Rise Up for Medicare for All

November 10, 3:45pm, Pioneer Courthouse Square

On November 10th, the Supreme Court will decide whether to strip health insurance from millions of Americans in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic – the same pandemic that has already claimed approximately a quarter of a million American lives, and left millions with long-term health effects. It’s clear that the American healthcare system is at a tipping point.

At this moment of change, we must fight to defend protections for pre-existing conditions and the Medicaid expansion. However, we must also seize this moment to demand a system that leaves no one behind. We can’t go back. We must move forward to Medicare for All.

Join us at this socially distanced rally and press conference in support of Medicare for All. Bring a mask, bring a sign (if you have one), and bring a friend. Together, we can win this fight.

This event is co-sponsored by Health Care for All Oregon – Action, Portland Democratic Socialists of America & Portland Jobs with Justice.

Defend Democracy Uprising

No one should be disenfranchised because of where they live, the color of their skin or their income. But we have witnessed a strategic and sustained effort by the President and his political allies to suppress the vote and undermine our electoral process – all with the intention of illegally maintaining power and subverting the will of the people. But we won’t let him divide us. Already we are joining together across our differences to vote in record numbers, and, if necessary, we are prepared to take to the streets to defend our democracy.

This action was organized the the Defend Democracy Coalition. We are joining together across our differences to vote in record numbers, and, if necessary, we are prepared to take to the streets to defend our democracy.

The Portland Raging Grannies attended to support the marches through dance.

No Military Drone Testing in Portland

Verizon wants to bring a drone testing facility to North Portland, near Cathedral Park. They don’t think there is any problem with testing drones up and down the Willamette because, as they told neighbors, “no one uses the river anyway.”

After a summer when racial justice protesters were surveilled by military drones, a coalition of community groups has come together to resist this plan—which would include testing of technology that could be used by the Department of Defense in their surveillance drone program. We showed up to tell Verizon, the Port of Portland, and Verizon’s lobbyists at Strategies360 that this misuse of land, threat to wildlife, and impact on North Portland neighborhoods is absolutely unacceptable. The potential for this drone technology to negatively impact human rights both at home and internationally is another major reason to oppose this facility.

On Sunday, November 1 at 12 pm we gathered for a rally and kayak flotilla at the Cathedral Park Boat Launch to show that we use the river, and Verizon’s creepy drones aren’t welcome in Portland!

No Halloween on a Dead Planet

Extinction Rebellion (XR) PDX held a Halloween protest march, and the Raging Grannies were there.

After the march, the group engaged in disruptive civil disobedience, blocking SE Hawthorne Street. The Grannies supported from the sidewalk.

Video of the event by XR America

2020 Pride Stride

The Portland Raging Grannies participated in the first-ever nationwide LGBTQ+ virtual 5k/10k event to raise money and awareness for the LGBTQ+ community and local pride organizations. Not a race, this 5k or 10k event is more of a walk-a-thon people complete at their own pace, anytime and anywhere.

A portion of each Pride Stride registration entry fee supported local LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations across the United States.

PDX Women’s Unity March for Justice