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1 January 2019 - 31 January 2019
Jan 1 Tue
New Year's Day
Jan 2 Wed
Senator Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answer their questions, and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America. Event held in the gym.

He invites all Clackamas County residents to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.

Also, if you are running into red tape accessing veterans’ benefits or dealing with Social Security or Medicare, or having trouble getting what you need from other federal agencies, he will have a constituent services worker on hand who may be able to help.
Decolonizing Wealth (Berrett-Koehler) is a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Though it seems counterintuitive, the philanthropic industry has evolved to mirror colonial structures and reproduces hierarchy, ultimately doing more harm than good. After 14 years in philanthropy, award-winning philanthropy executive Edgar Villanueva has seen past the field’s glamorous, altruistic façade, and into its shadows: the old boy networks, the savior complexes, and the internalized oppression among the “house slaves” and those select few people of color who gain access. All these funders reflect and perpetuate the same underlying dynamics that divide Us from Them, and the haves from the have-nots. With great compassion – because the Native way is to bring the oppressor into the circle of healing – Villanueva is able to both diagnose the fatal flaws in philanthropy and provide thoughtful solutions to these systemic imbalances.
Jan 3 Thu
MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
Jan 4 Fri
oin us for a screening of Standing On My Sisters' Shoulders with a short presentation after the film.

All proceeds will be donated to the Portland Women's March & Rally for Action. 

$10 per ticket.

Purchase tickets here:

This show is expected to sell out, so please purchase tickets in advance.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders:
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Jan 6 Sun

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. For almost a decade, they won 60 percent of their games while making it to the Western Conference Finals twice. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what they did on the court. When someone asked Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt about his team’s chemistry, he replied that he’d “never studied chemistry in college.” And with that, the “Jail Blazers” were born. Built in a similar fashion to a fantasy team, the team had skills, but their issues ended up being their undoing. In fact, many consider it the darkest period in franchise history. While people think of the Detroit Pistons of the ’80s as the elite “Bad Boys,” the “Jail Blazers” were actually bad. In Jail Blazers (Sports Publishing), Kerry Eggers, who covered the Trail Blazers during this controversial era, goes back to share the stories from the players, coaches, management, and those in Portland when the players were in the headlines as much for their play as for their legal issues.

Jan 8 Tue
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
LWVPDX Civic Education Program, Medica Luncheon?
Turning Progressive Policy into Law: What are the top issues and what can we do?

Our January meeting will pivot from midterm elections to the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session. Now we must put our progressive policies, super majority and democratic Governor to work!!

Senator Michael Dembrow will present an overview of major legislative issues in 2019, and how we can help get important work done. 

Madison Hathaway, Advocacy and Outreach Director for Renew Oregon, will review the Clean Energy Bill. 

Alejandro Queral, Executive Director of Oregon Center for Public Policy, will give an introduction to revenue reform and specifics on their proposal to increase Oregon corporate tax rates. 

Kate Titus, Executive Director of Common Cause Oregon, will share potential legislation on campaign finance reform. 

There will be time for questions and answers with our panel, in addition we will break into small groups to dig deeper into these three important issues and find out what actions are required to pass progressive legislation. Then we’ll break for libations and snacks at 9 PM.

Jan 9 Wed
To limit executive power, the founding fathers created fixed presidential terms of four years, giving voters regular opportunities to remove their leaders. Even so, Americans have often resorted to more dramatic paths to disempower the chief executive. The American presidency has seen it all, from rejecting a sitting president's renomination bid and undermining their authority in office to the more drastic methods of impeachment, and, most brutal of all, assassination. David Priess’s How to Get Rid of a President (PublicAffairs) showcases the political dark arts in action: a stew of election dramas, national tragedies, and presidential departures mixed with party intrigue, personal betrayal, and backroom shenanigans. This briskly paced, darkly humorous voyage proves that while the pomp and circumstance of presidential elections might draw more attention, the way that presidents are removed teaches us much more about our political order.
Jan 10 Thu
Join us in Portland for dinner and a set of interactive workshops about the health threats and social justice concerns imposed by nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and why nukes have no place in a just transition to a peaceful, healthy climate for all peoples. Attendees will also learn how to take action for a world free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. 

