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Announcing the May 9 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, May 9

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

We will be voting on the following resolutions

Resolution Addressing Cover Letters

Social Media Guidelines

Cultural Change in the Oregon Legislature

Domestic Terror

Rules Committee has the following rule changes to present

Candidate Accountability

Standing Committees and Committee Membership

We will be voting to appoint persons to vacant PCP positions. A list of persons eligible for appointment may be found here.

Thank you for everything you do.  

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

Multnomah County Democratic Party

chair@multdems.org

You may find the minutes for this meeting here.

MultDems Call to Action: Keep Clean Energy Funding Intact!

As Oregonians, we shouldn’t have to pit schools against clean energy.

We deserve fully funded schools and clean energy jobs and initiatives. Unfortunately, an amendment to the Student Success Act (HB 3427) could damage the future of the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) and prevent other cities and counties from taking this kind of bold action.

What’s going on? A likely amendment to the Student Success Act (HB 3427) contains concerning language that could hurt the future of the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) and prevent other cities and counties from taking this kind of bold action through gross receipts surcharges or taxes.

Here’s the problem:

House Bill 3427, -15 amendments, Section 12 (scroll to page 17-18):

LOCAL TAX PREEMPTION

SECTION 12. Local taxes preempted.

(1) Except as expressly authorized by this section, the authority to impose, in this state, a tax upon the commercial activity of an entity is vested solely in the Legislative Assembly. A city, county, district or other political subdivision or municipal corporation of this state may not impose, by ordinance or other law, a tax upon commercial activity.”(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any tax, or to the subsequent amendment of the provisions of any tax, if the ordinance or other law imposing the tax is in effect and operative on March 1, 2019.

If the bill passes with this clause intact, it won’t retroactively impact PCEF, but it could harm our ability to modify PCEF. And, it would take this important funding tool away from future progressive causes and initiatives throughout the state. We need to remove this language that concentrates power in the Legislature and takes it away from local communities.

Use the scripts below to call, email, or write your legislators in Salem.

CLICK HERE to find contact information for your state legislators.

CALL SCRIPT

My name is NAME, and I am a constituent in your district. I am contacting you  because I am concerned about a specific section of House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act.

(Put the following bullet points in your own words)

  • The bill will raise much needed revenue for education, but the 15 amendments contain a concerning provision.
  • SECTION 12 would preempt any local jurisdictions or citizen initiative petitions from raising revenue through gross receipts taxes or surcharges.
  • This sets a dangerous precedent that endangers local control over how to raise revenue and prevents citizens from making revenue decisions for their own communities.

If Section 12 remains in HB 3427, MY COMMUNITY wouldn’t be able to raise needed money for __(INSERT WHAT YOU WOULD WANT NEW LOCAL REVENUE TO FUND).

  • I urge you to protect the ability for our local community to make its own decisions about revenue and remove SECTION 12 from the bill
  • If they push back by saying that this is something other states have done with widespread revenue reform, answer by saying: “Legislative preemption over local jurisdictions is a worrying trend that Oregon should not be a part of. We must stand strong to support allowing our local communities to make  their own decisions about how to raise revenue.”

EMAIL/LETTER SCRIPT

Dear LEGISLATOR,

My name is NAME and I am a constituent in your district. I live (roughly where you live), and I voted for you in (YEAR if you voted for the legislator). I am writing to you today because I am concerned about a specific section of House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act.

Put the following bullet points in your own words:

  • The bill will raise much needed revenue for education, but the -1 amendments contain a concerning provision.
  • SECTION 12 would preempt any local jurisdictions or citizen initiative petitions from raising revenue through gross receipts taxes or surcharges
  • This sets a dangerous precedent that endangers local control over how to raise revenue and prevents citizens from making revenue decisions for their own communities.
  • If Section 12 remains in HB 3427, MY COMMUNITY wouldn’t be able to raise needed money for __(INSERT WHAT YOU WOULD WANT NEW LOCAL REVENUE TO FUND).

Legislative preemption over local jurisdictions is a worrying trend that Oregon should not be a part of. We must stand strong to support allowing our local communities to make their own decisions about how to raise revenue.

I urge you  to protect the ability for our local community to make our own decisions about revenue and remove SECTION 12 from the bill.

