News from the Alliance for Democracy - Oregon. - Petition 12 filed, community rights, Rep. Kurt Schrader, Populist Dialogues back, and documentaries.
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The latest news from Alliance for Democracy including
  • The filing of Petition 12
  • Community Rights on May ballot in Columbia County
  • Community Rights workshop with Paul Cienfuegos
  • Where is Rep. Kurt Schrader?
  • 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
Alliance for Democracy coordinated the gathering of signatures on Petition 12 to amend the Oregon Constitution allowing campaign contributions/expenditures limits and we mailed them down to the Secretary of State's office.  Next step is for SOS to write a ballot title and approve us as a initiative measure.  Then we start collecting over 117,000 valid Oregon voter signatures to get it on the Nov. 2018 ballot.  Can you help us with that?  Let David Delk know now. 
Columbia County voters in May will decide if they will approve a Community Rights Ordinance to address the problems associated with bringing fossil fuels into their county.  Citing "the inherent and inalienable right to govern our own community", the ordinance lists rights which the people of Columbia County have and goes on to ban any corporation from "engag[ing] in fossil fuel transportation."  Learn more on their website.
Community Rights Workshop/training
Paul Cienfuegos"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.
Blumenauer, DeFazio, Bonamici Agree:
Time to Amend
DeFazio signed on first.  Then last year Rep. Earl Blumenauer signed on.  Now Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has signed on as well. 

They signed up as co-sponsors of HJR48, the "We the People" proposed US Constitutional amendment saying that
Corporations are not people &
Money is not speech.
But what about Rep. Kurt Schrader?
While the list of HJR48 co-sponsors grows longer each day (now up to 32 plus the original sponsor, Rep. Richard Nolan) and while Rep. Schrader committed a few years ago to support such an amendment, he still has not signed on.

If you are in his district, please call or write him.  Here is some suggested language for a letter.  Please edit this to make it your own.
   I appreciate your work, especially your expressed concerns about the attacks on undocumented people and efforts to lower prescription drug costs.
   I know that a few years ago you signed a pledge to support a US Constitutional Amendment saying that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Such an amendment would undo the US Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United and go beyond that to address a century and a half of court decisions which have undermined democratic decision making and empowered corporations.
   Legislation has been introduced in the past couple of congressional session which would send such an amendment to the states for consideration.  That is the "We The People" Amendment, HJR48.  During the last session,  Rep Blumenuer signed on as a co-sponsor.  Last month, Rep. Bonamici signed on as well.  They joined Rep DeFazio who has been a co-sponsor for several sessions.
   When will you be joining your fellow Oregonians and fulfill your pledge by signing on as a co-sponsor of HJR48?

His address is:
Oregon City District Office
621 High Street
Oregon City, OR 97045

Contact Rep. Schrader via email here.  Or by phone at (503) 557.1324
Populist Dialogues is back
Populist DialoguesAfter an absence of two years, the Alliance for Democracy's Populist Dialogues cable access program is back!

Our 1/2 hour interview program returned the first of January to Portland and Washington County cable access stations with broadcasts 8 times a week.

Interviews and topics thus far have included
  • Joan Horton, Alliance for Democracy treasurer on the National Popular Vote
  • Nicolas Roux, Greenpeace-France, on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  • Steve Early, author of Refinery Town, Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of An American City -  the story of the progression of Richmond CA from being a company town to being a beacon of progressive values
  • Joana Kirchhoff and Mark Darienzo with Climate Jobs PDX, on efforts to join the environmental and labor movements by showing that addressing the climate crisis will create good-paying jobs.
  • Dan Serres with Columbia Riverkeeper on the future of fossil fuels in the Pacific NW
Future programs will include
  • Lee Mercer, with Health Care for All Oregon, on the ACA, Trumpcare, and the future of single payer healthcare
  • Jim Russell on the retirement crisis and the role that 401Ks have played
  • and more.
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.
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 Linzie of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is featured

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fix IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

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