As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make in-person meetings and events a potential public health risk, many meetings and events are switching to webinars and other online meetings. Here are some webinars organized by Oregon PSR's community partner organizations that you might find useful and informative (please note that these online events are not organized by Oregon PSR).
*Please note: In order to limit our staff members' and volunteers' exposure and potential transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), events organized and co-sponsored by Oregon PSR are subject to change and/or cancellation. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding an upcoming event.
Portland police use tear gas against racial justice protesters. Photo courtesy of KOIN-6 News.
The George Floyd Black Lives Matter protests have launched an extraordinary movement against police violence in Portland, with more than three months of daily protests. Legal observers describe the demonstrations as overwhelmingly peaceful, yet they have been met by extreme police brutality. The array of military weapons deployed has injured thousands of Portlanders in horrifying ways and in ways that are still unknown. The Portland Police Bureau is using weapons of war against the public itself, yet it looks the other way at far right violence - including their launch of bottle rocket bombs, and their firing of guns and paint guns at protesters. The potential for greater harm is a serious and immediate concern.
On Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:00 until 6:00 PM, Portland United Against Hate, UNITE Oregon, First Unitarian Portland, and the Portland Metro People’s Coalition is hosting a comprehensive forum to illuminate the physical, psychological, legal, and financial impact of this police violence to date. We will hear from targets of kinetic munitions, tear gas, long-range acoustic devices, bull rushes, beatings, threats, and intimidation, as well as from legal, medical, psychological, and human rights experts describing the long-term health consequences and threats to our First Amendment rights.
Please join us for this forum featuring targets of state violence, medical and legal experts, and on-the-ground observers including members of Oregon PSR, Veterans for Peace, NARAL, and Physicians for Human Rights. Speakers will include activist and Portland protest organizer Lilith Sinclair and Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. Speaking on behalf of Oregon PSR will be Dr. Anita Randolph, OHSU neuroscientist and co-author of the report Riot Control Agents: Systemic Reassessment of Adverse effects on Health, Mental Stability, and Social Inequities.
You’re invited to join with our colleagues at Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) for a discussion and training on how Washington health professionals can support a state recovery that prioritizes the health of our climate and communities. Though this event is primarily geared towards health professionals in Washington State, the information presented will still be relevant to health professionals and public health advocates in Oregon.
Both Oregon's and Washington's public health response must include investments in climate resiliency, sustainability, and the long-term economic security of those hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. The voices of health professionals are needed to ensure that any state policy response protects public health and upholds the principles of climate and economic justice.
Learn how health professionals can advocate for a just recovery by elevating the Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy’s new “Resilient Future Platform.” Our colleagues will outline how the principles of this platform are critical to upholding public health in the face of a statewide recovery, and provide resources and guidance on how you can contribute to this campaign going forward.
As health professionals, our voice carries weight, and it is our responsibility to use our power and privilege to protect our climate and our most vulnerable communities as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you live in Oregon, please make sure that are registered to vote. The deadline to register is 21 days before Election Day, making this election’s voter registration deadline Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.
To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a US citizen, an Oregon resident, and at least 16 years old. Online registration requires a current Oregon driver’s license or state ID card.
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot: Must be received by Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 at 8:00 PM (PST)