Sponsored by the Oregon Just Transition Alliance, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, and the Oregon and Washington chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Thursday, January 10th. Dinner at 5:30pm, event at 6:30pm
Taborspace - 441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Free and open to the public
Childcare and Spanish translation provided 
RSVP by January 4th to Please indicate if you will need childcare or translation. Thank you!
Jan 11 Fri

January 11, 2019 marks 17 years since the opening of the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Local human rights, peace and justice organizations are planning a visibility action, rally and march on Friday, January 11 to mark the occasion with the message "Close Guantanamo: Still America's Shame." The action is an expanded Portland Peaceful Response Friday Rally for peace and justice, taking place from 4:30 PM* to 6:00 PM at the corner of SW Yamhill and Broadway, Pioneer Courthouse Square. Cosponsoring the event are the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Amnesty International Group 48.

The prison now holds just 40 people (from a height of nearly 800 at one point), and stands as a symbol of the United States' deteriorating respect for due process, human rights and the rule of law. In early 2018, President Trump reversed President Obama's policy directive that called to find a way to shut down Guantanamo. In July, 2018 the prison marked its 6000th day of operation. Local Portland groups join worldwide voices calling to Close Guantanamo Now!

For more information contact Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065 (call or text) or

Jan 12 Sat
It’s time to organize against gun violence in Portland. Bring your family and let’s develop a community focused strategy against violence.

On the second Saturday of the month Don't Shoot Portland and community partners come together to strategize, build community, and identify opportunities for community engagement and direct action.

Join BerniePDX and supporters across the country for the Organizing for Bernie 2020 Livestream! We'll discuss what we can do now to organize and lay the groundwork for Bernie's potential run for president in 2020.

Come out to demonstrate support for Bernie's values, vision for our country, and his potential 2020 presidential run!

We're meeting at the yummy Italian sandwich shop, Shut Up and Eat. Livestream starts promptly at 1pm.


Organizing for Bernie 2020 is a group of supporters and former campaign staffers working to recruit Senator Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate in the 2020 Democratic Primary and lay the groundwork for a successful campaign operation.
Learn more and sign the petition at:

Have you volunteered with 350PDX or are interested in volunteering with us? Would you like to have more skills to be an inclusive, effective organizer? 

Join 350PDX Equity & Justice staff and volunteers to learn more about how to be a successful, inclusive movement builder! 

This training will discuss the basics of how to 1) learn about Equity & Power in Organizing, 2) Basics of Anti-Oppression Work; and 3) How to Create Safer Spaces for Organizing. 

RSVP here:

On a remote atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, albatross chicks are dying, their bodies filled with plastic.

Using spare narration and stunning imagery, "Albatross" unflinchingly shows the horror of this tragedy, while ultimately bringing us to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for life on Earth.

Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as a mirror of our humanity.


ALBATROSS is an adult film with strong emotional content, so we recommend it for viewers age 12 and above.

ALBATROSS is shaped like a meditation or a poem, requiring a particular kind of deep audience engagement.

A primary intention of ALBATROSS is to delve into feelings of a kind that we might usually tend to avoid. This film looks deeply into sadness, grief, beauty, and love, in ways that can feel uncomfortable. But as director Chris Jordan likes to say, that is the whole intention: when we allow ourselves to feel our sadness for what is being lost in our world, then we connect with the part of ourselves that loves our world. In this way, coming to know the true nature of grief can be a liberating experience. When grief is no longer seen as a “bad” feeling, then it can be embraced as a portal to deeper connection with life.

Jan 13 Sun
Please join us for a firsthand account of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip on Jan. 13, 2019. Dr. Clyde Farris, an orthopedic surgeon from West Linn, recently returned from a trip to Gaza where he worked with a team of Palestinian orthopedic specialists. 

Dr. Farris will describe the type of injuries he saw as a member of a delegation from the Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility. Learn about the conditions inside what has been called “the largest open-air prison on Earth.” 

Sponsored by the Portland Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Jan. 13, Sunday, from 7-8:30 pm at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland. Also sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace - PSU student chapter, and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition.
Ten thousand years after humans figured out how to stop wandering and plant crops, veteran investigative journalist Mark Schapiro plunges into the struggle already underway for control of seeds, the ground-zero ingredient for our food. Three-quarters of the seed varieties on Earth in 1900 had become extinct by 2015. In Seeds of Resistance (Hot Books), Schapiro takes us onto the frontlines of a struggle over the seeds that remain, one that will determine the long-term security of our food supply in the face of unprecedented climate volatility. Schapiro reveals how more than half of all commercially traded seeds have fallen under the control of just three multinational agrichemical companies. 
Jan 15 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.
Beginning as a trainer in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, George Lakey has been on the front lines of social change for decades. Now, in his timely and down-to-earth guide, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning (Melville House), he passes the torch to a new generation of activists hitting the streets. He looks to successful campaigns across the world to help us see what has worked and what hasn’t: from choosing the right target, to designing a creative campaign; from avoiding burnout within your group, to building a movement of movements to achieve real progressive victories. Drawing on the experiences of a diverse set of ambitious change-makers, How We Win shows us the way to justice, peace, and a sustainable economy.
Jan 16 Wed
Join Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Unite Oregon, and the ACLU of Oregon for a panel discussion about what the Joint Terrorism Task Force is, why it's so important for Portland to withdraw, and how you can help us accomplish this task. Following the panel presentation will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions.

