Joel Barker

MultDems co-sponsor Lights for Liberty, July 12 Vigil against human concentration camps in America

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As human beings, we should all be against the inhuman caging of men, women and children in concentration camps.

I invite you to join in solidarity opposing the camps by attending Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps on July 12, 2019. Become part of this nationwide statement of values in opposition to ripping families apart. Our America welcomes immigrants and does not put those seeking asylum into concentration camps. 

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County calls upon all Americans to join the massive outcry for an end to the human concentration camps that are established and maintained by the Trump administration. We as a country welcome those that experience injustice elsewhere. We as a nation value human rights both within our borders and across the globe. Democrats will not accept that this administration represents us when it takes children from their families, locks people in pens, and denies them basic human rights like access to water and family. Our government’s treatment of children and families seeking asylum is reprehensible.

Multnomah Democrats are proud to join with fellow sponsors of Lights for Liberty including Dolores Huerta and United Farm Workers Foundation who continue their noble advocacy for justice in America. We share their outrage at the policies of the Trump administration and at the suffering of vulnerable people at the Southern border. We thank the organizers, both national and local, for making this event happen.

Join Multnomah Democrats at the event we are co-sponsoring at Terry Schrunk Plaza (SW 3rd Avenue, between Madison and Jefferson St) at 8:30 pm Friday July 12, 2019 or at other events in the area:

  • Terry Schrunk Plaza, on SW 3rd Ave, between Madison & Jefferson St 8:30 pm
  • ICE Detention Center, 4310 SW Macadam Ave, Portland 7:30 pm
  • Hillsdale Food Carts on SW Sunset Blvd 9pm
  • Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St, Portland, Oregon 97215, 8pm

For other locations around the state and nation, visit

Lurelle Robbins
Chair, Democratic Party of Multnomah County

July 11: MultDems Picnic at Red Sunset Park

MultDems Picnic Thursday July 11, 2019 5:30 - 8pm Red Sunset Park 2403 Red Sunset Drive Gresham, Oregon

Every year, Multnomah Democrats skip the Central Committee meeting for July and instead gather in Red Sunset Park for food and togetherness. Join us!

Thursday, July 11 2019


Red Sunset Park, 2403 NE Red Sunset Drive, Gresham

Join fellow Democrats and elected officials for a potluck barbecue. Feel free to bring a dish to share! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors.

The Park is wheelchair accessible

Bring a potluck dish to serve 10 people. We especially welcome vegan/ vegetarian/ gluten-free/ kosher/ halal items.

Join us in reducing waste: bring re-usable serving utensils and containers.

We will have burgers & dogs (meat & veggie) grilling for you as well as beverages.

To RSVP email:


  • The picnic will be in the Lakeview and Sunset shelters, which are adjacent and directly next to the parking lot (look for the Multnomah Dems banner)
  • The picnic shelter sites are wheelchair accessible; if you have questions or concerns regarding any personal access & functional needs which you would like addressed in order for you to safely and fully participate in this event, please reach out to
  • For nearby public transportation options, visit
  • Need a ride or able to offer one? Click here!

The Greenest Barbecue

This year we are making waste reduction a priority. Join in!

  • Biodegradable forks/knives/spoons will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own re-usable utensils if you have them!
  • The park does have water fountains, so you’re encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle
  • Please bring any home-made dishes in reusable vs. disposable containers
  • If you’re an omnivore, choose to bring a vegetarian or vegan dish, and/or choose to consume the veggie vs. meat options that will be available!

If you are interested in volunteering to help make this event a success, or if you have any questions, please email

Join us for the 2019 Pride Festival and Parade

Share in the celebration of the Portland Waterfront Pride Festival and Pride Parade 2019!

Here it is! On June 15 and 16, we celebrate one of the most important festivals of the year in Portland and, with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, it is a powerful year to get involved. Participate with your local Democratic Party in the event! Join us for the parade or help staff the booth! If you can, read on about being a parade monitor.

Our booth at the Waterfront Park festival will introduce Oregonians to our policies and to the 2020 Democratic candidates.

Give people the chance to register people to vote! It’s really fun to interact with Pride-goers and important for our party to be present at this party!

Parade goers at Portland Pride festival carrying a sign reading "Love is love is love."

When: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

Staff the booth

Saturday choose one of these four shifts:

  • 9 to noon (includes set up)
  • 11:45 to 3:00 pm
  • 2:45 to 6:00
  • 5:45 to 9:00 (includes clean up)

Sunday choose one of these three shifts:

  • 10:30 to 1:00 pm
  • 12:45 to 4:00
  • 3:45 to 7:00 (includes take down).

