Eight hundred and fifty people, many from creative industries, packed Portland’s Revolution Hall on Monday night to talk about where to turn their political energy.
The meeting was organized by an Oregonian, Natalie Sept, who just came off a five-month temporary job working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Sept is also a painter. She talked about the emotional devastation she felt at Clinton’s election night loss to President-elect Donald Trump, and her decision to turn her energy immediately into advocacy.
One Planned Parenthood staffer talked to prospective recruits about the best way to make their voices heard at the state Capitol.
“I call my state Legislature, that’s one of the best ways to get your voice heard,” she said. “Emails do so much, but calls are really what staffers love to get.”
Five speakers, including Oregon’s poet laureate Elizabeth Woody, encouraged the crowd to find creative ways to organize for progressive causes.
“Even though I’m more afraid than ever of raising kids of color in a predominantly white environment,” Valderrama said. “What I cling to is the knowledge that in Oregon, we lead.”
Valderrama got a standing ovation when she announced she’s going to run for school board next year in the David Douglas School District.