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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State Convention June 6, Absentee voting starts June 3rd

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.


Registration Open for GPUS National Convention

Attention hopeful delegates and other attendees! the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) will hold its 2020 National Convention July 9, 2020 – July 12, 2020.  Important information and registration can be acessed at

Meet the Presidential Candidates Zoom Meeting

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)

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PGP Covid-19 Policy Statement

The Pacific Green Party has drafted a policy statement on state and federal response to Covid-19.

Jesse Ventura Eyes GPUS Presidential Nomination

(UPDATE: We regret to report that Jesse has declined to run for health reasons. He has left open the possibility of being nominated by a brokered convention but has not requested that he be placed on our ballot.)

Jesse Ventura eyes Green Party nomination for president; Green Party race for Presidential nominee heats up.

Salem, Oregon –

Reports are out that Jesse Ventura has formally registered as a Green with the Minnesota Green Party. For weeks, Ventura has hinted in tweets and interviews that he was considering the national Green Party for a presidential run. By registering as a Green he is giving up his independent status.

The Green Party race for presidential nominee currently has three officially-recognized contenders; all are established Greens:

Howie Hawkins is the original Green New Dealer and campaigned on the issue when he ran for Governor of New York in 2010. He is also a founding member, having helped organize the US Green Party in August 1984.

Dario Hunter has been an elected Board Member, Youngstown Board of Education (Youngstown, OH) – 2016-2020; he is a rabbi and environmental lawyer. 

Hawkins and Hunter have already campaigned for the nomination in Oregon.

Also in the race is David Rolde.  He represents himself as a protest candidate running against the so-called “USA” and its “phony presidential elections.” Rolde’s central policy objective as president is to “eliminate the U.S. military and weapons industry."

Oregon Pacific Green Party members will have an opportunity to vote on the nominees at their state nominating convention June 6 via a Zoom conference. The national nominating convention will be July 7, when national Greens will select their candidate for President of the USA through a virtual meeting.

Some people within Oregon’s Pacific Green Party are lining up behind Ventura.

“Ventura was a city mayor and governor of Minnesota with a 75% approval rating when he left office.  He's a fierce no-nonsense populist who despises both Dems and Reps alike, defeating both as an Independent in both elections,” said Jack Dresser, a member of the PGP and strong proponent of Ventura winning the National Green Party nomination. 

“He was a Navy Seal during Viet Nam, which scores him points in the public eye, is now adamantly antiwar and anti-waste of public money; he wrote an entire book demonstrating how our country and leadership has dishonored itself, and equivocates about nothing,” said Dresser. “In fact, he is what our country needs right now, in this time of crisis.”

Other local greens are not so confident about Ventura, citing his militancy and willingness to delve into conspiracy theories. But his experience as a Governor is a big plus.

Other candidates remain who have not met the criteria for "recognition" by the GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee, including:

Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifiza Curry

Dennis Lambert

Chad Wilson

Kent Mesplay

Susan Buchser Lochocki


The 2020 PGP Candidate Nominating Convention will be held June 6 via Zoom and hopefully also a site TBA in Corvallis. Voters registered PGP by April 28 are eligible to help choose Oregon's delegates to the GPUS nominating convention, which will be held entirely remotely July 9-12.


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