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MultDems Debate Watch Party February 19 at MultDems HQ

Join us February 19 for a Critical Democratic Presidential Debate

Debate Season Continues!

Candidates continue to qualify for the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate. It is getting down to brass tacks, and you can join a lively group of Democrats to watch the action.

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Co-sponsored by the MultDems Climate Action Team

These folks make things happen.

Multnomah County Democrats Community Action Committee has been holding full house watch parties, co-sponsored with other committees and Democratic groups. It is a vibrant place to witness history in the making.

There will be pizza and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your favorite debate-watching snacks to share.

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Multnomah County Democrats office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland 97232 [Map]

Doors at 5pm

See you there!

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For public transportation options to/from the event location, visit http://trimet.org/. The Multnomah County Democrats office is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access or functional needs that you feel may prevent you from joining us at this event or that, if they can be addressed, might make the event more accessible [and therefore more enjoyable] for you, please email action@multdems.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

December Debate Watch Party

Join us December 19 for the 6th Democratic Presidential Debate

Debate Season, Episode 6

Seven Candidates will be at the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate, moderated by PBS and Politico.

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Multnomah County Democrats Community Action Committee has been holding full house watch parties, co-sponsored with other committees and Democratic groups. It is a vibrant place to witness history in the making.

There will be pizza and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your favorite debate-watching snacks to share.

Click here to RSVP

Multnomah County Democrats office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland 97232 [Map]

Doors at 5pm

See you there!

Facebook event

For public transportation options to/from the event location, visit http://trimet.org/. The Multnomah County Democrats office is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access or functional needs that you feel may prevent you from joining us at this event or that, if they can be addressed, might make the event more accessible [and therefore more enjoyable] for you, please email action@multdems.org.

MultDems proudly launch the 2020 platform

Multnomah Democrats 2020 Platform includes historic focus on racial justice and abuse of power

“Across the country, throughout Oregon, and within the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, the demand for racial justice is clear. The time is now to bring the demand for racial justice to the surface and for us to take action. Our platform takes that guidance from our racial inclusivity work group leaders. We must all work together for change.”

Lurelle Robbins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County

Read the 2020 MultDems Platform: multdems.org/platform

On November 23, 2019, Democrats of Multnomah County approved a new party platform with unprecedented anti-racist articles that are unique to parties anywhere in the nation.

After all the legislative action items had been approved, one more motion was made from the floor. The articles had been arranged in the order introduced. The most recent, Tribal Sovereignty and Historical and ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon, were at the end. Danelle Stevens requested revising the order, which was quickly done to honor these new articles. The proposed change passed unanimously. Throughout the room filled with paper, laptops, pizza boxes, and coffee cups, applause erupted.

You can count the number of county parties in the state of Oregon that establish a platform at all.  For the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, the platform convention is a part of an ongoing cycle of collective activism. Built from the efforts of study groups for hot button political issues, the platform speaks of topics and positions from engaged activists.

As with past platforms, the newly approved 2020 platform has articles on climate, infrastructure, labor issues, and justice — 14 articles in all this year as a focus on racial justice came to the fore. Three of the new articles have specific, groundbreaking planks and legislative action to address racism and its repercussions.

“As far as I know, these articles are unique to our party. I don’t believe that any other county or state party has articles on these topics,” said Faith Ruffing, chair of the Multnomah Democrats Platform Committee.

Tribal Sovereignty article possibly unique in the nation

The Portland Metropolitan area is the ninth-largest community of Indigenous people in the United States, with 380 tribal nations represented, including the nine with land in Oregon. Even the county name—“Multnomah”—comes from the Chinookan name for the Indigenous people of the area. Current residents are surrounded by Indigenous culture in both our history and present day, and yet tribal members remain extremely underrepresented in politics.

Multnomah Democrats, led by Ruth Jensen, dedicated an article specifically to improving recognition of tribal sovereignty and disparities that continue because it is not well understood and respected. The political relationship between indigenous tribal nations and the United States government is unique. They are neither a special interest group nor a subset of counties but territories whose relationship with the federal government is defined by formal treaties and trust responsibility to protect Indigenous nations.

Calling for compliance with existing treaties, equal access to justice, and an end to disparities in services, the Platform seeks to enhance self-determination as well as the bonds of culture and family for native people.

Historical and Ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon article takes on racist heritage with an eye for healing

Infamously, Oregon entered the Union in 1859 as a “whites-only” state. Through to contemporary times, local and state governments have been complicit in anti-black policies. A group of black Democrats from diverse backgrounds came together to write an article focused on a path forward for this state and nation, with support from other members of the Platform Committee.

