Alliance for Democracy

Community Events listing

Below is the Alliance for Democracy community events calendar for February and beyond.

I will draw your attention to one event which is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy on February 1st.  The February 1 event is a community forum about forming an Oregon State Bank.

Also the latest editions of our new cable TV program, The Populist Dialogues, are now available either from the Alliance for Democracy website or on blip.Populist  If using, search for Populist Dialogues. Four new programs are available for viewing:

  • #11-3.   Public interest attorney, Dan Meek, is our guest talking about the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Dan was the author of the two ballot measures for limiting campaign contributions and expenditures in Oregon .
  • #11.4.   We talk with AfD supporter Judy Barnes with Mark Pengilly about the Oregon Renewable Energy Policy (OREP) project sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. OREP is working to build the Feed-in Tariff program in Oregon of renewable energy production tied to strong job growth. OREP is part of Alliance for Democracy’s campaign, Democratizing the Grid.
  • #11.5.  Environmentalist Lloyd Marbet talks about the global climate crises, Dr. James Hansen and his book, Storms of My Grandchildren, and the role of nuclear, or hopefully the role nuclear will not play in finding climate crises solutions. Lloyd is known for having been chief petitioner during the 1970s of ballot measures to close the Trojan Nuclear Energy Plant.
  • #11.6.  Guest Margaret Butler, ex. director of Portland Jobs with Justice (JWJ), talks about the missions of Jobs with Justice, the struggles of labor and how people and organizations can be part of JWJ.

To add your events to this calendar, send an email with subject “Add to Calendar” to David Delk

| David Delk, President  | Alliance for Democracy – Portland, 503.232.5495 | |

Multiple date series:

Illahee Lecture Series

  • Feb. 3 — Political scientist Roger Pielke, Jr., will champion the importance of energy innovation as the key to moving past carbon towards a sustainable society.
  • March 14 — Consultant extraordinaire Alan AtKisson will discuss how governments, businesses and nonprofits can push the accelerator on innovation for sustainability.
  • March 30 — Molecular biologist Richard Jefferson will talk new tech, tools and thought to bring efficiency and equity to life-sciences-enabled innovation.
  • April 16 — Food guru and author Michael Pollan will explore his “Food Rules” and lay out lessons we can all take the supermarket, farmer’s market and stock market.
  • May 11 — Founding editor and On The Commons fellow David Bollier will take us on a tour of the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.
  • Aug. 31 — The first female winner of the Nobel prize for Economics, Elinor Ostrom will discuss her work on how people interact with economic and political systems to cultivate the Commons.


Tuesday, Feb. 1, 5:30 – 8 PM, New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Bank Teach

Oregon State Bank Teach In

Today Oregon deposits billions of our tax dollars into the very same Wall Street banks that crashed our economy.

Instead, we could put that money to work right here to create jobs with a new public bank for Oregon. The state bank would partner with community banks to make credit available to small businesses and farmers.

It’s a bank controlled by we the people–not the Wall Street fat cats.
Visit their web site at Oregonians for a State Bank
5:30 – 6:00 PM – reception
6 – 8 PM – Community forum

Co-sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy
Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 -9 PM, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.
Author: Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker, award winning author of Mad in America, discusses a medical mystery in his latest book: Why has the number of Americans considered “disabled mentally ill” tripled over the past two decades?

Whitaker is one of the first journalists to expose the long-term effects of psychiatric medications. His findings are astonishing and controversial.

More info: Marcia Meyers, 503.665.3957,
Sponsored by the Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church
Thursday, Feb 10, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, PCC Southeast, 2305 SE 82Dembrow Tabor Hall, Room 139/140

Budget Town Hall – Rep. Ben Cannon, Rep. Mike Dembrow and Senator Jackie Dingfelder

We will tackle tough questions like:

How should legislators respond to the estimated $3.5 billion shortfall in the state’s budget?

  • What core state services do you depend on?
  • How should the Legislature make Oregon’s economy and system of public finance more durable for the long term?

As well as a discussion of health care, the environment, education reforms, and other issues that matter to our community.
Friday, February 11, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union

3rd Annual NW Environmental Health Conference

This conference will host leading scientists, researchers and healthcare professionals in the field of environmental health with emphasis on the impact the environment has on health and healthcare practices.

Topics Include: Green Chemistry, Built Environment, Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Health Impact Assessments, Integrative Health Care, Obesity, Autism & Pediatric Health
*Continuing Education Credit Available for Nurses, Environmental Health Professionals, and Naturopathic Doctors 
*Discounted Student Rates!
Registration for the 3rd Annual NW Environmental Health Conference is required. Register today!
 For more information, please contact Sara Gerlt Schroeder at 971-409-3381.
Mon. Feb. 21st, 3 pm, Capitol Theater in Downtown
Olympia, 206 5th Ave SE.  Free parking on the street (Presidents Day holiday)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) speaking on the subject: War is Bad for the Economy,

Sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Veterans for Peace, Rachel
Corrie Chapter 109, $5-15 suggested donation at the door. Please pass this notice on, this is an 800 seat venue.  Let’s fill it up. Contact Cheryl Crist at (360-754-7631) or Glen Anderson at (360-491-9093) for more information.
Saturday, Feb 26th, 7:30 PM, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Lecture for Black History Month: Manning Marable

Manning Marable is the M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies and professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University. He was founding director of African American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003. Since 2002, he has directed Columbia’s Center for Contemporary Black History. 

Wedneday March 2nd, 6:30 – 9 p.m, Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place

The Portland Plan community forums

Portlanders have an opportunity to shape the City’s strategies for the future at the upcoming Portland Plan Fairs, starting on March 2. Developed with the community, the strategies include actions that address residents’ key concerns: 

  • Equity
  • Education
  • Economic Prosperity & Affordability
  • Healthy Connected Neighborhood
The fairs are designed to offer residents a range of experiences and opportunities to learn about and comment on the strategies. In addition to breakout discussions for each strategy, the fairs will feature booths, presentations, local food and community exhibitors. Free childcare will be provided at all locations.

The Portland Plan will be a 25-year strategic plan for the City, and the direction it sets will touch every neighborhood, district and resident of Portland as it grows. The plan will help to define priorities, guide investment of public dollars and set the course for Portland for the next quarter of a century. For more information please go to:

Additional meetings dates, time and locations

Sunday, March 6, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road
Thursday, March 10, 6:30 – 9 p.m., De La Salle North Catholic High School, 7528 N Fenwick Avenue
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan Street
Saturday, March 19 ,1:00 PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th and Libertiesbr />
Eight Years in Iraq – Nine Years in Afghanistan: How is the War Economy Working for You?
Anti-War rally & march

End the Wars and Occupations – Bring All the Troops Home Now
Fund Jobs, Health Care and Human Needs, Not the War Machine
Stand for Civil Libeties at Home and Abroad
Take Action!
Rally at 1 PM
March at 1:30 PM
Preliminary cosponsors and endorsers include Alliance for Democracy, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity CommitteePeace Action Committe-First Unitarian Church, Economic Justice Action Group-First Unitarian Church, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Iraq Veterans Against the War-Oregon, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Portland Jobs with Justice, Freedom Socialist Party, Metanoia Peace community, Portland Labor for Peace and Justice, KBOO Community Radio .

For more info or for your organization to get involved, contact Peace and Justice Works: 503.236.3065 or
Friday April 15th, time to be determined, Oregon Zoo

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility 30th Anniversary Dinner

With keynote speaker Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Visit or call 503.274.2720 for more info.


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