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Join us November 20 for the Democratic Presidential Debate

Debate Season, Episode 5

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Ten candidates will be at the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate.

Since friends don’t let friends debate-watch alone, Multnomah County Democrats is hosting debate watch parties at its office. The last event, hosted by the Young Democrats, was a mix of raucous participation and careful viewing. And the eating of snacks.

Join of for all three. There will be pizza and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your favorite debate-watching snacks to share.

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

Doors at 5pm; Debates will air from 6-8pm PT

Register so we know you are coming!

See you there!

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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.

Climate Forum: "The Possible Role of Market Mechanisms in Comprehensive Climate Action in Oregon."

Forum Series Starts November 13: Comprehensive Climate Action

The Multdems Climate Action Team is convening a series of forums on comprehensive climate action, beginning with

The Possible Role of Market Mechanisms in Comprehensive Climate Action in Oregon.

Wednesday, November 13th.
Doors open at 6:30; Program 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Ave.

There is a lot of questioning and concern among climate activists, here and beyond, about the viability of the ‘Market’, or ‘Market Mechanisms’, and by extension the Capitalist economic system, in moving forward to address the Climate Emergency. This has caused division and distrust among individuals and organizations in the environmental community – when we need to be united and moving forward. We want to provide a venue for conversation and discussion that will help identify and address underlying issues, in a way that affirms what we agree on, and helps build the unity and political power we need to accomplish goals we share.

Facebook event for the forum

Systematic Conversation

Beginning with an overview of the many facets of the climate crisis, the forum will propose a comprehensive strategy for climate legislation in Oregon that is needed to effectively address this crisis and is consistent with the aspirations of the Green New Deal.

Critical Questions Discussed

Questions such as the following will be addressed and discussed throughout the forum.

What are Market Mechanisms?

Is there a role for them in climate legislation?

What would work better?

Is the proposed comprehensive climate solutions strategy consistent with the aspirations of a Green New Deal?

How can we build the political power needed to pass legislation supporting dramatic climate action here in Oregon?

Let’s talk! Join us.

Download the flyer

The Multdems Climate Action Team’s charge is to educate, engage and activate Democrats to address the Climate Emergency. We are the action part of the Natural Resources Protection and Recovery workgroup (Article V in Multdems 2020 Platform). Contact CAT co-leads Debbie Gordon 503-318-6023 or Tracy Farwell tracy@better-energy-llc.com, or CAT member Pat DeLaquil 202-494-8836 in regards to this forum.

Comparing Democratic Humor and Republican Humor

As Democrats, we own comedy. Let’s just compare.

Republican funny

Richard Nixon saying "Sock it to me."

Democrat funny

Barack Obama saying "Obama out" and dropping the mic.

So join us to flex our laugh muscles as we warm up for 2020! This is a fundraiser for your hard-working county Democratic party, but you will hardly notice.

Comedy, Candidates, and Cocktails on October 12

Comedy and politics go together. The Multnomah Democrats, with the help of some of our funniest friends, are going to celebrate that bond at our second annual Comedy, Candidates, and Cocktails.

The name says it all: along with four great comics, local politicians and will mingle and share the stage at the North Portland Eagles Club [Map]. Doors at 7pm.

Comedy, Candidates and Cocktails flyer. Tickets are on sale now, show is October 12. Hosted by Senator Shemia Fagan. multdems.org/comedynight

“Unfunny presidents only serve one term, if they win an election at all.”

– Senator John McCain, 2008 (How did that work out, Senator?)

Hosted by Senator Shemia Fagan, who is not always exactly strait laced herself.

Donate to Multnomah Democrats

Our party runs on your energy. Thank you for contributing!

Announcing the October 10 Central Committee Meeting

This update includes information on the vote on Standing Rule “Control of Online Assets” and Resolution 2019-25 “Opposing Standardized Testing.”

We will also vote on new PCPs

The Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah is this Thursday

October 10, 2019

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

And thanks to the Community Action Committee, it will be a little different!

Community Action Committee cutting out fish for Central Committee
Community Action Committee preparing for their new take on Central Committee Meetings. Come see what they have in store!

Schedule

  • 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

Standing Rule “Control of Online Assets”

We will vote on a new standing rule: Control of Online Assets

Precinct Committee Person Appointments

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

Resolution: Opposing Standardized Testing

We will be voting on Resolution 2019-25 Opposing Standardized Testing.

Click here to read the resolution

Lastly, buy your tickets for comedy night NOW. Before they are sold out!

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.”

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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

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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

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