Preamble — Platform of the Multnomah County Democratic Party

We, the members of the Multnomah County Democratic Party, are committed to the promotion of equity, justice, opportunity, and sustainability for all people by electing candidates who share and demonstrate the values documented in this Platform and by holding elected officials accountable. We believe that diversity and an inclusive community are strengths and that it is essential to treat one another with dignity and respect. We are committed to truth, transparency, and accountability.

We affirm that all people have basic rights to education, health care, affordable housing, justice, an economy that works for all, and protection from unjust labor practices and abuse of power by elected officials and corporations.

We recognize Climate Change as an emergency and believe that the future of our society depends on protecting and recovering our natural resources. We believe that infrastructure can and must be designed to strengthen our environment and the communities that have unfairly borne the brunt of pollution through institutional racism. Social justice must be a central part of natural resource recovery and restoration as we move away from extractive industries towards the embrace of a regenerative culture.

We affirm the right of all persons to live in peace, free from oppression in all its forms. We recognize that not all people enjoy the benefits of these rights equitably. We believe today that some groups of our society–Immigrants, Native Americans and the American Descendants of Slaves– are being especially targeted, in criminal justice, job opportunities, housing, education, and other areas.

We have identified major inequities in immigration policy, and we demand that immigration reform be enacted to protect the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers in the true tradition of this country as a nation of immigrants.

We also recognize the Sovereignty of the Native Tribes and the impact the immigrants had on the First Peoples. We believe that the treaties and agreements made between Native American Tribes and the United States government should be honored and that failure to enforce the tenets of these documents is an abuse of power.

We acknowledge that Oregon has a history of anti-Black policies. We believe that all policies that continue that tradition must be overturned, the consequences overcome, and reparations made to those who have suffered from them.

We, the members of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, are committed to the promotion of equity, justice, opportunity, and sustainability for all people by electing candidates who share and demonstrate the values documented in this Platform and by holding elected officials accountable. We believe that diversity and an inclusive community are strengths and that it is essential to treat one another with dignity and respect.. We are committed to truth, transparency and accountability.

We affirm that all people have basic rights to education, health care, affordable housing, justice, an economy that works for all, and protection from unjust labor practices and abuse of power by elected officials and corporations. We demand the truth from all media sources.

We recognize climate change as an emergency and believe that the future of our society depends on protecting and recovering our natural resources. We believe that infrastructure can and must be designed to strengthen our environment and the communities that have unfairly borne the brunt of pollution through institutional racism. Social justice must be a central part of natural resource recovery and restoration as we move away from extractive industries towards the embrace of a regenerative culture.

We affirm the right of all persons to live in peace, free from oppression in all its forms. We recognize that not all people enjoy the benefits of these rights equitably. We believe today that some groups of our society–Immigrants, Native Americans and the American Descendants of Slaves– are being especially targeted, in criminal justice, job opportunities, housing, education, and other areas.

We demand that immigration reform be enacted to protect the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers in the true tradition of this country as a nation of immigrants.

We also recognize the Sovereignty of the Native Tribes and the impact the immigrants had on the First Peoples. We believe that the treaties and agreements made between Native American Tribes and the United States government should be honored and that failure to enforce the tenets of these documents is an abuse of power.

We acknowledge that Oregon has a history of anti-Black policies. We believe that all policies that continue this tradition must be overturned, the consequences overcome, and reparations made to those who have suffered from them. We believe the articles selected for the 2020 Platform will help forge a more equitable future for all.