WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN
Today, we celebrate our first newspaper endorsement: The Portland Tribune writes convincingly about the necessity of passing this bond and the accountability measures in place to ensure funding addresses our deteriorating schools. An op-ed in the Oregonian by longtime education advocate Ted Wolf shared similar sentiments. Tomorrow, our campaign will participate in an editorial endorsement streamed live on The Oregonian's facebook page; hope you'll tune in!
The friendly folks at Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools celebrated a lovely weekend of Portland spring showers with canvasses on Saturday and Sunday. We knocked on doors in Irvington, Mt Tabor, Montavilla and Rose City Park, and have had over one thousand conversations with voters. Volunteers have also distributed over five thousand postcards we'll send to voters, and handed out over one thousand lawn signs that are poppin' up across the city.
We've also launched a new Frequently Asked Questions page on our website; check it out and forward it to your friends who are still on the fence as to why we should vote YES this May to get the lead out of the water at every PPS school.
There are only three weeks until election day; Please check that your voter registration is up to date; the deadline is tonight, and ballots should be arriving in mailboxes as soon as this week.
OREGON PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Doctors know about how significant the exposure to neurotoxins can be to our children. That's why the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility have endorsed Measure 26-193:
"Lead is a known neurotoxin that can have devastating, irreversible damage to the neurological and cognitive development of children. Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is asking every Portlander to please vote YES on Measure 26-193 this May to ensure that every Portland student can have a safe learning environment free of lead, asbestos and radon."
LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK: James John Elementary
When North Portland's James John Elementary opened, the Great Depression was just starting, Calvin Coolidge was president, and St Johns had only been annexed into the City of Portland 14 years previous. Tests last summer showed that the 87-year-old facility had 44 pipes with lead that tested positive for lead above the EPA's records; 65% of James John's students identify as people of color, and 55% are economically disadvantaged.
Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district. James John students will also matriculate to Roosevelt High School, which is reopening on time and on budget in the Fall of 2017 thanks to funding from the 2012 Bond.
DON'T STAND ON THE SIDELINES: COME VOLUNTEER WITH US FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOLS
All events are at our Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign headquarters located at 116 NE 6th Avenue, Suite 300, unless otherwise noted. Our campaign office is located on the third floor; we're ADA accessible, as well as kid-friendly. Our office is accessible via the 6, 12, 19, 20 Bus Lines, and the Portland Streetcar, and there's metered on-street car parking nearby.
CANVASS / DOORKNOCKING
Saturday, 4/29, Sunnyside School (3421 SE Salmon St) 10am-1pm
Sunday, 4/30, 12pm-3pm
Saturday, 5/6, 10am-1pm
Sunday, 5/7, Sabin Elementary (4013 NE 18th Ave)12pm-3pm
Saturday, 5/13, 10am-1pm
Sunday, 5/14, Woodstock Elementary, (5601 SE 50th Ave) 10am
We're having postcard writing parties at our campaign headquarters every Monday and Wednesday at Noon every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00pm. Thanks to all our volunteers who have helped us distribute over 5,000 postcards so far!
Additionally, we'll be hosting phone bank parties every Wednesday and Thursday.
There's only three weeks to make sure we turn out our supporters and get those ballots in to the County office. Every volunteer shift matters, and we hope that we can count on your support this May.
Thanks for your continued support of safe and healthy schools!