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Jun 30
Sen. Ron Wyden Discusses Net Neutrality and more - Friday Forum
Sentinel Hotel

City Club of Portland is excited to welcome Oregon's Sen. Ron Wyden back to the Friday Forum stage.

Portland was on the front lines defending an open and neutral Internet when cable companies first planned high-speed broadband in the late 1990s. Portland’s fight became what is now the net neutrality issue — the idea that Internet content should not be favored, blocked or slowed down based on where the content originates. Supporters of net neutrality say that it ensures that the website of your school, small business or doctor loads as quickly as the website for HBO or the NFL. In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission adopted a rule requiring that the Internet be open, neutral and fair to all. This is based on the principle that Internet access is a necessity like utilities – everyone needs equal access.However, the FCC voted in May to roll back the legal basis of net neutrality. If finalized, what will “voluntary” net neutrality mean for consumers, small businesses and the future of Internet access? Will a handful of gatekeepers charge higher rates for “fast lanes” at the expense of consumers, schools and small businesses?

However, the FCC voted in May to roll back the legal basis of net in favor of voluntary net neutrality. If finalized, what will voluntary net neutrality mean for consumers, small businesses and the future of Internet access? Will a handful of gatekeepers charge higher rates for data fast lanes at the expense of consumers, schools and small businesses?

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has advocated nondiscriminatory and affordable Internet access from the earliest days and is nationally recognized as one of Congress’ leading proponents of Internet freedom and consumer rights, including privacy. David Olson, past director of the Portland Cable Office, was an architect of Portland’s fight for an open Internet in the 1990s. Please join us for a unique conversation with two Oregon pioneers on why this issue matters and how the FCC’s attempt to roll back the clock might affect Oregonians and the world.

Co-Presented by City Club of Portland and the World Affairs Council of Oregon

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Jul 14
From Housing Crisis to Housing Action - Friday Forum
Sentinel Hotel

The Oregon legislature has engaged in months of debate over bills that could address the housing crisis, including two bills focused on rental affordability that City Club supported. One aspect of the housing crisis that has been underreported is the deepening shortage of affordable homes for first-time homebuyers. What ideas and programs can Portland or Oregon lead on to address this problem at the scale of the need?

Join us as we take a hard look at steps to close the minority home ownership gap now. Moderated by Janet Byrd, the panel will include Margaret Salazar, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, Ernesto Fonesca, the new Executive Director of Hacienda CDC, and Maxine Fitzpatrick, the Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative.

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We Call This Home This year, in a series of conversations, We Call This Home, brought national leaders together with local experts to explore the depth and complexity of wealth inequality, race and home ownership in our region. Based on research conducted by EcoNorthwest, we learned that if the regions' current trend continues there will be no affordable homes available for a median-income household in any Portland neighborhood within the next five years. This reality has devastating effects for many Portland residents, but is particularly difficult in communities of color.

We Call This Home is proudly presented by Portland Housing Center, in partnership with : Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, City Club of Portland, EcoNorthwest, Neighborhood Partners, North Star Civic Foundation, Open:Housing, Oregon Humanities, with support from J.P. Morgan Chase, HomeStreet Bank and Wells Fargo.

Jul 27
Open Discussion on Ban On Trans Military Service
Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi

Dear Transgender Friends,

In a stunning decision Wednesday morning, July 25 the Trump administration announced the ban on Transgender Military service members, halting 20 years of progress toward opening this area of service to trans people. This is an opportunity to holdan open space for trans members of the military who are afraid and concerned about their future. This is an open forum for trans folks and allies to come to grieve, vent, strategize, share information and talk about this shocking attack on trans rights and most importantly it is an opportunity to have a discussion regarding how to proceed. This event will follow the principles of the Friday night Trans Women's support group for meeting process and preference for facilitation and organizing will be given to active and ex-service members attending. That is at the Q Center 6pm -9pm Thursday July 27th.

Emma Lugo

Transpositive PDX is a Portland radio program devoted to raising awareness of issues in the Transgender, Intersex, and Non Binary communities!

