James Davis

2022 Platform Process

The Platform, Resolution and Legislation Committee [PRLC] has begun the work of drafting the 2022 Multnomah County Democrats’ Platform and would like other Multnomah Democrats’ input over the next few months as Planks and Legislative Action Items for the Articles are developed for the Platform Convention to be held on November 6, 2021.

The Platform is a compilation of statements of our basic beliefs and principles that guides our positions on legislation at the federal, state and local level.

These statements or Planks are organized around themes or Articles, such as Education or Economy. Each Article has a Preamble or summary of the Plank ideas. A Preamble for the whole document describes the relationship of the Articles within the document.

Each Article of the Platform also contains Legislative Action Items [LAIs]. These are suggestions for specific legislation we think would address the ideas described in the Planks and are used to lobby and encourage Legislators on the work we would like to see them undertake.

The PRLC is organized into Study Groups, one for each Article, who follow the legislation pertaining to the Planks and LAIs in their Article and report to the Central Committee on pertinent legislative activity.

The first step in drafting the 2022 Platform was to review the Planks from the 2020 Platform. The Study Groups have updated the planks and drafted new ones for each Article. 

The 2022 Platform First Draft of the Planks is shown here (and all Multnomah Democrats are welcome to comment on it):   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aAgWZbFTJ_JqA_1zScl7lgPDEt2Zv8bkA_CG6o157WY

If you are not a Precinct Committee Person and would like to comment please contact Faith E. Ruffing at 

Comments will be accepted until September 13 at midnight.

Here’s a map of the process. Fill out this platform interest form.

THE ARTICLES BELOW ARE FROM THE 2020 PLATFORM PROCESS AND NOT RELATED TO THIS ROUND OF PLATFORM CHANGES

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August Digest: Our Big Tent

August Digest: Our Big Tent

Hello Fellow Democrats,

A remarkable thing about the Democratic Party, both at the national level and here in Multnomah County, is how welcoming it is. Like this year’s Celsi Celebration, everyone is welcome under the Big Tent.

Our politics is inclusive too, from our platform on issues that represent an interest in the well-being of all people to our work on election reforms that seek to include all citizens in the process of electing representatives. In the face of an opposition that seeks to keep many citizens from voting and pass laws that primarily benefit the rich, our work this year is more important than ever as our state and country head into redistricting and Multnomah Democrats work to update and improve our platform. Read on for links to articles on many of these topics. 

Let’s keep doing our best to serve all the people in our Big Tent!

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James Davis, MultDems Communications

Member Spotlight: Michael Smith

Mike Smith, our new Rules Chair, is a PCP, DPO Rules Committee Delegate, DPO SCC Delegate, DPO Gun Owners Caucus Chair, current Multnomah Democrats Rules Chair, former Multnomah Democrats Tech Officer (17-19) and Vice-Chair (19-21), member of Multnomah Democrats Criminal Justice Study Group.

Why did you become involved in the Democratic Party of Multnomah County?

I had always been peripherally involved with politics – mostly blogging and then volunteering in campaigns here and there – but after Trump happened, I knew I had to get back in. Nothing less than American democracy was at stake. So, I became a PCP again in December 2016. While the immediate danger might be over, American democracy is still in trouble. We need all hands on deck.

Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level?

The most basic and important decisions are made at the local level. Progressive policy decisions in school boards and water districts have real impacts on people’s lives.

What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?

Our top priority needs to be emerging from the pandemic with resolve to build an equitable, green Oregon. This cannot simply be a matter of State or Federal action. Solutions need to start at the local level. “Think Globally, Act Locally” has never been more important.

What is making you hopeful right now?

Every day, I see the youth engaged in ways that my generation wasn’t. This gives me hope that the country will be in better hands as I get older.

What advice can you provide to our Democrats in Multnomah County?

Register 15,000 more Democrats! Multnomah voters, especially NAVs, tend to be more progressive. If we want progressives to win more primaries, we want more progressives to become Democrats! And the BEST place to do this is Multnomah County.

Help write the Tribal Sovereignty article for the MultDems’ Platform

You are invited to help re-write the Tribal Sovereignty article of MultDems’ Platform on Monday, August 16 from noon to 1 p.m. The Zoom link is provided below.

Here’s the link to the Tribal Sovereignty article of the current (2020) Platform. https://multdems.org/…/platform-of…/tribal-sovereignty/

How can the upcoming (2022) version be improved? What needs to stay? What, if anything, could be cut? What needs to be added – like employment, for example?All are welcome: Indigenous people, advocates, and allies.#TSLASG#TribalSovereigntyLegislativeActionStudyGroup#tribalsovereignty

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Meeting ID: 862 5559 3582

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July Digest: Climate Change

July Digest: Climate Change

Hello Fellow Democrats,

The focus for this issue is climate change. As a society, we’ve too often looked at climate change as a problem for the future. There is little doubt that the future has arrived. This is not our kid’s problem to solve. It’s our problem, and it impacts not only our health but the very systems we rely on to survive. The recent heat wave killed over 100 people in the northwest, and scientists are now studying with alarm the humidity and temperature at which humans simply die because they can no longer cool themselves. Heat waves, hurricanes, wildfires, drought, pestilence, crop failures, pandemics… welcome to what many scientists warn is becoming the “new normal.” 

Scientists, academics and activists have warned us for decades not to get on this roller coaster, while oil companies and conservative talk shows assured us we had nothing to worry about. That’s all in the past now. We can blame ignorance for our inaction, and sue oil companies for hiding the truth, but no matter what we do, we’re on the ride now and there’s no getting off. There’s no point in talking about “preventing” climate change. It’s here. The focus now must be on mitigating the causes and effects of a new emerging reality that will be with us for the rest of our lives. 

