Pride NW 2017

Once again, we were fortunate to be able to participate in the Pride NW parade and to support those who participated in the Trans March.  It is such a gift to be able to give support and love to members of our LGBTQI community and to be loved back.

Here are some pictures and video of our performances during the parade.

 

 

 

Things to do: Week of May 15

Monday, May 15 at 5pm: show up at Senator Wyden’s office to sound the alarm and demand an independent commission to investigate Trump.

Before May 19, This is the deadline for Senators to sign this year’s “Dear Appropriator” letters to support funding for the Library Services and Technology Act and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program.  Ask your senator to support federal funding for libraries. This database shows who has signed.  More information is available here.

Tuesday, May 30, 6pm.  First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th Ave. Portland.  Join Congressman Earl Blumenauer for his public forum to support universal health care. Presentation sby T.R. Reid, author of Healing of America; State Senator Michael Dembrow; State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Dr. Samuel Metz of Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program, and Dr. Paul Gorman of Health Care for All Oregon (moderator). Doors open at 5pm.

Tell your Oregon Legislators to pass the National Popular Vote Bill.

Defend Net Neutrality. Call your senators!

Email Portland Mayor Wheeler to support the continued public ownership of Buckman Field at the old Monroe School Site.  This is a piece of rare open land that has been publically owned for over 100 years.  It is at risk for being sold to a private developer.

Don’t Let Trump Bury the Russia Investigation. Sign this petition and/or this one.

Defend the Columbia River. Sign the petition

Defend voting rights. Sign the petition to remove Kobach from the Election Integrity Commission. Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tell the Oregon State Legislature to reject SB 990, which provides loopholes for radioactive waste.

Save the Paris Climate agreement.  Sign the petition

 

Things to Do: Week of May 8

Send a postcard to Paul Ryan:  Paul Ryan has turned off ALL of his public telephones and fax machines in response to protests in favor of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Medicare, etc. and he is NOT accepting signed petitions, instead he’s TURNING AWAY voters who deliver the petitions. So, let’s see what 67 million postcards looks like in his driveway. It will take you ten minutes. Please start mailing postcards to his HOME: PAUL RYAN, 700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE., JANESVILLE, WI 53545

Submit Comments to Fight Changes to Net Neutrality:  The current administration and congress has already given internet service providers (ISPs) the right to sell our browsing habits to advertisers. This undermines consumer privacy. Now the administration and congress wants to take away net neutrality or the idea that ISPs have to treat all data equally.  This Guardian article does an excellent job of explaining why net neutrality is so important.  You can comment on the FCC website or if you need help coming up with a comment, you can use this website.

Submit Comments on EPA Regulations:  On March 24, 2017, EPA Administrator Pruitt issued an agency-wide memorandum on implementation of Executive Order 13777, which announced members of the required Regulatory Reform Task Force, and directed EPA program offices to seek public input on existing regulations and report findings to the Task Force by May 15.  Comment period ends May 15, 2017.  How to Comment: You may submit comments in writing, using Email, Docket or mail. Submit comments to:

Email: Laws-Regs@epa.gov
Docket: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190
Mail: Office of Policy Regulatory Reform, Mail Code 1803A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460
EPA Offices are conducting outreach described below (updates to the list may be found at https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform#Public)

Make Calls: Trump and ICE rolled out a new program dedicated to collecting reports of “crimes by illegal aliens.” This disgusting and un-American program serves no law enforcement purpose, and only exists to demonize immigrants, push fearmongering propaganda, and provide the White House with racist talking points.  Flood the ICE hotlines with reports of aliens from outer space. Sponsored by #LoveArmy and Common Defense.

Watch a RaceTalks video: Engaging Democracy–From Grassroots to Congress.  Staff from Community-based organizations and elected officials share how to engage their offices and make our democratic process work better for YOU

Watch and Discuss:  Portland screening and discussion of “Now Is The Time: Healthcare for Everybody” on Sunday, May 7 at the Clinton St. Theatre. This new documentary film tells the story of the drama, struggle, and success of the movement towards healthcare equity.  After the film, you can meet representatives of three organizations working for universal, publicly funded health care in Oregon, including Nurses for Single Payer, and ask us questions about our work. Universal, single-payer health care has grabbed a lot of interest since the election, and given us an opportunity to make it a reality.  Sponsored by Portland Jobs with Justice.

Now Is The Time
Clinton St. Theatre, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 7 pm
Sliding Scale $5-$20 admission, no one turned away.

Attend a concert by the Portland Peace Choir. May 19, 7pm at Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St. Admission is free…donations gratefully accepted.

Attend a FREE screening:  The Portland premiere of the new film, ALMOST SUNRISE, which follows two vets as they embark on a cross-country journey to seek to heal from the wounds of war. The first film about “moral injury,” ALMOST SUNRISE will be an eye-opener and a ray of hope for veterans and the community alike. Friday, May 26, at 6 pm, to be opened by a live performance by the Portland Peace Choir. Portland Mennonite church, 1312 SE 35th Ave., just north of Hawthorne. Go to www.peaceofthecity.com for more information.

Sign a Petition to Demand a new 21st Century Voting Rights Act. Sign the petition

Sign a petition to support the U.S. staying in the Paris Climate Agreement. Sign the Climate 350 petition.

Sign a petition to demand transparency from the White House: Sign the petition demanding the release of WH visitor logs.

Things to do week of April 24

It’s National Parks Week — a reminder of the need to protect our public lands. That means stopping the expansion of fossil fuel production on our public lands and waters. Support Senator Jeff Merkley’s “Keep it in the Ground” bill.

