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Into Action!

Thank you for joining us at yesterday’s Third Act Oregon INTO ACTION Gathering. Whether or not you were able to attend, this follow-up email details the numerous opportunities available for getting involved right away in the Third Act Oregon (TAO) community. Our sincere thanks for your support and involvement in this important work to protect our democracy and our planet.

Note: There are many (9) different upcoming meetings! Therefore, we have started with a summary of these meetings and links in a chronological Calendar of Events section. Below the listing of events, you’ll find many more details about actions within each team, along with many of the same links included in the calendar.

Here is a recording of the INTO ACTION Gathering (password: Thirdactoregon2024!). Watch (or rewatch!) and share it with your friends and family. The recording started a bit late, but the important information is all here.

Click here to sign up for Third Act Oregon. If you haven’t already, please become a member of our 100% volunteer Third Act Oregon community. This will allow us to send you our monthly newsletter to keep you informed of opportunities to take action in support of our dual missions to protect our democracy and our planet.

As a follow-up to our INTO ACTION Gathering, we encourage everyone to get started by attending a team meeting, joining a local community, or participating in an upcoming event.

Join a local community near you

Third Act Oregon – Eugene

Contact: Sandi Goldie; coachsandi@gmail.com

Third Act Oregon – Bend/Central Oregon

Contact: Jules Moratti-Greene; julesmg911@aol.com

Contact: Ray Gertler; rjgertler@gmail.com

Interested in a larger leadership role with Third Act Oregon?

Contact Third Act Oregon Facilitator, Cyndi McAlpine; mcalpine.cyndi@gmail.com

Third Act Oregon Team Actions

Action Teams – These three teams are open to everyone. These teams will continue to evolve over time, so it’s a great way to learn about new actions and a variety of ways to engage in this important work.

Uplift Democracy & Voting Team

Contact: John McAlpine; coachmcalpine@gmail.com

Here are some actions you could take

  • Attend the monthly meetings of the TAO Uplift Democracy and Voting Team. Our next meeting is next week on Wednesday, March 20th at 4pm (PT). Connect with fellow TAO members, find out more about postcard writing opportunities and help in the planning for Young Voter Registration Drives, Get Out the Vote Efforts, and other actions we can take together to impact election outcomes in 2024. All are welcome and needed!

Click here to join this Zoom Meeting.

To receive an email reminder and meeting agenda ahead of time, email John McAlpine: coachmcalpine@gmail.com

  • Interested in getting started with postcard writing through Third Act’s partner, Activate America? This step-by-step video offers helpful tips and will get you going right away! Please email thirdactoregon@gmail.com with your completed number of postcards so we can track towards our statewide goal of 20,000 postcards sent by the November election.

  • If you live in the Portland Metro Area, Join TAO members on Sunday, March 17th from 2-4pm for a postcard writing party. This invitation document provides all of the details. 

  • Learn more about the Environmental Voter Project (EVP), a non-partisan + no endorsements organization that focuses on getting environmentalists to become consistent voters. Sign-up for EVP’s Postcard Orientation on Tuesday, March 19th at 3pm (PT)

  • This Letters to the Editor page from Third Act provides helpful information and sample letters. And Third Act Oregon has all of the “how to” resources to get started here in Oregon. Are you looking for a focused and effective area to take action? Become part of a sub-team that encourages and assists other Third Act Oregon members with writing and submitting Letters to the Editor around the state.

  • Interested in learning more about the great work being done by The Civic Center to register high school voters? Find out more and get involved by attending a one hour training workshop with Third Act and The Civic Center on Thursday, April 4th at 1:00pm (PT)

Advance Fossil Free Finance Team 

Contact: David Parker; david.bodhi@gmail.com

Contact: Sheila Golden; goldensheila6@gmail.com

Here are some actions you could take

  • Attend the first online monthly meeting of the TAO Fossil Free Finance Team on March 21st at 4 pm Pacific Time, repeating monthly on the third Thursday.  Join the Zoom Meeting link. We’ll get to know each other, learn more about phase 2 of the Costco/Citi campaign, and talk about other actions we might take.

  • Whether or not you can come to this March meeting, you can keep informed about what the Fossil Free Finance Team is doing by sending an email to David Parker – david.bodhi@gmail.com.

  • If you have accounts or credit cards with the big Wall Street banks, start thinking about switching to more sustainable options.  We’ll have a Move Your Money informational meeting soon about how we want to go about doing this.  Some of us will be going further to green up our personal investments.

 

(Note above is only an image, link to video provided below.) Video developed in partnership with Make My Money Matter, a UK campaign aiming to ensure the money in our banks and pensions builds a better world. View the two minute video and learn more here.  

  • Support Divest Oregon in their efforts to de-carbonize Oregon’s billions in the PERS account:

    • For PERS members/retirees:  sign DO’s Right to Know petition demanding information about how PERS invests its funds, and how climate-friendly those investments are. Join the campaign!
    • Everyone: Attend the Oregon State Treasurer Candidate Forum on 4/2/2024, at 6:30, presenting the two candidates running for State Treasurer.  Hybrid event: Zoom/First Unitarian Church.
  • The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is weaponizing governmental power to protect the fossil fuel industry by alleging “antitrust” violations in an effort to stop corporate climate action. Third Act partner and shareholder representative As You Sow is trying to send 3,000 more letters to Congress by March 25. Tell Congress to end its attacks on shareholder rights and climate progress!  Write to Congress.

 

Democratizing Energy Team

Contact: Thor Hinckley; thorhinckley53@gmail.com

Contact: Margaret Sherraden; msherraden@gmail.com

Here are some actions you could take:

  • Join us on March 27th from 4:00 to 5:00pm to hear from Brian Stewart, creator of electrify now, as he explains why new high efficiency electric solutions can make our homes healthier, more comfortable and lower our energy bills.  He will also cover how new local and federal incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Energy Trust of Oregon can lower the cost of these energy efficiency upgrades. Register here for this webinar.

  • Join the Democratizing Energy Action Team! Our organizational meeting will be on April 10th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Here’s the zoom link for this meeting. We will discuss priorities for this year and ways to get involved. Zoom event.

  • Read more about Democratizing Energy (sometimes called “Power Up Communities”) on Third Act Central’s website. Going forward, we will be involved in some of these activities, such as writing letters to the editor letting people know about the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Organization Teams – These are smaller, more functional teams for Third Act Oregon. These teams are engaged in ongoing work to support the growth of our organization.

Communications Team 

Contact: Laura Iwanaga; liwanaga1@gmail.com

If you have an interest in helping the Communications Team with your skills please join us at a Third Act Oregon Communications Team meeting on March 28, 2024. Link below. We will be going into more detail on the activities we are currently supporting and discussing some needs we have. We’d love to hear about you too.

Contact Laura Iwanaga liwanaga1@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you again for your interest and being part of the Third Act Oregon community. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings or events!

Third Act Oregon Communications Team Meeting

March 28, 2024, 4 pm PDT

TAO Communications Team Meeting Registration

Volunteer Coordination Team 

Contact: Jenny Stout; jstout9@comcast.net

Contact: Katie Larsell katielarsell@gmail.com

We need your help as a Volunteer Coordinator to welcome members and help them get into action! If you like chatting with people by phone and finding out what makes them tick, this is for you. It’s fun and flexible time-wise. Contact Jenny Stout jstout9@comcast.net or Katie Larsell katielarsell@gmail.com

Thank you again for your interest and being part of the Third Act Oregon community. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings or events!

With gratitude for your commitment to democracy and the planet.

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