Around the world people are organizing to take power in their cities.
In the Portland metro area, a municipalist movement is also taking shape. Shortly after the PMPC was founded, voters elected Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, a progressive leader and the first African American woman on City Council. Progressive ballot measures such as the Portland Clean Energy Fund, Fair and Honest Elections, Yes to Affordable Housing, Real Police Accountability, UP Now! Universal Preschool, and Oregon District Attorney for the People passed by overwhelming margins and have served as models for other cities around the country.
These victories provide an unprecedented opportunity for grassroots forces to change our region for the better in 2022, despite the many challenges that face us ahead.
Our goal is to create a Portland metro area that’s a healthy and nurturing place for everyone and every community who calls it home, and not just an enclave of the 1%. Toward that end, the Portland-Metro People’s Coalition (PMPC) is building a cross-issue coalition of grassroots organizations to join forces, amplify our initiatives, and begin to strategize how to build a unified and broad-based progressive movement capable of building an urban commons for the 99%.