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From the Climate Crisis to Our Classrooms/New location!


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us on Friday, October 14th, 4 to 6 pm, at the Portland Association of Teachers (345 NE 8th, near Benson HS) for an event with the extraordinary poet and activist from the Marshall Islands, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner: "From the Frontlines of Climate Change to Our Classrooms." (Note new location; this was going to be held at the Madison HS library.)

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner will share her poetry and knowledge about the impact of climate change on Pacific Islanders, and "frontline" peoples around the world. Her poetry is accessible and student-friendly, and we'll have an opportunity to reflect on classroom uses of her poetry.

Jetnil-Kijiner has performed at the United Nations General Assembly, and the Paris climate talks.

This is a rare and wonderful treat for Portland educators. Check out a couple of her poems. "Dear Matafele Peinem": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJuRjy9k7GA

And "Tell Them," featured on Democracy Now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUO_qijo0us

This is the first event sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee. Co-sponsored by 350PDX, APANO (the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon), the Climate Action Coalition, the Oregon Writing Project, Portland Association of Teachers, Rethinking Schools, and the Sierra Club Columbia Network.

In May, the Portland Board of Education passed the most comprehensive climate justice resolution in the country. This is the first public event stemming from this historic resolution.

The PPS Climate Justice Committee

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.