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Self Care for Community Activists

Self-Care for Community Activists

Coping Tips & Resources for Support

Written by MultDems Community Action Chair Christian Burgess
Design by Lisa Dorn

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Engaging in community activism is in & of itself a form of self-care, but nonetheless carries its own unique pressures that can lead to temporary or persistent feelings of distress, or possibly trigger new (or exacerbate pre-existing) behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, substance misuse, and/or depression.

The concept of self-care is highly individual. It means different things to different people. These tips & resources aren’t intended to be comprehensive nor should be thought of as a substitute for professional healthcare. Rather, this resource sheet should be used a guide, to promote thinking about the overall topic of self-care & raise awareness about services available for follow-up care & support.

Coping Tips for Community Activists

1: Recognize the value of what you do

Whenever you contribute any amount of volunteer time to community activism & in any form, from helping to staff a table at a community fair or selling tickets to a fundraiser, keeping social media accounts active to regularly attending & participating in committee meetings, take stock of the value in the service you’re providing & the difference it’s making in the lives of others, from the micro to the macro level. It’s okay to feel good about & congratulate yourself & others for a job well done!

2: Strive to maintain balance 

Work to maintain your regular routines outside of volunteer commitments to the extent possible, even during those occasions when you put in extra time such as during elections or other special events. Strive for a balance that supports your important work as a volunteer, while also not sacrificing the time you need for all the other things that may be important for you to lead a healthy life. 

3: It’s okay to take breaks, including extended breaks if necessary

No matter what role you have as a volunteer community activist, of course it’s okay (and a good idea) to have days when you can’t be reached. If you feel like you’re at risk for compassion fatigue or burnout, or if other ‘life’ obligations are overwhelming you, perhaps stepping away for an indefinite period of time is a good idea. Pro-actively communicate with others what your needs are in terms of limits for what you can/can’t do, including your overall schedule & availability at any given time.

4: Engage in ‘active’ coping

What usually helps you relieve stress & cope with the daily pressures of life? Whatever that is – being outdoors, music, pets & other animals, art, spirituality, games, exercise, cooking, gardening, meditation, reading, dancing/movement – keep up those routines on a regular basis! They’ll help you build and maintain your physical, mental, and emotional resilience & overall well-being.

5: Develop ways to deal with overwhelming emotions

Another important part of self-care is using techniques for times when you feel overwhelmed. Controlled breathing, stretching; progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), taking short breaks, screaming into a pillow…Do whatever may work for you, your abilities, and comfort level ‘in the moment’ to cope immediately before, during, and immediately after particularly stressful activities.

6: Build & sustain a support network

In community activism and volunteering, as with almost any other aspect of life, there are people out there who can understand what you’re going through even if they can’t know what you’re going through (only you know & live your own unique experiences), and who can offer empathy, encouragement, and other forms of support. Seek them out, whether within your circle of volunteer community activists, family and friends, or trusted healthcare providers. Whether within your cultural and affinity groups or the community at large (see resources, below), work to build and sustain a support network which can help you during stressful  – and celebratory – times.

7: Recognize the warning signs of distress & know when to ask for help

Distress warnings signs can include (but aren’t limited to):  

  • Trouble getting through the day and consistently having a hard time performing regular tasks at school, home, or work
  • Too much or too little sleep; not eating enough or eating too much
  • Feeling isolated, numb, or like you don’t care about anything
  • Worrying a lot; feelings of anxiety that seem like they stay with you all the time
  • Substance misuse, incl. excessive use of prescription meds, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, etc.
  • Thoughts of hurting or killing yourself and/or others; suicidal gestures and/or attempts

If you or someone you care about exhibits these or other warning signs of distress, you’re not alone.

Local and national crisis & emotional support resources are available 24/7/365, including: 

Local:

Lines for Life / call 1-800-273-8255 or text 273TALK to 839863 / https://www.linesforlife.org

  • Portland, Multnomah County, and Oregon’s 24/7 crisis support, intervention, & resource line also operates an Alcohol & Drug Helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or text RecoveryNow to 839863

2-1-1 Info for Oregon & SW Washington / dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-698-6155 / https://www.211info.org/

  • Help for identifying, navigating, & connecting w/ local resources (assistance with food, shelter, financial crisis, and many other issues & concerns)

National

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) / Veterans, press “1”

  • Para Español (Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio): llame 1-888-628-9454
  • 3rd party interpretation services connecting callers & counselors in over 100+ additional languages also available
  • Connect with a crisis counselor via Chat  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Trans Lifeline / call 1-877-565-8860 / https://www.translifeline.org/

  • Peer support hotline available 7am-1am Pacific Time offering emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis; for the trans community, by the trans community

Deaf LEAD national videophone crisis line / 1-321-800-3323 / https://www.deafinc.org/deaflead/

  • Support for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, have speech disabilities, or otherwise for whom American Sign Language is the primary/preferred language

BeThe1To (a campaign sponsored by several suicide prevention organizations & programs)

Take care of yourself, everyone!

