As elders with a strong sense of history, we actively promote peace, social and economic justice, and environmental sustainability.

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Resist Trump Tuesday

When: Tues, March 19, 11:30am-12:30pm
Where: Peace Corner (Wall & Greenwood)

Resist Trump as the enabler of White Power. Does Trump think that the growing white supremacist movement is a security threat? When asked after the bombing of the mosque in Christchurch, NZ, he replied: "I don't, really." Of course he doesn't! As the bigot-in-chief, why would he?

Reminder:   We may be an unruly lot at times, but we must remain a peaceful one. Please DO NOT ENGAGE with any counter-protesters that may be present. There’s plenty of room for all.

That said, bring your signs! Bring your voices! Bring your friends! Vive la résistance!

The Vocal Seniority, with our partners Indivisible Bend

Interested in Serving
the School Board? COCC Board?
Bend Parks & Rec Board?

The next election is in May 21, 2019. We’re getting ready now. Join us!​

The list of positions on this ballot are  here . If you don't know what precinct you live in, you can find that information  here  (City of Bend precincts) or  here  (Deschutes County precincts)

There is still time to submit your application for one of the open positions on any of the above boards. The filing deadline is this Thursday, March 21. If you have questions about these positions, you can contact the Deschutes Dems to get answers! They can put you in contact with others who have served on these boards and provide advice about running for an elected position. 

Call for Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Polluting industries and oil companies are actively working to weaken HB2020, the Clean Energy Jobs bill. We can’t let them! Now, more than ever, legislators need to hear how this cap and invest bill will benefit all Oregonians--our climate and our economy! 

RENEW Oregon, the coalition we (many organizations) are partnered with, has created a Monday Call In event, and a nifty tool you can use to make a weekly call. If you sign up here:  https://www.reneworegon.org/events  you will receive an email each Monday morning with updated information on the bill and the most essential message our elected officials needs to hear that week. 

OSU Science Pub in Sisters!

America First. Isolationism and U.S. Global Engagement in Historical Perspective.

What: OSU-Cascades Science Pub
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: The Belfry, 302 East Main Avenue, Sisters
Tickets (free) Here

Christopher McKnight Nichols, Associate Professor, OSU College of Liberal Arts and Director, OSU Center for the Humanities

What is the history of “America First”? How have past isolationism and global engagement shaped the present? What have been the grand strategies that U.S. policymakers have adopted and adapted to address contemporary challenges? What does this history suggest for the future? Christopher Nichols, Director of the OSU Center for the Humanities and Associate Professor of History, will address these crucial questions with an eye to history, policies, and ideas.

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.
Full menu, no-host bar.
Science Pubs are popular and sometimes sell out. Reservations required no later than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to each lecture.

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.

Upper Snake River Tribes
Take On A Changing Climate

When: Tuesday, March 26, 7:00PM - 8:30PM (doors open at 6:30)
Where: Worthy Brewing’s Hop Mahal room, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend
Host: Oregon Natural Desert Association
RSVP:  https://onda.org/speakerseries/

Join us for the third installment of the Bend High Desert Speaker Series with Jason Kesling, Environmental Program Director of the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation. Learn about the establishment and structure of the Upper Snake River Tribes, and gain an in-depth understanding of how the USRTF is adapting to climate change. From assessing vulnerability to coordinating environmental conservation efforts, Jason will share his experience and insight into how the Upper Snake River Tribes are taking on current environmental threats.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. The presentation will be held in Worthy Brewing’s Hop Mahal room, located in the far right corner of the main restaurant. You are welcome to have dinner and drinks in the restaurant prior to doors opening. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration will be announced via Facebook and ONDA email in February.

Home Screening of
"The War At Home"

Host: Local Activist Ray Duray

When: Tuesday, March 19, 7:00pm (with social hour preceding the screening)
Where: Bend, OR - Please RSVP to Ray Duray for address

Join local activists for an in-home screening of "The War At Home" including a lively discussion. 

Film's Official website:  http://thewarathome.tv
Trailer: here .

Video Review:   here .

The courtesy of an RSVP would be appreciated. That way I can plan the refreshments and seating. So far, we're a party of 8. There's plenty of room for another dozen. :)  

The War at Home tells the story of the impact of the war in Vietnam on one American city, using Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin as a microcosm for the national Antiwar Movement.

First released in 1979, The War at Home was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and went on to win top awards at the U.S. Film Festival (Sundance) and the Chicago International Film Festival, just a few years after the war in Vietnam came to an end.

OCN / OLCV Lobby Day 2019

Host: Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Date: Thursday, March 21, 9:00am-5:00pm
Where: Reed Opera House, 189 Liberty St. NE, Salem, OR

Transportation: Carpools will leave from several locations throughout the state. You can sign up here if you want to catch a ride or be a driver. If you have any questions, please email  [email protected]

RSVP for Lobby Day 2019 here

The day includes best practices for meeting with your legislators, lunch, a march and rally on the Capitol steps, and then meetings with your legislators. Spaces are limited, so RSVP today!

Climate Change and Public Lands Forum

When: Saturday, April 6, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Helens Hall, 231 NW Idaho Ave, Bend
Hosted by: Oregon Wild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Sierra Club Juniper Branch, ONDA, Central Oregon LandWatch and The Vocal Seniority

Please click  here  to register.

The effects of climate change are visible all around us, and we know that our wilderness areas and wild rivers are no exception. Although some public lands were originally established for resource extraction (like forestry and mining), we are now learning that they have immense value as tools to moderate climate change.
At this conference we will explore both how climate change is affecting public lands, and how public lands can mitigate climate change. We will examine these relationships through several lenses including our forests' and deserts' carbon-storing potential, wildlife habitat, and Central Oregon’s unique water cycle. As we look forward to creating a more climate-resilient future, considering the role that public lands play is imperative. We hope that you will join us for this unique conversation.
Please  CLICK HERE  to register

​Urgent Action Success!

Thank You to Everyone Who Spoke Out Against SASO, the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance.​

We won the first round in this battle against a Gun Law Ordinance proposal to prohibit Deschutes County law enforcement from using county funds to enforce State and Federal gun laws. 

See Julia Shumway’s article in the Bend Bulletin here:  https://bit.ly/2O2rNPb

Thank you to everyone who called our County Commissioners and to the individuals who alerted activists and then mobilized our community to speak out against this ill-conceived ordinance. Although this first proposal was defeated, the individual who wrote the ordinance and brought it to our County Commissioners has not been deterred. He is working hard to gather signatures to place this ordinance on the ballot. We will keep you informed of the status of this measure should it be placed on the ballot.

Responses to the VS
​"Member" Survey  Jan 2019

A few weeks ago we sent out a survey asking those on our mailing list their opinions on The Vocal Seniority's past work and priorities for the new year. Results of that survey may be read here .