“I am from 4 generations of Black teachers in Portland Public Schools, a PPS grad and the mom of PPS kids. But I’m qualified to lead because my passion and love for black and brown kids runs deep. The findings from the recent audit are disturbing; I couldn’t not run. The experiences that have led me here professionally also inform my desire to lead. I didn’t wake up and think to myself that I would be awesome at this job. Rather I had a serious dialogue with myself about what it would take to address the historic, persistent and systemic failing of black kids in PPS, and a good, thoughtful leader that had the capacity at this time would step up.
I’m a single mom of two kids; I volunteered in PPS classroom before I had kids, reading to primary kids, teaching a Junior Achievement curriculum to 5th and 8th graders. Once I had kids I volunteered to teach formerly incarcerated youth algebra to help them pass the electrician’s apprenticeship test, and volunteered in my kids’ classrooms. Two weeks ago I was asked to present a housing focused curse; I presented at Madison HS, three classes to 85 kids on Housing: Race and Place about the history of racial residential policy, and how it plays out today.”
A brief training will be followed by a couple of hours canvassing in the nearby neighborhoods. For newbies, this will give us a chance to practice so you can gain the skills to venture into your own neighborhoods. For veterans of political organizing, this will get our campaign legs (or wheels) under us again! Come together with your friends, family, and neighbors to join our historic campaign to defeat Trump and transform America! Together, we will talk to our neighbors and have the conversations that matter in an election that is as important as this one.
“My parents immigrated from Jamaica so I could access free public education, as it costs money to attend school after the 6th grade in Jamaica. My ability to succeed in the classroom was doubted, which led to me not finishing high school. After pursuing a GED, I received an undergraduate and graduate degree. In my later educational pursuits I discovered the true impact of educational equity work, and dedicated my career to centering students at the margins. As a community organizer and educator who centers culturally-responsive pedagogy, I would be in a position to better advocate for the needs of teachers and community members.
As an educator, an advocate, and a progressive community organizer who proudly calls Portland home–I care deeply about our students, families, and education professionals. I’m a 26 year old high school dropout, and my journey brought me to become the educator I wish I had in high school. This puts me in a position to better understand how students are impacted by policy change in PPS.
We are long overdue for schools that guarantee any student a promising educational experience, regardless of who they are, or where they come from. That’s why I am running for Portland Public School Board, Position 2. I am running to lead our district towards a future where equitable student success is a given and not a perennial goal.”
Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/shanice4pps
Read BerniePDX’s endorsement statement at www.BerniePDX.us/2019-endorsements
Michelle DePass and Shanice Clarke are both such qualified candidates for the Portland Public School Board (Zone 2) that for the first time, we are offering a dual endorsement in the May 2019 election, because both candidates received virtually the same number of votes from BerniePDX members.
Both are women of color who are deeply involved in the community and education — Michelle as a fourth generation PPS student and parent who has been involved in advocacy and volunteered in schools, and Shanice as an educator and advocate.
Michelle and Shanice are passionate about centering the needs of the most vulnerable students, including students of color, houseless students, and those from low-income backgrounds. They both oppose the presence of School Resource Officers in schools, and they support raising taxes on the most privileged in our community to properly fund our schools.
If elected, Michelle would focus on the priorities listed above, and on the achievement gaps that are systemic in PPS, while Shanice is also passionate about creating wraparound services to aid students in crisis. Most importantly, both women are committed to changing the systemic issues in Portland Public Schools that have left so many students behind.
These candidates represent the values of BerniePDX and we are proud to endorse Michelle DePass and Shanice Clarke.
Deb Mayer also requested an endorsement from BerniePDX for the Portland Public School Board (Zone 3). Unfortunately, it was after our endorsement process. BerniePDX is excited that more progressive candidates are stepping up to bring fresh perspectives to all levels of government, and we wish Deb the best.
We’ll learn what the campaign needs us to do to help, and we’ll also hear from the man himself. We’re so excited that the campaign is starting organizing so early this time around – it will lay the foundation for us to win in 2020!
Please RSVP on the official page on Bernie’s website:
https://act.berniesanders.com/event/Organizing_Kickoff/1193/signup?source=events-map*This event was originally on April 7, but has been moved to 4/27*Location: Stingray Cafe, 240 N Broadway
Join us as part of the National Medicare for All Week of Action, organized by National Nurses United & Our Revolution. Hundreds of events are happening across the country as activists come together to win Medicare for All!
We’ll talk about what’s at stake, our plan to pass Medicare for All in the U.S. House, and what you can do to take action and get involved.
This is a joint event for Congressional Districts 3 & 5, so it’s a fun way to get to know other progressive activists in Oregon and strengthen the movement for Medicare for All! And featuring a performance from the Raging Grannies.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to carpool.
Location: Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070
**Please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one, and a phone.
BerniePDX is co-sponsoring a barnstorm for Medicare for All March 9th. To make the event a YUGE success & move forward with our goal, we need to pack the room. Join BerniePDX to text and phone bank to recruit for the barnstorm!
Accessibility: ADA accessible with all-gender restrooms. Directly on the #12, #19, and #20 bus lines and near the #6 and #70 bus lines.
Join BerniePDX to cheer on Bernie in his first 2020 presidential town hall! The broadcast officially begins at 5pm PST (and will likely run an hour or so) but definitely come early to grab a comfy couch seat and chat with Bernie friends. Snacks will be potluck style so feel free to bring something.
Location: Watershed PDX, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland