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TPP is dead, well, we hope so; signs are goods   Details below

Alliance for Democracy has organized an author event with Chuck Collins, author of Born On Third Base for Tuesday, Nov 15.  Details below.

There is a lot of doom and gloom with the election results. But there are some bright spots.  Read more below.
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Trans Pacific Partnership is Dead!

TPP is dead!After long opposition from community groups and individuals going back years now, finally the President has stated that he will not push for enactment of the Trans Pacific Partnership during the lame duck session of Congress.  While this is great news, we will continue to monitor the situation.  We suspect that in spite of Donald Trump's opposition to TPP and calls for renegotiations of NAFTA and other agreements, that he will support his corporate buddies and try to enact some other trade agreement. 

Here is the press release from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, long time opponent of the TPP and corporate trade. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

November 11, 2016
CONTACT:    Ron Boehmer: 202-225-3661

DeLauro Applauds Obama Administration for Dropping Trans-Pacific Partnership Push

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding news that the Obama Administration would no longer pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the lame-duck session of Congress.

 “The White House is saying it, the Senate Majority Leader is saying it, and the Speaker of the House is saying it: there will not be a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame-duck session of Congress.

 “Together, a strong coalition of Members of Congress and labor, environmental, faith, and human rights organizations and activists worked diligently to stop this agreement. The Trans-Pacific Partnership meant more power for corporations and fewer good jobs and lower wages for American workers. Since it was signed in February 2016, it could not garner a majority of support in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 “We will move forward with pushing new rules of the road for future trade agreements, rules that respect organized labor and human rights, protect the environment, ensure food safety, fight currency manipulation, and create jobs and grow wages. The era of trade agreements that are drafted by and for corporate interests and give the American worker the short-end of the stick must end.”

 On Tuesday, DeLauro will join Members of Congress and other leaders to hold a press conference on Capitol Hill regarding this news.

Chuck Collins in Portland Tuesday, Nov 15
"Born on Third Base"
Born on Third Base
Come join us for a conversation with Chuck Collins about his new book, Born on Third Base.

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide—one that, for the first time in recent history, locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth; limits our ability to address crises like climate change; and creates a world that no one, not even the rich, will ultimately want to live in. In Born on Third Base, Collins calls for an end to class war, busts the myths that define our views of rich and poor, and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future.

Collins grew up in the 1 percent as the great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer, but at age 26 he gave away his inheritance. He has been working to reduce inequality and strengthen communities since 1982 and in the process has cofounded numerous initiatives, including Wealth for the Common Good (now merged with the Patriotic Millionaires), United for a Fair Economy, and Divest-Invest.

Admission:  $5-20 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.

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Some good election results
While much of the election news was bad if you are of a progressive bend, there were some good results with ballot measures.  Here are some of them:
Ranked Choice Voting (aka Instant Runoff Voting): Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) allows the voters to rank candidates and requires that the winner have more than 50% of the vote.  This system of voting ends the "spoiler effect" of minor party candidates, creating a more level playing field. 

It was on the ballot in Benton County here in Oregon.  It was approved with a 54.29% favorable vote.   Read the measure here.    It was also on the ballot in Maine where it passed with 52% approval. This is the first statewide use of RCV in the United States. Read the Maine measure here.

Affordable, universal healthcare. Both Ashland and Corvallis spoke strongly in favor of universal, affordable healthcare when both cities approved ballot measures calling for the Oregon State Legislature in the 2017 session to establish a public process to develop a health care system that serves all Oregon residents. In both cities, the approval was over 75%.

Limits on campaign spending.  For the first time in 10 years, the question of how we control big special interest money in our elections was put before the voters with Multnomah County ballot measure 26-184.  This measure will limit campaign contributions/expenditures and require disclosure of major funders of political ads for county level candidate elections.  The final vote count was 298,575 in favor v 38,466 opposed.  Almost 89% victory for getting big money out!
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