Twenty local organizations and coalitions have unanimously ratified this Portland-Metro People's Bill of Rights and 2018 Policy Platform (the "People's Platform") at the inaugural Portland-Metro People's Convention on April 14, 2018.
The Bill of Rights offers a positive vision of a Portland-Metro area that’s a healthy, nurturing and thriving place for everyone and every community who calls it home—not just an enclave of the 1%. It was built in consultation with dozens of organizers in the Portland-Metro area since the 2016 election and is a living document that can be changed over time.
The 2018 Policy Platform has specific policies nestled under each right that participating organizations are actively working on to put these rights into practice.
Participating Organizations include 350PDX, AFSCME Local 88, Alliance for Democracy, BerniePDX, Climate Action Coalition, Climate Jobs PDX, Milenio, Municipal Broadband PDX, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Portland Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, Portland Forward, Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, Portland Jobs with Justice, Portland Teachers for Social Justice, Portland Tenants United, Right 2 Survive, Sisters of the Road, Stop Fracked Gas PDX, Sustainability and Justice Emerging Series.
On April 23, the Portland-Metro People's Coalition sent 38 candidates and elected officials a survey, requesting their responses to the People's Platform. They were given the option of YES, NO and OTHER with space to explain their position on each right and policy. Ten of 20 candidates have responded so far along with their positions below. We invite all candidates, elected officials and the public to record their support for the People's Platform.
Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner, District 2 - OTHER: I absolutely agree that punitive measures do not yield safe communities. The police budget should be informed by data about crime rates, including number of high priority calls for service versus low to medium priority calls for service. Data from the City Budget Office indicates that overall crime rates are low relative to the historical trend on numbers of sworn police officers, which would support a reduction in force.