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Portland Mayoral Forum January 21st. Image of Portland from above.

Multnomah Democrats, BerniePDX, and East County Rising Co-sponsor Portland Mayoral Debate

Join the Multnomah County Democrats, BerniePDX, and East County Rising for our 2020 Portland Mayoral Forum: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8:30pm at Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill St.

Facebook Event

In the race for Portland’s highest office, residents want to know what candidates will do to address widening income inequality, lack of affordable housing and increasing houselessness, and whether mayoral hopefuls will use the newly-adopted public campaign finance system.

Attendees to the free event will hear the candidates stand on police contract negotiations, transportation, combating climate change, and more. Questions from the audience will be a part of the program

The Multnomah Democrats, East County Rising, and BerniePDX value the opportunity to host this forum.

The following candidates have confirmed that they will attend:

Willie Banks, Ozzie Gonzalez, Sarah Iannarone, Teressa Raiford

Climate Action Forum #2

Forum Series: Comprehensive Climate Action

Series #2: January 8th

The Multdems Climate Action Team is convening a series of forums on comprehensive climate action. The second in our series is

The Role of Forests and Forest Management on Climate Change

Wednesday, January 8
Doors open at 6:30; Program 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Ave.

Do you know the largest source of carbon emissions in Oregon? Clearcutting at 32%. Join us 7-9 pm January 8 to o understand the role of our forests as climate protectors providing a huge carbon sink versus producing wood products. Is there a middle ground? We’ll explore the barriers to solutions and what they may be.

Facebook event for the forum

Important Topic, Many Stakeholders

  • The impact of forest management on climate, water, environment, economics, and more
  • The barriers to changing forest management, including the threat of wildfires that is driving additional logging.
  • Solutions that are available!

Join our experts

John Talberth, PhD, Senior economist for the Center for Sustainable Economy
Chuck Willer, Executive Director of the Coast Range Association
Ralph Bloemers, Senior Staff Attorney of Crag Law Center
Sean Stevens, Executive Director of Oregon Wild

Co Sponsors

The event is sponsored by the MultDems Climate Action Team, Oregon Wild, Oregon League of Conservation Voters Metro Climate Action Team, Center for Sustainable Economy, and Coast Range Association

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.

Proposed rule change for bringing resolutions to Central Committee

At the December 2019 meeting, Rules Committee chair Michael Burleson notified the PCPs in attendance at Central Committee of the proposed rule change that we will vote on at the January 9 Central Committee meeting.

New language is bold.

Bylaws Article 9

Section 2- Bringing a Resolution to the Central Committee for a vote

A. A Resolution may be proposed by the Platform, Resolution, Legislation Committee (PRLC) or by 5 PCPs.

B. Proponents of resolutions will include a substantive action plan in support of the resolution.

C. A Resolution proposed by PCPs will be submitted to the PRLC for assistance with formatting and for PRLC to review, make recommendations, and report on resolutions.

D. If the timing of a PRLC meeting does not coincide with the need to present the Resolution to the Central Committee before relevant legislation is considered, then the submission of the PCP Resolution can be made instead to the PRLC Chair, for assistance with formatting.

E. PCP proposers may present their resolutions to the Central Committee regardless of PRLC actions. PCPs must notify the Admin Committee and PRLC 10 days before the CC meeting if they wish to proceed without PRLC approval.

F. All proposed resolutions to be considered by the Central Committee must be posted on the Party website and a notice with a link to them sent to all PCPs via email at least 6 days prior to the meeting.

G. Resolutions submitted with proper notice are adopted by majority vote.

H. Without 6-days notice, a Resolution presented at a Central Committee meeting is adopted by a 4/5 vote.

I. Proposed amendments to the resolution must be presented to the Recording Secretary and the Chair in writing.

New item for Article XI–General Provisions, Section 7: Voting procedures

E. When documents, such as Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments, are presented to Central Committee for a vote, any Motions to Amend must be submitted in writing to the Recording Secretary.

Bring warm, new socks to Central Committee Meeting for the MultDems Sock Drive

Contribute to our Sock Drive

The Mult Dems Community Action Committee is organizing our annual Sock Drive, beginning this month and through January.

