Author Archives: Diane Jukofsky

Clear-Cutting, Racism’s Health Risks, Have’s vs. Have Not’s: Notes from the September Justice Committee Meeting

Present:  Mike Kohlhoff (Chair), Greg Hunt, Ron Carl, Don Klosterman, Mike DeWitt, Sally Hardwick and Mary Post

We discussed options for funding to improve the Juvenile Justice System in Clackamas Co.  Greg Hunt will draft a resolution to use funds previously used for capital punishment.

 From the Environmental Sub-Committee 

  • Reminder of two Sept upcoming climate change events: the Youth Climate Strike and a public forum hosted by the Climate Reality Project
  • Clear-cutting near streams continues as the state legislature did not pass remedies
  • Zenith Energy is still bringing volatile and toxic oil into NW Portland.  Two NGOs — 350PDX and Extinction Rebellion Portland — are still pushing back.
  • The Jordan Cove pipeline is still being developed in spite of protests. (Update: in mid-September Oregon’s Dept. of State Lands delayed the decision for a construction permit for a second time.) 

From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee 

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Honors Bestowed on Three State Lawmakers Representing Clackamas County

State Sen. Kathleen Taylor Accepts Her Award

At the Oregon AFL-CIO’s biennial convention last month, three awards were given to state legislators – and all three represent districts in Clackamas County.

Our congratulations for these well deserved honors go to State Sen. Kathleen Taylor (SD21), named Legislator of the Year; State Rep. Rachel Prusak (HD37), named Rookie of the Year; and State Sen. Shemia Fagan (SD24), named Working Family Champion.

Read more about the convention here.

Neighborhood Leader Program: Sharing Common Goals Toward Positive Change

By Bill Street, Neighborhood Leader Coordinator, Clackamas County Democrats

Our Neighborhood Leader Program has been wildly successful. Attend any of our Clackamas Democratic Central Committee meetings and listen to the self-introductions. No matter how they begin their introduction: be it State Senator, State Representative, County Commissioner, or precinct person, almost to a person that introduction ends with, “And I’m a Neighborhood Leader.”

Why does everyone want it known that they, too, are a Neighborhood Leader? Is it because they know that our Neighborhood Leader program was instrumental in defeating Tea Party crazies who just a few years ago ran our County?

Is it because they know that our Neighborhood Leader program was key in creating a Democratic super majority in Salem? After all, we were the only County (or parts thereof) where incumbent Republicans were defeated.

Is it because of the satisfaction and impact when a Neighborhood Leader has voter turn out in their turf often exceeding average turn-out by 10 per cent or more? As impressive as each of these outcomes are, that is not the reason the program is as successful as it is. 

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