Save November! Start Now! BerniePDX Social on June 26 at Portland Mercado

We’ve all heard this before: the next elections are the most important ever! Only this time it’s true… Join us June 26 from 3 to 9 pm at the Portland Mercado to connect with BerniePDX friends and see how you can support local progressive campaigns, reclaim power for the People, and make our Revolution real.

November may seem far away, but for these BerniePDX-endorsed campaigns, the time is now! Dorothy Gasque for US Congress, to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District; JoAnn Hardesty for Portland City Council Position 3; Portland Clean Energy Fund; Honest Elections; and Star Voting.

Location: Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road


New endorsements: PCEF and Honest Elections

BerniePDX members have chosen to endorse two progressive initiatives with the potential to deeply change how business is conducted in Portland: PCEF (petition PDX-04) and Honest Elections (petition PDX-03).

PCEF, the Portland Clean Energy Fund, formerly the Portland Just Energy Transition, would raise $30 million per year through a 1% business license surcharge on billion-dollar retailers, in order to weatherize homes, build rooftop solar, provide job training, grow local food and fund green infrastructure, with priority to low income households and people of color.


Honest Elections is a coalition for campaign finance reform in Portland and throughout Oregon. Initiative PDX-03 is similar to the measure approved by 89% of Multnomah County voters in 2016: at the city-level, it would prohibit donations by corporations, limit campaign contributions to $500 per individual, and require stronger public disclosure of large contributors.

Both campaigns need to collect thousands of signatures in the next month in order to qualify for the November 2018 ballot, and they are looking for volunteers to help! For more info and/or to volunteer:

Literature Drop OR Canvass door-to-door for Julia DeGraw

Ballots drop in a few weeks! ‘Lit drops’ are great for folks who don’t feel like knocking doors (canvassing) – enjoy the fresh air as you take a walk around a Portland neighborhood and leave literature on voters’ doors. We’ll provide a turf, snack, literature, and a script for canvassers. We recommend bringing a bag to hold campaign materials. FB event

DATE: Saturday, April 7 and/or Sunday, April 8
TIME: 12:30-3:30pm

LOCATION: Meet at Hungry Heart Bakery, 414 SE 80th Ave

Julia isn’t taking any corporate money, she’s only accountable to the people. Learn more at

“It’s past time for City Council to prioritize the people over developer profits, corporate interests, and complacent politicians.” – Julia DeGraw

We can flip Congress: Mailing Party with Dorothy Gasque

Sick and tired of a Republican-run Congress? 2018 is time to flip some seats! Dorothy Gasque is an amazing Berniecrat running to replace Jaime Herrera Beutler, our closest Republican Congress member, representing Washington’s Third District, just across the river. Herrera Beutler, who votes in line with Trump about 88% of the time, clearly does not represent the people. Dorothy herself is a long time BerniePDX member, a combat vet and a powerful progressive political organizer. She is uniquely qualified to win this seat with a progressive peoples’ platform, and her military background enables her to bring conservatives on board, boosting her chances in an open primary state.

We at BerniePDX can create the change we want to see by helping oust Jaime Herrera Beutler and electing a representative we can believe in, Dorothy Gasque! Let’s have a mailing party for her! Dorothy will be there herself, so if you haven’t met her, this is your chance! While we’re stuffing envelopes, she’ll be talking about her amazing platform and the things we can do to help her campaign, like canvassing and holding phone banks in Portland.

Location: Watershed, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave.

BerniePDX’s latest endorsements: Dana Carstensen for Metro, Shabba Woodley for Washington County Chair, and Maria Garcia for Multnomah County


Did you know that Metro is the only directly elected regional government in the United States? This gives Portland region voters a unique opportunity to shape our future together! In the contest for Metro Council District 4, BerniePDX has chosen to endorse the boldly progressive vision proposed by Dana Carstensen. Besides his experience working for Metro (at the Zoo) and organizing Metro workers, Dana has that rare quality: political imagination. His plans to develop waste-to-energy infrastructure, to transition Tri-Met to an all-electric bus fleet, and to encourage community ownership of land, have the potential to completely transform our region by creating living wage green jobs, drastically reducing our carbon footprint, and keeping people in stable housing.

Read more about Dana and his platform, and please volunteer and donate:


Shabba Woodley is our choice for Washington County Chair. Shabba understands the issues facing working families in our community, from transportation to lack of affordable housing and the prevalence of low wages. But more importantly, what Shabba doesn’t understand, he wants to learn by listening to people like us. That’s what a servant leader does, so they can truly represent us and develop community-based solutions. We believe in Shabba’s dedication, in his passion for equity, and in his drive to create a County board that’s inclusive and responsive to the needs of citizens.

Read more about Shabba and his platform / volunteer / donate:


Three progressive women are running to represent Multnomah County in District 2. BerniePDX members voted to endorse María García for the position. María is an activist and advocate with strong ties to the community. Serving on the Multnomah County Commission will be an extension of her lifelong dedication to giving voice and support to underrepresented communities.

Learn more about Maria Garcia, volunteer or donate:


Senate District 24: BerniePDX endorses Kayse Jama

In the crucial race to replace Rod Monroe in Senate District 24, we have not one but two amazing progressives running! We wish all the best to Shemia Fagan, but BerniePDX members chose to endorse Kayse Jama for this race.

