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Multnomah Democrats Join DNC Council on the Environment & Climate Crisis

DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council: MultDems join the voices in support

The Multnomah County Democrats have been added to the growing list of Democratic, NGO, faith, and Indigenous organizations that are voicing their support for the bold recommendations of the DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council. https://www.dncclimate.org/

The DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council, a permanent entity of the DNC, was established to push the Democratic Party to take bold and urgent action addressing the climate crisis and other environmental issues. The council is recommending a sweeping set of policies for inclusion in the new four year 2020 Democratic Party platform, which will be approved at the August convention.

MultDems statement of support:

The Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee passed Res: 2019-24 declaring a Climate Emergency on Sept. 12, 2019.

The Multnomah County Democrats support the recommendations of the DNC ECCC, which are commensurate with the enormity of the Climate Emergency we face.

#DemPlatform2020 #DNCClimate

MultDems pass Resolution 2020-11 Police Brutality and the Criminal Justice System

Multnomah Democrats pass resolution calling for structural changes to policing to end police brutality

At the Central Committee Meeting on July 9, 2020, the Multnomah County Democrats passed this resolution.

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Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee

Resolution: 2020 –11 Police Brutality and the Criminal Justice System

WHEREAS We affirm our support for the recent amendments to the City of Portland’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, which divests a total of $15 million from the Portland Police Bureau,

WHEREAS Efforts to address police malfeasance and brutality have been ongoing for decades, with limited success, 

WHEREAS Reimagining policing and in some cases, scaling back police departments is necessary,

WHEREAS According to the Sentencing Project, Black American men are six times as likely to be incarcerated as white men, Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences,

WHEREAS Incarceration, cash bail, and fines generate incomes for suppliers of the prison system, corrections officers, wardens, local municipalities, and private corporations that rely on prisoner labor, 

WHEREAS Article 9, plank three of the 2018 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states, “We believe no one should profit from criminal incarceration which creates perverse incentives to underserve inmate populations and results in increased recidivism rates,”

WHEREAS Article VII (Justice), Plank 14 of the 2020 Democratic Party of Multnomah County Platform states, “We oppose private prisons. We believe no one should profit from the incarceration of others and decisions about prisoner conditions should not depend on the decision makers’ profit,” 

WHEREAS the medical and mental health professions exist within a system of white supremacy, and anti-Black practices within those professions have contributed to deep historical and ongoing trauma in the Black community.  

NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY RESOLVES THAT

SECTION 1. Of the $4.8 million reallocated to Portland Street Response from defunding specialty units in the Portland Police Bureau, a certain amount of those monies must be earmarked for establishing and improving anti-racist training as a job-embedded, permanent workplace requirement for all Portland Street Response staff.

SECTION 2. Financial compensation awarded from lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies for wrongful death, serious injury, and civil rights violations stemming from police malpractice should come out of the pension funds of the law enforcement agency in question, and not out of municipal budgets. 

SECTION 3. The legal doctrine of Qualified Immunity for law enforcement officers must be eliminated.

SECTION 4.  Oregon law enforcement officers should be stripped of military equipment and weaponry and Oregon law enforcement agencies must be forbidden from participating in the so-called 1033 Program and other schemes that provide police with military equipment. 

SECTION 5. Oregon law enforcement agencies should be forbidden from participating in schemes that provide financial incentives for officers or departments based on arrest- or conviction-based quotas.

SECTION 6. We urge all employees of our justice system, as well as public servants and employees of our government at all levels, to engage with activists demonstrating in streets across America for Black lives, and to work together to enact substantive policy changes aimed at disentangling anti-Blackness from American institutions.   

