Pacific Green Party Calls for Creation of a Public Bank

Public BankThe Pacific Green Party of Oregon today called for the creation of a public bank, describing it as "critical for Oregon’s future," and announced plans to push for legislation in the upcoming 2021 session of the Oregon Legislature.  "Oregon must be able to provide housing, clean energy, clean air, and healthy food for its citizens. A public bank would empower the public interest in fulfilling these objectives," said Nathalie Paravicini, the PGP’s candidate for Secretary of State, who has been co-nominated by the Progressive Party.   
Pacific Greens call for local empowerment and believe a public banking system is critical for  empowersing communities to form strong economies built around ecological sustainability and social justice.  A public bank can enable the development of more affordable housing, renewable energy systems, community cooperatives, and urban vertically-configured agriculture systems - all critical elements in a sustainable future.  The PGP is a signatory to the Oregon Public Bank project and has co-nominated the Progressive Party candidate for Oregon Treasurer, Chris Henry, who is running on a public bank platform.  The Treasurer of Oregon is empowered to advance legislation and ultimately facilitate the development of a public banking system for Oregon’s economy.   You can find more information about the Public Bank Coalition and sign the petition at https://www.orpublicbank.org/
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Pacific Greens condemn anonymous Federal agents making illegal arrests of protesters! Can incoming Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt make a difference to quell the violence?

Incoming Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt will be under the spotlight to see if he can make a difference by providing leadership to quell escalating violence between Federal police and extreme protestors. From water bottles to flash grenades to commercial grade fireworks, and toxic tear gas, more people will be hurt as the protests continue in this manner. Moreover, civil rights are being violated.

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Solidarity with Strike for Black Lives!

July 20 is planned for a nation-wide Strike for Black Lives! spearheaded by the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Pacific Greens stand in solidarity with the Poor People’s Campaign, United for Peace and Justice, SEIU and all activist groups demanding economic justice and the end to systemic racism.

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Watch the GPUS National Convention Live!

The Pacific Green Party congratulates the Hawkins campaign on gaining the nomination at the GPUS convention. 
PGP delegates voted 3 for Howie, 2 for Dario, 1 for Sedinam and 1 for Dennis, as apportioned at our state nominating convention.
GPUS National Convention here

PGP Candidates Co-Nominated by Progressive Party

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 and Mike Beilstein, Benton County Commission, position 2

PGP US Senate Candidate Ibra Taher Endorsed by Cindy Sheehan

Prominent anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has endorsed Ibrahim's candidacy after his guest appearance on her program, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox!

Pacific Greens Hail Commission Report Calling for Ranked Choice Voting

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.

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Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth Day is an opening for the American Republic to honor promises  made years ago. It celebrates the day a Federal General announced that slavery was over in the Union at Galveston, Texas in June 1865 at the end of the Civil War. 
Martin Luther King recognized that the way forward must include economic justice.  The great injustice of the Civil War, besides the many lives lost, is that the white slave owners were compensated for the economic losses of the war, but the formerly enslaved African Amercans were not given the promised 40 acres and a mule; we are long past the time to rectify this injustice.  The Pacific Green Party calls on the federal government to pass a Reparations Act and make Juneteenth a national  holiday.
A crucial link in enabling police violence, “qualified immunity,” as a legal defense for oppressive and violent police practices, enables
modern day lynchings. The nation is haunted by Jim Crow every time a black person is killed.  Now white Americans are marching in solidarity with African Americans and other people of color demanding justice. 
Pacific Greens call for a renewal of justice by making law enforcement fully accountable in both civil and criminal law for their actions.
"E Puribus Unum: from many comes one nation; but for the African American community this Latin motto is thin as the copper coating on a modern penny, a hollow claim of national solidarity," said Charles Newlin, Pacific Green press contact

Pacific Green Party Nominations for Senate, House, State and County Offices

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:

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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.

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