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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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Litmus Test 3: Medicare for All

This is the third part in a series on Democratic values and their possible application in a litmus test approach to an endorsement process for Clackamas County Democrats. Your comments are welcome.

The Clackamas County Democratic Party recently unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for universal healthcare coverage or Medicare for All. Since we as Democrats have a tendency to rarely agree on anything whatsoever, how was this possible?

The consensus comes from a core value stated most succinctly by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Social Justice Through Social Action.” Continue reading