ADOPTED ON July 9, 2020

Resolution submitted by Platform, Resolution and Legislative Committee and Quinton Blanton, Anti Blackness Study Group

For More Information, See

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/fostercare/caseworker/roberts.html

https://www.gloucestercitynews.net/clearysnotebook/2015/05/nj-news-commons.html

https://newrepublic.com/article/121186/truancy-laws-unfairly-attack-poor-children-and-parents

https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/how-we-fail-black-patients-pain

https://www.npr.org/2015/10/24/449893318/there-were-fewer-black-men-in-medical-school-in-2014-than-in-1978

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/09/03/how-st-louis-county-missouri-profits-from-poverty/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/black-mass-incarceration-statistics_b_6682564

Resolution pertains to the city of Portland’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, policing, and the criminal justice system

Send to the following legislators: All Multnomah County elected officials, as well as all state officials, Commissioner Joann Hardesty, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Governor Kate Brown, Congressman Earl Blumeneaur, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senator Ron Wyden

Campaign – Elections volunteer support


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Democrats are motivated to win the White House and a Senate Majority. We’ll have critical races here in Oregon too. Every volunteer call, postcard, text gets us closer. You can help volunteers be more effective and have way more fun doing it!

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Friendly, good explainer, some experience canvassing, phoning, postcards or texting, reasonably comfortable with virtual tools like Zoom and google. Could be a few hours a week or more if you like. You can focus on specific effort or some of each: Senate races, Biden battleground states, Vote by Mail applications.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

This campaign season, our election office will be virtual. We need help to run this “Election Hub” Welcoming, orienting and tracking volunteers; Hosting phone banks and postcard parties – training and supporting volunteers; updating campaign contacts, scripts and event dates.


For more info, email Marcia Schneider at marciapnp@gmail.com

Racial Inclusivity Work Group


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Racial Inclusivity Work Group (RIWG) has a mission to diversify the Party’s membership and leadership, by building a strong foundational for organizational change from within.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

People with experience in equity, diversity, and anti-racist leadership

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Currently seeking people who identify as Asian, Black, Indigenous, or Latinx to ensure a membership makeup that is 75% people of color.


For more info, email GM García at equity@multdems.org

Education


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

We have been working with Senator Lew Frederick regarding K-12 assessments. We have also been involved with the campaign to fund preschool for all in Multnomah County.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

We are looking for folks who are interested in working on public education issues particularly at the local, county and state levels, that includes educators, parents and grandparents.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

We meet monthly on the third or fourth Thursdays of the month from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, currently by zoom. We appreciate participation in our discussions and willingness to work on the local and state level to facilitate change.


For more info, email Margi Brown at margibrown42@gmail.com

Election Integrity Work Group


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Small donor elections program for Portland city elections

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Interest in helping pass useful local and state and, to some extent, national legislation

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

One conveyor is needed, along with anyone interested in being a workgroup member.


For more info, email Bill Harris at bbharris1936@gmail.com

Communications


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

We are the messaging for this party. The communications team projects our values through email, social media, and other means. Recently, we used these tools for a successful online fundraiser. During election season we rally volunteers and activate voters.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Digital communications skills and/or interest is what it takes! Writing, communications, graphic design, email list building, public relations, social media.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Email administrator, Social media manager, content creator, project management, Zoom administrator.


For more info, email Joel Barker at communication@multdems.org

Platform, Resolution and Legislative Committee


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

2020 Platform of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, an innovative political document. Resolutions in support of important legislation.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Ability to research and follow legislation.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Study group members.


For more info, email Faith Ruffing at fruffing@frontier.com

Legislative Liaison Group


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Using the Multnomah Democrats Platform, we work to get legislation passed at all levels of government by finding bill sponsors, writing and delivering testimony, and maintaining a relationship with elected leaders.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Willingness to learn how state, federal and local governments work. Research capability. Passion (not a skill but necessary for our work). Patience.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

No specific roles. It is helpful if members are also the member of a Platform study group, but not necessary to learn how to be a good advocate.


For more info, email Bobbi Yambasu at bobbiy4967@gmail.com

Budget Committee


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Keep the party making smart financial decisions. Maintain financial records and budgets in line with best practices for groups such as ours.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Helpful to have some budgeting experience, but not required.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Committee members We create balanced budgets based on needs of the organization — a program budget.


For more info, email Bobbi Yambasu at bobbiy4967@gmail.com