Announcements

Nominations for Dick Celsi, Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat and Bill and Gladys McCoy Awards Are Now Open!

This year’s Multnomah County Democratic Party Dick Celsi Celebration will be held March 9, 2019. At that event, three individuals will be recognized for their service and commitment to the Party. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the Dick Celsi Award, the Bill and Gladys McCoy Award, and the Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award. You may offer nominations by using this link to our nomination form. Nominations are due by midnight the night of February 15, 2019. You may use the form multiple times to nominate more than one person.

The Dick Celsi Award

Dick Celsi – “Celsi” as his friends called him – served as Chair of the Multnomah County Democratic Party during the 1970s and Chair of the State Democratic Party during the 1980s and into the 1990s. A Democratic Socialist, he was a strong voice for the poor, homeless, and those without means.

In honor of Dick Celsi, a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) who emulates Dick Celsi’s dedication to the Party and to grassroots activism will be selected to receive the Dick Celsi Award. To be eligible for this award, the PCP must not have previously received it, must not be a State or County Democratic Party Officer, and must not have been an officer of the Multnomah County Democrats within the last six months.

Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award

Barbara Roberts served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. She was the first woman to serve as Oregon Governor, and was also the first woman to serve as Majority Leader in the Oregon House of Representatives. She also served as Secretary of State for two terms, and, most recently, as a member of Metro Council from 2011 to 2013.

In her honor, the Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award is presented to a young Democrat who has significantly contributed as a volunteer for our organization. To be eligible for this award, the recipient shall be no older than 37 as of January 1, 2019.

Bill and Gladys McCoy Award

Bill McCoy in 1972 became the first African-American elected to the Oregon State Legislature. His wife Gladys became the first African-American member of the Portland School Board in 1970, and then the first African-American Multnomah County Commissioner in 1979.

In their honor, the Bill and Gladys McCoy Award recognizes a present or past-elected official who resides in Multnomah County and who has provided significant service and support to the Party.

Support a year of IMPACT!

Support a Year of IMPACT
Did you know we dropped 90,000 slate cards for midterms? This BLUE WAVE is because of you! As we focus on 2020 we need you. Becoming a pillar of the party goes a long way to ensuring Democrats winning every seat. Your donations help keep our office open for campaigns, party meetings, the lights on, and the coffee hot.

Become a Monthly Donor for as little as $10 dollars a month. Donate to help us move forward Health Care For All, Clean Energy Jobs and Affordable Housing.

WE DID IT!

Dear Friends,

Today, we made a difference. Thousands of volunteers. Millions of steps walked. Over 175,000 voter contacts. Generous contributions. ALL WORTH IT! Together, we delivered for Oregon, for our communities, for our children, for our future!

We need your help to keep the energy going! Democracy does not end at the election, this is just the beginning.

Please donate or volunteer to help us to ,strong>continue to build a better Oregon.

And as always, thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair
Multnomah County Democratic Party
chair@multdems.org

October 11 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, October 11
Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212
(Map)

Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.
6:30 PM Registration and Sign In
7:00 PM Business Meeting begins
8:00 PM Credentialing Ends
9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

CREDENTIALING (REGISTRATION FOR VOTING) ENDS AT 8:00PM, when numbers present are reported to the Recording Secretary.

We will be voting on the following resolutions:

We will also vote to fill vacant Precinct Committee Person positions. The list of candidates for appointment is available here.

You are also duly informed that there are three amendments to the bylaws being proposed for consideration at the November Central Committee meeting. You may find these amendments here. These have to do with:

  1. Removing elected public officials as members of the Central Committee, unless they are otherwise members by virtue of being a PCP or officer; and,
  2. Changes to the way the Party Organizational Meeting is run in odd-numbered years.

Minutes and agenda:

September 13th 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, September 13
Multnomah County Democratic HQ
3551 NE Sandy, Portland OR 97232
(map)

Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.
6:30 PM Registration and Sign In
7:00 PM Business Meeting begins
8:00 PM Credentialing Ends
9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

CREDENTIALING (REGISTRATION FOR VOTING) ENDS AT 8:00PM, when numbers present are reported to the Recording Secretary.

Special guests include Teressa Raiford (Don’t Shoot PDX) speaking on Police Brutality.

The proposed Bylaws changes have been pulled from the agenda.

We will be voting on four resolutions:

We will also vote to fill vacant Precinct Committee Person positions. The list of candidates for appointment is available here.

The adopted agenda for this month’s meeting is here.

The approved minutes for last month’s meeting are here.

The live minutes for this month’s meeting are here.

Announcing our Student Internship

Multnomah County Democrats is pleased to announce the very first paid internship for the Fall and Winter of 2018. We are seeking an energetic student that has an interest in learning more about politics, grassroots organizing as well as campaigning and elections. The internship has flexible hours with the ability to work some evenings and weekends required.

What We Expect: The intern should be familiar with computer programs such as Word and Excel, have excellent communication skills and be comfortable speaking on the phone and speaking to diverse communities. The intern should expect to do some door-to-door canvassing, phone canvassing, event outreach and help with college voter registration drives. Additionally the intern should be detail orientated, able to work independently in fluid situations and have a passion for politics.

What We Offer: A 3-6 month internship that can be a career path or simply the experience of a lifetime. Training as a Field Organizer could be the stepping stone you need to an paid career in politics. We offer you a unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn while learning grassroots organizing and how to manage a successful campaign. We are offering a $1500 stipend paid in increments, to assist in your education cost. If you choose to seek college credit, please speak to your college academic advisor first.

Applications will be accepted starting on 8/04/18 and should be completed and submitted to our office or on or before 5 PM on 8/25/18. Please apply by submitting a one page resume, a one page cover later that states your interest, the school you are affiliated with along with a total of 3 references that may include work, volunteer or academic references. All reference should be dated within the last 2 years. Please submit these documents in Word or a PDF to ViceChair1@Multdems.org. A decision will be made by 9/1/18.

Who May Apply: Students who are between the ages of 18-30 years of age, pursuing their first undergraduate degree may apply for an internship and college credit through any accredited college in Multnomah County.

Still have questions? Please email Rachelle Dixon at ViceChair1@Multdems.org.

Thank you for your interest.

Regards,

Rachelle Dixon
Vice Chair 1, Multnomah County Democrats

Join Earl Blumenauer for a Public Forum on Restoring Communities Devastated by the Failed War on Drugs

The War on Drugs has been a decades-long, $1 trillion policy failure that has disproportionately affected low-income communities and people of color. Simply ending the War on Drugs is not enough. We need a plan to restore the lives and communities most impacted by this disastrous policy.

Those caught in the cross-hairs of this discriminatory system continue to be socially, legally, and economically punished long after they have served out their sentences. The result? Chronic cycles of unemployment, housing instability, and sporadic emergency room visits that make it nearly impossible for people to get the help they need.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer is hosting a public forum to discuss what we can do about this issue. He wants to hear your ideas and questions about ways we can rebuild communities devastated by the War on Drugs. His remarks will be followed by a fully interactive panel discussion that will feature experts in the fields of mental health and criminal justice.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Begins at 6:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM

First Christian Church
1314 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97201

RSVP here

Spanish language interpretation will be provided upon request—please note when you RSVP here.