Present: Mike Kohlhoff (Chair), Michael Dewitt, Greg Hunt, Klaus and Cornelia Gibson, Don Klosterman, Connie Lee, Mary Post and Pacific Stensels
Cornelia reported on recent action by the Oregon Chapter of the grassroots group, Moms Demand Action, which supports a bill requiring the owner or possessor of firearms to secure them with a trigger- or cable-lock or in locked container. HB 2505 failed to pass in the 2019 legislative session but will be introduced when the 2020 session begins.
From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee
Connie announced she plans to pursue information about the program known as CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance: Helping Out on the Streets), which is now being used in Eugene and Portland.
From the Social Justice Sub-Committee
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which force a judge to hand down a minimum prison
sentence based on the charges a prosecutor brings against a defendant that result in a conviction — usually a guilty plea — unfairly target women of color. Eliminating mandatory minimums would also be cost effective. Greg will work on a resolution recommending that Clackamas County eliminate mandatory minimums.
Oregon Civil Defense Force currently excludes individuals with disabilities. Mike pointed to
Present: Mike Kohlhoff (chair), Ron Carl, Cornelia Gibson, Peter
Norbye, Michael DeWitt, Jason Pierson, Connie Lee, and Mary Post (secretary).
Mike presented two draft resolutions: one addressing Criminal
Justice and the other, a proposed State Bank. Jason will make changes to
the first, and both will be forwarded to the Platform and Resolution Committee
A tentative resolution, “Clackamas County Changing Energy
Sources,” was discussed and will be further considered at our next
From the Racial
We continued our discussion of the health threats posed by racism. Connie outlined several paths to explore. Peter requested that we address racism in our own Democratic Party.
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.
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 →