[pjw] INFO: Peace issues questionnaire for Council Candidates July 2020
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Fri Jul 17 16:26:23 EDT 2020
Below is the text of a questionnaire (pretty much identical to the one we
sent out for the May primary) which we sent to the two candidates who are
in a run-off for the seat vacated when Commissioner Nick Fish died earlier
this year; the election is on August 11.
Neither candidate Loretta Smith nor Dan Ryan responded.
We encourage you to raise these questions at any candidates' forums or
appearances between now and the election.
Peace and Justice Works is a 501-c-3 educational organization, and is not
able to endorse any candidate.
We thank our allies at Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 for their support on
--Peace and Justice Works
Peace and Justice Works / Veterans For Peace Chapter 72
Peace issues questionnaire for council candidates, June/July 2020
(August 2020 election)
Dear candidates Smith and Ryan:
This questionnaire is being sent by community groups to candidates for
Portland City Council. If you would like your answers included in
printed/electronic publications which will be shared with the community,
please submit your answers by email (pjw at pjw.info) or snail mail (PO Box
42456/Portland, OR 97242) by 5 PM on Monday, July 13, 2020. Organizations
involved include Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Veterans
For Peace Chapter 72.*-1
Note that this is an entirely different questionnaire than the one sent to
you by our other project group, Portland Copwatch.
Please limit answers to no more than 150 words. Answers longer than 150 words
will be cut off in the published results.
1) The city of Portland is suffering from a lack of funding for basic
services. Just a fraction of the Pentagon's $700 Billion a year
budget could provide housing, education, health care and
infrastructure needs. In 2012, the City passed a war dollars home
resolution calling for the money being spent on the military actions
in Iraq and Afghanistan to be used instead for human needs.*-2 Given
that the wars are still going on eight years later, do you plan to
take further steps to redirect crucial tax dollars for local use?
2) Analysts call the US military the single largest entity which is not a
country in terms of its carbon footprint. Given the connection between
militarism and climate change, what steps will you take to meet
Portland's climate goals in terms of influencing US military policies?
Might that include limiting National Guard aircraft flights and
recreational military flights like the Rose Festival Air Show and
3) In November 2019, Council passed a resolution recommiting a policy
from 2007 to oppose war with Iran.*-3 What effects do you think it has
when cities pass resolutions against unnecessary wars?
4) Investing in companies tied to warfare does not produce good jobs. The
City currently has a list of just 12 companies it is allowed to invest
in.*-4 Some of these companies thrive from military contracts. In the
interest of peace, describe how you feel about creating criteria
limiting investments in other companies such as military contractors,
and even ending investments in some of the 12 companies on the current
--members of Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and
Veterans For Peace Chapter 72
*1- Peace and Justice Works has been promoting nonviolent
conflict resolution on local, national and international levels since
Veterans For Peace is an educational and humanitarian organization
dedicated to the abolishment of war.
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