Getting Started

At the very beginning, back in 2008, of the weekly Bipartisan Cafe meetings of the Portland Metro Chapter of the Pacific Green Party, the driving purpose really was to co-ordinate Seth Woolley’s run for Oregon Secretary of State and my own campaign for U.S. Congress.

We will be doing something similar from now on, for I have announced my candidacy for the 3rd District Congressional seat last Wednesday night, on the “Dr Don” television show.  Newly elected member of the State Co-ordinating Committee Scott Green is now acting as the campaign’s treasurer, and the Progressive Party activist Kathy Bushman the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Thursday night four Greens talked politics until close to the Bipartisan Cafe’s closing time.  Matt Folger is an acting co-ordinator of volunteers for Clean Water Portland, and he reminds us that activists willing to distribute flyers are needed: they can report to the Clean Water Portland headquarters at S.E. 11th & Madison — Matt suggests 11 o’clock in the morning is good — for a few hours of walking the district under informed supervision.  Every volunteer will make a difference, he says.

The Eastside Democratic Club, which for the last two years I have served as elected secretary, will be hosting an on-the-record debate between two leading fluoridation activists this Tuesday, April 2nd.  Philip Wu, a member of the board of directors of Upstream Public Health [they who sponsored the stealth-resolution by the City Council mandating fluoridation, which precipitated the effort by referendum in the May special election] will argue in favor of adding fluoride, while Rick North, a central committeemember of Clean Water Portland, the sponsors of the referendum, will argue against.  The meeting will be at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 6125 N.E. Prescott Avenue, beginning at noon. (Of course, admission is free to the public.)

Scott Green brought with him the new member of the Party, Michael Murphy, whom he has known since junior high school and whom he inspired to join us just this week.  Scott and I discussed with Michael the prospects for him organizing a Party Chapter; at least tentatively, Michael will start the organization of a Washington County Chapter, counting on Scott as one of the steady attendees of such a chapter.

The ongoing lawsuit initiated by some of the Party elders against the current Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales, was a part of our discussion.

Join us when you can: every Thursday at 6:30 at 79th and S.E. Stark Street.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Meo, secretary  Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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