(Your Preferred Signoff)

NAME

Long Overdue: Progress on a Sexual Harassment Policy for the Multnomah Democrats

The Rules Committee is working on a sexual harassment policy and an ethics committee to deal with all forms of discrimination. As Rules Chair, I mean to take charge and responsibility for something getting done. And I want you involved. Policies affect people’s lives and we need to hear your policy input and, if you feel comfortable, your experiences. To get that conversation started, I would like to share mine with you:

Last year, I went on a date with another man. After only a couple drinks, I slowly felt like I was losing control over my decisions. I blacked out for around three hours and woke up face down on my floor. The conclusion was obvious. I was probably drugged. I went to the hospital to get a rape kit done as well as testing to see if I was positive for any of the date rape drugs that could have caused this.

Today, those test results still aren’t back from whatever lab the Portland Police Department sent them to. Rape kits are backlogged, at least six months in my case, and for many people with similar experiences. I still don’t know what, if anything, happened nor who did it. Furthermore, as someone who worked for the public defenders’ office, I don’t really like speaking to law enforcement–something I had to do to make sure my kit got processed. That shouldn’t happen to anyone.

I’m sharing this story first, because it’s important to know this can happen to anyone, has happened to many people, and needs to be talked about. Second, because I want to do everything in my power to make sure this sort of thing does not happen to others; to make sure people do not feel scared to come forward, and to make sure we are paying attention. That means better policies in our institutions.

What We’ve Been Doing

 When I took office as Rules Chair in January, the Rules Committee was assigned responsibility from our party officers for creating a sexual harassment policy. I am shocked this wasn’t done far sooner. I don’t want to assign blame, but I do want to get something done.

Since then, several things happened that I want you to know. First, Rules reviewed drafted language for a sexual harassment policy and draft language for an ethics committee, to implement any policies we create surrounding harassment, discrimination, and bullying. Second, as Chair, I met with the Womxn’s Group within the MultDems and one of the co-chair’s of the Racial Inclusivity work group. We’ve received very insightful feedback on our draft policy and ethics committee.

Where We’re Heading, and How to Participate

The Rules Committee will be redrafting, debating, and then submitting our recommendations to the Admin. Committee (composed of all the officers in MultDems) next month, then, hopefully submitting it to the Central Committee in May. Everyone who wants to be involved, should be involved. Here’s how to get in touch about the process:

  • Email me at rules@multdems.orgwith any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. If you would like me to meet with your committee, or want to recommend important stakeholders in this process for me to meet with, let me know.
  • Come to the Rules Committee meeting 7 pm on May 1, 2019 at 2715 SE 34th Ave. Portland, OR 97202. We will be having a public forum to discuss the draft harassment policy and ethics committee. Please be aware, this location is not ADA accessible. It is at one of our members houses. If you would like to request that it be moved, for any reason, you need not explain, you may do so and we will change venue.
  • Online at multdems.org our draft policy proposal will be posted no later than one week in advance of the next Rules Committee meeting and it will remain up until it is voted on. Likely, this will be at the June Central Committee meeting.

Estimated Timeline for Completion of Policy

  • May 1 – Rules Committee meeting with opportunity for public comment on draft harassment policy.
  • May 9 – Introduction of final policies at the CC meeting (to be voted on at the June CC meeting). Policies will be posted on the website for public comment.
  • June 13 – Vote at CC meeting on final policies. (I may push this back one month to allow for public comment on a final draft policy).

That said, I am contemplating recommending the policies to the Chair sooner and to ask the Chair to create a special committee which will then adopt the policies. The current Bylaws give the Chair the ability to create a special committee (Article VII Section 5(a)). Having these policies be relatively apolitical may be the better way to go. Regardless, I anticipate that May 9 will be when they will be ready to go.

Finally, thank you all for your consideration. I appreciate your interest in our sexual harassment policy and ethics committee. I hope we can move towards better policies that eliminate these problems.

Michael Burleson has been a PCP for two years and is the current Rules Committee Chair. He has trial experience at Metropolitan Public Defender where he has represented dozens of indigent clients. He will be graduating Lewis & Clark Law School in May.

Multnomah Democrats Pass Resolution Calling for Peter Courtney to Step Down as Senate President

At the Central Committee Meeting on April 11, 2019, the Multnomah County Democrats passed Resolution 2019-13, Regarding Leadership and Ineffective Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Oregon Legislature.

