Today's Endorsement: Friends of Noise

 

Friends of Noise is thrilled to endorse the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools Campaign. As an organization who's mission it is to create save spaces for young people to express themselves through the arts we know how important schools are to the daily lives of the youth of our communities. Many of the young people that come to our pop up shows had their first performance experience at a school. From a school play to performing in the marching band, the youth in our communities need their schools to be safe and healthy in order to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.  

We're thrilled to have Friends of Noise endorse the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign. 

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. 

Today's Endorsement: Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO)

Today, we're pleased to announce the endorsement of the Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO). 

"The Somali American Council of Oregon is honored to endorse the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign. We've worked in close partnership with Portland Public Schools to support a dual immersion program for our Somali youth, and this bond will ensure that these programs can live on in the rebuilt Madison and Kellogg schools, which this bond will ensure are built to be safe and modern buildings. This is an investment in the Somali-American communities children, and we ask the entire Portland community to vote YES this May on Measure 26-193."
Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO) wuxuu ku sharfanyahay inuu taageero olooleynta ururka reer Portland ee badbaadinta iyo caafimaadka skuuladda (Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools.) Waxaynu horey si wadajir ah ula shaqaynay Portland Public Schools in ardayda Soomaaliyeed loogu suurto geliyo barnaamijka waxkubarashada labo luuqadood. In la ansixiyo in lacag canshuur ururin ah oo loo qoondeeyo si ay barnaamijyadaas ay u suurto galaan waa in la dib u dhis lagu sameeyo Skuulada Madison iyo Kellogg. Iyadoo dhismahaas lagu casriyeen doono iskuuladaas. Taa waxay noqon doontaa hanta la geliyay ciyaalka bulshada Soomaaliyeed ee reer Ameerika. Waxaana aan bulshada Portland warsanaynaa inay ku codeeyaan HAA (ama YES) Measure 26-193 ee loo codeyn doono bisha May, 2017.

SACOO joins dozens of community advocate groups including Latino Network, Black Parent Initiative, Hacienda CDC, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, and Disability Rights Oregon in endorsing the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign.

Check out our full list of endorsements, and volunteer to help us win this campaign here

LESS THAN A MONTH TO GO.

 A Photo of volunteers at Ainsworth Elementary for our canvass last weekend.

A Photo of volunteers at Ainsworth Elementary for our canvass last weekend.

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.
 

 A photo of the Multnomah County Democrats Headquarters. Pick up a lawn sign from their offices on NE Sandy and 30th.

A photo of the Multnomah County Democrats Headquarters. Pick up a lawn sign from their offices on NE Sandy and 30th.

 

ENDORSEMENT HIGHLIGHT:
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.

 Walter, our Engagement Coordinator, had a tough time drinking water out of a fountain at Benson Polytechnic High School.

Walter, our Engagement Coordinator, had a tough time drinking water out of a fountain at Benson Polytechnic High School.

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) 

PHONEBANK
Thursday, 4/20 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave)
Thursday, 4/27 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave) 

 Photos of our postcards at Beach Elementary.

Photos of our postcards at Beach Elementary.

POSTCARDS
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. 

OTHER EVENTS
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. 

Hope to see you at our canvass at Ainsworth Elementary tomorrow!

 A photo of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt's PTA members holding signs in support of the School Bond campaign.

A photo of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt's PTA members holding signs in support of the School Bond campaign.

 

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN

This week, the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign visited PTAs and Alumni events at schools across the city including at Astor, Beach, Beaumont, Benson, Beverly Cleary, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt (pictured), Bridlemile, Chapman, Duniway, Grout, Jefferson, Lane, Lewis, Lincoln, Llewellyn, Madison, Roseway Heights, Sabin, Vernon, Whitman, and Woodstock. (Whew!) 

It didn't matter whether we were at elementary schools or high schools, which side of the river, at schools big and small; we heard a consistent message from parents. Portlanders want their children to attend safe and healthy schools, and it's time to get the lead out of the water. Parents eagerly signed up to volunteer, took lawn signs, and promised to write postcards to their neighbors reminding them to vote this May 16.

 

 A photo of Katie Proctor, small business owner, holding a sign in support for the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign.

