Thanks to everyone who showed up for our BBQ, we had a great time!

Good food, excellent company and no rain until 3 pm: Yeah! Our second anniversary / end-of summer BBQ potluck was a success, thanks to everyone!

Three BerniePDX-endorsed winning candidates attended: Valdez Bravo, Rita Moore, and Stephanie D. Stephens. All three of them insisted that Bernie’s political revolution needs good people to run, maybe someone like you, feeling inspired by Bernie and the resistance? (BerniePDX can help!) We were happy to meet and chat with current candidates, and with over 100 friends, neighbors and activists from a variety of Portland organizations.

Many thanks to 47th Avenue Farm, Tea Chai Te, and Dr. Kombucha for their donations in kind to the event, and to everybody who donated food or a few dollars to help with BBQ costs! You all rock!

Check out photos from the event here (thank you to photographer Melisa Crosby!)

Bern bright!!

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

Tuesday, January 31st @ 7-9 pm: Bernie PDX Meeting

We’ll get a recap on the Mulnomah County Democrats leadership elections (go Berniecrats!). Bernie PDXer Leigha will report back about attending the Women’s March in DC! We’ll discuss local upcoming actions and events, including the Bernie Valentines Day event we’re planning, and talk about the airport protests that happened over the weekend!

We’ll talk about ways to support and fight for progressive causes on a local level and for national impact. More agenda items and speakers to come!

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

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/250763448696695/

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7-9 pm: BerniePDX Art Night + info on ranked choice voting initiative

Inauguration time has come – are you ready? Join us this Tuesday evening for an art night: we’ll be making signs for upcoming rallies, maybe we’ll be knitting pussy hats. Please bring art and sign-making supplies if you can (markers, poster board, cardboard, stencils, glitter…) We’ll also hear about an initiative to introduce ranked choice voting here.

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

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1869223493364840/

Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 7pm – Direct Action Training w/ BerniePDX!

Join BerniePDX for a Nonviolent Direct Action Training from a talented local leader to sharpen your activist and organizer skills!
The training will include:

– A brief overview of the history of direct action and civil disobedience
– The basics of planning direct actions, and how to be a helpful and                effective participant
– How to strategize about direct action tactics
– Staying calm and decision-making in high stress situations
– And more!

Come learn these important skills to help us carry on the Political Revolution!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786745731594855/

Location: Watershed, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland

Monday, December 5 at 3:30 PM – 6 PM: Evict Them, Face Us – Stand-In/Sit-In

 

We will gather on the 5th of December to express our solidarity with the first Americans who fight for us at Standing Rock.
On that day, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to raid the camps at Standing Rock.
We will not be silent this time, we will not simply accept the outcome. This is our land, our future, and our country. We gather in peace against their violence, against their greed, and against their aggression.
When you threaten one of us, you will face all of us.

RSVP at: facebook.com/events/1832520286966624/

Location: Portland District US Army Corps of Engineers, 333 SW 1st Avenue, Portland OR 97204