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Young boy enthusiastically cheering while standing on a stadium seat.

2020 Election: Celebration and Gratitude

In Multnomah County, you, our local Democrats, our volunteers and our donors have inspired me and inspired all of us.

From our committee leaders and committee members who do the behind the scenes work to the District Leaders, PCP’s, Neighborhood Leaders and all of you who have engaged with the Election Hub; we have done so much.

67,765! That’s how many more Multnomah county residents voted for Joe Biden this year than voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016! More of you came out to vote Dem this year than in 2012 and 2008. Your vote will help counter any fictitious claim, and demonstrate that nationally U.S. voters absolutely preferred Joe & Kamala. Thank you for responding to our appeal to build the popular vote total!

You picked up and displayed yard signs, made cookies, and wrote countless letters, postcards, and texts. All that writing, I wager your fingers are likely blue! Locally, we joined together and distributed over 90,000 door hangers. and.we.voted.

You can see the results here in our region immediately. Pre-school for all. Drug policy that is built to heal, not harm. Peter Defazio returning to the House of Representatives. A great new, diverse batch of Democrats heading to the state legislature. Our new Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. This is your election, you left your mark. Thank you.

Be proud of all WE have done. Take a breath knowing that together, we rise. Together, we did what we needed to do.

Of course – once the election results are finalized, we will all be called upon to continue our work to envision and demand a world designed by and for the people. Voting is just part of the story. Our elected leaders need our support and our communities need us to speak up for them. We have seen what happens when Democracy is not attended to. Never again.

With the country so obviously divided, it is obvious that we need a progressive vision. We have more joyful work to do.

Will you be ready? Join us.

From your admin team, committee chairs, and district leaders, thank you from the bottom or our hearts,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

Six pack of beer labeled "Brewventure."

Brewventure Bidding for Election Day Quaffing!

As if there weren’t enough at stake on Election Day, November 3rd is the day the winning bidders of BREWVENTURE 2020 packages will receive their booty, perhaps just in time for some celebratory tippling.

In a move to offer a fleeting distraction from the VERY serious matters at hand, the MaltDems (beer enthusiasts of the MultDems) proudly announce that BREWVENTURE 2020 bidding opens today Monday October 26th and run one short week until 8:00PM on November 2nd. The beer bundles will be delivered on election day. In the interest of full disclosure, if beer is not your thing, we have one non-beer package.

Get in on the action at BREWVENTURE 2020.

BREWVENTURE 2020 – The best thing so far about 2020™

"Brewventure: Make your bid"
Comedians and Candidates poster with Sold out stamped on it.

Honk if You Love! Comedians & Candidates in Cars Brings Us Together

Comedy and humor is so important to being human, and sharing it is a core part of community. With our 2020 Drive-In Edition of Comedians and Candidates, we managed to make it all happen. Honks replaced applause, but we still managed to hear from great local comedians and fantastic candidates.

Not only that, we beat our goal and raised over $5300 so that our all-volunteer, grass roots party can continue to advocate for our communities through elections and legislation.

MC Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum took to the stage and gracefully led us through the event with her usual warmth. In the improvisational spirit of 2020, the audience quickly figured out how to applaud with their horns.

 “It was so great to come together and enjoy a perfect Northwest autumn night with all these DemocratsEmcee Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum. It turns out our makeshift drive in theatre provided much needed camaraderie and in retrospect an outlet for the talent of our candidates and Portland’s top comedians.”  

Lurelle Robbins, Chair of Multnomah County Democrats

Tons of volunteers put creativity, smarts, and many many hours into the event.

“Let’s hear from all the Prius!”

Comedians Susan Rice, Art Krug, Amanda Arnold, and Nathan Brannan presented. They shared the stage with great Democratic candidates in Multnomah County

  • Dacia Grayber HD 35
  • Sarah Iannorone Portland Mayor (by pre-recorded video)
  • Andrea Salinas HD 38
  • Lisa Reynolds HD 36
  • Tawna Sanchez HD 43
  • Wendy Lawton Fairview City Council
  • Khan Pham HD 46
  • Vincent Jones-Dison Gresham City Council
  • Ricki Ruiz HD 50

While they all made a try at jokes, most of them showed that their service was better in politics than comedy!

