Tag Archives: Social Justice

Draft Resolutions for Criminal Justice and a State Bank Considered at October’s Justice Committee Meeting

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 for consideration.

A tentative resolution, “Clackamas County Changing Energy Sources,” was discussed and will be further considered at our next meeting. 

From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee 

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. 

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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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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