March in the Parade on Sunday

Be in the center of it all, and come dressed to show your pride! Gather with us at 10am. The parade goes from 11am to 1pm.


Reach out to or just reply to this email and let us know when you can help out. Please include your shift preference, and if you’ll also be marching in the parade. We will send you a confirmation email and directions to the booth and parade.

Be a Parade Monitor

All parade groups must choose Parade Monitors, responsible for knowing and communicating the parade rules.  Be a monitor to encourage a safe experience for all participants.

Let know if you can be a monitor. We need one monitor for every 25 marchers

Monitor training is MANDATORY, and will be held at on the following dates: 

June 11, 2019: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
June 13, 2019: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Need Accomodations?

Anyone needing special attention because of a temporary or permanent disability that makes walking an issue to please contact me at either or (503) 412-9957. Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions or concerns!

Decal on car reading "House Speaker Tina Kotek" and "Disarm Hate."

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. If you or someone you know require ADA or any other accommodations to attend one of our events please contact us to tell us how to make your attendance possible.

Announcing the June 13 Central Committee Meeting

The Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County will take place:

Thursday, June 13 2019

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212


Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In

7:00 PM Business Meeting begins

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

Happy Pride Month to everyone!

We will participate in a Election Integrity Caucus of the DPO voting methods pilot test project.

The DPO Election Integrity Caucus subcommittee on alternative voting methods will be conducting an alternative voting pilot at Multnomah Democrats Central Committee meeting on June 13th. The purpose of the voting pilot is to gather data to be used in a white paper that will be making recommendations to the DPO regarding which type of voting method best meets all of the criteria set forth by the Election Integrity Caucus.

We will be gathering data at the June 13th CC meeting. PCPs will be asked to participate in ranking Democratic primary candidates using various types of ballots. We be tabulating the ballots and reviewing data in a subsequent meeting on Saturday 6/15 at Multnomah Democrats HQ from 1-4pm. All are invited to participate.

Legislative Session Update

The following resolutions will be considered:

2019-20 : DCCC Vendor Blacklist (PDF)

2019-21 : Census, calling for an unbiased count (PDF)

We will vote to fill vacancies for Precinct Committee Persons. A list of persons eligible for appointment can be found here.

Rules Committee has the following rule change to present:

Standing Committees and Committee Membership

We will vote to fill 3 SCC alternate positions to include male, female or nonbinary alternates. You may nominate yourself or another PCP.

Thank you for everything you do.


Lurelle Robbins, Chair

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. If you or someone you know require ADA or any other accommodations to attend one of our events please contact us to tell us how to make your attendance possible.

Support Public Employees: Multnomah Democrats Call on Governor Brown to Veto SB 1049

On June 3, Lurelle Robbins, the Chair of the Multnomah County Democrats, wrote Governor Kate Brown to call on her to veto Senate Bill 1049 (SB 1049). Vice-Chair 2 Michael Smith will hand deliver the letter to the Governor’s office today.

Contact the Governor’s office as soon as possible to ask her to veto SB 1049.

Click to download a PDF version of our letter to Governor Brown

Office of the Governor
900 Court Street, Suite 254
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Re:  SB 1049 PERS

Dear Governor Brown,

As you are aware, the Oregon State Legislature recently passed bill SB 1049, functionally reducing the retirement benefits of Oregon public employees. The Democratic Party of Multnomah County is on record as opposing the legislation. We write to ask you to veto this legislation. Put simply, the bill in question is an error for which Gubernatorial Veto is the only remaining remedy.

The reduction in PERS benefits is antithetical to the values of the Democratic Party. This is demonstrated by Article X, Plank 4 of the platform of the Multnomah County party platform, “We recognize the contract the state and local entities made with the public employees and support the full funding of PERS.” As well, at the county level, Legislative Action Items Article X, Item 2 states that “We call on our legislators to fully fund all levels of PERS, including individual annuity program (IAP.)” In addition to these, the platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon explicitly states in Article 1, Plank 3 that “We believe all Oregon wage workers have the right to a secure retirement, including protections of retirement accounts from corporate bankruptcies. We fully support protections for our public retirement systems.”

The idea that this legislation violates some of the basic principles we hold dear is clearly established, and we ask you to stand for our Democratic ideals and veto this bill.

Governor, you have our heartfelt thanks for your service to this state, and for your attention to this matter.