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Multnomah Democrats article XI: Abuse of Power topics

2020 Platform Now Includes Abuse of Power Article

Your feedback is needed on the new platform draft

Author:  Kate Blumenthal with others

Do you see examples daily of abuse of power? It happens at every level of government, in our educational institutions, in corporations that ignore our laws, and by legislators who fail to protect our rights. It’s everywhere you look.

All power given to federal, state and local government is delegated by authority of the electorate – us. Power can be delegated for good reasons, but we must guard against hijacking. Private, unaccountable agendas and purposes that we the people did not intend seek our power. Abuses of power aid racism and collect power into the hands of the few.

For the 2020 Platform, Multnomah Democrats have proposed Article XI speaking specifically to abuses of power. This draft includes positions on death penalty, police use of force, education policy, and corporate power.

“I saw this as a way to address the double standard that some law enforcement officers and school employees are known to use against people they unfairly view as less deserving of their respect and care, for whatever reason – maybe skin color, maybe politics, maybe evidence of poverty. The worst is when non-threatening people are treated with violence –  forcefully taking children away from parents at our border, and people shot seemingly just for being black.

— Beth Woodward, an originator of Article XI

This article is an important addition to our Platform. There are ongoing study groups that focus on how we want to improve what conditions we want to see in the future. Article XI speaks to the violence, neglect, and disparities practiced under cover of institutional power. We see it as a source of racism, unjust incarceration, and harmful barriers to immigration. It speaks to the behaviors we see from the current White House and will guide our ongoing fight for equity and responsibility.

The 1st Draft of the 2020 Platform is now available and you can Download the draft platform here!

Bring Your Input to Our Platform. Please review the Article XI, Abuse of Power. 

This Draft is a working document. The Platform, Resolution, and Legislative Committee welcomes your feedback and ideas as we prepare for the Platform Convention this November. fill out the forms in the document to provide your input.

Planks

  • Are there planks that are too specific or too general?
  • What is missing?
  • What should should be moved to a more logical location?
  • What is redundant with other planks?

Legislative Action Items (LAIs)

LAIs are the directives of the article. They specify what legislation we will work to pass.

  • Can you suggest legislative action or other actions that would implement specific planks?

For example, what legislation would you suggest to correct or prevent abuse? This is our power that’s been stolen; together we can fight to bring it back.

You can also contact platform@multdems.org with your input.

Get Involved

The 2020 Platform is your document, my document, our document. Be part of the process.  From now until the convention in November, you can participate in crafting this important document.

The new Article XI will let our elected officials know that we want abuse of power to be an integral part of our political discussion. We will hold them accountable to what is in our platform. Help our elected officials by suggesting appropriate legislation or other official action that will address the abuses we all identify.

Keep an eye on the Platform Convention page for an opportunity to comment on specific sections and to join study groups!

Multnomah Democrats pass resolution calling for Non-affiliated voters to vote in Democratic primaries

At the Central Committee Meeting on September 12, 2019, the Multnomah County Democrats passed Resolution 2019-23, Open Primaries to Non-Affiliated Voters

Download the full resolution as a PDF

Resolution: 2019 –23 Open Primaries to Non-Affiliated Voters       

TO MAXIMIZE VOTER PARTICIPATION AND PARTY GROWTH BY ALLOWING NON-AFFILIATED VOTERS TO VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARIES


Whereas the Unity Reform Commission of the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”), composed of representatives from Chairman Tom Perez and the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, issued its report stating that “it is critical that all eligible persons participate in the electoral process, including the Democratic presidential nominating process”, and that “the party process be improved to ensure maximum participation and Party growth”; and

Whereas the Commission strongly praised the 30 jurisdictions which allow non-aligned voters to participate in Democratic Party primaries, and strongly “favor(ed) same-day and automatic voter registration, which includes same-day party switching”; and

Whereas the Commission recommended that the DNC and the Party at all levels SHALL (emphasis added) use all means, including encouraging states to pursue litigation, legislation and “changing Party rules” to insure that the above goals be achieved; and

Whereas the Democratic Party stands for inclusion, participation, diversity and progress, and its electoral selection process should fully reflect those values; and

Whereas there are nearly 911,377 registered non-aligned voters in Oregon(about 50% of the total registered who are not eligible to participate in the Democratic Primary), and the average primary turnout of about 45%, and whereas demographic studies of this non-aligned group of voters show them to be disproportionately composed of the young, students, people of color, and the newly-registered; and that many other state Democratic Parties, including California, have opened up their primaries to non-aligned voters (who nationally now comprise 40+% or a plurality of voters); and

Whereas the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled[1] that political parties have an absolute 1st Amendment right to decide who can and can’t participate in their primary election, including non-aligned voters- and that assertion of such right does not require new legislation to be authorized.

Now therefore be it resolved that the executives, SCC delegation and DPO committee members of the Multnomah County Democrats will actively pursue and support a similar statewide resolution and encourage the DPO Chair to direct the Secretary of State to open the 2020 Democratic Party Primary Election to Non-Affiliated Voters before Feb 15, 2020; and

Be it further resolved that the Multnomah County Democrats encourage the DPO to engage in outreach efforts informing Oregonians that the Democratic Party invites non-affiliated voters to vote in the Democratic Party Primary Election in 2020.

Adopted by the Democratic Party of Multnomah County on September 12, 2019

Resolution submitted by: 

James Davis, Gary Leidtke, Bill Harris, Sara Wolk, Lisa Wolf, Lisa Ortiz, Ami Fox, Dan Goetz, Michael Smith, Julio Castilleja, Kyle Huth, John Knight, Natalie Bloodgood, GM Garcia, Ruth Jensen, Tom Fox-Sellers August 10, 2019

Send a simple cover letter and the resolution to the following: DPO Chair KC Hansen, DPO VC Pete Lee, DPO VC Michelle Risher, all SCC members

Letter: Please find attached a resolution passed by the Multnomah County Democrats at their meeting of September 12, 2019, in support of allowing non-affiliated voters to participate in our primaries in order to increase voter participation, encourage support for our candidates, and facilitate the growth for the Democratic Party.

Purposes of the Resolution and what it will resolve:

It seeks to engage non-affiliated voters in our primaries to encourage support for our candidates and capture information of potential Democrat-leaning voters for future party outreach. It lets party officials serving on the SCC from across the state know that Multnomah County Democrats support efforts to woo non-affiliated voters to our party and candidates.

Relevant 2018 Multnomah County Platform Democratic Party of Oregon and Planks:

Article IV (Election Integrity), Plank 6:

We oppose voter suppression and disenfranchisement in all its forms.

Arbitrary articles interfering with one’s ability to run/stand for office is a form of disenfranchisement. We normally focus on the voting side of the equation but being allowed to run is also unambiguously part of what we call the voting franchise.

DPO planks:

Article 5 (Good Governance), Plank 22:

We believe in the freedom to vote, access to participation in our democracy, removal of barriers to participation, debates in legislative races, and the ability to be more informed members of the electorate through vote by mail systems. We support the right to vote enshrined in the 15th Amendment.

Contact: 

Faith E Ruffing platform@multdems.org  

Resolution 2019-24 Climate Emergency

Multnomah Democrats pass resolution calling for declaration of a climate emergency

At the Central Committee Meeting on September 12, 2019, the Multnomah County Democrats passed Resolution 2019-24, Climate Emergency.

Download the full resolution as a PDF

Platform, Resolution and Legislation 

Democratic Party of Multnomah County 

Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee Resolution: 2019 –24 Climate Emergency 090319 

WHEREAS, the climate of planet Earth is rapidly deteriorating as evidenced by increasing reports of catastrophic fires, deforestation, desertification, droughts, shifting plant and animal habitats, methane releases from permafrost, rapidly melting glacial and arctic ice; massively destructive superstorms, ocean acidification and destruction of habitat now classified as an extinction event; 

WHEREAS, current laws protect the capitalist economic system based on extracting natural resources without regard for the sustainability of such resources in violation of the overwhelming majority opinion that life sustaining resources must be protected and sustained for the common good; 

WHEREAS, United States of America jurisprudence contains no body of law designed to protect life- sustaining natural resources, but instead favors the rights of corporate entities to extract those resources without regard for people or planet; 

WHEREAS it is the civic and moral duty of citizens of a democracy to work together to maintain the habitability of planet Earth; 

Now therefore the Democratic Party of Multnomah County resolves that 

1. We the People demand that our leaders and politicians take transformative action to address the climate crisis, transform the economy using democratic principles of law, and establish a Declaration of the Rights of Nature;

2. The State of Oregon declare a Climate Emergency which threatens the natural resources, economies, and public health of all Oregonians;

3. The State of Oregon legislate an Environmental Policy Act, requiring environmental impact statements for all actions that could significantly affect the environment.

