Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm: BerniePDX 2nd Anniversary End of Summer BBQ!

Join BerniePDX for our 2nd Anniversary & End of Summer BBQ Potluck – all are welcome! It’s a great way to plug back in to the local movement! Come celebrate two years of carrying on the Political Revolution by:

– Helping elect 6 progressive candidates!
– Helping pass 2 ballot measures!
– Having endless political discussions!
– Building community!
– Activist & organizer trainings, rallies, phonebanks, canvasses, debate parties, and more!

Can you bring some food or supplies to the event? Please let us know here: bit.ly/2v4SaMc

For two years BerniePDX has provided a space to learn about and engage in important issues that impact our community and our country. We can’t wait to celebrate our 2nd anniversary – and hopefully the end of the summer heat wave – with you!

We’ll be making custom BerniePDX shirts! Bring your own or $5 to buy one there.

** BerniePDX is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization. We have no budget. Please consider bringing a few dollars to donate to the event, though it’s not required to attend, eat, and enjoy.

Location: Mt. Scott Park, Site A (SE 74 & Reedway), SE Portland

Tuesday, August 15, 7-9pm: BerniePDX Meeting w/ Theresa Kohlhoff for HD-38

Tuesday, August 15, 7-9pm: BerniePDX Meeting w/ Theresa Kohlhoff for HD-38

Come meet our recent BerniePDX-endorsed candidate, Theresa Kohlhoff, who is running for State Representative to replace Ann Lininger in HD-38! We hope Neil Simon, the other candidate we endorsed, can make it too!

Theresa will tell us what we can do to help her campaign and get this progressive champion in the legislature – Multnomah and Clackamas County Commissioners will appoint someone to fill the seat next month! Read our endorsement statement at www.berniepdx.us/theresa

Get updates and volunteer to help with our BBQ September 10.
Discussion of current events and how we’re taking action. Other agenda items tbd. Hope to see you there!

* The space has A/C *

Location: Watershed Bldg (which BTW has AC!), 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland

BerniePDX Endorses Theresa Kohlhoff & Neil Simon for State Representative to Replace Ann Lininger in HD 38

BerniePDX endorses Theresa Kohlhoff and Neil Simon for State Representative to fill Ann Lininger’s seat in House District 38. Neil and Theresa have a good handle on the issues that BerniePDX believes are most important for Oregonians. They are in favor of raising corporate taxes to pay for essential public services like education and healthcare. They support Single-Payer Medicare-for-All, enacting campaign contribution limits, and lifting the statewide pre-emptive ban on rent control.

Neil has been involved in progressive politics for many years, from the local to international level. Theresa, a Lake Oswego City Councilor, handily won her seat in a contested race without compromising her progressive values. We are confident that if appointed, either candidate would be able to keep their seat in the legislature against a Republican opponent in the 2018 election. We encourage the Precinct Committee Persons in HD-38 as well as the Multnomah and Clackamas County Commissioners to vote for Theresa Kohlhoff or Neil Simon.

Note: Neil sent his questionnaire answers on time, but not everyone received them due to an email system issue that has since been fixed. Apologies, Neil!

Meet the candidates and find out how to help at our next BerniePDX meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7-9pm at 5040 SE Milwuakie Ave. 

View the BerniePDX candidate endorsement questionnaire for this race here.

Tuesday, August 1, 7-9pm: Help bring campaign contribution limits to OR w/ BerniePDX!

Sign the ballot petition to put an Oregon constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot to allow campaign contribution limits in our state! David Delk will update us on this game-changing initiative and how we can help pass it! David will also discuss the efforts to create a public bank in Portland and how this can stimulate the local economy, help insulate us from financial crises, and break our connection to big banks.

We’ll talk about the upcoming BerniePDX Anniversary BBQ and more!

RSVP, share, & invite friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1197417080363307/

Location: 5040 SE Milwuakie Ave. Portland

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 18, 7-9pm: NAFTA Renegotiation, Campaign School Report Back

Trump is planning to renegotiate NAFTA this summer! Oregon Fair Trade Campaign will give us an update and explain how we can be involved in the fight to make NAFTA a good deal for workers and the environment.

