“If, and that is an if, I do decide to run, we’re going to be taking on the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry, and Wall Street. And all of the powerful special interests who now control much of what goes on in Congress. So it’s not an easy decision, we gotta determine what kind of grassroots support exists, and that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
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Location: Pioneer Square at the rain man statue, 701 SW 6th Ave
BerniePDX strongly opposes the Portland Public School Board’s decision to increase police presence in our public schools, and to spend $1.2 million of its limited funds per year on School Resource Officers (SROs). We call on the Portland City Council to refuse to confirm this decision.
Police presence in schools threatens the education, lives, safety, and futures of students of color and others who are profiled by police. We must stop the school-to-prison pipeline and end racial disparities in conviction and incarceration rates; SROs are not the way to achieve this.
Research shows that SROs bring plenty of consequences for students, including intimidation on campus (as described here), and higher rates of suspension, expulsion, and arrest. School counselors and social workers will better and more safely help at-risk youth or youth in crisis.
Despite Portland’s booming economy, our public schools are drastically underfunded. The school board should spend money on students and teachers, not police. BerniePDX will take this vote into account when considering future school board endorsements.
We encourage all Portlanders to read this thread of a Portland Metro student’s experience with the SRO at his school.
Come out to demonstrate support for Bernie’s values, vision for our country, and his potential 2020 presidential run!
We’re meeting at the yummy Italian sandwich shop, Shut Up and Eat, so bring your empty belly and your enthusiasm =). Livestream starts promptly at 1pm.
ABOUT: Organizing for Bernie 2020 is a group of supporters and former campaign staffers working to recruit Senator Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate in the 2020 Democratic Primary and lay the groundwork for a successful campaign operation. Learn more and sign the petition at: OrganizingForBernie.com