PGPO Calls for Ceasefire, End to Occupation, and Equal Rights in Palestine

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon (PGPO) condemns the targeted attacks on civilians in the recent wave of violence in Gaza. We call for an immediate ceasefire, an immediate end to the invasion and occupation of Gaza, the absolute protection of civilian populations, and the respect for equal rights for all in the region.  Seventy percent of the population in Gaza is comprised of refuges displaced at gunpoint in 1948, when Israel was established by colonial powers.

Hamas and Israel are deliberately targeting civilian populations in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which forbid targeting civilians and civilian objects such as homes, places of worship, and medical facilities, as well as hostage-taking.

The increased oppression of the Palestinians under the Netanyahu government has become even more heinous with Israel now cutting off electricity and delivering food, water, and fuel to the Gaza Strip, a violation of international humanitarian law prohibiting sieges on civilian populations. We urge all parties to cease attacks on civilians immediately.

The PGPO also urges media outlets to engage in fair representation of the conflict, noting that the Israeli government acts as much as a terrorist organization, with superpower backing, as Hamas. The indiscriminate clearing of Gaza will only create more hatred and instability, just as the invasion of Iraq did 20 years ago.

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Help define the future of the Pacific Green Party 2024 and beyond!

Brian Setzler has issued a call for a new Pacific Greens constitution based on a distributed network of self-organizing membership cells. 

We invite all registered members of the Pacific Green Party to participate in the development of updated bylaws which incorporate advanced principles liquid democracy and true grassroots participation.  We are hosting a series of meetings in August and September to throw out the vestiges of patriarchal hierarchical structures and adopt an organizing model that will elevate the grassroots, balancing autonomy and accountability, individualism and the common good.

Once updated bylaws are adopted in September, Felipe Lora is going to lead the effort to develop a multi-year strategic plan to guide our efforts.  ON the agenda is also na update of campaigns and petition drives in 2024.  The time is now, don't sit on the sidelines.  You are the one who needs to define our common future.  The planet as we know it can't wait.

We are using the Large Group Consensus process, modeled after the Haudenosaunee (known to American colonists as the Iroquois Federation), to develop a consensus document for review and approval at the convention.  Register to attend

Here are the current proposals being discussed for final submission to the convention.  

Join the conversation by sending an empty email to [email protected].

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Wage Peace Fight Injustice Coalition launches at MLK rally - JOIN US!

A budding "Wage peace, Fight injustice" coalition is launching in Oregon with participation at the 9th Annual March for Human Rights and Dignity, organized by Don't Shoot PDX.

In Portland, join us at

  • 1:00 PM 
  • 700 North Rosa parks Way, Portland, OR, 97217

The coalition meets the first Wednesday of the month 6pm at this ONLINE LINK (if you want to attend in person in Portland, email [email protected]).

A more complete blog post is forthcoming; in the meantime we urge you to visit 

Archives for Black Lives: Liberated Archives at the University of Oregon, running through March 23. 

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Greens Call for Governor Kotek to Act on the Promise of Campaign Finance Reform,

Campaign Finance Reform enjoys broad support in Oregon, in both Rural and Urban communities

Now that the dust has settled on the 2022 election, the Pacific Green Party urges Governor Tina Kotek and elected representatives to deliver on the promise to advance campaign finance reform.   Over 78% of Oregonians voted in favor of campaign finance reform in 2020, establishing a mandate for reform. “The undue influence of money in elections is an issue with broad support, both in rural and urban communities,” points out Nathalie Paravicini, former candidate for Oregon governor.

Paravicini withdrew from the race for personal reasons, but not before getting a commitment from Kotek to support campaign finance legislation in the 2023 legislative session.  While it is unknowable what effect a Green Party candidate for Governor would have had on final results, Kotek did make campaign finance reform one of her top priorities.

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Beilstein disavows dark money mailer

I learned today that a dark money independent expenditure campaign is spending $37,000 distributing material supporting my candidacy as a Pacific Green for US Congress in the Oregon 4th District.  I do not approve of this activity and it does not originate from me or anyone associated with the Pacific Green Party.  I believe it is a dishonest tactic by wealthy supporters of the Republican party to take Progressive and Green leaning votes away from the Democratic candidate Val Hoyle.  This is a desperate attempt to get an unpopular candidate with unlimited resources elected to national office.  

