Alliance for Democracy

Citizen United Anniversary/Single Payer/Oregon State Bank events

Posted in Barbara Dudley, Citizens United, corporate personhood, Dan Meek, Dr. Flowers, Jon Batholmew, Oregon State Bank, OSPIRG by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on January 20, 2011

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision one year ago (January 21) opened the flood gates of direct corporate money into America’s elections.  Prior to this decision, corporations had been banned under the Tillman Act of 1907 from using corporate funds to fund federal political campaigns.  According to President Teddy Roosevelt in advocating for the corporate ban said, “All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law; directors should not be permitted to use stockholders’ money for such purposes.”  (more…)


AmericaSpeaks-If only it were so.

Posted in AmericaSpeaks, Entitlements, Financial Speculation Tax, Peterson Foundation, Single Payer by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on June 30, 2010

  I wrote of the results of the AmericaSpeaks national event on the so-called fiscal crisis a couple of days ago. Those results were quite amazing in that the participants supported higher taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, wanted to look at single-payer healthcare even though the event provided Options guide said that was not going to be considered, wanted to cut the military, supported new taxes on carbon and financial transactions and supported removing most if not all of the cap on income to be taxed to pay for Social Security. (more…)

America Spoke, wants to tax the wealthy, not make cuts to SS/Medicare/Medicaid, approves of new taxes‏


America Speaks happened today. During the past few days, I and others have written about this nationwide conversation via 26 town meetings on Our Budget, Our Economy. Because of the involvement of Pete Peterson and the Peterson Foundation many, including myself, feared that the process and the questions being addressed would leave a lot to be desired and would be designed for use to justify cut to entitlement programs, specifically to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. (more…)

2 events and Kucinich statement on Health Care‏

Posted in anti-war rally, Single Payer by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 17, 2010

Two events this Saturday, one sponsored by the Alliance For Democracy.
Community for Earth invites you to come an learn more about Coal in Oregon’s Future.

Hear opposing viewpoints:

Robin Everett: Sierra club’s Beyond Coal Campaign
Reuben Plantico – Environmental and Sustainable Policy Director, Portland General Electric
Saturday, March 20, 12 Noon, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison 

Iraq, Seven Years Later, Change US Foreign Policy, Bring All the Troops Home?
Rally, March and Teach-in

12 noon, rally, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison, Portland
12:30 PM march to teach-in
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Teach-in (refreshments and literature available) Main St Sanctuary, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Main, Portland

End the Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine
• Stop the Expanding Attacks in the Middle East: No Drone Strikes in Pakistan
• No War on Iran
• US Out of Latin America

Coordinated by: Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
Co-sponsored by: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland; Portland Peaceful Response Coalition; Center for Intercultural Organizing; American Iranian Friendship Council; Women in Black; American Friends Service Committee; International Socialist Organization; Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER); Metanoia Peace Community; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.
For more information: Peace and Justice Works, 503-236-3065 or

Lastly, you likely heard that Rep Kucinich has decided to support the Pres and vote for the healthcare bill when it soons come to a vote. So I have included his statement explaining his decision.  He referrs to health care as a civil right, declares his continuing support for single payer. 
I felt such great sadness reading his statement, realizing that the power of corporations is so dominate even this man, who bought light to Cinninatti, must yield.  I hope that Dennis will devote much to his future energy to the end of corporate personhood as the root of that dominance and that he will advocate the amendment of the US Constitution as the most important step toward establishing a people’s democracy in America.
 David e. Delk,  Alliance for Democracy,

Subj: Health Care is a Civil Right


Dennis Kucinich -
Health Care is a Civil Right
Click here to view video.

Each generation has had to take up the question of how to provide for the health of the people of our nation. And each generation has grappled with difficult questions of how to meet the needs of our people. I believe health care is a civil right. Each time as a nation we have reached to expand our basic rights, we have witnessed a slow and painful unfolding of a democratic pageant of striving, of resistance, of breakthroughs, of opposition, of unrelenting efforts and of eventual triumph.

I have spent my life struggling for the rights of working class people and for health care. I grew up understanding firsthand what it meant for families who did not get access to needed care. I lived in 21 different places by the time I was 17, including in a couple of cars. I understand the connection between poverty and poor health care, the deeper meaning of what Native Americans have called “hole in the body, hole in the spirit.” I struggled with Crohn’s disease much of my adult life, to discover sixteen years ago a near-cure in alternative medicine and following a plant-based diet. I have learned with difficulty the benefits of taking charge personally of my own health care. On those few occasions when I have needed it, I have had access to the best allopathic practitioners. As a result I have received the blessings of vitality and high energy. Health and health care is personal for each one of us. As a former surgical technician I know that there are many people who dedicate their lives to helping others improve theirs. I also know their struggles with an insufficient health care system.

There are some who believe that health care is a privilege based on ability to pay. This is the model President Obama is dealing with, attempting to open up health care to another 30 million people, within the context of the for-profit insurance system. There are others who believe that health care is a basic right and ought to be provided through a not-for-profit plan. This is what I have tirelessly advocated.

I have carried the banner of national health care in two presidential campaigns, in party platform meetings, and as co-author of HR676, Medicare for All. I have worked to expand the health care debate beyond the current for-profit system, to include a public option and an amendment to free the states to pursue single payer. The first version of the health care bill, while badly flawed, contained provisions which I believed made the bill worth supporting in committee. The provisions were taken out of the bill after it passed committee.

