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.
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/
What’s next after the election? Furthering Bernie’s agenda locally, of course!
We’ll learn about a city-wide ballot initiative that will tax corporations to pay for renewable energy infrastructure projects! We’ll discuss the upcoming grassroots rally and budget-hearing in Salem!
We’ll also hear about the status of Single-Payer Universal Healthcare in the state and country in preparation for Rep. Blumenauer’s town hall on the topic! Heard the term “Single-Payer” a lot, but not quite sure what it entails? Come learn the details!
RSVP, SHARE & INVITE FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/107069293204843/?active_tab=discussion
Location: 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland
Last night was a HUGE win for local progressive politics!!
All of the candidates BerniePDX endorsed in the May Special Election won their elections!!!! Proof that grassroots, people-powered campaigns WORK!!
Thank you for knocking doors, making calls, donating, texting, attending meetings and events, posting on social media, spreading the word, voting, and making BerniePDX a force for progressive political change!
Congratulations to our endorsees: New Portland School Board members Rita Moore & Scott Bailey; new Portland Community College Board Director Valdez Bravo; and new David Douglas School Board members Stephanie D. Stephens and Ana Del Rocío!!
Special thank you to Our Revolution for supporting Rita and Valdez!
ALL of the Portland initiatives also passed!! Portland students will soon be able to drink out of the water fountains at their schools thanks to the School Bond! The city auditor will have more independence to properly audit city agencies, and short-term vacation rentals will be taxed the same amount as hotels to help fund public services!
See you Tuesday at 7pm (5040 SE Milwaukie Ave)!
Thank you for continuing the progressive Political Revolution!!
The BerniePDX Leadership Team
Sign your ballot envelope and drop it off by 8:00pm TUESDAY, and please message your friends! Only 17% of Multnomah County voters have voted so far!
– List of Multnomah County dropboxes: https://multco.us/elections/multnomah-county-official-ballot-drop-sites
– Or search by address: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/drop-box-locator.aspx
– BerniePDX voting recommendations: www.BerniePDX.us/our-endorsees
It’s too late to mail your ballot. Thanks for voting!
The May Special Election is on May 16th and we need to turn out the vote for the grassroots progressive candidates endorsed by BerniePDX!
Join us for a fun, empowering evening of bringing change to the local level! Bring snacks and drinks if you can. Visit BerniePDX.us/our-endorsees to see the full list of endorsements and the results from our ballot party last week!
RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/781629712003132/
Let’s turn out in support of local candidates who answered Bernie’s call to run for office and change our system from within! RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/304561599974836/
Location: Watershed, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
✓ Portland School Board: Rita Moore, Scott Bailey, Joseph Simonis
✓ YES on 26-193 (School Bond)
✓ YES on 26-189 (Increases Auditor’s Independence)
✓ YES on 26-194 (Tax on short-term rentals)
✓ PCC (Zone 5): Valdez Bravo
✓ MESD: Helen Ying
It’s that time of year again! Come fill out your May Special Election ballot with BerniePDX! We’ll discuss and vote for progressive candidates and initiatives, and eat snacks (bring some food or drink if you’re able)!
This is seriously one of our favorite events of the year. Never heard of that initiative on the ballot? Wondering who other Berniecrats are voting for? Come find out!
RSVP, Share, & Invite friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1817710841824226/
We can even drop off your ballot for you the next day!
Visit OregonVotes.gov to register to vote, last day to register is April 25!
BerniePDX Endorsements for May 16, 2017 Election:
Portland Public Schools: Rita Moore & Scott Bailey
PCC Board: Valdez Bravo (Zone 5 – SW PDX & Beaverton)
David Douglas School Board: Stephanie Stephens & Ana Del Rocio
YES on the School Bond!
Location: 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland
– Join us to write thank you notes to Senator Merkley for his 15 and a half hour speech against Trump’s Supreme Court pick! What a great way to represent Oregon values!
– Come meet Ana Del Rocio Valderrama, running for the David Douglas School Board (DDS) in East Portland! The DDS races are extremely important this year. DDS has a high proportion of students of color, and the school board does not reflect the East Portland community. But we can help change that!
ABOUT ANA: Ana is currently the Policy Director of Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and is a DDS parent. Ana has experience in education, community organizing, advocacy, and economic development. Her background as the daughter of working-class immigrants inspires her to promote social, environmental, and racial justice at the policy level. Ana is committed to public service that is evidence-based and community-led. (Info from emergeor.org)
– As always, we’ll discuss upcoming progressive legislation and events!
RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/286324265139104/
Location: Watershed Bldg, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland