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MultDems Call to Action: Fully Fund Public Schools

Summary

We need revenue to fund our state and fund our schools. The 2018 Quality Education Model, released in August of 2018, estimates that Oregon would need to spend $10.7 billion for 2019-21 for a K-12 system that meets Oregon’s education goals, $2.5 billion more than the 2017-19 State School Fund. Not only does it fail to fully fund education, it would actually mean laying off 900 teachers or cutting four days from the already short school year.

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Preamble to Article II of the MultDems Platform: Education

We believe all Multnomah County schools should provide equitable, stable and sustainable public funding that will provide all students with a high-quality education and curriculum from pre-kindergarten through high school and career training.  We acknowledge that quality public education for all students not only enriches personal lives, but strengthens our economy and is critical to a well-functioning democracy.

MultDems Call to Action: Health Care for ALL SB 770 in Oregon and HR 1384 Federal

Summary:

4 years ago the idea of single payer was a remote possibility. Today we are gaining momentum at both the state and federal level. Let’s make this dream a reality.

Take action:

Contact your elected officials!

State: Contact your state legislatures and ask them to support SB 770

Come to Lobby Day Monday, April 1, 2019, 9:00-4:00

These legislators are signed on as sponsors. Please thank them; if your senator and representative has not signed on yet, please contact them now.  

Senate Bill 770 Chief Sponsors: Senator Manning Jr, Dembrow, Beyer, Representative Fahey, Keny-Guyer, Salinas, Williamson    

Sponsors: Senator Burdick, Fagan, Frederick, Golden, Prozanski, Riley, Taylor, Wagner, Representative Alonso Leon, Bynum, Doherty, Gomberg, Gorsek, Helm, Hernandez, Holvey, Marsh, McLain, Meek, Mitchell, Neron, Nosse, Piluso, Power, Prusak, Rayfield, Reardon, Sanchez, Schouten, Smith Warner, Wilde, Witt

Federal: Contact your federal representatives and senator ask to support the Medicare for All HR 1384, background and call scripts.

Background:

WORSE HEALTH OUTCOMES, WE’RE #23!

A common misconception is that, while expensive, US health care is the best in the world. That’s simply not true:

  • US ranks 23rd in longevity
    • Folks in Spain and Italy live 4.5 years longer than people in the US, Israel 3.5 years longer.
  • Infant mortality
    • US ranks 30th in neonatal and infant mortality out of the 35 OECD countries
    • US newborns are 4 times more likely to die in their first month as newborns from Iceland or Japan, and twice as likely to die as those from Slovenia, Estonia and Czech Republic.
  • Maternal mortality
    • US ranks 30th in maternal mortality
    • US mothers are over 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy and delivery as mothers in Poland, Greece and Czech Republic.
  • Non-communicable diseases (cancer, heart disease, etc)
    • US ranks 28th in premature mortality
    • Americans aged 15 to 60 are twice as likely to die from non-communicable diseases as are citizens of Spain.

SINGLE PAYER IS THE SOLUTION

Check out these Movies and Videos to learn why single payer is the solution.

  • Better care, for more people, for less money
  • Freedom from worry about your family’s care
  • Freedom from the complexities of health insurance

SPEAKING OF COST

And to get these inferior outcomes, the US spends 5 times as much per person as Estonia, 4 times Greece and Czech Republic, and twice as much as Iceland and Japan.

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A community thrives on public spaces. While Portlanders clearly enjoy their outdoor spaces for recreation, the indoor spaces are equally important, particularly for families and seniors. Community centers like Woodstock, Sellwood, Hillside, Fulton, and even the Laurelhurst Dance Studio fully represent the mission of Portland Parks and Recreation to “help Portlanders play – providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity,” and they should be maintained as such.

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MultDems Call to Action: More Community Centers, Not Less!

Take action!

