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Monday, January 17, 2022

The King Legacy of Service: Inspiring thousands to come together to serve their community


January 17, 2022

"If you want to be important, wonderful. If you want to be recognized, wonderful. If you want to be great, wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you, shall be your servant."

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These words, from one of Dr. King's most memorable sermons, compel us to act with even greater urgency as America faces the dual viruses of COVID-19 and racism. Indeed, we are confronted with the "fierce urgency of now." January 17, 2022 marks the 27th anniversary of the MLK Jr. Day of Service that celebrates the civil rights leader's birthday, his teachings, and his extraordinary life of service. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as "a day on, not a day off," MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to inspire all Americans to volunteer to help the most vulnerable among us, and to meet some of the most urgent needs in our local communities.  

This year, in 2022, elected officials across the country will partner with national organizations, state and local service leaders, but most importantly, individual community members, to organize events that unite Americans around Dr. King's vision of a more "beloved community." Strong, empathetic leaders like President Biden, Vice President Harris, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley, Governor Kate Brown, Oregon's Democratic Congressional Delegation and our Democratic State Senators and State Representatives understand the need to empower individuals, to build bridges, and to address the systemic issues that perpetuate racial injustice, poverty, hunger, homelessness and mental health crises. 

Honoring Dr. King's life calls all of us to service. Here are a few MLK Day suggested volunteer opportunities to help others in your community:

  • Stand Up Against Hunger. Throughout our communities, many people struggle with hunger every day. Finding a food pantry or food bank near you and learn what you can do to address food insecurity in your community.  
  • Inform and help others get vaccinated. Throughout our communities, some may still not have the information, tools or resources they need to get vaccinated or boosted. Serve others by starting a kind conversation and offering your help. Click here for vaccine information by county, and click here for testing locations.
  • Welcome newcomers into our communities. Honor Dr. King by helping Afghan families land on their feet.
  • Remember and honor servicemembers
  • Make and deliver hygiene kits to the homeless
  • Provide a healthy, hearty meal for an elderly or shut-in neighbor
  • Do something really simple, but huge, like reading a book to a child
  • Oregonians may also go to and SOLVE Oregon to search for nearby volunteer opportunities.

On behalf of the Democratic Party of Oregon, have a wonderful MLK Jr. Day celebration.

Again, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "We are faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now."

Thank you,

Rosa Colquitt, PhD
Democratic Party of Oregon Vice Chair

Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Jill Thorn Grant Award


The Jill Thorn Grant is awarded by the Democratic Party of Clackamas County (DPCC) to a woman Democrat preparing to run for public office for the first time.   The recipient may use the $500 award at her discretion for training, preparation for a campaign or any other campaign-related expenses.  

This award commemorates the legacy of Jill Thorn’s public service and the example her life provides to other women seeking to serve the community by serving in public office. 


  • Registered female Democrat

  • Preparing to run for public office for the first time

  • Resident of Clackamas County or running for an office that includes at least part of Clackamas County

  • Nomination by a current DPCC Precinct Committee Person (PCP) using the J Thorn Grant Nomination Form OR direct application by using the J Thorn Grant Application Form

  • Submission of either these completed by February 5, as directed on the form.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until February 5, 2022.  After screening the forms, a representative of the subcommittee will contact each nominee or applicant to schedule a short interview.  Interviews will be held February 6-11 at a time and place to be determined.  After the subcommittee makes its decision, it will report to the Executive Committee of the DPCC on March 2.  Should the Executive Committee approve the award, it will forward its recommendation to the Central Committee of the DPCC for consideration at its March 17 regular meeting.  Announcement and presentation of the award will be scheduled subsequent to that decision.  

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service

  • Need for support in pursuing candidacy for office

  • Likelihood of success as a candidate for office 

  • Candidate responses provided on the application form and responses from a personal interview

The candidate may attach a one-page resume to the application form; or alternatively attach a one-page explanation of service and other details to be considered.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

News about DPO's 2021 Platform Convention

CLACKAMAS COUNTY DEMOCRATS: The Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) is holding the 2021 Platform Convention on December 10th, 11th and 12th. The Convention will be held at the Adrienne C. Nelson High School in Happy Valley, Oregon. More scheduling information will be available later. 

For some additional information, visit this page on the DPO website or contact Peter Nordbye,

If you are a Democrat living in Clackamas County and want to become a Convention Delegate, complete and submit this form.

Peter Nordbye

Monday, October 25, 2021

Important for Clackamas County Dems Concerned about Climate Change

Care about how climate change is affecting Oregon, Clackamas county, your own backyards? Share your concerns at an interactive session on Tuesday, November 2 from 6-7:30 pm, organized by the Democratic Party of Oregon's Environmental Caucus.

This will be your chance to listen, learn, and express your opinions. Ideas from the session will guide the Caucus' decisions about future state-level climate policy and inform the DPO on its platform and planks. 

We need your voice at the session so Clackamas County is well represented! Register here. And if you can't make the session, you can still share your thoughts by completing this brief survey.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Virtual Format for Redistricting Public Hearings Announced

    Amid Delta Surge: 
    Virtual Format for Redistricting Public Hearings Announced 

SALEM, Ore. – In response to growing hospitalization rates across the state due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek today announced that the upcoming public hearings of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees will be moved to a virtual format.

“While the committees had hoped to visit communities across Oregon in person, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases has made this increasingly risky to public health. More Oregonians are now in our hospitals, intensive care units, or on ventilators than ever before in this pandemic. Our hospitals, healthcare workers, and frontline staff are overwhelmed. The Delta variant has changed everything.

“After consulting with infectious disease doctors, public health experts, and the bipartisan chairs and vice-chair of the House and Senate Redistricting committees, we have decided to move September’s redistricting public hearings to a virtual format. This will ensure a safe, transparent process where Oregonians from every community can make their voice heard and provide input on Oregon’s next set of legislative and congressional maps.”

The new schedule for the September Redistricting Public Hearings can be found below. Meetings will be held virtually and organized to hear from residents of each current congressional district. Oregonians can participate by signing up for video or phone testimony, uploading written testimony, or by submitting a map for consideration by September 7.

Wednesday, September 8:

 • 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (residents of Congressional District 1)
 • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (residents of Congressional District 2)
 • 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (residents of Congressional District 3)

Thursday, September 9: 

• 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (residents of Congressional District 4)
 • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (residents of Congressional District 5)
 • 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (residents of Congressional District 1)

Friday, September 10:
• 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (residents of Congressional District 2) 
• 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (residents of Congressional District 3) 
• 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (residents of Congressional District 4) 

Monday, September 13:
• 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (residents of Congressional District 5)
• 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (statewide: open to residents of any district)
• 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (statewide: open to residents of any district)

Find your congressional district here (enter your address in the top-right corner and click the “Congress” tab):

For more information on redistricting or how to participate, visit 

Find an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine: vaccine.