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11 January 2019 - 10 February 2019
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 iraq@pjw.info.

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.

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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.

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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: OrganizingForBernie.com

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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: http://350pdx.nationbuilder.com/rsvp_intro_to_equitable_organizing

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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.

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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.

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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.

www.meetup.com/HATCH-Workshops-Events/events/gzzpslywcbwb/
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 - matt.mcnally@portlandoregon.gov
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 17 Thu
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.
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.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
-Environmental Justice
-Revenue
-Housing
-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!

CO-SPONSORS
Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Interfaith Alliance on Poverty
Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice

http://www.occv.org/
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 DontShootPDX.org

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Jan 21 Mon
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 
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.
(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: www.pdxcityclub.org/calendar/?eid=10907$5 members, $15 nonmembers, no meal but light snacks after.
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.
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 Many.org:
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

ALL PROCEDES USED TO SUPPORT St. Charles’ SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRIES

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.

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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. www.strikedebtportland.org   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.   www.strikedebtportland.org.

 

 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: revdecker@msn.com.  650-303-1176       Roberta:emilysing@aol.com

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.
 
 
Feb 4 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.
Feb 6 Wed
2019 is the year to get CEJ legislation passed, and our Lobby Day in Salem on February 6, 2019 should be huge.  Please plan to attend!

In 2018 our Lobby Day was one of the biggest of its kind in Salem.   Let's make 2019 even more successful!

Governor Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney, and House Speaker Tina Kotek have all expressed commitment to passing CEJ legislation in 2019.   
We have to make sure they not only pass legislation, but that they pass GOOD legislation.   Be present at Lobby Day for a big rally and to meet with our local legislators
Feb 7 Thu
Dana Frank’s The Long Honduran Night (Haymarket) is a story of resistance, repression, and U.S. policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup. Frank’s powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, told in part through first-person experiences, layered into deeper political analysis. It weaves together two broad pictures: first, the repressive regime that was launched with the coup, and the ways in which U.S. policy has continued to support that regime; and second, the brave and evolving Honduran resistance movement, with aid from a new solidarity movement in the United States.
Feb 8 Fri
Join your community members at Schrunk Plaza this Friday at 5pm to tell the US government HANDS OFF VENEZUELA! No more military intervention in Latin America!

No Sanctions, No Coup, No Military Intervention: Hands Off Venezuela!

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Feb 10 Sun
Join us for this excellent movie about Shirley Chisholm, and a learn about getting more involved in Greater Portland NOW.

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The Healthcare Committee from Jobs with Justice Presents: Screening and Discussion of: Big Money Agenda https://fixithealthcare.com/watch-the-movie/big-money-agenda/ Doors open at 6:30pm. Suggested donation $5-$20, no one turned away due to lack of funds.

 
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