#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.

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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

Things to do: Week of March 20

A little late posting because of travel, but here are some things you can still do this do this week!  Also include things in April so you can plan to #resist

Act

  • Contact Congressman Greg Walden to voice your concern about the repeal and replace efforts of health care:  Any repeal and replace efforts need to advance the health care of all Oregonians. Cutting coverage will be devastating to our health and our state’s economy.

Greg Walden Congressional Offices

Medford Office: 14 N. Central Ave. Suite 112 Medford, OR 97501

Phone: (541) 776-4646

Bend Office: 1051 NW Bond St. Suite 400 Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 389-4408

La Grande Office: 1211 Washington Avenue La Grande, OR 97850

Phone: (541) 624-2400

Washington, D.C. Office: 2185 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-6730

Participate

Thursday, March 23, 9am-4:30pm
Climate Lobby Day, Salem, Capitol Steps

March 27 7pm-8:30pm, Training from Indivisible, OR District 3.  New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St

April 1, Native American Marketplace & Climate Justice Summit
Friendly House, NW Portland

April 2, Seiu Local 6401 SE Foster: The feminist branch of Portland Democratic Socialists of America presents “Being There”. “Being There” features the work of abortion providers in Portland, Oregon and tells the story of their ties to the larger medical community. Guided by anti-stigma research, the film shows how abortion is part of a continuum of care and how anti-abortion stigma within the health care system affects the lives of providers, many of whom are viewed as “rogue physicians” in their professional fields. The film is directed by Jan Haaken, professor emeritus of psychology, reproductive rights activist, and documentary filmmaker. The running time of the film is 16 minutes. After the film, there will be a moderated discussion featuring several panelists with expertise in reproductive justice and feminist politics and organizing.

April 6, 11:30-1pm Planned Parenthood Conference Town Hall Meeting. A light lunch will be served. RSVP by March 28.

April 8, Direct Action Training for Groups, Hosted by Portland Rising Tide

April 15, 1pm, Tax March, Terry D. Schrunk Plaza, Portland.

April 20, 6PM, Pull-Together, Honor First Nations, Protect the Salish Sea, Stop Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Disaster, Seattle

April 20, 9AM, Health Care for All Lobby Day
Salem

April 29  People’s Climate Mobilization hosted by OPAL-Environmental Justice Oregon Portland

May 9, Rally for the Elliot State Forest, Salem

Learn

Read the report about how the American Health Care Act (the health care act being put forth by the Republicans to replace the ACA) will affect Oregonians.

Key Findings

  • Oregon’s uninsured rate will triple from 5 percent to more than 15 percent by 2023 and continue to increase through 2026.

  • Rural Oregon is likely most severely affected by losses in coverage. The health care system for rural Oregon, and its infrastructure, will be severely undermined by this legislation – jeopardizing access to care and the ability of many communities to continue to recover from the recession.

  • The AHCA risks the loss of more than 23,300 healthcare jobs that were created in Oregon after the ACA was implemented.

Watch how five tribes collaborated to create the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. This is threatened under the current administration.

Check out Emerge Oregon.

Emerge Oregon is changing the face of Oregon politics by identifying, training and encouraging Democratic women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. Our intensive, cohort-based seven-month training program is unique. As the number of elected Democratic women remains flat or even declines, the need for our work is growing.

In the 153 years since its statehood, Oregon has elected a total of five women to the U.S. House of Representatives, one woman to the U.S. Senate, and one woman as Governor of Oregon.  Currently, approximately 30% of Oregon State legislators are women.

A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped.  Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin.  Emerge Oregon is changing that!

Emerge Oregon is an affiliate of Emerge America, a national organization currently working in 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Things to do: Week of March 13

In Your Own Time

Call your Oregon Representative to Support Needed Legislation and Oppose Damaging Bills

Events

Mayor’s Town Hall on Portland’s Climate Priorities
7PM, Thursday, March 16
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont 97215
The event is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.

Take Back Our Education, Open House teach-in
6pm, March 16
Filipino American Center, 8197 SE Stark St.

National Popular Vote
Tuesday, March 14, 3pm
The Oregon State Legislature’s House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2927 (National Popular Vote).  If you can, go to Salem to show your support.

