The Multnomah County Democratic Party have adopted a progressive platform to ensure that our community thrives in the 21st century. Here are the top 6 items that the party is focusing on.
1 – Natural Resources
Is it reasonable to ask that we and our children should count on breathing clean air? Multnomah County Dems support passage of state legislation to reduce Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and at least 50% reduction by 2035. We will act to require that electricity be produced entirely by renewable sources by 2040 and require net zero carbon building codes by 2030.
We support: Expanding public transportation systems; Advance an early transition to electric and zero-emission vehicles; Advance weatherization and structural improvements in existing buildings; Support implementation of solar energy production; Advance new net-zero-energy buildings and methane-free new construction; Incentivize energy efficiency in Oregon’s industries; Improve tree canopy and rooftop plantings where possible in all urban areas to reduce heat island effect.
Should Oregon’s forests be sold off to private developers and exploiters? Multnomah County Dems support the development and passage of a Forest Protection and Restoration Act that will: Eliminate clear-cut forestry on all publicly held and managed lands; Eliminate all tax incentives to industrial forests not employing climate resilient management practices. We will act to maintain incentives and subsidize to independent landholders who protect sensitive wetlands and fish habitats, reduce landslides, protect municipal water supplies, and restore floodplain functioning, and we will continue to evaluate the property tax structure for Oregon’s commercial forests.
2 – Election Integrity
Should the desires of big corporations control our government? We demand campaign finance reform. We demand that the state Attorney General challenge corporate personhood, and that state and federal legislators pass laws and a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
3&4 – Basic Needs & Basic Rights
Isn’t now the time for affordable health care for all? Multnomah County Dems call on our state legislators to pursue universal publicly funded health care for the state of Oregon. We call for Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to co-sponsor and actively work for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare. We support the continuation and expansion of Medicaid.
Should women have the right to control their bodies? Be treated equally in the workplace? Multnomah County Dems support women’s rights to reproductive freedom of choice including unfettered access to reproductive health care services regardless of their ability to pay. We oppose any legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood. We demand equal pay for equal work for women from all employers in Multnomah County. We demand the reintroduction and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Should living in Multnomah County be affordable for all? Multnomah County Dems recognize that there is a housing crisis in our local communities and across the state. We direct Multnomah County and the City of Portland to develop affordable housing for individuals and families with zero to moderate incomes.
Power for all of us – or more power used against us? Do you see equal justice for all resulting from the proper allocation of our tax resources – or the greater application of power? Multnomah County Dems call for responding to drug addiction with treatment not imprisonment. Law enforcement personnel should be liable for inflicting harm through inappropriate use of force. We demand that there be review of punishments (bail amounts, sentence lengths, amount of time served before parole) being levied at unfairly high levels on Black Oregonians.
We call for the repeal of all mandatory minimum sentencing in Oregon, substituting Guidelines in its place, and allowing a judge to have discretion in all cases
We call for proactive educational programs for all law enforcement personnel and for all local, city, county, and state government personnel to safeguard Black, Brown, and Asian lives and to protect them from race-based law enforcement actions that far too often end in death!
(Extra Credit) 7 – Education
Should the cost of quality public education fall on the those that can least afford it? Multnomah County Dems call for legislation compelling large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes toward full funding to ensure the future of Oregon education. We support public funding of a full-day, full-year, universal public preschool program for all children -of color, children living in poverty, children that speak languages other than English, and children experiencing developmental delays and disabilities. We support adequate funding of a full range of programs and services for all grade levels, including but not limited to art, music, band, choir, drama, dance, world language, bilingual programs, physical education, library services, civics, counseling, health services, and alternative education opportunities.