Jul 28
Myth of Bipartisanship In the 2017 Legislative Session - City Club Friday Forum
Sentinel Hotel

Though the 2017 Oregon legislative session did result in a balanced budget, the passage of a large $5.3 billion transporation funding package as well as some progress on healthcare and housing, there were a number of issues lawmakers punted including corporate taxes and PERS reform, and a more comprehensive housing bill. Join us as we debrief this year's highly contentious legislative session and discuss the Oregon Legislature's bipartisanship both currently and historically.


  • Dr. Jim Moore, Political Sience Professor, Pacific University; Director, Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation

  • John Horvick, Vice President and Political Director, DHM Research

Sep 10
Indivisible Hillsboro-OR Fall Forum
First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Hillsboro

As we return from summer adventures, join us for our September group meeting to reconnect and hear from different progressive action groups in the area. Washington County is a great place for civic action and engagement with many groups working toward similar goals. Reach out to friends and neighbors and invite them to join you as we ramp up and recharge as Congress returns to Washington. We are #StrongerTogether because we #StandIndivisible

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Indivisible Hillsboro-OR - We are a group of citizen activists dedicated to preserving democracy, human dignity, and well being of our nation and its people.

Sep 15
Rebuilding the American Middle Class and Worker Power
Sentinel Hotel

Please join City Club of Portland for a conversation with Carmen Rojas, Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab, a national organization that builds power for working people in the 21st Century by supporting scalable and sustainable models that ensure security, mobility, and collective action. The Workers Lab provides funding and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, worker organizers, enterprises, and organizations to innovate on ways to build worker power through its Innovation Fund and Design Sprints. The Workers Lab also runs a business development program called the Enterprise Institute that fosters promising efforts in business model generation, customer discovery, and financial projections to reach sustainability, before larger and diverse capital is invested to achieve scale. Carmen will share her experience leading the Workers Lab and share national trends that can be applicable to Portland that can further unite workers and transform low-wage industries. In particular, she will focus on the growing numbers of low-earning contractors in the United States and what The Workers Lab is doing to address their needs and concerns.


Carmen Rojas guides The Workers Lab to invest in entrepreneurs, community organizers, technologists, economic justice organizations, issue campaigns, and businesses to create scalable and self-sustaining solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. Under Carmen’s leadership and vision, The Workers Lab focuses on ideas, services, and products that will achieve sufficient scale to impact workers across sectors, industries, and geographies, and result in self-sufficient revenue models.

Previously, Carmen was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. From 2008 to 2011, Carmen was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs. Prior to joining the Kapor Foundation, Carmen was the Coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American OutMigration.

Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. She taught in the Department of City & Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley from 2009-2011. Her teaching focused on the history of cities in the US, a practicum on local economic development, planning pedagogy, and race in the practice of city planning.


Stephen Green, the city manager for Townsquared, an online network for local business owners, will interview Carmen. Green holds many roles in the community, including as the founder of Pitch Black PDX, a member of the Housing Bond Oversight Committee, and a former board member of Black United Fund of Oregon, the Housing Development Center, and the Oregon Microenterprise Network

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Sep 22
Back to School: An Update on Statewide Education Initiatives
Sentinel Hotel

In May 2017, Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved two statewide education initiatives designed, in part, to provide students with meaningful hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. Measure 98, the High School College and Career initiative, provides high school students across Oregon with access to vocational/career technical education (CTE) opportunities, college-level classes while in high school, and drop-out prevention strategies and support. Measure 98, Outdoor School for All, provides every Oregon sixth grader with access to a full week of science-infused outdoor learning. Both citizen initiatives garnered huge support with more than 65% voter approval. Once passed, the Oregon Legislature drastically cut voter-approved funding, but the programs are intact enough to make a significant impact as this school year starts. Join us to learn what’s happened since voters approved these measures and what students can expect this year and beyond.


Toya Fick, Oregon Executive Director, Stand for Children After beginning her career as a middle school science teacher, then serving in education policy roles at the state and national levels (including policy adviser to Senator Hillary Clinton), Toya joined Stand for Children as the Director of Government Relations. She became Stand’s Oregon Executive Director in 2014. Together with the Latino Network and Governor Ted Kulongoski, Stand for Children was a leading force behind the successful Measure 98 citizen initiative passed in May 2017. Toya formerly served on Portland City Club’s Board of Directors and is currently on the boards of the Oregon Food Bank and Meyer Memorial Trust.

