ISSUES FOR 2019
Public Bank campaign
We are building a broad base of support for a Municipal (public) Bank Bill in the Oregon State Legislature. The bill was initially introduced by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer with the intent of updating Oregon banking statutes to make it easier for Oregon municipalities to create publicly owned banks. A public bank would enable all the taxpayer's money a city invests in major projects, to stay in the community, rather than paying massive amounts of interest to Wall Street banks. As is often the case the bill didn't pass the session it was introduced. We aim to continue educating legislators and building a base of support to pass the it in the 2020 short session.
Campaign Contribution Limits
Oregon is one of only 5 states with no limits on political contributions. Campaign spending in Oregon has skyrocketed 10-fold since 1996. The result is legalized bribery that corrupts government and excludes most people from seeking public office. The Center for Public Integrity grades Oregon an overall "F" in systems to avoid government corruption and ranks Oregon 2nd worst of all states in controlling "Political Financing," beating only Mississippi. Oregon needs limits on campaign contributions and laws requiring that political ads disclose their top funders. See Honest-Elections.com for more information about the work we're doing to get big money out of our political system.
restructuring portland city council
We have long considered Portland's Commission form of Government along with its at lager (or city-wide) elections to be undemocratic, unrepresentative, and increasingly ineffective as Portland rapidly grows and changes. In early 2019 the City Club of Portland published a report making a strong case that the commission form of government and at large elections were innately inequitable and that it's time to choose a better, more representative and equitable form of government and elections. We are excited to work with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups to come up with a form of government and districted voting that actually works for all Portlanders.
Who we are:
We are an intergenerational
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for the political process
frequently asked questions
How do you choose which issues to work on?
Every year our members and the community come together for our Spring Thing, where we get inspired, talk about challenges and opportunities facing Portland, and decide together which 2 or 3 issues are the most pressing. Once the votes are tallied, we get to work creating a plan of action, and begin meeting weekly.
What if I am not passionate about your issues?
Tell us the issues you are passionate about and we'll take it from there.
Do you partner with other organizations?
Absolutely, the more the merrier. Please contact us if you would like to partner on an issue.