Week of Feb. 20: Events and Actions of Interest

Please note that our sharing of this information does not constitute an endorsement of the organization or event.  We are simply sharing and leaving it to you to make a decision.

Rallies & Marches

Petitions & Donations

  • The Trump administration is threatening to mobilize National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Stand with Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman, Washington’s 7th District to resist this action.
  • Join Washington Governor Jay Inslee and others in resisting the Trump administration’s efforts to put a discriminatory travel ban in place.

Contact your Representatives

  • There is a proposed reduction of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and proposed reversal of the Bears Ears National Monument.  Contact your representatives and tell them you Stand with Grand Staircase.  Follow the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners and/or Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and donate to their efforts to protect the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
  • If you’re an Oregonian, call Senators Wyden and Merkley to THANK them for speaking out against Trump’s federal hiring freeze. This hiring freeze will have significant negative impacts on employment, the federal deficit, veterans, and the disabled.  See Indivisible Oregon for more information.

Resources

  • Sign up for Daily Action and follow through. Daily Action will send you one text each day along with the phone number to call about an issue the Daily Action team has deemed urgent based on where you live.  You tap on the phone number, listen to a short recording about that issue, and you’ll be automatically routed to the relevant elected official. You can then state your case.
  • Checkout the Reclaim Recess Toolkit.  The upcoming congressional recess is a big opportunity for local groups around the country to show their Members of Congress how serious they are about stopping the Trump agenda. This website provides resources to make the most of the Congressional recess.
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Events and Actions of Interest

Please note that our sharing of this information does not constitute an endorsement of the organization or event.  We are simply sharing and leaving it to you to make a decision.

Rallies, Marches, & Strikes

February 28, Noon.  Capital Steps in Salem.  Rally to support Lobbying Day for Reproductive Health Equity Act (HB2232) sponsored by The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon.

March 8, A Day without Women.  The actions so far include writing to senators, strategizing how to build off the energy of the Women’s March and planning grass roots protests and other events engaging with Congress next week, which includes Presidents’ Day.

April 22: March for Science.  Show support for science and the free dissemination of research and knowledge.

Phone Calls

Local Action

The Western States Petroleum Association, the Portland Business Alliance, and the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council are appealing the Bulk Fossil Fuel Terminal zoning code amendments the Portland City Council adopted on December 14th to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). 

Call the office of Mayor Ted Wheeler and let his office know you support The City of Portland doing everything it can to defend the Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Code Amendments.503-823-4120 Email mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov

Immigrant Rights

Call your state representatives in Salem to voice your opposition to the push to repeal state sanctuary status and make English the official language.  If you don’t know who that is, here’s an interactive map to help you.

Call your Member of Congress

Suggested script:

Hi my name is [full name], and I’m calling as a constituent to ask [Representative/Senator] [Last Name] to speak out with urgency about Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and racist executive orders.

These policies are a worst nightmare designed to target, profile, surveil and ban people due to their religion, race, national origin or legal status. Many of us are here today because our parents and grandparents or ancestors were welcomed into this country, as immigrants or as refugees [if it applies to you, be more specific, tell a story]. This kind of blatantly discriminatory policy will tear apart lives, families, and communities.

Will [Representative/Senator] [Last Name] make an immediate statement in opposition?

National Action

There are FOUR republican senators who are leaning AGAINST Puzder for Labor Secretary. PLEASE write or call each of these people and explain why this man is not fit to represent working people in this country. You can find their contact info by going to their websites: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Tim Collins (South Carolina), Johnny Isakson (Georgia).

Public Comments

Environmental Impact Statement for EA-18G Growler Airfield Operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Comments must be received by Feb. 24

Signatures

Portland based petition calling on city leaders to divest from and sever operational ties with Wells Fargo, Bank of Tokyo, USBank, and JP Morgan Chase. These banks are currently invested in, and intend to profit from the Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs through Standing Rock, ND.  Click for details and to sign the petition.

Take the Pledge: Stop Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant attacks. By Jewish Voice for Peace.

Protect Mount Hood Forests and Drinking Water: Fix the Mount Hood Land Exchange Plan.  This addresses a proposed logging project for the Tamanawas Falls area.

Be a citizen co-sponsor of the bill to guarantee legal counsel for immigrants detained after Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant executive orders.  This bill is being put forth by Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman, Washington’s 7th District.