Hand holding Biden Harris slate card

Slate Drop 2020: Help us increase voter turnout by 5%


This is a stack of over 80,000 door hangers. 

Boxes containing slate cards. Biden Harris and "In Our America" signs.

We call these slate cards. They list all the Democratic candidates and ballot initiative endorsements specific to that physical address, making it convenient for voter reference as they vote or share with their neighbors.

Starting October 5, The Multnomah Democrats are doing what we do best: Delivering these slate cards.

You’ve told others you wanted to make a difference! The next step is yours, and we need your help. Without your help, a hundred thousand cards could be left in a useless pile, undelivered after the election.   

You can increase votes by taking a walk

Experience has taught us that if you deliver just 100 cards, your action will increase the voter turnout by 5% or more!

This COVID-safe request may take you up to three hours, over a couple of days. Yes, you need to prepare for up to three hours of exercise a week in early October.  Walk in your own neighborhood, in neighboring blocks or buildings.  No door knocking, no soliciting, just hook the card on the door of fellow Democrats. (Be sure to wear a mask!)  That’s it, you’re done! You’ll know you’ve helped Democrats win the election!  You know you committed yourself to that!

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Get involved!

If you haven’t already signed up, fill out this registration form so your district leader will know you are committed to delivering a Blue Wave this election.

Chair Lurelle Robbins speaking on Basic Income

Statement to the 26 September 2020 PDX for Basic Income Event

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County, Mission and Vision states – 

“We envision and Demand a government designed by the people and for the benefit of the people.”

At this moment we demand a return of the dividends due, we the people, who have over the past 40 years contributed our hard earned funds and delayed our profits as the money has been shifted and shared upwards to the wealthy among us.  Trickle down never trickled down – rather it provided mechanisms by which our money flowed up to the wealthiest among us.     $2000 NOW is the beginning of the return on our investment.

  • With houselessness and evictions and unemployment on the rise
  • With too many people struggling even before the current crisis as a result of 40 years of decreasing wages and increasing disparity
  • With CEO’s and the dramatically wealthy like Jeff Bezos and Amazon, like Bill Gates and Microsoft, like Google and Facebook and Home Depot and Fauci and Trump in control of our narratives

We the people are left struggling. If we are making zero or $20,000 or 50K or even 300K it is nothing compared to the trillions that of dollars flowing into the hands of Jeff Bezos and friends.

It is time to demand $2000 NOW and I call upon each of us to spread this message to our friends and neighbors across the country and to our legislators.  When an uprising of people and their demands and calls for relief truly get loud – then and only then will something happen. $2000 NOW.

Congress struggles to pass an 1800 page bill that would dole out money at the top and mollify the lobbyists, but what about, we the people who have been funding their largesse?

We believe that 1800 pages are not needed to solve this crisis.  We can say it in one sentence.

“The US Treasury will disburse $2000/ mo to every US resident for a 12 month period to provide relief to the people and to stimulate the whole economy.”

$2000 NOW    $2000 NOW    Today we are here to demand action and to spread the message of uprising for change.  But first we must recognize that the Native Americans and American Descendants of Slavery have endured this struggle far longer , for 100s of years, and let’s remember that reparations must be made to create a more equitable future for all.

The $2000 NOW dividends will repay us all for the 40 years of declining wages and theft or shift of our wealth upwards.

Let’s not forget that the 2008 crisis lead to a bailout of the banks, who then thanked us by taking many of our homes through foreclosure, only to resell them to wealthy investors like Blacstone and others.    DID WE GET OUR DIVIDEND – NO!   IT is time for $2000 NOW.

Now with covid and then the fires across Oregon and with the struggles for justice in our streets our people, our neighbors and our small businesses are shutters, houselessness increases and Bezos and the wealth get trillions of dollars in rewards.   IT IS TIME FOR $2000 NOW

With the top 3 families currently having the wealth of the bottom 50% or 1 ½ billion people we have given away our income and our wealth and we must demand a return of our investment.