  • Testify April 2nd at IRCO 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220
  • Contact your city commissioners

Read on to learn more

The current proposed budget from the Mayor’s Office includes  a 7% cut to our parks program. Help us fight against the elimination and privatization of our community centers.

Community centers slated for permanent closure

  • Sellwood Community Center
  • Columbia Pool
  • Multnomah Arts Center (privatization)
  • Community Music Center (privatization)
  • Hillside Community Center (privatization)

Your favorite programs will be affected, including preschool, summer camps, dance, and affordable child care.

Demand that the people in charge have the same priorities as WE the people. Show up April 2nd at IRCO Main Office – Gym, 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220. This will be the ONLY opportunity for public testimony.       

Come and Testify Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm   

Contact your elected officials!

Contact your state legislators and ask them to come and testify on your behalf. Publicly elected officials are guaranteed a chance to speak while Portland residents must have their ticket selected in a lottery process.

Sample letter provided by Local 483:

Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners Fish, Fritz, Eudaly, and Hardesty,

I am writing to express serious concerns with the proposed 6.3 million dollar cut to Portland Parks and Recreation.

These cuts would have a profound effect on the quality of recreation programming and the community’s ability to access important programs like Senior Rec, Aquatics, Preschool, and Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation. The closure of important locations like Sellwood Community Center and Columbia Pool, along with the privatization of community treasures like the Multnomah Arts Center and the Community Music Center is deeply disturbing.

For low-income, disabled, and historically underserved Portlanders, these programs are a lifeline that connects them with educational opportunities, community support, and recreation that are otherwise out of reach. PP&R services truly level the playing field.

While I understand you have difficult decisions to make, I am asking you to prioritize PP&R in the budget. For decades PP&R services have not received the general fund dollars they deserve while the bureau has been asked to provide higher and higher levels of service.

In addition to impacts on the community, these cuts fall disproportionately on employees who are women and people of color, as the percentage of frontline recreation staff in both subgroups far exceeds the City average. Recreation employees are among the City’s lowest paid workers, many of whom, after years of struggling with poverty wages, only recently found their way to full-time employment.

I know that the City Council can do better and advocate that you fully fund PP&R. Your community stands behind you in making this a top priority for the 2019-2020 budget.

Sincerely,

Background

This is the 8th year in a row that we have had to defend keeping our community centers open and public against the threat of privatization.. Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) was asked to cut 7% from their 2019-20 budget. Any further cuts “dig deep into core PP&R services and values have significant service-level impacts for the public.”

Community Centers house affordable, local preschools

PP&R preschools serve families that rely on quality early education for their young children that is low-cost and easy to get to. Studies show that early childhood education has long-reaching effects that benefit the community as a whole. With the recent influx of families with young children and expectations for more to come, what is the plan to accommodate these needs?

Community Centers also serve surrounding neighborhoods

Woodstock Community Center draws participants from Brentwood Darlington and Lents. Sellwood and Hillside serve surrounding neighborhoods in the same way. The City of Portland has committed heavily to investing in neighborhood involvement and developing 20-minute neighborhoods, but a budget cut causing closures to community centers is counterproductive to this goal.

Indoor spaces matter

A community thrives on public spaces. While Portlanders clearly enjoy their outdoor spaces for recreation, the indoor spaces are equally important, particularly for families and seniors. Community centers like Woodstock, Sellwood, Hillside, Fulton, and even the Laurelhurst Dance Studio fully represent the mission of Portland Parks and Recreation to “help Portlanders play – providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity,” and they should be maintained as such.

The MultDems Platform drives our support of community spaces

Article I. Basic Needs and Human Rights

2. We direct Multnomah County and the City of Portland to claim the air rights over the freeways in the public domain and develop parks and low and moderate-income housing over parts of them as described in the Central City Plan adopted in 1989, retaining the revenue from development in the public domain.

