January 2012 Newsletter
We struggle with motivation when it comes to donations and volunteerism. We know it's a good thing, but it is hard because only when enough of us act, reaching a critical mass, will it matter and change for the better will happen.
We are the local aspect of the Green Party. We have participated in Occupy as it became a movement. Now I think the tide of the movement is enveloping us all whether we want to be associated with Occupy or not. At the same time I don't think Occupy can hold claim to the movement. It has grown beyond the General Assembly or rather the bits that existed before have drawn strength and new life. Certainly this is true for the Green Party and the other "minor" parties, the progressive ones at least.
There are tensions. There is desire to keep the movement bound to Occupy, but it is balanced by a desire to keep Occupy unbound. I think there are a number of positive paths ahead. I think the massive amount of participation encouraged by Occupy has allowed a great deal of optimism to flourish. Dieing causes have been replenished and corporatism as a whole is being pushed back. As we live forward let us do so with motivation and acceptance of the multiple positive paths ahead. Respect for each other binds us and makes critical mass.
We now have a full house on our board. Seth Woolley (Treasurer), Rickie Woolley, and Chris Extine, are joined by Occupy PDX organizers Alex Pio, Imre Ilyes, Devon Pack, and Gina Ronning.
At People's Coop's request we are now regularly meeting every 4th Weds instead of every last Weds, however in Feb we are meeting on the 4th Tues the 21st. See the proposed agenda. We will meet a little early for last minute meet and greet with local candidates and then around 7:50 pm we will begin the endorsement process. So members, come one come all, let's have a full house. Please review the local candidate forum that we hosted with the Progressive Party and Occupy participants (first two hours, additional seven minutes), and here is an article about it in the Portland Occupier.
Gina Ronning, one of our new board members, is leading our newest campaign for Restorative Justice. If you'd like to learn more and/or help out please contact her.
The Ranked Choice Instant Runoff Voting campaign is shifting in response to the Charter Review Commission disbanding under pressure from city hall. At the commission's request we will prepare a packet/presentation on IRV (what we have develped so far working with the IRV Commission subcommittee) for their final meeting at the end of this month so that the next commission will have IRV as its first item. We hope that we will be able to keep the pressure on so that the commission reforms within a year or two. We may also have a say in one or two of the commissioners being appointed if anyone is interested. In the mean time we will pursue IRV with Multnomah County as there was some interest a decade ago.
In the upcoming Presidential election if Ron Paul runs as an Independent and people think he spoils the Republican vote, then like in 2000 there will be a resurgent interest in Ranked Choice Instant Runoff Voting, the only feasible democratic solution to our flawed election process.
Also check out this Vid with Woody Broadnax, our likely candidate for OR Congressional District #3. He's also trying to get a local Green chapter started specifically to try and connect with the African American community. Contact him if you want to help get this started. Also in the video is Steve Reynolds the Progressive Party candidate for District #1 who is interested in our nomination as a state party and our endorsement as a local chapter.
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