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

Testimony on the City of Portland Fall Budget Monitoring Process

The Portland Raging Grannies’ Racial/Immigration Justice Team submitted video testimony at the City of Portland Fall Budget Monitoring Process meeting on October 6, 2020. The following statement was entered into the record by Granny Teri Kaliher.

The Portland Raging Grannies want to see bold action from leaders on policing.

Now is the time to divest major funding from our current racist, broken police department.

City audits and other reports indicate that the PPB mismanages its money. Instead of giving the police a blank check and cutting other bureaus, the PPB should take a disproportionate cut in upcoming budgets. The savings need to be invested in ways that support the safety and community of our BIPOC neighbors.

We are faced with a number of problems, but the police have never been shown to be the most effective ways of dealing with problems in schools, transit, or homelessness. Police gang teams end up hurting the people they are supposed to protect. It is our understanding that police untrained in dealing with mental health crises would prefer to have trained professionals answer those calls. We support this.

SWAT teams, intelligence units, expensive “special units” and all the heavy fancy camo equipment and vehicles do not belong in community policing. Nor does qualified immunity.

Qualified immunity gives police overreaching power to act as they see fit with no legal consequences. People have protested this – and the police have been paid overtime, even when they have brutalized protesters. This doesn’t make sense.

Although funding for the PPB needs to be drastically reduced, the bureau needs increased funding for training and a review of officers’ conduct to  flag any inappropriate behavior.

In the past, Portland Police have acted like they’re above reproach and above the law. Decreasing their funding can be a consequence for their lawless violence. We need increased funding for mental health, parks, fire departments, and of course education.

The PPB needs to be an important part of rebuilding our community. They can start by contributing funding.

The Black Existence March

The Portland Raging Grannies attended this Unite Oregon march as support for the Black participants. We provided a few signs for marchers and went along, on the sidelines, to be a shield for them.

We support Black Lives Matter and are willing to help the movement the best way we can.