WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN
Today, the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign released our first advertisement. It features six current PPS students at Northeast Portland's Rose City Park Elementary, a school built in 1912 that currently hosts students from ACCESS Academy and Beverly Cleary schools. The video highlights the urgent importance of removing neurotoxins and carcinogens from all ninety PPS schools, and is available to watch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
After receiving the endorsement of The Portland Tribune on Tuesday, this Wednesday both Willamette Week and The Portland Mercury offered their support for Measure 26-193 and the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign. Both newspapers spoke about the urgent need to vote YES this May; the Mercury described the bond as "absolutely necessary" and Willamette Week noted that "[i]t's obvious the district needs to address immediate health hazards." Our campaign also conducted our endorsement interview with The Oregonian, which is available to watch on The Oregonian's facebook page.
Finally, we're gearing up for a busy weekend with canvasses Saturday and Sunday.
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN NETWORK OF OREGON (APANO)
"APANO is proud to support the PPS school board bond, which would provide $324 million dollars to reduce student and staff exposure to hazardous materials such as lead. Students of color often find themselves enrolled in public schools with infrastructure that is dated and and in sore need of improvement. Passing this bond measure will give much needed rejuvenation to our school system, and we’re excited to see this major fund major renovations to Madison High School and Kellogg Middle School, which both serve students from our community."
-Zahir Janmohamed Policy Director, APANO
APANO joins leading equity organizations including Black Parent Initiative, Latino Network, Disability Rights Oregon, and the Somali American Council of Oregon in endorsing Measure 26-193. Check out our full list of over 200 organizations, individuals, and small businesses on our website and please sign up to add yourself to the list.
LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK: Marysville Elementary
In 2009, students at Marysville Elementary were quickly evacuated after a significant fire broke out and caused significant damage to the school. The Marysville community has rebounded, with a growing school population. Despite the renovations, 20 sinks, faucets and fountains at the school tested positive for lead; 6 for copper. 65% of Marysville students identify as nonwhite, and while Marysville's fire alarm systems are now up to date, as many as 60 of the 90 PPS facilities do not have alarms that mean modern fire safety standards.
Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district.
WE'RE GOING TO WIN IN 19 DAYS. BUT WE ARE GOING TO NEED YOUR HELP.
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 afternoon:
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!