Pacific Greens support proposed legislation to put a check on Federal authority.
Charles Newlin, PGP media contact
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon supports a legislative idea, advanced by Pueblo Unido PDX, that would provide a framework for establishing a universal representation system to protect undocumented immigrants from unjust state authority, currently under review in Legislative Council.
Undocumented immigrants face a constant threat of unjust deportations from Immigration, Customs Enforcement. For this reason, immigrant rights proponents associated with the Fair Shot initiative want legislation that will ensure a fair hearing by requiring representation for the undocumented.
Without ‘fair hearing’ legislation, the Federal immigration authorities are able to act with impunity against those seeking asylum, and deny a fair hearing by denying process and opportunity to make their case.
The Pacific Green Party calls for the immediate resignation of Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull for his remarks on social media demeaning Muslims, Trans people, and recklessly repeating misinformation.
In a news story run by the Pamplin Group, Shull is revealed to be a bigot, which calls into question his ability to serve the public. The PGP stands in solidarity with the call from the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Oregon for Shull’s resignation. The Council calls out the dangerous rhetoric employed by Shull. Their statement says: "At a time of heightened violence against Black and brown community members and our Muslim community, this rhetoric is reckless and dangerous, as shown by the extremist actions in our nation's Capitol last week."
Though Shull has issued a contrite retraction of his media posts from ‘years ago…,’ and promises ‘to serve everyone regardless of race, creed or religion,” we are doubtful. Pamplin Group reports, “Shull also linked wildfires in rural Clackamas County to disinformation that anti-fascist activists were to blame.” In other posts, he has disparaged Representatives Tlaib and Omar as “traitors,” a statement which directs hatred and is dangerous to members of Congress.Continue reading
Ranked Choice Voting is a proven electoral reform that enhances voter choice, eliminates the third party spoiler effect, and saves on the cost of staging run-off elections. In addition, with secure off-grid electronic counting, and Oregon’s paper ballot, elections can be authenticated for accuracy very efficiently.
The Pacific Greens are making a full court press to get the word out about the House and Senate Bills:
-- HB 2685 which creates RCV for use in military & overseas ballots
-- HB 2686 which requires that all future voting tabulator purchases include capability for RCV
-- SB 343, sponsored by Senator Golden, allows counties to use RCV.
“We are inviting our members to write to their elected representatives and request the bills get a hearing, and be passed into law,” said Nathalie Paravicini, PGP spokesperson for Ranked Choice Voting.
“If the legislators won’t pass the bills into law, Plan B is to ask for a ballot referral,” said Mary Geddry, State Coordinating Committee Cochair.
And Calls for an Investigation of Double Standards in Policing
The contrast of how the police force was deployed during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the summer, compared to the deference that was afforded yesterday's right-wing mob, is the ultimate expression of white privilege.
“Congress must pass articles of impeachment to hold the president accountable for his role in the armed insurrection, to make the historical record clear, and to safeguard future elections.”
The Green Party calls for Independent Oversight, Ecological Research and an End to Clearcutting and the Logging of Old Growth Trees in the Elliott State Research Forest (ESRF)
Contact the Land Board NOW, links below
Oregon State University (OSU) is proposing to have the Elliot State Forest put under their full control under a proposal (the Elliott State Research Forest (ESRF) Proposal) which the Oregon Land Board will vote on Dec. 8th, 2020. While compromises have been made (thanks to allies on the Commission), simply put, OSU's plan is proposing to continue clearcutting on a significant portion of the ESRF (approx. 14,000 acres) and cut thousands of acres of older trees (mostly aged 100-152 years) in the "extensive" zones. This is unacceptable for several key reasons:
1. It fails to view utilizing the Elliott State Forest to significantly address climate change and the need for carbon sequestration. The recent fires have made this all the more poignant.Continue reading
The Pacific Green Party has invited a number of key allies to come together and discuss upcoming initiatives and campaigns. The landscape is changing, as the population is ever more polarized. Campaign finance Reform is now a possibility in Oregon after Measure 10-7 and an initiative to institute Ranked Choice Voting has just been launched. The fires last year and the Corona virus have magnified existing environmental and social divides. The Green Party is inviting allies to review and discuss what they plan to do in the coming two years - how can we best support each other. We invite you and/or your organization to take part in one of the roundtables planned for December 5.Continue reading
Justice is the first casualty when police shoot first and ask questions later. Questions hang over the September shooting of Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-declared “anti-fa” activist, by members of a US Marshall Violent Offender Task Force.
Reverend Alex DiBlasi, PGP Candidate for the 3rd Congressional seat in Oregon, strongly condemns the shooting of Reinoehl and others. “From the excessive number of bullets, to conflicting reports that these armed agents did not identify themselves as law enforcement, to Trump's "got him!" response, the death of Michael Reinohl seems less like the state pursuing justice and more like an extrajudicial killing. This puts our law enforcement in the same murderous league as the death squads of Bolsonaro's Brazil or Duterte's Philippines,” said DiBlasi.