Reclaim democracy for the working people of our country

 

Campaigns end. Revolutions endure. We’re here to stay, and that means we need to build communities of politically active and engaged peoples.  Sign up here.

Contact us at OurRevolutionSouthernOregon@gmail.org if you have interest in volunteering or have questions — we’d love to hear from you! We are an all volunteer organization and we appreciate your involvement.

Read the national Our Revolution Mission

See our Events page for future activities.

Featured Events (two below):

We, Our Revolution Southern Oregon (ORSO), would like to recommend that all of our Democratic Party members who are not satisfied with the DNC and many of our elected party leaders, consider getting more involved in the party.  There is a movement occurring throughout the country, and definitely within Oregon,  to once again make the Democratic party the PARTY OF THE PEOPLE and to hold all elected Oregonian Democrats to the platform established by the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO).  This platform is one of the MOST progressive and impressive in the country. The more people who become involved in the Party as Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs), the more we can hold the Party and elected leaders accountable and achieve the bottom-up political structure so many of us desire.  There is no way for us to achieve this goal without having a very robust foundation of PCP involvement. (For specifics on this strategy, please see the YouTube video below).

It is our understanding that the Jackson County Republican Party has all or nearly all of their 600+ PCP positions filled (this is how the Tea Party took over the Republican Party), whereas the Democratic Party has less than 150 positions filled.  If you would like more information about becoming a PCP, please feel free to contact us with questions or attend their next Central Committee meeting at 6:30pm on September 28th (2495 S Pacific Hwy, Medford 97501).

Another great way to start by getting involved is by becoming a neighborhood leader.  This program is administered by the Democratic Party; it is a great way to get involved with your community and neighborhood.  You can find more information here.

If you decide to become more involved we would encourage you to look at the Progressive Caucus PAC (pdpo.org).  This is the group within Oregon that is working hard to hold the Party and elected officials to the above platform.  

Again, without the involvement of regular people willing to become PCPs and become active within the Party, we will continue to suffer the consequences of top-down politics, neoliberal candidates, and profits over people.

Thom Hartmann: The Mystery of the Concord Project you need to know

Published on Aug 4, 2011 by Thom Hartmann:

“I have a mission for you – and it’s not impossible. Progressives shouldn’t just be FIGHTING the Tea Party – we should be LEARNING from the Tea Party too. No – not learning from their bizarro economics – or selfish morality – or destructive idealism – but instead learning from how they took control of the Republican Party and forced the entire Conservative establishment to lurch so far to the Right that they’ve even dumped people like David Frum. If progressives hope to have any shot at influencing today’s Democratic Party – and kicking out the corporate Blue Dog Democrats and replacing them with real-deal progressives – then we need to get to work right now – and do exactly what the Tea Party did a year and a half ago to take power. And it starts in our own backyards. Let me introduce you to the Concord Project – a right-wing organization in charge of getting out the vote for Republicans. Last year – the Concord Project expanded their get out the vote strategy beyond just traditional phone banking – canvassing – and putting up “vote Republican” signs – they decided to infiltrate local politics by encouraging Tea Partiers to become Precinct Committeemen.”

Thank you for your consideration,

Sarah Spansail

spansail2@yahoo.com

Planning and Advisory Committee

Our Revolution Southern Oregon


Southern Oregon representatives for Grassroots IMPACT are hosting the August ACE (Activist Connection Event) at Emigrant Lake on Sunday August 20th from 12:00-4:00pm.

Grassroots IMPACT (Independent Movement of Progressives Achieving Change Together) is an alliance, building infrastructure for collaboration, coordination, and communication among grassroots organizations. The mission statement of IMPACT is as follows:

“Our mission is to engage, educate, and activate communities and individuals to promote Social, Environmental, Economic and Racial Justice through electoral, legislative, and direct actions. Our vision is for a just, peaceful society in which communities reach their full potential, enhanced by ongoing civic and political engagement, having access to necessary resources in order to uphold the dignity of each individual and all living beings within a healthful environment.”

We will have live music and it will be a community picnic – ice water will be provided.

Local activist groups will be speaking about their current actions and will provide information about how to get involved locally.

We are inviting all known candidates for CD2 (running against Walden in 2018) to attend this event and speak about their candidacy. Other local elected officials and potential candidates are invited to speak as well.

