June 2010

Sat, May 29 thur Thursday, June 3, Nightly 7:00 plus Sat-Sun-Mon 1:30 at Cinema 21, NW 21st Ave between Hoyt and Irving St.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Directed by Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room")
Starring Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, and Ralph Reed

Come see where your democracy went. A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.
Thursday, June 3, 7 - 9 PM, Roots Annex at Roots Organic Brewing company, 1520 SE 7th Ave (at Hawthorne)

An evening of fun to benefit Oregon Center for Public Policy

Join Master of Ceremonies Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt and Yoram Bauman "the world's first and only stand-up economist" .

Author of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Yoram has appeared on PBS and NPR and his routines have almost a million hits on YouTube.

Light snacks provide. A cash bar and food menu availble.

$25 advance, $30 at the door; seating is limited. Purchase tickets at www.ocpp.org/laugh
Thursday, June 3, 7:30 PM, 2800 SE Harrison

"Are We The People? Striving for a Future Where Our Actions Match the Crises/ Opportunities We Face", Paul Cienfuegos

Sponsored by the Village Building Convergence
For more info: vbc.cityrepair.org
Thursday, June 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Lake Oswego City Hall- Council Chambers, 380 A Ave., Lake Oswego, OR

Oregon High-speed Rail Service

Come to a public comment meeting sponsored by the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. Oregon is due to receive ARRA money to upgrade rail service between Portland and Eugene with the aim of having 6 round trips scheduled every day with those trips running under two hours and costing less than they do today. Meetings will include a short presentation and allow citizens to share feedback.

More info at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Rail
Friday, June 4th from 2 - 4pm, St. David's Church of Wales at 2800 SE Harrison St

How would We The People design and implement a plan which cuts Portland’s car use by 80% within 20 years?
With: Paul Cienfuegos

The emerging scientific consensus is that the U.S. needs to cut its greenhouse gases by 70-90% within 10 to 20 years, or the world faces unbelievable climatic disruption. Car culture is one of the leading contributors. In this workshop, we will practice acting and thinking like We The People, as we collectively imagine how Portland’s transportation systems will have to be fundamentally transformed. How will we end dependence on private cars? What will we replace car culture with, and how will it be funded? We’ll develop a 5, 10, and 15-year timeline to get us where we need to go. Are We The People? We’ll find out!

Cost: $10 - 20
Friday/Saturday, June 4 and 5, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon/Main
Friday, starting at 7 PM
Saturday, 9:30 am - 4PM

“Got Water? Managing It for the Future - A Forum on Oregon's Water Supply

Recently the University of Portland had a water conference with important people. However, no way was provided to introduce local action on the issues raised. The Portland Water Conference is designed to focus on the larger picture of the water crises and the local picture of how we organize in the local community and the state. A more detailed schedule of events for these two days will be posted on the Alliance for Democracy website. (www.afd-pdx.org)

Friday evening will focus on Portland water and the Bull Run system, Cascade Locks and Nestle.

Saturday will include presentations by Nancy Price, national co-chair of Alliance for Democracy, on the rights of nature and water, Nancy Matela on the Dangers of Privatization, various break out sessions for smaller group discussion and then possibly end with another film/documentary on a water issue.

And then on Saturday evening will be a screening of Liquid Assets, The Story of our Water Infrastructure.

The conference is free; however, there is a request for a $7.00 donation for the Saturday evening movie. No one turned away, however, for lack of funds.

Pre-registration is requested with Nancy Matela at nancy.matela@gmail.com so that we can reserve enough rooms and facilitators for the sessions as well as to provide food and beverages for participants.

Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, and the Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church.
Friday, June 11, 4 PM, Director Park between Taylor and Yamhill on Park Ave.

"Rally for Your Ride" event

Thie is part of a series of nationwide events being held by the Amalgamated Transit union to shed light on service cuts and layoffs happening across the nation, and the immediate need for operational funding for mass transit.

Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco are just a few transit agencies experiencing massive service cuts and layoffs. Portland's Tri-Met could be next.


Federal, state and local politicans are being invited to share their views on this important crisis.

Sponsored by Amalgamated Transit Union 757.