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August Digest: Our Big Tent

August Digest: Our Big Tent

Hello Fellow Democrats,

A remarkable thing about the Democratic Party, both at the national level and here in Multnomah County, is how welcoming it is. Like this year’s Celsi Celebration, everyone is welcome under the Big Tent.

Our politics is inclusive too, from our platform on issues that represent an interest in the well-being of all people to our work on election reforms that seek to include all citizens in the process of electing representatives. In the face of an opposition that seeks to keep many citizens from voting and pass laws that primarily benefit the rich, our work this year is more important than ever as our state and country head into redistricting and Multnomah Democrats work to update and improve our platform. Read on for links to articles on many of these topics. 

Let’s keep doing our best to serve all the people in our Big Tent!

Jas in nature
James Davis, MultDems Communications

July Digest: Climate Change

July Digest: Climate Change

Hello Fellow Democrats,

The focus for this issue is climate change. As a society, we’ve too often looked at climate change as a problem for the future. There is little doubt that the future has arrived. This is not our kid’s problem to solve. It’s our problem, and it impacts not only our health but the very systems we rely on to survive. The recent heat wave killed over 100 people in the northwest, and scientists are now studying with alarm the humidity and temperature at which humans simply die because they can no longer cool themselves. Heat waves, hurricanes, wildfires, drought, pestilence, crop failures, pandemics… welcome to what many scientists warn is becoming the “new normal.” 

Scientists, academics and activists have warned us for decades not to get on this roller coaster, while oil companies and conservative talk shows assured us we had nothing to worry about. That’s all in the past now. We can blame ignorance for our inaction, and sue oil companies for hiding the truth, but no matter what we do, we’re on the ride now and there’s no getting off. There’s no point in talking about “preventing” climate change. It’s here. The focus now must be on mitigating the causes and effects of a new emerging reality that will be with us for the rest of our lives. 

With this legislative session, Democrats have begun to pass serious climate change legislation, over the opposition of most Republicans. While we have failed to move as quickly as we should have or done as much as we could have, by passing HB 2021, Democrats in Oregon have gone farther than any other states to displace carbon-emitting energy sources. That feels good and is something we can be proud of, but don’t be lulled into thinking that will be enough. There’s still a lot more we need to do.

PS: We’re ramping up for our biannual county platform convention! Please participate to help craft our position on issues for the next two years. Fill out this platform interest form.

Jas in nature
James Davis, MultDems Communications

June Digest

June Digest

Hello fellow Democrats,

June is time to remember our hard-fought rights, from emancipation from slavery in June, 1865, the expansion of voting rights to women across the US in June, 1920, to the Stonewall riots in June, 1969, and the fight for rights for queer people everywhere..

Today, we celebrate Pride each June, and Juneteenth was just made a state holiday. Of course, we still have to stand up for our rights and freedoms, and remember that we are not free until all people are free… We still take a stand for what matters, as we did this past year, because Black Lives Matter, and queer lives matter, and believing women matters. 

The effort to secure democracy is also a continuing battle. As Republicans double-down on their Big Lie to justify suppressing voting rights across the country, here in Oregon Democrats are fighting to strengthen democracy. If you haven’t already, go to this FastAction page to send a letter in support of Campaign Finance Reform! The Pandemic has taught us that no one’s health is secure until all of our health care needs are met. Democrats worked hard to refer an amendment to voters in 2022 guaranteeing this right for all of us.  If you haven’t joined our Action Alert Network yet, I invite you to do so today

We’ll touch on this and more in this issue, and spotlight change-makers who have helped take the lead on so many issues.

Speaking of local Democratic leaders, here’s a special call-out to one of our own party leaders serving at the state and national level, Travis Nelson!, who was recently named a Queer Hero for 2021 by the Gay and Lesbian Archive of the Pacific Northwest! Thanks for your leadership, Travis!

Jas in nature
James Davis, MultDems Communications

May Digest

May Digest

Hello fellow Democrats,

May is a month of many celebrations… from international labor to Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. For MultDems, we’re preparing for our biggest celebration of the year, Celsi, while also redoubling our effort to get good bills passed — starting with campaign finance reform which will help open the door to passing many other bills we care about. The contrast between the major parties is increasingly stark, as Democrats seek to rebuild America while Republicans double down on their election lies and defend the interests of the ultra-wealthy over the needs of the American people. Locally, while Democrats are working to end the influence of KKK-Era laws, we see Republicans partnering with Proud Boys as they become increasingly intolerant. We’ll touch on all this and more in this issue of the Digest.

James Davis, MultDems Communications

APRIL Digest: Taking Action

April Digest: Taking Action

Hello fellow Democrats

April is Earth Month. As a child growing up here, I remember April was always the rainy month. A few days ago, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning of fire dangers for most of Northwest Oregon. Addressing the impacts of climate change will occupy the rest of our lives on many fronts, from the economy to migration to health care. Democrats have advocated for addressing both the causes and impacts of climate change, along with other progressive policies, but our advocacy means little unless we also take action. That’s why the theme for this month’s Digest is Taking Action

James Davis, MultDems Communications

A forward-thinking platform and progressive resolutions are not enough. We must work to make sure our bold ideas are enacted. Long-time member, Robert Reynolds, has been working for years with fellow Democrats to help bring our legislators into greater alignment with our platform. Recently, newly elected State Representative Khanh Pham supported our plank on Public Banks when she sponsored HB 2743 supporting municipal banks. And this month, the Comms Team, working with Bobbi Yambasu, created a new Action Alerts newsletter headed up by Comms volunteer, Britton Taylor, to alert members when important legislation needs our support and how we can help. In MultDems, we’re taking action in many ways every day to move our city, county, state and nation forward.  

Read our April articles to learn more, and look for an opportunity soon to subscribe to our Action Alerts. As always, thanks for doing your part to take action and make a difference!

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MARCH Digest: Strengthening Democracy

March is women’s history month, and four years ago, women took to the streets to lead protests across the US that set a tone of resistance against an autocratic president who sought to undermine our democracy. Four years later, voters rejected the trend toward autocratic rule in favor of restoring respect for the rule of law. In Georgia, Stacy Abrams spent years preparing the ground game that flipped that state blue to establish a united government under Democrats for what may be a brief window of opportunity. 

James Davis,  MultDems Communications

This month, in honor of the leadership of the women who pushed back against authoritarianism, the March Digest focuses on how we move forward to strengthen democracy. We have worked too hard and come too far to not go the rest of the way and pass legislation that stops voter suppression and protects democracy for future generations. HB1, the For the People Act in Congress, goes a long way to resolve many of the issues. Closer to home, the Election Integrity Caucus of the state Demoratic party released its Alternative Voting Methods Report calling out STAR Voting as the best popular alternative voting method in Oregon and calling for it’s adoption statewide.

In this issue, we will look at some of the steps we still need to take to restore and assure election integrity, including voting reform, and we’ll spotlight some of the women in our local party who are leading the charge to make sure aspiring autocrats never have a chance to gain a foothold in this country again.