Demand the 1 sentence bill.  Demand $2000 NOW.   Check out HB 6496 and SB 3784 and make them known by calling for action.   Spend your money locally, grow mainstreet and our neighbors not wall street.

Please join me in thanking Chelsea Wilkinson and PDX for Basic Income and Mark Nerys, who leads our Basic Rights study group for all their efforts.  I would also like to thank Neil Goodman, Mitch Rofsky – who is taking this message to the Biden transition planning team and to Faith Ruffing, Bobbi Yambasu and our Congresspersons Bonamici and Blumenauer for co-sponsoring HB 6496 

$2000 NOW

www.multdems.org/2000now

Summary: H.R.6496 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.6496. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:

Introduced in House (04/14/2020)

Emergency Money for the People Act

This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to make monthly payments during a specified 12-month period to certain citizens and noncitizens of the United States and their dependent children. The amount of such payments shall be $2,000 each month ($4,000 for married couples filing joint returns) and additional amounts for their dependent children. The monthly amount shall be phased out for individuals whose adjusted gross income exceeds $130,000 ($260,000 for joint return filers). The payments must begin within 14 days of the enactment of this bill.

The bill allows such monthly payments for individuals who are not U.S. citizens or residents, but have been physically present in the United States continuously since January 27, 2020 (the effective date of the public health emergency resulting from the COVID-19 [i.e. coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic), and continue to be physically present in the United States throughout the duration of the payment period.

If Treasury does not have sufficient tax return information to make payments to an eligible individual, it shall consult with the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Social Security Administration and any agency making pension or annuity payments to such individual.

SB 3784 Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act

The coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis are unprecedented challenges confronting American families. Workers across the country are losing their incomes and struggling to make ends meet. Bills are continuing to come and people are finding it impossible to pay rent and put food on the table. Families need immediate help.The single check Americans will receive from the CARES Act is not enough. As our nation continues to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, families across the country will continue to hurt. Congress a responsibility to make sure that people aren’t left behind.Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced theMonthly Economic Crisis Support Act, 

which would establish a rebate payment program that would provide $2,000 to every individual, including children and other dependents, until this crisis is over.

TheMonthly Economic Crisis Support Act:

•Provides a monthly $2,000 check to every individual with an income below $120,000 throughout and for three months following the coronavirus pandemic.

Married couples who file jointly would receive $4,000.o$2,000 per child up to three children

Retroactive to March•Ensures that every U.S. resident receives a payment, regardless of whether or not they have filed a recent tax return or have a social security number

Uses the data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income, (SSI), Medicare and housing assistance programs

•Forbids debt collectors from seizing the rebate payments

•Ensures the homeless and foster youth receive payments

"She taught us courage" portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In Memory and Honor of the Service of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How do we define courage? 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was courage personified. From her earliest efforts to gain equal opportunities for women, to her many career accomplishments, to her strength in standing up to extremists on all sides, and in facing the reality of her illness with her choice to pursue the most extreme treatments

Ginsburg persisted on a steady path, proactively seeking justice and equal rights for women but never stooping to pettiness, recrimination, or unprofessionalism. She became a powerful dissenting voice and a role model for younger generations of women.

As Democrats we can honor The Notorious R.B.G. and grasp a bit of that courage to devote some small part of our lives and time to carry on the battle for justice and equal opportunity for all.

Can we, as fellow Dems, reach out to grasp just a bit of that courage? Can we each individually devote just a part of our lives and time to similarly carry on the ongoing battle for equal opportunities for all, for justice, for all our democratic ideals?

In her memory, in her honor!

Ginsburg in 1977

Central Committee September 10, 2020 Zoom Meeting for PCPs RSVP for Details multdems.org/SeptCC

September 2020 Central Committee Meeting Thursday 10 September

The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County meets

Thursday, September 10, 2020

ONLINE ZOOM Meeting

RSVP HERE for details

Without the endorsement process we went through in August, this will be a very different meeting!

