We’ve worked hard this year on one of our biggest campaigns yet: reforming the Portland City Charter. We joined this campaign because we recognized this was a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make some ground-shaking changes in our city. But beyond that, we saw this as an opportunity to show up with our partners and communities, and to build grassroots power for the years ahead.
Building a strong, grassroots movement has already paid off. We worked with the Portland United for Change coalition to win the first round of City Charter reforms, helping empower 58% of Portlanders to vote yes on Measure 26-228. With this win, we’re on track to create the representative, efficient system of government we all deserve. We couldn’t have done this without working in coalition — with civic groups, labor unions, political scientists, small businesses, and communities from all walks of life — to build a brighter future for our city.
As 350PDX’s Coalition Manager, I have seen the power of working within a movement of movements and expanding our view of what climate justice work can be. Building a City government that’s more responsive and accountable to community needs is a critical strategy for climate resilience. So is building relationships with people from many walks of life who are working towards the same goal. I believe that one of 350PDX’s greatest strengths is how much we stay committed to showing up with our partners and building the grassroots movement.