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Progressive Party Positions
We are VERY different from the Establishment parties.
Our 2012 Voters Pamphlet Statement
|Real campaign finance reform||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose extension of income tax cuts for the rich||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose Wall Street bailouts||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose Cuts in Social Security Benefits||NO||NO||YES|
|Employment for All (WPA style)||NO||NO||YES|
|Increase minimum wage to living wage ($10 or more)||NO||NO||YES|
|Single Payer comprehensive health care||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose Cuts in Medicare Coverage||NO||NO||YES|
|End wars in Iraq and Afghanistan||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose use of mercenaries ("contractors")||NO||NO||YES|
|Cut military spending||NO||NO||YES|
|Equal rights for all; same-sex marriage||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose NAFTA & WTO; encourage local sourcing of products & services||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose spying on American civilians||NO||NO||YES|
|End occupation of Palestine||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose shipping coal for export through Columbia Gorge||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose offshore drilling||NO||NO||YES|
|Clean energy; no nuclear||NO||NO||YES|
|Repair, improve infrastructure (transportation, water systems, etc.)||NO||NO||YES|
|End the drug war||NO||NO||YES|
|End the Senate filibuster; restore majority rule||NO||NO||YES|
|End “corporate personhood”||NO||NO||YES|
1) We have worked for real campaign finance reform, not the phony bills promoted by the Democrats and Republicans, both of which opposed the 2006 Oregon campaign finance reform ballot measures.
2) We want a State Bank to invest in jobs for Oregonians and to stop the State Treasurer and the Oregon Investment Council from jumping into bed with corporate raiders and fast-buck artists who lavish luxury travel and gifts on State employees.
3) We want fair taxation. Oregon has the 4th highest income taxes of any state on lower-income working families and is still at the bottom in taxes on corporations.
4) We want to stop government promotion of gambling (including video poker and video slots) and stop giving away $100 million per year in ridiculously high commissions to shops with video machines.
5) We want to make the initiative and referendum again available to grass-roots efforts, instead of making it so complicated and expensive that only corporations and unions can afford to use it.
6) We want to improve K-12 public education by giving parents and teachers more rights to manage their neighborhood schools.
7) We want social justice systems that are inclusive and that promote responsibility, safety, trust-building and equality.
8) We advocate abolishing the Oregon Senate, leaving the 60-member Oregon House of Representatives. Splitting the Legislature into two bodies allows both of them to play games and avoid responsibility.
9) We want the Oregon Legislature to adopt the National Popular Vote plan so that Presidents are elected by popular vote.
Submitted by info on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:00
by Ralph Nader
21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare
Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.
In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards!
Below please find 21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare.
Repeal Obamacare and replace it with the much more efficient single-payer, everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:47
Alliance for Democracy sponsors a screening of
A Fierce Green Fire
The Battle for a Living Planet
Robert Redford * Ashley Judd * Van Jones * Isabel Allende * Meryl Streep
Robert Redford * Ashley Judd * Van Jones * Isabel Allende * Meryl Streep
Academy Award nominated writer and director Mark Kitchell’s 2012 documentary is the first big picture exploration of the environmental movement, covering fifty years of grassroots and global activism, from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal, from Greenpeace saving whales to Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting--and succeeding--against enormous odds.
Join Director Mark Kitchell for a discussion after the screening.
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM; Doors open at 6:00 PM
Location: First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, Portland
Admission: $5 -20 donation requested; No one turned away for lack of funds
Co-sponsored by: Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Community for Earth of First Unitarian Church, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress
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Submitted by info on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 04:41
Our Oregon Representatives in Congress need to hear from us about Syria. The Oregon Progressive Party offers this statement against the use of U.S. military force in Syria.
Please contact your representatives in Congress with your views; feel free to send them this statement. Their contact information is at the bottom of this message.
Please support peaceful diplomatic solutions
and VOTE NO on any authorizations for U.S. military strikes on Syria.
History clearly guides us us to the course of action the United States must take in Syria. Only peaceful diplomacy will rid Syria, and the greater Middle East, of weapons of mass destruction in all its forms.
The use of U.S. military force is no solution for assisting the Syrian people to free themselves from tyranny and begin to build democracy. We are told military strikes will be extremely limited and involve no long term commitments or U.S. ground troops, but "limited wars" often escalate, since the U.S. can never "cut and run."
Submitted by DavidDelk on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 22:42
Portland public interest attorney and Oregon Progressive Party activist, Dan Meek, was a recent guest on the Alliance for Democracy's Populist Dialogues cable access program and reviews recent US Supreme Court decisions which have further empowered corporate power at the expense of “We, the people.” Included are comments on Citizens United v FEC, Gabelli v S.E.C., Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v Bartlett, Decker v NW Environmental Defense Center, Shelby County (Alabama) v Holder and more. Part 1 of 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkCKfbZvQ9w
Submitted by DavidDelk on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 22:54
Oregon Progressive Party's Jason Kafoury appeared on the Alliance for Democracy Populist Dialogues to talk about the Oregon Progressive Party, looked especially at party efforts to control the use of drones within Oregon by public agendies and private individuals, including corporations.
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Submitted by info on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 17:07
We ask Governor Kitzhaber to veto SB 154, the bill to criminalize the initiative process in Oregon.
SB 154 transforms any violation--however minor--of any election law or rule by an initiative, referendum, or recall campaign that pays circulators into the felony of false swearing under ORS 260.715(1) with penalties per violation of $125,000 and/or 5 years in prison.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 23:00
Dan Meek is interviewed by Oregon Progressive Party member David Delk on the Alliance for Democracy's public access program, The Populist Dialogues (www.populistdialogues.org). Dan talks about changes to the initiative process to limit its use as well as how the system of political corruption by special big money interests in Oregon is misrepresented. He reviews current efforts in the Oregon legislature to further restrict the initiative process as well as changes to the law regarding nepotism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GvRXgF7E1M
Submitted by info on Sat, 06/29/2013 - 00:33
The Oregon House of Representatives on June 28 by a vote of 35-23 (all 23 "no" votes were Republicans) adopted SB 154, the bill to criminalize the initiative process in Oregon.
The facts about this bill were presented in the email, below, to all House members.
On the floor today, proponents brandished an "opinion" issued by Legislative Counsel immediately before the floor session. The proponents did not read from the "opinion" and instead merely offered a vague summary of it. The "opinion" was not made available to us until 7 hours after the vote.
We will ask Governor Kitzhaber to veto this dangerous bill. SB 154 transforms any violation--however minor--of any election law or rule by an initiative, referendum, or recall campaign that pays circulators into the felony of false swearing under ORS 260.715(1) with penalties per violation of $125,000 and/or 5 years in prison.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:13
HJM6-3 approved by Rules Committee unanimously
Today the Oregon House Rules Committee took a major step to end corporate domination by voting out of their committee HJM6-3. HJM6-3 is the revised Joint Memorial calling on Oregon's congressional delegation to send us a constitutional amendment to end the court-created doctrines that money is speech and that corporations are people. The committee voted unanimously to send the resolution to a vote of the full House.
Read the text of HJM6-3 here.
Time to take action!
Having sent it to the full House means we each need to advocate for its passage. Call or email your state representative NOW, express your support for HJM6 and inform them of your expectation that they will approve this and move it onto the senate. Because the legislative session will end soon, we need to take action NOW!