Nancy Bales, Executive Director of the Gray Family Foundation and Chair of the Outdoor School Advisory Committee for Oregon State University Extension Service Nancy Bales joined the Gray Family Foundation, a supporting organization of The Oregon Community Foundation, in 2014 after 13 years at Ecotrust. Gray Family Foundation seeks to engage the people of Oregon in becoming active stewards of their natural and built communities through investments that increase meaningful outdoor learning experiences for K-12 students. Nancy was part of the core leadership team for the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition and the foundation was the principle funder of the Outdoor School for All campaign. She is the current Chair of the OSU Extension Service’s Outdoor School Advisory Committee.


Cheryl Myers, Director of Culture & Inclusion, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Cheryl Myers served as the first Chief of Staff at the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Council before becoming HECC’s intellectual leader and convener on equity and diversity issues. She previously served as the Governor’s Director of Economic & Business Equity and has two decades of private sector business ownership experience. Cheryl served eight years as an elected school board member for the North Clackamas School District. She serves on numerous local and national nonprofit boards.

Sep 29
Addiction, Recovery and Public Policy (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel

Oregon faces a growing epidemic of substance use disorders: alcohol, opioids, and a variety of other addictive and dangerous substances.President Trump recently declared a “national emergency” around the nation’s opioid crisis. Join us for a frank discussion about how Oregon and the nation can move forward on this crucial health care issue.

William Moyers is vice president of public affairs and community relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He is also the author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, a best-selling memoir about his multi-decade struggle to overcome addiction. He will discuss the impact of addiction on his family, career and community.

Dwight Holton, former U.S. Attorney for Oregon and current CEO of Lines for Life, a not-for-profit organization working to prevent substance misuse and maintain a 24-hour crisis line, will interview Moyers. Holton also is the statewide coordinator for the Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds, which was founded in 2013 to reduce misuse and overdose from prescription drugs.

This event honors National Recovery Month, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who recover.

A special thank you to the Alano Club for supporting the travel and hospitality of Mr. Moyers.

Oct 27
The State of the Nation's Housing Report: What Oregon Can Learn (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel

Join City Club for a conversation with Dr. Christopher Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, about the recently published State of the Nation's Housing Report. Elisa Harrigan, Affordable Housing Initiative Program Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust will moderate.

Nov 3
Where Are We Going? The Future of Transportation in Portland (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel

In 2017 the Oregon Legislature passed an unprecedented $5.3 billion transportation package. What does Oregon’s largest investment in transportation infrastructure and programs means for the metro region? What are the big wins, near misses, and shifts in philosophy that the package contains? How does the package contribute to our reputation as transportation innovators? Join us to explore these timely questions with Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, State Representative Barbara Smith Warner, and Sarah Iannarone, Associate Director of First Stop Portland.

Nov 10
Jose Antonio Vargas on Redefining American Identity
Sentinel Hotel

City Club welcomes award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, in conversation with Marissa Madrigal, to discuss the place of storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity. They will cover topics, including:

  • How citizenship is defined in the U.S. amidst demographic change
  • The diversity of immigration stories, his own and others
  • Media representations of immigrants, especially entertainment media (tv and film)
  • Using media for social change
  • The role of culture in shaping policy and law
Nov 13
Urban Natural Areas Under Stress: Climate Change
Central Library, 801 SW 10th

An expert panel will discuss the effects of climate change on urban areas such as Portland. The event is free, but please RSVP at the registration page. The panel will include:

  • Renee Myers, Executive Director of the Forest Park Conservatory
  • Kendra Peterson-Morgan, Natural Areas Supervisor, West Lands Stewardship, Portland Parks and Recreation
  • Jonathan Soll, Science and Stewardship Division Manager, Metro
  • Steve Holgate, chair of City Club's Environment Issue Forum, will moderate the conversation.
Nov 17
Rural Healthcare in Oregon
Sentinel Hotel

Rural Oregonians suffer shorter life expectancies, higher death rates from chronic diseases, and poorer access to healthcare than Oregonians in urban areas. Some rural areas in Oregon have no health providers at all. What makes healthcare so challenging in rural Oregon? What must Oregon do to raise the quality of healthcare to rural Oregonians who need it? Our panelists and moderator will address these questions and recommend methods for Oregon to meet the needs of its rural residents.