The Pacific Green Party condemns Oregon SCR 9, "Condemning BDS"

Party Opposes Attack on First Amendment Rights
 
The Pacific Green Party condemns Oregon SCR 9, "Condemning BDS," and supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, a non-violent means to ending Israel's Apartheid regime.
SCR 9 is an insult to democracy, as it condemns our right to think and act critically as citizens.  It seeks to suppress Oregonians' right to freedom of speech and political action to serve the interests of a foreign government.  The Oregon Pacific Green Party, along with the national Green Party, unequivocally supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which seeks to end Israel's apartheid regime without violence, as it did South Africa's and as previous boycotts helped to end official racial segregation and oppression in the US.   
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The Pacific Green Party says: Hands Off Venezuela!

The Oregon Pacific Green Party opposes attempts by the Trump administration to foment a coup in Venezuela.  This destabilization of Venezuela follows more than a century of North American interference to gain control of natural resources, exploitable land and labor to benefit USA corporations in Latin America.  Since Hugo Chavez's election in 1999, USA administrations have attacked the Venezuelan people through economic sabotage, propaganda and direct support of anti-government "resistance" groups.  Most recently the USA administration urged Juan Guaido, the conservative Speaker ofVenezuela's parliament, to declare himself President, akin to Nancy Pelosi declaring herself the President of the United States at the urging of a foreign power.  There is no constitutional basis for Guaido's claim, nor popular support for the regime change sought by Wall Street and international oil companies.  If regime change is supported by the majority ofVenezuelan voters, let Venezuelans decide that in the next Presidential election.

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Congratulations on passing Measure 101!

The Pacific Green Party stands for healthcare as a right and extends its thanks to all the voters in Oregon who overwhelmingly approved ballot measure 101 to impose hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes on hospitals, health insurers, and managed care companies to cover the costs of expanding Medicaid in the state.  Nonetheless, this is a short term fix and we continue to press for a single-payer healthcare system covering everyone with no restrictions or qualifications.

Demand Congress restore Net Neutrality

So the FCC voted to kill #NetNeutrality admitting they care more about enriching their corporate sponsors than listening to 83% of Americans.

This isn't over. BOMBARD Congress with calls & tell them to defend the free & open internet OR ELSE. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121

It's not enough just to fight for reversal of the FCC's decision. We demand public ownership of services that provide Internet access... We should all be enjoying the benefits of a free and open Internet.

Alex Polikoff and Cindy Johnsen Elected in Oregon!

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.

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Only 3 days left to file to run for office!

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” I know that quote from Mahatma Gandhi is somewhat cliché but I feel that it is a great way to describe my approach to politics. 

My name is Josiah Dean and I decided to run for office at the last minute just before the November 2016 election, and I won!  I am a newly elected city council member for the city of Dufur, Oregon.

How did I do it? Well, I live in a small town and I basically just showed up. It is interesting to note that since my landslide win of 12 votes, I have come to realize that many positions in local government are filled by the people who just show up. You may live in a city where city council races might be a major campaign but there are many positions that are unopposed.

If you are interested in running for office in the May 16th Special Election, a good place to start is to visit the Pacific Green Party's Run For Office page, then check in with your local County Elections office right away.  They can tell you exactly which election districts you are in and which offices are open.  But don't delay, the deadline for filing for office is March 16th!

Even if you are not up for running for office this election, you can still help out by becoming a Supporting Member or by volunteering to help those Green candidates running in the upcoming special election.  Something to keep in mind is that your Supporting Member donation may cost you nothing (visit Oregon Political Tax Credit for full details). 

I look forward to leading my little community in the direction that I want to see. I am working with several conservative folks but by demonstrating what cooperation and good governance is, we can create positive solutions.  As a business person with progressive Green Party values, my intention is to make the changes that I can.  And so can you!

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Josiah Dean
Dufur City Council Member

Private Sale of Elliott Forest Faces Momentary Setback

By Nick Perry-Guetti

On February 14th, in Salem, OR, the Oregon State Land Board (SLB) in a public hearing voted 2-1 for sale of the Elliot State Forest (a public land trust attached to the state’s Common School Fund (CSF), and comprising some 83,000 acres of beautiful, ecologically diverse forest rich in old growth and known to be habitat for federally threatened species) jointly to Lone Rock Timber, a private timber company, and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe. The SLB consists of Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D), Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R), and Treasurer Tobias Read (D). Brown, who favors an option for continued public ownership of Elliot that still allows for logging, cast the dissenting vote. The sale is not finalized, awaiting another meeting set for April 11th.

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Policy Confusion Haunts Sale of Elliott State Forest

By Nick Perry-Guetti

On Wednesday evening February 1st at University of Oregon - a presentation sponsored by the Pacific Green Party Lane Greens Chapter and given by Coast Range Forest Watch - discussed an ancient forest under threat from a land management administration whose focus seems unclear. CRFW’s co-Director Max Beeken spoke to a full lecture hall in Straub Hall concerning the beautiful 83,000-acre tract of public land, rich in old growth and biodiversity and ecologically valuable for its capacity to absorb carbon, and the issue of its legally and economically questionable sale for timber harvest.

Beeken said that according to the Department of State Lands, the Common School Fund (CSF)––which owns most of the forest––is losing money due to logging restrictions prompted by concerns for federally protected species who reside there. However, Beeken’s data indicated two problems with this story: 1) the CSF does not seem to be losing money at all according to its own statistics, and 2) Elliott’s timber sales are responsible for less than1% of the CSF’s revenue in any case. “Oregon just voted overwhelmingly to support the Fund,” Beeken said. “With such a huge $1.2 billion windfall, it’s hard to see why the forest needs to be sold when timber sales hardly seem to a;ect the Fund’s revenue at all.”

Nevertheless, parcels have been sold to private timber companies. Many of these parcels, upon examination by volunteer wildlife biologists, were found to contain threatened species such as marbled murrelets. Some sales were withdrawn or stopped largely due to the efforts of forest activists, necessary despite Oregon Revised Statute 530.450, which arguably prohibits the sale of most of the forest.

Hearing for Historic Tenants Rights Ordinance

Our Green Party platform supports rent control and ending no cause evictions.  If you can't rally at city Hall please use the event page to contact city commissioners.  This event is HUGE, and we need EVERYONE who's able to join us next Thursday, February 2nd at Portland City Hall to demand our City Council pass relocation assistance for renters.


We'll be hosting a rally at City Hall at 1pm, and the hearing itself will begin promptly at 2pm.

If you have been or are at risk of being displaced from your home because of a no-cause eviction or rent increase, Portland City Council needs to hear from you! Please consider testifying in front of Council next Thursday, and contact Portland Tenants United to let us know you want to speak!

You can also email or call City Council officers at the numbers & addresses below - in particular, Commissioners Saltzman, Fish, and Fritz need to hear from you. We encourage you to share your story with your elected officials, or just a short message of support: "relocation assistance would give displaced tenants a little room to breathe - please support Commissioner Eudaly's proposal next Thursday!"

* Commissioner Nick Fish: 503-823-3589 / [email protected]
* Commissioner Dan Saltzman: 503-823-4151 / [email protected]
* Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-3008 / [email protected]

Ranked Choice Voting draws support from near and far

Measure 2-100, Benton County’s pioneering Ranked Choice Voting initiative, has been drawing support and attention from near and far:  from local newspapers to a Seattle think-tank, and from a neighboring county to Vermont’s Howard Dean.   Read the full text of the news release here.

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