Our four presenters for our 2020 Annual Meeting were David Delk - Deepening Democracy Paul Cienfuegos - Environmental Justice Regina Lopez - Human Rights Chuck Collins - Economic Inequality
September 10, 2020 session
Paul Cienfuegos - Environmental Justice "Rethinking the Corporation, Rethinking Democracy"
Founder, Community Rights PDX
Educator * Organizer * Writer
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Can we have democracy when large corporations wield so much power and wealth under law?
Can we reclaim from corporations the Constitutional rights of people?
Can we exercise our right of local self-government to protect the health, welfare , and dignity of our citizens, our commons, and our future generations?
How has the failure of federal and state government to act on environmental and social emergencies from mass evictions to small business failures to climate meltdown undermined democratic practices?
How can local residents and their local government pass groundbreaking laws to address these societal crises?
David Delk - Deepening Democracy How do we make democratic practices real in Oregon?
Oregon Progressive Party - Chair
Alliance for Democracy - Nat. Co-chair
OR UU Voices for Justice - board member
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AMEND THE OREGON CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW LIMITS ON MONEY IN POLITICAL SYSTEM OR Honest Elections Here BM 107 Text here to amend the OR Constitution to allow limits on campaign contributions. Vote Yes on BM 107 for Fair and Honest Elections website here
NATIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE The right to vote is the foundation of democracy, yet the U.S. Constitution contains no explicit right to vote. The Constitution should be amended to explicitly grant the affirmative right to vote to every citizen of voting age. Legislation has been proposed to create such a right. See HJR75 in the Senate (co-sponsored by OR Sen Merkley) and HJR93 in the House of Representatives (co-sponsored by OR Rep. Blumenauer). Fairvote | Right to Vote Initiative
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT : MONEY IS NOT SPEECH AND CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE HJR48 has been proposed as a US Constitutional amendment to state that money is not speech and corporations are not people. Oregon's US Representatives Blumenauer, Bonamici and DeFazio are listed has co-sponsors. Move to Amend
Contact David Delk/OR Honest Elections for information on any of these and to get involved 503.232.5495 or email@example.com
Is Oregon one of the best states for democratic practices?
Why should OR voters approve Ballot Measure 107 to allow limits on money in politics and a ballot measure for redistricting reform (if it gets on the Nov 2020 ballot)?
Shall the OR legislature enact specific limits on money in politics and enact public funding for state level political candidates?
How and when should cities and counties enact limits on big money in politics?
Shall the super quorum in the OR legislature be eliminated?
Shall we consider other reforms to Oregon's political system?
October 10, 2020 session Video recording of the entire session here. Passcode required: by23iUP+ Chat Box from entire session here.
Regina Lopez - Human Rights
Human Rights presenter, Regina Lopez is Exec. Director, PCUN, Oregon's Farmworker Union (PCUN is focused on building a stronger voice for all Latinx working families in Oregon, from farmworkers to young folks, so that we can collectively improve their well-being and increase prosperity for all.)
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PCUN - Oregon's farmworker union. PCUN is based in the heart of the Oregon Latinx community, and in one of the most vibrant agricultural areas in the state. We’re Oregon’s Farmworker Union, and we fight for low-wage workers, and Latinx families.
CAUSA- Oregon's Immigrant rights organization. Causa works to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families in Oregon through advocacy, coalition building, leadership development, and civic engagement. Latino immigrants and their families are the heart of Causa and inspire, implement, and champion our work.
Farm Worker Ministry Northwest - We are a faith-based farm worker solidarity organization working for justice with the local farm worker community in the Northwest.
United Farm Workers - UFW national campaigns include pesticide bans, farm worker visa reforms, and national legislation for immigration reform.