Honoring Black History Month 2024

Obama Inauguration

Rosa Colquitt, PhD, State Party Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, reflects on Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in 2009, and the continual fight by many Black Americans in 2024, to protect the precious right to vote. #BlackHistoryMonth

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Run for Something, but How?

Campaign training

e Campaign and Candidate Liaison Committee of the Multnomah County Democrats wants to help candidates and staff run their campaigns as well as inform those who might be considering running in the future. The MultDems host a virtual half-day candidate training session on Saturday, March 9. The event is free but RSVP is required.

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Meet the Candidates!

Defend Democracy

At the next virtual MultDems Central Committee meeting (open to all Precinct Committee Persons – PCPs), on Thursday, January 11, the Campaign Committee will host a “Meet and Greet” with 2024 primary and fall election candidates. The sessions will be held in breakout rooms during 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

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We Support Portland Teachers

Portland Teachers rally 2023

The Multnomah County Democrats support the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) in their decision to authorize a strike. PAT members have been working at Portland Public Schools without a contract since June. Their requests for lower class size limits, higher compensation, school building conditions and other measures are reasonable and will benefit students. Find out what Democrats can do to support teachers.

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Why Run for Portland City Council?

Portland small donor elections

Portland’s city government will look dramatically different starting in January 2025. The election of 12 new city council members (3 from each of 4 districts around the city), plus a new mayor and city auditor, will happen in November 2024. That’s a long way off! So, why are so many people already declaring their intent to run? And, why should YOU consider running? Get the infoi and importand dates and links here.

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The March on Washington

Martin Luther King, Jr., at the 1963 March on Washington

Sixty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and carried live by television across the nation, the speech continues to inspire Democrats. Democratic Party of Oregon Chair Rosa Colquitt, PhD, reflects on the meaning of the March and speech today.

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Oregon Celebrates Juneteenth 2023

Juneteenth 2023 Oregon

Over the many years of celebrating Juneteenth, widely known as “Freedom Day,” we can scarcely imagine the depths of the emotions and the fear of the unknown for the newly freed Black men, women and children of Texas. Today, as Oregon prepares to celebrate Juneteenth 2023, Dr. Rosa Colquitt PhD, State Party Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, shares her amazement about June 17, 2021, the day President Joe Biden signed a bill into law establishing June 19th as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

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Let’s vote! Special District Election on May 16

School Board jobs

Democrats in Multnomah County must vote in the May 16, 2023 special district election, particularly in in races where the extreme right (aka MAGA Republicans) is trying to infiltrate, especially with east county school board and MESD contests.

Dannelle D. Stevens explores the some stats about local voting in off-season elections. ow voter turnout means that even small efforts can make a big difference in the outcomes! It also means these districts are very vulnerable to being taken over by negative forces as we have seen in school districts across the US.

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Opinion: Rene Gonzalez’s Tent Ban is Cruel

Portland City Hall

In February, Portland City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez banned Portland Street Response from distributing tents to the houseless citing fire danger. Multnomah County Democrats Chair Michael Burleson urges Gonzales to reverse course on this response to the housing crisis in Portland.

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New: Oregon Arts and Culture Caucus

Oregon Arts Caucus

Celebrating the launch of the Oregon Arts and Culture Caucus on February 27, at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. Hundreds of arts organizations from around the state, along with dozens of state legislators, attended the event. MultDem state rep Rob Nosse is coordinating the bipartisan caucus.

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Community Action & Engagement (CA&E) Needs You!

MultDems Community Action and Engagement

by Kelly McCurdy An Opportunity for PCPs and Volunteers to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.Please complete the attached survey and download these shareable resources. As we kick off the new year and new reorganization of our party, we are asking for your direct support in the relaunch of our Community Action & Engagement (CA&E) program. For anyone…

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MultDems Member Spotlight: Greg Burrill

Greg Burrill

Greg is a Co-Chair of the Racial Inclusivity Work Group, and he is a PCP in HD-48. He has also been a Neighborhood Leader. Greg is a substitute teacher who is working “to create a world that works for all beings, human and other.” He is active in the teachers union at the local, state…

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Service is Celebrating: The MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. #TimeMagazine #MLK

January 16, 2023 marks the 28th anniversary of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Observed annually on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” this federally recognized holiday encourages all Americans to honor Dr. King through service to one another and to their communities.

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Declare Your Candidacy: Oregon Democrats Need You

MultDems Leadership

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ll focus my energies in the coming year, maybe you are, too. The questions I’m asking include: What engagement and education do we need to ensure the success of the new Portland City Charter? How will climate action and health access be rolled out in our communities and at…

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Governor Tina Kotek, a New Portland City Charter, a majority in the US Senate. Thank you – Your efforts made these victories and more possible.

Oregon voting statistics November 2022 Elections

(with Marcia Schneider) 2022 was supposed to be a red wave – coming out of a pandemic with inflation high and confidence in democracy low. With our rights, our families, our planet and so much more on the line, not only did you vote, you wrote letters, knocked doors, sent postcards, dropped slate cards, made…

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When the going gets tough…

Defend Democracy

Notes about the “long game” from an active PCP and slate-dropping canvasser by Philip Quarterman These are tough times, and worse could be coming if the pundits are right about the upcoming election. I am bracing myself.  Meantime, I comfort myself with Randy Newman’s words, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And…

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About the New House Speaker…

U.S. House of Representatives

A statement from the Admin team of the Multnomah County Democrats about the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson. The message to Oregonians and all Americans is clear: the Republican Party is owned by anti-democratic extremists.

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