4. The transition away from fossil fuels must be just and prioritize traditionally marginalized and underrepresented communities;

5. The state legislature pass concrete legislation that is in line with the imperative communicated by the scientific community;

6. The Democratic Party of Oregon declare support for the Blumenauer Climate Emergency Resolution, which can marshal necessary action on a national scale. 

Adopted on September 12, 2019 

Resolution submitted by Mary Hutchings, Debbie Gordon, Tracy Farwell, Pat DeLaquil, Ron Rhew, Ethan Scarl, Austin Lethbridge-Scarl, Catherine Thomasson. 

Send to Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon KC Hanson chair@dpo.org Send to Governor, State of Oregon Kate Brown Send to the following Legislators, President of Senate, Speaker of House Publish as a press release 

Summary and Purpose We believe that the future of our society depends on amplifying actions to protect our environment. (Multnomah Dems Preamble) This Resolution gives Oregonians a chance to assert leadership in demonstrating actions which taken at scale will preserve a habitable future in Oregon. 

Links to background information: Ecocide, definition: The heedless or deliberate destruction of our shared natural resources, our natural environment. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/g7-cant-turn-blind-eye-to-amazon-ecocide- forest-fires-indigenous-tribes? 

Rights of Nature https://www.pachamama.org/advocacy/right-of-nature https://therightsofnature.org/ Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. And we –the people – have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights on behalf of ecosystems. The ecosystem itself can be named as the injured party, with its own legal standing rights, in cases alleging rights violations. 

https://ballotpedia.org/State_environmental_policy_acts State environmental policy acts, which have been adopted by sixteen states, require that proposed state government actions (and in some states, local government or private actions) be evaluated for their potential impact on the environment or public health. For most proposed actions, state agencies prepare environmental impact statements that outline all potential environmental consequences of proposed actions, potential alternatives to the proposed actions, the possible unavoidable environmental effects, and the steps to be taken by state agencies to mitigate these effects and consequences. 

Trend towards loss of Arctic Ocean Ice https://twitter.com/rgatess/status/1159170708968222720

Thom Hartman interviews Guy McPhearson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SPiXBSjc-4 

Why Oregon must rely on leadership for a habitable future. thinkingthroughclimateinoregonjuly2019 [Engineers for a Sustainable Future — Oregon] 

Costs of Inaction CC Costs to OR 2018-0813 – climate-costs-natural-reource-economics.pdf

Cost-of- Climate-Change-Inaction-Report.pdf 

Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2019 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr3623 

Blumenauer Climate Emergency Resolution https://www.koin.com/news/environment/blumenauer-joins-sanders-aoc-for-climate-emergency-resolution/

Contact: 

Faith E Ruffing platform@multdems.org  

Join us for the Debate Watch Party and Central Committee Meeting September 12, 5-9 pm

Presidential Debate Watch Party and Monthly Central Committee Meeting September 12

It is the third Democratic Presidential Debate! Ten Candidates will share the stage. Join us and watch with the Multnomah Democrats

RSVP Now

Our monthly business meeting of Central Committee will follow.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

[Map]

  • Watch the Democratic Presidential Debate from 5-8pm
  • Stay for the monthly Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County 8-9pm

Schedule

4:45 PM Doors open.

5:00 PM Presidential Debate Watch (5 PM – 8 PM)

6:30 PM Registration and sign in for PCPs begins

8:00 PM Business Meeting begins

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

At 8pm, immediately following the end of the debate, the September Central Committee business meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, in which precinct committee persons (PCPs) are the voting members, will begin. Not a PCP? Stay and observe Democracy!

RSVP Now

Resolutions and proposals for consideration

We will also vote to fill vacancies for Precinct Committee Persons. Applicants are listed here.

Coming up

Donate and Apply for the Sue Hagmeier Young Democrat Award

Get ready for Comedy, Cocktails and Candidates, October 12!

Platform Convention date announced: November 23

Donate to Multnomah Democrats

Your donations keep the party moving! Thank you. 

