Alliance for Democracy

Trackling Corporate Power | AfD in the news |SC Justices Ramble at Anti-War Rally

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, CELDF, Liquefied Natural Gas, Move to Amend, Water by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 21, 2011

Below my signature is an article on Tackling Corporate Power, One Town at a Time by Mari Margil who works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.  They are best known for working with Pennsylvanian towns to pass ordinances banning corporate farming.  Now they are working with  communities to ban corporations from drilling for natural gas in their communities using the fracking process. First the City of Pittsburg passed such an ordinance and now smaller communities in Maryland and New York are taking steps in the same direction – challenging corporate power in their communities and establishing the rights of local communities to establish health and safety standards for their people even in the face of state or federal regulations or laws designed to remove their power.  Note that one of the objectives of MOVE TO AMEND in eliminating corporate personhood is to allow local communities exactly this power.  (more…)


Alliance for Democracy e-News: December 22, 2010/Ban the Bag Petition‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, Ban the bag, Justice Rising, Populist Dialogues, State Bank of Oregon by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 22, 2010

Below is latest e-News from national Alliance for Democracy.  Included is note on our new Populist Dialogue cable TV program.  We have recorded two programs thus far with the next two to be recorded on Jan 2.  Dan Meek talking about money in politics and the Citizens United v FEC case  will be our first guest.  For the second show, our guest will be Arthur Stamoulis, director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  We will talk about the Korea Free Trade Agreement. (more…)

Support Renewable energy production in Oregon/Feed-In-Tariffs‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, Democratize the Grid, Feed-in tariffs by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 19, 2010

The Alliance for Democracy began an effort a couple of years ago to Democratize the Grid.  Our major effort has been to get a program of Feed-In-Tariffs in place to locally produce renewable energy on our rooftops where we live, instead of in large distance capital intensive wind farms. Such a program produces a number of benefits including locally produced renewable energy  where we live and good paying job creation. (more…)

Winner-Take-All Politics/AfD cable program update

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, The Populist Dialogue by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 26, 2010

Alliance for Democracy sponsors

Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics, How Washington Made the Rich Richer – And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.

Paul Pierson identifies the real culprit behind one of the greatest economic crimes of our time – the growing inequality of incomes between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich. (more…)

Disclose Act/Justice Rising

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, DISCLOSE ACT, Justice Rising, Solidarity Economy by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 19, 2010

See below the email from national Alliance for Democracy.  Our call to support the DISCLOSE Act is differnet than others you may have received.  While we note the importance to passage of this act by Congress before the end of the lame duck session, we also note that its passage is not sufficient.  We need to end corporate personhood also.  Much larger task, but we must not loss sight of the larger goal as we move forward on the small steps.   (more…)

Keep the pressure on! Support Elizabeth Warren!‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on August 10, 2010

Another message from the national office Alliance for Democracy reference generating support for the fearless of corporate pressure and influence Elizabeth Warren to be the first head of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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

Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:44:25 -0400
Subject: Keep the pressure on! Support Elizabeth Warren!

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Alliance for Democracy e-Alert
August 10, 2010   Please forward widely
Are you up for an 8-month fight?

Sen. Chris Dodd, chair of the Senate Banking Committee says that appointing Elizabeth Warren to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) could lead to that kind of long Senate struggle. “What you don’t need to have is an eight-month battle for who the director or the head or chairperson of this new consumer financial protection bureau will be,” he told Bloomberg Television.

We say, why not? The CFPB can be a key ally for Main Street in the fight to preserve family and community fiscal security. But only if it has effective leadership. And the best pick for the job is Elizabeth Warren.

Warren’s been supported by hundreds of thousands of Americans, who’ve called their senators backing her appointment. Newspapers have editorialized in her favor. The GOP appointees to the Congressional Oversight Panel, the group overseeing the $700 billion bank bailout program, have praised her leadership there. And even a few senators are in her corner, signing on to a letter of support written by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).

We win nothing if we drop the pressure and allow the Senate to support a Wall Street insider who’ll slide by with minimal opposition and reduce the CFPB to a figurehead operation.

We’ve asked you to call Senators Chris Dodd, chair of the Senate Banking Committee, and Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to push for Warren’s nomination, and to sign this online petition as well.

But we need to keep the pressure on. Take a moment today and take action!

Call your senators and ask them to sign on to Al Franken’s letter in support of Elizabeth Warren. As of last week, only Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Roland Burris (D-IL), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have co-signed–let’s get more on the list!

(And don’t forget to sign our petition to Chris Dodd and Max Baucus. We’ll be submitting it next week, so please add your support!)

Thank you for taking action today!

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Alliance for Democracy e-News: July 22, 2010‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, Democratize the Grid, Feed in Tariff, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy, Water by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on July 25, 2010

Below is the latest national Alliance for Democracy e-news letter which includes a note about our Portland chapter efforts, our somewhat successful effort, for a Feed In Tariff in Oregon.  This has been part of our campaign to Democratize the Grid and bring Power for the People instead of large national and/or multi-national corporations. (more…)

AfD’s first success with Feed In Tariffs in Oregon‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, Feed in Tariff, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy, OREP by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on July 4, 2010

Thursday, July 1st, marked the first day that Oregon private utility customers were able to sign-up for the new solar power generating program.

This program, a modified Feed-In Tariff, is the first such state-wide program in the US and is modeled after an extremely successful program in Germany which dramatic increased the production and use of clean green renewable energy while creating lots of well paying green jobs. 

Why is Alliance for Democracy excited about this? 

Well, because the Alliance for Democracy’s sponsored advocacy group, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy, has been involved in this effort to Democratize the Grid for the past year and a half, first working with the Oregon legislature and then with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to establish the program.  Note that our Judy Barnes is quoted in the Thursday article and AfD supporter and a key activist working with Judy, Mark Pengilly, is quoted in the Friday article. 

Our efforts have been to develop a program which would allow average people to develop renewable energy on our rooftops and in our neighborhoods where the energy will be used instead of on large remote sites requiring the building of additional expensive grid capacity. Up to this point, those big program have benefited large multi-national corporations.  Now we can get be involved in our clean energy future. 

While we are happy that the program is up and running, much more needs to be done to make it truly a real feed-in tariff program.  Judy and Mark and Teddy and the rest of us here at Alliance for Democracy are going to continue working on this until the state of Oregon gets it right. 

Please visit the Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy website for more details on this project. Visit the Alliance for Democracy website to view an interview by Jim Lockhart of Judy Barnes on the topic of feed-in tariffs.  This interview was conducted before the Oregon PUC rules were released and before the release of the program to the public.

Please us continue our work!

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support our continuing efforts, please visit the national Alliance for Democracy website and click on Donate Now.  Please check the box that says “to support OREP and become a member of Alliance for Democracy”.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter

Riki Ott/David Cobb on ending corporate personhood/Health Care rally‏

  Alliance for Democracy is sponsoring an appearance by David Cobb and Riki Ott on Monday, March 1st who are on tour promoting the amending of the US Constitution to override the US Supreme Court decision giving even more human rights to corporations.  The decision is the Citizens United v FEC issued on Jan 21, 10 in which almost all limitations on corporate and union use of their treasuries on political and candidate elections has been removed (more…)

Alliance for Democracy e-News: February 22, 2010‏

Below is latest e-newsletter from National Alliance for Democracy. Enjoy.  And if you are not a member of the national Alliance for Democracy please consider joining. There is a easy link in the email.  (more…)