♦ This Week's News from the Marion & Polk County Democrats.
♦ The Marion County Democats meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. Our meetings are held in out office at 250 Liberty Street SE, Salem.
♦ From Congressman Kurt Schrader: I hope you will be able to join me on Thursday, May 28th as I hold the the first ever Oregon fundraiser for my leadership political action committee: Three Rivers PAC.
Named after my family farm, I formed this leadership PAC in 2010 to help raise money for Democrats in Oregon and across the country. Our fundraising to date for this PAC has been modest, but we have been able to make donations to several dozen candidates, ballot measures, and non-profits that share the bipartisan principles of Oregon's 5th Congressional District. Furthermore, we've kept total overhead to less than 2% in order to share the donations with as many great candidates and causes as possible. Some previous recipients of Three Rivers Federal PAC donations include: The Democratic Party of Oregon, NARAL, OLCV, Kate Brown, Betty Komp, Charlotte Lehan, Jim Bernard, Nick Fish, Dave Hunt, Alan Bates, Shemia Fagan, Brent Barton, Richard Devlin, and the Yes On Women's Constitutional Equality PAC.
I hope you will be able to join me in Salem to learn more about and support Three Rivers PAC:
Thursday, May 28, 2015
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Union Barrel Restaurant & Brew Pub, 136 High St SE, Salem
RSVP to Jay at threeriversoregon [at] gmail.com. If you can't make the event, but would like to donate to the PAC, you can do so by clicking here.
♦ Next week, climate activists from across Oregon will converge in Salem to take action on an important issue: two fracked gas pipelines that energy speculators want to build across our state, in order to export liquefied natural gas to overseas markets.
WHAT: No LNG, No Pipelines - Rally to Protect Our Home!
WHEN: Tuesday, May 26th, 11:30 AM
WHERE: Capitol Steps, Salem
This action is being organized by a coalition of climate groups, clean water activists, and land defenders. Click here for more information.
♦ Join Representative Paul Evans for his monthly Veterans' Forum. Monday, June 1 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State Capitol in Hearing Room 50. Call (503) 986-1420 for more information.
♦ A Post-racial America? This is a 2-part series.
Part I: Why aren’t there more Black people in Oregon? A hidden history. June 25, 6:00-8:30pm, North Salem High School
Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.
Part II: Racism 101: What it is, where it came from, why it’s still here, and how we can get rid of it! July 9th, 6:00-8:30pm, North Salem High School
This will be a workshop detailing the history of institutional racism as a system. We will deal with how this system came to become such a dominant factor in our everyday lives, whether we see it doing so or not. Then, we will address the things we can do—primarily those wanting to be white allies—to confront systems which create white privilege. The goal is to create a cultural shift into a more positive reality for everyone.
♦ The Marion County Democrats are looking for Marion & Polk County Democrats to host people overnight who are coming in from other counties to man the DPO booth at the State Fair. It's hoped this will encourage other counties to man more booth shifts this year. Please contact Marion County Democrats Chair, Rick Hartwig at hartmus [at] comcast.net (subject: Hosting%20State%20Fair%20Booth%20Workers) , if you can host people.