Environmentalists Celebrate Earth Day by Supporting School Bond

Logos of local environmental organizations who have endorsed the School Bond campaign.

Logos of local environmental organizations who have endorsed the School Bond campaign.

ENDORSEMENT HIGHLIGHT:
Neighbors for Clean Air

In honor of Earth Day, we are highlighting the numerous environmental groups who have endorsed our campaign.     

Neighbors for Clean Air is a community advocate group working diligently to remove hazardous carcinogens and toxic chemicals from our neighborhoods, communities and cities. Exposure to air toxics are harmful to Oregonians' health, with children at greatest risk, and our organization works locally and statewide to support cleaner air initiatives. 
Neighbors for Clean Air ardently supports Measure 26-193 to remove radon as well as asbestos and lead from all 90 Portland Public Schools, and encourages voters to turn in ballots by May 16 for healthier, cleaner, safer classrooms for the next generation of Portlanders.

Measure 26-193 will:

  • build Lincoln, Madison, Benson and Kellogg to LEED-Silver environmental standards,
  • replace bad plumbing and get the lead out o the drinking water, also eliminating the need for the district to spend $80,000 a month on bottled water,
  • promote sustainable transportation options including walking and biking by investing in neighborhood schools close to where students live.

For these reasons, Neighbors for Clean Air joins the Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and OPAL - Environmental Justice Oregon in endorsing the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign. Check out our full list of endorsers and please sign up to add yourself to the list.

Thanks to the James John PTA for endorsing our campaign.

Thanks to the James John PTA for endorsing our campaign.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN

Yesterday, The Oregonian's Bethany Barnes published an article highlighting the inadequate fire safety systems at more than two-thirds of Portland Public School facilities.  Measure 26-193 would provide nearly $26 million for fire alarm and sprinkler systems, which would be enough to address the substandard fire codes in all sixty of these buildings. This $26 million is part of a larger $324 million investment to correct health and safety problems at schools across the district.

Our campaign continues to visit Parent Teacher Associations across the city, with visits to schools including King, Beaumont, Lincoln, Laurelhurst, Creative Science, Reike, West Sylvan, Skyline, Lent, Metropolitan Learning Center, Sellwood and James John (pictured above).

We continue to hear from parents who are gravely concerned about their children being exposed to lead, asbestos and radon while at school.  We greatly appreciate and admire the hospitality of these groups who welcome us into their busy schedules and also sign up for some volunteer shifts with us. Voters' Pamphlets are arriving at households across the district. Ballots start landing this week!

SCHOOL REPORT OF THE WEEK

Harvey Scott Elementary School in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood is indicative of the necessity of this bond. Scott Elementary lacks up-to-date fire alarms and strobes across the building, as well as smoke/heat detection sensors in the school's common areas. Additionally, 35 fountains and faucets at Harvey Scott tested positive for lead, including a bathroom spigot 289 times higher than the EPA's recommended level of lead exposure. Harvey Scott is a Title I school, with over 57% of students economically disadvantaged by PPS standards and 76% of pupils identifying as students of color. 

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 Madison High School, where Harvey Scott students matriculate, as well as Benson Polytechnic, Lincoln, and Kellogg Middle School. 

A photo of Damian Lillard, to advertise our upcoming Postcard/Blazers watch night.

A photo of Damian Lillard, to advertise our upcoming Postcard/Blazers watch night.

UPCOMING CAMPAIGN EVENTS!

We have two canvasses this weekend! Join us:

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) 

PHONEBANK

Thursday, 4/27 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave) 

POSTCARDS

We still have thousands of postcards to distribute to parents who are willing to write notes to their neighbors to remind them to vote for schools this upcoming May; email Brandi to track down a stack to share with your friends. And as a reminder, we'll be cheering on the Blazers against the Warriors on Game Four of their playoff series at our campaign office; RSVP here so we can prepare the office for a fun night supporting Rip City (and our schools).

OTHER EVENTS

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.