The Pacific Green Party of Oregon (PGPO) condemns the targeted attacks on civilians in the recent wave of violence in Gaza. We call for an immediate ceasefire, an immediate end to the invasion and occupation of Gaza, the absolute protection of civilian populations, and the respect for equal rights for all in the region. Seventy percent of the population in Gaza is comprised of refuges displaced at gunpoint in 1948, when Israel was established by colonial powers.
Hamas and Israel are deliberately targeting civilian populations in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which forbid targeting civilians and civilian objects such as homes, places of worship, and medical facilities, as well as hostage-taking.
The increased oppression of the Palestinians under the Netanyahu government has become even more heinous with Israel now cutting off electricity and delivering food, water, and fuel to the Gaza Strip, a violation of international humanitarian law prohibiting sieges on civilian populations. We urge all parties to cease attacks on civilians immediately.
The PGPO also urges media outlets to engage in fair representation of the conflict, noting that the Israeli government acts as much as a terrorist organization, with superpower backing, as Hamas. The indiscriminate clearing of Gaza will only create more hatred and instability, just as the invasion of Iraq did 20 years ago.
We invite all registered members of the Pacific Green Party to participate in the development of updated bylaws which incorporate advanced principles liquid democracy and true grassroots participation. We are hosting a series of meetings in August and September to throw out the vestiges of patriarchal hierarchical structures and adopt an organizing model that will elevate the grassroots, balancing autonomy and accountability, individualism and the common good.
Once updated bylaws are adopted in September, Felipe Lora is going to lead the effort to develop a multi-year strategic plan to guide our efforts. ON the agenda is also na update of campaigns and petition drives in 2024. The time is now, don't sit on the sidelines. You are the one who needs to define our common future. The planet as we know it can't wait.
We are using the Large Group Consensus process, modeled after the Haudenosaunee (known to American colonists as the Iroquois Federation), to develop a consensus document for review and approval at the convention. Register to attend
Here are the current proposals being discussed for final submission to the convention.
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Campaign Finance Reform enjoys broad support in Oregon, in both Rural and Urban communities
Now that the dust has settled on the 2022 election, the Pacific Green Party urges Governor Tina Kotek and elected representatives to deliver on the promise to advance campaign finance reform. Over 78% of Oregonians voted in favor of campaign finance reform in 2020, establishing a mandate for reform. “The undue influence of money in elections is an issue with broad support, both in rural and urban communities,” points out Nathalie Paravicini, former candidate for Oregon governor.
Paravicini withdrew from the race for personal reasons, but not before getting a commitment from Kotek to support campaign finance legislation in the 2023 legislative session. While it is unknowable what effect a Green Party candidate for Governor would have had on final results, Kotek did make campaign finance reform one of her top priorities.Continue reading
Democracy Now! reports that anti-free speech legislation that Ron Wyden spearheaded in support of Israel and against the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, is heading to the US Supreme Court for judicial review.
The American Civil Liberties Union has taken the case of an Arkansas newspaper publisher that is suing the State of Arkansas over the paper’s free speech right. A state law that compels one to be silent about the Israel boycott may be overturned.
“One of the casualties of the anti-BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction [Israel]) movement that Ron Wyden has fervently supported, is free speech. Wyden is stuck between his support for Israel and the moral and political problem of the Palestinian people being subject to a form of apartheid rule under the Israeli occupation,” said Dan Pulju, Pacific Green Party Candidate for US Senate. “Wyden supports legislation that helps Israel sustain the occupation but this violates the US Constitution.”Continue reading
I do not discourage anyone from voting for me, but voters should keep in mind the source of information that may appear to support my candidacy and know that I denounce this deliberate attempt to use dark money to mislead voters in an effort to make me a spoiler and hand a seat in Congress to a Republican.
This abuse of the electoral system is only possible because Oregon uses a plurality victory system which allows election of candidates with less than majority support, and thus encourages spoiler tactics. Regardless of the outcome of the November election, this current abuse of the system should convince Oregonians to support rapid adoption of statewide ranked choice voting.
Mike Beilstein, Pacific Green and Progressive candidate for US Congress, District 4
The Pacific Green Party (PGP) stand in solidarity with the Haitian people, rejects the Calls for Foreign Intervention in Haiti, and Demands that the International Community Respect Haitian Sovereignty and the Wishes of the Haitian People for National Self-Determination.
The current crisis in Haiti is not new; it started with the US government-supported coup that removed democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Since then Haiti’s rule of law has faltered, repressing opposition movements, amplified by the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010 and followed by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. The UN also left a track record of abuses and a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of people and continues to sicken people across the country.
Another foreign military intervention will not solve the problem in Haiti. Haiti's problems will only be solved when the US cuts support to corrupt leaders, provide meaningful support to grassroots organizations and respect free and fair election results.Continue reading
"Growing economic inequality results from policies that enrich US oligarchs at the expense of the environment, the people and peace"
Click on the photo above to watch the candidate forum hosted by The Springfield City Club, the League of Women Voters of Lane County and the Eugene City Club on October 6 moderated by Chris Lehman of KLCC radio.
Click here to read the Transcript
Candidate statement submitted by Mike Beilstein for the forum
Mike Beilstein is a retired research chemist who worked at Oregon State University for 30 years. He has been an active member of the Pacific Green Party for more than 20 years. He served on the Corvallis City Council for 12 years. Beilstein has run for US Congress 5 times previously, starting in 2008. His campaigns always focused on environmental restoration and ending US militarism.
Growing economic inequality results from policies that enrich US oligarchs at the expense of the environment, the people and peace. Acting through the Democrat and Republican Parties, the triad of the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex and finance control US domestic and foreign policy. These three sectors are enriched by the forever wars conducted in the name of fighting communism, terrorism, the drug trade, “insane” dictators or any myth the American public can be led to believe.
Environmental degradation demands that the nation, and the world, move to a post-carbon economy. This can only happen by replacing the present power centers that push us toward irreversible climate chaos and endless war, with decentralized power structures that promote sustainable energy and financial practices.
For our nation to recover we need universal single-payer health care, public banking, campaign finance reform, ranked choice voting, expanded public housing, tuition-free education from pre-school to graduate school and a green new deal. Beilstein is committed to the Green ideals of non-violence, local democracy, social justice and ecological wisdom.
Pacific Green Party candidate Dan Pulju is running for the U.S. Senate. He was interviewed by KATU.
WHO ARE YOU? I'm a working-class Oregonian, University of Oregon graduate, poll interviewer, and seasoned anti-war activist and party organizer.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING? I'm fed up with Federal government corruption, and I'm determined to do something about it.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO BE A UNITED STATES SENATOR? I'm an anti-war activist with a deep and thorough understanding of our hegemony-based foreign policy and how it has eroded our rights and prosperity here at home. I'm an outsider, not part of the two-party system and I can't be bought.Continue reading