Download the full resolution as a PDF

Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee 

Resolution: 2019-13  

Regarding Leadership and Ineffective Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Oregon Legislature 

WHEREAS, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is the agency tasked with protecting employment rights and public accommodation against discrimination, and the Labor Commissioner is the elected official who manages BOLI.(1) 

WHEREAS, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian filed a complaint with BOLI on August 1, 2018 against the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Legislative Administration Committee as employers for allowing sexual harassment in the state legislature which has created a hostile work environment; (2) 

WHEREAS, Senators Sara Gelser and Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward reported unwelcome sexual conduct and inappropriate touching by Senator Jeff Kruse as early as March 2016; (3) 

WHEREAS, Kruse resigned in March 2018 when an outside investigation concluded at least 15 women, including student interns, were sexually harassed by Senator Kruse; (4) 

WHEREAS, Avakian produced a 52-page investigative report that includes “substantial evidence” of numerous instances of Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) failing to address sexual harassment in the Capitol; (5)(6) 

WHEREAS, In 2001, two women at Western Oregon University said Courtney, then the assistant president at WOU, failed to act when they complained. The university paid both women settlements and their lawyer identified many more victims; (7) 

WHEREAS: Courtney’s office manager, a woman, acknowledged dating a male member of the House of Representatives, she was offered the choice of resigning, being demoted or being fired; She was given that ultimatum even though dating a House member was allowed under legislative rules.(8) 

WHEREAS: When a female legislative staffer of Courtney’s office complained of unwanted attention from a male legislative staffer of Courtney’s office in May 2015, the male staffer kept his job; illustrating a clear discrepancy between treatment of male and female staffers. (8) 

WHEREAS: Courtney and others have systematically brushed sexual harassment complaints under the rug; (9) 

WHEREAS: Courtney has also sent a clear message to women in the Capitol: If you speak up for yourself and other women in the building, as Sen. Sara Gelser has, you will be ostracized and shamed; (9) 

WHEREAS, the national #MeToo movement has brought attention to the pervasive issue of sexual assault and the struggle for survivors to be heard and believed; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: We support people reporting harassment and abuse, protection of their privacy while doing so, and thorough investigations of all reports.  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: We condemn any efforts to silence people reporting sexual harassment, bullying or intimidation, or to inhibit or obscure their ability and understanding of available legal remedies. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: We call upon President Courtney to step down as President and allow the Senate Pro Tempore to lead the Senate.  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: We call for an outside audit of current process used in the state legislature regarding sexual harassment and abuse, and the implementation of their recommendations. 

ADOPTED by the Democratic Party of Multnomah County on 11th day of April, 2019. 

Resolution submitted by: 

Ami Fox
John Adams
Michael Cojocaru
Sam Kahl
Ira Erbs
Dan Goetz
Lisa Wolf
Lisa Ortiz
James Davis
Leah Gibbs
Leigha LaFleur

Debby Schwartz
Pablo Martos
John Knight
Chris Lowe
Michelle Risher
Carissa Martos
Melisa Crosby
Julie DeGraw
Ethan Scarl
Julio Castilleja

Purpose 

To ask President Courtney to step down from position of Senate President and allow the Senate Pro Tempore to take his place.  Multnomah County democrats believes that there was willful disregard to repeated cases swept under the rug by current leadership. Multnomah County Democrats believes that men and women are equal and we stand with and believe women. 

Links to background information

1. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/Pages/index.asp

2. Selsky, A. (2018, September 01). Oregon legislators refute labor commissioner’s sexual harassment claims. Retrieved from https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/09/01/oregon-legislators-refute-labor-commissioners-sexual-harassment-claim/1175270002/

3. Associated Press. (n.d.). Governor: Oregon lawmaker accused of groping should resign. Retrieved from https://katu.com/news/local/governor-oregon-lawmaker-accused-of-groping-should-resign

4. Friedman, G. (2018, February 08). Kruse to resign after finding of groping, unwanted touching at Oregon Capitol. Retrieved from https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2018/02/kruse_resigns_after_finding_of.html

5. Jaquiss, N., Jaquiss, N., About Nigel Jaquiss News, & Willamette Week. (n.d.). Labor Commissioner Issues Damning Final Report On Sexual Harassment in Oregon Capitol. Retrieved from https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/01/03/labor-commissioner-issues-damning-final-report-on-sexual-harassment-in-oregon-capitol/?fbclid=IwAR2dCcjuyARrlW15K6sJravV4Gv8zPHR69H9tDjFkid86TV046yZrDVZnOI