I do not discourage anyone from voting for me, but voters should keep in mind the source of information that may appear to support my candidacy and know that I denounce this deliberate attempt to use dark money to mislead voters in an effort to make me a spoiler and hand a seat in Congress to a Republican. 

This abuse of the electoral system is only possible because Oregon uses a plurality victory system which allows election of candidates with less than majority support, and thus encourages spoiler tactics.  Regardless of the outcome of the November election, this current abuse of the system should convince Oregonians to support rapid adoption of statewide ranked choice voting.

Mike Beilstein, Pacific Green and Progressive candidate for US Congress, District 4

PGP Calls For Change In Policy Toward Haiti

The Pacific Green Party (PGP) stand in solidarity with the Haitian people, rejects the Calls for Foreign Intervention in Haiti, and Demands that the International Community Respect Haitian Sovereignty and the Wishes of the Haitian People for National Self-Determination.

The current crisis in Haiti is not new; it started with the US government-supported coup that removed democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  Since then Haiti’s rule of law has faltered, repressing opposition movements, amplified by the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010 and followed by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016.  The UN also left a track record of abuses and a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of people and continues to sicken people across the country.

Another foreign military intervention will not solve the problem in Haiti. Haiti's problems will only be solved when the US cuts support to corrupt leaders, provide meaningful support to grassroots organizations and respect free and fair election results.

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City Club CD4 Candidate Forum featuring Mike Beilstein

"Growing economic inequality results from policies that enrich US oligarchs at the expense of the environment, the people and peace"

Click on the photo above to watch the candidate forum hosted by The Springfield City Club, the League of Women Voters of Lane County and the Eugene City Club on October 6 moderated by Chris Lehman of KLCC radio.

Click here  to read the Transcript

Candidate statement submitted by Mike Beilstein for the forum

Mike Beilstein is a retired research chemist who worked at Oregon State University for 30 years. He has been an active member of the Pacific Green Party for more than 20 years. He served on the Corvallis City Council for 12 years. Beilstein has run for US Congress 5 times previously, starting in 2008. His campaigns always focused on environmental restoration and ending US militarism.


Growing economic inequality results from policies that enrich US oligarchs at the expense of the environment, the people and peace. Acting through the Democrat and Republican Parties, the triad of the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex and finance control US domestic and foreign policy. These three sectors are enriched by the forever wars conducted in the name of fighting communism, terrorism, the drug trade, “insane” dictators or any myth the American public can be led to believe.
Environmental degradation demands that the nation, and the world, move to a post-carbon economy. This can only happen by replacing the present power centers that push us toward irreversible climate chaos and endless war, with decentralized power structures that promote sustainable energy and financial practices.
For our nation to recover we need universal single-payer health care, public banking, campaign finance reform, ranked choice voting, expanded public housing, tuition-free education from pre-school to graduate school and a green new deal. Beilstein is committed to the Green ideals of non-violence, local democracy, social justice and ecological wisdom.

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Delk on Public Bank

It is high time for Oregon to have a Public Bank, says David Delk

 

KATU candidate interview with David Delk

The gap between the wealthy and the rest of us continues to grow wider. The US is engaged in wars and other military actions around the world. The climate crisis continues to worsen. The too-big-to-fail banks grow larger.

With these and many more problems, we can find solutions, but it takes acting together for the common good. This is something we can do but we must confront corporate power to make it happen.  Remember that the issue is not the individual issues but the whole system. Solutions come from that realization.

Healthcare is a human right

The Affordable Care Act has improved access to health insurance. But we don't need health insurance. We need universal, affordable access to health care. I suppose the current Congressional proposals for an improved single payer program to replace the current health "system". Such a system has been proposed in prior Congresses as HR 676. .

I support this statement by Physicians For A National Health Program:
"We propose to replace the ACA with a publicly financed National Health Program that would fully cover medical care for all Americans, while lowering costs by eliminating the profit driven private insurance industry with its massive overhead".

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