The meeting convenes at 6:30 and is called to order at 7.

The meeting is open to members of the Central Committee (PCP’s)

You must RSVP for the CC meeting above.

Our schedule is as follows:

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In to be credentialed. There will be no break out rooms.

7:00 PM Business Meeting

Meet Our Democratic Candidates

Please read and be prepared to vote on the question:

Shall the Democratic Party of Multnomah County endorse this Contract with Black America

PCP Appointments. Meet the candidates for appointment to fill PCP vacancies. The CC votes to accept or reject these candidates.

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

The CC working agenda

Precinct Committee Persons are The Central Committee

Our action determines elections. We need to not just affect the critical national elections but work for candidates who can overcome the anti-democratic Republican Walkouts here in Oregon. Local and national: there is volunteer action that suits you. We can help connect you. Visit multdems.org/2020hub to find out.

There remain vacant PCP positions across the county. Invite Democrats to join us! Apply to fill vacant positions here.

Regular monthly donations to the Party support all the things we do to work locally for our communities.

Oh wait, did you say you wanted lawn signs?

Our own Lisa Dorn has designed our Oregons for Biden Harris lawn signs. Order now to get in on the first batch arriving September 12! Biden Harris Bumper stickers and MultDems shirts, too!

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

“Governor, to help keep the pandemic under control, we ask you to release all those prisoners that do not threaten public safety.”

Contact the Governor: Safety in Oregon Prisons During the Pandemic

Help free those threatened by COVID.

Support our Resolution 2020–8 Safety in Oregon Prisons During Pandemic 

“Governor, to help keep the pandemic under control, we ask you to release all those prisoners that do not threaten public safety.”

Help bring about prisoner safety called for in the Resolution overwhelmingly passed on June 11 by MultDems Central Committee.

Please write and mail a postcard to Governor Brown or send a message through the form on her website.

Key points to cover

  • Thank you for protecting Oregon residents during the pandemic.
  • Oregon prisoners not safe because social distancing in Oregon prisons requires early release of  about 5700 prisoners.
  • The scheduled release of 400 who will finish their sentences within the next 2 months is good, but inadequate.
  • Many prisoners can be released without jeopardizing public safety.
  • Here are top categories to consider for early release:
    • People whose sentence will end within next 6 months
    • Elderly and disabled
    • People convicted of non-violent crimes
    • Those in danger of COVID due to medical conditions
  • Prisoners with mandatory sentences, who otherwise would be eligible for early release, should be furloughed until pandemic ends.

Post to

https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx 

Mail to

Governor Kate Brown
Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE, Suite 254
Salem, OR 97301-4047 

Additional Information

Governor Brown did decide in June to release 57 medically endangered prisoners. But this of course had no safety effect on the rest of the approximately 14,500 Oregon prisoners, since, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections, it would take release of about 5,700 to allow for real social distancing in our 14 prisons. DOC can do only so much to keep the current environment safe. 

One prisoner died in May, and 4 more died in August. There have been at least 636 cases of coronavirus, and at least 185 prison staff have tested positive for the virus.

Finally in late August the Governor has decided to allow early release of 350-400 more prisoners, mainly about half of the individuals who are scheduled to be released anyway within the next two months, with irrational criteria used to select who is eligible. It is not based on either community safety or housing available for the released individual.

Even if you already lobbied the Governor on this, do it again, so that she will know that releasing 400 more will not be sufficient.

Multnomah Democrats Join DNC Council on the Environment & Climate Crisis

DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council: MultDems join the voices in support

The Multnomah County Democrats have been added to the growing list of Democratic, NGO, faith, and Indigenous organizations that are voicing their support for the bold recommendations of the DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council. https://www.dncclimate.org/

The DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council, a permanent entity of the DNC, was established to push the Democratic Party to take bold and urgent action addressing the climate crisis and other environmental issues. The council is recommending a sweeping set of policies for inclusion in the new four year 2020 Democratic Party platform, which will be approved at the August convention.

