WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN
Over at our campaign headquarters, we're still reveling in the wonderful news that all four major newspapers in the city agree with the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign that it's absolutely necessary that we vote YES on Measure 26-193. We also participated in a town hall hosted by KATU yesterday, spoke with KXL's Rebecca Marshall, and met with the BerniePDX group (pictured above!) to distribute lawn signs and get some new volunteers for our upcoming weekend canvasses.
We're gearing up for some *massive* canvasses this upcoming weekend and next at Sabin and Woodstock Elementary. Scroll down to see how you can join us!
Main Street Alliance of Oregon
"Main Street Alliance of Oregon is proud to endorse a YES vote on Measure 26-193 for Safe and Healthy Schools across Portland. Excellent public schools are necessary to educate and empower the next generation of Oregon's employees, entrepreneurs, and customers of our thriving local businesses. We're excited to see Portland Public Schools invest in MWESB contractors, and believe that this investment will build healthier, stronger neighborhoods that will continue to encourage small businesses across the state to thrive. Please vote YES this May."
- Jim Houser, Small Business Owner, Co-Chair, OR MSA Board of Directors
The Main Street Alliance of Oregon creates opportunities for small business owners to speak themselves, advancing public policies that are good for our businesses, Oregon's employees and the communities they serve. They join other business and economic development advocacy groups including the Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., and Columbia Pacific Building Trades in endorsing the bond.
LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK: Vestal Elementary School
Northeast Portland's Vestal Elementary School is a Title I school just north of E Burnside on 82nd Avenue. 61% of the pupils are students of color, and 52% of the students are classified by the district as "economically disadvantaged."
According to 2016 tests, Vestal Elementary has 14 spigots, faucets and fountains that tested positive for lead, including a bathroom sink over 12 times the EPA's standard for safe exposure. The Oregonian also noted that Vestal lacks a modernized fire alarm panel, a full slate of up-to-date fire alarm strobes and horns, as well as smoke/heat detection in all common areas of the building.
Measure 26-193 would provide funding to address lead, asbestos, radon exposure and fire safety concerns at Vestal and all ninety PPS schools across the district. Measure 26-193 would also provide over $150 million to modernize northeast Portland's Madison High School, renovations which would be completed in time for current Vestal students to attend.
27% OF VOTERS ARE UNDECIDED.
CAN YOU VOLUNTEER WITH US THIS WEEKEND?
A recent poll commissioned by KATU showed that 27% of voters are still undecided on how they'll vote for the upcoming School Bond. We need your help to track down these undecided voters and convince them to invest in safe, healthy and modern schools for every PPS student.
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, 5/6, 10am-1pm
Sunday, 5/7, Sabin Elementary (4013 NE 18th Ave) 12pm-3pm
Sunday, 5/13, Woodstock Elementary, (5601 SE 50th Ave) 10am-1pm
We're having postcard writing parties at our campaign headquarters every Monday and Wednesday at Noon every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00pm.
Additionally, we'll be hosting phone bank parties every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at the campaign office. Contact Ben to learn more and sign up for a shift.
OTHER EVENTS (More info to come!)
APANO Endorsement Event - May 8th
PPS Students on XRAY.fm - Noon, May 10th
Election Night Party - May 16th
There's only two weeks left 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!