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19 July 2018 - 18 August 2018
Jul 19 Thu
Springfield City Club and the League of Women Voters of Lane County are sponsoring a talk by Willamette University Professor Paul Diller, an expert on gerrymandering and elections, Thursday, July 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11:45 am. (Presentation begins at noon.)

Paul Diller is a law professor who filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the National League of Cities, challenging gerrymandering of state legislative districts in Wisconsin. (Gill V. Whitford, No. 16-1161 [U.S. Sup. Ct. Sept. 5,2017]), He is an expert in state and local government law and frequently consults with municipal organizations.

He will discuss the importance of redistricting at all levels of government. Because every level of elected officials, from school boards to Congress, will be redistricted following the 2020 census, learning what has gone wrong in the past will prepare us for this next iteration. Biased redistricting leads to politicians choosing their voters, instead of the other way around. This is not unique to Congress or to state legislatures. It can and has happened at every level of government, and it is vitally important for voters to pay attention to the process. For sure, special interests and political self-interests are paying attention!
Jul 23 Mon
Portland Rising and the Portland Association of Teachers 
present Nicole McCormick

West Virginia teacher and organizer
 

When teachers and other education workers went on strike in West Virginia, they shut down every public school in the state.  Thousands of workers and supportive parents protested at the state capital. Nine school days later, they declared victory.  Their commitment and solidarity won a significant raise for all public sector workers, forced withdrawal of bills that would have expanded charter schools and eliminated teacher seniority, and a government promise to convene a task force to find ways to reign-in rising worker health care costs.  Their victory inspired teacher strikes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona.

 

·      What challenges did teachers face in West Virginia?

·      How did they succeed in building worker unity and a state-wide strike?

·      How did they succeed in building wide-spread popular support?

 

  Nicole will talk about how the strike was organized and won, and lessons to be learned. 

  Nicole McCormack is a middle school teacher, key leader in the state-wide WV strike, and

  President – Elect of the Mercer County Education Association.

 Donations will be requested; No one will be turned away.

 Portland Rising is a committee of Jobs with Justice     www.jwjpdxlorg

Jul 24 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.
Jul 26 Thu
No Privitization! - Rally for Public Services

Portland Communiteis and Postal Workers United and the American Postal Workers Union (AFL-CIO) invite you to celebrate Postal Heritage Day - the 243rd Birthday of the People's Postal Service.

Defend the Postal Service, schools, hospitals and working families from the administration's attaccks. 
Please join the Portland Jobs with Justice Global Justice Committee for a screening of the newly released film, "The Workers Cup" by filmmaker Adam Sobel.

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million African and Asian migrant workers. "The Workers Cup" gives voice to those who are laboring to build sport’s grandest stage and competing in a soccer tournament of their own.

This event is free and open to all. The space is ADA accessible. 
This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/225922961381527/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1531530437659037
 
Jul 28 Sat
Parkrose High School auditorium
12003 NE Shaver St.
Portland, OR
 
Aug 1 Wed

The War on Drugs has been a decades-long, $1 trillion policy failure that has disproportionately affected low-income communities and people of color. This federal mandate has given rise to a brand of law enforcement that criminalizes homelessness, mental illness, and the disease of addiction. 

As a member of Congress, I’ve supported initiatives to reduce the disastrous impacts of the War on Drugs. Whether it’s marijuana legalization or criminal justice reform, we have taken some positive steps forward, but much more should be done. As I gather information about comprehensive solutions, I want to hear from you.

I'm hosting a public forum to discuss what we can do about this issue. After brief remarks on my part, we will have an interactive panel discussion with experts in the fields of mental health and criminal justice. There will also be time for you to ask questions and offer your ideas and suggestions about actions we can take to end the War on Drugs.

Program starts at 6PM; doors open at 5:30 PM

RSVP Here

Liftoff! Join us as we formally launch a multi-year mission to create the most advanced, affordable & equitable publicly owned and operated fiber optic to the premises (FTTP) network and internet utility on the planet.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1838074373162256/
Aug 2 Thu
MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
Aug 9 Thu
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.
Aug 11 Sat
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.
Aug 14 Tue

Non League Event of interest
Speakers: Rep. Ken Helm; Rep. Karin Power; Leah Feldon, Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Quality; Paige Spence, Oregon Conservation Network Director for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Aug 15 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
Aug 16 Thu
See this website for more info on content and subsquent mtgs.:
sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/committee-meetings.aspx

Please join us at The Armory on August 16 for the last film in the Peace of the City summer series: The Devil We Know.

An exposé of the DuPont corporation's decades-long efforts to deny the adverse effects of chemicals used in Teflon kitchenware, The Devil We Know unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time.

Probing and eye-opening, the film focuses its lens on a courageous group of citizens in West Virginia, following along as they take on DuPont after discovering it has knowingly been dumping the toxic chemical behind Teflon—now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans—into the local drinking water supply. 

This Portland premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Oregon Environmental Council and other special guests.

Aug 17 Fri
See the website for more info and subsequent mtgs.:
sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/committee-meetings.aspx
Aug 18 Sat
19th Amendment ratified
 
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