ASL and Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

For questions, reach out to Commissioner Hardesty's Community Outreach Coordinator Matt McNally -
In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy – only keeping her from meeting her goals – she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less (Hay House) documents Flanders’s life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. Blending Flanders’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life – and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
Jan 18 Fri

Oregon's 2019 Legislative Session: Carbon Reductions on the Agenda

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the planet has to substantially reduce its carbon pollution. In the 2019 Legislative Session, Oregon will consider doing its part. The state legislature will take up legislation to reduce the state’s emissions of carbon pollution and join California and Quebec in the Western Climate Initiative. Please join us as we explore this issue with key policymakers and experts. Begins at 8:30 am with coffee and ends with a networking lunch.

Register here.


Oregon Sen. Michael Dembrow, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction

Kristen Sheeran, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor to Gov. Kate Brown, Director, Carbon Policy Office

Elizabeth MacKay, Québec Government Representative


Joe Kruger,  Director of Research and Strategy ,Georgetown Climate Center

Marcilynn A. Burke, Dean, Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law, University of Oregon School of Law

Oregon Rep. Karin Power, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction

Rajinder Sahota, Assistant Division Chief, Climate Programs, California Air Resources Board

Andrew McKeon, Executive Director , Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc.

Greg Dotson,  Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law

Jan 19 Sat
Come join us at OCCV’s annual legislative forum where Oregon State Senators, House Members and advocacy representatives will be the panelists discussing plans for the next legislative session which will begin the very next week.

-Environmental Justice
-Criminal Justice

If you have an interest in any of these subjects, here is your chance to hear from the people making our laws. And, if you want to make y our voice heard by those same people, you will want to be there!

Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Interfaith Alliance on Poverty
Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
Jan 20 Sun
The 5th Annual Children's March for Social Justice is our most important action of the year!!

Once again Children Lead with parents, community and neighbors supporting the promotion of free speech and social change. The Children’s Art and Social Justice is joining forces with several community groups, unions, sponsors and partner organizations.

Once again we will collect food and clothing for local families which is distributed all year Long via our partnership to support the Community Feed In programming at Hughes Memorial.

Please Stay engaged on this page for upcoming art making and printing workshops for youth and volunteers who want to help us make signs and banners for this years event.

More updates coming soon

Jan 21 Mon
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(201) 439-8092 ID=45268938 or EzTalks
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join a meeting via ezTalks. It’s a professional video conference app for getting our team together.
Time: Nov 19, 2018 6:50 PM 
Meeting ID: 34519770
Or join by telephone, dial: United States(Toll)  1.201.439.8092 

Agenda will include:
with author   Dahr Jamail
After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis – from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest – in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Like no other book, The End of Ice (New Press) offers a firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.
Jan 22 Tue
Legislative Session Begins
Doors open at 5:30 PM

Too many Oregonians can’t depend on receiving timely, affordable healthcare. The Oregon House Health Care Committee just released a report from legislators, industry representatives, physicians, and a few critics, attempting to find a way toward accessible affordable healthcare for all Oregonians. Can we achieve universal care? Do we want universal care? Reps. Andrea Salinas, Rep. Rich Vial, and Oregon Nursing Association director Martin Taylor of the “Universal Access to Health Care” Work Group discuss what they learned and what Oregon can do next. This discussion will be moderated by Vanetta Abdellatif, director of Multnomah County’s Integrated Clinical Services. Co-sponsored by Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program
Rep. Andrea Salinas lives in Lake Oswego and represents District 38. She serves on the House Health Care, Transportation, and Agriculture and Natural Resources committees. Salinas is the daughter of an immigrant from Mexico. Prior to joining the legislature, she worked for Senator Harry Reid, Representatives Pete Stark and Darlene Hooley, and was Oregon vice president of Strategies 360, a political consulting firm.
Martin Taylor joined the Oregon Nursing Association as its CEO in 2017. He previous served as an executive director of public affairs with CareOregon for nine years, developing Oregon’s coordinated care organization model. As ONA’s former director of health policy and government relations, he facilitated passage of the country’s first statewide nurse staffing law based on patient acuity.
Rep. Rich Vial lives in Hillsboro and represented District 26. He served on the interim House Health Care, Carbon Reduction, and Judiciary committees. He is also Chair of the Washington County Planning Commission and previously served as Chair of the Groner School District Board and the Washington County Fair Board. He has been a land use attorney in Oregon for 30 years.
Moderator: Vanetta Abdellatiff is director of Integrated Clinical Services for Multnomah County. She oversees the County’s 25 health centers including 12 student health centers, eight primary care clinics, seven pharmacies, six dental sites, a central laboratory and an HIV clinic. The system serves more than 70,000 residents each year and is one of the nation’s largest federally qualified health centers.  