Lurelle Robbins
Chair, The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

Multnomah Democrats Pass Resolution Calling for Culture Change in the Oregon Legislature

At the Central Committee Meeting on May 9, 2019, the Multnomah County Democrats passed Resolution 2019-10, Cultural Change in the Oregon Legislature.

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Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee

Resolution: 2019 – 10 Cultural Change in the Oregon Legislature

Whereas, This resolution supports further sustained effort in the Capitol to address the toxic culture cumulative with Resolution 2019-13 Regarding Leadership and Ineffective Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Oregon Legislature, which passed in this Committee last month with overwhelming support; and,

Whereas, Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian filed a complaint on August 1, 2018 naming the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Legislative Administration Committee, as Respondents and Republican Senator Jeff Kruse as the Aider/Abettor. The complaint states that “Respondents have subjected legislators, employees, lobbyists and student interns to a hostile work environment based on sex, including but not limited to unlawful sexual harassment by Jeff Kruse, that Respondents have denied multiple individuals full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of the Capitol based on their sex, and that Jeff Kruse aided and abetted Respondents in these unlawful practices.

Whereas, in response to the BOLI complaint, Oregon’s legislative leaders asked the Oregon Law Commission (OLC) to recommend ways to make the Oregon State Capitol a model workplace where everyone feels safe and can participate freely in the democratic process. The OLC formed the Oregon Law Commission Capitol Workplace Harassment Work Group, whose members included a retired Oregon Supreme Court justice, former legislators and legislative staff, registered lobbyists, employment lawyers, and professionals with extensive experience in preventing and responding to harassment in a professional setting. Their consensus recommendations can be found here.  

Whereas, since January, a Joint Committee on Capitol Culture has met weekly to develop that report’s recommendations into policies and procedures. The Committee is considering the following bills that seek to promote a safe, respectful and inclusive environment and to ensure that the legislative branch takes early steps to eliminate negative behaviors from the workplace:

HB 2859 Creates privilege against disclosure for specified confidential communications and records created or maintained by the Legislative Equity Office principal outreach officer.

HB 3377 Directs the Legislative Assembly to study issues relating to safe and respectful workplace in the State Capitol.

HCR 20 Establishes standards of conduct for the Legislative Branch and other persons present in the State Capitol, along with procedures for addressing violations of standards.

HCR 26 Establishes standards of conduct applicable to the Legislative Branch and lobbyists.

SB 477 Establishes a proceeding whereby a person may obtain a court order to temporarily exclude a legislator or other elected official from the Capitol or other workplace, if the court determines that reasonable cause exists that their physical presence creates a hostile environment for others.

SB 478 Prohibits campaign or public money from being used to make payments in connection with nondisclosure agreements relating to harassment in the workplace.

SB 744 Establishes a Joint Committee on Conduct and Legislative Equity Office that is charged with oversight of the equity office, including selection of principal investigator and principal outreach officer. Sets forth duties of principal officers and delineates which duties must be performed by principal investigator and which duties must be performed by principal outreach officer. Sets forth respectful workplace, harassment avoidance and reporting training requirements, and culture and climate survey requirements. Establishes Capitol Leadership Team to foster mentoring and provision of informal resources of information for promoting respectful workplace and declares an emergency.

Whereas, the Senate Committee on Workforce is considering additional bills to address these issues:

SB 726 Makes it an unlawful practice for an employer to request an employee to enter into an agreement that would prevent the employee from disclosing or discussing conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination, including sexual assault.

SB 479 Requires public employers to adopt policies to prevent workplace harassment.

Whereas, the Multnomah Democratic Party 2018 Platform in its preamble states that “we, the members of the Multnomah County Democratic Party . . . believe in the strength of diversity and that it is important to treat each other with dignity and respect”;

Be it resolved that the Democratic Party of Multnomah County supports the passage of HB 2859, HB 3377, HCR 20, HCR 26, SB 477, SB 478, SB 744, SB 726, SB 479, as well as any other legislation that addresses the issues stated above.

Be it further resolved that we call on all Oregon legislative leaders and members to enthusiastically encourage, practice, and sustain a genuine commitment to labor practices and working conditions that guarantee dignity on the job, including a harassment-free Capitol.

