Category Archives: The Nation and Beyond

What Will Our Elected Officials Do?

Photo by drburtoni via Creative Commons license.

The TriMet parking lot at Park Ave was full.

The MAX tram into Portland was full.

The North Park blocks were full.

Broadway was full and closed to vehicular traffic.

Pioneer Square was full.

The difference between the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives was the composition of the crowd, far more young people in the streets in the latter event.

For those on the sidelines, for those who failed to march, the question heard most often was: will it make a difference? Continue reading

US Education Secretary Is Flunking and Endangering Our Public Schools

By Diane Jukofsky, Beavercreek

Kathleen Jeskey, co-founder of Oregon Save Our Schools

School safety is a prime concern always, but especially since the horrific shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month. The issue also underlines another striking difference in principles between the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and the nation’s leading teachers’ organizations. DeVos, who is heading a newly formed commission on school safety, has expressed her support for arming well trained school staff, including teachers.

But the National Education Association’s President, Lily Eskelsen García, roundly rejects the Trump-endorsed idea of arming teachers. “Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence,” she said. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms.” Continue reading

Positive Economy Has Missed 1 in 3 Clackamas Kids

Approximately 29 percent of the poor in Clackamas County are under the age of 18. There are urban neighborhoods and rural communities where the poverty rate for children exceeds 50 percent.

The good news is that, at least based on SNAP data, there is a gradual decline in these numbers as the economy continues to improve. The trend line is for overall gradual reduction of children in poverty not only in Clackamas County but nationally as well since the disastrous 2008 economic crisis. Continue reading

Dr. King or Malcolm X? (Answers to the Quiz)

Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, the day prior to a planned march through downtown in support of Memphis public employees who were seeking to create a union. He understood that civil rights and union rights were both required to have human rights.

The march proceeded when Coretta King arrived to take her husband’s place. The Memphis public employees marched through the streets with signs that read, “I AM A MAN.” These signs conveyed the thought that these workers were not being treated as human beings and that by birth they were entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Continue reading

Join the Hundreds Filing Now to Become PCPs

Every two years, Democrats have the opportunity to run for a public position as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP). PCPs serve as voices for their communities, vote on appointments to vacant legislative seats, and fill a key grassroots position in the Democratic Party.

Now, as we enter this critical 2018 election cycle, we want to encourage you to sign up as as a PCP. Bottom Line – the Democratic Party and our country need you to serve. We’ve had an incredible response rate from Democrats all across the state telling us they’re running to become Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs). Continue reading