Quick Reminder from SD 23: Constituent Coffee and African Films

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Michael Dembrow

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This is just a reminder about two important events happening over the weekend: tomorrow evening's debut for the Cascade Festival of African Films and Saturday morning's February constituent coffee.  

You can expect the full weekly newsletter on Saturday or Sunday.


COMING ON SATURDAY: February Constituent Coffee!!!

Next Saturday, February 4th, is the first Saturday of the month, which means another monthly constituent coffee from 9 am to 10:30 am.  We’ll be returning to Zoom for this meeting.

It will be a chance for me to share behind-the-scenes info on the beginning of the 2023 session, provide some thoughts on the Governor’s Recommended Budget (see below), and get your thoughts on priorities and bills that I should know about.

You can register for the February 4th coffee here.

See you there!


It's That Time Again:  The Annual Cascade Festival of African Films!!!

As many of you know, I’ve been involved with the Cascade Festival of African Films since its inception in 1990.  I’m proud to say that it’s quite a remarkable and unique film festival that goes way beyond just showing films.  The films are just the springboard for a range of cross-cultural dialogue, community-building, and learning.  Thanks to fundraising and ongoing support from Portland Community College, all films are free of charge.

Timed to coincide with Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March, when all the films are by women directors), this year’s five-week festival, the 33rd, begins this coming Friday, February 3rd, at the Hollywood Theatre in NE Portland.

Like the Legislature’s committee hearings, the programs are now hybrid: nearly all the in-person screenings and programs will be available online as well as in-person (either at the Hollywood Theatre or at PCC’s Cascade Campus in North Portland). Directors from Africa will be available for Q&A either in person or online.

We have an excellent website for the Festival: www.africanfilmfestival.org.  Check it out!  And here’s a press release on the Festival and its history.

By the way, Friday’s opening-night program features an excellent film from Morocco’s Maryam Touzani, The Blue Caftan.  It’s not available online, so if you want to see it, I suggest you arrive early!


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Senator Michael Dembrow
District 23

email: Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov
web: www.senatordembrow.com
mail: 900 Court St NE, S-407, Salem, OR, 97301