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METRO MONTHLY–"Pay It Forward" w/ Sami Alloy

Our regular monthly Meeting! Presentation followed by a community party with dinner and drinks. Child care provided during the presentation.

This Month: Pay It Forward w/ Sami Alloy

One of the biggest public debates today is the growing problem of student debt, and one of the most innovative solutions is the Pay It Forward program, an idea that was born in the classrooms of Portland State, established by Oregon-based Working Families Party, and endorsed federally by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and others. The idea caught on quickly when it was first proposed last fall, and this year legislatures are taking an honest look at rolling out the program. The state of Michigan has already enacted a pilot program, and here in Oregon the legislature has already recommended funding a pilot program to start in 2016.

To help explain what exactly the Pay It Forward program is, how it would be enacted, and how it would help address the student debt problem in this country, Sami Alloy from the Working Families Party will be here to provide a presentation and answer questions.

The Oslo Lounge has a bar, so you can have beer, wine and cocktails with dinner.  This is also an opportunity to connect with others in the community, get updated on our activism and what’s going on in the community, talk to Advisory Board members and give input.

Child care will be provided in a separate room. We are working on an actual program of stories, games, lessons and critical thinking activities to present to children of different ages. If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, please contact any of the organizers of this meetup event.

Volunteers will provide the food! We now have a team of volunteers who will cook a hearty meal for everyone. We we just ask that you help our volunteers pay for the ingredients by making a donation of $ 5.00 per adult meal so that our volunteers can buy ingredients. Children eat free.


7:00 pm:  Welcome and announcements 
7:10 pm:  Presentation and Q&A 
8:00 pm:  Children join the adults for a potluck dinner, discussion and socializing


There is a parking lot on the west side, right next to the Norse Hall, where we have limited parking.  Street parking is also available.

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  • Erik K.

    It was great getting to meet so many insightful folks and to be able to bring the kids along as well. They had a great time and they felt really comfortable around the gentleman watching over them. It was also nice getting to hear about the good work that people like Sami are involved in. I look forward to meeting more folks and hearing more about other important issues and topics.

    2 · August 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to go but I hurt my eye while cleaning my apt. Still a bit swollen but no real damage. I just don't feel like going out tonight though. Hopefully I'll make the next thing.

    August 8, 2014

  • Rick M.

    Feline surgical intervention. Travel is restricted.

    August 5, 2014

  • Diane P.

    Walking distance from work! Hopefully my memory will allow me to recall this before I hop on the train home.

    August 3, 2014

  • Gayle M.

    Interesting topic...but can't make it. Family event out of town.

    August 3, 2014

  • Robert Bonwell P.

    I'm very sad that I will not be attending this one, as I have a family engagement... this is a great and important issue!

    July 24, 2014

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