6. VanderHart, D., & Dake, L. (2019, January 06). Investigation: Sexual Harassment Made Oregon’s Capitol A Hostile Workplace. Retrieved from https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-capitol-sexual-harassment-hostile-workplace/?fbclid=IwAR0faBSLuEmnF1SC9xJMGbJZY6Yxumy2Q3Hy2eAxhxzDGw8-b3vYhXLXYZI

7. Jaquiss, N., Jaquiss, N., About Nigel Jaquiss News, & Willamette Week. (n.d.). Peter Courtney’s Failure To Protect Women From Sexual Harassment Goes Back Decades. Retrieved from https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/02/23/peter-courtneys-failure-to-protect-women-from-sexual-harassment-goes-back-decades/

8. Jaquiss, N., Jaquiss, N., About Nigel Jaquiss News, & Willamette Week. (n.d.). Senior Aide To Sen. President Peter Courtney Abruptly Resigns the Day Before Lawmakers Convene. Retrieved from https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/01/13/senior-aide-to-sen-president-peter-courtney-abruptly-resigns-the-day-before-lawmakers-convene/

9. Columnist, G. (2019, March 02). Opinion: Sen. Steiner Hayward doesn’t speak for all Capital sexual harassment victims. Retrieved from https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2019/03/opinion-sen-steiner-hayward-doesnt-speak-for-all-capitol-sexual-harassment-victims.html

This Resolution will be sent to each of the officials named below, 

State Senators 

Senator Mark Hass sen.markhass@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1714 

Senator Betsy Johnson Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov (503) 543-4046 

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward sen.elizabethsteinerhayward@oregonlegislature.gov (503) 986-1717 

Senator Ginny Burdick sen.ginnyburdick@oregonlegislature.gov (503) 986-1700 

Senator Rob Wagner Sen.RobWagner@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1719 

Senator Kathleen Taylor sen.kathleentaylor@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1721 

Senator Lew Frederick Sen.LewFrederick@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1722 

Senator Michael Dembrow Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1723 

Senator Shemia Fagan Sen.ShemiaFagan@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1724 

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1725 

Senator Chuck Thomsen Sen.ChuckThomsen@oregonlegislature.gov (541) 490-4641 

Contact: 

Faith E Ruffing platform@multdems.org  

MultDems Call to Action: Clean Energy Jobs Bill Moment of Truth

We are so close to passage of the Clean Energy Jobs bill, but we need to continue to pressure our lawmakers to make the bill as strong as it can be! We are targeting the eight Democrats on the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.

We need your help to ensure a highly effective bill passes out of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) so that it can be voted on by the full Legislature.

Please send emails or messages to the following legislators on the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. Create  individual messages addressed to each legislator. You can copy/paste all or part of the suggested language. Add your own language and personal experience.

Note that you are writing them as a citizen of Oregon. As members of the JCCR, they are charged with doing the right thing for all of Oregon.

Please do not use the CC email function as legislators dislike being copied along with multiple offices.

Senator Michael Dembrow, email Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Kathleen Taylor, email sen.kathleentaylor@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Jeff Golden, email Sen.JeffGolden@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Lee Beyer, email Sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Karin Power, email Rep.KarinPower@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Ken Helm, email rep.kenhelm@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Pam  Marsh, email rep.pammarsh@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative John Lively, email Rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov

Suggested Language

Encourage these legislators by noting that Oregon has the opportunity to once again be a national leader as it once was on environmental issues like the Beach Bill and Bottle Bill and that HB 2020 can serve as a model for other states. Let them know that this legislation has the potential to be a legacy they will be proud of many years from now.

Ask them to pass the strongest possible climate legislation that addresses three essential needs and ensures that that bill:

  • Has a quickly declining cap and that we want that cap to lead to zero emissions in 2050,
  • Makes polluters pay – all major polluters need to be under the cap – no exemptions, and
  • Funds a just transition and ensures funds are targeted to those most impacted by climate change.

Urge these legislators to pass HB 2020 along with the 31 amendments. Let them know that you especially appreciate that HB 2020 now:

  • Includes 40% allocation for impacted communities
  • Keeps Covanta as a regulated entity,
  • Keeps semiconductor F gases subject to the cap,
  • Ensures that offsets must be real, permanent, quantifiable, verifiable, enforceable and additional,
  • Has a specific allocation for the Just Transition Fund to help workers, and
  • Retains the emergency clause so that the Oregon Climate Action Program will be in place immediately.