Community Organizing

February 25: Stand Together: A Day of Action Workshops. First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main.  Free Event.  For people new to social and political action and for those upgrading their skills.  Doors open at 9am. 11am – 4:30pm Workshops. 9:30pm Panel: Beliefs in Action-Our Own Stories–Personal Tales of Resistance.  Childcare provided.

March 5, 9am – 2pm  SURJ Portland Community Organizing Workshop. 6025 E Burnside St., Portland 97215 (Oregon AFSCME Office).  Cost $10/person, free to poor/working class people. All money raised will go to a POC led partner organization.

Arts

February 27: 7pm: August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals: Unapologetically Ethnic. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland. Free, but reservations required.

February 28: 6pm. Ride for Resistance.  Portland State University, Parkway North.  Hosted by African & Native Solidarity PDX

March 5, 4pm: Aurora Chorus International Women’s Day Concert featuring vocal activist Melanie DeMore.  First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland.

Letter Writing

On March 15th, mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.

Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.

No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.

So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.

Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump

Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.

Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:

Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Letters to Federally Indicted Water Protectors 

There are 3 water protectors who have been federally indicted and are facing very serious charges in federal court in Bismarck. These three people are being held by police in connection to water protection at Standing Rock. This information is from the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew. Please send letters of support to these Water Protectors.


Rattler is a Water Protector who is currently being held pre-trial on federal felony charges produced through a grand jury indictment. Rattler’s home is at Pine Ridge, and he comes from a long legacy of struggle that he continued at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline and its world. Please support Rattler as he fights these charges brought against him by the federal government. Rattler would love to receive your letters and cards of support.

Rattler loves fantasy fiction and Dungeons and Dragons material. He’d appreciate something to read while he is inside.

Michael Markus
Box 1416
Bismarck, ND 58502-1416


 Red Fawn Fallis is still being held pre-trial on federal charges as well. Red Fawn has shown her dedication to the water, the earth and all that is sacred. Her spirits remain high despite the ways in which the state hopes to squash her. Please send your support to Red Fawn through letters!

Red Fawn Fallis
Stutsman County Correctional Center
205 6th St. SE, Ste 201
Jamestown, ND 58401


 Charles Jordan has been held in Morton County Jail since November 17th, 2016 on three state felony charges. He was initially ineligible for bond and his current conditions of release set by the court are unable to be met at this time. His brutal arrest is not the only time Morton County Sheriffs enacted such violence on Water Protectors. We have received reports of continued mistreatment while in custody including lack of medical services and hygiene access for weeks at a time. Please send Charles a letter letting him know that he is not alone!

Charles Jordan
Morton County Correctional Center
205 1st Ave. NW
Mandan, ND 58554

Donations

PNW Standing Rock Clean-Up Crew Deadline for the clean-up of the Oceti Oyate/Camp Sakowin Camps area is Feb. 22, 2017.

Take Action: Attend a Town Hall

Please attend at least one town Hall meeting next week. Bring a friend and a great sign! Be prepared to ask a question about the issue that matters to you most.

Live in a conservative area of Oregon? Grab a friend and come out to support Senator Wyden.

Senator Ron Wyden will host these townhalls:

FEB 18

Clackamas County town hall 9:30AM
Oregon City High School gym
19761 S Beavercreek Rd.
Oregon City, OR


FEB 18

Curry County town hall  5:00PM
Riley Creek School
94350 Sixth St.
Gold Beach, OR


FEB 19

Coos County town hall 12:00PM
Marshfield High School auditorium
S. 10th and Ingersoll St
Coos Bay, OR


FEB 19

Lane County town hall 4:30PM

Lane Community College Main Campus – Building 5/Gym (Parking available in lots A, B, and C – no permit necessary)
4000 East 30th Ave.
Eugene, OR


FEB 20

Benton County town hall 11:00AM
LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, Oregon State University (Parking available in Reser Stadium Lot or Parking Structure at corner of 26th and Washington)
875 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR


FEB 20

Deschutes County town hall  5:30PM
Sisters High School Auditorium
1700 McKinney Butte Rd
Sisters, OR


FEB 21

Crook County town hall  12:30PM
Crook County High School Auditorium
1100 SE Lynn Blvd
Prineville, OR


FEB 22

Jefferson County town hall 10:00AM
Madras Performing Arts Center
412 SE Buff St
Madras, OR


