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Sister District Portland

Includes Portland and the surrounding metro region, but all are welcome join, wherever you are in the country!

About our team

Sister District Portland has been active since 2017. If you're new to Sister District, let a few familiar faces give you an introduction. Then learn more about Sister District using the menus at the top of the page.

In 2020, we're supporting Frances Jackson and Brian Farkas from North Carolina. North Carolina is a huge opportunity.

  • We can flip the state legislature blue, allowing Democrats to create fair electoral maps that will be in place for the next decade, reversing Republican gerrymandering.
  • Every voter we convince to get out to the polls for our state candicates almost always votes "up the ticket," meaning we could also help elect a Democratic senator from North Carolina (putting the Senate into play), and getting extra votes to elect a Democratic president in this crucial electoral college swing state!

We're excited to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket. We hope you'll join us! 

Upcoming Events

Recurring Events:

WEEKLY Voter Outreach (Every Sunday, 11:30 am -1:00 pm PT): Help us call friendly Democratic voters in North Carolina to let them know about our great candidates. There's no more effective way to get potential voters to cast their ballot. New to phonebanking? No problem! Join 30 minutes early for a training at 11 am PT! Register here.

Special announcement: Our candidate, Brian Farkas, will join in phonebanking via Zoom on Sunday, August 9th! If you haven't been phonebanking with us already, it's a great time to start!

THE FINAL STRETCH! PHONEBANK FOR OBAMA – Canadians For Obama

 

MONTHLY Pub-Quiz-Style Trivia Nights: (Next game Saturday, August 15th, 6pm PT) You can't go to a pub these days, but you can still test your knowledge of fun (and useless) facts with a bunch of friends! Join us by Zoom for our weekly trivia night! (Sorry, this is definitely BYOB!) Form your own brainy team, or we can put you on one. Register here.

 

MONTHLY Online Game Nights: (Next game Friday, August 7th, 6pm PT) Grab some friends and your sense of humor, and join us for some hilarious online party games from Jackbox, like Quiplash, Trivia Murder Party, Tee KO, and more! Register here.

  • These are fun whether you're playing or just part of the audience - audience members still get to play a role in the game by voting for the people playing. You only need a computer/device with Zoom, and a separate phone or tablet which becomes your controller.
  • Note: some of these games can have prompts that aren't always appropriate for children: think of a tamer version of Cards Against Humanity. If that's not your thing, or you're playing with kids, you might want to join us for trivia instead!

Special announcement: Jesse and Keith from the New Player Has Joined podcast will join us again!

Who's better to play hilarious online video games with than the comedian co-hosts of the podcast about your all favorite video games?! Everyone had such a great time the last time we did it, we're going to be doing it every month through election day!

Everyone is welcome to join by Zoom. However, anyone who makes a donation to our candidates prior to this special event will have a chance to play WITH Jesse and Keith! Those lucky participants will be randomly drawn during the event. Registration is required to prevent Zoombombing (although we know you'd never do such a thing!) You can also make your donation here.

One-Time Events:

Sunday, May 31st - 5 pm PT: Blue Flip Distance Variety Show (our kickoff for our summer series!) Featuring:

Sunday, June 7th - 5 pm PT: Good Wine and a Good Cause, a talk about Oregon wines and sustainable wine growing, with Marcus Goodfellow, a proprietor of Goodfellow Family Cellars and a Board member of the Deep Roots Coalition. Register here.

  • One lucky attendee will get a free bottle of Goodfellow Family Cellars’ 2016 Syrah!

Sunday, June 14th - 5 pm PT: Meet Dr. Frances Jackson!

She's one of our two North Carolina candidates! She's running for the State House of Representatives from House District 45, and she'll be speaking to us live via Zoom! Learn why she's running, why she's perfect for the job, and why her district is a top-target for flipping the state legislature blue. Don't miss this one!

Sunday, June 28th - 5 pm PT: Meet Brian Farkas!

He's our other North Carolina candidate! He's running for the State House of Representatives from House District 9. Join our conversation by Zoom, and learn why he has the skills to hit the ground running when he wins his race. Another event not to miss!

Sunday, July 12th - 5 pm PT:  Good Hikes and a Good Cause: a talk with Bonnie Henderson, a published author of four books, including "Day Hiking: Oregon Coast," and "Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon." She’ll talk about 6000 years of history along the Oregon coast trail, and talk about some of her favorite hikes.

  • Two lucky attendees will receive a copy of one of Bonnie’s books on Oregon hikes!

 

Sunday, August 16th - 5 pm PT:  How to Get Young People Involved in Activism: Award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch will offer surprising insights from her new book for adults and young adults, You Call THIS Democracy? How to Fix our Government and Deliver Power to the People, which the New York Times called “fascinating” and Kirkus called “a riveting must-read.”

 

In addition to discussing concrete steps to fix our democracy, Rusch will share insights on how to reach and rally young people.

  • You can order the book anywhere, but we encourage you to support Annie Bloom's Books, a local small business. You can order the paperback, hardcover, or digital audiobook.
  • As an incentive to donate to our candidates in North Carolina, if you purchase a book and donate $20.20 to our candidates through this link, Liz Rusch will personally autograph your book! (On the checkout page at Annie Bloom's Books, just leave a note in the "comments" box that you've donated, and they'll hold the book to be autographed before shipping).
  • If you donate $50 or more to our candidates, Liz Rusch will do a 20-minute virtual visit with your own personal book club!

 

Sunday, August 23rd - 5 pm PT:  The Buzz About Bees: Honeybees are among the hardest working critters on the planet. They don't just give us honey; we depend on them for a wide variety of food crops and flowers. But they're struggling. Join Glen Anderson, proprietor of Bridgetown Bees, to learn how we can all help them.

Bridgetown bees helps people establish backyard hives, and can be found at the Portland Farmers Market with their beeswax candles and honey products. There will also be a question and answer session, so you can ask the expert all your questions about bees.

 How We Can Help Honeybees Every Day | Reader's Digest

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