Registration is now open
The Multnomah Democrats Convention will be held at Portland Association of Teachers Building [Map] on November 23rd, 2019. Registrations are due by November 16th, 2019, so get your name on the list now!
Final Draft of Platform Released
Get involved now to shape the direction of our party
The Democratic Party of Multnomah County 2020 platform convention is coming up fast. Right now, Democrats across the county are collaborating to write articles and planks for the platform, stating our vision for the next two years.
As a registered Democrat in Multnomah County, this is your chance to be involved with other Multnomah Democrats in creating a powerful statement based on what you care about. The platform document will guide our legislative vision in 2020, 2021, and beyond.
Get involved now!
- Registration to attend the Platform Convention closes on Tuesday, November 16th. Don’t wait, it only takes a minute!
- The Platform Convention itself takes place on Saturday, November 23rd!
- That’s it! It’s finished! (Until 2021.)
In addition to the above, our ongoing study groups—the actual authors of the Platform—meet throughout the month. Consult the MultDems calendar for more information.
What is the platform?
Our party platform becomes a statement of our values and defines the issues for the party’s work to focus on in the years to come. It helps set our distinctive message and our legislative agenda.
You may have heard about party platforms at the national level. This is no different. The platform matters because our legislators in Multnomah County, Salem and Washington, D.C. look to it as a guide for what matters to their constituents in Multnomah County.
The 2018 Platform is available here.
Why have a convention?
Every two years, the Democratic Party of Multnomah County convenes to discuss and update our platform.
A lot changes in two years—solved problems no longer need attention and new issues can take their place. That’s why it’s important for us to check in and make sure we know what’s really important to us. And as the Democratic Party grows (and it is growing, a lot), more people bring to the table both new issues they care about and the will to solve them. The platform must reflect our new strength.
As such, this year’s convention is going to be a big one! Democrats have proposed not one, not two but five brand new articles, covering the topics of Infrastructure, Abuse of Power, Media, Tribal Sovereignty and addressing the legacy of Oregon’s anti-black foundations.
How to get involved
- Comment on the draft. Your feedback is extremely important! The deadline for the second draft is October 19th.
- Join a study group – small group discussions focused on areas of interest.
- Attend the platform committee meetings
- Volunteer at the November convention
- Attend the convention
Join a Study Group
The convention may be months away but our study groups are already drafting the items they want to propose for the new platform. These items will all be open for debate and editing at the November convention but the proposals will be the baseline and have a major impact on what the final platform will look like.
Most study groups meet once a month. These meetings can be found on the MultDems event calendar. If a topic you’re interested in isn’t on the calendar, email email@example.com to get more information.
Attend the Platform Committee meetings
The Platform Resolution and Legislation Committee (PRLC) coordinates the development of several drafts of the proposed platform leading up to the November convention. The PRLC meetings are where we discuss these drafts in advance of sharing them more widely.
PRLC meets 7-9 pm every fourth Monday at Multnomah Democrats Headquarters, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland [Map].
Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer at the convention
Running a convention takes planning and effort and we can never have enough hands on deck. Here are some ways to help with the event itself.
- Prep/Setting up: Chairs! Tables! Microphones! Banners! There’s a lot to do to make the convention run smoothly.
- Running the event itself: Help attendees get to those chairs, tables, microphones and banners (and also do the platform convention thing).
- Clean up: Those chairs, tables, microphones and banners have to go. Who doesn’t love cleaning? You love cleaning.
Attend the convention
That’s really the point, isn’t it?
Questions? Ready to get involved?
A working party
The Party Platform is a lot of work but it’s far from the only thing we’re doing. This is only one of our seven standing committees, along with four work groups and 14 state house districts. There’s also that election next year. You know the one.
Please consider making a contribution to support our work on your behalf.
As we prepare for one of the most important elections of our lifetimes, we’ll be working long and hard to include you every step of the way. We have an amazing field of candidates running as Democrats in our Presidential Primary and we want to involve and empower you to support your favorite. And once the dust is settled, we’ll come together and work doubly hard to send our Democratic nominee to the White House!
If you can help support our work on the Platform Convention and our future electoral efforts, please consider making a donation.
We are proud to fight for our shared values. Thank you for your support!