Event Details:
Grassroots IMPACT – Ashland ACE
Emigrant Lake, Ashland Oregon
5505 Highway 66
Shelter D
Event 12pm-4pm
All vehicles will need to purchase a parking permit at the park entrance ($4 per car/$10 per bus)



Support the #PeoplesPlatform 

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When people come together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. We must build off of this and continue to not just express frustration but also to provide solutions to fix the problems that too many Americans face today.
This summer, Our Revolution is working with dozens of other grassroots organizations to back the #PeoplesPlatform, a bold, progressive policy agenda that we will be lobbying members of Congress to support during their recess. Our goal is to have the majority of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus signed on to cosponsor the following bills when they return in September:
  1. Health Care for All: H.R. 676 Medicare for All Act
  2. Education for All: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017
  3. Workers’ Rights: H.R. 15 Raise the Wage Act
  4. Women’s Rights: H.R. 771 Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
  5. Voting Rights: H.R. 2840 Automatic Voter Registration Act
  6. Environmental Justice: Climate Change Bill (yet to be introduced)
  7. Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: H.R. 3543 Justice Is Not for Sale Act of 2017
  8. Tax on Wall Street: H.R. 1144 Inclusive Prosperity Act
Last year, we made huge gains in passing the most progressive Democratic Party platform in history. Every one of the bills in our #PeoplesPlatform is part of this. Now, we need members of Congress to put their words into action. We will be delivering your signatures to the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Democratic National Committee to show in no uncertain terms that the grassroots are a political force to be reckoned with, and we demand representation.

ACT NOW!!! CHALLENGE REPRESENTATIVE GREG WALDEN IN 2018 WITH POTENTIAL CANDIDATE CHRIS VAN DYKE (yes, son of famous actor Dick Van Dyke – read the impressive qualifications of Chris who lives in Bend, OR).

From: Andy Seles, Chair, Our Revolution Southern Oregon                                                                                                                                                            

To: Our Revolution Southern Oregon Members         

Re: Call to Action                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Dear ORSO member,

At our last Planning and Advisory meeting we discussed potential candidates to challenge Representative Walden in 2018.  We have interviewed a few to date and were very impressed with Chris Van Dyke.   He has outstanding credentials for the job. These include many years in the private sector (Brand Director and Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C. for Nike and Vice-President of Marketing for Patagonia, Chief Executive Officer for NAU clothing)  as well as service in the non-profit sector (SVP Strategic Communications, World Wildlife Fund, Board Member Oregon Cultural Trust).  Chris’ government service includes stints as Assistant Attorney General, State of Oregon and District Attorney, Marion County (an elected position). His skills include: Integrated Marketing, Brand Management, Strategic Partnerships, Media Relations, Public Relations, Marketing Strategy and Strategic Planning, to name a few. Incidentally, Chris has great name recognition as his dad is actor Dick Van Dyke (who happens to be a big Bernie fan).

While we can’t guarantee a final endorsement for Chris, we need your help in convincing Chris to throw his hat in the ring to vie with the other announced candidates.  If you agree that he should run, please send him an email at cwvandy1@mac.com using the letter below and feel free to add your own personal thoughts:

Dear Chris,

As a member of Our Revolution Southern Oregon (ORSO) I am asking that you officially announce your candidacy for the Oregon District 2 congressional seat and oppose Greg Walden in the 2018 mid-term election. 

Should you be the party nominee, I will personally do everything I can to assist in supporting your run against Walden.  We need a strong candidate who can stand and win on the issues (Medicare for All, Fair Wages, Environmental Protection, Quality Debt-Free Education).  Someone who has name recognition and a good track record. That’s YOU!

In Ashland, 30% of the families qualify for school lunches for their children.  That number goes up to 70% in Phoenix and other parts of Jackson County.  Folks who are solidly middle class pay more for healthcare than their house mortgage.  Our medical insurance is NOT healthcare but catastrophic insurance because the deductible is so high. “Representative” Walden is anything but representative of the majority of people in his district.  And we will do everything possible to get out the vote.

Our team has access to the national Bernie Sanders phone bank and will get out in numbers to knock on ALL doors across District 2 (all 19 counties).  We will work with Progressive Caucus Representative Mark Pocan (WI) and his staff that have offered to work with us and our sister organization Indivisible to host town hall and mixer meetings across District 2.  We will work with you to get the national endorsement of the Our Revolution national organization, which comes with access to campaign dollars. 

We look forward to standing with you.  

