TOWARD A NEW, GREEN ECONOMY

Inequality, climate disruption, war—these are not isolated issues. They are all consequences of an economic system that values profits for the few over the well-being of the many.

Fighting back and winning concessions from this system is vitally important, but we must also build the DNA for a new system to take its place.

It is time to shift our focus away from incentives and tax breaks for big developers, multinational corporations and the 1%, and instead promote worker-owned cooperative businesses, public/municipal banking, participatory planning, renewable energy jobs, and community-ownership models. We can place Portland at the forefront of this critical movement and guarantee a good future for all Portlanders.

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“Winning concessions from this system is vitally important, but we must also build the dna for a new system to take its place.”

— Julia DeGraw

Let’s guarantee Net Neutrality by building an affordable, accessible public internet utility for all Portlanders that addresses inequities, develops municipal infrastructure, creates jobs and fuels our local economy. Cities around the country, like Sandy, OR and Chattanooga, TN, have already launched municipal broadband.

Taxpayer funded giveaways to out-of-state corporations and private developers isn’t building an economy for all. We should instead support small business incubation and worker-owned cooperatives. 

We should stop doing business with the forces who wrecked our economy. The people can step in and use municipal banking to rebuild communities across our city—and kick corporate bankers like Wells Fargo to the curb.

City Hall should provide support and guidance for triple-bottom line businesses—not grovel at the feet of low-wage giants like Amazon. 

The decision to ship our unsorted recycling to China has proven to be a failure. Not only is there the massive carbon footprint of shipping the junk across the globe, but much of it ends up in landfills. We used to recycle nearly all our paper products locally. In fact, if we re-instituted sorted recycling, we could bring back the Newberg paper recycling facility – helping the environment while also creating jobs in Oregon.