Statement, dated 1998, by President of Cascadia Chapter

Oregon needs a new vision.
The old vision, the one this country was founded on, doesn’t work. The human race is having a lethal impact upon the world. Lakes are dying, seas are dying, forests are dying, the land itself is dying – for reasons directly traceable to our activities. As many as a hundred and forty species are vanishing every day—for reasons directly traceable to our activities.
The old vision, grow
We felt it was our duty and right to cut the trees, damn the rivers, pave
the prairie, pollute the land and air. Most of us aren’t ready to
admit it but we know it’s right: Given our present numbers, living
our present lifestyles we are hurting our surroundings.
The new vision, the one we need to learn and to teach our children is
how to live sustainably. We should strive for this goal with all the
zeal we mustered for the old vision.
The Pacific Party supports bold ideas.
We oppose corporate control of our lives. We are more than just
workers and consumers in the corporate greed game. We oppose global
trade treaties like NAFTA, GATT and the MAI. We support corporate
charter reform to make corporations responsible for the public good as
well as their private gain.
We support health care for everyone. Every Oregonian should have
access to health care. Every other country does it, so should we.
We support Single-Payer health care system with no insurance companies.
We support democratic reform. The current system is meaningless to
many and rightly so. With corporate control of the political process
and meaningless campaigns between two similar candidates, it is no
wonder so few vote. We support proportional representation to improve
representation.
We support campaign finance reform: one person, one vote, not one
dollar, one vote. We support free media on the airwaves we own.
We support peace and nonviolence. Peace is a state of mind. We
should be teaching our children to follow the role models of Jesus or
Ghandi. The level of violence effects our children. We have more
murders, more guns, more suicides, It is unacceptable and we all
share some of the blame. We would shift resources We support peace
education.
We support clean drinking water and fish. Stop logging the Ancient
Forests. Stop clearcutting. Vote Yes on 64. Our forests are worth
more intact and selectively logged. We support protecting our
resources.
We support our schools.
We support families. Cut the work week.
We support drug law reform. Save money.
We support a maximum work week of 30 hours with full time pay and
benefits.
Our candidates offer bold alternatives. They know the old vision
doesn’t work. We need their leadership to stop the destruction while
we get a new vision.
But ultimately these laws won’t matter unless we change. As long as
we think we can pollute without mercy, we keep polluting. We have the
idea the polluting is okay, we need the idea that polluting is not okay.

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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