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Oregon WFP on the (not-so) Big Screen…

October 1st, 2012 by dlombardi

The Oregon Working Families Party was featured in the B Media Collective’s showcase of short films on community organizing in Portland at Portland Community College on September 28th, 2012.

Volunteers and staff members from five amazing organizations, including the WFP’s organizer, togel online, Sami Alloy, Casino, Judi Bola, Poker Online, Judi Kartu and Dewa Poker, participated in a video production course at PCC this summer, and each of them completed a 1-5 minute film about an issue important to their community.

To see the WFP’s video, CLICK HERE.

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2012 Nominations: Congressional, Statewide, and Legislative

August 28th, 2012 by dlombardi

Here at the Working Families Party, we don’t take the cross-nomination of our candidates lightly.  After all, we’re giving candidates our seal of approval right on the ballot—so we need to be sure that every WFP candidate will be a champion for working people.

We are happy to announce that forty-seven candidates have received the WFP nomination.  Our members cross-nominated Democrats, Republicans, and a Green.  (See the full list here.)

Over the span of the last two months we asked candidates the hard questions—from holding the big banks accountable, to health care reform, to dealing with the foreclosure crisis.  WFP members gathered at nominating caucuses in Bend, Salem, Eugene, Portland, and St. Helens to discuss each candidate’s answers.

This process was successful because of the dedication of our members, affiliates, allied organizations, and supporters like you.  Now we need your help to elect these WFP candidates and send them to Salem and Washington, DC to fight for working Oregonians.

Help us put boots on the ground and ears on the phone for our WFP cross-nominees.

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2012 Candidate Nominations Caucuses

June 26th, 2012 by dlombardi

The Oregon Working Families Party is kicking off the 2012 General Election by holding nominations caucuses throughout the state in each of Oregon’s congressional districts.  Along with choosing which candidates deserve the WFP seal of approval we’ll be electing delegates to the state nominating committee.  Come to learn more, and to help build our Party.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 – 6:00-8:00pmRSVP Oregon WFP Congressional District 2 Nominations Caucus Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend, OR

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 – 6:00-9:00pmRSVP Oregon WFP Congressional District 4 Nominations Caucus Davis Restaurant, 94 W Broadway, Eugene, OR

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 – 6:30-9:30pmRSVP Oregon WFP Congressional District 3 Nominations Caucus American Federation of Musicians Local 99, 325 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 – 9:00am-12:00pmRSVP Oregon WFP Congressional District 5 Nominations Caucus Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty SE, Salem, OR

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 – 6:00-8:00pm – RSVP Oregon WFP Congressional District 1 Nominations Caucus OSU Columbia County Extension, 505 N. Columbia River Hwy, St. Helens, OR

Note: Caucuses are open to the public, but you must be registered to vote as Working Families Party to participate and vote.  To change your voter registration, CLICK HERE.  Voter registration cards will be available day of as well.

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The Oregonian Profiles Oregon WFP’s Role in HD48 Primary

May 22nd, 2012 by dlombardi

In the wake of last week’s Democratic primary in Oregon House District 48, the Oregonian’s Jeff Mapes detailed the role the Oregon WFP played in defeating incumbent Mike Schaufler and helping Jeff Reardon win the Democratic nomination with 66% of the vote:

“Oregon’s Working Families Party first qualified for the ballot as a minor party six years ago, but it’s hard to say that the union-backed organization has had a big impact here.

However, the party certainly found a role for itself in Tuesday’s primary when it helped Democrat Jeff Reardon oust Rep. Mike Schaufler of Portland.

The party, which essentially ran Reardon’s canvassing operation, used a well-trained cadre of paid canvassers to blanket House District 48, which includes parts of Southeast Portland and Clackamas County.

Steve Hughes, the party’s executive director, said canvassers hit 14,000 doorsteps and actually talked to more than 5,000 voters in the district.  The party also ran phone banks that made more than 9,000 calls, he said”

Read the whole story over at the Oregonian, HERE.

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They Said No, It Could Never Happen…

May 16th, 2012 by dlombardi

Click The Picture Above to Watch Jeff’s Victory Speech

YOU DID IT!  WFP endorsed candidate, Jeff Reardon defeated incumbent Mike Schaufler in HD48 with 66% of the vote!

Taking on an incumbent politician is hard.  Taking on an incumbent politician who has raised $240,000—the vast majority of which comes from big business—is even harder.

Those odds did not stop the WFP from taking on the challenge of endorsing progressive Democrat Jeff Reardon, and helping him to victory.

Here’s what the WFP did to make this victory possible.

In five weeks the WFP knocked on over 14,000 doors and made over 9,000 phone calls – making over 5,000 voter contacts for Jeff Reardon.  In an election where just over 3,600 4,000 people voted, this made all the difference.

The WFP staff worked day and night.  Gaby, our field manager got our canvass on the doors everyday.  Sami, our organizer got volunteers on the phones.  And, Dan, our communications coordinator got our story in the press.  We could not have won this election without their determined hard work and professionalism.

But, we weren’t the only ones working hard to elect Jeff Reardon.  Partner organizations, including the Oregon League of Conservation Voters,, MotherPAC, CAUSA, the Oregon School Employees Association, AFSCME, the Carpenters union, the Communications Workers or America, and Progressive Kick mobilized a mini-army of volunteers that sometimes had the office so packed with people making phone calls you couldn’t move.

Finally, we’d like to give a particular shout out to the unions on the WFP state committee who took a risk by being early supporters of Jeff Reardon’s campaign.  The United Food and Commercial Workers, the Operating Engineers, and the District Council of Laborers stood up and said it is not enough for a candidate to proclaim he is a “labor candidate”—you have to show it with your actions and your votes.

And, of course, thanks to all of you.  Whether you sent a contribution, volunteered, or said a little prayer for us, we appreciate it all.  This was truly a team effort and we’re proud to have worked with all of you to deliver a victory for Jeff Reardon.

Let Jeff know you’re proud of his victory and the WFP’s hard work.

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