Albert Lee recently attended the Black Campaign School in DC! He’s going to give a report back of what he learned about campaigns, running for office, and much more!

RSVP, Share, & Invite friends on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/613920062149681/

Location: 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland

Tuesday, June 27, 7-9pm: BerniePDX Meeting: New Ballot Initiative & More!

David Carlson will join us to discuss a ballot initiative to allow people to sign ballot petitions online! This would revolutionize the Oregon initiative process and reduce the amount of funding needed to create political change!

More agenda items to come. As always, we’ll talk about upcoming events and ways to get involved! Know of a local event or an important issue? Come share!

RSVP, Share, & Invite friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1362494023827631/

Location: Watershed Bldg, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland

Statement on Portland Police’s Behavior June 4


We at BerniePDX are appalled at the behavior of the police at the protests on Sunday, June 4. If you haven’t already called Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler to express your concern, we ask that you do so ASAP: 503-823-4120, or send an email to mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov.

It horrified many Portlanders that only days after the tragic murders on the MAX by a white supremacist, a rally organized by out-of-state white nationalists was being held in our city. The Trump rally organizers have assaulted people at other events and made threats of violence to people of color, Muslims and Jews.

At the start of the rally, the police were lined up with their backs to the Trump rally — their backs to the out-of-state white nationalists and those attending the rally they organized. The police had their eyes on and weapons facing those who came out to protest bigotry.

Later on, the police decided to clear the park of protesters for what appeared to be the convenience of the Trump ralliers. Rubber bullets, flash bangs, tear gas and physical force were used against many peaceful protesters who were in the process of following police instructions. Police injured and traumatized the people who took a stand against bigotry and hate, as the Trump rally-goers cheered them on. There is photographic evidence that someone at the pro-Trump rally worked with the police to arrest protesters. The police also detained over 100 protesters and collected their information for an unknown purpose. Evidently, the police were more concerned with collecting the information of Portlanders who oppose racism and fascism than the information of known white supremacists who threaten violence against the people in our city.

Like many Portlanders, BerniePDX is terrified that the Trump administration has created an environment where hateful people feel permitted and empowered to harass, threaten, and become physically violent towards people of color and people of non-Christian faiths. During these difficult times when we cannot expect protection from the federal government, it is more important than ever to be able to count on our local government. However, the actions of Mayor Wheeler and the Portland police have not only failed to protect the public, they have instilled fear and mistrust of our local government and police in many.

Please call Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler’s office and express your concerns about the behavior of the Portland police. No matter how justifiably angry you may be, when you call the mayor’s office, we recommend that you remain calm and professional on the call. Don’t just say that you are mad; clearly explain what you are concerned about and why.

In solidarity,
BerniePDX Leadership Committee

Yesterday we lost a member of our local Bernie community

Yesterday we lost a member of our local Bernie community and a public servant, both of whom stood up against hate. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Rick Best were killed by a known white supremacist after defending two Muslim women from the nazi’s bigotry and violence. BerniePDX stands in solidarity with all those who actively oppose racism and xenophobia. We must not let the cries for unity in this time silence the voices of those who are targeted because of the way they look or their religion. We cannot forget that our state, which is so often hailed as progressive, has one of the most racist histories in the country. Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims.

If you would like to donate to the families of the victims to help with funeral costs, the other hero who survived but needs help with medical bills, or the two Muslim women who were attacked, please click here: http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/05/28/19044093/heres-where-to-donate-to-help-the-survivors-and-victims-families-of-fridays-hate-attack

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche at the Bernie Sanders Oregon Campaign Headquarters in Portland. 

Tuesday, May 30, 6-9 pm: Universal Health Care Forum with Earl Blumenauer

Join Congressman Blumenauer for Public Forum on: Universal health care. Medicare for all. Single-payer. What would these mean for you and your family? How can we make these proposals law?

Guest speakers will include:
•T.R. Reid, Author of New York Times Bestseller, “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care”
•State Senator Michael Dembrow
•State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
•Dr. Samuel Metz, Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program
•Dr. Paul Gorman, Health Care for All Oregon (moderator)

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Seated capacity will be limited at this event. Please plan accordingly.

Location: First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St., Portland

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557373467606752/