How the Library Can Change Our Schools (by Guest Blogger Chris Johnson)

I am a huge supporter of volunteering at the Multnomah County Library. I originally started 2 years ago at the Friends of the Library Book Store in the central lobby. Although I realize the money raised from their store benefits … Continue reading

Beyond November and Measure 85: The Need for Public Action Against a Widening Equity Gap (by Guest Blogger Matthew Price)

Note: This post is Part 4 of a four-part series on Measure 85 written by PSU Capstone student bloggers.  Thank you, guest bloggers, for contributing this material and helping in our campaign to educate local voters on measures that impact … Continue reading

ACTION ALERT Today via Think Out Loud’s Conversation on Portland’s Art Tax Measure (24-146)

During my morning check-in to my blog, my email, and my Facebook, I was struck by the Children Defense Fund’s latest shared quote encouraging us to vote with children in mind: “Give Children a Voice.  Yours.  Vote.”

The election season brings an energy to the air and allows us all opportunities to step a little outside our usual advocacy comfort zone.  Today, we all have an easy opportunity to bring our voices to a community forum on Portland’s Art Tax Measure (24-146) via calling in and commenting in on OPB’s noon conversation about the tax measure.  Here are some easy steps:

  1. Read Up.  The link goes to the actual tax measure language for 24-146.  I also recommend doing some searching on how organizations like the PTA, local state legislators, parents, artists, etc. feel about the measure.
  2. Comment or Call In.  Here’s the link to the Think Out Loud page dedicated to the noon conversation on 24-146.  I’m sure the online conversation will be going on long after the radio airs the show, so check in whenever you can and add your thoughts.  This is all part of educating ourselves and our community.

It’s a simple as these two steps today.  So brew up some coffee, listen to the conversation, and give children a voice through your active participation.

Let me know how it goes!