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Minamata: Critically Thinking About Our Health

Minamata: Critically Thinking About Our Health By Dr. Michael Steele, Washington County Democrats Communications A few decades ago methyl mercury poisoning afflicted a Japanese town called Minamata, with local industrial wastes dumped into the bay adjacent to the town, eventually entering the food chain, working its way up the scale [...]

July 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Recap of the 3rd Annual Muslim Cultural Festival

Recap of the 3rd Annual Muslim Cultural Festival By Chrissy Erguiza, DPO Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus Chair I’ve been attending the Muslim International Cultural Festival for the past three years and I’ve always had the delight being in this communal space. This year, Portland Parks and Recreation District [...]

Our Values: A Just System

Our Values: A Just System by Gabe Mendez, Communications Committee Member The United States leads the world in mass incarceration. From the 1980s to 2013, state and local expenditures on education increased 107%, while total state and local corrections expenditures rose by 324%. The War on Drugs, first started by [...]

July 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Democrats Get Things Done in Salem

Democrats Get Things Done In Salem By Clayton Callahan, Washington County Democrats Communications Team The 2019 Legislative Session will long be remembered for the Republican walk out that stymied HB2020 that would have created a statewide cap and trade program similar to California’s successful law. But despite that drama, Democrats [...]

July 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

WashCo Dems Op-Ed: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Politics

WashCo Dems Op-Ed: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Politics By Ania Ty, PCP, Washington County This is not an endorsement of Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, or Andrew Yang; the purpose of this note is to highlight the importance of Asian-American & Pacific Islanders representation and political engagement. Cultural norms [...]

July 2019 McLain-Sollman Joint Town Hall Recap

July 2019 McLain-Sollman Joint Town Hall Recap July 8th, State Rep. Susan McLain and State Rep. Janeen Sollman held a Joint Town Hall at the Hillsboro Civic Center to field questions after the latest legislative session. They started by giving opening statements regarding the 2019 legislative session. Opening Statements Susan [...]

July 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our Values: Education for Democracy

Our Values: Education for Democracy  by Clayton Callahan, Communications Committee Member Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” A great proponent of public education, Jefferson proposed a tax-funded system of [...]

July 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

4th of July 2019 with the Washington County Democrats!

4th of July 2019, with Senator Ron Wyden and the Washington County Democrats! By Martita Meier, First Vice-Chair of the Washington County Democrats This year was my first year marching in the parade with the Washington County Democrats! As your first vice-chair, I thought it was a great opportunity [...]

July 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |