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Without the UP Now campaign, there wouldn't be some of the teacher salary provisions and funding mechanisms in the measure. This consolidation of two programs was important to get a better outcome (https://upnow2020.org/faq).
Joseph Ramirez | June 2021 | Portland, OR
I am not challenging the content of this piece and I am grateful to the many signature gatherers and others who helped pass the measure. I am challenging the choice to tell this familiar story of white activists prevailing against the odds to win a victory for their cause, when in the same example of democracy and civic engagement there is a story for BIPOC leaders to tell. It is on us as white activists to de-center whiteness by giving up our place at the center of the narrative, no matter if our cause is just, our intentions are noble and our story rings true. The burden is also on white writers, artists and reporters to actively look for the roles that Black, Indigenous and other people of color play and to question white-centered narratives even if they are beautifully progressive, easy to relate to and make a good story. There was only room for one story of democracy and civic engagement in this zine. So the story of BIPOC parents and BIPOC elected leaders working together to craft and pass a measure to address race-based inequities...well, that story did not get told. Who gets to write or draw our history? White people.
Molly Day | May 2021 | Portland, Oregon
This comic is very problematic as it glosses over the fact that the County was already organizing a ballot measure with a group of BIPOC parents and providers, and that effort was being led by a woman of color. DSA, a White-led and predominantly White membership organization, knew of this effort and forged ahead with their own initiative anyway (largely copied from the County's measure). They were lucky that the Preschool for All campaign and County were willing to merge proposals and combine efforts when it became clear that the DSA proposal was not fiscally possible. Glossing over all of this is another act of White supremacy that the Portland Chapter of DSA needs to be held accountable for.
Danielle Alexander | May 2021 | Portland, Oregon