“Open & Accountable Elections” reform passed!
12/14/17 - The Portland City Council has passed a bill Wednesday designed to reduce the impact of Big Money in municipal elections and open the process a more diverse electorate.
Under the Open and Accountable Elections reform, backed by the NAACP and a coalition of more than 30 public interest groups, the city would give participating candidates six dollars for every one dollar they raise up to $50 per donor.
The NAACP and other groups have backed this legislation because it is intended to encourage elected representatives who reflect the increasing demographic, cultural and economic diversity of our city.
The bill seeks to improve on Portland’s earlier experience with publicly financed elections by requiring candidates to opt in, and to prove they have broad community support in order to receive matching funds. They will be required to report their expenditures more frequently. Only donations from Portland residents would be matched, and contributions larger than $250 per individual would be banned.
In adopting the measure, Portland joins 13 states and such cities as New York, Seattle and Albuquerque that have some form of small-donor funded elections.
Among the more than 30 other groups that backed the reform were the AARP, Causa Oregon, Common Cause Oregon, the League of Women Voters, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Urban League of Portland, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group.
The Portland NAACP General Session meetings are held every 4th Saturday of each month from 12-2pm at the American Red Cross office, 3131 N. Vancouver, Portland. After a short business meeting from noon to 12:30pm, the member social will commence. Current and prospective members are welcome to join. RSVP through our Facebook event page, and invite your friends. We look forward to seeing you!
PDX NAACP is among the signatories to the letter sent to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum about the investigation of Oregonians using the#BlackLivesMatter on social media. Read the entire letter on the Urban League of Portland website
"The Portland Branch of the NAACP offers our condolences to the victims of the violence on the campus of the Umpqua Community College, to that entire campus community and to all those from Roseburg." Read the entire statement of the Portland NAACP on the Roseburg shooting.
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Our leadership team:
Jo Ann Hardesty, President
James Posey, 1st Vice President
Cynthia Harris, 2nd Vice President
Melissa Lang, Secretary
Cities in the Portland Metro area, as well as across the nation, are experiencing similar concerns, including economic equity, police accountability, and developing our up and coming leaders. This has been our work for decades, and we continue to push forward. The Portland NAACP strives to maintain visibility and participation in activities of vital importance to all people.
We thank all of you who have taken the time to give of yourself and resources to represent the organization and the people of this community. The protest marches, rallies, community meetings, advisory council committees, social events, political involvement, program development, youth participation, media productions, community, organizational support, and grass-roots activism have served to revitalize and re-energize our members, partners, and allies.