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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.
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.” — Thom Hartmann.
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 o…ngoing 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.
Grassroots IMPACT – Ashland ACE
Emigrant Lake, Ashland Oregon
5505 Highway 66
All vehicles will need to purchase a parking permit at the park entrance ($4 per car/$10 per bus)
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