September 2011 Newsletter

The Green Party in Portland is taking a seat at the table of power.  Missteps now have real consequences that can't be undone.  It is an exciting time for us, but also a time of great burdens.  Now more than ever we need to share them to succeed.  We need to acknowledge the hard work of our core, and that for us to continue to grow we need to expand this core.  We need candidates for office.  We need new board members.  We need more members period.  We are gaining momentum, and gaining notice.  We just have to be careful to not slip up and roll back down the mountain.

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

This last 31st we had our August member's meeting and open meet and greet.  See minutes here.  New particapting member Andy Dunn offered his "media skills (writing & editing, graphic design, video production, some limited web design) for a campaign or project".  Anyone wanting to take advantage contact me and I'll get you in touch.  No members are ready to be candidates, so no board election this month.  But we do have a number of people considering serving and we will continue to recruit.  Anyone who's interested should come to a meeting to intoduce themselves.

This month our proposed agenda includes talking about forming a coalition with other minor parties.  The intent would be to unite us on common issues and avoid fighting each other to the gain of the major parties.  This and other issues are mentioned on TV when Seth Woolley and myself recorded several episodes of the Populist Dialogues on the eleventh.  You can watch the first one online here, and the second one here.  I'm new to speaking on television so forgive the "ums".  I'll work on that.

We are attending a second regular meeting of the City Charter Review tonight and will follow up our success at the public forum where we gave enough public testimony to sway a commissioner to lead a committee on Ranked Choice Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and advocate for its inclusion on the ballot.  We expect that by the end of the meeting a committe will be established around IRV and we will have achieved a major step forward in our fight.

Another public forum for the Charter Review is happening this Monday the 26th 6-8 pm at City Hall.  We need people to show up with testimony agian to seal the deal.  Let me know you are coming and I can keep you in the loop with the latest updates.

Tomorrow at noon we will meet face to face with city councilwoman Amanda Fritz.  Assuming things go well tonight at the commission meeting, we will challenge her to give them the support they need to function, noting that they have no staff or budget.  Fritz remains cool to the implementation of IRV in Portland.  I have via email been attempting to address her concerns.  We will attempt to complete this process when we meet with her in person.  Further, we will try to talk about public financing of elections and the resolution we endorsed that challenges corporate personhood.  Seth Woolley and myself will be joined by David Delk of Alliance for Democracy for this meeting.

Massive coal exports moving through my backyard is not a happy thought.  We'd like to challenge this now.  Who else can hear the train from where the live?  Who else is motivated to join the Beyond Coal facet of our Green Energy campaign?  Contact me and I'll put you to work.  Also we still need a liaison that can make the beyond coal monthly meetings at the Sierra Club (6:30-8pm 1821 SE Ankeny St).  We are also looking for a good railroad union contact.  Sierra club is feeling skitish about endangering their non-profit status so I can't use who initially was willing to liaison with them.  Here is Sierra Club talking about Beyond Coal with David Delk.

We meet the last Wednesday of every month at People's Coop, enjoy the farmer's market then come upstairs to the community room 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 so we can get a discount.

For members interested in the finances of how we do what we do take a look at our page on Orestar.  You may also meet some of our new paid outreach staff if they choice to come to a monthly meeting as a member.  We are a self sustaining political machine without financial help from a state or national party.  This allows us a great deal of independance to focus on local issues and organize our community.  We hope as we succeed and fine tune our model other groups will copy what we do and use what we've developed for their own grassroots efforts.  We also know that our efforts are raising the profile of the Green Party in Oregon and thus our state party the Pacific Green Party benifits.  In addition, we specifically are organizing a campaign to get more Greens registered.  Getting twenty or thirty thousand more Greens registered in the Portland area in the next five years is an achivable goal and will finally have us in the role we were meant to be in.

The Portland Green Party is established to work for sustainability and conservation, peace, social justice, and grassroots democracy through the electoral system.

Thank you for reading and please come to a meeting.

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