Author Archives: Noel Lee

The Effects of Great Income and Wealth Inequality

By Donald Klosterman

We live in an era of increasing income and wealth inequality. Many of us have come to accept this as normal. Some see it as an outcome of our technology, others of our culture. Be it nature or nurture, we are no longer in balance with our environment or our society. We see the “other” as someone to be feared rather than helped. We routinely denigrate our environment for short-term economic gain even when we are well aware of the costs of such actions. We allow ourselves to be convinced that our neighbors are inferior in order to justify our waging war against them.

It is ironic that human offspring require more time to mature than almost any other species. From birth through the next decade, without watchful elders, without a protective and nurturing society, few children would ever make it to adulthood. Yet, we create myths that rather than being social creatures, we are independent and born with a right to freedom that justifies us harming our neighbors. Our institutions rarely accept the notion that it takes a village to raise a child.

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You Can Give a Free Political Donation by Dec. 31st!

Oregon’s Political Tax Credit is a gift for you to help support your favorite causes and candidates. You can donate up to $100 per couple filing jointly or $50 per individual — if you do it by Dec. 31, 2017. You’ll get it all back in a tax credit on your Oregon income taxes.

It’s not a deduction, it is a dollar-for-dollar credit. So it doesn’t cost you a cent.

You can donate to your favorite county party, our state or national party, or any candidate for upcoming  elections. Continue reading

Progressive Film Series in Lake Oswego

independents for Progressive Action, a local group centered in West Linn-Lake Oswego-Willamette Falls area, hosts a monthly film series focused on documentaries that address social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Following the film they host a panel discussion and provide opportunities for audience members to get involved.

The series screens on the fourth Sunday at 6:00 pm, followed by a panel discussion. Please arrive early so you can order food and beverages for a 6 pm movie start time!

Lake Theater and Cafe
106 N. State St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Cost: As with all iPA events, admission is sliding scale – $0-27 with no one turned away for lack of funds. Funds will be used first to support the following month’s film with the remainder to be shared equally between a local non-profit organizations

Upcoming Films

Nov. 26th: Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota captures world attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.

Jan. 28th: Charlie vs. Goliath

A 21st century Don Quixote, a 75-year-old penniless former Catholic priest and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate galvanizes a ragged band of young volunteers determined to make waves in Wyoming’s elections, and in so doing set a precedent for the rest of the country.

Feb. 25th: Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.