With this legislative session, Democrats have begun to pass serious climate change legislation, over the opposition of most Republicans. While we have failed to move as quickly as we should have or done as much as we could have, by passing HB 2021, Democrats in Oregon have gone farther than any other states to displace carbon-emitting energy sources. That feels good and is something we can be proud of, but don’t be lulled into thinking that will be enough. There’s still a lot more we need to do.

PS: We’re ramping up for our biannual county platform convention! Please participate to help craft our position on issues for the next two years. Fill out this platform interest form.

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James Davis, MultDems Communications

JOIN US! For our Annual Picnic!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021 ~ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

RSVP HERE

SAVE THE DATE!

WHAT: Multnomah Democrats Annual Picnic

WHEN: Thursday, August 12 from 6 to 8pm

WHERE: Red Sunset Park in Gresham (2403 NE Red Sunset Drive)

RSVP: Let us know you’re coming so we’ll cook enough for everyone. RSVP at https://secure.ngpvan.com/gcM2vLssn0KvP7PD_M0u9A2

CARPOOL: If you want to arrange a carpool, check this app: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/6yir7m

Questions? Contact  

We look forward to seeing you there!

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June Digest

June Digest

Hello fellow Democrats,

June is time to remember our hard-fought rights, from emancipation from slavery in June, 1865, the expansion of voting rights to women across the US in June, 1920, to the Stonewall riots in June, 1969, and the fight for rights for queer people everywhere..

Today, we celebrate Pride each June, and Juneteenth was just made a state holiday. Of course, we still have to stand up for our rights and freedoms, and remember that we are not free until all people are free… We still take a stand for what matters, as we did this past year, because Black Lives Matter, and queer lives matter, and believing women matters. 

The effort to secure democracy is also a continuing battle. As Republicans double-down on their Big Lie to justify suppressing voting rights across the country, here in Oregon Democrats are fighting to strengthen democracy. If you haven’t already, go to this FastAction page to send a letter in support of Campaign Finance Reform! The Pandemic has taught us that no one’s health is secure until all of our health care needs are met. Democrats worked hard to refer an amendment to voters in 2022 guaranteeing this right for all of us.  If you haven’t joined our Action Alert Network yet, I invite you to do so today

We’ll touch on this and more in this issue, and spotlight change-makers who have helped take the lead on so many issues.

Speaking of local Democratic leaders, here’s a special call-out to one of our own party leaders serving at the state and national level, Travis Nelson!, who was recently named a Queer Hero for 2021 by the Gay and Lesbian Archive of the Pacific Northwest! Thanks for your leadership, Travis!

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James Davis, MultDems Communications

May Digest

May Digest

Hello fellow Democrats,

May is a month of many celebrations… from international labor to Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. For MultDems, we’re preparing for our biggest celebration of the year, Celsi, while also redoubling our effort to get good bills passed — starting with campaign finance reform which will help open the door to passing many other bills we care about. The contrast between the major parties is increasingly stark, as Democrats seek to rebuild America while Republicans double down on their election lies and defend the interests of the ultra-wealthy over the needs of the American people. Locally, while Democrats are working to end the influence of KKK-Era laws, we see Republicans partnering with Proud Boys as they become increasingly intolerant. We’ll touch on all this and more in this issue of the Digest.

James Davis, MultDems Communications

APRIL Digest: Taking Action

April Digest: Taking Action

Hello fellow Democrats

April is Earth Month. As a child growing up here, I remember April was always the rainy month. A few days ago, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning of fire dangers for most of Northwest Oregon. Addressing the impacts of climate change will occupy the rest of our lives on many fronts, from the economy to migration to health care. Democrats have advocated for addressing both the causes and impacts of climate change, along with other progressive policies, but our advocacy means little unless we also take action. That’s why the theme for this month’s Digest is Taking Action

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A forward-thinking platform and progressive resolutions are not enough. We must work to make sure our bold ideas are enacted. Long-time member, Robert Reynolds, has been working for years with fellow Democrats to help bring our legislators into greater alignment with our platform. Recently, newly elected State Representative Khanh Pham supported our plank on Public Banks when she sponsored HB 2743 supporting municipal banks. And this month, the Comms Team, working with Bobbi Yambasu, created a new Action Alerts newsletter headed up by Comms volunteer, Britton Taylor, to alert members when important legislation needs our support and how we can help. In MultDems, we’re taking action in many ways every day to move our city, county, state and nation forward.  

Read our April articles to learn more, and look for an opportunity soon to subscribe to our Action Alerts. As always, thanks for doing your part to take action and make a difference!

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Celsi Celebration Join the Big Tent Party

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Last year’s Celsi Celebration (the Multnomah County Democrats’ signature fundraising event of the year) was cancelled due to the pandemic. Though a “Beyond Celsi” virtual auction raised some of the anticipated funds, it was a down year for the organization’s fundraising. We need all hands on deck to make the 2021 Celsi Celebration come back strong!

June 26th is the date for the 2021 Big Tent Party Celsi Celebration Fundraiser, with both in-person and virtual options. More details about the event will be coming soon, but volunteers and donations are welcome now.

The Celsi Celebration was named for Dick Celsi, who served as Chair of the Multnomah County Democrats during the 1970s and Chair of the State Democratic Party during the 1980s and into the 1990s. The Celsi committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s awards, and https://celsi.multdems.org/ has more information and regular updates. Email   if you’d like to join the event committee or donate items for the auction.