Through “unique and faceted” policies, the platform seeks structural change to alleviate the damage to Black Oregonians resulting from Black exclusionary history. The Democratic party of Multnomah County proposes reparations, solutions to disproportionate incarceration, and greater parity in home loans and small business loans.

Inequitable opportunity remains stark. The largest bank in the state of Oregon (Umpqua Bank) gave one single Small Business Administration (SBA) loan to a black owned business in the last ten years. Meanwhile, mega bank Wells Fargo provided less than 3 loans on average per year for the last 10 years.

Abuse of Power article

In addition to these articles focusing on particular groups of Americans, the 2020 Multnomah Democrats platform includes another new article addressing the dangers of abuse of power, particularly as it has ”the highest cost to those of us whose equal rights are still not recognized by all.”

“The new Abuse of Power article speaks to the violence, neglect, and disparities practiced under cover of institutional power. We see it as using racism to increase power, unjust incarceration, and harmful barriers to immigration. It addresses behaviors we see from Oregon to the current White House and will guide our ongoing fight for equity and accountability,” said Beth Woodward, a key author of the Abuse of Power article.

Racial inclusivity work within party raises awareness, drives change

In 2018, the Democratic Party of  Multnomah County chartered a Racial Inclusivity Workgroup (RIWG) to transform the party into a more inclusive group.

“We are learning how racism ranges from the subtle to the overt and we have made a commitment to investigate our own issues with race,” said Robbins. The RIWG organized workshops for party leadership, sponsored affinity groups, and developed a tool for identifying racial bias in policy documents such as the platform, the Racial Inclusivity Lens.

Co-chairs of RIWG, G.M. Garcia and Salomé Chimuku, and several workgroup members were active at the convention and contributed to guiding the direction of the platform. “It is time for this party to recognize racism and work together for justice. We can see that energy in this room,” said Garcia

Nature of platform

With a large, energetic volunteer base, the Multnomah Democrats maintain year-round policy and legislative action activity. All of that activity is organized around the platform. Each article is assigned to a study group of Democrats passionate about the topic. They also monitor legislation and other opportunities to influence policy.

Leading up to the platform convention every two years, the study groups draft updates of each article and solicit input from the Democratic voters of the county.

The culmination of the platform development process was the platform convention. In a day-long meeting, Multnomah County Democrats of all political stripes met face to face and drilled down into the specific wording of each legislative action item.

Jack Hanna, former treasurer and chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and now a Multnomah County resident, participated in the convention for the first time.

“Party Platforms just don’t exist there (Pennsylvania). I am impressed with the time, effort and deliberation needed to create one. I truly enjoyed the convention experience and thought it helped me and all those participating to examine and obtain consensus on the major issues confronting our communities. It’s exactly what our Party should be doing right now,” he said.

After all the legislative action items had been approved, one more motion was made from the floor. The articles had been arranged in the order introduced. The most recent, Tribal Sovereignty and Historical and ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon, were at the end. Danelle Stevens requested revising the order, which was quickly done to honor these new articles. The proposed change passed unanimously. Applause erupted throughout the room.

Next steps for the platform

“We think of the platform as the heartbeat of this party. All of our messaging, our lobbying, and our support of candidates is guided by it” said Robbins.

The next steps will be a survey of attendees and county Democrats to prioritize the legislative action items. It will then be delivered to Democratic office holders and will guide our lobbying efforts during the upcoming legislative sessions.

Read the 2020 MultDems Platform: multdems.org/platform

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.

Join us November 20 for the Democratic Presidential Debate

Debate Season, Episode 5

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Ten candidates will be at the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate.

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

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

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

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

Register so we know you are coming!

See you there!

Facebook event

For public transportation options to/from the event location, visit http://trimet.org/. The Multnomah County Democrats office is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access or functional needs that you feel may prevent you from joining us at this event or that, if they can be addressed, might make the event more accessible [and therefore more enjoyable] for you, please email action@multdems.org.

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

Forum Series Starts November 13: Comprehensive Climate Action

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

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

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

Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Ave.

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

Facebook event for the forum

Systematic Conversation

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

Critical Questions Discussed

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

What are Market Mechanisms?

Is there a role for them in climate legislation?

What would work better?

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

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

Let’s talk! Join us.

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

Comparing Democratic Humor and Republican Humor

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

Republican funny

Richard Nixon saying "Sock it to me."

Democrat funny

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

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

Comedy, Candidates, and Cocktails on October 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!