Folks can bring pairs of new socks (in unopened, unwrapped bundles or packages) to the December 12th or January 9th Central Committee meetings, or drop off donations to the Mult Dems Office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, in the designated bin.

Thick and/or wool socks especially needed, as are socks for both women & men and in a variety of sizes, however any donation of socks (again new, in unopened/unwrapped packages) will be accepted. Donations will be distributed to area non-profits serving houseless and other individuals in need. For any questions, email action@multdems.org.

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

November 14, 2019

Bring donations for the Holiday Party silent auction!

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

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We have an interesting agenda forming, with special guests and important topics!

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

First Notice: New Harrassment and Bullying rule

As notice in advance of an expected vote at the December meeting, please review the new rule here.

Precinct Committee Person Appointments

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

Ready to renew your PCP-ship?

Read this to to be on the ballot as a PCP in 2020.

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.

Register now for the platform convention and guide the next two years of party policy

You must register to attend the Platform Convention. See below.

The Platform Committee of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County has completed the Second Draft of the 2020 Platform which is now ready for review and comment. https://multdems.org/2020-platform-draft-2/. The comment period will end on October 19th. Focus on the ones you are interested in. Please let us know if anything should be added, revised or removed.

The preambles are a statement of what we believe and are the principles of the article. The planks further delineate these principles by identifying current important issues. The Legislative Action Items support or oppose legislative concepts and give us direction in future legislative work.

The draft platform features two additional articles: Tribal Sovereignty, and Oregon Anti Black Foundation. The order of the Articles has been changed putting like topics together which may change again in the final as we continue to refine it.

A lot of work and many interesting discussions were had with the individual Study Groups to come up with this draft. Editing removed a lot of verbiage for clarity and brevity which some of you may feel should not be removed. If you think thoughts removed should be returned please go to the link above to make your comments.

We know there is duplication both within and across the articles. In some instances the point may be important enough to have in both. The planks and LAI will be grouped according to topic and local, state or federal impact. These are some of the things to consider as we review and comment on the Second Draft.

After the comment period ends the Platform, Resolution and Legislative Committee (PRLC) will prepare the Final Draft of the 2020 Platform for submission to the Convention for adoption. The Convention is on November 23 at the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) offices.[ Map]

In order to attend the Convention you must register and indicate your preferences for the Short Sessions. There will be 2 Sessions at the Convention but indicate the top three in case the article group is overloaded and we need to shift some to another group. Register here.

Have fun reading and many thanks to all who put this together,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair, The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

Faith E Ruffing, Chair, Platform, Resolutions and Legislative Committee

And now for something REALLY serious. Tonight is your last chance to buy discounted tickets to our much-acclaimed Comedy, Candidates, and Cocktails fundraiser. Saturday (that’s tomorrow!) night, four top local comics will join local candidates for a fun-raiser of bigly proportions. Get your tickets now!

Learn more.

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!

Join us for the Debate Watch Party and Central Committee Meeting September 12, 5-9 pm

Presidential Debate Watch Party and Monthly Central Committee Meeting September 12

It is the third Democratic Presidential Debate! Ten Candidates will share the stage. Join us and watch with the Multnomah Democrats

RSVP Now

Our monthly business meeting of Central Committee will follow.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

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  • Watch the Democratic Presidential Debate from 5-8pm
  • Stay for the monthly Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County 8-9pm

Schedule

4:45 PM Doors open.

5:00 PM Presidential Debate Watch (5 PM – 8 PM)

6:30 PM Registration and sign in for PCPs begins

8:00 PM Business Meeting begins

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

At 8pm, immediately following the end of the debate, the September Central Committee business meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, in which precinct committee persons (PCPs) are the voting members, will begin. Not a PCP? Stay and observe Democracy!

RSVP Now

Resolutions and proposals for consideration

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

Coming up

Donate and Apply for the Sue Hagmeier Young Democrat Award

Get ready for Comedy, Cocktails and Candidates, October 12!

Platform Convention date announced: November 23

Donate to Multnomah Democrats

Your donations keep the party moving! Thank you. 

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 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