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March Newsletter

We’d like to begin this March newsletter by expressing our sincere thanks to many of you who supported Third Act Oregon’s official launch on February 22nd and for the large number of volunteers who came to our “Into Action Gathering” on March 13th. Over the past several weeks, we’ve added 80 new members to our ever growing membership which currently stands at 400. Of course, more important than the numbers is our collective involvement. In that regard, the engagement we’ve had in recent weeks from Oregon Third Actors has been very encouraging as we continue to do this important work together.

In this month’s newsletter you’ll find information from our three action teams. There are numerous ways to get informed and involved, and several opportunities to take action right away. Also, take a look at Events to see what is upcoming to get added to your calendars.

Uplift Democracy & Voting Team

John McAlpine – coachmcalpine@gmail.com

Get Out The Vote Efforts – Postcard Writing

Postcard Writing can be done independently and in small groups. Many Oregon Third Actors are choosing to do both. Postcard writing gatherings have kicked-off in Bend, Eugene, and Portland and these meet-ups will continue and increase over the coming months.

  • If you are Interested in getting started independently with postcard writing through Third Act’s partner, Activate America, this step-by-step video offers a helpful guide and will get you going right away!
  • For those of you in Portland interested in joining a postcard writing gathering, we are offering a couple of new locations in April! Look for an email one week prior to these events.
    • Sunday, April 7th from 2:00 – 4:00p – *New Southwest Location* A new Postcarding gathering will be held in Southwest Portland at the St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (Cedar Hills) located at 12405 SW Butner Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005.
    • Sunday, April 14th from 2:00 – 4:00p, Original Art Postcarding in Portland with Jill Littlewood. *New Northeast Location* At the Columbia Ecovillage Community Center, 4647 NE Killingsworth St. No registration required. This invitation document provides all of the details. 
  • Please continue to 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.

Young Voter Registration Efforts (High School and Community Colleges)

Over the next 2 months, Third Act Oregon will embark on a campaign to register high school seniors and community college students primarily in Oregon Congressional District 5. This district is considered a purple district in Oregon and will be tightly contested this November. The US House seat in District 5 is currently held by Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer who was elected in 2022 by approximately 7,000 of the 350,000 votes cast. With that slim margin, young voter registration and turnout could be the difference maker in District 5 this November!

How can you help?

  • Join our Democracy Call Team! We’ll be calling high schools to let them know about The Civic Center’s Cap, Gown, and Ballot program and tool-kit that makes it EASY for schools to organize and run voter registration drives aimed at graduating seniors. To find out more and/or join our Democracy Call Team, contact John McAlpine: coachmcalpine@gmail.com
  • We are also currently reaching out to League of Women Voters chapters about supporting voting registration drives at community colleges.

Letters to the Editor

  • 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? Contact John McAlpine: coachmcalpine@gmail.com

Advance Fossil Free Financing Team

David Parker – david.bodhi@gmail.com

Sheila Golden – goldensheila6@gmail.com

Phase 2 of the Costco/Citibank campaign

Join the April 2 Costco Hype Call (5 pm Pacific Time) to learn more about what’s next and what we can do to keep the pressure on Costco to dump Citibank as their partner for their millions of credit cards: https://stmp.link/CostcoP2LaunchCall

Spring Spark and Summer of Heat

Third Act is part of a coalition that is planning 3 months of sustained, joyful, non-violent direct action centered on financial institutions in New York City starting June 10th.  Each week will have a theme, and there will be an Elder Week for Third Act participation, probably the week of June 14.  You are invited to New York to participate. To learn more, register for the Mass Action Call on April 11.  There may be supporting actions in Oregon or elsewhere on the west coast.

Move Your Money

  • We are planning a meeting in late April for those who are interested in supporting one another in moving their money out of the big banks, insurance companies, and investments that are funding fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure.  If you have not yet done so, you can sign the Banking on Our Future pledge.
  • Divest Oregon is sponsoring an Oregon Treasurer Candidate Forum and COAL Act victory celebration, 6:30 pm Tuesday April 2, in the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland.  The Oregon State Treasurer plays a critical role in state investments, including the $94 billion pension fund — the 12th largest in the country. Learn more and RSVP here.

Democratizing Energy Team

Thor Hinckley – thorhinckley53@gmail.com

Margaret Sherraden – msherraden@gmail.com

Petition: Show PGE Enough is Enough

Thousands of PGE customers are still reeling from the rate increase and ice storm bills this January. PGE’s rates for Oregon households have already gone up by 30% from December 2022 to January 2024. People cannot afford these increases. Now is not the time to entertain PGE’s unreasonable request to raise bills. Sign a petition asking the Oregon Public Utility Commission to put a stop to the increases and protect customers like us. Questions? Contact Thor (thorhinckley53@gmail.com) or Margaret (msherraden@gmail.com)

$15 million for the Healthy Homes program part of Senate Bill 1530

Governor Tina Kotek recently signed Senate Bill 1530 which includes $15 million for the Healthy Homes program. It pays for repairs and replacements with energy efficiency upgrades and other resilience improvements that will cut climate pollution, improve health, and lower energy bills in lower income households. It passed overwhelmingly and with bipartisan support, according to the Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA). https://www.ojta.org/2024-healthy-homes for more information.

Click here for an easy online action to thank lawmakers for fully funding healthy homes!

EV or Gas, What Pollutes More?

Gas or electric?
Gas or electric?

Watch this clever and informative video addressing this frequently debated question about the sources and severity of pollution caused by worldwide vehicle transportation.

Third Act Oregon Community Groups

Eugene

The Third Act Eugene Community Group has been growing rapidly. There are now 47 Third Actors living in the Eugene area!

A group of these members have been meeting (virtually and sometimes in-person) over the last six months. They have held postcard writing parties, and attended Third Act Oregon events such as visiting the local Costco with petitions, supporting Third Act Oregon’s partner, Divest Oregon’s action in Salem in support of the COAL Act, and a few are active members on Third Act Oregon Teams (Uplift Democracy and Advancing Fossil Free Finance). Currently, they are gearing up to have another Postcard writing party in support of Ruben Gallego in the Arizona senate race.

The Third Act Eugene Community Group recently decided to gather virtually every third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Anyone in the Eugene/Springfield area is welcome to join! Use this link to join virtually on April 18th.

For more information, please contact:

Sandi Goldie – coachsandi@gmail.com

Central Oregon

The Third Act Oregon Central Oregon Community Group has a working group of seven individuals. We have met monthly for the past four months focusing on mobilizing efforts toward defeating the incumbent congresswoman who has anti-climate policies. In March, we gathered at the local McMenamins and wrote postcards educating voters (using an Indivisible list of names and addresses) on the politics of Lori Chavez- DeRemer.  We are now exploring the area of registering voters, focusing specifically on High School Seniors, and students at Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University.  We have been in contact with the local League of Women Voters organization to help coordinate our efforts. We welcome additional members to join our growing community group.

For more information, please contact:

Ray Gertler – rjgertler@gmail.com

Julianne Moratti-Greene –  julesmg911@aol.com

Disclaimer: Working Groups are volunteer-run groups organized by affinity or by geographic location. Working Groups engage in campaign activities, communicate with their Working Group volunteers, and maintain the content on their Working Group webpages.