February Newsletter

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Primary elections are in the air.  Follow our IRV style endorsements as a candidate voter’s guide for local elections.  Tomorrow is a day of unity.  Defining ourselves as people, and defining corporations as not. 

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

We have Portland Green Party endorsements (<–check out this link for details). For US Congress we are endorsing Woody Broadnax for the 3rd District over Earl Blumenauer, and Steve Reynolds for the 1st District.  For Multnomah county Patricia Burkett for the 3rd Seat.  For Mayor, first choice Cameron Whitten, 2nd choice Eileen Brady, 3rd choice Jefferson Smith.  For City Council 1st Seat, first choice Teressa Raiford, second choice Amanda Fritz.  For City Council 4th Seat, first choice Mark White, second choice Jeri Williams.

We will be meeting with all the above candidates/campaign to see how we can help.  Please feel free to help them directly through donations/volunteerism.  All have our approval and full support.  In honor of IRV for those races with multiple endorsements we have simply ranked them in order of preference.  Question, investigate and hold us accountable for our votes.  Participate and then cooperate within our process.

Tomorrow is F29–the international day of action against ALEC (“a politically conservative nonprofit policy organization, consisting of both state legislators and members of the private sector, mostly representing corporations“).  Find out what is going on.  Portland is leading the nation in this protest and we the Greens are a part of the 99% Movement rebelling.

We had our members endorsement meeting for local races this last Tuesday the 21st (minutes).  This was a culmination of our interviews of candidates via phone, email, forums, and in person interviews, as well as in depth research.  It was fun, and in the end the members present decided who we will support for this year’s election.

At People’s Coop’s we are now regularly meeting every 4th Weds instead of every last Weds.  See the proposed agenda.

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

You can donate here and use your fully refundable political tax credit (up to $50 or $100 for a couple).

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January Newsletter

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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.

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

A lot has happened.  We had a meeting on the 28th of December (minutes) and the 25th of January (minutes)

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.

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

You can donate here and use your fully refundable political tax credit (up to $50 or $100 for a couple).

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December Newsletter

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Politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions.  I challenge the negative associations with the word.  I’m proud to promote and be a part of politics because I know that for a democracy to be successful we must have good conversations.

We are partisan.  We are a political party, but we are not slaves to “partisan politics”.  I am loyal to the Green Party only so long as it is the party with the people and supporting the issues that I identify with.  We are willing to work with other parties.  And though we may be fervent about our candidates and issues, we remain a party that engages in politics with reason and respect.

Be welcome.

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

This last 30th we had our November member’s meeting and open meet and greet.  See minutes here.

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.  Proposed agenda is here.  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.

We will host a local area candidate forum January 27th at 6 pm at People’s Coop, tentatively cohosting with the Oregon Progressive Party and Occupy Portland.  There is limited seating so email me if you’d like to attend and/or email me a question you’d liked asked.  We may also join the Working Families Party and Occupy Portland at a possible townhall style Portland candidate forum on the 28th, but the details of that is still being worked out.  The Portland Greens will use the forum on the 27th to help us decided who we will endorse for mayor, city council, and county commissioner.  Our forum is intended to be more of an informal interview with the candidates, following the values of participation, accountability, and cooperation.

Oregon City lost to big money.  Local Green Jim Nicita lost to a recall effort.  This is a call to arms and a clear warning that without structure, organization, and support we will loose what ground we gain not just as Greens but as a movement against money in politics.

The Triple Bottom line. We have a proposal for Occupy.  Check it out.  Let us know what you think, and if you’d like to help get it passed and/or be a part of a workgroup that tackles this.

Portland Greens Board candidates. Three Portland Greens have accepted nominations to join our board.  They are Alex Pio, Devon Pack, and Imre Ilyes.  All three have also been active with Occupy Portland as organizers and I hope their expertise will strengthen our chapter.  We will have a board election at our January meeting.

Bill Bold has agreed to be our liaison with the Oregon Progressive Party.  Thank you Bill for stepping up.

A long time Green and donor has offered to pay for an ad in the Portland Alliance, a quarter page, that shows the Greens support for Occupy and/or ending corporate personhood.  Anyone willing to help with ad please contact me.

January will be a very exciting month for the Portland Greens.  Please come to our monthly meeting the last Wednesday and our candidate forum the Friday after.  January is the month our chapter steps up and begins the new year with a seat at the table of power, locally at least.

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

You can donate here and use your fully refundable political tax credit (up to $50 or $100 for a couple).

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Portland Greens Triple Bottom Line Proposal For Occupy Portland

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We, Occupy Portland, support the creation of an efficient and sustainable market economy. Our position is predicated on the following:
  • Economies are dependent upon healthy ecosystems.
  • Markets are a human creation and should exist to serve human interests.
  • Markets are inefficient when prices do not reflect the true costs of production.

