Three of our members appeared on KBOO (Volunteer-Powered, Non-Commercial, Listener-Sponsored, Full-Strength Community Radio for Portland, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, & the World) to discuss the housing crisis in Portland and how housing activists are addressing systemic inequalities.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Job related travel is preventing a post with this week’s actions; however, there are many actions on previous weeks’ posts that you can take. Please take a look and keep #resisting!