Lobby Day in Salem with Oregon Conservation Network
March 23, 9AM – 4:30 PM Oregon State Capitol
350PDX Carpools are available.

Love-in to Counter-protest Trump Supporters
March 25, 9AM
Salem, OR

Town Hall Meeting with Stacy M. Cross MBA, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
April 6, 11:30 – 1PM
RSVP by March 28. Space is limited

Join Congresswoman Bonamici at a Town Hall Meeting

Hillsboro Town Hall Meeting
Monday, March 13th 6:00pm
Washington County Fair Complex,
Main Exhibit Hall North

Scappoose Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, April 15th 3:00pm
Scappoose High School, Gym

Warrenton Town Hall Meeting Saturday, April 15th 11:00am
Warrenton High School, Gym

Sherwood Town Hall Meeting
Monday, April 17th 6:00pm
Sherwood High School, Gym

 

Portland Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 7th 11:00am
Lincoln High School, Gym

Performances

Gospel of Loving Kindness, an award winning play about gun violence
Show runs Friday March 10 – April 9
Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm
Sundays 3PM

Learn!

Talking Across the Political Chasm: How to Listen & Talk in Divisive Times
Portland Underground Graduate School
Tuesdays, April 4-25, 6-8PM
Space is limited, $118 (Scholarships Available)

 

Things to do: Week of March 6

Events

Mayor’s Town Hall on Portland’s Climate Priorities
7PM, Thursday, March 16
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont 97215
The event is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.

International Women’s Day
Wednesday, March 8.
If you can, don’t work.  Shop only at women and minority owned businesses. Take to the streets.

Starting at 12 noon, Portland Women Against Hate is hosting a series of events starting with “Get Ready to Run for Office.”

Take Back Our Education, Open House teach-in
6pm, March 16
Filipino American Center, 8197 SE Stark St.

The Oregon State Legislature’s House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2927 (National Popular Vote) at 3 PM next Tuesday, March 14th.  If you can, go to Salem to show your support.

Join Congresswoman Bonamici at a Town Hall Meeting

Hillsboro Town Hall Meeting
Monday, March 13th 6:00pm
Washington County Fair Complex,
Main Exhibit Hall North

Scappoose Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, April 15th 3:00pm
Scappoose High School, Gym

Warrenton Town Hall Meeting Saturday, April 15th 11:00am
Warrenton High School, Gym

Sherwood Town Hall Meeting
Monday, April 17th 6:00pm
Sherwood High School, Gym

 

Portland Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 7th 11:00am
Lincoln High School, Gym

Support Reproductive Health in Oregon

“Women and children first.” We grannies are old enough to remember when that was a common sentiment…even if in reality it usually only applied to lifeboats on sinking ships and men holding doors open for women.

Under this new administration, we’re quickly learning that no one is “first” except those who are setting the priorities and making the policies. We women don’t expect to be first, but we’d like to at least be side by side with men. And most people…at least sane people…do believe that children should be our first priority.

But how do children even have a chance if their mothers are denied the right and the resources to make informed choices about their reproductive health? Family planning, birth control, healthy pregnancies, pre and post natal care…those are the first steps toward healthy children.  Support Oregon’s Reproductive Health Equity Act.

Demand Answers about Russian Involvement in the 2016 Election

Support the ACLU in Demanding a Special ProsecutorThe American people need answers about Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. Join the ACLU and call on Acting Deputy Attorney General Dane Boente, the official in charge of this investigation, to appoint a special prosecutor.  No one is above the law in America, no matter their political connections.

Influence the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Policy on ICE

The MCSO is accepting citizen commentary on its newly formalized policies for dealing with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Read the policy and submit your thoughts.

Contact Your Representative

Tell your members of Congress to demand a fully transparent process for any legislative action on the ACA, including requiring a public Congressional Budget Office cost estimate before any vote.

Tell your Senator to demand that Rosenstein commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate all ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Call your representatives and tell them that NOAA is vital to our economy, to our health, and to our way of life and that you oppose any reduction in NOAA’s budget.

Contact Amazo

March 2-5
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference-PIELC
Eugene
Free

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.