Independents for Progressive Action
"We are progressive activists promoting alliances and direct action for Social Justice. Independents for Progressive Action (IPA) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to a more fair and equitable social and economic system. Most of our members reside in Clackamas County and were part of a local organization supporting Bernie Sanders' candidacy for President. After the 2016 election, we realized that we wanted to continue building relationships with each other as we further the cause of justice. We understand that individually, it is hard to keep up with all the opportunities to take action on the issues we believe are so important. IPA offers a chance to learn about those activities in the company of similar, caring people and share worthwhile experiences. Some of our members are working within the Democratic Party to make sure it "walks its talk" regarding support for the disadvantaged. Other members are directing their energy to specific causes such as campaign reform, resistance to harsh immigration policies and/or standing up for racial justice. We have also begun screening candidates for local and state offices for possible endorsement. Our monthly meetings serve as a clearinghouse for sharing information on recent activities of our members and possible future actions we can all take part in. Public education is another key part of what we do. This fall, we rolled out a film series designed to provide valuable information on important issues facing us today. After each screening of these documentary films, IPA facilitates a discussion with an invited expert on the film topic. These guests have provided valuable updates since the films were made and suggestions for what the audience can do to ensure solutions."