Sincerely,

Your Name


http://www.ourrevolutionsouthernoregon.org/nina-turner-as-new-president-our-revolution/  Senator Turner became the new President (approximately) June 30, 2017 (the date of this video).


People’s Summit LiveStreams below (to see all videos go to https://www.pplsummit.org/)

LiveStream of Bernie Sanders speaking at the People’s Summit 6/10/2017

People’s Summit LiveStream 6/10/2017

 

LiveStream of Climate & Jobs & Justice March that was held at Pear Blossom Park 312
4th St. Medford, Saturday, April 29, 3-6 p.m.  http://www.ourrevolutionsouthernoregon.org/peoples-climate-march-in-medford-oregon-livestream-of-event-april-28-2017/

 

We’re live from the People’s Climate March where over 1,000 of Southern Oregonians are joining millions of people throughout the world by uniting today to defend our beautiful world!

Posted by Jackson County Democratic Party on Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

JPR Interview with Andy Seles (Our Revolution) and Jessica Sage (Indivisible) on “Regional Resistance Groups Lay Out Their Plans”


 

 

 


 

A Slide Show of Issues that ORSO is addressing (and some inspiration thrown in).  Please Sign up here to receive information from us, or email questions/input to OurRevolutionSouthernOregon@gmail.com  – thank you!

 

Our Revolution is the Bernie Sanders legacy organization established by members of the Sanders campaign to continue the political revolution begun by Sanders.
The organization’s preamble reads as follows:
 
“Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the ‘political revolution.’ Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.” ( https://ourrevolution.com/)
 
Our Revolution, Southern Oregon is dedicated to economic justice for everyone regardless of race, gender, class, social or cultural origin, religion, disability, lifestyle or circumstances. We welcome all organizations and individuals who embrace these values to join us in our revolutionary evolution.
Our primary aim is to find, recommend and assist qualified candidates who seek economic justice for working families and who promote the stances on issues stated in the Our Revolution platform. These issues include wealth inequality, a living wage, Medicare for all, immigration policy, racial justice, college tuition, and big money in politics, to name a few. Our primary geographical focus is Jackson County; however, we will work in collaboration with other Our Revolution affiliates to affect change at the state and federal levels. ORSO addresses the failure of corporate media to cover the critical issues facing our country by informing and educating the public about the problems we face and our solutions to them. We seek to empower a new generation of progressive leaders by providing the leadership training and organizing tools they will need to transform our future.
We welcome your volunteer help in the following areas: communications, messaging and outreach, events, candidate recruitment and legislative advocacy. Please join us as we become the change we wish to see.

 

Taking on the Wall Street Democrats

By Andy Seles, Chair of Our Revolution Southern Oregon [Reprint of Op-Ed Ashland Tidings, Feb. 2017]

The Obama/Clinton faction’s recent selection of Tom Perez (who is pro-TPP, against single-payer health insurance and opposed to tuition-free state universities) as Democratic National Committee Chair over Bernie Sanders’ choice of Keith Ellison sent a clear message to all democrats that the DNC (the committee that coordinates strategy for Democratic candidates throughout the country for local, state, and national office) will be under control of the same Wall Street Democrats who conspired, under former chair Wasserman-Shultz, to thwart Bernie Sanders’ nomination…(Continue reading).


The KSKQ 89.5 FM “Wes Brain Show”, with the show’s energetic host of same name, introduces the speaker Andy Seles, Chair of the organization Our Revolution Southern Oregon, to speak about the group that is continuing Bernie Sander’s movement. The second section is a continuation. The second segment’s end is slightly cut off where the website’s address and facebook page are given, which are www.ourrevolutionsouthernoregon.org and www.facebook.com/OurRevolutionSouthernOregon/. Sign up at either location to receive information – join us!

Part 1


Part 2


On Sunday, Jan. 15 we had a great rally at the Medford Library. Directly below are a few of the excellent photos taken at that rally by Allen Hallmark who covered the event.  The commentary above the thumbnail shots is his also. Please go to his facebook album and see the entire series of photos taken  (there are 34 photos full size and commentary to them – they are powerful photos – ones below are thumbnails – take the time to go see the event beautifully recorded in photos).  Thank you for a great job of reporting Allen, it is greatly appreciated.

Photos and commentary above by Allen Hallmark.  Album containing 34 photos (not all shown here) can be seen by clicking here.  Thank you again Allen!