July 24th was Maria Landin's last day on staff for Oregon PSR. Maria served for the past 11 months as our Program Associate and Quaker Voluntary Service fellow, and in that short time she accomplished so much and became an integral part of our work for a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. We will miss Maria’s intelligence, passion, and dedication to our work here in Oregon, but we are excited to stay in touch and follow her progress as she engages in graduate studies at the Earlham School of Religion.Read more
Oregon PSR continues to stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We want to let you know of some ways to support the huge momentum now to support the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, and, here in Portland, to center Black Lives while also demanding that the paramilitary troops deployed by Trump immediately leave our city.
Many actions are posted daily on PDX Black Lives Matter Calendar.Read more
“I do not agree that we have systemic racism in our county. Period,” said Clark County Chair Eileen Quiring during a meeting with county councilors in the Southwest Washington county that encompasses the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, and more.Read more
“A short drive from Portland, thousands of people, a rural health clinic, businesses, and senior housing are without safe tap water, while some places don’t have running water at all.”
That’s what Oregon Public Broadcasting recently reported from the Warm Springs Reservation. 19 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on the reservation last week, making the lack of water and low water pressure even more urgent. The latest shortage is partially attributed to a break near where a repair was made to address the Warm Springs water crisis in 2019, but infrastructure issues have persisted for many years.Read more
In March 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. They did so on the condition that the project owner, Pembina, must get all necessary permits in order to move forward with the project. Thanks to your efforts, along with thousands of more who have followed the leadership of southern Oregonians opposed to the project, Oregon has not issued any of three essential permits for Jordan Cove LNG. Despite this, the federal government is trying to push the project through and threaten landowners with eminent domain.Read more
On July 23rd, 2020, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility offered this testimony on Police Accountability Legislative Concepts, with a focus on the health impacts of tear gas and flashbang or pressure grenades. We support the concerns raised in the joint testimony submitted by Unite Oregon, PAALF, Urban League, Rose City Justice, and other organizations.Read more
The latest episodes of Prescription for Justice, hosted by Oregon PSR Advisory Board Member Dr. Martin Donohoe, are available online. Please check this page for future updates and episodes.Read more
Portland police use tear gas against protesters in downtown Portland. Photo credit: KOIN-6.
We commend and support Portland City Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly for calling for a ban on the use of tear gas on protesters demanding justice for Black Lives. We also applaud and support Commissioner Hardesty for calling for the removal of the Gun Violence Reduction Team (formerly known and still behaving as the Gang Enforcement Team), School Resource Officers, and Transit Police from the Portland Police Bureau's budget.Read more