Salem Chapter Update 7/2014

salem_chapter.jpg    Thanks to Byron Harmon for this update!  The Salem Chapter has nearly finished collecting the first 1,000 signatures for our two initiatives. We should have that done by the end of the month at the latest. This means we will be ballot measures 1 and 2 for 2016. We then will have 2 years to collect 87,000+ signatures. 
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Health Care for All Oregon Action Alert!

The Health Care for All Oregonians coalition, of which our Party is a member, is going to have a booth at the Oregon State Fair in order to help generate support for single-payer health care in the state. They have a target of six people volunteering to be at the booth each day, from August 22 through September 1.
Volunteers can contact Carol Rathburn [ ] or Anita Owen [ ] to join the effort.
Your HCAO state liaison,
Michael Meo
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June 7th - Nominating Convention In Salem

2013_11_Fall_Convention_Blair_Bobier.jpg   Voting results of the Pacific Green Party Nominating Convention held Saturday June 7, 2014 in Salem at 299 Cottage Street, NE are in, below the fold.
Blair Bobier, a founder of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, speaking at our Fall Convention in Salem.
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The Power and Potential of DIY Democracy

family_farms_coalition_banner.jpg   From an article written by Blair Bobier for Common Dreams: A seismic shift in the American political landscape has gone largely unnoticed.  Yet, the implication of this political earthquake knows no bounds.

On Tuesday, voters in two Oregon counties—one of them rural and conservative—voted to ban GMO’s.  In 2012, voters in five states legalized gay marriage and the recreational use of cannabis.
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Japan Begins Purposely Dumping 100s Of Tons Of Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into The Pacific

fukushima_radiation_nuclear_fallout_map.jpg These releases are in addition to the radioactive water seeping underground into the Pacific Ocean.  The radioactive material that is continually being released is entering our food chain and will stay with us for decades to come, affecting millions.  You won't find this news in the main stream propaganda outlets, but you can find the story online here.  
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Caleb for PDX City Council 2014


Our Candidate Lost. But the $15 Minimum Wage Fight's Just Begun.

Great article in the Portland Mercury about Nick Caleb and his terrific run for Portland City Council, gathering an AMAZING 15% the first time out.  Congratulations Nick!


President Obama reneges on GMO Labelling


In 2007, President Obama vowed he would strive to "let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they're buying".

In 2013, after having placed former Monsanto VP Michael Taylor as head of the FDA, President Obama signs into law HR 933, which protects companies from having to label their genetically modified food.

The Hanford Cleanup After 25 Years

hanford.jpg   May 18th Associated Press article published online May 2014 on the status: basically the worst cleanup work still remains to be done with half of the money going to "operate" the facility instead of being used to actually clean anything up  This comes on top of the ongoing DENIAL of worker's compensation to seriously ill Hanford workers, which should be a huge scandal. 

Earth Day tabling brings out the sun

VoterDrive.JPG   Tabling for Earth Day 2014: A Climate for Change held in Eugene on Saturday April 19th was a success, thanks to the efforts of Lane County Chapter members Steven, Katherine, and Mary.  There was quite a good turnout despite intermittent rain.  The highlight of the day was a performance by The Norma Fraser Reggae Band featuring Lane Green Pat Driscoll on keyboards. True to her Jamaican heritage, Norma Fraser put on a great show and brought out the sun!

President Obama reneges on Equal Pay

President_Obama.jpeg    From the Guardian/UK but reported in Common Dreams "Obama's Epic Fail on Equal Pay: LGBT Need Not Apply? Executive actions are great. But not when they exclude millions. And especially when they don't live up to promises ... this represents an embarrassing stain on the Obama record. He promised to sign the executive order over six years ago. Yet he's still dilly dallying while his representatives continue to make up reasons for why he refuses to sign it. Each one lamer than the last."