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15 April 2018 - 14 May 2018
Apr 15 Sun
Earth Day
 
Apr 16 Mon
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Clackamas -- The Supreme Court:Change Status and Uncertainty
 
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 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
Douglas County Commissioner Candidates
Cosponsored by ACLU of Oregon, Portland Copwatch, Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, Peace and Justice Works, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Network Against Racism and Islamophobia, and more
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
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Deschutes Annual Meeting
 
Strategize on next stage of work toward 2019 passage.
Open to the public; Reservations are required. To RSVP call 541-343-7818. Lunch $17, Beverage only $5
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 20 Fri
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lane Candidate Forum, County Commissioner , Position 5
 
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
Last day to register to vote
 
Come to our monthly meeting to find out what's new in our efforts toward 100% clean energy. Pizza at 6 pm and meeting runs from 6:30 - 8 pm. Contact Laura Stevens for more information: laura.stevens@sierraclub.org 503-238-0442 x305.
Metro Councilor District 2, 
Portland Commissioners Positions 2 and 3

Contested county races:  County Commissioner, Circuit Court Judge and thePublic Safety Levy request.   There will be time for a “meet and greet” at 6:30,presentations will begin at 7:00.  Jean Cowan will be moderator.

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



Spencer Creek Grange—86103 Lorane Hwy (intersection of Lorane Hwy & McBeth Road)

4/24, 7 p.m. Tuesday - Lane County Commissioner, Position 5 (“East Lane County”)
Apr 25 Wed
 
Apr 26 Thu

 

Coordinator: John Perona of Citizens Climate Lobby

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

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Clackamas Candidate Forum, State Rep District 39
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Coos Candidate Forum
 
Spencer Creek Grange, 86103 Lorane Hwy, (Intersection of Lorane Hwy and McBeth Rd); Lane County Commissioner Position 2, Springfield
Apr 28 Sat
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Lane Annual Mtg
 
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 
 
May 1 Tue

May Day Morning Action to Call Out the Portland Business Alliance at their Annual breakfast meeting.

Why? Portland Business Alliance (PBA) claims to represent 1900 Oregon businesses in its endorsement of the Pacific Connector Pipeline/Jordan Cove fracked gas project. PBA also opposed the fossil fuel facility ban and launched an aggressive campaign to weaken the Superfund Clean-up Plan. PBA is the most reliable opposition voice to environmental progress in Portland. Few member businesses are aware; many would be aghast. Let’s inform them . . . and the general public.

Bring signs and help hold our long banner! We’ll also hand out quarter sheets to the 1000+ attendees as they enter the parking garage. *Please wear business attire if possible.*

Feel free to show up around 6:30 a.m. to help set up. Their meeting starts at 7:30AM. After party at Citizen Baker – 1 block away.

Check out the Facebook event here.

*Home-made signs – effective in large, bold letters and few words. Better to use term “fracked gas” instead of white-washed terms “LNG” or “Liquefied Natural Gas”.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Linn Co Commissioner Forum
 
May 2 Wed

POLICE PEACE PDX 2018

Community Police Forum Focused on Addressing Police and the Community in Dialogue and Workshops
 

FREE; please RSVP at https://policepeacepdx.com/

We are pleased to have the opportunity to host this third-annual event planned and produced by Portland-area students.  More information: https://policepeacepdx.com/

Doors open at 6 
 
Join Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Oregon's 3rd District) for a Town Hall about the state of our public lands in the current political climate. Come to learn about the various anti-public lands bills in Congress, the ongoing efforts to expand protections for public lands, and the current status of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Free beer and light snacks will be available, as well as ways to get involved with groups fighting to protect our public lands. Learn more about the event and register here.

 
Note it is highly recommended that you register in advance.
May 3 Thu
Gov't Hearing
9:15 AM
Action at Multnomah County Commission re: tagline ordinance, proposed judgment
 

Springfield City Club 3528 Gateway St, Springfield, Hilton Garden Inn

5/3, 12 noonThursday - Springfield City Council races

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.
MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
May 4 Fri
@ Curry County Events Center, Gold Beach, OR

More info here: lwvor.org/event/council-2018-gold-beach/
May 5 Sat
@ Curry County Events Center, Gold Beach, OR

More info here: lwvor.org/event/council-2018-gold-beach/
Cinco de Mayo
 
Every Saturday, the Hollywood Farmers Markets hosts as many as 50 vendors, bringing you the best of the region’s agricultural bounty!
YOU ARE NOT A LOAN!

