“It’s time for City Council to prioritize the people over developer profits, corporate interests, and business-as-usual politics. I’ve spent my career fighting for and alongside the people, and bringing diverse groups together to create change. I led the fight to prevent Nestlé from bottling our public water in the Columbia River Gorge – and we won. I have the experience and track record to bring bold change to City Hall. Together, we can create a better Portland for all of us.”
Wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. Housing costs are through the roof. And big business influence has deepened our city’s economic and environmental crises. My campaign is about building power with the people to make real change in our community.
Living east of 82nd Avenue, I see first-hand the impact of this neglect on my community. This neglect is partially a product of outer East Portland’s lack of representation on City Council. Until the 2018 election, not a single City Commissioner lived East of Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, even though the area is Portland’s fastest-growing and most diverse. This is a fundamental problem, which needs to change – this election means being part of a real shift in City Hall.
My years of experience winning real protections for our environment and building coalitions for good, clean jobs have shown my commitment to a future which serves all Portlanders. Every day, it is my job as an organizer to bring together impacted communities, experts, and activists to craft solutions based on equity, transparency, accountability, and real relationships.
“When we stand together, for the common good, we can win!”
From beating back Nestlé’s plan to bottle public water in the Gorge, to organizing against fossil fuel extraction and fighting Monsanto’s toxic agricultural practices, I know what it takes to bring Oregonians together to fight for each other. The experience, skills, and values that drive my economic and environmental justice advocacy will also guide me as a Portland City Commissioner.
When leaders talk about diversity, they often mean token representation. I will make sure that leaders and members of diverse communities actually drive policy decisions in City Hall. Disenfranchised communities have seen the worst impacts of environmental damage, the unequal economic boom, and racial bias in our city. Actions have to match values. That’s why I am participating in Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections (OAE) program –– I won’t take corporate or PAC money or individual donations over $250. Under the OAE, up to $50 of every Portlander’s contribution to my campaign will be matched 6 times, enabling me to run a competitive race.
City politics works best when it embraces the people’s voices in decision-making at every level. This is Our City, and Our Future. Please join me in making it better by endorsing, signing up, or donating to my campaign for Portland City Council (Position №2).