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14 February 2019 - 13 March 2019
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
Public holiday in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
(712) 775-7031 209-508-222#
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Conference call-in number: (712) 775.7031; Access code: 209-508-222#
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.
 
Mar 1 Fri
Women's History Month
 
Mar 3 Sun
Rally
Campaign $$$ Reform
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Find out more  here 
Mar 7 Thu
MISSION: We are Progressive Activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice.
Mar 8 Fri
Hosted by International Women's Strike US/ Paro Internacional de Mujeres EUA

In the spirit of renewed radicalism, solidarity and internationalism, the International Women’s Strike US continues to be an organizing center by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards the 99% of women: working women inside and outside of the home, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, cis, queer and trans women. We see our efforts as part of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, criminalization and policing, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.

Women across the world are leading labor and political strikes. Come hear about them 🙂
We will rally at 4 in Pioneer Courthouse Square; Speakers, tables, press. At 5 we march to Salmon Street Springs Fountain. Legal observer and security teams are lined up.
If you have capacity for any of the following asks, please let us know

1. Share this event page with a message encouraging people to turn out
2. Forward this event to potentially interested contacts
3. Send us a quote endorsing IWS 2018 from you and/or your organization
4. Write an affirming article or social media post about IWS
5. Pledge to bring a friend or group to the strike
6. Confirm that you would like to table at Pioneer Courthouse Square
7. Indicate interest to speak at the rally; Explaining to the crowd how your work relates to the project of Feminism for the 99%
8. Volunteer to give a lift to people close to you, in need of transportation
9. Host your own event, promoting the strike
10. Donate to International Women's Strike

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Mar 10 Sun
Daylight Saving Time starts
 
Sunshine Week
 
Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the perception persists that we are one of the whitest states in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society.

What systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for? Knowing what we do, how do we act as individuals and communities to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon? This is the focus of “Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon” a free conversation with Willamette University professor Emily Drew. This program is hosted by People's Food Co-op and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

The Community Room is located on the 2nd floor up a flight of stairs. It is also accessible by elevator lift--just let a cashier know you need to use it and they will help you!

Facilitor Bio: Drew is an associate professor of sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses on racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. She earned her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and has published articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Television & New Media, and Tourism & Cultural Change.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Mar 11 Mon
Sunshine Week
 
Mar 12 Tue
Sunshine Week
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
LWVPDX Climate Justice, Multnomah County Board Room
 
Mar 13 Wed
Sunshine Week
 
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