March Against Hate

A large gaggle of Portland Raging Grannies were at the “Patriot Prayer” counter-protest rally September 10 in Terry Schrunk Plaza in Portland.  We gathered at the at noon and practiced our songs with some folks looking on smiling and taking pictures.  At about 12:30pm the program began with several community leaders from native, Latino/a, immigrant, Jewish and other groups espousing messages of love and peace.  The march began around 1:30, and the Raging Grannies hustled to a corner to dance “Stand up for Your Rights” as the marchers passed by.  Many stopped to join in singing and dancing and to take our pictures.  The mood was enthusiastic and peaceful.  When the end of the march line approached, the Grannies joined the march .  We marched for several blocks with our banner and some songs.

Suddenly the police announced that the march had become violent and if you were a peaceful protester you needed to leave the area now or be subject to arrest. Some of our Grannies talked to the peacekeepers for the rally and they told us to keep marching since we had a permit to do so and there was no sign of violence. Most of us, heeding this advice, continued to march back to the park where we began.  None of the Grannies witnessed the disturbances reported to have occurred. See this article from OPB for more information about the march.



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:

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

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 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.

May 19 & 20, Democracy School in Portland, OR