Announcements

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 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

(Map)

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.

MultDems Call to Action: Pass the National Popular Vote

Right now, March 2019, The Oregon State Senate has a key National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation bottled up in committee. If you believe in this issue Let them know you want the President decided by the popular vote, not the Electoral College

learn more at National Popular Vote web site which has 14 explanatory videos and answers to 131 myths about the bill.

MultDems Platform Supports the NPV

Under Article VI, Election Integrity and Legislative Accountability;

We stand for the principle of one person, one vote and believe every vote in every state should be counted equally in every election. We support the passage of the National Popular Vote in Oregon and across the nation.

https://multdems.org/resources/platform-of-the-party

Resolution in Support of HB2704 and SB870

On March 14, The Democratic Party of Multnomah County voted unanimously to support, as we did in 2017, the passage of NPV legislation here in Oregon. Download the resolution here to send to your legislators!

Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee Resolution: 2019-5 National Popular Vote

WHEREAS on five occasions the winner of the national popular vote for President of the United States did not become President, notably in 2016 and twice since 2000; and

WHEREAS the Electoral College violates the democratic principle of “one person, one vote,” giving unequal power to voters in different states such that it takes 3.2 times as many votes in California, the most populous state, to elect an elector as it does in Wyoming, the least populous state; and

WHEREAS shifting demographics make such mismatches between the popular vote and the electoral vote likely to happen with increasing frequency in the future; and

WHEREAS state’s winner-take-all laws result in “wasted” votes since any votes cast in excess of a simple majority in a state add nothing to the outcome and are therefore “wasted”; and

WHEREAS this effect is most profound in states that lean strongly toward one candidate; and

WHEREAS winner-take-all laws create “swing states,” in which small differences in voter preference can determine the election outcome for the entire country; and

WHEREAS due to their lopsided importance, swing states receive disproportionate numbers of candidate visits and vastly more campaign spending; and

WHEREAS because swing states are identified years in advance, political operatives have clear guidance on where to concentrate voter suppression efforts, voting machine hacking, and other types of election fraud; and

WHEREAS the current status quo within the Electoral College heightens a “red state/blue state” mentality, reinforcing an “us versus them” attitude and deepening perceived political divides; and

WHEREAS a majority of Americans support the idea that the winner of the national popular vote should be President; and

WHEREAS the Electoral College, as established in the U.S. Constitution would be difficult to repeal and replace with a popular national vote because a Constitutional Amendment requires ratification by ¾ of the state legislatures; and

WHEREAS an alternative that produces the same result is desirable; and

WHEREAS Article II of the U.S. Constitution assigns responsibility for selecting the method of choosing a state’s presidential electors explicitly to the State Legislature; and

WHEREAS In the entire history of the United States, every state winner-take-all statute, (and every other law, in every state, specifying the state’s method for choosing its presidential electors) has been enacted, amended, and repealed by action of the state legislature – not by initiative, referendum, or referral process.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The Multnomah County Democratic Party supports the passage of HB 2704 and SB 870, which “Enacts Interstate Compact for Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote” and directs their representatives in the Oregon Legislature to pass, and Governor Brown to sign, National Popular Vote legislation this session, with no amendment relating to referring this issue to the voters.

Note #1: The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has been enacted into law in 11 states and the District of Columbia, representing 172 electoral votes (CA, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VT and WA). Legislation has passed both chambers in Colorado and New Mexico in the past month and enactment is expected by their Governors. The addition of these states would bring the total electoral votes committed to the compact to 186. Oregon’s seven electoral votes would bring the total to 193.

Note #2:  National Popular Vote legislation, identical to SB 870 and HB 2704, has passed the Oregon House of Representatives during the 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions.

Adopted on March 14, 2019.

Announcing the March 14 Central Committee Meeting

We invite you to the Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. The meeting will take place:

Thursday, March 14th

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

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

Women’s issues, Education, and the environment

The following resolutions will be considered:

  1. Resolution 2019-4 Determining Racism a threat to Public Health
  2. Resolution 2019-5 National Popular Vote
  3. Resolution 2019-6 Science-Based Climate Change Legislation and a Just Transition
  4. Resolution 2019-7 Support & Amend Oil Train Safety Bill, HB 2209
  5. Resolution 2019-8 In Support of Moratorium on Mega Dairies (CAFO), SB 103
  6. Resolution 2019 – 9 Oppose SB 444 [upholding 1980 law, for nuclear moratorium]

We will vote to fill vacancies for Precinct Committee Persons.

Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

Democratic Party of Multnomah County

chair@multdems.org

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.

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