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It’s been almost three years since a Democrat sat in the Oregon secretary of state’s office. Now a cluster of prominent Democrats are preparing to battle each other to take it back.
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“We need to build those relationships that really strengthen our Democracy…and it’s on all of us,” Jamie McLeod-Skinner told an audience of about 55 people at the Josephine County Democrats’ annual fund-raiser September 28. She reminded Democrats of what they stand for and related a story about hearing two kids talking about political parties:
“What’s a Republican,” one kid says. “Well, Trump,” the other answers.
“Then what’s a Democrat?”
“They care about people,” was the answer.
“That’s become my favorite definition now,” said Jamie.
She went on to remind Democrats of what they stand for, caring about people, and said Democrats need to listen to others even if it makes them uncomfortable, that it’s ok to have people who think differently in the same party and in the community. To build the party she said Democrats should listen and respond to young people worried about endless war and climate issues, to the poor, people of color and rural people and build partnerships with these groups to ensure all voices are heard in the halls of power. She said since running for Congress she’s been on a mission to bridge the rural/urban divide and incorporate their views on issues affecting them such as land management and policies addressing economic disparity. She reminded those present that people of color make up 20 percent of CD 2, including tribal people, and it’s our responsibility to reach out to them, listen, and get them engaged so they have a voice in decision-making.
Our political relationships and democracy has suffered lately, taken huge steps backward, and it’s on all of us to rebuild, she concluded. [Jamie’s address is at the end of this post.]
In addition to Jamie, KC Hanson, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, said people generally agree with what Democrats stand for. “Who doesn’t want to leave a better planet for their kids,” she said, then cheered on the Josephine Democrats. She said they’ve had challenges making headway in such a conservative district but the enthusiasm among those present was encouraging. KC also ran the auction during the fund-raiser, helping to bring in several hundred additional dollars Democrats will need for their campaign to get non-affiliated voters to register as Democrats for the upcoming primary in May, for training, and for materials.
JCDCC Chair Brian Clark opened the presentations with an overview of what the party’s goals are for the upcoming election season. He said motor-voter is convenient, but it’s creating a lot of people who don’t bother to register with a party, and then are surprised to learn they can’t vote in party primary elections. We have a team who are contacting these voters, he said, informing them about Oregon’s primary rules, and encouraging them to register as Democrats.
Pattie Hanson and Jed Keller hosted the event at their spacious home and the food was catered by Cartwrights. Anita Savio and Brian headed up the fund-raising effort with the help of Executive Committee members and Bette Mathis. Although there were bouts of showers, Pattie’s large covered patio sheltered most of those attending, and the intermittent sunshine warmed things up. The event was scheduled from 4-6 p.m. but it was so much fun people lingered awhile talking to Jamie and KC and enjoying the comradery.
Beyond Boom and Bust are offering FREE tickets to members of the Josephine County Democrats for our upcoming documentary dance theatre production about local people’s experience of the economy, specifically cannabis and legalization. The show is set to happen next week in Ashland on Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th. Tickets are sliding scale Pay What You Can, $25 suggested donation. To access free tickets, please use the discount code FREE on our ticket website here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4325538
Please see the recent article in Rogue Valley Messenger about our show: http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/your-cannabis-stories-conveyed-riverstars-presents-the-whole-beyond-boom-bust/
As rural communities across the country are struggling with decreasing manufacturing and ongoing flight of young people to the cities, a group of artists in rural southwestern Oregon are looking for creative ways to develop a more resilient local economy: through performance.
Beyond Boom & Bust is a multi-year initiative exploring the topic of rural economies through an artistic lens, focused on the Illinois Valley in southwestern Oregon. The economy, what wealth means, and resilience are the focus of the upcoming show, The (w)HOLE, which will be performed in Ashland on October 4-5 and in Cave Junction on October 6.
Please note that this show contains some mature content.
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit RiverStars Performing Arts, which cultivates youth voice and power by providing free dance and theatre training to over 80 youth in the Illinois Valley.
FOR TICKETS TO TAKILMA PERFORMANCE:
With questions or problems, call (541) 415 5363 or email us at email@example.com. For more info, you can visit their website at beyondboomandbust.com!
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Christine Pelosi tweeted this video on reaction to the question of why didn’t she bring the House back to deal with gun reform.
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Are these ideas “out of the mainstream” as the NRA suggests? Will the Youth vote increase with emphasis on gun reform? What are your thoughts???
Wow is all I have to say. Unbelievable what this guy is doing to our country. Will we ever have a fair election again??
So much for Trump (and Moscow Mitch) supporting some commonsense gun reform.