My first chat with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler since he took office. We touched a little bit on how the year has gone, but mostly we talked about East Portland and the East Portland Action Plan. And the Mayor talked a lot about the amazing people who are taking this blueprint for change and making it real.
Rep Tawna Sanchez (HD 43, N/NE Portland) is the only Native American member of the Oregon Leg, and only the second in its history. She is the Director of Family Services at NAYA, the Native American Youth and Family Center. Her service in the Legislature is another reminder of how important it is that those we elect accurately represent the people of Oregon.
Kayse Jama is a Zen master of justice organizing. I mean that in the truest Zen sense: His approach is one that ends false divisions, that asks people to see the connections, the commonalities, the mutual interests that arise when looking at problems with, as Buddhist would put it, the right vision.
Words like crazy, deranged, nuts, etc, are demeaning & dehumanizing. They hide the real issues of mental health behind big, ugly words that make the speakers (and many listeners) feel better about themselves but do nothing about those whose humanity is dismissed with a word or two. This must end.
Class politics versus identity politics? That's a losing strategy. And an unnecessary obstacle. The Democratic Party is big enough and strong enough to address the broad range of political issues and political approaches needed to govern a diverse nation.