I know, I know, we're all wrapped up in national politics these days. Hard not to be what with all the excitement - even if we've been benched by our May 20th primary (boohoo). So why not dive in to some elections that we CAN participate in, mamas? There are loads of local and state elections this Spring (check out our new Elections & Voting sidebar), and thankfully, some of the candidates have got us mamas on their minds. In the city of Portland alone, there are three important races: one for mayor and two for city council.
It isn't every day that we get the ear of a potential city councilor, especially one who invited us right to the table - and might actually be able to DO something about it. But it's true, mamas, candidate John Branam did just that. And there are a few others who followed suit, including Chris Smith, Jeff Bissonnette, and Nick Fish. Sho Dezono, too - he's running for mayor. Thanks to John for kicking off a great thing.
What do YOU think the city of Portland should be doing for families? Not sure exactly what the city of Portland CAN do for families? To name just a few: there's parks & community centers, affordable housing, urban renewal funds to be spent, and safe streets for walking & cycling.
Be There: Meet John Branam, Chris Smith, and Jeff Bissonnette and tell them what the city can do that's important to your family. Thursday, 02.28.08, Noon to 1:30 at the downtown Stumptown at 128 SW 3rd, between Ash & Pine. Kids welcome, natch. We're still scheduling the others, and plan to post a city candidate Q & A on family issues soon enough.
Can't Make it? No worries, mamas! Just share your list in the comments section 'cause we're gonna print it out and give it to them. So easy.
Calling all candidates! We mamas will sit down and talk about the mamagenda with any candidate who asks - call us opportunists with a lot to say! Just e-mail us at activistas [at] gmail [dot] com and we'll get you on our dance card.