Registration:$5 members, $15 nonmembers, no meal but light snacks after.
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.
Jan 24 Thu
PCC Performing Arts Center, Sylvania campus
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, OR
Capitalism puts profit for a few over survival of the many. We have the ability to avoid serious climate crisis, but it's not profitable to shut down the machinery that's responsible. When disaster strikes, the world's most oppressed are hit the hardest and left to suffer. We need a mass movement that builds a system for people and the planet, not profit. Join us for analysis and discussion.

An article from Socialist Worker to get started:
How Do We Stop Capitalism from Killing The Planet?

And an audio presentation from the 2018 Socialism Conference on We Are
Before The Next Hurricane Hits: Socialist Solutions to Climate Disaster
Don't forget to RSVP to the Facebook event!
Interested in joining? Check out Where We Stand
Jan 25 Fri

13TH makes the case that inclusion of a loophole in the 13th amendment, that allows slavery when someone has “been duly convicted” of a crime, was included to allow for the continued domination of people of color.


Suggested donaton $5

Drinks and Snacks for Sale

Childcare provided


Jan 26 Sat
Let’s face it, ICE is a super villain organization. It’s a force of such out of this world evil that it will take pantheon of real world super heroes to defeat them, and January 26th that is exactly what we are assembling. Join local immigrant rights organizations in fighting the forces of evil, in a day full of marching, music, speeches, and action. 

Arrive in super hero bloc, or make a costume at the event out of costume components provided on-site.

Jan 29 Tue

A great opportunity to learn, participate to expose and change the abusive debt system for seniors. Ex. Social Security benefits are being garnished to pay down student loan debt.   FB Strike Debt Portland

A) Raise awareness of parent / grandparent student loan debt including SS check garnishments.

B) Give those in that situation the opportunity to tell their story.

C) Mitigate their immediate hardship by future monetary awards to as many garnishees as possible via current funds and future fund-raising efforts.


 If you or anyone you know is among those in the Portland area who are spending golden years in the red with student debt, including having Social Security wages garnished,  please contact Sandra Decker or Roberta Badger-Cain of Strike Debt Portland to become part of the solution and become eligible for direct monetary assistance – no strings attached!  Sandra:  650-303-1176

FREE. on Max red and blue lines: Library stop

Since our inception Portland Forward has had a vision of being a hub for ideas and to engage people in local politics. Part of that vision includes hosting monthly events where Portlanders can get together to learn about important local issues and find out how to get more involved. This is why we are proud to finally launch our monthly meet-ups this January, and you're invited! 

Our first monthly event will be all about what's next for Honest Elections in Portland, Multnomah County and beyond!

Join us on Tuesday, January 29th at the community room in the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne at 6:00 PM. We'll start the agenda closer to 6:30 to give folks a chance to arrive after work, and order food and/or drink. 

Attend to learn about
  • How the Portland Honest Elections measure will be implemented
  • The status of the legal standing of limiting campaign contributions
  • The 2019 legislative opportunities
  • Other potential county ballot measures
  • The statewide ballot measure for 2020 
Most importantly you find out how to support Honest Elections moving forward! Together we can get big money out of politics here in Oregon! 

You can order food and drink from our own bartender in the community room. This event is minor friendly.
Jan 31 Thu
2019 ACTION NIGHTS series: where we'll be joining together every other week in community to take meaningful and strategic action together. From January to June, when the 2019 Oregon Legislature is in session, many Action Nights will be centered upon what's happening in the Capitol, with opportunities to hear direct reports from our Conservation Director and Lobbyist, and hold our elected officials accountable to the people who got them elected. Action Nights will be all about praxis: we'll be learning and growing our organizing skills, then we'll immediately put our new skills to use around a current issue happening in the session.
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