MultDems statement of support:

The Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee passed Res: 2019-24 declaring a Climate Emergency on Sept. 12, 2019.

The Multnomah County Democrats support the recommendations of the DNC ECCC, which are commensurate with the enormity of the Climate Emergency we face.

#DemPlatform2020 #DNCClimate

MultDems pass Resolution 2020-11 Police Brutality and the Criminal Justice System

Multnomah Democrats pass resolution calling for structural changes to policing to end police brutality

At the Central Committee Meeting on July 9, 2020, the Multnomah County Democrats passed this resolution.

Read and download the full text

Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee

Resolution: 2020 –11 Police Brutality and the Criminal Justice System

WHEREAS We affirm our support for the recent amendments to the City of Portland’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, which divests a total of $15 million from the Portland Police Bureau,

WHEREAS Efforts to address police malfeasance and brutality have been ongoing for decades, with limited success, 

WHEREAS Reimagining policing and in some cases, scaling back police departments is necessary,

WHEREAS According to the Sentencing Project, Black American men are six times as likely to be incarcerated as white men, Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences,

WHEREAS Incarceration, cash bail, and fines generate incomes for suppliers of the prison system, corrections officers, wardens, local municipalities, and private corporations that rely on prisoner labor, 

WHEREAS Article 9, plank three of the 2018 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states, “We believe no one should profit from criminal incarceration which creates perverse incentives to underserve inmate populations and results in increased recidivism rates,”

WHEREAS Article VII (Justice), Plank 14 of the 2020 Democratic Party of Multnomah County Platform states, “We oppose private prisons. We believe no one should profit from the incarceration of others and decisions about prisoner conditions should not depend on the decision makers’ profit,” 

WHEREAS the medical and mental health professions exist within a system of white supremacy, and anti-Black practices within those professions have contributed to deep historical and ongoing trauma in the Black community.  

NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY RESOLVES THAT

SECTION 1. Of the $4.8 million reallocated to Portland Street Response from defunding specialty units in the Portland Police Bureau, a certain amount of those monies must be earmarked for establishing and improving anti-racist training as a job-embedded, permanent workplace requirement for all Portland Street Response staff.

SECTION 2. Financial compensation awarded from lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies for wrongful death, serious injury, and civil rights violations stemming from police malpractice should come out of the pension funds of the law enforcement agency in question, and not out of municipal budgets. 

SECTION 3. The legal doctrine of Qualified Immunity for law enforcement officers must be eliminated.

SECTION 4.  Oregon law enforcement officers should be stripped of military equipment and weaponry and Oregon law enforcement agencies must be forbidden from participating in the so-called 1033 Program and other schemes that provide police with military equipment. 

SECTION 5. Oregon law enforcement agencies should be forbidden from participating in schemes that provide financial incentives for officers or departments based on arrest- or conviction-based quotas.

SECTION 6. We urge all employees of our justice system, as well as public servants and employees of our government at all levels, to engage with activists demonstrating in streets across America for Black lives, and to work together to enact substantive policy changes aimed at disentangling anti-Blackness from American institutions.   

ADOPTED ON July 9, 2020

Resolution submitted by Platform, Resolution and Legislative Committee and Quinton Blanton, Anti Blackness Study Group

For More Information, See

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/fostercare/caseworker/roberts.html

https://www.gloucestercitynews.net/clearysnotebook/2015/05/nj-news-commons.html

https://newrepublic.com/article/121186/truancy-laws-unfairly-attack-poor-children-and-parents

https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/how-we-fail-black-patients-pain

https://www.npr.org/2015/10/24/449893318/there-were-fewer-black-men-in-medical-school-in-2014-than-in-1978

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/09/03/how-st-louis-county-missouri-profits-from-poverty/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/black-mass-incarceration-statistics_b_6682564

Resolution pertains to the city of Portland’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, policing, and the criminal justice system

Send to the following legislators: All Multnomah County elected officials, as well as all state officials, Commissioner Joann Hardesty, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Governor Kate Brown, Congressman Earl Blumeneaur, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senator Ron Wyden