I joined with the Progressive Caucus saying that I would not support the bill unless it had a strong public option and unless it protected the right of people to pursue single payer at a state level. It did not. I kept my pledge and voted against the bill. I have continued to oppose it while trying to get the provisions back into the bill. Some have speculated I may be in a position of casting the deciding vote. The President’s visit to my district on Monday underscored the urgency of this moment.

I have taken this fight farther than many in Congress cared to carry it because I know what my constituents experience on a daily basis. Come to my district in Cleveland and you will understand.

The people of Ohio’s 10th district have been hard hit by an economy where wealth has accelerated upwards through plant closings, massive unemployment, small business failings, lack of access to credit, foreclosures and the high cost of health care and limited access to care. I take my responsibilities to the people of my district personally. The focus of my district office is constituent service, which more often than not involves social work to help people survive economic perils. It also involves intervening with insurance companies.

In the past week it has become clear that the vote on the final health care bill will be very close. I take this vote with the utmost seriousness. I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted the better part of the last century to bring America in line with other modern democracies in providing single payer health care. I have seen the political pressure and the financial pressure being asserted to prevent a minimal recognition of this right, even within the context of a system dominated by private insurance companies.

I know I have to make a decision, not on the bill as I would like to see it, but the bill as it is. My criticisms of the legislation have been well reported. I do not retract them. I incorporate them in this statement. They still stand as legitimate and cautionary. I still have doubts about the bill. I do not think it is a first step toward anything I have supported in the past. This is not the bill I wanted to support, even as I continue efforts until the last minute to modify the bill.

However after careful discussions with the President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Elizabeth my wife and close friends, I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation. If my vote is to be counted, let it now count for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform. We must include coverage for those excluded from this bill. We must free the states. We must have control over private insurance companies and the cost their very existence imposes on American families. We must strive to provide a significant place for alternative and complementary medicine, religious health science practice, and the personal responsibility aspects of health care which include diet, nutrition, and exercise.

The health care debate has been severely hampered by fear, myths, and by hyper-partisanship. The President clearly does not advocate socialism or a government takeover of health care. The fear that this legislation has engendered has deep roots, not in foreign ideology but in a lack of confidence, a timidity, mistrust and fear which post 911 America has been unable to shake.

This fear has so infected our politics, our economics and our international relations that as a nation we are losing sight of the expanded vision, the electrifying potential we caught a glimpse of with the election of Barack Obama. The transformational potential of his presidency, and of ourselves, can still be courageously summoned in ways that will reconnect America to our hopes for expanded opportunities for jobs, housing, education, peace, and yes, health care.

I want to thank those who have supported me personally and politically as I have struggled with this decision. I ask for your continued support in our ongoing efforts to bring about meaningful change. As this bill passes I will renew my efforts to help those state organizations which are aimed at stirring a single payer movement which eliminates the predatory role of private insurers who make money not providing health care. I have taken a detour through supporting this bill, but I know the destination I will continue to lead, for as long as it takes, whatever it takes to an America where health care will be firmly established as a civil right.

Thank you.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter, 503.232.5495
Saturday, March 20 – 10 AM with doors opening at 9:30AM.
First Unitarian Church – SW 12th and Salmon.
Free but donations accepted.


Co-sponsored by:
Alliance for Democracy
West Hills UU Fellowship Green Sanctuary Committee
Oregon Interfaith Power and Light
Oregon Environmental Council 

Single Payer only answer‏

Posted in Health Care, Single Payer by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 16, 2010

Healthcare reform is getting the big push.  Obama and liberal Democrats as marshalling their forces to pass some form of health insurance, not health care, reform in the next week or so. (more…)

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Progressive monthly calendar and questions for Sen Wyden.‏

The Portland Or area progressive events calendar is below. Also some suggested questions for Sen Wyden during his townhall meeting on Jan 4th, Monday. (more…)

MA style Plan and Health IT no solution/updates from PNHP

Posted in Health Care, Sen. Sanders, Single Payer by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 22, 2009

 Senator Sanders will introduce two amendments to allow single payer healthcare in the US.  Contact your Senator and ask for their support. (more…)

Myths Liberals Believe About the Public Option

Posted in bribery, Campaign contributions, corporate lobbying, Dr. Flowers, Health Care, Single Payer by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 21, 2009

  This congress is a body bought and paid for by corporate interests. (more…)

Why I voted No, Dennis Kucinich; statement of Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care‏

Posted in Health Care, Kucinich, Single Payer, Weiner Amendment by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 10, 2009

We have been led to believe that we must make our health care choices only within the current structure of a predatory, for-profit insurance system which makes money not providing health care. the insurance companies are the problem, not the solution. (more…)

“Manager’s Amendment” our last chance on health care‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, Health Care, Kucinich, Single Payer, Weiner Amendment by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 2, 2009

There’s one last chance to fight back for both the Kucinich and Weiner Amendments.
For the Kucinich Amendment, House leaders can call for a “Manager’s Amendment” even when a bill–like this health reform bill–is closed to any other amendments. A Manager’s Amendment is a package of individual amendments agreed to by “the managers,” the majority and minority members of the House who manage their side’s debate on a bill.

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