Article II. Education

10. We recognize that poverty is a systemic problem embedded in society at large and that schools can be responsive in addressing poverty-related traumas, including the effects on highly mobile students. Therefore, we recommend that funding be invested in PreK-12 wrap-around services including: mentoring, after-school programs, counselors, culturally relevant curriculum and instruction, and critical race theory initiatives, and other programs that have been proven effective in assuring student success.

MultDems Call to Action: support HB 2625

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Source: https://cjsrnews.squarespace.com/moccasin/2015/2/26/missing-murdered-aboriginal-women-needs-inquiry

Summary

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) bill would create a study on how to increase criminal justice resources for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Take action!

Contact your state legislators and ask them to support HB 2625!

Background                  

Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women, yet there is no adequate system in place of reporting and investigating these deaths.

In 2016, there were 5,712 cases of MMIW, but a Nov. 2018 study by the Urban Indian Health Institute only 116 of them were logged in the Dept. of Justice database.

One of the reasons for the difficulty in obtaining correct information on the actual number of missing and murdered Indigenous women is because of an issue called racial misclassification: the incorrect coding of an individual’s race or ethnicity. An example of this is American Indian individuals being incorrectly coded as white.

All of this is to emphasize that there is a need for changes to public information systems on missing people, specifically Native and Indigenous women, while also gaining cooperion from law enforcement agencies to strengthen accurate reporting, identification, and investigation of missing Native community members.

Washington state recently passed a MMIW bill, and we hope to follow their lead on taking the first step to establishing a comprehensive reporting system here in Oregon.

What HB2625 Does

HB 2625 would direct the Department of State Police to study how to increase criminal justice resources relating to missing Native American women in Oregon. The study should determine how to increase criminal justice protective and investigative resources for reporting, identification, and investigation of missing Native American women in this state.

Through this study, the department shall:

  • Consult with the Commission of Indian Services
  • Convene meetings with tribal and local law enforcement partners, federally recognized tribes, and urban Native American organizations to determine scope of problem and find ways to create partnerships to increase reporting, identification and investigation of missing Native American women in Oregon with the US Dept of Justice
  • Determine ways to increase information sharing and coordination of resources to focus on reporting/identification/investigation of missing Native American women in Oregon

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.

MultDems Call to Action: Paid Family and Medical Leave

Summary:

We have an opportunity to ensure that no Oregonian has to choose between caring for a loved one and a paycheck with the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill (HB3031).

Photo by Alexander Dummer

Join the Family Forward Action Team to help take action and let our legislators know we want Paid Family and Medical Leave now.

March 25 is our opportunity to make our voices heard!

Background:

As they age and require more support, many older Oregonians are going without the high-quality care they need, are enduring personal challenges alone, or are being placed into costly, institutionalized care — all of which add to the financial and emotional strain that caregiving relatives may already be experiencing. Paid family and medical leave will allow more Oregonians to support aging loved ones and be there during a significant life event, like the end of a parents’ life.

In most families, it’s women who do most of the unpaid caregiving, whether it’s for children, other adults, or both. Paid family and medical leave will make it easier for women to stay in the workforce and continue bringing home the paychecks their families rely on. This will improve women’s ability to stay financially afloat, and ultimately, help narrow the gap between what men and women are paid.

We can’t afford to keep women out of the workforce. Oregon can do better. Support HB3031 for Oregon Families.

Take action!

What:

Here is supporting documentation:

Not sure what to say?

Let your Representative and Senator know that when employees take care of their family in a time of need, their career and finances should not be on the chopping block. By providing paid family leave, experienced employees can return to work, which avoids costly retraining for their employers.

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

Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) Elect Congressional District One and Five Delegates

At the January 13 organizational meeting, Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) elected delegates to represent us to Congressional District One and Five.

These delegates join the advisory committee that meets with their representative to the U.S. House or Representatives.  

Our delegates are community voices for our Congressional representatives. They have the opportunity to regularly consult with the office of — and frequently the very person of — their congressional Representative.

Congressional District 1 is represented by Rep. Susan Bonamici. Kurt Schrader represents Congressional District 5.

The role touches national politics; the chairs of the Congressional District Committees serve as Presidential Electors during a Presidential Election year.

Any registered Democrat who resides in Oregon can run for the position of Congressional Delegate and have the opportunity to provide a direct voice to their representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Below is the list of winning candidates (and alternates) from each district:

Congressional District 1 Representatives from Multnomah County

  • Cindy Smith
  • Matt Laas
  • Bill Harris

CD-1 Alternates

1-Kathy Jackson
2-David Altermatt
3-Julie Peterson

Congressional District 5 Representatives from Multnomah County

  • Paul Sardoch
  • Rachel Harris



Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) elect Congressional District Three (CD-3) delegates.

At the January 13 organizational meeting, Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) elected Congressional District Three (CD-3) delegates.

These delegates join the advisory committee that meets with their representative to the U.S. House or Representatives (in this case, Representative Earl Blumenauer) to further their goals in Washington, D.C. Their service is to provide authentic community voices to our Congressional representatives. They have the opportunity to regularly consult with the office of — and frequently the very person of — their congressional Representative.

The role touches national politics; the chairs of the Congressional District Committees serve as Presidential Electors during a Presidential Election year.

Any registered Democrat who resides in Oregon can run for the position of Congressional Delegate and have the opportunity to provide a direct voice to their representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Female CD-3 Delegates

Julia DeGraw
Sharon Maxwell
Leigha LaFleur
Lisa Morrison
Linda Livermore
Layla Assem
Kate Flanagan
Debbie Schwartz
Natalie Bloodgood

Female Alternate CD-3 Delegates

1-Marcia Schneider
2-Shirley Minor
3-Faith Ruffing
4-Adrienne Enghouse
5-Taraneh Fultz
6-Jackie Weissman
7-Rachelle Dixon
8-Jennifer Kristiansen
9-Lisa Wolf

Male CD-3 Delegates

Kyle Huth
Tom Fox-Sellers
Michael Cojocaru
Aaron Levine
Ethan Scarl
Bing Wong
Ben Lavine
Miguel Moseler
James Davis

Male Alternate CD-3 Delegates

1-Jonathan Pulvers
2-Tim Rowan
3-Moshe Lenske
4-Bob Tackett
5-Mitch Rofsky
6-Quinton Blandon
7-Dan Goetz
8-Marc Koller
9-Tom Karwaki

Multnomah County Democrats Elect State Central Committee Delegates

January 15, 2019

At the January 13 Organizational Meeting, Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) Precinct Committee Persons voted for our party’s representation to the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO).

State Central Committee delegates represent Multnomah County Democrats to the Democratic Party of Oregon.

These delegates will help determine the path of the Democratic Party by electing state officers, participating in platform discussion, and directing Oregon’s representation to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Female Delegates

Rachelle Dixon (automatic as VC1)

in vote order, most votes to least:

Shirley Minor

Gladys Marie Garcia

Ruth Jensen

Betsy Salter

Eileen Reavey

Lisa Ortiz

Lisa Wolf

Cindy Smith

Catherine Thomasson

Female Alternates

1.Sarah Wolk

2.Jil Heimensen

3.Adrienne M. Enghouse

4.Aftyn Garvin

5.Ami Fox

6.Leah Gibbs

7.Faith Ruffing

8.Jackie Weissman

9.Maggie Skendarian

10.Kathy Jackson

Male Delegates

Lurelle Robbins (automatic as Chair)

in vote order, most votes to least:

Albert Lee

Pete Lee

John Harris Knight

Quinton Blandon

Jason Ali Allen

Michael Burch

Bing Wong

Jack Hanna

Dan Goetz

Male Alternates

1.Graham Parks

2.Gary Lietke

3.Michael Smith

4.Michael Cojocaru

5.Moses Ross

6.Tim Rowan

7.Spencer Trumm

8.Julio Castilleja

9.Mitch Rofsky

10.Bob Tackett