So you couldn't make it to DC for the big anti-war march...
Well, neither could we, so join us for a forum on two vital issues that could truly help create real progressive change in Oregon.
Campaign Finance Reform (You voted for it, so where IS it?)
Instant Runoff Voting (Don't be accused of being a "Spoiler" again !)
When: Saturday, January 27, 1 - 3pm
Doors open at 12:30pm, Forum begins at 1pm.
Where: First Unitarian Church on SW 12th between Salmon and Main in downtown Portland.
Forum will be in the Chapel.
Use the door on the right located at the end of the brick pathway in the middle of the block.
Campaign Finance Reform:
Last November, Oregon voters passed Measure 47 which limits campaign contributions and expenditures for Oregon candidates. It also contained disclosure requirements that would allow us to know who is truly paying for our candidates' campaigns.
However, the Oregon Secretary of State and Attorney General have refused to implement M47.
Where does this leave Oregonians? Are we back to square one?
Do we have to start over? Do we file suit to force implementation?
What role might the legislature play?
Dan Meek, author of Measures 47 & Measure 46, will address these questions.
Instant Runoff Voting:
Did you know that IRV is written into the Oregon state constitution?
As part of the progressive reforms enacted in the early 1900s which allow the referendum and the initiative processes, language was also enacted by the people to allow the use of Instant Runoff Voting. Oregon is the only state with IRV written into its constitution. But now almost 100 years later we have still never used it.
David Delk, co-chair of Alliance for Democracy, Portland, will talk about present efforts to allow Oregon cities and counties the use of IRV.
Bring your questions. We've allowed for plenty of time for Q&A. Hopefully you'll learn ways for you to be involved in these very important issues.