Values in Action Newsletter | March 2019
March Update from the Chair
In 1909, Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George proposed a budget for the United Kingdom that would involve the first substantial tax on the very wealthy in order to fund services for the indigent. This revolutionary proposal came to known as the People’s Budget, and is a critical point in modern British history. While the moneyed interests fought it – almost to the point of a constitutional crisis – it was eventually passed into law in 1910.
When we look around and see rising homelessness, large class sizes, and people without the care they need, it’s obvious that what we need here in Oregon is a twenty-first century People’s Budget. This session, the legislators we worked to elect are grappling with how to provide the resources we need for the crucial programs that will deliver a fairer Oregon – the sort of Oregon we all want to live in. They need to hear your voice to encourage them to be bold in providing new revenue sources.
Please take the time to write or call your legislator to share your story of why we need a society that works for the many, not just the few.
Chair, Washington County Democrats
By Field Director, Carl Fisher
Meet other local Democrats at the Oregon Education Association office in Beaverton in April for an update on the upcoming election. Learn more about the current candidates filed and about expected turnout. Learn about which groups are most likely to get involved and activated.
We are excited to announce
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici!
Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Join us in Sherwood on April 6th for our SpringFest Luncheon Fundraiser! We will be celebrating our 2018 wins, and looking ahead to what’s on the horizon for Democrats.
We have an exciting field of candidates already running for the 2020 election, but we have to start laying the foundations for victory now!
Please join us to see how you can help Democrats win!
By Adam Gretzinger, Campaign Committee Chair
Washington County had great success in activating over 500 Neighborhood Leaders in 2018. However, a lot goes into voter mobilization, and we’re in need of more leadership to reach more voters in the run-up to 2020. Behind every batch of Neighborhood Leaders, there must be a support structure to get them materials, training, and assistance to do that most vital organizing work–the work of talking to voters.
House District Leaders provide an indispensable organizing backbone for the Washington County Democratic Central Committee (WCDCC). The Leaders help bring the party directly into communities at the house district level. The House District Leaders facilitate recruitment of PCPs, Neighborhood Leaders, and coordinate local events with candidates, such as house parties.
There is concern about Special Rule of Order #4 – Election Process for Delegates to the SCC and CD1CC and its implementation with regard to gender equity. Therefore, the Rules Committee will be holding forum(s) and we encourage everyone interested or that desires to give input for the rewrite of this Special Rule of Order to attend and participate.
We want to take some time and work through this carefully and thoughtfully. The intention is to have this rewrite completed and approved by the end of 2019.
The forum(s) will begin in the spring or early summer of 2019.
Interested in Attending?
Fill out the registration form
You will be advised when and where the event will be held (A phone number is not required but recommended).
WCDCC Rules Chair
News and Updates
- CD1CC is looking for 2 female alternates and 1 male alternate for the CD1CC delegation
- We are planning to hold elections for these seats at the March 27th CC meeting (please look at agenda in advance of meeting for confirmation).
- The IT Committee needs you
- If you have tech experience, Natalia’s team would love to see your skillset elect Dems, reach out to her for more info!
Caucus and Committee Meetings
Here are a few of our upcoming meetings: (full calendar)
- Sun. March 17th at 3 PM | Women’s Caucus
- Thurs. March 21st at 7 PM | Progressive Caucus Meeting, location: TBD
- Mon. March 25th at 7 PM | Young Dems Meeting
- Thurs. April 4th at 7PM | IT Committee
- Mon. April 8th at 7 PM | Community Outreach Committee Meeting
- Tues. April 9th at 7 PM | Black American Caucus / Hard Conversation Meeting
- Thurs. April 18th at 7 PM | Progressive Caucus Meeting, location: TBD
- Sun. April 21st at 3 PM | Women’s Caucus
All meetings at Washington County Democrats office at 140 NE 3rd Ave in Hillsboro, unless otherwise specified.
Chairs of each committee and caucus can be reached here.
Come For The Food – Stay For The Discussion!
Think you know policy?
Come join with other like-minded Washington County Democrats to share some food, drinks, games and have a friendly discussion about policy issues you would like to see addressed, as well as a talk by an elected (check this post later once that is confirmed whom). This is a chance to have some non-business fun and get to see each other as more than just colleagues, but as friends and allies!
Bring a food, dessert, or drink with you to share. Everything else is provided. Please coordinate with Kyle through email so we don’t have everyone bring the same thing!
Friday April 5th 2019, 6:00 pm
please RSVP to Kyle for the exact address
The focus of the Neighborhood Leader Program (the NLP) is to impact Democratic and Progressive leaning voters by staying engaged with our neighbors on the Precinct level. You will educate and motivate fellow Democratic voters about Democratic candidates and issues. Read More
Portland Community College Willow Creek Center,
241 SW Edgeway Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97006,
6:30 PM Social Time
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Party Business
Meet Democratic Officials and Candidates!
Become a Precinct Committee Person! Vote on Resolutions!
Hear Committee Reports! Sign up to Volunteer! Join a Committee!
March 31st, 1PM – 3:30PM
Democratic Party of Washington County
140 NE 3rd St, Hillsboro, OR
Feeling lost at a meeting? Join us for Parliamentary Procedures Training.
This class offers you an opportunity to learn and to practice Robert’s Rules, which govern most large-scale meetings for the Washington County Democrats. Come prepared to propose and to debate some clever motions!
Democrats 101/102 volunteer training welcomes all newcomers to Washington County Democrats. The classes provide an introduction to our local county party, what it means to be a Democrat, how the party functions, and how to get involved.
Next training, April 13th, 8:30 AM Registration
Washington County Democrats
140 NE 3rd Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124