Tell U.S. banks they must NOT provide any financial services to TransCanada that could help construct the Keystone XL pipeline.

Support Common Cause’s effort to sue North Carolina. After North Carolina’s Republican governor lost his re-election bid, his allies rammed through a bill that stripped away the executive powers of the incoming Democratic governor, and took it for themselves.

Saturday, April 22 was Earth Day and the March for Science.  Let’s keep the momentum going.

Things to Do: Week of April 17 #Resist

April 20,  at the Capitol in Salem: Health Care for All Lobby Day, Hearing and Rally

April 20, 7-9pm PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 026. Don’t Bomb Syria! Let the Refugees In!

April 22, March for Science: Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  10am speakers, 11am march.

April 29, 12pm.  People’s Climate Movement: Portland Mobilization and March.  Dawson Park (N Stanton & Williams Ave).

May 6th Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX is excited to present: Listen. Learn. Lead., a full day social justice conference at First Unitarian Church in Portland.
They have a great line-up of workshop presenters, moderators and panelists and would love to see you there.
Info and registration form can be found at the link below. https://www.nwgsdpdx.org/conference

May 19 & 20, Democracy School in Portland, OR

#Icantkeepquiet

After the Women’s March in January, the beautiful song, Quiet, by MILCK grew into an anthem for resistance.  MILCK  invited choirs to sing the song on April 8 and post their performance online via social media.

We were fortunate to be invited to collaborate with Portland’s Badass Women’s Choir. They have a beautiful version of Quiet that we were able to dance to.  Our two groups performed at Pioneer Square and Pioneer Place on April 8.

The video begins with an explanation of who the Grannies are and what our dance means.  We hope you enjoy it but also understand it as a form of protest and as making a statement that we must stand up for our rights and the rights of others.

Thank you, Badass Women for including us in your performance. It was such a privilege to participate in this event. Thank you, Rick, for taking and producing the video.

Portland City Council’s Decision to Divest

On April 5, the Portland City Council voted to stop investing in corporations.  Basic information about this decision can be found in the Oregonian.  A well done summary of the decision is available on the website, Portland Occupier.  The Portland Raging Grannies testified in support of disvesting by singing a song that asks, “Which Side are You On.”

A writer for Quartz, a news website owned by Atlantic Media Co., also reported on the decision. While we are pleased with the City Council’s decision, we take issue with the way this decision was reported in Quartz. Credit for leading the city council to make the decision was given to the Portland Raging Grannies in the Quartz headline, but in reality the decision to divest followed a great deal of hard work by a number people and organizations.  One of our members sent the following email to the editor of Quartz:

I feel compelled to write to you on behalf of the Portland Raging Grannies who found your article cringeworthy since it gave credit where it absolutely was not due and failed to credit the people who deserve it.   The damage done to the interrelationships of groups and individuals fighting for social justice is undermined by such lazy and thoughtless and unresearched reporting. Please read below and find a way to make a public correction of your article.

While I am very happy the Portland Raging Grannies were effective in getting out the message, I would like to emphasize that all the hard work of 3 plus years of building this campaign was done by many, many others(not the Portland Raging Grannies) who worked tirelessly, putting in hundreds of hours in research, organizing, meeting, writing, showing up to testify. These people must be given all the credit for what happened in City Hall on Wednesday, April 5. This was the work of a broad coalition of groups coming together for the overall goal of environmental justice and human rights. Who were these heroes? Enlace, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Occupation-Free Portland, the Portland Public Banking Alliance, Jobs with Justice, the Alliance for Democracy, the Oregon Sierra Club, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Portland Prison Divestment Coalition, 350PDX, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, as well as numerous similar justice organizations, faith groups, and indigenous people, and the volunteer Sustainable Investment Committee, who worked for two years researching corporations to find the worst of the worst offenders.

 

 

Things to do week of March 27

Review last week’s post. There are lots of things that are still current!

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to gut online privacy rules and allow Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to sell your sensitive personal information to advertisers without your permission. Call your representative in the House and tell them to vote NO on repealing the FCC broadband privacy rules.

Consider War Tax Resistance: The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee supports individuals who refuse to pay for war, and promotes war tax resistance in the context of a broad range of nonviolent strategies for social change. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, war tax resisters contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all.

April 4:  M4BL is joining  a broad multi-racial, cross-sector coalition of organizers from around the country to share plans for the mass political education work which will kick-off Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day (BTM ) on April 4th. The date marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City, where he offered a radical critique of imperialist war and the injustice of racial capitalism. Dr. King was assassinated exactly one year later (April 4, 1968) on the eve of the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign which would declare poverty a human rights violation.

April 5 at 2pm:  Write to the Portland City Council or attend the meeting regarding the moral need to divest from Wells Fargo and Caterpillar.

April 6 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30): The first film of the Rising Up for Human Dignity film festival is on April 6th at PSU, in the Smith Memorial Student Union room 26.  The film is The Uncondemned. There will be a discussion panel after the film including Amy Kayon, PSU Prevention Violence Coordinator and Aerlyn Pfeil, Certified Professional Midwife and MSF Volunteer.  There is no charge, but please bring a donation of a $5 gift card to Fred Meyer or Target for the survivors.

April 8, 1pm:  Join a choir singing I Can’t Keep Quiet as part of #Ican’tkeepquiet Day

April 18 at 7pmLet’s Talk Climate will host its next forum, titled “Portland’s Urban Heat Islands: Unequal Impacts,” at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland.

April 23, 12:15-2:15pm: Responding to the Language of Hate Workshop. West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd.  There is no charge, but please pre-register by calling the church office at 503-246-3351

May 12-14: Weekend Workshop: “We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule