WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN
There's less than a month until the election, and we've been busy! We spoke with KATU News about our efforts to pass the bond, we attended the FridayForum at City Club of Portland which featured four blisteringly intelligent PPS students, and we hosted a great canvass this weekend at Ainsworth Elementary with High School and Middle School students from Students Helping Organize Votes to Enhance Learning Spaces (SHOVELS). Ballots are going to be sent next week, and we're gearing up for a massive field operation to talk to voters and make sure we pass this bond for the health and safety of every PPS student.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DEMOCRATS
Today, we're highlighting the endorsement of the Multnomah County Democrats, who last week approved Resolution 2017-6 in support of the PPS Bond.
"...many schools in PPS’ jurisdiction are exposing Portland students to unhealthy levels of neurotoxins and carcinogens such as lead, asbestos and radon, which constitutes an environmental justice issue; and ...the importance of investing in local education is all the more important and urgent with the grave threats to the future of equitable public education faced by the current national government administration.... [we] endorse a YES vote on Measure 26-193 which is on the upcoming May 16, 2017 ballot and support the campaign of Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools."
Multnomah County Democrats joins the Working Families Party, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and the Portland Association of Teachers in endorsing our campaign. Check out our full list of endorsers and please sign up to add yourself to the list.
LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK
Last week, Walter, our campaign's Engagement Coordinator, visited Northeast Portland's Benson Polytechnic High School, and was dismayed to find a lack of functional drinking fountains. Benson, at over 101 years old, would receive $200 million for renovations including new classrooms, restoration of the 1927-built gymnasium and the 1930-built auditorium. Funding for restoration of the North Wing Shops and Foundry Building, as well as a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) courtyard, is included as well. Additionally, all 98 of Benson's faucets, showerheads, fountains, and sinks that tested positive for lead will be replaced.
Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district, as well as restorations and renovations at Benson Polytechnic, Madison, Lincoln, and Kellogg Middle School.
UPCOMING CAMPAIGN EVENTS!
With less than a month to go, we *really* need our community to step up and help us reach out to every single voter in the district. Whether you want to knock on doors in your neighborhood, make some phone calls to help us turn out volunteers, or write postcards to likely voters while we cheer on Damian Lillard and our beloved Portland Trailblazers, we hope we can count on you to help in the next few weeks:
CANVASS / DOORKNOCKING
Saturday, 4/22 Vestal Elementary (161 NE 82nd Ave) 10am-1pm
Sunday, 4/23 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave) noon-3pm
Saturday, 4/29 Sunnyside School (3421 SE Salmon St) 10am-1pm
Sunday 4/30, Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave)
From today through the election, our campaign will be hosting postcard writing parties at our office on Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon, as well at Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:00pm. Parents and PTA members from Bridlemile, Bridger, Richmond and Chapman schools are already signed up; email Brandi to RSVP.
In addition, this upcoming Monday, 4/24, our campaign headquarters will host a screening of Game Four of the Blazers/Warriors Playoffs.
Wednesday, 4/19, Benson Community Gathering, 4:00pm, Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Avenue)
Tuesday, 4/25, Voter Registration Deadline (Register to Vote Online HERE)
Our campaign office is located on NE 6th and Couch, third floor, across from Ristretto Roasters, and is accessible via the 6, 12, 19, 20 Bus Lines and the Portland Streetcar; nearby street parking available.