Currently, much of our market system does not adequately meet these environmental, social, or economic conditions. Too often goods appear cheap in the marketplace because their true costs are externalized. The market price is subsidized and with the costs borne by the environment, employees, and tax-paying citizens.

We, Occupy Portland, call for accounting and reward systems that rationalize markets, ensuring that they function efficiently and sustainably.  Such a system would account for the triple bottom line — that is, the environmental, economic, and social costs of goods and services.

To support this transition and the long term viability of society, we believe it is incumbent upon individuals and institutions to ensure that their purchases and investments create a positive impact not only on the short term financial bottom line, but on the long term well-being of the economy, the environment, and society.

November Newsletter

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Three words come to mind when I think of the Occupy Movement:

  1. Participation
  2. Accountability
  3. Cooperation

The Portland Greens in my view is a tool for us as a collection of individuals to use to achieve success with the issues that are important to us.  I’ve worked hard at developing this chapter and have beyond it developed other groups and fostered many connections.  At tomorrow’s monthly members meeting I am beginning the process of offering all that I have developed to a group of people I have worked with as Greens and Occupiers.  I think we are ready to move together to the next level.

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

This last 26th we had our October member’s meeting and open meet and greet.  See minutes here.

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.  Proposed agenda is here.  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.

We are also considering a Portland Area candidates forum mid-January.  Come to members meeting to help plan it.

Occupy Portland has stabilized.  Office space will be rented.  The spokes council is being used.  And as it gets wetter and colder the protest/movement is getting more intricate and political.  So now the Portland Green Party is pulling back a bit to take care of some Green business.

Our State Party needs some love.  The Pacific Green Party convention on the 19th was a generally productive positive affair.  But it was clear that we need to be a better resource for them.

We have a local Green official challenged with a recall vote because he upset a wealthy man.  We are accountable as a chapter if we fail to support him with everything we have and he looses the vote. (Contact volunteer coordinator, Patty Jarrett, at 503.657.9668 to help.)

Our issue campaigns have overwhelming interest with the boost of the Occupy Movement, but our campaign leads are too busy to handle the pace of the Occupiers.

Our chapter needs an influx of core participation because we have grown beyond what just a few can manage.

My short term goal is to have our chapter be functional to my satisfaction by the end of February.  I would then ask the board to let me take a month or two off from my volunteer duties as Executive Director so that I can focus on other volunteerism.  I think this will be a good test of the group’s strength and will given me the break I need.

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

You can donate here and use your fully refundable political tax credit (up to $50 or $100 for a couple).

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October Newsletter

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Occupy Portland is a model within the Occupy Movement for how much can get done when there is cooperation with the city.  As a political party we cannot advocate for illegal activity.  But we approve of the city using discretion with the Occupy camp and not enforcing the no camping law in this case. Noting our limitations, we fully support Occupy Portland and encourage all our members to participate as this is a once in a lifetime force for change.

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

This last 28th we had our September member’s meeting and open meet and greet.  See minutes here.

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.  Proposed agenda is here.  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.

This month I and a number of Green volunteers and friends have been heavily involved in Occupy Portland.  Specifically we helped build a positive relationship between the City and the protest even before the October 6th march.  And later in dealing with opening Main St. once the camp had been set up.

Things have settled down and the real work has begun.  The City Charter Review Commission was stunned by the turnout of over twenty members of Occupy Portland’s Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) workgroup to their first IRV committee meeting.  The volunteer commissioners were revitalized by the show of participation and support.

Occupy Portland has committed to supporting Ranked Choice Instant Runoff Voting, and the Portland Green Party stands with them.  Over the weekend I believe the local movement will add a challenge to corporate personhood, a declaration and a promise that corporations not being people should not be given the rights of people.

I encourage everyone to come down and see the camp.  I have never seen so many people work so hard for so long in such a way.  This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the beginnings and be a part of a fundamental shift in how the world operates.

We have found new friends and strengthen old bounds at the camp.  At my invitation city councilmember Amanda Fritz came to the Occupy camp and did an open forum for an hour that was very well received.  We will be inviting her some time soon to our monthly meeting to talk about public financing of elections, which is how she got elected and one of our campaigns is to get that back.

I met who the Progressive Party is thinking of endorsing for Mayor at the camp, and I look forward to inviting him to our meeting so we can get a sense if he would work as well for us.  Including him it looks like we’ll be active in three Portland election campaigns.

Please everyone go to the discussion page and show support for my two proposals for the General Assembly of Occupy Portland, or help me evolve them if you have concerns.  One is challenging corporate personhood and the other is supporting community gardens.

Thank you for reading and please come to a meeting.

Some great vids from Occupy Portland:

Some good vids from larger movement:

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

You can donate here and use your fully refundable political tax credit (up to $50 or $100 for a couple).

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September Newsletter

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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.

You can donate here and use your fully refundable political tax credit (up to $50 or $100 for a couple).