FEB 23

Jackson County town hall 9:45AM
Ashland High School gym (Parking may fill quickly. Please consider using carpool or public transit.)
201 S Mountain Ave
Ashland, OR


FEB 24

Clatsop County town hall 11:30AM
Astoria High School auditorium
1001 W Marine Dr.
Astoria , OR


FEB 25

Multnomah County town hall 12:00PM
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave.
Portland, OR
(Parking may fill quickly, Please consider using public transit and carpool.)(Some parking located at North Lot, 1001 SE 135th; South Lot: 1500 SE 130th; Performing Arts Center: 1400 SE 130th; Aquatics Center: 13030 SE Taylor Court; OVERFLOW: North Powellhurst Elementary: 1400 SE 135th

We’ve Been Busy!

We’ve not posted on our website since November. The results of the 2016 presidential election hit us hard, and consequently we’ve taken time to take stock of what needs to be done to combat what is proving to be a relentless assault on peace, social justice, human rights and environmental protection.

Even though we haven’t posted in the past few months, we have been busy.  Here’s a list of some of the things we’ve done between the November election and the end of January, 2017

  • Women’s March-Portland.  We sang on stage as the march began and then moved to the street corners to continue raising our voices.  One of our members attended the Women’s March in Washington DC.
  • International Human Rights Days/Phillipines
  • City Council Meetings to testify about divestment, fossil free city, sanctuary city, suing Monsanto
  • Two of our members traveled to the camps at Standing Rock and delivered supplies.
  • One of our members spoke on Kootenay Co-op Radio 93.5 Nelson BC about climate change, Standing Rock, the elections and the recount, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline developments.
  • We contributed to the Bunk Bus that was sent to Standing Rock to support the Water Protectors.
  • Immigration Rally in Salem
  • Methane facility hearing in Longview
  • Outside Senator Wyden’s office to send the message to reject Trumps reckless climate denying cabinet nominees.
  • Outside Senator Merkley’s office to thank him for standing strong against cabinet appointments.
  • Handout divestment flyers at US Bank
  • Jan 14 Stand Together event.  A full day of workshops for people new to social and political action and for those upgrading their skills.
  • We began working on new dances.
  • March for Justice and Equality
  • Calling our senators and representatives
  • Writing our senators and representatives

We’ve also found our email inboxes flooded with calls to action.  We’ve decided to use our website as a curated site for sharing those calls to action.  We won’t be doing it on any regular schedule but rather in response to the needs of the progressive community.  We’ll also crosspost to our Facebook page and Twitter account.  Please note that our sharing of this information does not constitute an endorsement of the organization or event.  We are simply sharing and leaving it to you to make a decision.

We Stand with Standing Rock

The People or the Pipeline?
(Tune: “Which Side Are You On?”)
Lyrics © by Vicki Ryder 2016

CHORUS:  The people or the pipeline? Which side are you on? The people or the profiteers? Which side are you on?

To sacred lands and burial grounds, the native people come, And we’ll stand in solidarity until their fight is won. CHORUS

They gather now at Standing Rock, tribes from throughout the land, To keep their water and their homes from greedy corporate hands. CHORUS

Dakota Access Pipeline, your profits bring you shame; You bulldoze and you terrorize, all in money’s name.  CHORUS

You set your dogs upon the people, and they get thrown in jail,
But they’ll stand and fight with all their might until they do prevail. CHORUS

Water is a sacred trust, without it we’ll all die;
So we can’t allow that pipeline ’neath the North Dakota sky. CHORUS

Many hundred years ago you forced them from their homes,
Now they’re rising up to say “No More,” this land you cannot own. CHORUS

A Statement about the Portland Police Contract and Ensuing Protests

In the past, we, the Portland Raging Grannies, have expressed our thanks to Mayor Charlie Hales for making the right decision about rejecting fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland. On a separate and equally important issue, we are in opposition to recent events regarding the police contract. Specifically, we are in strong disagreement with Mayor Hales’ and the City Council’s decision to push through the Portland Police contract without due consideration of the concerns voiced by organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot PDX. We also are deeply dismayed by tactics, such as the use of pepper spray and excessive force, taken by the Portland Police against the City Hall demonstrators.

