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1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
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


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

FREE; please RSVP at

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

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

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May 5 Sat
@ Curry County Events Center, Gold Beach, OR

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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!

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


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

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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 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!


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.

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!


May 13 Sun
Mother's Day
May 15 Tue
Oregon primary election
FREE for Hatch members (learn more about Hatch membership!) $15 for non-members We will discuss types of legal entities available for social enterpreneurs.
May 16 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
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.

May 17 Thu
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.

May 18 Fri
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
MarionPolk Annual Meeting
May 19 Sat
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Coos County Annual Meeting
May 21 Mon
Portland DSA is taking our Tax the Rich campaign to the state Capitol! Governor Kate Brown is calling a special session to cut taxes to businesses. Join us to protest this anti-working-class tax cut on Monday, May 21st. 

As reported in The Oregonian ( this tax plan will mostly benefit high-income individuals making well over $200,000 a year. It would force working-class Oregonians to pay higher tax rates than their wealthy bosses. And it would take away critical revenue needed to fund schools, affordable housing and other vital services. 

So join us for a rally on the Capitol steps in Salem from noon to 1 p.m. to tell our state officials loud and clear that the days of neo-liberal austerity and welfare for the wealthy are over. We demand they fund and support the working class! It's time to TAX THE RICH!!

More details to come!!

Also, we will be organizeing carpools and transportation, so please RSVP for that by filling out this form:
In his new book, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change (Orbis), activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation, and shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. He reflects on how Gandhian/Kingian nonviolence will help us deepen our solidarity with the earth and do what we can to resist catastrophic climate change. 
May 22 Tue
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: 503-238-0442 x305.
May 23 Wed
Dinner, Business meeting, and Speaker, -- Marge Easley, "Have We Turned the Corner on Gun Safety?"

Me- ask for help!
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Linn County State Unit potluck and spring celebration, home of Wendy Greenwald and Greg Schneider
For the past 25 years, Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times bestsellers (including The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma ), has been writing about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and, now, in the plants and fungi humans use to alter consciousness. Pollan’s unique and elegant blend of science, history, travel writing, and first person reportage has inspired millions of readers to look at familiar experiences in a whole new light while sparking vital national conversations about our relationship to the natural world. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Penguin Press) is Pollan’s brilliant and brave investigation into psychedelic drugs and what they reveal about the human mind, the self, and our connection to the natural world and each other. A deeply personal exploration of human consciousness, Pollan’s “mental travelogue” is not just about psychedelic drugs, but also how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

Please note: Tickets for this event, $38, include admission and a copy of How to Change Your Mind, and are available online at, at the Portland’5 box office, by phone at 800-273-1530, and at all TicketsWest outlets. Books will be distributed at the event.

May 25 Fri
Strategize on next stage of work toward 2019 passage of public funding for some campaigns.
May 28 Mon
Memorial Day
May 31 Thu
This movie screening is brought to you by New Seasons Market (presenting sponsor) and Association of Oregon Recyclers. 

Movie screening: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. An informative and entertaining documentary produced by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, "Wasted!" takes you around the world, showing the 1.3 billion tons of food that gets thrown out each year and the people fighting hardest to prevent it.

Other supporting sponsors include Food Waste Stops With Me and Imperfect Produce.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $7

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows ushow each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. Proceeds support AOR programs and educational events
Why are women expected to do all of the domestic and reproductive labor for free? How does capitalism's dependence on this unpaid "women's work" reinforce patriarchy?

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Get your hands on the literature early:
Where We Stand
Sponsored by ISO
University of Oregon Kritikos Lecture 2017-18

MARGO JEFFERSON, Journalist and Cultural Critic

Margo will explore the We in We the People

The Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) is honored to host Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, cultural critic, journalist, and professor Margo Jefferson, who will give the final lecture in the OHC’s “We the People” series. Her lecture, titled “From ‘I’ to ‘We’: The Role of the Citizen-Critic,” will take place in Eugene on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:30 p.m. in 182 Lillis Hall on the UO campus, and in Portland on Thursday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. at the UO in Portland, 70 NW Couch Street. The OHC was fortunate to be able to reschedule Margo Jefferson’s Oregon visit after having had to cancel her visit planned for last May.

Jefferson asks, “how do we teach ourselves to go beyond the limits of our own experience?” stating, “I think we all need to be citizen-critics. I think our task is to bring all the traditions that have shaped us—intellectual, political, aesthetic—to complex questions of identity and community.”
The daughter of a prominent physician and social worker-turned-socialite mother, Jefferson grew up in an upper-middle class black neighborhood of Chicago in the 1950s and ’60s. She writes about her experiences growing up in post-war America as a member of a privileged African American family in her memoir, Negroland, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, The International Bridge Prize, and The Heartland Prize.

She writes, “‘We the People’ is an affirmation, but it’s a provocation too. It provokes each of us as individuals, as 'I's who cherish our particular identities, to think about how those identities can join forces in a community. And by 'forces' I mean beliefs, achievements and dreams, but also uncertainties and conflicts: histories and traditions that often clash. 'We the People' are a nation of communities and cultures struggling hard to make sense of one another. What kind of 'we' is worth dreaming of and working for?”

Jefferson currently teaches writing at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her previous book was On Michael Jackson. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek, and has published in New York Magazine, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Believer, and Guernica. Her essays have been anthologized in: The Best American Essays, 2015; The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death; What My Mother Gave Me; The Best African-American Essays, 2014; The Mrs. Dalloway Reader; Black Cool; and The Jazz Cadence of American Culture. She also wrote and performed a theater piece, Sixty Minutes in Negroland, at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Culture Project.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. The Eugene lecture will be followed by a book sale and signing. For disability accommodations (which must be made by May 23, 2018) or for information, call (541) 346-3934.

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