TICKETS: $20.00         DOOR PRICE: $25.00
*Food for purchase
*2 Bars
*Community Village of Information Tables including local Artists
*Silent Auction
*Raffle prizes
*Simulcast LIVE on KBOO Radio

Tickets Are Non-Refundable

Doors open at 6:30 PM

What happened in Sarajevo...it can happen in the middle of Paris. In Rome. It's possible."   —Vedran Smailovic, The Cellist of Sarajevo

What happens when a modern society implodes? Imagine waking up to find society collapsed: stores shuttered, electricity and water shut off, no food or medicine, neighbors become enemies and fighting in the streets. That's what happened in the city of Sarajevo, only eight years after hosting the 1984 Winter Olympic games. 

Admission by $10 suggested donation or pay what you can..      
See movie trailer by clicking here

350PDX is a proud co-sponsor of Portland EcoFilm Festival's showing of The Reluctant Radical at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland), April 21st, 7:30pm. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. This film features the inspiring Pacific Northwest activist Ken Ward who will be there, along with the director and producers, for a post-film discussion. Get tickets here - they're going fast!! If you're interested in tabling at or after the event, please email Barbara Ford
Apr 22 Sun
12-1pm Lunch, Taco Bar,  $9, benefit for Leaven Community Sanctuary program with Karla and Jose Antonio
             1pm Karla Lara, Honduran Jazz and Resistance Singer. with Jose Antonio Velasquez, Jazz Pianist: singing and playing, human rights in Honduras, grassroots feminism, intersectionality of our struggles, discussion with groups here 
 
Karla celebrates our tenderness and our personal struggles, sharing them with each other, thereby empowering our movement.  She can be extremely tender and is always expressive.  So, for me, she connects us with our spiritual and tender parts to enable for us greater wholeness, love, and joy together and much stronger movement spirit.
Apr 24 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.

This award-winning, 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.”  Its title refers to the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery — except as punishment for a crime. 

DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the Civil War through such practices as: criminalizing behavior and enabling the police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; the suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynching, and Jim Crow; declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities; and, by the late 20th century, the mass incarceration of people of color. 

13TH was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary for Nonfiction Special.
FREE; All Welcome

View the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk

Apr 26 Thu

 

Coordinator: John Perona of Citizens Climate Lobby

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

Apr 29 Sun

Please join us for a viewing of At the River I Stand a documentary on the AFSCME Memphis sanitation workers strike in the spring of 1968. The event will start at 5:30PM with food/refreshments followed by a panel discussion at 6:00PM about workers of color and the labor movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.  Short preview of At the River I Stand at newsreel.

Apr 30 Mon
The Gig Economy and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are rapidly changing our economy and workforce. From being paid less than minimum wage to interference in states' legislative process - it's clear that TNCs are putting profits over workers. We have an opportunity to change that in Portland. Join us on April 30 to tell Portland City Council to give Uber & Lyft drivers and impacted community members a voice.

Learn more at www.transportationfairnesspdx.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/592250751158405/?active_tab=about 
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