Ask them to not let this vital piece of legislation to be watered down and to resist the efforts of some of their colleagues to delay, mislead or confuse. Summarize by thanking them for their hard work and suggesting that passing this critical legislation by Earth Day would be a wonderful gift for Oregon and the planet.

In regards to social media and the Democratic Primary for President

Today, a seasoned volunteer posted to the Multnomah Democrat’s Facebook page a quote from one of our Multnomah County precinct committee persons and a link to an article about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s position on childcare. As you probably know, Senator Warren is vieing for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

I deleted it from our feed.

It is not that the article was not well written and compelling, worthy of discussion. It is not that Elizabeth Warren merits censorship. It is not that I or any member of the party favors another candidate. I deleted the post in the service of being a responsible officer of the party in the complex world of social media.

I am extremely proud of our lively MultDems social media presence, particularly Facebook. I inherited it from the groundbreaking work of my predecessor and have every intention of keeping it going.

Our volunteers put hours every week into posting and interacting with other users. The result is vibrant and authentic connections to fellow Democrats.

When a legislative action connects to our platform, we use Facebook to get the word out to our activists and constituents. I am very happy that I am frequently told that the Multnomah Democrats Facebook feed is informative and community-building. I want it to be a place where people gather. A place that inspires the actions we can do together to change our communities and our world.

And then there is the upcoming Democratic primary election. What is a local party — and its social media presence — to do when multiple candidates are vying for the top spot on our ticket?

The Multnomah Democrats strive for transparency and accountability. That is why I am writing this post. The truth is that a perfectly clear response to this important moment is not easy. I want us to collectively find a way to use social media for its best purposes. I want it to bring us together in conversation. I want it to provide information and visibility to the topics that energize us.

As we all know, social media can create divides and falsely separate us — particularly around political topics. It happened before, and it is already happening again.

Social media thrives on heated conversation. It benefits those who count on us dehumanizing each other on topics ranging from immigration rights to who should play James Bond to 90s college rock bands. Done wrong, it is an unhealthy multiplier of a person’s passion. If you dig back in my Twitter or Facebook feed you will see that I have been there myself.

In my view, the platforms are so new that pretending there are norms or best practices is misleading. We are learning together how to relate with each other in these new ways.

As an officer of the party, I am honored and happy to serve in a role that helps us coalesce our collective energy around the eventual nominee. I very much believe that the party is ready to make the best use of the primary system, producing a candidate we can all work with and defeat Donald Trump in 2020. That is the most important thing. I believe that winning in 2020 won’t be easy. It is not gauranteed. That is why I work for every day to strengthen the capacity of the Democratic Party.

That is my (completely unpaid, second) job and I am honored to have it at this moment.

Excerpt from the Democratic Party of Multnomah County Bylaws

Article XIICandidate Support and Ballot Measure Endorsements

Section 1 Candidate Support

A. Democrats who win their Primary in a partisan election are the Democratic Party nominees and will appear on literature listing Democratic nominees, such as a Multnomah Democrats slate card.

B. No endorsements of any candidates will be made by the Multnomah County Democratic Party.

C. Democratic candidates in both partisan and non-partisan elections who have no Democratic opponent may receive support from the county party, such as financial contributions, campaign literature, and recruitment and organizing of campaign volunteers.

D. Support will be proposed by the Executive Committee and presented to the Central Committee for ratification.

E. PCPs [Precinct Committee Persons] who support a Democratic candidate may use Party facilities for campaign work for that candidate.

F. Candidates in partisan and non-partisan elections who align with the Party’s Platform and Resolutions may receive public recognition of their positions, which may be assessed through Candidate Forums, questionnaires and interviews.

I, and all of my fellow officers, happily comply to the bylaws and platform of our party. That is what we signed up for.

As a county party, we will develop clearer policies going forward for how our social media talks about these candidates. It requires some consideration; the candidate are great thinkers of our party and clearly historic figures. Entirely ignoring them seems odd.

However, posting about any candidate and excluding any others immediately draws the question of favoritism. The post that prompted me to write this article was up for about an hour and readers had already asked whether we were going to provide equal time for every Democratic presidential candidate. That would drown out the conversations of National Popular Vote, health care, Green Jobs, and fully funded education that matter so much to our consituents and our nation.

I did not feel good about taking down that post today, but I would have felt worse about leaving it up. I ask you to join me in sober consideration of how social media should be a part of our Democratic process, starting today and moving forward.