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. admin@multdems.org

Christian Burgess, New Chair of Community Action Committee

Written by Gloria Geiser

“Simply bring some passion and energy and life into our collective volunteer work.”

Join Community Action Committee

As 2019 ends and the challenge of the 2020 elections draws near, we have new committee chairs with new energy and visions infusing the Multnomah County Democrats. One of these is Christian Burgess, new head of the Community Action Committee (CAC), which he views as a force for “fostering and sustaining a sense of community within the party.”

But the CAC is much more. Christian sees it as “the group within our party that presents opportunities to build alliances with other progressive community-based groups; engage with Democrats and Democratic voters across the county via street fairs, parades, and other community events; and simply bring some passion and energy and life into our collective volunteer work.”

Emphasizing empathy

Christian remembers watching the 1988 DNC convention when he was 15. As the convention went about the process of nominating Michael Dukakis, Christian thought these are my people. He recalls the excitement, energy, diversity, and the wonder of an inclusive, forward-thinking platform. As an Irish-American from a white, Catholic, Southern background, he credits Catholics for Kennedy and his diocese, which emphasized “the peace and love Jesus over the scary and judgmental one” for his identification with Democrats at an early age. This was strengthened after he came out in his late teen years, which further cemented his “sense of self and ‘other’ — of empathy and a desire to understand other lives and struggles….”

He followed through with this empathy to attend social work graduate school at Hunter College in New York City where he majored in Community Organizing and Planning. After graduation, he worked in program development and advocacy work, making the Community Action Committee a natural fit. In addition he has organized a local social group, Portland Queers and Craft Beers for almost five years since moving to the Portland region in 2014, which currently has 1300+ members and involves a great deal of creativity and logistics.

Presently, he is Director of the national Disaster Distress Helpline, a crisis hotline dedicated to supporting survivors and responders of natural and human-caused disasters struggling with distress or other mental health concerns. This project is 100% federally supported and administered by his parent company, the not-for-profit Vibrant Emotional Health. Since Vibrant also administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, of which DDH is a sub-network, he works in both suicide prevention and disaster mental health.

Mixing creativity and hard work

His vision for the Community Action Committee is “to create a vibrant, diverse group of committed folks who want to help our party realize its progressive platform via engaging with the communities we work alongside and serve.” To accomplish this, Christian is seeking individuals with creativity and a desire to work with other folks to support DLs/ADLs/PCPs in organizing participation in local neighborhood events. A love of details, logistics, and event planning are also helpful skills. Essentially, the Community Action Committee is about “rolling up your sleeves, working hard, while also having fun.”

In his spare time, Christian runs, is an avid reader of print media, loves attending live music concerts, travels when he can, practices yoga, and gets out into nature as often as possible. He tries to maintain a healthy balance of time alone and with family and friends.

Help to connect the dots

“All of the Multnomah Dems’ committees are inter-twined and essential, and the role that the Community Action Committee plays is connecting the dots,” said Christian, “between Fundraising, Communications, Campaigns, Platform, etc.—with the communities we stand alongside and serve as Democrats. “Hashtag ‘#ItTakesAVillage’”

Will you join Christian to “help us energize, expand and sustain our Village?”

Are you one of those people who have a knack for connecting people or organizing events? Do you want to help grow the reach and activity of the local Democratic Party in advance of 2020? Join Christian and the Community Action Committee. Email Christian: action@multdems.org

Join Community Action Committee

Multnomah Democrats Saddened by the Loss of Sue Bartlett

We lost a great friend and hard working Democrat. Sue Bartlett died Friday.

Along with activism for environmental causes and justice, Sue was involved in the KBOO community. She was running for KBOO board, a position she had previously held.

“Sue was one of the hardest working and most undersung Democrats. Always there to help, always ready to do the work. She didn’t want or accept any fanfare, was just there to do the job. She was a great Democrat and a great person,” said KC Hanson, Chair of The Democratic Party of Oregon.

“Sue was a beautiful person who believed in the power of us, all of us to make a difference. And Sue made a difference, whether she was organizing in radio, with the Dems or singing in the choir. Sue lifted us up and called us to be better. My world was better for having Sue Bartlett in it,” said Rachelle Dixon, Vice Chair 1 of Multnomah Democrats.

All of our hearts are hurting today.

Sue was killed by an SUV while riding her scooter.Today, Wednesday September 4, we will be joining St John’s Scooter Group at 40th and NE Tillamook, the site of the collision, to remember Sue. You are invited to bring flowers and say a few words. Another memorial is being planned.

