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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 Sat, 02/01/2014 - 20:10
Submitted by DavidDelk on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:41
Portland Rally To
Stop The TPP
No More NAFTAS!
Twenty Years Is Enough!
Twenty Years Is Enough!
What: Rally followed by leafleting and delegation visits to Congressional offices.
When: Friday January 31st at 12 noon.
Where: PSU Park Blocks, in front of the Smith Center (SW Park Ave & SW Harrison St).
January 2014 marks the twenty-year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a pact that has had devastating consequences for people and the environment in all three countries and beyond. The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been described as 'NAFTA on steriods' and threatens to:
Submitted by info on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:30
Submitted by info on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 04:39
The Oregon Progressive Party's monthly membership meeting approved this statement of opposition to fast tracking of the the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, because it sets "binding policy on Congress and state legislatures relating to patents and copyright, food safety, government procurement, financial regulation, immigration, healthcare, energy, the environment, labor rights and more."
Submitted by DavidDelk on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 23:36
NAFTA is 20.
20 years ago on January 1, 1994, President Clinton signed NAFTA (North American Free Trade Area). Agreement proponents had declared that 170,000 American jobs would be created, exports of American farm products would increase, food prices would decrease, the American balance of trade would be improved. the Mexican economy would be uplifted to be a first class level of prosperity and more.
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch's new report, NAFTA at 20, points to quite different results. Instead of job creation, we see one million US jobs lost; the lost jobs caused a downward pressure on American wages, thereby increasing inequality within the United States; food prices went up; the US balance of trade with both Mexico and Canada moved from small surplus' to deficits; American manufacturers moved their production south of the border (and later out of Mexico to China and now the new low wage nation of Vietnam); and many environmental and health laws have been challenged in private trade tribunals. The United States has become less food sustainable. Mexican immigration into the US doubled. Read the report yourself here. Listen to or watch Democracy Now! interview with Lori Wallach of Public Citizen on January 3rd, 2014 here. Click here for a list of investor suits challenging laws and regulations under various of these so-called "Free trade Agreements."
NAFTA to become the Trans Pacific Partnership
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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