June 2011 Newsletter

Greetings I'm Jorden Leonard, Executive Director of the Portland Green Party.

This last 25th we had our May member's meeting and open meet and greet.  See minutes here.  We talked about the upcoming state Green Party convention on the 11th of this month in Eugene.  Check their calendar for time and location.  T Oliver, the Portland Greens liason with the State Party, encourages all to attend.  Contact him for more information and/or to car pool.

We also spoke about the need to work with the state party on getting more Green Party members to secure our ballot access.  For more information on the effort and what happens if we fail contact our treasurer Seth Woolley.

House party organization was brought up again.  If you have a home you'd be willing to open up for a Green Party meet and greet please contact me.

After listening to a fantastic presentation by Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy (OREP) we became fans of feed in tariffs and endorsed what they're doing and have volunteered to join their burgeoning alliance.  Watch their introductory video here, and email them to keep up with how you can help.  The Portland Greens are now committed to starting a campaign based on what OREP is doing.  Please anyone who has the time and inclination to take a leading role contact me, and we can see about getting you started as a campaigner.

The library district situation for Multnomah County is in limbo.  The Portland Greens are waiting to see what the union, Local 88 of AFSCME, decides before considering a campaign further.

The Public Financing Campaign (formerly called VOE) has gathered over a thousand signatures, but still is well short of the 30,000 needed in the next year.  But with over a thousand gathered by volunteers a high level of support is expressed.  One signature gathered by a volunteer is worth politically many times a signature gathered by a paid petitioner.  It is critically important that we reach 3,000 signatures as soon as possible so that we can convince groups that supported VOE in the past that this campaign is viable.  So please if you can spare an hour to volunteer contact Spencer Burton our campaigner.  We need those signatures.  Be awesome, take a sheet for TEN signatures supporting public financing of elections to combat legal corruption of our democracy.

Seth Woolley as a campaigner for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) was interviewed on KBOO.  You can listen to it here, it starts a few minutes in.  Seth ended the interview by saying that IRV was "elections on Jazz".

The proposed agenda for this month's meeting is empty, feel free to make requests and I'll add them here.  If there are none then we will just have a working meeting through out.

The World Affairs Council has contacted us again.  This time we will be meeting with ten representatives from Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and a relief organization about "grassroots organizations and the ways in which they address legitimate and divergent interests" and "citizens’ rights and responsibilities in civil society".  We don't have permission yet to give further details, but I can say I am very proud that the work we are doing is not just benefiting Portland and Oregon but through connections like these the world.

This next Tuesday the 7th from 7-8 pm meeting planning the peace celebration Reach Beyond War Fair at the Bead & Roses Center, 6834 NE Glisan St.  Go and be welcomed by this warmed spirited group.  Contact Ken Lori for more information.

The weather will finally be nice.  I promise.  Come down to People's, enjoy the farmer's market then come upstairs to the community room on the 29th for our members meeting and meet and greet.  3029 SE 21st Avenue, 7-8 members meeting/8-9 work meeting.  Anyone who is a member of the Coop and is thinking they can make it please let me know.

Thank you for your time.