Friday, January 14, 2011

Safety, Preparedness & Block Captains in the Gulch

by Gretchen Milhaupt
SGNA Safety & Preparedness Committee Chair

There are so many opportunities to DO something in Sullivan’s Gulch! Do it at the true GRASS ROOTS level. One way to get started is to become a Block Captain. This is a rather loosely defined community activity primarily for the purpose of COMMUNICATING with our immediate neighbors. We need distributors of this very newsletter. And BC’s can help with information if a disaster strikes, or information about being prepared for an emergency. Also spreading the word about opportunities when we have the Trash Bash, the Garage Sale and Gulch-O-Rama too. The SGNA Board envisions a Block Captain for each of our approximately 50 BLOCKS. We now have about 12 active Block Captains and we would like to find more interested neighbors to join us. In January we will have a planning/training for about two hours on a Saturday morning or a weekday evening. It would be great to have MORE GULCHER’S join this program.

ICE STORM READY???????????? In Portland, we rarely have the electricity out for any length of time, but it could happen! Are you prepared to get by for 3-5 days, maybe even a week without electricity? Consider storing drinking water, and canned goods like beans, tuna, soup, dry beans and rice. A can opener is always good too! For many more ideas about preparedness and how to make a plan for your family, check out:

The Portland Fire Department offers to ANY PORTLAND RESIDENT age 14 and up, great emergency training, however you must send a message in to them at: www.pdxprepared.NET and then they will let you know when the next training will be. It’s 8 weeks, either in fall or spring. This training is vital to our neighborhood safety and we do not have enough people who have done it. Best of all: it’s FREE!

Any Gulcher who wants to get involved with our Safety, Preparedness and Block Captain committee can contact me at:

Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Agenda for Tuesday Jan. 11, 2011 SGNA Meeting

Agenda for Tuesday January 11. 2011's SGNA Community Board Meeting at Holladay Park Plaza, NE 16th & Multnomah. 7:30-9:00pm

7:30 Introductions by Craig Nyschens, Chair


Approve minutes from December’s meeting

Vote on joining Irvington Neighborhood Assn. to apply for Tax ID status for Urban Renewal District

Vote on whether to support Alliance for Democracy’s petition to Restore Democracy by Abolishing Corporate Personhood


7:45 to 8:15 Guest Speaker: Peter Fry (who represents the Arntson Family) will update information about The Albina Fuel Property including future plans.


Communications: Chris Lopez

Land Use: Will Elder

Lifestyles: Steven Chase

Safety & Preparedness: Gretchen Milhaupt

Friday, December 31, 2010

Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend

Hello fellow Gulchers, Happy New Year!!

A group called Alliance for Democracy/ Move to Amend came to our last SGNA Community Board Meeting to ask that we support a grass-roots resolution that they intend to put before City Council. They are seeking to ultimately enact a constitutional amendment to dismiss the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission. This decision you may remember had to do with corporate personhood and elections contributions by corporations. A history of the decision and of the group can be found at They also have a local telephone number 503-232-5495.

SGNA is asking Gulchers to have a look at the info and resolution below, and chime in with your thoughts on whether SGNA should support the resolution or not. You can comment and ask questions here on the blog or at the blog's email address or contact any SGNA Board member with your comments.

Thanks Gulchers! is a coalition dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing ourselves. We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.
Justice John Paul Stevens, in dissent, was compelled to state the obvious:

. . . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their “personhood” often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.

Here is the resolution that SGNA is considering;

Resolution to Restore Democracy
by Abolishing Corporate Personhood

1. Whereas, government of, by, and for the people has long been a cherished American principle, whereby they may
secure rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed in the US Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, and;

2. Whereas, corporations are legal fictions created by express permission of We The People through our
governments, which exist solely through the legal charters granted by those government, and;

3. Whereas, corporations are not and have never been human beings, are not mentioned in the Constitution, have
never been granted any authority by We The People to exceed our own, and therefore are subservient to human
beings and governments, and;

4. Whereas, Supreme Court justices have interpreted the US Constitution to endow corporations with rights and
protections solely vested in We The People by the Constitution, and;

5. Whereas, corporate profits and survival have often come into direct conflict with the rights, essential needs, and
survival of We The People, and;

6. Whereas, these conflicts have resulted in grievous harms to We The People by preventing We The People’s
exercise of self-governance, including:

a. accumulating great corporate wealth that has permitted corporations to overwhelm human beings and

b. bringing suit against local governments for enacting laws that protect and enforce the rights of We The

c. overturning democratically enacted laws that protect We the People against corporate harms and protect
the resources necessary for essential human needs,

d. existing in perpetuity and simultaneously in the competing jurisdictions of other nations thereby
avoiding accountability for the harms they perpetrate,

e. consolidating the media upon which We The People depend for the knowledge needed for self-
governance by distorting its contents to maximize their own profit instead of providing the information
necessary for sound governance, and;

7. Whereas, this unconstrained corporate influence will force elected officials to vote against the interests of their
human constituents, instead supporting corporate donors to ensure the funding of their own re-election campaigns
and not those of opponents, and;

8. Whereas, free and fair elections are essential to democracy and effective self-governance, and;

9. Whereas, tens of thousands of people and municipalities across the United States are joining with the Campaign
to Legalize Democracy to call for an Amendment to the US Constitution to Abolish Corporate Personhood;

10. Whereas, the recent Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision removed the
legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process, allowing unconstrained corporate influence over
elections, candidate selection, policy decisions, and;

A. Therefore be it resolved that the City of Portland hereby calls on our US Representatives and Senators to amend
the US Constitution to firmly establish that any and all rights of citizenship, especially those enumerated in the
Bill of Rights, are possessed only by human beings and are never transferable to corporations or to other legal

B. Be it further resolved that City of Portland hereby calls on our US Representatives and Senators to enact statutes
specifically establishing that corporations, or other entities which exist only by virtue of legal definitions, may not
lobby or advocate for the passage, modification, or repeal of any legislation, nor may they campaign nor make
financial contribution to campaigns for or against any candidate, elected official, or ballot measure.

C. Be it further resolved that the City of Portland encourages other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in
this action by passing similar resolutions.

D. Be it further resolved that the City of Portland will support education to increase public awareness of the threats
to democracy posed by attributing rights to corporations or other legal constructs, and will encourage lively
discussion to build understanding and consensus for community and municipal actions that democratically
respond to those threats.

10/30/2010 Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend - Portland OR 503.232.5495