Congratulations to our candidates who have secured the co-nomination of the Oregon Progressive Party:
Nathalie Paravicini, Secretary of State
Ibrahim Taher, U.S. Senate
Mike Beilstein, Benton County Commission, position 2
Prominent anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has endorsed Ibrahim's candidacy after his guest appearance on her program, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox!
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon welcomes the release of Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, a report which enthusiastically embraces a key electoral reform which the Green Party has supported for decades: Ranked Choice Voting.
The report was produced by the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a non-partisan research institution.
Greens are 100% in support of Ranked Choice Voting, a more democratic voting method that eliminates the spoiler effect by allowing voters to rank their choices for all the candidates competing for a seat. The method is used in countries like Australia and Ireland, for a variety of statewide and federal elections in Maine, and will be used by Benton County voters for the first time in November.
Cities across the country now use it to elect representatives. It precludes the need for run-off elections, avoids the “throw away” vote, and would forever stifle the complaint that a minor party threw an election.
The Pacific Greens played a major role in getting Ranked Choice Voting approved in Benton County and plan to support a Ranked Choice Voting ballot initiative for the 2022 Oregon election.
However, given the widespread success of RCV, along with the Academy of Arts and Sciences seal of approval, Pacific Greens intend to lobby the Oregon Legislature to either pass legislation allowing RCV in all state elections, or will request that legislators refer a measure to the ballot for voters to decide.
“Ranked Choice Voting gives voters more power and more choices,” said Blair Bobier, who was a Chief Petitioner for the successful Benton County ballot initiative. "Most importantly, places that use RCV, like Oakland and San Francisco, have seen their local governments become more diverse and more representative of their constituencies."
In addition to Ranked Choice Voting, the Report focuses on Campaign Finance Reform and calls for a federal constitutional amendment to address legal decisions, such as Citizens United, which have found that “money is speech.” The non-partisan Commission calls for campaign finance disclosure rules to make elections more fair and democratic.
The report features six strategies each defined by multiple tactics, for a total of 31 changes that would produce more fair and just elections, improve the quality of our political culture, and enhance the role social media could play in advancing fair elections and honest campaigns, among other improvements. The Report also calls for increasing the number of Representatives in the House, limiting Supreme Court justices to 18 year terms, and seeks to apply a Fairness Doctrine to social media. The Director of the Commission said the report is a starting point for discussion and debate.
Creating more open and fair elections has been a mainstay of the Green Party platform since the party's inception. The Pacific Green Party played a central role in Benton County's adoption of Ranked Choice Voting and will continue to advocate for this more democratic election method until it is the law of the land in Oregon.
On Saturday, June 6th, members of the Oregon Pacific Green Party gathered in record numbers via virtual convention to nominate their candidates for state and federal offices. The nominees and offices are:
Pacific Green Party of Oregon stands in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities and their allies in protesting against police brutality
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters mourning for yet another member of the African American community dead at the hands of yet another callous police officer. These deaths and related targeting of communities of color and in poverty perpetuate deep trauma in the African American community and must stop immediately. The practices leading to those deaths need to end.
The Pacific Green Party also stands in solidarity with protesters demonstrating against police violence. We focus on the real issue: systemic racism reinforced by police violence against people of color and the marginalized.
“Greens value non-violence and social justice, so protesting police violence is a no-brainer; but it is clear to us that African-Americans, Indigenous and People of Color are subject to systemic racism. Death-by-Cop has to stop,” said Charles Newlin, Media contact at the Pacific Green Party. The recent murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department, and of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee by the Louisville PD, as well as the recent racially-motivated murder of Ahmaud Arbery must not continue going unpunished. Between 2013 and 2019, police in the US killed 7,666 people, according to data compiled by Mapping Police Violence, a research and advocacy group - an unchanged toll of approximately 1000 “deaths-by-cop” a year. Despite making up only 13 percent of the US population, Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police.
The picture of a white cop with his knee pressed on the neck of George Floyd is painfully evocative of Jim Crow lynchings conducted throughout the South in the Post-Reconstruction era. It perpetuates the continued traumatization of generations of young Black men and women in America. Simply revolting and unacceptable.
In the quest for social justice, the PGP of Oregon calls for
- Defunding and demilitarization of police forces nationwide, body cameras, funding for practices focused on de-escalation, addressing the mental health crisis and community involvement/empowerment
- Full investigation and prosecution of rogue officers, purging the force of persistently unaccountable and violent police
- Reparations for persistent, transgenerational and structural and cultural racism that underlie all these unnecessary deaths. This can start by slashing military spending and reinvesting those funds in the community for education, healthcare, and basic needs like quality housing, childcare and healthy food.
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon invites all who seek to end systemic racism in our police departments and across society to take up the Green banner, and work for political, social and economic transformation of society. We are holding the statewide nominating convention on June 6; visit pacificgreens.org
The state convention will take place online. Registered Green Party members MUST preregister in order to participate and vote. Absentee voting starts today, June 3rd and ends on June 6th, 4:30pm. Information about the agenda, candidates, proposals and registration form can be found on the convention page.
Once you are verified to be a registered Green Party member, you will receive an email with the zoom link to the convention, and a second email from OpaVote with your ballot.
We take the opportunity of this message to stand in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized sisters and brothers. We commit to continue learning about how to dismantle inherited racism. We mourn with you the deaths and many tragedies and injustices that continue to befall those without priviledge. We vow to channel the pain and rage felt throughout the country against those who continue rigging the system for their benefit, at our cost.
You are cordially invited to meet the Green Party Presidential Candidates Friday May 29th at 6pm on Zoom. This is an event organized for the Pacific Green Party in advance of the State nominating convention. The event will begin at 6pm with formal candidate presentations beginning about 6:15pm. After candidate presentations there will be time for questions and answers. Confirmed candidates are Howie Hawkins, Dario Hunter, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza, Kent Mesplay and Dennis Lambert.
Emma Lugo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Meet the Green Party Candidates for President
Time: May 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)