9/17/16 Tenants United Event

On September 17, we participated in the Portland Tenants United  event at the Portland City Hall. Portland Tenants United is dedicated to protecting the rights of renters in the city of Portland. The September 17 event was held on the anniversary of the city’s declaration of a housing emergency.  The goal of the event was to raise awareness for the need for rent control in a city where rapidly rising rental rates are making safe housing out of reach for many.

The video is of us dancing.  Our message is that we are “One Tribe” and we have to take care of one another.  After our performance, we were honored by the many young people who joined in and learned the dance.

Recap of our Standing Rock Activities

We participated the gathering at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland in to support the protest at Standing Rock. The Oregonian reported 100 people in attendance, and the Tribune reported “hundreds.”

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One of our Grannies has spent time with the Lummi, and after going to several events (a fundraiser, a canoe launch) with the Native Americans who are visiting from Standing Rock, she was invited to read a letter from her Lummi friends stressing that they welcome our (white) support for this greater cause. Working together peacefully was the message of the event.

Additionally, one of our members called the mayor’s office at the beginning of the week, asking that Portland join the other cities who are standing in support of Standing Rock. On Wednesday the City Council voted unanimously to do so, and at the event, a member of Mayor Hales’s staff picked up our homemade signs to take to Standing Rock with the proclamation of Portland’s support.

Despite the joint statement by the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior stating that construction should be stopped “until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions,” we know the work of the water protectors will continue.  To continue helping those efforts, a member of our gaggle is collecting supplies to be sent to Standing Rock on Saturday.

The Standing Rock Protest

This post was originally supposed to recap our experiences at the 2016 International Raging Grannies Uncon(vention) held in Seattle.  However, the events unfolding at North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux reservation in response to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline have taken precedence.

The Standing Rock Sioux have been engaged in a nonviolent protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline is intended to transport oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin.   If allowed, the pipeline will cross farms, natural areas, and the ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  It will cross under the Missouri River just above the Sioux lands.  The Standing Rock Sioux has filed a lawsuit and requested a court-ordered injunction. The lawsuit holds that the pipeline is a violation of the National Historic Preservation Act.

On September 9, 2016, federal judges are set to rule on this lawsuit.  The lawsuit requests that the tribe be better consulted before a portion of the pipeline is drilled beneath the Missouri River.  Part of the risk is that a leak in the pipeline would affect the tribal water supply.

“In 2014, the proposed route of DAPL went through Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota, with roughly 61,000 residents, 92 percent of them white. After the Corps determined that the pipeline could contaminate drinking water, it was rerouted to pass by Standing Rock. “That’s environmental racism,” said Kandi Mossett, of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota and an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.” From http://www.outsideonline.com/2111206/whats-happening-standing-rock

What is unprecedented in this situation is that the protest is bringing together a large number of tribes in the interest of protecting the water and the earth. Members of the Black Lives Matter movement have also joined efforts at the camps.  This is an historic coming together to address environmental racism.

Kelly Hayes, a Chicago activist, blogger, and contributor to Truthout wrote,

“We need our non-Native allies to continue to lock arms with us. We need everyone. Because we can’t do this alone.”

One of the things we learned at the Uncon was how we, as people of whiteness, can best support the efforts of people of color.  We have been told that we can contribute through monetary support, by bearing witness, and by being on the front lines in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color.  To that end, we, the Portland Raging Grannies, have made a donation to the Standing Rock Sioux to help them sustain their protest. Individual members of our gaggle have also contributed.  We are also working with other gaggles throughout the United States and Canada to make September 9 a day of solidarity against the exploitation of the earth for the gain of fossil fuel companies. We are hoping that the federal judge will give us cause to celebrate, but we are prepared to dig in for more protests should the ruling go the other way.

In keeping with our mission of supporting peace, social justice, human rights and environmental protection, we, the Portland Raging Grannies, stand with the Native Peoples gathered on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota who are there protecting the Water….the Water that is Life…the Water that sustains us all, the Water that is more important than money.  In this instance, it is another pipeline to carry Bakken crude oil beneath and across the Missouri River, which is the immediate threat to not only their lives but to lives of all those millions of people who live downstream. We honor these peaceful warriors and thank them for their protection of the earth and all people.

As plans solidify, we will keep you informed.

In the meantime, there are immediate actions you can take.

Here are some links for more information about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protests being led by the Standing Rock Sioux.