Alliance for Democracy

Move t Amend/May Day in Portland

Posted in Uncategorized by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on April 27, 2010

The Move to Amend group will meet Thursday this week (April 29) at 7 PM at the First Unitarian Church.  Move to Amend results from the Citizens United US Corporate Supreme Court  which threw most of the federal limitations on campaign contributions out the window as well as most of the state requirements around the nation. David Cobb and Riki Ott came to Portland at the request of Alliance for Democracy back in January to advocate for the need to amend the constitution to abolish corporate personhood. This group is going to follow up locally to build on the momentum.

Meeting details are:
Date: April 29, Thursday
Time:  7 – 9 PM
Place:  First Unitarian Church, SW 12th between Main and Salmon, Rm. B301.

NOTE:  If you want to continue getting meeting notices on Move to Amend in the future, please let me know as there is a separate list for this group and I will not continue posting meeting notice to this list after this. (Well, maybe sometimes)

Secondly, International May Day is Saturday.  Alliance for Democracy will be there and we hope to see every one receiving this email there as well.  We will have our banner and will meet up to march together at SW Park and Main Street there by the entance to the Arlen S. Performing Arts Center.  More details on the March follow.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter, 503.232.5495

May Day March and Rally: Jobs for All!
Immigrants Rights Are Workers Rights.

Celebrate International Workers’ Day
Saturday, May 1st
South Park Blocks (SW Park and Salmon)

11am: Sign-Making, Entertainment
12pm: Rally
1pm: March

May Day has a rich history going back to the fight for an eight-hour workday. In Portland in 2006 we saw the largest mobilization in Portland’s history with estimates of up to 40,000 people in attendance. Now, faced with a deepening economic crisis and increasing attacks on workers and immigrants, it is time for our movements to come together and support each other in the struggle for economic justice.

Solidarity Statement

We stand together against racism, police violence, and attacks on immigrants through ICE raids and detentions. No one is illegal. We aim to stop discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Through solidarity we will reform our immigration, criminal justice, and economic systems to meet human needs. We demand an increase in public spending, not more cuts to education, public transportation, and social services. We demand decent affordable housing, not foreclosures and evictions. We demand single payer health care for all. We demand living wage jobs, full employment, and the restoration of our right to organize workplaces. We can achieve these goals by taxing the rich and corporations instead of bailing them out. We can stop free trade agreements that have outsourced jobs and kept wages low here while creating sweatshops and destroying resources elsewhere. We can end the wars and occupations as well as environmental catastrophes that serve to keep the corporations rich and the people in poverty. Solidarity Forever. Si se puede.

The Portland May Day Coalition is made up of grassroots community organizations, labor unions, faith communities, and individuals. We formed in conjunction with the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition (PIRC) and Jobs with Justice (JwJ) in order to organize our communities in solidarity against the grave injustices we’ve experienced as a city and nation – particularly in regards to workers’ rights.


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