It's always an uphill battle getting folks to tune in during "off year" elections and turnout is usually low. This means your vote has a greater impact! So please be sure to turn in your ballot to your county elections office no later than 8 p.m. on Nov 7th. And thanks for your civic engagement which is needed now more than ever.
That's Pacific Green Party member George Hutchinson just above Oregon! in the line above. The Green Party has worked many times over the years with other activists to halt pipelines and LNG development.
The Pacific Green Party Fall Convention took place in beautiful Astoria for the first time in memory. It was held on Sunday, September 17th, at Clatsop Community College in a room offering a stunning view of the Columbia River.
Astoria has a contingent of very active Greens who have run for office, served on the State Coordinating Committee, and engaged in local politics, among their other activities. The Astoria Greens were pleased to host the other members from around the state.
Much of the morning session was taken up with minor adjustments to the PGP Bylaws to make them clearer or more amenable to changing conditions. This was a project initiated by SCC member Alan Zundel earlier this year and is now largely complete.
In the afternoon the attendees turned to more challenging topics, such as vetting candidates for nominations to public offices, whether we should drop the “supporting member” category, setting up an advance registration system for conventions, and more effective use of social media.Continue reading
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon demanded that Senator Ron Wyden withdraw his co-sponsorship of S. 720, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and oppose the bill if it comes up for a vote. S. 720 would criminalize anyone advocating a boycott of Israel, with "a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison."
Click continue reading to view the full text of the letter sent by the Pacific Green Party to Senator Wyden on 26th July 2017.Continue reading
On Wednesday 5/24/2017 testimony from Pacific Green Party members opposing Oregon Senate Bill 990 was received by the House Committee On Energy and Environment in Salem. SB 990 - which passed the Senate 24 to 6 with broad support from both Democrats and Republicans - exempts small modular reactors from certain siting restrictions that apply to nuclear power plants.
As noted in an emailed statement to the committee by our Lane Greens Chapter - "There is no known way to safely dispose of nuclear waste, regardless of the technology used. It is feasible to meet our energy needs through energy conservation, efficiency and renewable resources." Testifying at the committee meeting was Charles Newlin of our Linn/Benton Chapter. He noted that SB 990 is direct defiance of the will of the people (who passed an initiative 30 years restricting nuclear power in Oregon) and will (should!) cause a political backlash if passed. The House Committee has blocked the bill from moving forward.
That said, the Green Party should run candidates especially against those Senate Democrats who voted for this ethically reckless bill.
Congratulations to the two Oregon Greens elected in the May 16th elections - Alex Polikoff (an incumbent) and Cindy Johnsen - a new officeholder - bringing to five Greens currently holding office in Oregon and 133 Greens in 19 states nationwide. Click Continue Reading to get more details on our seven Green candidates who ran for office.Continue reading