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Thursday, 2/19 - Equal Rights forum in NE Portland

Please join the Oregon Bus Project, PPAO, NARAL, BRO, OABA, and PCUN at Disjecta (116 NE Russell) on February 19th at 7:00 PM to find out how you can work to
bring forth an Oregon we can all be proud of. (If you are unfamiliar with all
the aforementioned acronyms, scroll down to the bottom of this email for a brief
summary.)
The Oregon Bus Project cordially invites you to join us for drinks and
merriment and, oh yeah, a little civic engagement as well. It's time once
again for the festivity know as 3rd Thursday! Woo-hoo, wee-hee. Good news, the
beer's still free and the discussion still lively.
This month we will be delving into the relationship between the
efforts of grassroots equal rights organizations and Oregon's elected leadership.
We have invited representatives from some of the most active equal rights
groups in Oregon to come talk with us about their work to push forward an equal
rights agenda. We want to bring to light the importance of having a legislature
that shares the values and supports the efforts of equal rights organizations.
For only when we have both an active, engaged citizenry and a progressive,
socially responsible legislature will we be able to fully realize our goal of a
just and sustainable Oregon.
So, please, please join the Oregon Bus Project, PPAO, NARAL, BRO,
OABA, and PCUN at Disjecta (116 NE Russell) on February 19th at 7:00 PM to find
out how you (and all the friends you're gonna be bringin' along) can work to
bring forth an Oregon we can all be proud of. (If you are unfamiliar with all
the aforementioned acronyms, scroll down to the bottom of this email for a brief
summery.)
As always, you -- yes, you -- are the key to a successful 3rd
Thursday. So please by any and all means forward this invitation to everyone you
know, 'cause how often do you have a chance to gain knowledge and take care of
some civic responsibility while you party?



PCUN: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and
Farmworkers United), is Oregon's union of farmworkers, nursery, and
reforestation workers, and Oregon’s largest Latino organization. PCUN’s fundamental goal
is to empower farmworkers to understand and take action against systematic
exploitation and all of its effects. To achieve this end, PCUN is involved in
community and workplace organizing on many different levels. Founded in 1985 by
80 farmworkers, PCUN has since grown to include more than 5,000 registered
members, 98% of which are Mexican and Central American immigrants, and to
encompass a wide variety of organizing projects. For more information check out
www.pcun.org.

OABA: The Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) is a statewide
organization committed to improving the status of Blacks in Oregon. It was founded on
April 9, 1977. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan, but political. Its purpose is to
improve the political, educational, social, legal, and economic status of
Blacks in Oregon. It uses a political methodology in achieving its purpose. Since
its establishment in 1977, OABA has been in the forefront of political
changes for Blacks in Oregon. It places its emphasis on building a better Oregon for
the Black Community. By so doing this, it improves the lots of all
Oregonians. OABA feels that Blacks must be a changing force in Oregon politics. Blacks
must understand, participate in, and affect the political processes at all
levels. Political access to officials who affect these processes is essential to
the Black Community's development and growth. For more information check out
www.peak.org/~oaba.

BRO: With a track record of success that has made Oregon a model for
organizers nationwide, Basic Rights Oregon is founded on values that are very
Oregonian: Fairness, Acceptance, Democracy, and Justice for all. They have always
known that real social change requires more than just winning campaigns. So they
approach their mission, of ending discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity, from many angles. In 1995, BRO founded the Fair
Workplace Project, which now boasts over 400 employers across the state who have
instituted nondiscrimination policies. Our implementation of youth and
transgender committees ensures that these perspectives, which have been
traditionally left out of our movement, are heard. They initiate and champion legislation,
and monitor the legislative process, with the help of one of Oregon's most
respected lobbyists. For more information check out www.basicrights.org.

NARAL: NARAL Pro-choice Oregon is the largest grassroots pro-choice
organization in Oregon. They work to educate the citizens of Oregon about a woman's
fundamental right to choose and use the political process to protect this
right. Their mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the
political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions
regarding the full range of reproductive options, including preventing unintended
pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. For more
information check out www.oregonnaral.org.

PPAO: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) is the political arm of
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette and Planned Parenthood Health
Services of Southern Oregon.Our purpose is to advocate for public policy changes
that will enhance and protect reproductive rights, and build support and
accountability among our elected officials in Oregon. In order to do this, PPAO
has a number of tools at its disposal. Through our 501(c)(4) organization we
engage primarily in lobbying and other activities aimed at changing legislation
and policies, and advocate for the election and/or defeat of specific
candidates. We also have a PAC that allows us to educate the public on where the
candidates stand on key issues, and make direct and in-kind contributions to
pro-choice candidates.

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woo-hoo wee-hee?!?!?! dude!!! 19.Feb.2004 09:49

u.g.

civic responsibility while you party?!?!?!? let's see...how else might we completely trivialize the major strides and accomplishments of the organizations that the bus project has invited to this forum? the major strides and accomplishments that have been achieved by the members and leaders of these organizations in the face of racist, sexist, homophobic physical attack, office bombings, mis-information campaigns and false arrest?

hmmmm...hey, i know! let's schedule in a mud wrestling contest!! yeah! put the president of pcun in a speedo and have that gay guy from basic rights oregon bring him down! that should totally fuckin' rock!! then maybe we can get a couple of those naral chicks to let it all hang out in a wet t-shirt contest!! dude!!!

dude!! let's just re-name the whole thing the 'fuck the movement, who's got the beer, let's party forum!!!'

most importantly, let's leave off the beginning and ending of certain words to show everyone just how down we are with the working class and other really cool dudes!!! dude!!!
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please join me in forwarding this post to the above invited organizations to let them know just how seriously they will be taken tonight.