The following policies on our 2018 Policy Platform passed!
The city of Portland will establish an Office of Immigrant Support Services, including a universal immigrant legal defense fund ensuring legal support to all immigrants, including legal support in all interactions with ICE/DHS. Additionally, the Portland Police will not collaborate with ICE and there will be Rapid Response to all ICE raids/interactions. As a Sanctuary City, Portland residents have a right to live in a safe community. The City will protect "sensitive locations" (schools at all grades--from preschool through colleges, child care facilities, health facilities, religious locations, civic and religious ceremonies such as funerals, weddings, courthouses, public spaces such as parks, parades, demonstrations, and rallies). The City will ensure residents' safety in these spaces and will challenge any actions of any of the branches of the Dept. of Homeland Security if actions occur in any of these sensitive locations. Portland residents have the right to be safe at their places of employment. The City will facilitate "Know Your Rights" trainings for employers to protect all employees’ identities and sensitive information. This policy was funded in 2018.
Money is the largest influencer of political decision-making at all levels of government, including the city. The presence of large contributions from special interests discourages people from running for office, makes people distrust their government and therefore undermines our democracy. Almost 90% of Multnomah County voters approved strict limits in the November 2017 elections. The City of Portland shall enact the same or similar restrictions on campaign contributions/expenditures and requirements for disclosure of true funders of campaigns as Multnomah County has done. HONEST ELECTIONS Measure 26-200 passed with 87% "Yes" votes in 2018!
Ordinance Establishes a Portland Climate Action Community Benefit Fund
The fund will finance: 1) clean energy and energy efficiency projects that target low income communities and communities of color, 2) green infrastructure projects and sustainable local food production, 3) clean jobs training, apprenticeship programs and contractor support initiatives prioritizing economically disadvantaged and traditionally under-employed workers including communities of color, women, persons with disabilities and the chronically underemployed. To finance the Community Benefit Fund, large retailers (those with a billion dollars in national sales and a half million locally) will be required to pay a surcharge of 1% on gross revenues from retail sales in Portland, excluding basic groceries, medicines and health care service. The Portland Clean Energy Initiative (PCEI) Passed In 2018!