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The latest news from Alliance for Democracy including
  • Community Rights workshop with Paul Cienfuegos
  • Defazio introduces legislation for a New NAFTA
  • Health Care for All Oregon lobby day/rally
  • Public Funding for state candidates call to action
  • Voter enacted limits under attach in Multnomah County
  • Populist Dialogues is back
  • Documentaries in the Public Interest
 
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David e. Delk,President  503.232.5495 | Alliance for Democracy | Move to Amend PDX
We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule”.  

When:  May 12-14, 2017

Why: Please join this workshop with Community Rights activist Paul Cienfuegos for an intense weekend of training covering what community rights looks like at the local level, where corporate power came from, local impacts of that power, how we have democratic conversations and craft strategies to recover our democracy from corporate rule.


More details here.
 

OR Rep Peter Defazio has introduced legislation (HR 132) calling on the President to renegotiate NAFTA and if the negotiations fail within a year, to withdraw from the agreement.  HR 132 includes a list of objectives that a new NAFTA must satisfy.  

HR132 has 20 co-sponsors.  None of them are from Oregon or Washington State. Representatives Barbara Lee, Janice Schakowsky, Mark Pocan, Keith Ellison, Laura DeLauro are co-sponsoring.  But Rep. Blumenauer and Rep Bonamici are missing in action for fair trade again. Please give them a call and ask them to co-sponsor. 
Rally for Health Care for All
Paul CienfuegosHCAO April 20 Legislative Day and Rally!

Mark your calendar and join Health Care for All-Oregon Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a Senate Committee on Health Care hearing on our bill, SB 1046, and the RAND study (1 pm), legislative visits (all day- pick up packets in Room 243) and a 12:00 noon rally (bring banners and signs, wear tee-shirts and buttons) on the West Capitol steps in support of universal, publicly funded health care.

Register for the HCAO April 20th Rally today at hcao.org
Everybody in and nobody out! Why?
Because we want IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL!  

Printable flier here
Oregon State Candidates - Public Funding

We win when we show up.

If these last few months have made anything clear, it’s that we cannot sit back and hope for the best. It is up to us—the People—to fight for change. And now is the time to take a stand.

We need a democracy in which every voice matters, and where every person is heard. Where it’s the voters instead of special interest money that decide elections. Where the people who are the most talented -- not just the most financially connected -- can run for office and represent us.

We have a transformational proposal called Small Donor Matching that opens our democracy to everyone. And we have brought it to our legislators.


Join us on April 20th, and demand that the Oregon Legislature pass this reform.

Small Donor Matching is a proven alternative to big money’s pay-to-play politics, empowering candidates who do not take mega-contributions from special interests to run for office—and win—by only accepting small donations from people like us. In other communities where this reform is in place, it changes the incentives for how candidates campaign and govern and has created more diverse, representative government. Many across the nation are looking to Oregon as the next place to pass this transformational reform.

If we want a better democracy, Oregon lawmakers need to hear from you. They need to hear from their constituents about why we expect them to get serious about reform. And they need to hear from you in person.

Advocates from across the state will be coming together in Salem. We will meet with our legislators to demand that they hear our voices and pass reform. We will put our democracy front and center on the state’s agenda.  


Click here to register and be a part of the very first Democracy Day of Action.

Mark your calendars, and be a part of history.

Voter Enacted Limits under attack
in Multnomah County
Remember just back in November that Multnomah County voters were asked to enact a set of limits on political campaign contributions/expenditures as well as require the clear identification of major funders of political ads?

Well, the people approved that measure (26-184) with an almost unheard of margin of almost 90%. A really incredible margin of approval! A clear short of what the people want!

On Friday, the Multnomah County Commissioner took first steps to undermine that voter decision by allowing the county attorney to seek a court determination regarding its constitutionality.  By doing so, even while professing to support such limits, they suggest that they might not enforce the measure's provisions.   

In putting this on the ballot, the Honest Election Multnomah County coalition expected a challenge regarding the constitutionality of certain parts.  We did not expect that the county itself would do this, and even before it was enforced. And not of the whole measure. SHAME on the county commissioners. 

The commissioners could have added a requirement that the city attorney argue in favor of the measures provisions.  They did not even take that limited step. 

Read our Press Release regarding this here
Populist Dialogues is back
Populist Dialogues
How to see our programs
Watch the programs on cable access on this schedule
Or go to www.populistdialogues to view on-line
Or go to our YouTube channel and watch them there.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel and when a new program is uploaded, you will receive a email notice.

You can watch our next two shows on YouTube now: 
1).  Lee Mercer, President of Health Care for All Oregon.  Watch here. 
2).  Marc Koller, on "Whose Congress?  Time for a new Congress". . Watch here
Or see all the shows this year on our webpage here
Documentaries in the Public Interest

Schedule for 2017 though June.  Click to Print This Schedule
Generally we will have one or two "experts" for a Q&A session after the screening.  All screening begin at 7 PM; door open at 6:30 PM. 

 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Food Chains – The Revolution in America's Fields. Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of Floridian tomato pickers who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed.
 

Friday, May 12, 2017
We the People 2 The filmmakers have dubbed the community rights movement “The Second American Revolution” - a battle not against a foreign power, but against corporate power. Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is featured

Friday, June 9, 2017
Big Pharma: Market Failure  This is the premier screening of this new documentary in the Portland area. Big Pharma: Market Failure is a documentary that looks at the facts and makes an effective business case for realizable change. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it. Digs deep into the out-of-control drug prices and looks to find solutions.  

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