Announcements

Ethics and Grievance Panel Formation

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County, under the direction of the Chair, with the goal of achieving a more equitable and accountable organization, has created a special committee known as the MCD Ethics Panel which will carry out several important services to our community and its members.

First, the panel will accept, document, and review internal grievances from members of the party. The panel will investigate the grievances and provide recommendations to the Chair, executive committee or MCD PCP body, depending on the severity of the violation. While the panel will be focused on resolving future conflicts and incidents, members are encouraged to bring forward formal complaints from past conflicts/incidents if they a) have not reported the incident because of a lack of a formal system for submitting grievances b) have submitted a report to MCD leadership but feel the issue has been unaddressed or unresolved and c) the incident occurred within the past five years.

Second, the panel will offer guidance to the body about how to successfully adhere to the MCD Code of Conduct, Behavior and Office Use Guidelines. This may include seminars, training sessions, how-to guides, or reviews of institutional practices that may violate the Code. Our intention is to hold our community to these standards to ensure civility, respect, and fairness between our members.

As an organization that obtains its power from the collective action and support of its community, of particular concern to the Democratic Party of Multnomah County is whether any aggrieved individual or individuals have felt excluded, disenfranchised, or subject to intimidation or harassment to the point of no longer attending meetings or participating in events.

We seek to encourage ALL our members to participate and feel welcome at our meetings and activities. If you feel this basic tenet has been violated, we encourage you to submit a report to grievances@multdems.org and allow our Ethics panel to review it. Our ethics panel Chair, Anna Kanwit, can also be reached directly at ethics@multdems.org.

Details about the panel’s rules and procedures can be found by clicking on the following link:

Overview, Rules and Procedures for the Ethics Panel of the Multnomah County Democratic Party

We welcome any feedback regarding our Ethics panel and related policies, please send questions or comments to feedback@multdems.org.

New Treasurer Dean Price: “My father would say ‘help where you can.’ This is where I can.”

Dean Price was elected as Treasurer for the Multnomah County Democrats at the August 8, 2019 Central Committee meeting. He brings a strong sense of duty, leadership experience, and a distinct diligence to the role.

Raised in rural Virginia, Dean moved to Portland in 2015 after serving four years in the Marine Corps. After working for ADP and running his own bookkeeping firm, he now works for the City of Portland.

Dean says that he chooses to take up the responsibility of Treasurer because, as he said, “I believe this is where I can I help. I believe I can bring the skills I have learned in the civilian sector and use them to help us accomplish our goals as a party. When I think about taking on the responsibility of Treasurer, I think about my father. He would say ‘help where you can.’ This is where I can.”

As Treasurer, Dean’s priorities are bringing stability and transparency to the position.

Dean enjoys sports, movies, history, and politics. On Saturdays during the season, you will find him in a sports bar watching college football — particularly when the Virginia Tech Hokies are playing. “However, I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Oregon Ducks. I love the their fast pace offense,” Dean confessed.

Dean centers the big role of Treasurer around bringing the party together. “What I would love to see from our Democrat party is a party unity. We may disagree on how to achieve our goals but we can agree on those goals. We want every American to have healthcare, we want to face climate change head on can defeat it, we want equality and equity for all! Let not forget why we fight and who the real opponents are to our goals,” he said.

Announcing the August 8 Central Committee Meeting

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

Thursday, August 8 2019
Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

 

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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

Election of Treasurer

Jil Heimensen resigned from the position of Treasurer on July 2. We thank her for her service and wish her well in her future endeavors. Per our bylaws, the election to fill the vacancy must take place at a Central Committee meeting that takes place between 30 and 60 days after the position becomes vacant. 

We will be conducting an election to fill the vacant office of Treasurer of the Party at the Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. Two candidates have nominated themselves for this election: Dean Price and Deian Salazar. You will find a link to find their biographies at www.multdems.org. We will also accept nominations from the floor.

Standing Rule 12

The Central Committee voted to refer proposed Standing Rule 12, a procedure to engage and provide resources to candidates, to an ad-hoc committee for review and to present to the August CC. The proposed language for Standing Rule 12 may be found here. The Central Committee will consider the proposal and vote on whether to adopt Standing Rule 12.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment

A bylaw amendment proposal was announced at the June CC and is to be considered in August. It provides for the Democratic Party of Multnomah County to Endorse Democrats running against Democrats: “Optional Endorsement of Candidates” 

Committee Reports and Precinct Committee Person Appointments

We will hear reports from the Alternative Voting Methods pilot project and the Racial Inclusivity Workgroup. Also, we will vote to fill vacancies for Precinct Committee Persons. A list of persons eligible for appointment can be found here.

Minutes and Agenda

The minutes of the June Central Committee Meeting may be found here.

Watch this space for the August agenda and live meeting minutes.

 

Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

chair@multdems.org

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

MultDems Democratic Debate Watch Party July 30 and 31

Join us for Democratic debate watch parties, July 30 & 31 – RSVP now!

You’ve probably seen the second Democratic presidential candidates debate lineups for July 30 & 31 in Detroit. (If you haven’t yet, check them out here.)

Since friends don’t let friends debate-watch alone, Multnomah County Democrats is hosting debate watch parties at its office.

That’s right. Both nights. Come to watch, listen, snack, and socialize.

Multnomah County Democrats office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland 97232

Doors at 4:30 pm; Debates will air from 5 pm-7 pm PT (8 pm-10 pm ET)

Lineups: Who is debating when?

The first night’s candidates

  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Steve Bullock
  • Tim Ryan
  • John Hickenlooper
  • John Delaney
  • Marianne Williamson

The second night’s candidates

  • Joe Biden
  • Kamala Harris
  • Cory Booker
  • Julián Castro
  • Andrew Yang
  • Michael Bennet
  • Bill De Blasio
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Jay Inslee

Pizza and beverages will be provided. RSVP required prior to entry, due to limited space.

See you there!

For public transportation options to/from the event location, visit http://trimet.org/. The Multnomah County Democrats office is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access or functional needs that you feel may prevent you from joining us at this event or that, if they can be addressed, might make the event more accessible [and therefore more enjoyable] for you, please email action@multdems.org.

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

Download this statement as a PDF

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 https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

Signed,
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

5:30-8:00pm

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: 49leader@multdems.org

Details

  • 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 49leader@multdems.org
  • For nearby public transportation options, visit www.trimet.org
  • 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 49leader@multdems.org

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.

Interested?

Reach out to volunteer@multdems.org 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 volunteer@multdems.org know if you can be a monitor. We need one monitor for every 25 marchers

Monitor training is MANDATORY, and will be held at Anymeeting.com 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 mearisher@gmail.com 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. admin@multdems.org

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

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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.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

chair@multdems.org

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

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.

Find my representative

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.

Sincerely,

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

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 info@multdems.org

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

Requirements

  • 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 info@multdems.org.