Cover of the RIWG Racial Equity Lens

Racial Equity Lens: A tool for document review

Photo credit: Miguel G Moseler

As part of their ongoing efforts to increase and sustain the Democratic Party of Multnomah County’s racial diversity, the Multnomah Democrats Racial Inclusivity Workgroup (RIWG) has developed the Racial Equity Lens, a tool to help review documents for racial inclusivity within the party. The party moves towards the platform convention in November; that platform document is an obvious opportunity to apply the Racial Equity Lens. The Lens can be focused on any document created for internal or external audiences of Multnomah Democrats.

Ultimately, the goal is for MultDems’ documents to reflect their value of racial inclusivity.

Racial Equity Lens Introduction

Working in Consultation

It is important to note that the Racial Equity Lens cannot be a standalone document. It needs to be accompanied by consultation with the RIWG. People within MultDems seeking to apply the Racial Equity Lens should reach out to co-chairs GM García and Salomé Chimuku by emailing equity@multdems.org.

After first introducing key terms and concepts, The Lens presents questions that guide the application of a racial equity perspective on documents we create as a party. The first part asks about the people writing and reviewing the document. The second section guides an analysis of the text, including word choice, content, and power dynamics.

The Policy and Platform subcommittee of RIWG that developed the Racial Equity Lens includes Ruth Jensen, Sally Joughin, Bryan Lewis, and Beth Woodward, with Co-chairs Salomé Chimuku and GM García as key collaborators.

MultDems Racial Inclusivity Workgroup Mission

Increase and sustain racial diversity in ways that welcome, include, promote, and support people of color throughout MultDems. In addition to diversifying MultDems, expected outcomes include that MultDems – as an organization – will develop common knowledge, skill, and will to operate in ways that are racially inclusive and continuously reflective of equitable policies and practices.

Young Democrats! Apply for the Sue Hagmeier Oregon Summit Scholarship

Sue Hagmeier, beloved friend of the MCD
Sue Hagmeier, longtime Oregon Democratic activist

In honor of the legacy and activism of our friend and long-time Party leader Sue Hagmeier, the Multnomah Democratic Party, through the gracious support of John and Shirley Vandermosten, has established a scholarship for young Democrats in Sue’s memory, to attend the biennial Oregon Summit, October 18-20, in Sunriver, OR.

Apply for the scholarship here.

Applications are due Sunday Sept. 15th. The Sue Hagmeier Summit Scholarship will be awarded to a young Democrat (21-36) who best exemplifies Sue’s spirit of activism and commitment to “making people’s lives better.” The award of $500 will defray the costs of attending the Biannual Oregon Summit, usually $500 and up.

See the list of speakers and events from the previous summit.

Held in October of odd number years, The Summit is the premier Oregon Democratic Party event, featuring outstanding seminars, national Democratic personalities and incredible up-close-and personal time with Oregon’s Democratic leaders.

This year’s Summit will be held from Oct 18 to Oct. 20 In Sunriver, Oregon. If you are:

  • Between 21 and 36 years of age as of Oct 18, 2019
  • A registered member of the Democratic Party (prior to the November 8, 2016 election) living in Multnomah County
  • Experienced in Party/Community activism

then please apply for the scholarship using this form. Applications are due Sunday September 15th at 5PM Pacific time. Once you have applied, stay tuned to multdems.org for the announcement of the winner, along with other information about how you can continue to be involved.

“In 2005 we attended the Summit and were immediately hooked – we got involved. Giving the opportunity for a young leader to participate in all that the Summit offers is a fitting way to both honor Sue and give this informative experience to a young person who couldn’t otherwise afford the Summit costs”

– John Vandermosten

Apply for the scholarship here.

Applications are due Sunday, Sept. 15th.

Contribute to Multnomah Democrats Work

Make contributions to support the fund here. Please consider contributing in honor of Sue Hagmeier to the ongoing growth of the scholarship fund.

Advocacy Training September 7

Interested in learning how to bring change at all levels of government?

The Legislative Liaison Group of the Multnomah Democrats are offering advocacy training at the Multnomah Democrats office (3551 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland). September 7 from 10am to 1pm.

Bring laptops or tablets to access online materials.

We need more trained advocates for societal change! This year at the Oregon Legislature, MultDems advocacy moved forward legislation on education, environmental, and other topics. The work continues and you can learn how to have an impact.

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. admin@multdems.org