Pacific Green Party Calls for Creation of a Public Bank

Pacific Green Party of Oregon For Immediate Release Sept. 10, 2020 Contact: Charles Newlin Email: gnewlin@peak.org
 
Pacific Green Party Calls for Creation of a Public Bank
The 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.

“A public bank is the key to empowering local and state initiatives.  Oregon, and the world around us, are in a state of ecological, humanitarian and political emergency.
A public bank is a fantastic tool for taking control of our financial future and is critical to solving the problems society must contend with,” said Henry.
"Oregon will not be limited by the will of Wall Street if it has a public bank and can leverage capital for positive purposes," said Paravicini.  “A public bank will empower the public interest and give Oregon financial freedom other states can only dream of.”

The PGP invites the public to join in lobbying efforts to create a public bank for Oregon.  You can find more information about the Public Bank Coalition and sign the petition at https://www.orpublicbank.org/
If you want to be a representative to the coalition acting as a liaison with Pacific Green Party please send us a message at secretary@pacificgreens.org or go to   www.facebook.com/pacificgreens.  

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:

U.S. Senate: Ibrahim Taher

US House District 3: Alex DiBlasi

US House District 4: Daniel Hoffay

Secretary of State: Nathalie Paravicini N.D.

Oregon House District 17: Tim Dehne

Oregon House District 23: Alex Polikoff

Benton County Commission: Mike Beilstein

and a conomination: Oregon Treasurer: Chris Henry (Progressive/Independent) 

Oregon's 7 delegates in the presidential contest were awarded proportionally, with no majority winner.

3 to Howie Hawkins
2 to Dario Hunter
1 to Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry
1 to Dennis Lambert

The Presidential nomination will be determined by the national convention of the Green Party, also virtual, on July 11.

The Oregon convention also added to the platform the party's support for legalizing sex work.Blair Bobier, a founder of the party, said:  "Our candidates commit to dismantling institutional racism and defunding the police, along with our signature issues of peace and environmental sanity."

 

 

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.  Despite  making up only 13 percent of the US population, Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police.

The picture of a white cop with his knee pressed on the neck of George Floyd is painfully evocative of Jim Crow lynchings conducted throughout the South in the Post-Reconstruction era.  It perpetuates the continued traumatization of generations of young Black men and women in America.  Simply revolting and unacceptable.

In the quest for social justice, the PGP of Oregon calls for 

  1. Defunding and demilitarization of police forces nationwide, body cameras, funding for practices focused on de-escalation, addressing the mental health crisis and community involvement/empowerment
  2. Full investigation and prosecution of rogue officers, purging the force of persistently unaccountable and violent police
  3. Reparations for persistent, transgenerational and structural and cultural racism that underlie all these unnecessary deaths.  This can start by slashing military spending and reinvesting those funds in the community for education, healthcare, and basic needs like quality housing, childcare and healthy food.

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon invites all who seek to end systemic racism in our police departments and across society to take up the Green banner, and work for political, social and economic transformation of society.  We are holding the statewide nominating convention on June 6; visit pacificgreens.org

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 https://www.gp.org/convention

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)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86258468441

password: 236730

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

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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.

https://www.gp.org/2020

 

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