The Special Central Committee Meeting is ONLINE
December 6, 2023
Please join the Zoom call to get credentialed by 6:30 PM at the latest! We will begin business in earnest at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the call:
Dial by your location:
- +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
- Meeting ID: 834 4861 7424
Dear members of the Central Committee,
I have chosen to call an emergency meeting of the Central Committee for December 6th at 7:00 p.m. It is slated to last 1 hour. We will have one item on the agenda.
As the days have passed, there have been many many calls by registered Democrats who live in Washington County to see a more concrete statement regarding the war in Gaza.
Senator Jeff Merkley has now made a formal statement regarding the conflict. Polk County and Marion County have issued policy statements. Multnomah County will be doing the same shortly. We do not want to be the county that remains silent. We are an influential county, and our voice matters. A precinct committeeperson is meant to represent the Democrats of their neighborhood. So we are answering the call of our Democratic neighbors to say more.
I am working with various members of our party to draft policy language that is fair and thoughtful to everyone involved. It is of the utmost importance to me that we say a statement that is both meaningful and fair.
In our last Central Committee meeting we spoke about taking a more local focus as a party, and I’m still committed to that. What I have come to realize in having many conversations with fellow Democrats and activists (in the days since our last meeting) is that this is a time when a broader statement is necessary. When counties make statements about what they want to see nationally or internationally, it gives impetus for the state parties to do the same. If enough state parties have something to say it can influence the DNC which can influence the most senior members of our party. The most senior member of our party is the President when the Democrat is in office.
Our voice joins the voices of many in order to make a difference.
I ask that you attend this meeting and that you attend this meeting with a goal and intention to produce a meaningful policy statement. A meaningful result. Come with an open heart.
What if a ceasefire is reached before we meet?
We should work to pass this motion anyway. Things are so unstable at this time that they may continue to be unstable for quite some time. This way we have made our statement and our intentions of support clear.
Thank you all for your time over the holiday season.
See all details for the next CC meeting >> CLICK HERE
Agenda, Draft Minutes, Resolution proposals, and Rules proposals can be found in the CC Resource Center
What to expect for online credentialing for virtual meetings
When you log in to the Zoom meeting, you will be held in a Zoom “waiting room” until a credentialing volunteer admits you to the meeting. Once in the room, if we are able to tell that you are a PCP by name or by visually recognizing you on video, we will consider you credentialed and no further action will be required. If we cannot easily recognize you by face or name and match you with our PCP list, we will interact with you to verify your identity before you are considered credentialed to vote in the meeting. Guests will also be verified in this way but will be labeled with “ZZZ-” in front of their names to help us easily tell which attendees may speak and vote.
Zoom can be used on a computer and by phone, but it is easier to use by computer. We advise doing your best to attend via a laptop or desktop. You can also join using the link with your cellphone, but the screen will be more condensed. Those without a computer can also attend by calling the number listed above, and typing in the Meeting ID.
NOTE: Zoom via the phone has more limitations. You will be limited to:
- Mute/Unmute = *6
- Raising and lowering your hand = *9
Please reach out to Martita Meier, our chair if you have any questions:
Please take a moment to review this helpful guide to having a good Zoom experience.
***PLEASE MUTE WHEN NOT SPEAKING***
SPEAKING & BEING ON MUTE
Always check your mute status before speaking; the host may have muted you if you forget to.
On a computer:
- At the bottom left corner, MUTED = RED mic with a line through it…click on it to unmute
On a phone:
- If you dialed in with the phone number: Use *6
- on a smartphone: click on PARTICIPANTS & look to the bottom toolbar
ASKING A QUESTION OR… TO SPEAK DURING A DEBATE:
On a computer:
- Use the RAISE HAND feature. Click on the PARTICIPANTS tab (bottom middle of the screen); a box will pop up to the right…on the lower tab, click on RAISE HAND & click on it again to lower.
On a phone:
- If you dialed in with the phone number: Use *9
- on a smartphone: look to the bottom right & click on RAISE HAND
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