Adopted on May 9, 2019

Resolution submitted by: Jil Heimensen, PRLC

Send to the following Legislators: Sen. Mark Hass, Sen. Betsy Johnson, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Ginny Burdick, Sen. Rob Wagner, Sen. Kathleen Taylor, Sen. Lew Frederick, Sen. Michael Dembrow, Sen. Shemia Fagan, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Sen. Chuck Thomsen, Rep. Jennifer Williamson, and the Representatives.


To ensure that legislation is enacted to address sexual harassment in the Oregon legislature.


Faith E Ruffing  

Opposing SB 1049, Multnomah Democrats call on the legislature to preserve the commitment to public employee retirement

Take action NOW. There is no time to waste. SB 1049 has already passed the Senate, and the House is voting this Tuesday, May 28. Call your Representatives now and tell them to vote no on SB 1049.

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The Democratic Party of Multnomah County opposes SB 1049, “Relating to public employee retirement; declaring an emergency.”

We call upon our state legislators to vote no on Senate Bill 1049. This measure is in opposition to the adopted 2018 Platform of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County:

Article X Plank 4 (p15): “We recognize the contract the state and local entities made with the public employees and support the full funding of PERS.”

Legislative Action Items, Article X, Item 2 (p25): “We call on our legislators to fully fund all levels of PERS, including individual annuity program (IAP).”

This measure is also in opposition to the DPO 2018 Platform:

Article 1 Plank 3 (p1): “We believe all Oregon wage workers have the right to a secure retirement, including protections of retirement accounts from corporate bankruptcies. We fully support protections for our public retirement systems.”

We join the Oregon Education Association in opposing PERS cuts. To quote John Larson, President of the Oregon Education Association:

“The Oregon Senate has voted to reduce the retirement security and compensation for educators, firefighters and all public employees. These unfair and illegal reductions are a betrayal of Oregon values. The Oregon House should vote no to avoid another expensive and lengthy PERS lawsuit.”

Please feel free to contact us for further input on the measure or to request assistance from us.


Lurelle Robbins, Chair, Multnomah County Democrats

Faith Ruffing, Chair, Platform, Resolutions and Legislative Committee, Multnomah County Democrats

Michael Smith, Second Vice Chair, Multnomah County Democrats

Multnomah Democrats Pass Resolution Calling for a Statewide Domestic Terror Law Enforcement Division

On May 9, 2019, the Central Committee of Multnomah Democrats passed Resolution 2019-14, calling for the State of Oregon to establish a domestic terror division and protect our citizens.

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Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee

Resolution: 2019 – 14 Domestic Terror

Keep Oregonians Safe from Domestic Terror and Hate Groups  

Whereas in 2018, the Department of Homeland Security defunded the section of the Department’s Intelligence & Analysis unit that covers domestic terrorism, despite rising incidents of violence by homegrown extremist and hate groups,1 and  

Whereas the Trump administration has defunded and shut down several programs that counter violent extremism,2 and

Whereas the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, which showed far right terrorism on the rise, was defunded in 2018 by the Trump Administration,3 and

Whereas Oregon was number one in reported hate crimes per capita in 2016,4 and

Whereas hate crimes in Oregon rose by 40.4% in 2017, exemplified by incidents like the May 2017 MAX train killings in NE Portland, and  

Whereas hate crimes are likely underreported in the U.S.A. due to reliance on voluntary reporting,5 and

Whereas Oregon’s current intimidation laws focus on number of perpetrators, rather than severity of incident, when classifying hate crimes as misdemeanors or felonies,6 and

Whereas in 2019, domestic terrorists have targeted Jews, Muslims, and Black Christians in their places of worship,7 and  

Whereas Multnomah County Democrats and the Democratic Party of Oregon believe in the right of all persons to live in peace, free from oppression in all its forms,8

Therefore, be it resolved the Democratic Party of Multnomah County calls upon the Oregon state legislature to pass SB 577, which would overhaul and strengthen Oregon’s outdated hate crime laws, and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the Democratic Party of Multnomah County calls on Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to create a permanent statewide division within the Oregon Department of Justice that would be tasked with investigating and gathering intelligence on hate groups, white nationalists, and violent extremists operating in Oregon or who would target Oregonians, and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the Party of Multnomah County calls on the Oregon State Legislature to move expeditiously to pass legislation to integrate this division within Oregon’s state law enforcement infrastructure, and

Be it further resolved that the Democratic Party of Multnomah County calls upon the State of Oregon to support programs that counter efforts by violent extremists to recruit, radicalize, and mobilize their followers to violence and to fund deradicalization programs like Life After Hate” to help people transition out of hate groups,9 and

Be it further resolved that the Democratic Party of Multnomah County supports restrictions of firearm possession for people convicted of misdemeanor and felony bias and hate crimes.