Strike Debt/Portland Public Banking Alliance

Join Strike Debt Portland and Portland Pubic Banking Alliance in a public forum about the role of and effect of debt on our society. When student debt or medical debt or parent and grandparent debt gets to be excessive, how do we respond?

The results of debt wreaks lives, and devastates communities; an increasing reliance on credit to maintain our basic living standards reveals an economic system that enriches the few at the expense of the many.

 
Please RSVP so we know how many lunches to have ready.  RSVP Here

Debt is not just personal. It is also institutional with our governments going into increasingly large levels of debt in order to provide the basics needed to run our cities, counties and states, to provide basic services. Around the nation, cities, counties and states are examining the role that public banking can play in providing basic services like affordable housing and education and investments in the local economy.

In addition to providing space for personal stories of the effects of debt, a panel of speakers will be present to discuss the debt issue, including

In addition to providing space for personal stories of the effects of debt, a panel of speakers will be present to discuss the debt issue, including

  • Dr. Nicholas Hartlep, author/editor and Professor of Education Programs at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.

  • Ellen Brown, founder of Public Banking Institute; author of The Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution

  • David e. Delk, Chair of the Portland Public Banking Alliance

  • Lane Thompson, Family Economic Opportunity Program, Case/Innovative Changes

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 10 AM to 2 PM; doors open at 9:30 AM

Location: First Unitarian Church, SW. 12th and Salmon in the Buchan Room

Admission: $5-20; no one turned away for lack of funds

Please RSVP so we know how many lunches to have ready.  RSVP Here

Join us for the Washington County District Attorney Candidate Public Forum!

District attorneys are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. These elected leaders decide who to charge with a crime, and what kind of crime to charge a person with. They have the power to end mass incarceration, or to fuel it.

Washington County has its first contested DA race since 1972. And it’s an opportunity for voters to make their voices heard and to choose what your criminal justice system looks like.

You can meet candidates running for this important office at the Washington County DA Candidate Public Forum. It’s your chance to hear about their platforms, ask questions, call for reform, and get the facts before you vote. 

The event is free and open to the public.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Washington Co DA Forum
 

Join Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, Alliance for Democracy and Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program for a screening of 2008 PBS Frontline documentary with reporter T.R. Reid


 

SICK AROUND THE WORLD
Other Rich Countries Have Universal Health Care 
Why Don't We?


 

Join documentary reporter T.R. Reid as he compares how five other rich capitalist nations are able to treat health care as a human right and ask "Why Can't We?"

T.R. Reid will be available following the screening for comments and Q & A.

Admission: $5 - 20; no one turned away for lack of funds
Doors open at 6:30 PM
RSVP Eventbright:  https://tinyurl.com/SATWorld
Facebook event page: 
  https://www.facebook.com/events/1601879806526459/

May 6 Sun
@ Curry County Events Center, Gold Beach, OR

More info here: lwvor.org/event/council-2018-gold-beach/
May 7 Mon

Chase, Stop Fracking with Oregon.  Move your money  action. 

Join the 350PDX Divestment/Reinvestment & Fossil Fuel Resistance Teams for an action to draw attention to one of the most destructive corporations on the planet.

J.P. Morgan Chase is the only US bank funding the proposed fracked gas pipeline to Jordan Cove, Coos Bay OR. Chase is also funding a new version of Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Oklahoma!

Street theater! Music!

This 350PDX Portland action is part of a nation-wide 350.org action. Chase is the #1 financier of extreme fossil fuels on Wall Street, increasing its investments in tar sands, coal and liquefied/fracked gas by over $4 billion last year. Chase is also asking the SEC to block a shareholder vote for a study of the financial and climate risks flowing from its investment in dirty fossil fuels.

If you bank at J.P. Morgan Chase, we urge you to MOVE YOUR MONEY! Look here for ideas of other places to bank.

If you would like to announce your decision to MOVE YOUR MONEY from Chase at the action please contact us @ the email link above—or just come and surprise us!

RSVP Here

Wear Black if you canv

May 9 Wed
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Portland Annual mtg/convention
 
Come hear Mark Brenner (former director of Labor Notes) and Don McIntosh (senior staff reporter for the Northwest Labor Press) share their thoughts about the importance and challenges of doing labor journalism.
 

