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Lake Oswego Junior High: The Toxic Culture of Racism Must Be Ended

At the March meeting of the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee, a resolution was adopted unanimously to stand in solidarity with students who experience racial discrimination at Lake Oswego Junior High in general and the most recent example in particular.

The resolution has been forwarded to the Lake Oswego School Board. It states in part:

Many are watching and listening to how the School Board is moving forward to effect needed institutional change. Simply applying a curriculum, no matter how excellent, over atop a toxic culture will not suffice. It gives the appearance of actions without sustainable outcomes.

There is no illusion that the Lake Oswego school system is better or worse then others in regard to this issue. All of our institutions must be on constant vigilance for racism, now that it is being condoned by the highest office in the land.

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Standing and District Committees February Meeting Round-Up

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in February.

Campaign Committee chaired by Peter Toll

The committee continues to strategize in preparation for the May 15 primary. Peter and HD leaders are working with candidates as needed. Click here for a compelling analysis of the races that will impact all of us in Clackamas County. Continue reading

How Big Is Our Tent?

The posts below raise a number of interesting questions: questions about winning, governing, and our values.

Should we welcome everyone into the tent that is the Clackamas County Democratic Party? Or just those who are willing to work to achieve our values? Do we use our resources, both monies and volunteers for those who oppose gun control? Or abortions? Or workers rights?

Do we help to elect candidates who not only ignore our platform but who work and or vote against it?

If the answer to any of the above is “yes,” then how do we decide who to endorse and who to oppose? Continue reading

Standing & District Committees January Meeting Round-Up

We’re pleased to present the first of what we hope will be monthly highlights from both Standing Committee and District Committee meetings, starting with reports below from meetings held in January.

Campaign Committee chaired by Peter Toll

The committee is busy strategizing how best to support Democrats seeking to serve in our state legislature. Below is the list of incumbents and candidates who have declared to run or filed for the May 15 primary, as of February 11.

HD 18 – Incumbent Rick Lewis (R). Appointed. Doug Culver (D) has filed.
HD 26 – Inc. Richard Vial (R). First term. Ryan Spiker (D) has filed.
HD 35 – Inc. Margaret Doherty (D). Bob Niemeyer (R) has filed. The district includes one precinct in Clackamas Co.
HD 37 – Inc. Julie Parrish (R). Rachel Prusak (D) has declared.
HD 38 – Inc. Andrea Salinas (D). Appointed. Two-thirds of this district is in Clackamas Co., with the balance in Multnomah Co. Continue reading

Why the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction?

By Peter Nordbye, Chair of Clackamas County Democrats

One of the great philosophical questions of all time is “WHY?” One of the great philosophical responses to that question most of the time is “WHY NOT?” But in answering “Why attend the Clackamas County Democratic Party fundraiser Roosevelt Dinner &Auction at the Tualatin Country Club on November 11th,” the “why not” response is not adequately deep in a cognative sense.

Here is why it is a great idea to attend the Roosevelt Dinner on November 11th:

  • Our keynote speaker is Congressperson Suzanne Bonamici.
  • Our DPO Chair, Jeanne Atkins, will present the Jill Thorn Grant Award to Sonya Fischer.
  • The Monroe Sweetland Democrat of the Year Award will be revealed.
  • Dave Hunt will be auctioneer and there are many fabulous items being auctioned.
  • Once again, the silent auction and raffle items will blow your mind.
  • It is always fun hanging out with fellow Democrats.
  • It is very cool to hang out with Democrats nowadays.
  • We raise funds to elect Democrats and to support important work in Clackamas County.

Then, again, Why Not?

Come join us at the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction on November 11th. Help build the Democratic Party of Clackamas County through your support. Besides, it’s really fun. You have until November 8th to purchase tickets to the dinner.

Click this link to purchase tickets.

I will see you there!
Peter Nordbye