Things to do: Week of Feb. 26, 2017

Phone Calls

Call your representative about House Bill HR610.  This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and reduces the role of the Department of Education to giving block grants to states, who are then responsible for distributing the funds to public and private schools and homeschooling parents.  It also repeals the nutrition standards in schools.

Continue Supporting and Contributing to Standing Rock

View NoDAPL movement footage intercut with inspirational MLK quotes, primarily from his famous “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech, delivered the night before his assassination.  Martin Luther King’s words are as relevant as ever, highlighting the many parallels between the civil rights movement of the 60’s and the NoDAPL movement of the present.

Contribute Directly to Standing Rock

Contribute to the Public Education and Advocacy Fund

Petitions and Shows of Support

Join The Jewish Voice for Peace and others in asking Congress to use its authority to remove Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

Help protect Women’s Health Clinics against anti-abortion violence.

Events

Feb 28, 5pm: Latinx Rally – Defend DACA. Terry Schrunk Plaza

March 2-5: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR (Free)

March 6: ICE Out of Oregon Rally, 4:30 PM: Immigration Customs Enforcement Office located at 4310 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

March 7: Port of Vancouver Commission Meeting.  Vancouver Port Commission can end the lease for the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal on March 31. Please plan to show your support for lease termination at the next Port of Vancouver Meeting. Details to be announced. 

March 10, 3pm:  Stand with Native Nations – National Solidarity Gathering *Oregon*  Details will be announced.

March 16 6PM: Portland Activist Training by Family Forward.  Free, but registration is required.

March 17-18: Treaty Rights in Lewiston, Idaho.  Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe hosts the Conference, Treaty Rights In A Changing Environment.”

Educate Yourself on Local Problems and Get Involved

The Environmental Protection Agency instructed Portland to review its lead-prevention efforts, the state ordered the city to come up with a plan to immediately reduce lead levels in drinking water and an Oregonian/OregonLive investigation found that regulators turned a blind eye to Portland’s lead problems.

Federal regulators require water providers to ensure lead levels remain at or below 15 parts per billion. Portland exceeded that measurement 10 times. It exceeded federal standards for amounts of lead in drinking water at least twice in three years.

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