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Jun 30, 2017
Sen. Ron Wyden Discusses Net Neutrality and more - Friday Forum
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
From Housing Crisis to Housing Action - Friday Forum
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
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, 2017
Myth of Bipartisanship In the 2017 Legislative Session - City Club Friday Forum
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
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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Sep 15, 2017
Rebuilding the American Middle Class and Worker Power
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
Back to School: An Update on Statewide Education Initiatives
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
Addiction, Recovery and Public Policy (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
The State of the Nation's Housing Report: What Oregon Can Learn (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
Where Are We Going? The Future of Transportation in Portland (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
Jose Antonio Vargas on Redefining American Identity
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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, 2017
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, 2017
Rural Healthcare in Oregon
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

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.

Jan 5
Up for Debate: Measure 101 (City Club)
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

On January 23, 2018, Oregonians will decide whether to approve sections of House Bill 2391 that assessed new fees on hospitals and other health care providers to pay for the expansion of the Oregon Health Plan.

At this Friday Forum—just two-and-a-half weeks before the votes will be counted—we'll host a debate featuring those who support the measure and those who oppose it.

Jan 12
Power and Silence: How #MeToo Is Changing the American Workplace
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

When #MeToo began taking over Twitter feeds in October of 2017, some people called it a "moment." Months later, it's clear that it's more than that. Join us as we discuss the power dynamics that have allowed harassment to go on for decades without accountability and what we can do now to make life and work safer for everyone.

Feb 2
Connecting with Communities of Voters (City Club of Portland)
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th

We will be electing leadership at every level of government in 2018. With so many races in both May and November, how can civic organizations engage with a diverse range of voters—people of color, rural residents, seniors, and independents? What outreach strategies do they use? What messages resonate? And what new opportunities or challenges do they anticipate?

Join us for a panel discussion on how to inform, connect, and engage today's voters.

Doors open at 11:30.

Ana del Rocío, State Director of Color PAC, is a first-generation Chicana/Peruana based in Portland, Oregon. She is a mother of two young boys and is the past policy director to Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson. Ana was elected to Director for Position 1 in the David Douglas School District in East Portland and joined Color PAC as its first State Director, January 2018.

Jess Campbell, Co-Director of Rural Organizing Project, has more than 15 years of rural organizing experience and has been involved with the Rural Organizing Project since 2005. She is a co-author of Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement and has worked with some of the most rural communities in Oregon organizing to advance experimental campaigns at the intersections of racial, economic, gender, and climate justice.

Jerry Cohen has been AARP’s State Director in Oregon for the last 21 years, working with local, state, and national staff, volunteers, members, and businesses and community organizations. He previously managed legislative and regulatory advocacy for AARP in a five-state region. Hailing from Wisconsin, Jerry holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a law degree from Washington University-St. Louis, and a graduate degree (MPA) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Apr 14
Participatory Budgeting Forum
The Rosewood Initiative

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(RSVPing for this Facebook event is not sufficient to register.)

Cost: FREE, with lunch provided (child care & interpretation available upon request)

Hosts: The Rosewood Initiative, Healthy Democracy Co-Sponsors/Funders: City of Portland, City of Gresham, Oregon Community Foundation, Metro, Multnomah County

Participatory budgeting is one of the fastest-growing municipal democratic reforms in the world. In North America is has now spread to major cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, Oakland, and Seattle. Participatory budgeting has also successfully emerged as a new way of governing in smaller towns and cities, from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Vallejo, California.

But what is Participatory Budgeting (PB), how does it work, and how is it different from other forms of governing? What are the potential benefits for increasing government accountability, making participation more meaningful and equitable, and building trust and community? What can we learn from other cities as we experiment with PB in the Portland metro region?

Join us 9am–3:30pm, April 14th, 2018 for "Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland Region," a one-day community forum to explore these questions. We will learn from PB innovators with experience in Seattle, Oakland, and Boston and discuss the possibilities for our communities. This event is co-hosted by Healthy Democracy and the Rosewood Initiative and will occur at the Rosewood Initiative (SE 162nd & Stark). Funding for the event is provided by the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, the Oregon Community Foundation, and Metro.

The event is free and lunch is provided, but registration is required. Space is limited, so we ask participants to commit to the entire event – from 9am to 3:30pm, April 14 – and notify us of any cancellations as soon as possible.