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.
All Portland-Metro residents have the right to live in communities free from the fear of physical and mental harm. Portland-Metro area safety policies will prioritize decriminalization, harm reduction, prevention and care, rather than punishment, exclusion, profiling, threats and retaliation.Read More
All Portland-Metro residents have the right to free public education from pre-K through college that is equitably and adequately funded, that focuses on both vocational training and critical thinking, that uses authentic assessments, is culturally inclusive and directly addresses the ongoing history of oppressed communities in terms of access, content, and pedagogy.Read More
All Portland-Metro residents have the right to local government that is funded well enough to provide the services our community needs. Households and businesses should be taxed according to their ability to pay: Wealthy individuals and big businesses will pay a higher proportion of their incomes in taxes and fees so lower income people and small business can pay less.Read More
All Portland-Metro residents have the right to live in a city in which economic policies advance the needs of the many, not the privileged few. Public goods should be expanded and economic development should increase democratic decision-making and participation. The right to collectively bargain should be protected.Read More