In these times when racists feel emboldened, when immigrants, refugees and people of color live in growing fear of deportation and violence, Kayse’s story as a former refugee who loves this country and his vision for an inclusive community where we all belong are incredibly timely and compelling. We believe Kayse, who has shown extraordinary leadership as a lifelong activist, founder and executive director of Unite Oregon, and community advocate on public boards and commissions at the City, Metro and State levels, has the experience and passion to take on Rod Monroe. All he needs is grassroots power and that means US!

Learn more about Kayse Jama, volunteer and donate:

And don’t forget to check our BerniePDX calendar for upcoming events, including events in support of our BerniePDX-endorsed candidates!

New endorsement poll: Metro + County

Are you ready for election season 2018? Primaries are coming up on May 15! This year we have a chance to elevate true progressives to the nomination, servant leaders who when elected will champion us the people rather than corporate interests and the status quo!

We have met many great candidates lately at our BerniePDX meeting, now is the time to choose. We encourage you to answer our endorsement poll, even if you have not attended all presentations. Please answer ASAP, as this poll closes March 6!


Meet County Commissioner Candidates

BerniePDX will welcome county commissioner candidates who have completed our questionnaire and been invited to speak. Bring your questions! Find out what their vision of the future is and how they align with your values. An endorsement poll will be sent out after the meeting.

Mother, business owner, social justice activist, Co chair of the New Portlanders Policy Commission and dedicated advocate to communities of color.

Susheela was born in India, and grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. She came to the United States in 1979, at the age of 16, to attend college. Her parents believed that a good education was the cornerstone of a good life, and they used all of their extra income and savings to make sure Susheela received that education. Susheela is an attorney and a community advocate. As an attorney, Susheela represented the government in taking on corrupt and negligent bank officers during the fiscal crisis of the 1980s, provided free legal services to people seeking political asylum in the U.S., and worked on improving labor conditions at factories in Southeast Asia. As a community advocate, she has supported our public schools; worked to improve access to reproductive healthcare; and has challenged the power structure in our local arts institutions to ensure that public dollars are invested in communities of color. She will bring to the Multnomah County Commission her personal experience as an immigrant, a woman of color, and a mom; and her professional experience moving large institutions to make things better for those with the least power.

I’m excited to launch my campaign for County Commissioner, District 2, as a champion of everyday people and those who have been historically left behind, discounted, marginalized, and not represented.We can do better and we will do it together. You can’t lead people or work with people where you haven’t been willing to go yourself, I’m the candidate that has lived in the neighborhood, built the buildings, run the business, housed the homeless, worked with the young adults to achieve brighter futures, given jobs to the overlooked, and reached out to our entire community.

Authentic leadership that is not beholden to for-profit interest is what I want to bring to the leadership of Washington County. As someone who has experienced most of the pressing issues in the county, I bring the perspective of not only understanding the issues but a deeper insight that allows me to feel the urgency for a resolution. My key issues that I want to tackle are Affordable housing, County services, and sustainable growth. I believe that investing focus and energy into the things that county citizens need is the best way to keep our community growing at a healthy pace. I envision a future where leadership is there to promote the welfare of the community, leadership that is not bought, and elected leadership that understands that they are the servants to the people’s best interest.

Location: Watershed Bldg, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave.

Meet Candidate for Metro + HOPE Amendment

On Wednesday, February 21st, come out to hear a presentation from Dana Carstensen, progressive candidate running for Metro Council District 4.

How does Dana plan to shape policies impacting your lives, including housing, transportation, waste management, and lifting up the voices of historically underserved communities? Will he take corporate money in his campaign? Bring your questions!

We will also discuss the HOPE amendment that the Oregon House just passed in favor of universal affordable healthcare in Oregon.

Location: Watershed Bldg, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave.

BerniePDX endorsements for City Council and Oregon House District 37

BerniePDX members have spoken!

Many thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to vote in our endorsement poll.

For City Council, we’re proud to endorse Julia DeGraw for Position 2 and Jo Ann Hardesty for Position 3.

Julia’s vision for transforming City Council is truly inspiring, we believe it has the potential to really change how politics is done in Portland. Julia combines passion and experience, she has a track record of effective leadership, and with our support she will be a formidable challenger to Nick Fish and to entrenched business interests!

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We were very impressed with Andrea’s energy and her detailed grasp of policy and we wish her all the best, however, BerniePDX members chose to throw their support behind Jo Ann Hardesty for City Commissioner, Position 3. Jo Ann has long been one of the strongest voices for justice in our community, and Portland needs the wealth of experience and diverse perspective Jo Ann will bring to the table.

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For Oregon HD 37, BerniePDX is proud to endorse Rachel Prusak for State Representative.

It’s time to kick out of office Representative Julie Parrish, main architect of Measure 101, and Rachel Prusak is the woman for the job! As a nurse and healthcare advocate, Rachel has too many times witnessed “the tragedy forced upon us by those in power who don’t believe that health care is a human right.” She will bring much needed expertise, compassion and unstoppable determination to the Oregon House.

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