MARCH Digest: Strengthening Democracy

This month, in honor of the leadership of the women who have brought us to this point, it’s time we move strongly to fulfill the promise of democracy by undoing the recent anti-democratic shifts and by passing laws that strengthen our democracy. The March Digest is dedicated to the women who brought us to this point of pushing back authoritarianism by focusing on how we now move forward to strengthen democracy. We have worked too hard and come too far to rest now just shy of the goal of truly protecting democracy for future generations.

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Star Voting is the way to heal democracy

By Sara Wolk, PCP, SCC Delegate and Executive Director of the Equal Vote Coalition Necessity is the mother of invention and not surprisingly this has been a groundbreaking year for election reform. In Oregon the Equal Vote Coalition is collecting signatures for twin ballot initiatives in Multnomah and Lane Counties to fundamentally change the way…

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Your direct voice in county decision-making is gone

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A report on the state of community participation in county processes and oversight By Bernardino De La Torre, Chair of the Multnomah County Citizen’s Involvement Committee What has happened? Independent community involvement in Multnomah County government, created by community initiative and embedded in the County Charter, is gone – but the Charter has not changed! …

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STAR Voting Helps Create Smooth Party Elections

From a field of over 100 candidates in the January Organizing Meeting, 20 candidates who were people of color or from other marginalized communities beat the other 80% of candidates to win 25 of 39 delegate positions (64% of the seats.), showing that STAR did not disadvantage minority candidates in that race. Similarly, at the CD3 Committee Meeting, while representing less than half the overall candidates, candidates from traditionally marginalized communities won 60% of the delegate and alternate positions.

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Member Spotlight: Sara Wolk

Democracy is about empowering the people and democratic process begins at the bottom. Our power comes from our grassroots and our community. Strong local roots are everything. We can’t wait for others to do this for us. The time is now and you are the person you’ve been waiting for…

~ Sara Wolk, PCP an SCC Delegate

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Member Spotlight: AMI FOX

So many policies affect your life that come from city and state. When I moved here there was no rent control, no cause evictions were common. A friend of mine had her rent doubled in one month (essentially a no cause eviction), no recourse, perfectly legal. Through engagement, (Chloe Eudaly), Portland Tenants United, Portland Metro People’s coalition (the people) we changed all of that.

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No More Costly Walkouts

Ally Update from Jacob Menefee The No More Costly Walkouts (NMCW) coalition includes groups like: The Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Basic Rights Oregon, SEIU, Planned Parenthood Action PAC, and many others. I am reaching out to members of the Multnomah County Democratic Party with updates on our efforts to restore democracy and enact progressive…

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UPDATE: Election Integrity Study Group

By Gary Lietke – 2021 03 11 Central Committee presentation Article 8 of our MultDems Platform is usually summarized with the label of “Election Integrity”, but it’s so much more. Our study group addresses Governance, Campaign Finance, Elections, Political Party Election Integrity, Representation, Voting Rights & Suppression, and Voting Systems. We are actively recruiting for…

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Democrats Select Candidates to Fill Legislative Vacancy in House District 47

Democratic Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) from House District 47 selected three candidates for the Multnomah County Commissioners to choose from to fill the legislative vacancy in House District 47.  The candidates, in order of preference, are: Andrea Valderrama Adrienne Enghouse Robin Castro PCPs were required by Oregon statute to select at least three candidates. The…

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Run for Something!

Seats are open for the May election, across Multnomah County, including school boards, community college boards and more. The Campaign Committee asks you to think about running, and to reach out to Democratic neighbors and friends who can represent us well and ensure excellent, safe, and equitable service for our county’s residents, families, staff and students. Could this be you?

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