By Peter Nordbye, Chair Democratic Party of Clackamas County
The existential crisis of our time, nuclear war, has a new partner: climate change. We have lived under the threat of nuclear extermination since 1945. We have gone from “duck and cover” to bomb shelters to a belief that our institutions have in place safeguards so that no one crazy enough to invoke mutually assured destruction ever could. We have stopped above-ground testing and, with few exceptions, nuclear proliferation. We have even reduced the number of nuclear warheads. We have stared into the abyss of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and said “never again.” Continue reading
With one memorable exception, virtually all major policies imposed by the Trump administration have caused division among party lines. That exception, of course, was the immigration strategy enforced in early May that separated children from their parents after they crossed the Southern U.S. border. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned at the time, “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”
As a result, nearly 3,000 children, including scores under the age of five, were removed from their parents and placed first in Customs and Border Protection facilities, then in shelters provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Continue reading
Stop Separating Families!
Father’s Day Rally at ICE
Hosted by Direct Action Alliance and Portland Democratic Socialists of America
Sunday, June 17th, at 3 PM
4310 SW Macadam Ave, Portland
In the midst of a discussion about expanding the role of government to enhance social protections, a delegate arose and cited France as an example of government intervention into the economy run amok. The delegate cited France’s slow GNP growth and overall sluggish economy.
Indeed France’s unemployment rate is about 5 percent higher than the U.S. However, French productivity has exceeded the U.S.’s from 1985 through 2010. But these economic numbers, which are routinely used to determine the health of an economy, miss the mark. The measure of success of any economy isn’t how much wealth it has or even how much it creates. The measure of a successful economy must be the welfare of the people who are served by the economy. Continue reading
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
We received this message from AFSCME about their 2018 I AM campaign. They invite you to join in. Continue reading