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1 February 2019 - 28 February 2019
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
MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
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.

 
Feb 11 Mon
Making Waves Screening is one of many stops this award winning documentary film is making on it's tour from Chico California, Portland Oregon, to Bellingham Washington
with the VFP- Golden Rule's 2018 Guam International Film Festival Winner for Best Short Documentary Award

“BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS!”
Fundraiser for The Golden Rule Peace Boat’s 2019 RETURN voyage to Hawaii, and then the Marshall Islands where its original Mission was to end testing of Nuclear Weapons in the Marshall Islands.

Contact: Dan Shea at shea@veteransforpeace.org

This event is Part 1 of a Two Part VFP72 series of events in February concerning the Militarization of the Pacific see Feb 20th for 2nd Part

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Feb 12 Tue
The ingenuity and can-do spirit of Portland residents is why our city's slogan is "the city that works." But does our governmental structure hinder our best work, especially when addressing complex issues such as race, policing, and housing? For more than a year, we researched the commission form of government and are now ready to release our results. On February 12, we'll highlight the research findings and consider whether Portland's form of government gives us the tools we need to face today's challenges. www.facebook.com/events/1391016031045815/
Feb 13 Wed
Join Commissioner Hardesty and community advocates for a rally followed by the Portland City Council vote on withdrawing Portland from the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Let's pack City Hall!

Former Mayor & Police Chief Tom Potter pulled Portland out of the JTTF in 2005 due to concerns about the lack of oversight and transparency in this secretive agreement. Now it's time to withdraw once again. As the ACLU of Oregon states:

"Now, under a president who targets people based on their religion (Muslims), national origin (immigrants), and political beliefs (protesters, Black Lives Matter), it is more important than ever to stop participating in the federal government's dragnet surveillance and spy program.

The FBI and ICE, the biggest players in the Joint Terrorism Task Force, regularly engage in profiling and surveillance that is prohibited under Oregon law. Portland Police officers simply cannot comply with Oregon law while also operating as deputized JTTF agents. Furthermore, these officers operate without local oversight, as neither their supervisors, the city attorney, nor the mayor have the security clearance needed to monitor their work."

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Feb 14 Thu
Valentine's Day
 
While professing respect for human rights, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase continue to fund GEO Group and CoreCivic; the biggest operators of private prisons and immigrant detention centers.

On Valentine's Day #FamiliesBelongTogether and National Jobs with Justice are coordinating actions across the country to deliver cards and signatures to the Wells Fargo and Chase branches to tell them to break up with private prisons. Portland JwJ is leading a delivery here in Portland to let Wells Fargo and Chase know that if they don’t take action, we will -- by pledging to encouraging others to break up with Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase and switch to credit unions that actually respect our communities instead! #RealMoneyMoves

Come out and join us for this fun and meaningful action to hold corporations accountable and keep the pressure them on in support of immigrant rights!

Click this link today to sign and share the petition that we'll be delivering, to let Jamie Dimon (Chase) and Timothy Sloan (Wells) know that their customers and potential customers are not afraid to align our money with our values.

Sign the Petition here.
 
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.
Feb 17 Sun

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;"[3] it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery, with the exception of slavery as punishment for a crime.

DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisementlynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of colour in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.
 

Feb 18 Mon
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation supposedly built on the rule of law get to this, and what can be done about it? Tony Platt’s groundbreaking book, Beyond These Walls (St. Martin’s), considers how the current broken system can be fixed and offers a bold plan for structural reforms that would guarantee justice for all.
Feb 25 Mon
Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases each year. People arrested for minor crimes are swept through courts where defendants often lack lawyers, judges process cases in mere minutes, and nearly everyone pleads guilty. As a result, vast numbers of Americans – most of them poor and people of color – are stigmatized as criminals, impoverished through fines and fees, and stripped of driver’s licenses, jobs, and housing.
Feb 26 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: laura.stevens@sierraclub.org 503-238-0442 x305.
Feb 27 Wed
Oregon currently has the weakest laws on the U.S. west coast for oil train emergency response. This legislative session, we have a chance to change that.

One week from today, join us for our next Action Night to discuss and take action on bills pending in the Oregon Legislature this session on oil trains. We’ll be joined by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, who proposed House Bill 2858, and learn more about how grassroots movements can be involved to make sure we pass oil train legislation that is as strong as possible.
 
Action Night: Stand Up to Oil Trains!
Wednesday, Feb 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Oregon Sierra Club (1821 SE Ankeny St.)
Pizza and drinks, too! 
Feb 28 Thu
See how our rights have been usurped in plain sight & learn how we can take back local control!

6-9pm: Photography Exhibit Opening Reception

“Hidden in Plain Sight” explores the myriad of ways that corporations exercise their constitutional “rights” all around us, 24/7, and we no longer even notice!

7-9pm: Brief Presentations, Trivia Contest, Small Group Conversations, Open Mic, Raging Grannies, & Much More!

Presented by: Move to Amend Pdx and CommunityRights.Us
Sponsored by: KBOO, Pacific Green Party, Alliance for Democracy Pdx, Wolf-Pac OR

More info: Paul Cienfuegos <paul@communityrights.us>paul@communityrights.us>
On the heels of the City Club of Portland's report on the Portland's Commission Form of Government and on our at-large election system, it is the PERFECT time to start the conversation about whether Portland should form city council districts and if so, (most importantly) HOW should we go about it.

Both our history and the data have shown us that the current structure is inequitable and doesn't serve the people of this city. Winning an "at-large" or city-wide election is expensive and has led to mostly wealthy white men being elected from the West side of the City. By creating geographical districts we could ensure representation from every part of the city.

Join us in starting the conversation about what our city elections and government should look like to better serve all of Portland's communities, not just the corporations, developers, and wealthiest individuals.

Our featured presenters will address the problems of the current form of elections and government and the need for change. We will also facilitate a discussion about what all of you would like to see from a new form of government.

Hosted by Portland Forward and My Brother's Crawfish

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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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