A photo of Katie Proctor, small business owner, holding a sign in support for the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign.

ENDORSEMENT HIGHLIGHT:
KATIE PROCTOR, BOOKS WITH PICTURES

Today, we're highlighting the endorsement of Katie Proctor, a PPS Parent who owns Books With Pictures, a small business in Southeast Portland. 

"I'm happy to support a school bond that will help PPS invest in buildings with gender neutral bathrooms, greater ADA accessibility, and to make sure that every student across all ninety schools has access to a classroom to learn free of neurotoxins and carcinogens including lead, asbestos and radon. As a business owner, PPS parent and a supporter of inclusive communities and spaces, I ask you to join me in supporting Measure 26-193 this May."

Our endorsement list is now over 150 organizations, individuals, and small businesses. Check out our full list of endorsers and please sign up to add yourself to the list.

 

 A photo of a closed water fountain at Vernon Elementary School in Northeast Portland

A photo of a closed water fountain at Vernon Elementary School in Northeast Portland

LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK

13 spigots, faucets, and drinking fountains tested positive for above-EPA standards for lead exposure at Northeast Portland's Vernon Middle School (pictured above). The school also has 4 fixtures with toxic levels of copper, as well. 

Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district. Vernon's students will also matriculate to Madison High School, which stands to receive $150 million of renovations to provide students with safe, healthy, modern and efficient classrooms. 

 

 A screeenshot of our facebook event about an upcoming phonebank night for the campaign.

A screeenshot of our facebook event about an upcoming phonebank night for the campaign.

UPCOMING CAMPAIGN EVENTS, AND WAYS TO HELP OUT

We're holding our first Westside canvass TOMORROW, at Ainsworth Elementary, and we'd love to see you there. After this weekend, we'll be hosting multiple events every weekend through the May 16 election. 

CANVASS / DOORKNOCKING
Saturday, 4/15 Ainsworth Elementary (2425 SW Vista Ave) 10am-1pm
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, 4/20 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave)
Thursday, 4/27 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave) 

Portland students will win this election if we supporters tell our Portland friends, families and neighbors to vote YES and do something about the urgent importance of excellent, equitable public schools across the city.

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Today's Endorsement: Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Today, we're highlighting our pals at the Oregon Tradeswomen, who endorsed the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign.

"Oregon Tradeswomen was founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-suffciency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping and encouraging the trades industry build up a diverse workforce. We're happy to announce our endorsement of Measure 26-193 because this investment in education fulfills many different aspects of our organization's mission. A Yes vote this May will be providing women economic opportunities through new living wage construction jobs, it will modernize Portland's historic Benson Polytechnic High School for a new generation of technically trained women, and it'll ensure that every Portland student will have access to a healthy, modern education. Please vote YES this May for the Safe and Healthy Schools campaign."

Jude Gerace, Sugar Wheel Works

 A photo of Jude Gerace in front of her bike shop.

A photo of Jude Gerace in front of her bike shop.

"I run a small business in North Portland, and both my employees and customers in the neighborhood demand excellent public schools as an integral part of the community they call home. It's 2017, and our public schools should be free of lead, asbestos, and radon so we can focus on preparing Portland's students for a modern education. I hope you'll join me in voting YES for Healthy Schools this May 16."

OPAL - Environmental Justice Oregon endorses Measure 26-193

 Picture shows a quote highlighting OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon's endorsement, featured below.  

Picture shows a quote highlighting OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon's endorsement, featured below.  

"OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon builds power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights, achieving a safe and healthy environment in the places we live, work, learn, pray, and play. Portland Public School students, 45% of whom are students of color, don't have access to clean and safe classrooms free of lead, asbestos, and radon. We encourage Portland to support racial and social justice advocates and vote YES on Measure 26-193. Together we can ensure PPS students have a chance at a quality public education free from environmental health hazards."

- Huy Ong, Executive Director

OPAL joins social and environmental justice organizations including Latino Network, NAYA Youth and Family Center, Hacienda CDC, Black Parent Initiative, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Oregon Environmental Council and more in endorsing the Safe and Healthy Schools Campaign. 

Check out the full list of endorsements HERE, and sign up to volunteer and get a lawn sign for the campaign HERE