Yours,

Joel Barker
Communications Officer
Multnomah County Democratic Party
Elected January 2019

Proposed Rule Changes: March 2019 Central Committee

The Rules committee is proposing the following rules changes for the March 2019 Central Committee:

AMENDMENT LOCATION: _________Article VII Section 2 § B________

AUTHOR: _____________Rule Committee________

CURRENT LANGUAGE

Article VIISection 2…B. Standing committees other than the Credentials Committee will have aminimum of nine PCP members who may be appointed by:

NEW LANGUAGE

Article VIISection 2…B. Standing committees other than the Credentials Committee will have aminimum of five members who may be appointed by:

AMENDMENT LOCATION: _____Article VII Section 2 § F_____________

AUTHOR: ____________Rules Committee______________

CURRENT LANGUAGE

Article VII…Section 2…F.The duration of each committee member’s appointment shall be two years.No person shall serve as a member of a committee beyond this timewithout being re-appointed.

New Language

Article VII…Section 2…F.Committee members, including the Committee Chair, are appointed to a term of up to two years which expires 30 days after the next District or Party Organizational meeting, depending on the person who appointed them. Committee members including the committee chair may be removed at the pleasure of the person in the position that appointed them.

Announcing the April 11 Central Committee Meeting

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

Thursday, April 11

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

(Map)

Meet and hear the goals of the great Democrats who are running in the 2019 May Elections.

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

Resolutions

As described in the Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, a resolution can be proposed

  • by the Platform, Resolution, Legislation Committee (PRLC)
  • or by 5 precinct committee persons (PCPs).

We will be voting on a resolution to rescind the Oregon Kicker Law. The text of the resolution is here. (Updated to v1-1 on 11 April 2019)

[Update, 6 April] An additional resolution will be considered, “Regarding Leadership and Ineffective Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Oregon Legislature.” The full text is available here. (Updated to v1-2 on 11 April 2019)

We will be voting on appointment of Precinct Committee Persons. A list of persons eligible for appointment can be found here.

[Update 8 April] Rules Committee has two rule changes to discuss at the meeting. You can read them here.

Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

Democratic Party of Multnomah County

chair@multdems.org

Shape the Future: Join the Multnomah Democrats Platform Committee

Are you interested in working on elections integrity, immigration, environmental issues, the economy, or justice issues? The Multnomah Democrats Platform, Resolutions, and Legislation Committee has study groups actively working on issues who could use your help! The outcome will be resolutions and the new party platform, which guides our work for the coming years.

If interested, please send an email to platform@multdems.org with your contact information and which of the following groups you would like to join:

  • Basic Needs
  • Education
  • Economy
  • Social Security and Health
  • Environment, Energy, and Transportation
  • Election Integrity and Legislative Accountability
  • Equality
  • Justice
  • Immigration
  • Labor

Help Make the Clean Energy Jobs Bill Better!

An urgent message from Catherine Thomasson, Multnomah Democrats Climate Action Team member

Our lobbying efforts made HB 2020-Clean Energy Jobs Bill better. Exemptions were removed for Covanta and silicon chip manufacturers. There is now more oversight on investments but we need a stronger bill!

Photo by Sam Jotham Sutharson on Unsplash

The bill creates a cap on carbon emissions that decreases over time. It does so by giving or requiring high emitters to buy allowances (or permits) to emit each ton of carbon up to the level of the cap for their industry. However, there are too many allowances given out for free.
The methane fossil fuel utilities are being given 30% of their allowances for free until 2030 and there is talk of giving them more. Additional free allowances must not be allowed.

The income from the allowances pays for programs to develop a low carbon economy such as: renewable energy job training, low income housing energy efficiency improvements and investment in agriculture practices to reduce fertilizer use (another greenhouse gas source).

To further improve the bill, we call for limits on the banking of allowances. By banking allowances to use in the future, companies could game the system and the cap would not be effective. Call for a three-year expiration of banked allowances, limits to the banking of free allowances and limits the number of banked allowances that may be used in each biennium.

Call your legislators today to say: No more free allowances for methane fossil fuel providers and reform the banking of allowances.

Take Action by Friday!

The work session is Friday April 5 at 1pm. Don’t tarry. This is your chance.

  • Call your own state Representative and state Senator and tell them what matters to you on HB2020: We ask for limits on banking allowances and no more allowances for methane fossil fuel providers
  • Call the chairs of the Carbon Reduction Joint Committee Senator Michael Dembrow (503-986-1723) and Representative Karin Power (503-986-1441)
  • Speak out and share on social media!