Adopted on May 9, 2019

Resolution submitted by: PRLC, Henry Exerjian, Spencer Trumm, Neil Goodman  

Send to the following Legislators: Sen. Lew Frederick, Sen Prozanski, Rep Power, Sen Manning Jr, Rep Williamson, Sen Peter Courtney, Rep Tina Kotek, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and Governor Kate Brown.  

Short Summary of the purpose of the Resolution and what it will resolve.  

This resolution supports proactive efforts by the state of Oregon to identify and address extremist and hate groups in order to combat the rise in hate-related violence. It calls upon the state to protect Oregonians at a time when the Federal government has ignored and minimized the threat of racist and extreme right wing violence and intimidation.

Identify the legislators proposing it, legislation this Resolution pertains to, the timeline in the legislative process. Sen. Lew Frederick, Sen Prozanski, Rep Power, Sen Manning Jr, Rep Williamson, Sen Peter Courtney, Rep Tina Kotek, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and Governor Kate Brown.  

Identify other organizations: Zakir Khan, CAIR Oregon, Roberto Gutierrez, CAUSA, Amanda Hess, Basic Rights Oregon, Kimberly McCollough, ACLU, Shujaat Qalbani, Unite Oregon, Brook Reinhard, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Aaron Knott, Legislative Director, Oregon Department of Justice

Make an Impact: Budget, Community Action, and Fundraising Chairs Needed for MultDems

Do you have skills in budget, fundraising, or event organizing? Are you seeking the volunteer opportunity that can help move your Democratic values forward?

If you are ready to commit the time and skills to making a difference as we prepare for 2020, Multnomah Democrats are looking for enthusiastic, qualified people to serve as chairs and members for three critical committees:

  • Fundraising
  • Budget
  • Community Action

Interested in learning more? Read on. Want to submit yourself for consideration? Email

In these roles, you can raise the profile and effectiveness of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County.


  • Committee chairs must be precinct committee persons (PCP).
  • Appointment is for a two-year term
  • Attend regular monthly meetings
  • The Chair of each Standing Committee other than the Credentials Committee will be proposed by the Party Chair and approved by the Executive Committee.

The Budget and Finance Committee responsibilities

  • Solicit input from standing and special committees and prepare and submit a proposed budget to the Executive Committee by July 15th;
  • Submit budget to the Central Committee for approval within 60 days of approval by the Executive Committee;
  • Create a multi-year budget plan for the Party;
  • In conjunction with the Fundraising Committee, prepare an annual plan to raise the revenue to finance the activities in each current or proposed budget.

Community Action Committee responsibilities

  • Recommend events that advance the Party’s mission. Coordinate volunteers and materials for approved events;
  • Assist District Leaders and PCPs with local events;
  • Maintain a calendar of events of interest to Democrats;
  • Reach out to individuals, communities, and organizations that share our interests and goals;
  • Assist the Party and other Democratic Party entities with events held in the county.

Fundraising Committee responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the annual budget planning process, develop a fundraising plan to, at a minimum, provide for budget expenditures;
  • Determine annual capacity for Party fundraising events, including a major fundraising event in honor of Dick Celsi;
  • Provide primary leadership and oversight of Party fundraising events and programs;
  • Develop and utilize all available tools to fulfill fundraising goals;
  • Assist House Districts, Party committees, and Party members in organizing local fundraising events;
  • Develop and operate programs to ensure communication with current and potential donors;
  • Maintain a database of past, present, and potential Party donors;
  • Assist Party officers, committee chairs, and District Leaders in making personal contacts for fundraising purposes;
  • Develop and maintain the donor program, including donor recognition.

Interested in learning more or applying? Email

Announcing the May 9 Central Committee Meeting

We cordially invite you to this month’s meeting of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County.

The meeting will take place:

Thursday, May 9

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212


Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.  

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In

7:00 PM Business Meeting begins

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

We will be voting on the following resolutions

Resolution Addressing Cover Letters

Social Media Guidelines

Cultural Change in the Oregon Legislature

Domestic Terror

Rules Committee has the following rule changes to present

Candidate Accountability

Standing Committees and Committee Membership

We will be voting to appoint persons to vacant PCP positions. A list of persons eligible for appointment may be found here.

Thank you for everything you do.  


Lurelle Robbins, Chair

Multnomah County Democratic Party

You may find the minutes for this meeting here.