Workers need a source of information and analysis that they can trust that can help them build the movement necessary to advance worker rights and labor-community struggles for a just society.  And publications like Labor Notes and the Northwest Labor Press have important roles to play in that process.  This is an opportunity for us to hear Mark and Don’s thoughts about the challenges facing labor today as well as learn about how those who work as labor journalists keep abreast of current developments, understand their role in reporting for a labor audience, and decide what to highlight in their writings.  During the discussion period we can share our own thoughts about these issues.

 

Labor Notes is an independent national media and organizing project begun in 1979 that also publishes a monthly magazine of the same name that “explore(s) the trends that are keeping workers on the defensive and analyze(s) labor’s responses: what’s working and what’s not?”

The Northwest Labor Press is an independent, union-supported newspaper with a print edition that is mailed out twice a month to over 50,000 members of more than 80 unions in Oregon and Southwest Washington, with a mission “to provide accurate and timely information on the issues that matter most to union members and working people.”

Join Us This Wednesday May 9 @ 6:30 pm 
for our campaign kickoff party and launch! 
 
Come help launch the drive put the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) on the ballot! While we’re excited this week to have won the legal challenge by corporate interests that had delayed our launch for months, we now have just 60 days to gather 45,000 signatures!  
 
We know we can do it, but we need your help to make it possible!  
 
Now is the time! While the Trump Administration backslides on climate and racial justice, the PCEF is Portland’s chance to become a national model for transitioning our city to renewable energy in a manner that directly supports racial justice and equality. From funding new rooftop solar and energy efficiency projects for low-income Portlanders, to a robust job-training program for disadvantaged communities and promoting sustainable local agriculture, PCEF is how we can turn progressive grassroots values into tangible benefits for Portlanders and our climate. 
 
Sure, the retail corporations with over a billion in revenue that would have to pay more than $30 million a year under the PCEF are going to fight us tooth and nail. But with a flood of support from non-profits ranging from the NAACP Portland Branch and Oregon Chapter Sierra Club to Verde, 350PDX and the Audubon Society of Portland this is a fight we can win.
 
Join us this Wednesday the 9th at our new campaign office in the Sierra Club’s building (1821 SE Ankeny St, PDX 97214) at 6:30 pm for our launch party, pickup petition signature packets, get the basics of signature collection and hear how we’re going to use grassroots 
May 10 Thu
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Rogue Valley Annual Meeting
 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Lincoln Co annual meeting
 
The YouthPass program is currently not written in the 2018-2019 budget for the City of Portland. If the City fails to act, over a thousand students in East Portland will lose access to public transportation. The City must not let youth lose this valuable program. Come support our fight to #DefendYouthPass at the City Budget Committee Hearing! 

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Rally For YouthPass
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Join YEJA and our allies in providing testimony to keep YouthPass in the budget!
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 Sat
Inspired by a history of effective change-makers in Portland’s past who organized similar events to address the needs of their day, this event is motivated by the need to put Portlanders in charge of smart public policy that promote equity and common good.

This year, we’re taking a deep-dive into 3 subjects:
  • Local campaign-finance reform at the city and county levels, including a potential Portland-area-challenge to Citizens United
  •  Our region’s Clean Energy Transition, with a specific focus on racial justice and broad accessibility (and the Just Energy Transition initiative)
  • The growing interest in City Council Districts and what that transition might entail
We’ll get updates from experts in each fields, and open the floor to hear from you.

More Information here.
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.
Excited to start collecting signatures for the Portland Clean Energy Fund? Attend this brief training for signature gathering instructions and get on your way with all you need to start gathering signatures! The training will be about 30 minutes and you will be provided with a signature gathering kit. www.facebook.com/events/164368387577987/

In 1970, over 40 orca were brutally captured from the Salish Sea, one of the world’s richest and biologically diverse inland seas, located in northwest Washington.  The killer whales were taken to marine parks around the world. Tokitae is the sole surviving whale.

 

The Lummi Nation is working to bring Tokitae home, protect the Salish Sea, and raise awareness about a local story of resilience and healing.  
Join us in solidarity with the Lummi Nation and the Portland Harbor Community Coalition, a coalition of Native, African American, immigrant and refugee, and houseless people working to clean up a century of toxic industrial pollution in the 11-mile Superfund on the Willamette River.

 

 

 

HOSTED BY:  The Lummi Nation, The Portland Harbor Community Coalition, and the Sierra Club

WHO: All are welcome!

FACEBOOk:
www.facebook.com/events/187370902061571/

May 13 Sun
Mother's Day
 
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