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September 4, 2019 Newsletter

Dear OSTPDX Members,

As we all transition from an amazing summer here in the Pacific Northwest, OSTPDX is coming off of summer recess to re-engage and gear up for 2020. There is a flurry of activity already happening and we’re looking forward to diving right in to determine how we can have the most impact on state and local issues as well as on the national level. We’ll be doing just that, exploring how to act locally to win nationally, at our next general meeting which is announced below.

With Congress reconvening next week, there are planned activities in the Portland area which are listed below, demanding impeachment hearings and the kickoff of the Defund Hate Week of Action. Be sure to check those out as well as the upcoming campaign finance reform forums!


One Small Thing-PDX Indivisible fall general meeting on Tuesday, October 29

Place: Subud Center, 3185 NE Regents Drive, Portland, Or

Time: Program starts promptly at 7:00; doors open at 6:30 for check in

RSVP: through the registration link below, to ensure your spot and so we can plan for the amount of materials for the “Take action” portion of the meeting.

How We Win-Using grassroots power to transform our government in 2020

Please join us to discuss Swing Left’s grassroots strategy for taking back our government in 2020, including the White House, the Senate and the State Houses key to rolling back Republican gerrymandering. Erica Goldman, Regional Organizing Coordinator with Swing Left, will share tools for local volunteers to engage voters and raise funds in the "Super States," where the key fights of 2020 will be won or lost.

Erica Goldman became involved in grassroots political advocacy 6 years ago through Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in Oregon. After Trump was elected, Erica dialed-up her political engagement by founding and leading Indivisible Oregon. She’s currently Swing Left’s Regional Organizing Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest, where she serves as a resource for volunteers and local groups in OR, WA, ID, AK and HI.

OST-PDX Activist Reading Group

The next meeting of the OST-PDX Activist Reading Group will be on Monday, September 30, 7:00-8:30 pm at the home of Patty and Richie: 2335 NE 24 Ave, Portland.

We’re thinking of trying something different: discussing an article rather than a whole book. The article is “The Democratic Party Is Actually Three Parties” by Thomas Edsall, NY Times, July 24, 2019.

I expect that the theme will be how to defeat Trump and win back Congress in 2020 – while advancing a progressive agenda.


Congress must hear us loud and clear telling them to #DefundHate! Join us to demand that Congress take action to stop funding hate and cruelty by reducing the ICE & CBP budget to 2016 levels - eliminating their ability to steal funds from other agencies - and voting no on any Appropriations Bill or Continuing Resolution that doesn’t include these two items. We will be gathering:

Tuesday, September 10th at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Portland ICE Building (4310 SW Macadam Ave 97239 – near the Spaghetti Factory)

From the Canadian border to the Mexican border, Indivisible groups are getting together to sign our Border to Border with Love petition banner as it makes its way from Blaine, WA to San Diego, CA. There, we’ll join together with Native, Indivisible and local leaders for a final rally on Friday, September 13th to #DefundHate.

Join Mary Chaffin and myself at the Portland rally for signing the banner! RSVP Here!

From Earl Blumenauer’s Office

Campaign Finance Reform Forums

September 4th to the 23rd, State Representative Dan Rayfield is holding a series of campaign finance forums around the state. Each forum will include a panel of election reform experts, a presentation explaining the reform bills passed, and a community discussion to hear what Oregonians think next steps should be. Attend one of the forums and make your voice heard!


September 9th from 7:00-8:30pm

Shute Park Library – 775 SE 10th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123


September 10th from 7:00-8:30pm

Clackamas Community College, Harmony Community Room – 7738 SE

Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222


September 11th from 6:00-7:45pm

Midland Library – 805 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97233


September 17th from 6:30-8:00pm

Oregon State Capitol, Room 50 - 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301


September 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm

East Bend Library - 62080 Dean Swift Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Jordan Cove-Call to Action

Local film and radio producer Barbara Bernstein is urging activists to contact Kate Brown about Jordan Cove before a key decision is made at the end of this month. Barbara says Kate Brown has the power to stop this project if she acts before the Trump Administration makes it harder for states to have the authority to stop fossil fuel projects within their jurisdictions. Barbara provides a link to her new podcast about the issue on KBOO and urges activists to listen and spread the word.

Celebrate National Constitution & Citizenship Day at our ‘Choose Your Party’ Party on Tuesday 9/17 from 6-8pm! Everyone's welcome, regardless of party affiliation or voter status. Enjoy refreshments, meet friendly people, register to vote (or update your registration), and learn how YOU can spread the word about primary voting to your friends and neighbors.

The purpose of this event is to spread the word that Oregon voters must be registered members of a political party to be able to vote in the party's primary election in May 2020.

Brought to you by Feed Our Democracy, The Riveter, Democracy Club and Mom 2.0.

Other Events:

Find a Town Hall near you with The Town Hall Project.

Advocacy Training: Sept. 7th from 10-1

Impeach highway banner protest: Sept. 9th from 4-6

September 20th Global Climate Strike: Sept. 20th from 10:30-5

National Voter Registration Day Party! By the Bus Project at Patagonia on Tuesday, September 24th from 7-10

Causa's American Dreamer Awards Gala 2019 Thursday, October 17th from 5:30-9


Check out DemCast! It’s grassroots media by the people, for the people. Read why DemCast is so desperately needed.

Check out our website – – like our Facebook page -- -- follow our Twitter account -- @onepdx.


Sara McKinney

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